URSA Engage Projects

Students interested in projects should click on the description to learn more. A link to the application form can be found at the end of the description of each position.

College of Agriculture

  1. Dr. Massimo Bionaz, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences - "Development of the Dynamic Impact Approach, a web-interface bioinformatics tool for functional analysis of transcriptomics and proteomics datasets. Description HERE
  2. Dr. Jeff Chang, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences "Characterization of biofilms and Rhodococcus fascians virulence" Description HERE
  3. Dr. Maria Dragila, Dept. Crop and Soil Science - "Protecting our Soil for Future Generations: A study of 6 agronomic practices" Description HERE
  4. Dr. Stacey Harper, EMT/CBEE - "Agglomeration kinetics of nanoparticles in aqueous environments" Description HERE 
  5. Dr. Nik Wiman and Dr. Vaughn Walton, Dept. of Horticulture - "A thermal gradient for evaluating temperature-dependent performance of native and imported egg parasitoids of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys" - Description HERE

College of Business

  1. Dr. Leslie Davis Burns, School of Design and Human Environment - "Characteristics of Corporate Codes of Conduct and Auditing Programs in the Apparel/Footwear Industries" Description HERE
  2. Dr. Minjeong Kim, School of Design and Human Environment - "Fast Fashion and Gen Y Consumers" - Description HERE

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

  1. Dr. Miguel A. Goñi – College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences - "Characterization of organic matter in coastal waters" Description HERE

College of Engineering

  1. Dr. Karl R. Haapala, School of MIME - "Sustainable Manufacturing Assessment Tool Development" Description HERE
  2. Dr. Jonathan Hurst, MIME, College of Engineering - "Mechanical Design and Fabrication for Walking, Running Robots" - Description HERE
  3. Dr. Daniel Renjewski, MIME / CoE - "Watch your step! – control strategies for bipedal walking" - Description HERE

College of Forestry

  1. Dr. David Smith,  Forestry, Wood Science & Engineering - "Extraction of essential oils from Douglas fir biomass" - Description HERE

College of Liberal Arts

  1. Dr. Dwaine Plaza, Department of Sociology, School of Public Policy - "U.S. Deportation Policy and the Social Impact on Jamaican Society 2000-2012." - Description HERE
  2. Dr. Hilary Boudet, Sociology, School of Public Policy - "Climate Change, Extreme Weather and Action: A Cross-Case Comparison of Community Reactions to Extreme Weather Events" Description HERE

College of Public Health and Human Sciences

  1. Dr. Marit Bovbjerg, College of Public Health and Human Sciences - "Maternal physical activity and birth outcomes:  systematic review" Description HERE (No longer available)
  2. Dr. Simon Driver - School of Biological and Population Health - "Implementing a Physical Activity Health Promotion Program for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability Living in a Group Home" Description HERE
  3. Dr. Siew Sun Wong, Nutrition Health Sciences/School of Biological and Population Health Sciences - "Better Eating Starts Today (B.E.S.T.) Project – My Food Phone App" - Description HERE

College of Pharmacy

  1. Dr. Kerry McPhail, Dept. Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy - "Natural Products Profiling of a Mixed Assemblage of Laboratory-Cultured Cyanobacteria: who makes what?" - Description HERE

College of Science

  1. Dr. Balz Frei, Linus Pauling Institute - "Inhibition of Lipase Activity by Grape Seed Extract" Description HERE
  2. Dr. Michael Freitag, Biochemistry/Biophysics - "Regulation of Secondary Metabolite Expression by Chromatin Structure" Description HERE
  3. Dr. Jeffrey Greenwood, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science - "Zebrafish xenograft model for cancer progression" Description HERE
  4. Dr. Victor L. Hsu, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics - "Characterizing the DNA-binding protein from φX174" - Description HERE
  5. Dr. Victor L. Hsu, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics - "Computational methods for predicting protein-protein interaction domains" - Description HERE
  6. Dr. Walter Loveland, Chemistry - "Determining the spatial resolution of the Fission Time Projection Chamber" - Description HERE
  7. Dr. Ryan A. Mehl, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. "Engineering permissive translational machinery" - Description HERE
  8. Dr. Ryan A. Mehl, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics."Engineering Protein-Polymer Hybrids" - Description HERE
  9. Dr. Ryan A. Mehl, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics - "Synthesis of Unnatural Amino Acids for in Cell Bioorthogonal Ligations" - Description HERE
  10. Dr. Gary Merrill, Biochemistry & Biophysics - "Genetic Analysis of Carbonyl Reductase Function" - Description HERE
  11. Dr. Mark Novak, Dept. of Zoology - "Complex networks of species interactions in kelp forest ecosystems – designing, building, and populating a unique online database." - Description HERE
  12. Dr. Malgorzata Peszynska, Department of Mathematics - "Mathematical modeling, analysis, and simulation of real-life phenomena" - Description HERE
  13. Dr. Vincent T. Remcho, Department of Chemistry - "Low Cost, Paper Based Medical Diagnostics" - Description HERE
  14. Dr. Rebecca Terry, Dept. of Zoology - "Raptors, rodents, and conservation paleoecology: recovering ecological baselines in the desert West." - Description HERE
  15. Dr. Virginia Weis, Department of Zoology - "Understanding coral-algal symbioses" - Description HERE
  16. Dr. Virginia Weis, Department of Zoology - "Investigating Reproductive Physiology of Sea Anemones" - Description HERE

College of Veterinary Medicine

  1. Dr. A. Morrie Craig (Biomedical Sciences) & Dr. Jennifer M. Duringer (Environmental & Molecular Toxicology) - "Fate and Metabolism of the Forage Mycotoxin Lolitrem B in Cattle" Description HERE
  2. Dr. Claudia C. Häse, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine - "Vibrio presence at oyster hatcheries" - Description HERE
  3. Dr. Claudia C. Häse, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine - "Chemotaxis behavior of Vibrio cholerae" - Description HERE