Undergraduate Research Stories

Undergrad researchers results reveal how water shortages can affect wildlife abundance

Undergraduate researchers from the University of Arizona wanted to determine the effects that differences in water flow had on reptile and amphibian species richness and abundance. Their results reveal how water shortages, which many parts of the Southwest are experiencing, can affect wildlife richness and abundance. But water restoration projects appeared to improve this particular situation, though it took some time before species abundances caught up.

Summer REU in the Philippines Opens Researcher’s Eyes, Purdue University

Led by Purdue, Plant Science for Global Food Security is a six-week research and study program at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. The program has two components: three weeks of research evaluating diverse rice accessions under the guidance of an IRRI scientist/team, and an intensive three-week course on Rice Research to Production, which provides significant field research and field trips to some of the most beautiful locations in the country.

First-Gen Student’s Interest in Bugs Leads to Research, Lab Internship, and TA Opportunity

In the ‘Bug Lab,’ Eric Escobar-Chena gained a passion for research and a respect for insects This biology major is considering graduate school opportunities in ecology with a focus on fieldwork and beetles. by Brian McNeill; Virginia Commonwealth University

Meeting My Role Model Scientist

My UR Story: Meeting My Role Model Scientist: Inspiration and tenacity In Action original text by Brianna Trippe

Junior Biochemistry Major Secures Two National Awards, University of Missouri

Building a Research Footprint Kristen Barwick, junior biochemistry major, secured two national awards this summer

Education Students Present Their Research, Samford University

Eight undergraduate students in Orlean Beeson School of Education presented their research proposals at the SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina Oct. 14-15, 2022.

Utah State University Undergraduate Researchers Published in Prestigious Publication

The July 2022 issue of NCTE’s College English features an article written by 14 undergraduates, who were enrolled in a research methods course, English 3470, taught by Dr. Joyce Kinkead in Fall 2020. ​

I Am Science: A Student Spotlight from University of Missouri

From the University of Missouri, a student spotlight on Kathryn Vanden Hoek, who proves that it is never too early to dive into research if you have a passion for it.

VIU alum’s research on microplastics was recently published by the Royal Society of Chemistry

VIU alum Misha Zvekic’s research investigated how exposure to sunlight changes the surface properties of plastics. In addition to causing them to break down into smaller pieces, Zvekic says when plastics are exposed to sunlight it changes their chemical structure which affects how they interact with other pollutants.

Penn State student explores landscape democracy during independent study

Penn State and Stuckemann School student, Devon Guyer, spent six weeks this summer studying representational landscapes and community-engaged design of two parks in his hometown of Philadelphia.