Undergraduate Research Projects

At this year's Mountain Lion Research day, the new members of the Undergraduate Research Academy (URA) were introduced to the campus. These undergraduate students will have a special opportunity to work with their faculty advisors on real life research projects. During the academic year, each student will spend approximately ten hours a week on their research project, and thirty hours a week during the summer. When funding allows, they will be paid for their work on the project.

Not only will the students engage in active research, they will also have opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge. Next year's Mountain Lion Research day will feature posters from the URA students, and monthly seminars will be held for students to make presentations about their research. To be considered for URA membership, students must apply during their sophomore or junior year, have a faculty mentor, and have an honors GPA.

An interdisciplinary approach to the study of discrimination and the diverse forms of violence associated with it

Mentor: Kimbra Smith

Department: Anthropology

"I want to see if we can marry technology, film making, and education in order to fully test the research objectives."

Isaiah Branch-Boyle
Class of 2015



Development of e-beam writing and nano-imprint technology at UCCS

Mentor: Zbigniew Celinski

Department: Physics

"What excites me the most about Electron Beam Lithography is that you are only limited in what you can write or build by your own imagination; the possibilities involving the manufacture of nano-structures is practically limitless."

Nicholas Christian
Class of 2015



Bloch versus Neel domain walls in a magnetic nano-strip

Mentor: Karen Livesey

Department: Physics

"Getting to ask myself questions about how the world works, think about them, and postulate solutions. Which leads to learning from my mistakes, self-correcting, and gaining insight on how systems work."

Miriam DeJong
Class of 2015



Wearable antenna impervious to human body effects

Mentor: Heather Song

Department: Electrical Engineering

"I think I’m most excited to be able to dive into an area that is a merger of two emerging markets – wireless communication and wearable electronics. The field is so vast, and untapped (for now)."

Zachary Klimczak
Class of 2015



Characterization of the radiative heat transfer of bio-inspired microscale structures

Mentor: Rebecca Webb

Department: Mechanical Engineering

"The practically and usefulness of the project is really enjoyable to me."

Caleb Lamb
Class of 2016



Alogrithms to automatically generation questions from natural language text

Mentor: Jugal Kalita

Department: Computer Science

"This experience has infused me with excitement and has energized me to learn more about AI and Natural Languages Processing (NLP)."

Cuong Nguyen
Class of 2015



Exploring the effects of portrayals of disabled individuals in the media

Mentor: Jennifer Clarke

Department: Psychology

"Research on attitudes towards the physically disabled is something that I am very passionate towards. I am specifically interested in how to positively influence the attitudes of society towards this specific population."

Carissa Ortega
Class of 2015



Volatility characteristics of alternative fuels with application to novel internal combustion engines

"I am excited about finding and creating solutions for the current global energy crisis."

Brandon Patz
Class of 2016



Commonsense and proximate cause collide: Assigning responsibility in drunken driving cases

"My research combines my interests in the law and psychology. Every aspect of my research is fascinating."

Hannah Phalen
Class of 2015



Multicolor Fluorescent Nanoparticles for Biological Imagining

"I think the most exciting thing to me about any research in general is venturing into the unknown. You never know what you will find, and some of these discoveries can be put to really good use."

Paul Pinchuk
Class of 2016



Characterization of an atomic oxygen source

Mentor: Andrew Ketsdever

Department: Mechanical Engineering

"The study of a low earth orbit space environment is of extreme importance in the decision of what materials to use in spacecraft to maximize mission life. I am excited to know that I have a chance to contribute to such a significant and relevant subject."

Slade Rodrigues
Class of 2015



Identifying genes that regulate the formation of dendrites

"I’m very excited to be working with the nervous system, for I am fascinated by its highly complex organization and functions. I believe that it’s imperative for us to learn as much as we can about the development and maintenance of this biological system, as it plays a vital role in all animals."

Logan Schachtner
Class of 2015