Undergraduate Research Program Widens Scope

54 Students Awarded Funds to Pursue Original Projects Under Faculty Guidance

Nov. 30, 2009

Annual funding for the Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards grew further this year, with more undergraduates receiving awards than at any other point in the program’s history.Undergraduate Research Statistics

The number of awards and financial support leapt 17 percent over last year’s numbers. In all, 54 students will study such topics as software safety, home healthcare, preparedness for natural disasters and more.

Sponsored by the Office of Vice President for Research, the program offers $500 to undergraduate students pursuing original research projects. The financial backing helps pay for laboratory expenses, travel and other study-related costs.

Faculty advisers receive $300 for each student they support.

Since 2007, when the award program began, the Office of Vice President for Research has more than doubled the number of awards and financial support for undergraduates. In 2007, 21 awards were presented, totaling $16,800. This year’s 54 awards represent $43,200 in undergraduate research.

“UT Dallas has high-quality students doing outstanding research,” said Dr. Bruce Gnade, vice president for research. “The awards acknowledge that and give these researchers a chance to apply for a competitive grant early in their careers. This is the third time we have done this, and I continue to be impressed by the applications and the work our students are doing.”

The funds were granted for two semesters by the Office of the Vice President for Research and are supported by Raytheon. In April, the students will present their results in a poster contest.

“I was really excited to have won,” said Mac Hird, a physics student whose project is titled “Ion and Radical Distributions in Fluorocarbon Plasmas.”“The most useful part was the actual process of doing a funding application for a research grant. I will be able to use that knowledge as I continue in my research career.”

The complete list of student winners and their research projects are as follows:

 

Student
Project Title
Adviser Name

Shelby Alexander

Developing ~ 3nm Fluorescent Gold Nanoparticles for Live Cell Imaging

 

Jie Zheng

Melinda Archacki-Sutter

Understanding the Disparities in Children's Critical Thinking Skills: The Role of Individual Differences

 

Candice Mills

Katherine Bierschenk

The Effects of Polymers on COM Crystal Growth

 

Bruce Gnade

Irina Brinster

Polygonal Linkage Unfolding in 2 D

 

Sergey Bereg

Phillip Campbell

Chemical Etching Characteristics of Silicon and Molybdenum

 

Yves Chabal

Stephanie Cenzia

Nafion®/ETS-10 Composite Membranes for High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

 

Ken Balkus

Qishen Chang

Effect of Backbone-Methylation of Reversible cyclic Peptides on Dispersion of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

 

Gregg Dieckmann

Yashodhan Gogte

Xenon-defluoride as an etchant for MEMS fabrication:

 

Yves Chabal

Manasa Guduru

Software Safety Analysis: An Integrated Approach

 

W. Eric Wong

Rodolfo Guzman

Insitu FTIR Characterization of Unzipped Carbon Nanotubes/Graphene Ribbons

 

Yves Chabal

Lorna Hanko

Why Water Supply Models for North Texas are Wrong: Magnified Runoff Response to Decadal and Longer Changes in Precipitation

 

Tom Brikowski

MacKenzie Hird

Ion and Radical Distributions in Fluorocarbon Plasmas

 

Lawrence Overzet

Kevin Hulin

Self-Detection of Abnormal Event Sequences

 

Farokh Bastani/I-Ling Yen/Latifur Kahn

Brian Kristopoher Hurley

The effect of tempo on memory for musical rhythm

 

W. Jay Dowling

Martin Huynh

Investigation of the Molecular Mechanism by which Deficient Ribosome Biogenesis Enhances Hypoxia Responses

 

Li Zhang

Thomas Krenik

Applications of Nanotechnology and Artificial Muscles to the Creation of an Alternative to Traditional Air Conditioning

 

Bruce Gnade

Daniel Lazourievsky

Economic Impact of the Cash for Clunkers Program

 

Charles Hazzard

Francisco Lima

Evaluating Efficiency of Ball Drive

 

Matt Goeckner

Arie Litovsky

Automatic Essay Scoring

 

Vincent Ng

Archana Madhaven

Repression of Quorum Sensing During the Sinorhizobium meliloti-Alfalfa Symbiosis

 

Juan Gonzalez

Kendra Malone

Effect of HDRP on Gamma-Globin Expression in K562 Cells

 

Betty Pace

Chanel Matney

Plasticity in the rat auditory cortex with tone-paried vagal nerve stimulation

 

Michael Kilgard

Pauras Memon

Synthesis and Characterization of Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks for Incorporation into Mixed-matrix Membranes for Gas Separations

 

Inga Musselman

Kenneth Alexander Mills

Automated Admissions Assistant

 

Ying Liu

Laurel Moran

Petrographic Sources of Water-Leachable Organic Compounds

 

Robert Finkelman

Chuong Nguyen

Stabilization effect of nanoparticles and surfactants on water-oil interface

 

Steven Nielsen

Larry Nguyen

Location of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes dispersed within a cell

 

Rockford Draper

Meagan Olson

Does T-peptide killing accurately model Alzheimer's disease?

 

Santosh D'Mello

Alexander Palmer

Search for charmed baryonia in reaction

 

Joe Izen

Rajen Harish Patel

Examining perceptual and conceptual differences in object comparisons using event related potentials

 

John Hart

Jeremy Peal

Texas' Home Healthcare Boom

 

Forney Fleming

John Perales

Power Handling Capability of EG-GCPW Circuits

 

Rashaunda Henderson

Shivangi Pokharel

Study of Long Term Impact of Early Childhood Education

 

Richard Scotch

Conner Pokorny

Evaluating Efficiency of Ball Drive

 

Matt Goeckner

Ventsislav Radulov

The influence of Foreign Direct Investments over the Central and Eastern European Countiries' economies

 

Peter Lewin

Prashant Raghavendran

Dispersion Assays of Impure and Pure carbon Nanotube Samples

 

Rockford Draper

Bryan Reeves

Natural Disaster Preparedness

 

Catherine Eckel

Ali A. Saherwala

CEST Agents for MRI Imaging with emphasis on Oncological Detection

 

Dean Sherry

Elizabeth Schmiedel

Synthesis and polymerization of novel thieno[3,2-b:4,5-B']dipyrrole monomer

 

Mihaela Ivou Stefan

Thomas Sires

Intuitive Interface Design for Experiments in Behavioral Economics

 

Catherine Eckel

Nicholas Scott Spencer

Placethings

 

Dean Terry

Shane Stone

Block Copolymers for Solar Energy Conversion

 

John Ferraris

Chris Stovall

Dissociating Visual and Verbal Working Memory Substrates

 

Michael Motes

Benjamin Swedlove

High Performance Nano-Composite Cathodes Involving Carbon Nanotube Sheets and LiMPO4 for Lithium Batteries

 

Shaoli Fang

John Syrinek

Placethings

 

Dean Terry

Rebecca Tang

Esther R. Sawyer Competition

 

Tracey Rowlett

Luis Torres

Simulation and Visualization of the Human Tongue with Motion Capture Constraints

 

Xiaohu Guo

Ashley Vanderburg

The Modulatory Role of the Basolateral Complex of the Amygdala for a Non-arousing Task

 

Christa McIntyre

T. Vu Khiem

Photodegradation of Phenol using PbS Quantum Dot-Doped TiO2

 

Ken Balkus

Emily Vutnam

Gender Differences in ERPs for Semantic Inhibition

 

Mandy Maguire

Colin Wichman

Impulsivity, Risk and Time Preference, and Financial Trustworthiness - Anatomy OF THE Credit Score

 

Catherine Eckel

Caitlin Williamson

Determining the function of gene SMa0089 in Sinorhizobium Meliloti

 

Juan Gonzalez

Lye-ching Wong

XmnI Polymorphism In Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease

 

Betty Pace

Natasha Woods

Probing the Geometry & Physics of the Emission Region of AGN using Hard X-ray and Gamma-ray Observations

 

Mary Urquhart




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