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Submission Details

  1. Submissions must be in the format as detailed in the samples below.
  2. Contributions must be submitted at the appropriate submission link found in the news section and the Undergraduate Research Highlights information page.
    • Title of the work
    • If submitting an article: title of the article, full journal citation (inclusive pp.), and doi.
    • Brief description (3-5 lines) of the research and its significance.
    • Title and department or program affiliation of the faculty member(s).
    • A brief description of the student coauthor(s). Include the year of study in which the student(s) undertook the work, the opportunity through which the work was undertaken (independent study project, summer project, REU program, senior thesis project, etc.), and the current status of the student (graduate school, employed, still enrolled, etc.).
    • The source of funding for the work.
 
Submissions selected for inclusion in SPUR also will be posted to the Highlights portion of CUR's website. 
 

Article - Printed Journal

Accepted Undergraduate Research Highlight will appear in this format:
 
Artim JM. Hook A, Grippo RS, Sikkel PC. Predation on Parasitic Gnathiid Isopods on Coral Reefs: A Comparison of Caribbean Cleaning Gobies with Non-Cleaning Microcarnivores. Coral Reefs. 2017; 36: 1213–1223. doi: 10.1007/s00338-017-1613-6. (Arkansas State University)
This study examined the difference in consumption rates of dedicated cleaning fish and of opportunistic nocturnal fishes on parasitic gnathiid isopods. We also estimated site level predation on these gnathiids by combining observations of local fish abundance and of gnathiid consumption. We concluded that dedicated cleaning fish do consume large quantities of gnathiid parasites. Our results also suggest that collectively, other gnathiid predators may have an equal or greater impact on gnathiid populations. Paul C. Sikkel is an associate professor of biology, Richard S. Grippo is a professor emeritus of biology, and John Artim is a visiting assistant professor of biology at Arkansas State University. Alexandra Hook is an undergraduate who collaborated on this study from 2014 through 2016. She is now a senior majoring in biology with an emphasis in environmental studies and a minor in marine biology at Arkansas State University. The research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (OCE-121615 and OCE-1536794, Sikkel, principal investigator).
 
Sample Undergraduate Research Highlight Submissions
Q. Please provide the Author Names from Citation: All names should be in Last IN, format separated by commas, with a period at the end.
A. Artim JM. Hook A, Grippo RS, Sikkel PC.
Q. Title of Article: Full title from article, followed by a period.
A. Predation on Parasitic Gnathiid Isopods on Coral Reefs: A Comparison of Caribbean Cleaning Gobies with Non-Cleaning Microcarnivores.
Q. Journal: Please include full title.
A.Coral Reefs.
Q. Year:
A. 2017
Q. Issue:
A. 36
Q. Page Numbers: (If applicable)
A. 1213–1223
Q. Institution where research was performed:
A. Arkansas State University
Q. Please provide a brief description (3-5 lines) of the research and its significance.
A. This study examined the difference in consumption rates of dedicated cleaning fish and of opportunistic nocturnal fishes on parasitic gnathiid isopods. We also estimated site level predation on these gnathiids by combining observations of local fish abundance and of gnathiid consumption. We concluded that dedicated cleaning fish do consume large quantities of gnathiid parasites. Our results also suggest that collectively, other gnathiid predators may have an equal or greater impact on gnathiid populations.
Q. Please provide a sentence describing the title and department or program affiliation of the faculty members (if applicable).
A. Paul C. Sikkel is an associate professor of biology, Richard S. Grippo is a professor emeritus of biology, and John Artim is a visiting assistant professor of biology at Arkansas State University.
Q. Please provide a brief description of the student coauthor(s). Include the year of study in which the student(s) undertook the work, the opportunity through which the work was undertaken, (independent study project, summer project, REU program, senior thesis project, etc.), and the current status of the student (graduate school, employed, still enrolled, etc).
A. Alexandra Hook is an undergraduate who collaborated on this study from 2014 through 2016. She is now a senior majoring in biology with an emphasis in environmental studies and a minor in marine biology at Arkansas State University.
Q. Please provide a sentence describing the source of funding for the work.
A. The research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (OCE-121615 and OCE-1536794, Sikkel, principal investigator).

 

Article - Online Journal

Submissions must conform to this format to be considered:
 
Bhattacharyya TK, Hsia Y, Weeks DM, Dixon T, Lepe J, Thomas JR. Association of Diet with Skin Histological Features in UV-B-Exposed Mice. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. 2017; 19(5). doi: 10.1001/jamafacial.2017.0060. (University of Illinois at Chicago)
This study pursued the question of whether there is any dietary influence on UV-B–induced changes in skin histological features. In this animal study, long-term UV-B irradiation was administered to the dorsal skin in mice-fed normal, calorie-restricted, and obesity diets. Histopathological changes were monitored with light microscopic morphometry and immunohistochemistry. Dietary modulation of skin histological response to UV-B irradiation was observed. Tapan Kumar Bhattacharyya is a research assistant professor, Yvonne Hsia is a visiting research specialist, Tatiana Dixon is an assistant professor and director of clinic facial plastic surgery, and J. Regan Thomas is Mario D. Mansueto Professor and department head in the Department of Otolaryngology at the UIC College of Medicine. David M. Weeks is a facial plastic and ENT surgeon at Wellstar in Marietta and East Cobb, Georgia. Jessica Lepe graduated in December 2016 with a degree in biological sciences. Lepe’s participation was funded by a Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research at UIC.
 
Sample Undergraduate Research Highlight Submissions
 
Q. Author Names from Citation: All names should be in Last IN, format separated by commas, with a period at the end.
A.  Bhattacharyya TK, Hsia Y, Weeks DM, Dixon T, Lepe J, Thomas JR
Q. Title of Article:
A. Association of Diet with Skin Histological Features in UV-B-Exposed Mice.
Q. Journal:
A. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery .
Q. Year:
A. 2017
Q. Publication Volume:
A. 19
Q. Publication Issue:
A. 5
Q. Institution where research was performed:
A.  University of Illinois at Chicago
Q. Please provide a brief description (3-5 lines) of the research and its significance.
A. This study pursued the question of whether there is any dietary influence on UV-B–induced changes in skin histological features. In this animal study, long-term UV-B irradiation was administered to the dorsal skin in mice-fed normal, calorie-restricted, and obesity diets. Histopathological changes were monitored with light microscopic morphometry and immunohistochemistry. Dietary modulation of skin histological response to UV-B irradiation was observed.
Q. Please provide a sentence describing the title and department or program affiliation of the faculty members (if applicable).
A. Tapan Kumar Bhattacharyya is a research assistant professor, Yvonne Hsia is a visiting research specialist, Tatiana Dixon is an assistant professor and director of clinic facial plastic surgery, and J. Regan Thomas is Mario D. Mansueto Professor and department head in the Department of Otolaryngology at the UIC College of Medicine. .
Q. Please provide a brief description of the student coauthor(s). Include the year of study in which the student(s) undertook the work, the opportunity through which the work was undertaken (independent study project, summer project, REU program, senior thesis project, etc.), and the current status of the student (graduate school, employed, still enrolled, etc.).
A. Jessica Lepe graduated in December 2016 with a degree in biological sciences.
Q. Please provide a sentence describing the source of funding for the work.
A. Lepe’s participation was funded by a Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research at UIC.
 
 

Juried Competition or Performance

 
Submissions must conform to this format to be considered:
 
Charney M, and the Clemson University Fall 2009 Theater 195/295/395 class. The Power behind the Palette. Original play, staged November 17-22, 2009; Clemson, SC. (Clemson University)

Written and directed by Mark J. Charney, this original play tracing the life and times of art dealer Ambroise Vollard was originated, staged and performed by his Theater 195/295/395 classes. Students in art, English, and performing arts researched the period, helped to envision and outline the play, designed the music, developed the characters, and performed the ensemble-based project.  The play received a highly recommend and a recommend from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival respondents. Charney received an award for meritorious directing, and the play was nominated for the David Mark Cohen award in playwriting. Chosen as an alternate for the Region IV Kennedy Center Festival, February 2010. Mark Charney is director of theatre. He, along with Richard Goodstein, chair of English, taught the three-semester course. Participants included Jeffrey Russell, who is nominated for a Kennedy Center award for his sound design; Ryan McCrary, who played the role of Paul Cezanne; Christopher Onken, who originated the role of Degas; and Andrew Herrera, who played Vollard. Both Onken and Herrera were nominated for Irene Ryan acting awards through the Kennedy Center, as was Kate Lala, who played Marie. Terry Brannen and Becca McBride rounded out the cast, and Ashley Wood served as dramaturg and art advisor. Both McCrary and Herrera are presently auditioning for MFA programs.
 
Sample Undergraduate Research Highlight Submissions
 
Q. Author Names from Citation: All names should be in Last IN, format separated by commas, with a period at the end.
A. Charney M, and the Clemson University Fall 2009 Theater 195/295/395 class.
Q. Presentation title: Followed by a period.
A. The Power behind the Palette.
Q. Presentation Date:
A. staged November 17-22
Q. Year:
A. 2009
Q. Presentation Location:
A. Clemson, SC.
Q. Medium:
A. Original play
Q. Institution where research was performed:
A. Clemson University
Q. Please provide a brief description (3-5 lines) of the research and its significance.
A. Written and directed by Mark J. Charney, this original play tracing the life and times of art dealer Ambroise Vollard was originated, staged and performed by his Theater 195/295/395 classes. Students in art, English, and performing arts researched the period, helped to envision and outline the play, designed the music, developed the characters, and performed the ensemble-based project.  The play received a “highly recommend” and a “recommend” from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival respondents. Charney received an award for meritorious directing, and the play was nominated for the David Mark Cohen award in playwriting. Chosen as an alternate for the Region IV Kennedy Center Festival, February 2010.
Q. Please provide a sentence describing the title and department or program affiliation of the faculty members (if applicable).
A. Mark Charney is director of theatre. He, along with Richard Goodstein, chair of English, taught the three-semester course.
Q. Please provide a brief description of the student coauthor(s). Include the year of study in which the student(s) undertook the work, the opportunity through which the work was undertaken, (independent study project, summer project, REU program, senior thesis project, etc.), and the current status of the student (graduate school, employed, still enrolled, etc).
A. Participants included Jeffrey Russell, who is nominated for a Kennedy Center award for his sound design; Ryan McCrary, who played the role of Paul Cezanne; Christopher Onken, who originated the role of Degas; and Andrew Herrera, who played Vollard. Both Onken and Herrera were nominated for Irene Ryan acting awards through the Kennedy Center, as was Kate Lala, who played Marie. Terry Brannen and Becca McBride rounded out the cast, and Ashley Wood served as dramaturg and art advisor. Both McCrary and Herrera are presently auditioning for MFA programs.
 
 
Submit questions about Undergraduate Research Highlights to Cristin Gavin, Undergraduate Research Highlights Editor and Dept of Neurobiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham.