Undergrad Program Funds Wide Variety of Research Topics 

Nov. 17, 2010

Martian volcanoes, Spanish dance and the metaphor of the vampire are just a few of the research topics to earn funding as part of the Undergraduate Research Scholar Award Program.

The program, now in its fourth year, is administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research.

In all, 46 students representing all seven schools received $500 each to cover laboratory equipment, travel and other project-related expenses for their research proposals. The students’ faculty advisers received $300 apiece, also for project related expenses.

The funds were granted for a single semester with the support of corporate sponsors Raytheon and Ericsson.

The number of undergraduate projects sponsored under the program has more than doubled since the program began in 2007, when 21 students received funding.

Students selected for the program spend a semester engaged in research, and many of the research projects will be available to view in the spring as part of the Undergraduate Research Poster Contest.

Judges score the researchers on the quality of their research objective, their methodology, research findings, the implications of the work and how the research was presented.

Last year’s winning project, by a senior computer science major, involved placing sensors on the tongue to construct three-dimensional models of the inner workings of the mouth during speech. The findings may eventually help people correct speech disorders or even learn new languages. 

The complete list of funding research projects is as follows:

Student Project Topic Adviser
Syed Ahmed and
Mariam Tabbassaum
 Cortical plasticity due to somatosensory cortex reorganization in rats Michael Kilgard
Shweta Arya Cultural and social effects on civic participation rates: A cross-village study in India  Catherine Eckel
Bogdan Baciu Granular parking study  Maria Labastida Tovar
Emily Butler An interactive toolbox for the analysis of volcanoes on Earth and Mars  Georgia Fotopoulos
Philip Campbell A path towards single electron device fabrication  Yves Chabal
Nicole Canon The interactions of tris-benzamides in apoptotic pathways using a prostate cancer cell model  Jung-mo Ahn
Ryan Cheung The effects of vagus nerve stimulation on the recovery of cortical damage in the motor cortex of sprague dawley rats  Michael Kilgard
Pavan Dave Development of Internet based telemedicine system to support children with autism spectrum disorder  Lakshman Tamil
Truc Do Chromosome walking using strand displacement cloning of gene-specific amplification products  Dennis Miller
Catherine Eckert Zeolite imidazolate framework mixed matrix membranes  Kenneth Balkus
Barry Feigenbaum
and Zachary Richardson
 Simulated touch screen functionality by means of capacitive proximity sensors  Nicholas Gans
Francisco Garcia Abnormal adrenergic modulation of GABAergic synaptic transmission in a valproic acid animal model of autism  Marco Atzori
Carter Haines Inherent Doppler acoustic sources from carbon nanotube speakers  Ray Baughman
Ravi Hanumara Punishment in coordination games  Catherine Eckel
Stuart Harrell Fully homomorphic encryption for practical data security  Murat Kantarcioglu
Ryan Hayes Effects of phage display peptides on the growth of calcium oxalate monohydrate mapped against the effects of polyacrylic acid  Bruce Gnade
Luequan Huang Developing a mathematic model to assess the transmissibility and virulence of avian- and swine-origin influenza viruses  Yan Cao
Visal Im Pretreatment for cellulose hydrolysis by bleach solution D.J. Yang
Nistha Jajal Investigation of pupillary responses to threatening and non-threatening stimuli John Hart
Tanushree Jhunjhunwala Predicting academic success: A contest between simple and complex statistical models  Nathan Berg
Lisa Keylon Categorization of infant-directed speech by 4- and 6-month-old infants  Melanie Spence
Arthur Klattenhoff Pico life: Augmented, multiplayer 3D mobile gaming world  Balakrishnan Prabhakaran
Eun-Chong Kong Luminescent gold nanoparticles for imaging brain cancer cells  Jie Zheng
Duc Le Classifying emotion from spoken dialogues  Yang Liu
Alfonso Lopez MOF deposition on thin films and specialized surfaces  Yves Chabal
Archana Madhavan Regulation of quorum sensing during the Sinorhizobium meliloti-alfalfa symbiosis  Juan Gonzalez
Jenna Mattingly Computer simulations of gene networks  Robert Hilborn
Nathanael Mayo The search for double layer charge induced superconductivity  Anvar Zakhidov
Molly McGregor Heat transfer characteristics of a microencapsulated PCM slurry through a porous material  Fatemeh Hassanipour
Jeremy Miller Description of Noachian-Hesperian geologic contact at NE Syrtis Major Planum, Mars  Fang Qiu
Kenneth Mills Risk analysis-based fault-proneness identification for multi-threaded embedded software  Eric Wong
Saheli Nath Effects of playing chess on self-esteem among students at University of Texas at Dallas: A case control pilot study  Alexey Root
Tulja Parmar The effect of noradrenergic manipulations of the basolateral complex of the amygdala on the phosphorylation state of the GluR1 subunit of the AMPA receptor  Christa McIntyre
Tharun Paruchuri Investigation of the binding properties of a mutant DNA-binding protein  Donald Gray
John Perales Wideband Power Combiners for Linear Power Amplifiers  Rashaunda Henderson
Abhishek Raj Shape memory triggered coating failure for active biomaterials  Walter Voit
Bryan Reeves Measuring risk preference with Bingo  Catherine Eckel
Sagar Shah Triple shape memory polymers based on self complementary hydrogen bonding  Walter Voit
Dale Soney Deposition of MOF on films on metal and functionalized Si surfaces  Yves Chabal
Sally Stewart Literary vampires as social metaphor  Theresa Towner
Shane Stone Synthesis and characterization of poly(3-hexylthiophene) derivatives for hybrid solar cells  John Ferraris
Anthony Tantillo Gdeps, an open experimental software  Catherine Eckel
Sebastian Templet Nootropic effects of dequalinium in a rat declarative memory task  Lucien Thompson
Jonathan Tsao Metal Sulfide decorated TiO2 nanotubes for photocatalytic CO2 reduction  Kenneth Balkus
Falak Vyas Evaluating the impact of affinity credit card program on the customer profitability  Julie Haworth
Lye-Ching Wong Cultural study of regional identity and traditional dance in Spain  Monica Saba

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