Oregon State University

Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Creativity

URISC is a Research Office program that supports OSU undergraduate research activities. "Research" at OSU is interpreted broadly to reflect what goes on not only in laboratories and field stations, but also in libraries, art studios, and music practice rooms. The Research Office seeks to involve undergraduate students from all academic disciplines within the University.

Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Creativity Funded Proposals

URISC Winter/Spring 2009-10

There were a total of 12 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $16,385.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 10 proposals for funding totaling $13,470.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Banton, Garrett [Major: Nuclear Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Oksana Ostroverkhova, Dept. of Physics): "Preliminary Study of Charge Transfer in Organic Semiconductor Materials"
  • Gifford, Jessica [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: David McIntyre, Dept. of Physics): "Optical Trapping and Fluorescence Spectroscopy of Nanoparticle Sensors in Microfluidic Divices"
  • Johnston, Meghan Hemphill [Major: Bioengineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Milo Koretsky, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering): "Growth of Carbon Nanotubes via Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition"
  • Jorgensen, Stephanie [Major: Business Administration - Marketing] (Faculty Project Advisor: Hal Koenig, College of Business - Marketing): "Brand Community Initiative (BCI)"
  • Koo, Sue-Jie [Major: Microbiology, Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jerri Bartholomew, Dept. of Microbiology): "Distribution and Infection Prevalence of the Polychaete Host of the Salmonid Parasite Ceratomyxz shasta in the Klamath River"
  • Mankaney, Aakash [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Lynda Ciuffetti, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology): "The Role of ROS and the Phenylpropanoid Pathway in the Mode-of-Action of the Host-Selective Toxins Ptr ToxA and Ptr ToxB"
  • Nasholm, Nicole [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Nancy Kerkvliet, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Assessing the Induction of IDO via Alternative AhR Ligands"
  • Squire, Mattie [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert T. Mason, Dept. of Zoology): "Time-Budgeting in Male Red-Sided Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis)"
  • Vigeland, Anna [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert T. Mason, Dept. of Zoology): "Environmental Temperature Effects on Pheromone Production in Garter Snakes"
  • Wineinger, Kristin [Major: Biology - Biotechnology Option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jadwiga Giebultowicz, Dept. of Zoology): "The Role of the Circadian Clock in Oxidative Stress Response"

URISC Fall 2009-10

There were a total of 13 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $20,888.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 8 proposals for funding totaling $12,188.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Christensen, Celene [Major: Geology and Environmental Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Roy Haggerty, Dept. of Geosciences): "Development of a 'Smart' Tracer: Microbial Respiration in Stream Sediment and the Resazurin-Resorufin System"
  • Golden, Daniel [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Ganti Murthy, Dept. of Biological and Ecological Engineering): "Modeling Development of Controlled Algae Growth for the Use of Biofuel Extraction"
  • Herdener, Nathan [Major: Psychology and Philosophy] (Faculty Project Advisor: Mei-Ching Lien, Dept. of Psychology): "Controlling the Focus of Visual Attention: Can Salient Stimuli Capture Attention Against Our Will?"
  • Johnson, Maxwell [Major: Food Science and Technology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Juyun Lim, Dept. of Food Science and Technology): "The Effects of Taste and Retronasal Odor on Hedonic Perception"
  • Lusk, Jason [Major: Chemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Rich Carter, Dept. of Chemistry): "Green Synthesis of the Natural Product Aconitine"
  • Rering, Caitlin [Major: Environmental Chemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jennifer Field, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Nicotine and its Urinary Metabolites in Wastewater: Validating Community Exposure to Legal and Illegal Drugs"
  • Snow, Erika [Major: Bioresource Research] (Faculty Project Advisor: John Mata, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences): "M. Tuberculosis Selective Adenosine Kinase Nucleoside Polymers for Inhalation Therapy"
  • Wilson, Jenna [Major: Bioengineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Adam Higgins, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering): "Optimization of the Freeze-Drying Procedure of Cultured Neurons"

URISC Summer 2008-09

There were a total of 51 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $89,675.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 12 proposals for funding totaling $21,600.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Chen, Jing [Major: General Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Adrian Gombard, Linus Pauling Institute and Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Establishing Mechanisms of Vitamin D Signaling Pathways in Cells"
  • Halama, Jonathan [Major: Microbiology and Botany] (Faculty Project Advisor: Theo Dreher, Dept. of Microbiology): "Modified TYMV Capsids Designed for Nanoparticle Technology"
  • Holmes, Jeffery [Major: Computational Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: William Hetherington, Dept. of Physics): "Radio Astronomy Digital Signal Processing"
  • Ireton, Kyle [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Fredrick Stormshak, Dept. of Animal Sciences): "Nongenomic Actions of Estrogen in the Ovine Endometrium"
  • Kirby, Peter [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Bruce Geller, Dept. of Microbiology): "Influenza A Virus H5N1 Vaccine to Protect Poultry Populations from Widespread Infection"
  • Lampi, Marsha [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Skip Rochefort, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering): "The Relationship between the Molecular Properties and Lubrication Capabilities of Equine Synovial Fluid"
  • McAllister, Marisa [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jadwiga Giebultowicz, Dept. of Zoology): "Circadian Regulation of Oxidative Stress Response Genes, CncC and Keap1, in Drosophila melanogaster"
  • Peterschmidt, Jordan [Major: General Science (pre-dental)] (Faculty Project Advisor: Michael Blouin, Dept. of Zoology): "Allelic Variation at Suiperoxide Dismutase in Biomphalaria glabrata"
  • Phan, Brian [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Elisar Barbar, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Interaction between Dynein Intermediate Chain and Dynactin"
  • Price, Kevin [Major: Accounting and Business Administration with MIS option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Byron Marshall, College of Business): "Visualizing XBRL Accounting Flows"
  • Riscoe, Erin [Major: Microbiology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Theo Dreher, Dept. of Microbiology): "Searching for New Cyanophages: A Study of the Bacteriophages of Oregon's Microcystis aeruginosa"
  • Willeford, Andrew Lee [Major: Chemistry, Forenscis option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Christopher Beaudry, Dept. of Chemistry): "Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Ovalifoliolatin B"

URISC Winter/Spring 2008-09

There were a total of 27 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $37,191.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 9 proposals for funding totaling $11,697.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Brown, Jill [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Frank Bernieri, Psychology): "First Impression Stability and Emotional Intelligence"
  • Cordero, Gerardo Antonio [Major: Environmental Sciences] (Faculty Project Advisor: Clinton Epps, Fisheries and Wildlife): "A Morphometric Reassessment of Neotoma cinerea (Bushy Tail Wood Rat) Subspecies in Oregon"
  • Heston, Danielle [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Steve Perakis, Forest Ecosystems and Society): "Influence of Calcium Oxalate on Deer Browsing in Douglas Fir"
  • Hilburn, Caroline [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics and German] (Faculty Project Advisor: Dee Denver, Zoology): "Rhabditophanes sp.: An Oregonian Nematode as a New Model for the Genetics of Parasitism"
  • Hyde, Aleshia [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Scott Heppell, Fisheries and Wildlife): "Population Survey of Liparis dennyi (the Marbled Snailfish)"
  • Madrigale, Monee [Major: Business Administration - Marketing and International Business] (Faculty Project Advisor: Hal Koenig, College of Business): "Increasng Fruits and Vegetable Consumption among Oregon Food Stamp Recipients"
  • Maxfield-Taylor, Sarah [Major: General Agriculture] (Faculty Project Advisor: Sujaya Rao, Crop and Soil Science): "Molecular Identification of Grass Seed Pests"
  • Meermeier, Nick [Major: Microbiology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jadwiga Giebultowicz, Zoology): "Circadian Regulation of 20S Proteasome Activity During Aging"
  • Wilson, Kiya [Major: Earth Systems Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert Duncan, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences): "Using an Array of NE Pacific Margin Sediment Samples to Link Land-Ocean Responses to Glacial-Interglacial Climate Variability"

URISC Fall 2008-09

There were a total of 16 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $24,687.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 8 submissions for funding totaling $12,128.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Adamic, Eric [Major: Psychology] (Mei-Ching Lien, Psychology): "Involuntary Attentional Capture in Multi-Tasking"
  • Chin, David [Major: Biology] (Robert T. Mason, Zoology): "Characterization of a Pheromone-Binding Second Messenger System in the Vomeronasal Organ of the Garter Snake"
  • Joiner, John Caleb [Major: Physics] (Ethan Minot, Physics): "Carbon Nanotube Resonance in the Terahertz Frenquency Range"
  • Kanaan, Stacy [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Milo Koretsky, Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering): "Low-Temperature Plasma Growth of Carbon Nanotubes on Flexible Substrates"
  • Malmo, Jay [Major: Bioresource Research] (Jane Ishmael, Pharmaceutical Sciences): "Investigation of Red Sea Microbial Extracts as a Source of Potential Neurological Agents"
  • McAlpine, Kristen [Major: Food Science and Technology] (Yanyun Zhao, Food Science and Technology): "Development of New Value-Added Blueberry Product Using High Hydrostatic Pressure (HHP) Technology"
  • Nguyen, Theresa [Major: Biology] (Hiro Nonogaki, Horticulture): "Characterization of Carrot Embryogenesis and Germination for Efficient Seed Production"
  • Schneider, Christine [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Elisar Barbar, Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Characterization of the Light Intermediate Chain of Dynein"

URISC Summer 2007-08

There were a total of 26 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $30,990.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 11 submissions for funding totaling $18,600.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Bemer, Brett [Major, Biochemistry/Biophysics] (Sharon Krueger, Linus Pauling Institute): "Role of Flavin-Containing Monooxygenases on Sulindac Pharmokinetics"
  • Clement, Michael [Major, Biology] (Stephen Giovannoni, Microbiology): "Culturing Facultative Anaerobic Bacteria Native to the Oregon Coast"
  • Dray, Emily [Major, Anthropology/International Degree] (Deanna Kingston, Anthropology): "King Island Plant, Place, and Bird Names Project"
  • Gilroy, Caslin [Major, Biological Engineering] (Tyler Radniecki, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering): "Correlation of NE 1545 Expression and Cell Size in N. europaea Exposed to a Suite of Aromatic Hydrocarbons"
  • Horner, Dan [Major, Microbiology] (Jerri Bartholomew, Microbiology): "Myxozoan Parasite Origin Unknown in Emerald Shiner (Notropis atherinoides) Population"
  • Lackey, Christina [Major, Zoology] (Robert T. Mason, Zoology): "The Harderian Gland Revealed: Regeneration and Recovery of Chemosensory Function"
  • McKenney, Melissa [Major, BioResource Research] (Sujaya Rao, Crop and Soil Sciences): "Comparison of Pollination by Native Bumble Bees in Oregon Cranberry"
  • Nguyen, Hong [Major, Microbiology] (Gary Merrill, Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Thioredoxin Redox State Determination"
  • Putnam, Anna [Major, Chemical Engineering] (Chih-Hung (Alex) Chang, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering): "The Fabrication of a Nanoporous Electrode for a New Type of Lithium Ion Battery"
  • Tominey, Colin [Major, Biochemistry/Biophysics] (John Hays, Environmental and Milecular Toxicology): "Effect of Over-Expression of Ogg1 on Spontaneous GUSmr Mutation in Arabidopsis"
  • Winfield, Tammy [Major, BioResource Research Dual Options in Pest Mgmt. & Biology and Sustainable Ecosystems] (John Lambrinos, Horticulture): "Quantifying the Value of Native Plants for Improving Pollination and Biological Control in Agroecosystems"

URISC Winter/Spring 2007-08

There were a total of 21 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $28,898.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 13 submissions for funding totaling $18,434.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Cespedes, Nichole [Major, BioResource Research] (Roger Ely; Biological and Ecological Engineering): "Purification of a Thermotolerant Hydrogenase for Production of Biohydrogen as a Source of Alternative Energy"
  • Clark, Scott [Major, Mathematics, Physics and Computational Physics] (Malgorzata Peszynska; Mathematics): "Finite Element Modeling of Uncertain Interfaces"
  • Coppersmith, Jennifer [Major, Biochemistry/Biophysics] (Hiro Nonogaki; Horticulture): "Gene Regulation by miRNA in Arabidopsis"
  • Fisher, Sarah [Major, Zoology] (Sylvia Behrens Yamada; Zoology): "Prey Preference and Consumption Rates in European Green Crabs and Juvenile Dungeness Crabs"
  • Harada, Daniel [Major, Physics and Mathematics] (Ethan Minot; Physics): "Noise Mechanisms in Carbon Nanotube Biosensors"
  • Knoderbane, Marshall [Major, Zoology] (David Lytle; Zoology): "Analysis of Bateman's Principles in the Giant Water Bug Abedus herberi"
  • Lamb, Robert [Major, Biology, International Studies] (Bruce Menge; Zoology): "A Comparison of Community Structure Between Low Light, Rock Wall Overhangs and Sun-Exposed Surfaces in the Intertidal Zone"
  • McLean, Leigh [Major, Human Development and Family Sciences/Early Childhood Development and Education] (Megan McClelland; Human Development and Family Sciences): "Socioeconomic Status as a Factor in School Readiness"
  • Miles-Rockenfield, Kara [Major, Microbiology] (Lynda Ciuffetti; Botany and Plant Pathology): "Purification, Crystallization, and Mutagenesis of ToxB, a Host Selective Toxin in Pyrenophora tritici-repentis"
  • Pham, Duy [Major, Biochemistry/Biophysics] (Nancy Kerkvliet; Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Analysis of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor-Dependent Gene Expression in Murine T Cells upon 2, 3, 7, 8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) Exposure in vitro"
  • Porter, Tania [Major, American Studies] (David McMurray; Anthropology): "One Mile from Civilization to Savage: American Attitudes towards French-Canadian Settlers in the Oregon Territory"
  • Tonsfeldt, Karen [Major, Psychology and Zoology] (Patrick Chappell; Zoology): "The Body's Clock on Steroids: Effects of Ovarian Steroid Hormone Exposure on Circadian Clock Function in Multiple Tissues Within the Reproductive Axis"
  • Wyckoff, Erin [Major, Environmental Science] (Barbara Bond; Forest Science): "Soil CO2 Efflux in DIRT Plots at Equilibrium (a DIRT-y job)"

URISC Fall 2007-08

There were a total of 8 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $15,670.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 5 submissions for funding totaling $8,642.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Bergh, Jennifer [Major, Horticulture] (Sujaya Rao; Crop and Soil Science): "Native Bee Pollinator Sharing Between Native and Agricultural Landscapes"
  • Brown, Kendra [Major, Environmental Engineering] (Dorthe Wildenschild, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering): "Dynamic Capillary Pressure in Porous Media"
  • Hoang, Jimmy [Major, Biology] (Erica Bakker, Horticulture): "Construction of a DNA Fragment Library Using Robotics"
  • Johnson, Ajeet [Major, Geology] (Andrew Meigs, Geosciences): "Fault Growth Modeling Along Oregon's Active Basin and Range Region, The Brother's Fault Zone"
  • Preston, Dan [Major, Biology] (Bruce Menge, Zoology): "Indirect Effects of Herbivory in the Galapagos Intertidal"

URISC Summer 2006-07

There were a total of 32 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $54,920.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 10 or 22 submissions for funding totaling approximately $17,790.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Chin, David (Jaga Giebultowicz; Zoology): "Circadian Variations in Physiological and Molecular Responses to Toxins in Drosophila"
  • Coffman, Erik (Chrissa Kioussi; Pharmaceutical Sciences): "Validation of the Pitx2 Muscle Precursor Cell Lineage Target Genes"
  • Dang, Tuyen (Christopher Mathews; Biochemistry and Biophysics): "The Effect of DNA Methylation on Deamination Rate and The Ribonucleotide Reductase Activity in Rat Mitochondria"
  • Donegan, Paul (Michael Freitag; Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Catching RIP in the Act: Hairpin Bisulfite PCR to Detect DNA Methylation"
  • Gobble, Timothy (Martin Schuster; Microbiology): "Exploring a Genome: The Hunt for Genes Controlling Quorum Sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
  • Jurling, Alden (Janet Tate; Physics): "Application of Impedance Spectroscopy to Measure Dielectric Constants in Thin Films and Bulk Materials"
  • Lamb, Robert (Mark Hixon; Zoology): "Effects of a Marine Reserve on the Abundance and Composition of Reef Fish Species"
  • Miles-Rockenfield, Kara (Lynda Ciuffetti, Botany and Plant Pathology): "Purification, Crystallization, and Mutogenesis of ToxB, a Host Specific Toxin in Pyrenophora tritici-repentis"
  • Perry, Jessica (Robert Tanguay; Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Screening for Drugs that Modulate Tissue Regeneration"
  • Puckett, Susan (Bruce Geller; Microbiology): "Gene-Specific Antibiotic Development"

URISC Winter/Spring 2006-07

There were a total of 27 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $43,488.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 7 submissions for funding totaling $11,948.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Adams, Vincent (Elizabeth Borer; Zoology): "Fecundity and Trophic Preference of Rhopalosiphum padi on Selected Oregon Annual and Perennial Grasses"
  • Bateman, Katherine (Dennis Hruby; Microbiology): "Sortase (SrtA) Inhibitors"
  • Cecchini, Nicole (Hal Koenig; Managemetn, Marketing and International Business): "Psychometric Properties of an Attitude Scale"
  • Davis, Andrew (Jadwiga Giebultowicz; Zoology): "Rhythmic Cellular Responses to Oxidative Stress"
  • Meredith, Nick (Yevgeniy Kovchegov; Mathematics): "Occupation Times and Learning Models"
  • Rieke, Erin (Christine Kelly; Chemical Engineering): "PAMAM Dendrimer Targeting to Tumor Microenvironment"
  • Rumore, Danya Lee (Larry Lev; Agricultural and Resource Economics): "Renewing Agriculture-of-the-Middle/Mid-Tier Food Value Chains"

URISC Fall 2006-07

There were a total of 21 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $39,887.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 8 submissions for funding totaling $15,799.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Cornett, Logan (Mei-Ching Lien, Psychology): "When the Eyes Have It, Does the Brain Have It Too? An Electrophysiological Study of the Attentional Blink"
  • Fawcett, Della Marie (Andrew Meigs, Geosciences): "Stress Changes and Interactions Associated with the 1944 San Juan, Argentina Earthquake"
  • Kempsell, Monica (Thomas Plant, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science): "Nanoporous Thin-Film Gas Sensors"
  • Mitchell, Gabriel (Viktor Podolskiy, Physics): "Chaotic Light Scattering from Dielectric Microparticles"
  • Reyna, Nicholas (Frank Bernieri, Psychology): "Validating Emotional Intelligence Scales"
  • Verba, Circe (Adam Kent, Geosciences/Martin Fisk, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences): "The Search for Microbial Life in Freshwater Pillow Basalts"
  • Warkentin, Rachel (Julie Green, Art): "Traditional Pigments and Paint Making Research"
  • Whitham, Athena Erin (Adam Kent, Geosciences): "Atmospheric Release of Sulfur, Chlorine and Fluorine During Eruption of the Parkdale Lava Flow, Mt. Hood: A Case Study of the Effects of Volcanic Degassing in the Columbia River Basin and Comparison to Volcán de Colima, Mexico"

URISC Summer 2005-06

There were a total of 38 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $63,600.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 15 submissions for funding totaling $25,132.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Capri, Gina (Daniel Rockey, Biomedical Sciences): "Genomics of Clinical Chlamydia trachomatis"
  • Castle, John (Thomas Shellhammer, Food Science and Technology): "Hop-Derived Polyphenols as a Clarifying Agent in Hot Wort"
  • Fife, Gabriel (Rod Harter, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences): "A Comparison of Concussion Assessment and Management Protocols in the United States and the Republic of Korea"
  • Goldner, Aaron (Edward Brook, Geosciences): "Development of Methane Concentration Measurements for Small Ice Samples"
  • Haidar, Sara (Tory Hagen, Linus Pauling Institute): "The Age-Related Changes in Nrf2-Mediated y-Glutamylcysteine Ligase Transcription"
  • Kuhta, Nicholas (William Hetherington, Physics): "Surface Polarization Reflection Studies of Benzene and Methanol"
  • Leinen, Samuel (Andrea Marks, Art): "Freedom on the Fence DVD"
  • Mankaney, Gautam (Andrew Buermeyer, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Effect of Cancer-Associated Mutations on MLH1 Interaction with Exonucleases"
  • Mazurier, Mark (Oksana Ostroverkhova, Physics): "Photophyscial Properties of Organic Semiconductors"
  • Murphy, Caitlin (Fred Stormshak, Animal Sciences): "Estrogen-Induced Membrane Signals Affecting Protein Synthesis and Glucose Oxidation in the Ovine Endometrium"
  • Nguyen, Andrew (Andrew Buermeyer, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Biochemical Defects Associated with Pathogenic Mutations in Human MLH1"
  • Rieke, Erin (Christine Kelly, Chemical Engineering): "Bifunctional Nanoparticles in Internal Radiotherapy of Cancer"
  • Swander, Ashley (Michael Pavol, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences): "Effects of Age on the Landing Techniques of Boys and Girls"
  • Taylor, Kenneth (Roy Haggerty, Geosciences): "Gyre Contribution to Breakthrough Curve Data"
  • Turner, John (Mark Zabriskie, Pharmaceutical Sciences): "Identification of Antibiotics Produced by Microorganisms from the Indonesian Black Water Ecosystem"

URISC Winter/Spring 2005-06

There were a total of 28 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $46,133.00. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 7 submissions for funding totaling $11,690.00.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Bradford, Emma (Aaron Liston, Botany and Plant Pathology): "The Origin and Geographic Distribution of Polyploid Populations in Kincaid's Lupine: A Threatened Plant Species"
  • Cellerini, Kathryn (Jennifer Connor-Smith, Psychology): "Developing an Observational Measure of Early Adolescent Personality"
  • Cho, Dongbin (Mei-Ching Lien, Psychology): "An Electrophysiological Study of Word Recognition: Assessing the Role of Attention in Word Reading"
  • Danielson, Bryan (Mahfuzur Sarker, Microbiology): "Characterization of a Sporulation-Specific Kinase in Clostridium perfringens"
  • Fawcett, Kelly (Michelle Inderbitzin, Sociology): "Impact of School Climate on Students Aspirations and Performance"
  • Grossman, Jennifer (Michelle Kutzler, Clinical Sciences): "Effects of Castration in Llamas on Human-Directed Aggression"
  • Hsu, Peter (Jane Ishmael, Phamaceutical Science): "Characterization of a Previously Undescribed Calmodulin Binding Site on the NMDA Receptor"

URISC Fall 2005-06

There were a total of 12 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $21,580.14. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 7 submissions for funding totaling $13,290.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Chan, Sandy (Nancy Kerkvliet, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Influence of Ah Receptor Gene in T Cell Responses"
  • Ford, Neil (Milo Korestsky, Chemical Engineering): "Low-Temperature Plasma Assisted Growth of Carbon Nanotubes in Flexible Substrates"
  • Goodin, Zachary (Mei-Ching Lien, Psychology): "Involuntary Attention Capture: An Electrophysiological Study"
  • Hamblen, Emily (Selina Heppell, Fisheries and Wildlife): "Nursing Duration and Frequency in Determining Steller Sea Lion Pup Weaning"
  • Lim, Rhonda (Megan McClelland, Human Development and Family Sciences): "The Importance of Parental Warmth for Children's Early School Success"
  • Majors, Shawn (Roy Haggerty, Geosciences): "Chemical Variability Comparisons of Springs and their Relationships to Local Lithologies"
  • Winkelman, Nick (Mark Hoffman, Exercise and Sports Science): "The Effect of Unilateral Pre-Training on Maximal Bilateral Force"

URISC Summer 2004-05

There were a total of 50 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $80,745.56. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 17 submissions for funding totaling $26,379.56.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Blanding, Mark (David McIntyre, Physics): "Optical Tweezers"
  • Czajka, Alissa (Frank Bernieri, Psychology): "When Interactions End Badly"
  • Dutcher, Kendall (Douglas Barofsky, Envronmental and Molecular Toxicology and Chemistry): "Selenosulfide Bonds and Phosphorylation Sites on the Native Form of Selenoprotein W"
  • Friesen, Christopher (Robert Mason, Zoology): "The Effects of Chronically Elevated Glucocorticoids on Reproductive Success in Red-Sided Garter Snakes"
  • Kitamura, Brian (Fred STormshak, Animal Sciences): "Characterization of Nongenomic Response to Estrogen in the Ovine Endometrium"
  • Kortlever, Jeremy (Yuji Hiratsuka and Julie Green, Art): "Of Haikus and Objects"
  • McGregor, Mary (Emily Ho, Nutrition and Food Managerment): "Novel Dietary Chemoprotective Agents in Prostate Cancer"
  • O'Brien, Caitlin (Megan McClelland, Human Development and Family Sciences): "Profiles of Children with Poor Learning-Related Social Skills in Preschool"
  • Paoletti, David (Andrew Blaustein, Zoology): "Rapid Evolution of Behavioral Antipredator Response: How Larval Pacific Treefrog Populations Differ in Their Response to an Introduced Predator"
  • Phan, Linda (Theresa Filtz, Pharmaceutical Sciences): "Effects of Hawthorn Plant Extracts on Endothelial Cells in Culture"
  • Rieke, Erin (Christine Kelly, Chemical Engineering): "Effect of Irradiation Dose of Breast Cancer Cell Proliferation"
  • Smith, Ryan (Janine Trempy, Microbiology): "Functional Detection of Bacterial Pathogens"
  • Strawn, Sarah (Jaga Giebultowicz): "Role of Clock Gene Period in Starvation Resistance"
  • Strycker, Noah (W. Douglas Robinson, Fisheries and Wildlife): "Variation in the Size and Shape of Eggs, Clutch Sizes and Incubation Times in Temperate Bird Species"
  • Tan, Tari (Theo Dreher, Microbiology): "Variation in the 5' and 3' Cyclization Sequences of West Nile Virus"
  • Taylor, MacKenzie (Megan McClelland): "Relations Between Learning-Related Social Skills and Early School Success"
  • Tisdale, Emily (Skip Rochefort, Chemical Engineering): "An Agricultural Economics Analysis of Biodiesel Production in the Willamette Valley"

URISC Winter/Spring 2004-05

There were a total of 15 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $9,895.80. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 11 submissions for funding totaling $7,505.80.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Dudoit, Chana (Yamad, Sylvia; Zoology): "Documenting the Spread of Zostera Japonica Within the South Slough at Coos Bay"
  • Garbarino, Angelina (Waldkirch, Andreas; Economics): "Information Technology Change in Mexico Since the Implementation of NAFTA"
  • Lo, Pachida (Williams, David; Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Determination of the Flavin-Containing Monooxygenase (Fmo) Distribution in Mouse Lung and Liver"
  • Motamedi, Nima (Bermudez, Luiz; Biomedical Sciences): "Genetic Analysis of Mycobacterial Resistance to Cationic Anti-Microbial Peptides"
  • O'Brien, Caitlin (McClelland, Megan; Human Development and Family Sciences): "Profiles of Children with Poor Learning-Related Social Skills in Preschool"
  • Read, Wolf (Bond, Barbara; Forest Science): "Wind Effects on an Old Growth Stand at the T. T. Munger Research Natural Area, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington"
  • Sorensen, Erik (Ferngren, Gary; History): "The Numidians in the Second Punic War"
  • Starnes, Trevor (Barbar, Elisar; Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Interactions of the Intermediate Chain Subunit of the Motor Protein Dynein"
  • Taylor, Amber (Spitsbergen, Jan; Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Influence of Selected P450 Isozymes on the Carcinogenesis Process in Carcinogen Sensitive and Resistant Lines of Zebrafish"
  • Yarbrough, Lacey (Parke, Jennifer; Botany and Plant Pathology/Crop and Soil Science): "Effectiveness of Barley Straw in Reducing the Survival of Phytophthora ramorum in Water"
  • Zielinski, Christopher (Bartholomew, Jerri; Microbiology): "Myxozoan Parasites of Pet Shop Goldfish and Their Dispersal in the Wild"

URISC Fall 2004-05

There were a total of 16 submissions, with requests for funding from the Research Office in the amount of $14,052. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice Provost for Research awarded the top 13 submissions for funding totaling $12,052.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Bell, Jason (James Kennedy, Food Science and Technology): "Analysis of Variation of Chemical Composition in Pinot Noir Grape Clusters by Digital Imagery"
  • Birdsong, Nita (Kim Anderson, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Determination of Azinophosphate Metabolities on Apples from Hood River, Oregon"
  • Brunner, Jill (Kate Field, Microbiology): "Prevalence of tetQ Gene in Wild Animal Feces"
  • Chung, Yin-Lai Brenda (Sally Gallagher, Sociology): "Being 'Mainline': The Social Re-Formation of White Ethnicity Among Mainline Protestants"
  • Jennings, Tara Nicolle (Jane E. Smith, Forest Science): "Life in Red Soils: Investigating Forest Recovery After Wildfire"
  • Lee, Kalin (George Boehlert, Hatfield Marine Science Center): "Interactions Between the Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest"
  • Lester, James (Jage Giebultowicz, Zoology): "Relationship Between the Period Gene, Melatonin and Aging in Drosophila Melanogaster"
  • Meyer, Lora (Carol Rivin, Botany and Plant Pathology): "Evolution of Metabolic Regulation Through Gene Duplication"
  • Pham, Tuyen (Andrew Blaustein, Zoology): "Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation on Amphibians Schooling Behavior"
  • Scholz, Ryan (Howard Meyer, Animal Sciences): "Efficiency of Pre-Weaning Exposure to Brachypodium Sylvaticum on the Grazing Habits of Ovis Aries"
  • Strubb, Adrienne (Daniel Edge, Fisheries and Wildlife): "U.S. - France Comparison of Public Perception of Wolf Depredation on Livestock"
  • Uhrig, Andrew (Anita Grunder, Geosciences): "Structural Controls of North Sister Volcano"
  • Williamson, Emily (Dennis Hruby, Microbiology): "Over-Expression and Purification of the Vaccinia Virus G1L Protein"

URISC Summer 2003-04

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Aguilar, Sandra (Jennifer Connor-Smith, Psychology): "Coping with Social Stress"
  • Barnes, Connelly (Milo Koretsky, Chemical Engineering): "Virtual Chemical Vapor Decomposition Reactor"
  • Brooks, Michael (Alex Chang, Chemical Engineering): "Investigation of Epitaxial Growth of Compound Semiconductor by STM"
  • Cease, Arianne (Robert Mason, Zoology): "Behavioral Responses to Capture Stress in Female Red-Sided Garter Snakes"
  • Fallahi, Anahita (Tory Hagen, Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase 1 Function in Aging Rat Heart"
  • Farrell, Kathleen (Aaron Liston, Botany and Plant Pathology): "Common Ancestry of Genes Among Three to Five Species of North American White Pines"
  • Guyler, Susan (Janet Tate, Physics): "P-Type Conductivity in Thin Films"
  • Jansik, Danielle (Adam Kent, Geosciences): "Understanding the Magmatic Composition of Mt. Hood through the Examination of Mt. Hood Andsites"
  • McKinnis, Alexzandra (Sandra DeBano, Entomology): "The Distribution of Collembola Populations in Riparian Areas in the Patawa and Tutuilla Watershed"
  • Mohamed, Aly (John B. Hays, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "The Importance of DNA Mismatch Repair (MMR) Proteins, and Their Direct Effects in Plants"
  • O'Donnell, Edmond (Andrew Buermeyer, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Pathogenic Mechanisms of Cancer-Causing hMLH1 Mutations"
  • Page, Jessica (Claudia Maier, Chemistry): "Proteomics of Protein Glutathionylation in Mitochondria of an Aging Heart"
  • Porter, Spencer (Douglas Keszler, Chemistry): "Materials Preparation for Transparent Electronics"
  • Raskauskas, Nancy (Judith Li, Fisheries and Wildlife): "Use of Temperature Refuges by Coho Salmon in the West Fork Smith River"
  • Read, Wolf (Barbara Bond, Forest Science): "Wind Effects on Trees in a Northwest Oregon Forest"
  • Riley, Emily (Joan Gross, Anthropology): "Teaching Oreogn Native Languages"
  • Scholz, Ryan (Howard Meyer, Animal Sciences): "Efficiency of Pre-Weaning Exposure to Brachypodium Sylvaticum on Grazing Habits of Adult Sheep"
  • Sechrest, Robin (Andrew Blaustein, Zoology): "The Synergistic Effects of UV-B Radiation and Disease on Feeding Rate in Long-Toed Salamanders (Ambystoma macrodactylum)"
  • Tong, Tony (Fred Stevens, Chemistry): "Aging and Oxidative Damage to Mitochondrial Protein Subunits of Complex IV"
  • Tracy, Sara (Skip Rochefort, Chemical Engineering): "Sodium Hyaluronate (HA) for the Treatment of Lameness in Horses and the Effects of the Mechanical Properties of Joint Synovial Fluid"
  • Vu Dinh, Amy (Janine Trempy, Microbiology): "Investigation of Lon Protease and Discriminatory Activity with SulA in Escherichia coli"

URISC Winter/Spring 2003-04

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

  • Deskin, Lisa Marie (Staci Simonich, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Conifer Needles as Passive Air Samplers of Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds in High Elevation Ecosystems"
  • Ehlers, Nick (Bruce Menge, Zoology): "Mangrove Forests, Seagrass Beds, and Coral Reef Interactions"
  • Frasier, Kaitlin (Bruce Menge, Zoology): "Linking Larval Survival to Root Density and Water Turbidity in South American Mangroves"
  • Geleto, Gemedi (Michael Gross, Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Immunohistochemistry of Unex4.1 Protein During Development of Mouse Spinal Cord"
  • Hager, Werner (Ken Krane, Physics): "Determination of Nuclei Characteristics through Coincidence Sum Peak Analysis"
  • Hancock, Sandra (Elaine Pedersen, AIHM): "Contemporary Ethnic Knit Textile and Clothing of the Amayara in Bolivia"
  • Hanslovan, Cheryl (Dennis Hruby, Microbiology): "Development of Coronavirus Antiviral Drugs"
  • Hasson, Rachelle (Robert Tanguay, Toxicology): "Zebrafish Fin Regeneration"
  • Hinson, Mona (Loretta Rielly, OSU Libraries): "Valley Library Pacific Northwest Art Collection: Annotated Bibliography"
  • Hinton, Rachel (Willie Rochefort, Chemical Engineering): "An Investigation into the Use of Fuel Cell Technology for Electric Power Generation from 'Off-Gas' at the Coffin Butte Landfill (Benton County, OR)"
  • Hsu, Anna (John Hays, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Mismatch Repair in Vivo"
  • Jagannath, Harish (Andreas Waldkirch, Economics): "Are You Next? How is Outsourcing of White-Collar Jobs Affecting the American Economy?"
  • Johnson (Palmer), Jennifer (Michelle Inderbitzin, Sociology): "In The Eyes of The Beholder"
  • Klune, J. Robert (Dan Rockey, Microbiology): "An E. coli System for Examining a Novel Chlamydial Insertion Sequence"
  • Kneeland, Darla (P. D. Whanger, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): "Selenium Bioavailability and Distribution in Human Plasma from Selemium-Enriched Foods"
  • Nguyen, Binh (Tory Hagen, Biochemistry and Biophysics): "Age-Related Changes in Cardiac Mitochodrial Uncoupling Protein"
  • Plame, Rachel (Barbara Taylor, Zoology): "Role of Genes in Male Genital Innervation"
  • Rudel, Nicole Marie (Jerri Bartholomew, Microbiology): "Myxozoan Parasites of Marine Oligochaetes from the Oregon Coast"
  • Sabrowski, Nicholas (Mark Hoffman, Exercise and Sports Science): "Effects of Acute Exercise on Hamstring Flexibility and Knee Laxity"
  • Youngblood, Derek (P. Andrew Karplus, Biochemistry and Biophysics): "X-Ray Crystallographic Studies of a Peroxide Reducing Enzyme"
  • Younger, Melissa (Katharine Field, Microbiology): "Rapid Estimation of Fecal Bacteroidetes with a Quantitative PCR Assay"

URISC Fall 2003-04

The solicitation generated 28 proposals, with a total budget request of $24,853. The URISC Advisory Panel recommended funding the top 14 proposals totaling $12,881.

  • Breck, Erin (Menge, Bruce; Zoology): "The Effect of Site on the Physiological Condition of Barnacle Larvae"
  • Camp, Elizabeth (Carter, Rich; Chemistry): "Diels-Alder Approach to the Synthesis of Biaryls"
  • Ferguson, Laura (Beatty, Bess; History): "Gender Defined and Defied: Masculinity and Femininity During the Civil War"
  • Fitzpatrick, Jennifer (Savage, Thomas; Animal Sciences): "Genetic Characterization of a Teratology Condition in Embryonic Quail"
  • Foster, Kaylea (Shields, Barbara; Fisheries and Wildlife): "Demographics and Seal Worm Infestation in American Shad of the Columbia River"
  • Gagnier, Cliff (Hruby, Dennis; Microbiology): "Pox Proteomics"
  • Hewett, Erin (Peattie, Robert; Chemical Engineering): "A Comparison of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) Alone Versus A Combination of Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF) and VEFG for Stimulating Angiogenesis in the Mouse Ear"
  • Keppinger, Jaime (Rivin, Carol; Botany and Plant Pathology): "The Evolution of New Gene Functions by Focusing on the Evolution of an Unusual Gene in Maize, CPX2"
  • Koslofsky, Adam (Meigs, Andrew; Geosciences): "ELA Change of Chugach/ST Elias Glaciers Over the Past Three Decades"
  • Miyazoe, Mikio (Stone, Alex; Horticulture): "Management of Root Rot of Sweet Corn with Biofumigant Cover Crops"
  • Pokorny, Katherine (Cohen, LeoNora; Education): "Secondary TAG Student Perceptions of Feasible Improvements in Their Oregon Public School Learning Experience"
  • Probst, Kelly (Gross, Michael; Biochemistry/Biophysics): "Detection of the Location of Neurons in the Adult Spinal Cord of Mice Formed From dI5 and dI6 Embryonic Precursor Populations"
  • Silver, Alissa (Zhao, Yanyun; Food Science and Technology): "Use of Edible Coatings to Improve Quality and Extend Shelf-Life of Sweet Fresh Cherries"
  • Tinnesand, Kathryn (Dreher, Theo; Microbiology): " Enhanced Translation From TLS-5' Interaction in Turnip Yellow Mosaic Virus RNA"

URISC Summer 2002-03

The Undergraduate Research Innovation Scholarship Creativity (URISC) Summer 2003 solicitation generated 23 proposals, with a total budget request of $34,671. The URISC Advisory Panel recommended funding the top 18 proposals, totaling $26,980.

  • Asato, Karisa, Food Science and Technology/Bioresource Research, "The Effect of Alkali on Wheat Proteins in Asian Noodle Making"
  • Baumann, Denise C.; Bioresource Research/Crop and Soil Science, A Multitrophic Interaction Between a Fly, a Fungus and Orchardgrass in the Willamette Valley"
  • Bell, Shannon M.; Bioengineering, "Changes in Gene Expression in the Epistatic Interaction Between the Genes for Hooded and Short Awns in the Oregon Wolfe Barleys"
  • Coble, Matthew A.; Geosciences, "Fingerprinting Pacific Northwest River Sediments as Tracers for Climate Change"
  • Colombo, Mary; Geosciences, "Hydrothermal Links Between Ocean Plateau Formation and Ocean Anoxic Events"
  • Darr, Cristina; Environmental Science, "Water Content in Primary Cascade Lavas"
  • Gray, Zeitel; Geology, "Mapping Valley Deposit Surface Ages with Dendrochronology"
  • Hill, Stacy S.; Biology, "PhIP-Induced Mutation in Mlh1-Deficient Mice"
  • Iltis, Gabriel; Environmental Engineering, "Aerobic Degradation of Trichloroethane by Unidentified Microorganisms"
  • Jacobsen, Matthew K.; Physics, Investigation of Interface Reflections of Titanium Oxide"
  • Lee, Nancy Jade; Biochemistry and Biophysics, "Mutagenesis by Expanded DNA Precursor Pools of Mammalian Cells"
  • Lulay, Allison; Exercise and Sport Science, "Effects of One Year of Jumping Exercises on Maximum Jump Height"
  • Madani, Tala; Visual Arts/Political Science, "New Paintings in Berlin"
  • Miller, Kellan; Exercise and Sport Science, "Knee Kinematics in Prepubertal Boys and Girls"
  • Schmidt, Heidi; Bioengineering, "Effects of Hyaluronic Acid Treatment on the Mechanical Properties of Joint Fluid in Horses"
  • VanWormer, Kathy; Botany and Chemistry, "Origin and Implications of Pigmentation and Related Chemistry in Naturally Colored Cotton"
  • Walczak, Paul S.; Environmental Science, "Searching for Microbial Association with Olivine"
  • Walker, Ashley; Exercise and Sport Science, "Calpain Activity in Multiple Sclerosis"

URISC Winter/Spring 2002-03

  • Shannon Bell - BioEngineering
  • James Paul Durnin Jr. - Microbiology/Biology
  • Michinao Hashimoto - Chemistry
  • Katie James - Environmental Science/Forestry
  • Brett Palama - BioChemistry/Biophysics
  • Takashi Suyama - Chemistry
  • Darlow Zimmerman and Jeremy Christopher - Business Administration

URISC Fall 2002-03

The Research Office received 16 proposals for this solicitation with requests totaling $14,262. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded the top 11 proposals for funding with combined budgets of $9,870.

  • Anable, Sara (Gallagher, Sally, Sociology): Religious Community: Processes of Affiliation
  • Barrow, Breanne (Field, Katharine, Microbiology): Assessment of Tetracycline Resistance in the Environment
  • Chiba, Marin (Dolja, Valerian, Botany & Plant Pathology): Monitoring Viral Gene Interactions in a Closterovirus by Using -Glucuronidase Reporter Gene
  • Dutton, Jennifer (Mix, Michael, Biology): Communities in Crisis
  • Huot, Rebecca (Cronn, Richard, Botany & Plant Pathology): Intracellular N2-Fixation in Roots of Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta)
  • Janke, Alexis (White, Karen, Exercise & Sport Science): The Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy History on the Bone Mineral Density of Post-Menopausal Women
  • Keis, Joa (Cardinal, Brad, Exercise & Sport Science): Psychosocial Analysis of Muscular Fitness Promoting Behaviors: A Cross Cultural Comparison of College Students in France and the United States
  • Miller, Jamie (Wong, Isaac, Biochemistry & Biophysics): Direct Detection of Protein-Protein Interactions Between MutY and MutS
  • Regan, Andrew (Dreher, Theo, Microbiology): Dengue Viral Gene Expression: Is There A Role for Circularization Sequences?
  • Takagi, Akihide (Dreher, Theo, Microbiology): Dengue Virus Gene Expression: Could Initiation Site Mutations Increase Gene Expression From Vaccine Strains?
  • Young, Thomas (Menge, Bruce, Zoology): Effects of Nearshore Oceanography on Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Reef Fish Recruitment in Oregon

URISC Summer 2001-02

  • Aubert, Jolene (Moore, Frank, Zoology): Localization of the CB1 Receptor in the Brain of Taricha granulosa
  • Bastian, Erin (Giovannoni, Stephen, Microbiology): Characterization of microbial communities living in deep ocean waters
  • Beck, Mathew (Peterson, Richard, Mechanical Engineering): Microtechnology-based Heat Engine Development
  • Borstel, Melinda (Filtz, Theresa, Pharmaceutical Sciences): Estrogen regulation of muscarinic cholinergic receptor-mediated signaling in human astrocytoma cells
  • Camp, Elizabeth (Horne, David, Chemistry): The Synthesis of Bisindole Marine Alkaloids Possessing Anti-Cancer Properties
  • Corgan, Anne (Greenwood, Jeffrey, Biochemistry/Biophysics): Phosphoinositides
  • Fadel, Tarek (Rochefort, Skip, Chemical Engineering): Effects of Hyaluronic Acid Treatment on the Mechanical Properties of Joint Fluid in Horses
  • Hashimoto, Michinao (Horne, David, Chemistry): Synthesis of DBH (debromohymenialdisine) analogs
  • Horrell, Jessica (Rao, Sujaya, Entomology): Development of degree-day model for European crane fly
  • Huddleston, James (Connor-Smith, Jennifer, Psychology): Personality, Coping, and Stress-Reactivity
  • Kea, Bory (McGuire, Joseph, Bioengineering): Analysis of Cytokine and Sialidase Levels as Mediators of Preterm Delivery
  • Liu, Ying-show (Taylor, Barbara (Zoology): Characterizing male and female sterile mutants in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Llewellyn, Michael (Roberts, Tom (Zoology): Dynamics of Acceleration in Running Dogs
  • Miller, Kelsey (Judd, Darlene, Entomology): Phylogenetic analysis of basal Dipteran relationships based on a nuclear protein-encoding gene
  • Nash, Coral (Greenwood, Jeffrey, Biochemistry/Biophysics): The characterization of phoshoinositides binding to alpha-actinin in vitro
  • Nebergall, Nathan (Hetherington, William, Physics): Surface Polarization Spectroscopy
  • Newman, Christina (Uttl, Bob, Psychology): Decision Making and Aging
  • Obermeyer, Angela (Azarenko, Anita, Horticulture): Impacts of Alternative Orchard Floor Management Systems on Vesicular Arbuscular Mycorrhiza
  • Osborne-Gowey, Cathleen (Kingston, Deanna, Anthropology): The Eastern Shawnee Oral History Research Project
  • Osborne-Gowey, Jeremiah (Menge, Bruce, Zoology): Effects of Nearshore Oceanography on the Reproductive Output of Tidepool Fishes
  • Peoples, Mike (Menino, Fred, Animal Sciences): Effects of Phosphatase Inhibitors on Plasminogen Activator Activity in Bovine OocyteCumulus Cell Complexes
  • Reed, Jonathan (Dolja, Valerian, Botany and Plant Pathology): Screening of a Closterovirus Genome for Suppressors of RNA Silencing
  • Reid, Kristine (Steiner, Jeffrey, Crop and Soil Science): Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Soil Mesofauna in a Managed Grassland Ecosystem
  • Scott, Mathew (Rockey, Dan, Microbiology): IncA and Host Cell Protein Interactions
  • Wolf, Vernon (Law, Beverly, Forest Science): Role of Soil Heavy-and Light-Fractions in Carbon Cycling by Forested Ecosystems Across Disturbance and Climatic Gradients
  • Yoshinaga, Aloha (Eberhart, Joyce, Forestry Department): Matching of Mycorrhizae with Sporocarps through the use of Molecular Techniques

URISC Winter/Spring 2001-02

  • Andrews, Simeon S. (Gerwick, William, Pharmacy): Isolation and Structure Determination of Novel Compounds from Algae
  • Deloy, Michael R. (Shindler, Bruce, Forest Resources): Evaluating the Effectiveness of Environmental Education Programs for Wildland Fire Management
  • Hiatt, Julia R. (Plantinga, Andrew, AREC): Consumer Motivations and Willingness to Pay for Certified Wood Products
  • Schenk, John (Liston, Aaron, Botany and Plant Pathology): A Biosytematic treatment of Synthyris stellata
  • Visalli, Solyssa (Anderson, Kim, Env. & Mol. Tox): Impact of Episodic Stormwater Events on the Bioavailability of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Portland Harbor.

URISC Fall 2001-02

  • Davis, Kelsay (Meigs, Andrew, Geosciences):  Characteristics of a Slide Due to Glacier Erosion
  • Davis, Sara (Meyer, Howard, Animal Science):  Prediction of Lambing Number in Mid and Late Gestation Ewes by Fecal Hormonal Analyses
  • Feldhaus, Joseph (Markle, Douglas, Fisheries and Wildlife):  Fishes of Rickreall Creek
  • Hackett, Michelle (Binney, Stephen, Radiation Center):  Design of an Automatic Sample Changer for Neutron Activation Analysis Research
  • Ko, Andrew (Uttl, Bob, Psychology):  Using Statistical Software: User Strategies and Influence of Individual Differences
  • McCombs, Avery (William, Ray, Horticulture):  Direct Seeding and Integrated Weed Management Strategies to Suppress Annual Weeds for Cucurbits
  • Nelson, Dylan (Rockey, Dan, Microbiology):  Transcriptional Analysis of a Paralogous Gene Family of Chlamydia pneumoniae
  • Reid, Kristine (Steiner, Jeffery, Crop and Soil Science):  Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Soil Mesofauna in a Managed Grassland Ecosystems
  • Sinn, Scott (Stockwell, Virginia, Botany and Plant Pathology):  Control of Crowngall Using Pseudomonas Fluorescens Strain A506
  • Thauland, Timothy (Mathews, Chris, Biochemistry and Biophysics):  Elucidation of the Physiological Substrate for the mutT Gene Product

URISC Summer 2000-01

  • Arguello, Jacob (Arnold, Stevan, Zoology):  Hybridization and the Origin of Evolutionary Novelties
  • Banta, Marie (Hruby, Dennis, Microbiology):  Indentification of a 14KDa Internally Myristylated Protein in Vaccinia Virus
  • Carlyle, Calvin (Trempy, Janine, Microbiology):  The Correlation of Toxicity and Antibiotic Resistance to Antibacterial Soaps in Natural Bacterial Isolates
  • Gillen, Jonathan (McIntyre, David, Physics):  Diode Laser Cavity Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Haddix, Kori (Campbell, Courtney, Philosophy):  Facts, Fear, and Food: Health and Ethical Issues of Genetically Modified Foods
  • Jones, Zebulon (McGuire, Joseph, Bioengineering):  Drug Delivery from Safe, Implatable Solid Supports
  • Long, Kendra (Hruby, Dennis, Microbiology):  Up Regulation of SrtA in S. gordonii -  Effects on Protein Secretion
  • Ludwick, Tasha (Muir, Pat, Environmental Science):  Evaluation of Sanitation Project in Rural South Africa
  • Lui-Kwan, Erica (Widrick, Jeffery, Exercise and Sport Science):  Effect of Estrogen Therapy on Skeletal Muscle Myosin Isoform Expression in Postmenopausal Women
  • Mattsen, Amy (Rockey, Dan, Microbiology):  Intracellular Development of Tetracycline Resistant Chlamydia
  • Nash, Laura (Bryant, Nancy, Apparel, Interiors, Housing and Merchandising):  Exploration of Vionnet's Draping Techniques
  • Oesch, Nick (Bechert, Ursula, Biomedical Sciences):  Geographic Variations of Cervid Serum and Tissue Concentrations of Seleniurm and Vitamin E in Oregon: Correlations with Productivity
  • Samson, Anna (Rockey, Daniel, Microbiology):  Determination of the Region Chlamydial Inclusion Membrane Protein C Responsible for the Formation of Plasma Membrane Extensions on Host Cells
  • Simpson, Emily (Chen, H.L., Apparel, Interiors, Housing and Merchandising):  Origin and Implications of Pigmentation and Related Chemistry in Naturally Colored Cotton
  • Staten, Annie (Merrill, Gary, Biochemistry and Biophysics):  Purification of Recombinant Mouse Thioredoxin for Antibody Production
  • Streeler, Stuart (Karplus, P.A., Biochemistry and Biophysics):  Crystallographic Structure Determination of L-infinity-glycerophosphate oxidase
  • Ultman, Shari (Watson, Philip, Chemistry):  The Study of Biomineralization Through Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Young, Thomas (Hixon, Mark, Zoology):  Demography and Mechanisms of Population Dynamics in a Marine Fish

URISC Winter/Spring 2000-01

  • Cooper, Rebecca (Field, Katharine, Microbiology):  Antibiotic Resistance in Oysters as a Result of Fecal Pollution
  • Skaggs, Dale (Brunet, Johanne, Botany and Plant Pathology):  The Influence of Plant Architecture on the Mean Selfing Rates Among Two Populations of a Mixed Mating Plant Aguilegia coerula

URISC Fall 2000-01

  • Armstrong, Rachel (Klingeman, Pete, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering):  Water Art - Morandi Art Sculpture for Delano Grape Producer
  • Hayashi, Rei (Li, Judith, Fisheries and Wildlife):  Channel characteristics influence on invertebrate drift in Thomas Creek, OR
  • Holly, Dennis (Li, Judith, Fisheries and Wildlife):  Organic matter retention by large wood in Thomas Creek, OR
  • Mayfield, Joyce (Winner, Bill, Botany and Plant Pathology):  Gap significance of salal (Gaultheria Shallon) in the carbon balance of a Pacific Northwest old growth forest
  • Olson, Melissa (Liston, Aaron, Botany and Plant Pathology):  Characterization and molecular phylogenetic analysis of the PISTILLATA gene in the plant genus Thalictrum
  • Rains, Derek (Fowler, John, Botany and Plant Pathology):  Molecular and biochemical characterization of a putative calcium-binding receptor
  • Ravichandran, Sathya (Hagen, Tory, Linus Pauling Institute):  The role of iron in oxidative stress in Parkinson's Disease
  • Reed, Jonathan (Dolja, Valerian, Botany and Plant Pathology):  Functional specificity of beet yellows closerovirus heat shock protein
  • Reid, Clay (Yun, Joonkoo, Exercise and Sport Science):  Validity and reliability estimation of three different dynamic balance assessments
  • Weng, Mie-Ning (Chang, Chih-hung, Chemical Engineering):  Thin film deposition of compound semiconductor AnS by chemical bath deposition for the application of electroluminescent display

Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Creativity

Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Creativity

Summer Term 2010

Proposal Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2010
Award Announcement: Approximately Friday, April 16, 2010

For more information, please visit OSU Research Incentive Programs.

Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Creativity

Current Solicitation

Summer Term 2010

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Monday, March 1, 2010
Award Announcement: Approximately Friday, April 16, 2010

Contents


Description

URISC is a Research Office program that supports OSU undergraduate research activities. "Research" at OSU is interpreted broadly to reflect what goes on not only in laboratories and field stations, but also in libraries, art studios, and music practice rooms. The Research Office seeks to involve undergraduate students from all academic disciplines within the University.

Hundreds of opportunities exist for students to become actively involved in the scholarly pursuits of the faculty and to take part in a compelling learning experience. This kind of involvement provides insight into the creation of knowledge that is often not a part of classroom learning. It gives the student a hands-on opportunity to apply what they have been learning in the classroom, as well as to develop a mentoring relationship with a faculty member.

The URISC Fund is intended to enable undergraduate students to initiate a scholarly relationship with faculty early in their academic careers. Faculty mentors are expected to assume financial responsibility for student research activities if they continue beyond the initial URISC sponsorship.


Eligibility

Only faculty with professorial rank are eligible to serve as Faculty Project Advisor.

Full-time undergraduate students currently pursuing a baccalaureate degree at OSU and who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

Students completing graduation requirements before or during term(s) support is requested are not eligible. (i.e. students graduating in June would not be eligible to participate in the summer program following graduation.)


Award Information

Preference may be given to undergraduate students having their first research experience. Multiple proposals submitted from the same faculty project advisor are unlikely to be funded.

For the academic year program the maximum award is $1,000 for 1 term; $1,500 for 2 terms; and $1,800 for the full academic year (3 terms). Awards must be spent in the quarters for which the funds were requested.

For the summer program the Research Office will provide 60% of the total budget request (see Matching Funds), to a maximum of $1,800.

A student may receive an award only once from the academic year URISC program and once from the summer URISC program .

Applicants will be notified via e-mail of award decisions by the announcement date listed at the top of this page.


Matching Funds

For the academic year program no matching funds are required. However, for projects lasting two (2) or three (3) academic terms, a financial contribution by the unit does provide evidence about the level of commitment of the faculty member to the success of the project.

For the summer program the participating faculty project advisor, the department, or college must provide at least 40% of matching funds, and 100% of approved funds in excess of $3,000. It is the responsibility of the student and the faculty project advisor to identify and secure commitments for these funds prior to submitting the application.


Use of Funds

Awards are made to support scholarly, creative, and research activities. Research Office support will not be in lieu of existing grant funds previously budgeted for undergraduate research assistance. Work schedules are to be negotiated between the student and the faculty project advisor.

Budget Items ELIGIBLE for support

  • Student salaries, wages or stipends
  • Travel to conduct research or visit libraries/archives
  • Library costs (i.e. duplication costs, acquisition of reference materials)
  • Equipment rental
  • Expendable materials and supplies

Budget Items NOT ELIGIBLE for support

  • Faculty, postdoctoral or graduate student travel
  • Equipment purchases
  • Costs to prepare, copy or bind undergraduate theses
  • Travel to meetings or conferences (includes related fees, lodging and travel expenses)

Application Procedure

The URISC application form is available in MS Word format. If you are unable to access this electronic form, contact the Research Office at 541-737-8390 to request a paper copy. Please allow one week for delivery.

  1. Complete all sections of the application form.
    • Complete Items 1-10 within the space provided. Proposals must be initiated and written by the student, but should be done in close coordination with the Faculty Project Advisor.
    • Item 9, Regulatory Compliance: A complete application will include marking the appropriate boxes in the regulatory compliance section of the application. Due to the regulatory compliance requirements inherent in research it is the responsibility of the FACULTY PROJECT ADVISOR to submit the proper forms and receive approval from the appropriate compliance committee(s) PRIOR to the initiation of the research project with sufficient time to allow for the review process. The review process could require 4 to 8 weeks.
    • NOTE: Documentation of approval from the appropriate compliance committee(s) MUST be received in the Research Office, Incentive Programs before the award funds will be transferred.
  2. Obtain signatures Item 10 from the student, Faculty Project Advisor and the Faculty Project Advisor's Department Head/Chair.
  3. Attach the following supporting documentation to the end of the proposal packet:
    • Items 11 and 12, limit to 2 additional pages per item to provide the information requested.
    • Item 13, student's resume. The resume should include the student's academic major, current academic standing, and expected date of graduation.
    • Item 14, transcript (unofficial is acceptable, including GPA).
    • Item 15, letter of support from the Faculty Project Advisor.
    • Item 16, Appendix. Applicants are permitted to provide a one page supplement that describes the proposed methodology (optional). IF the proposed methodology involves survey research, a copy of the study instrument MUST be provided (required).
  4. Submit the completed proposal packet.
    • One (1) original (single-sided) and four (4) copies (double-sided) by 5:00 P.M. by the deadline date to the Research Office, Incentive Programs, A312 Kerr Administration Building.

Incomplete proposal packets will not be considered for funding.


Deadlines

All application materials, including supporting documentation, must be received at the Research Office, Incentive Programs, A312 Kerr Administration Building, by 5:00 p.m. by the deadline indicated at the top of this page.


Review Procedure

The Research Office reviews all proposals for eligibility. Requests that qualify are then given to the URISC Advisory Panel for competitive review and evaluation. The URISC Advisory Panel provides a prioritized list of recommendations for funding to the Vice President for Research based on the quality of the proposals as reflected in the review criteria. The Vice President for Research will make award decisions based on available funds.


Review Criteria

The URISC Advisory Panel is composed of faculty members appointed by the Vice President for Research who represent the diversity of the University's research enterprise. Proposals that describe the research project to this general audience, providing clear explanations of the purpose, importance and methodologies of the proposed topic, and avoiding the use of jargon and unexplained acronyms, will fare better than those written to reviewers from a highly focused discipline perspective.

The URISC Advisory Panel evaluates each proposal using the following criteria:
(Not in order of importance)

Scholarly Merit

  • Would funding this project create a professional experience for the student that might not otherwise be accessible?
  • What educational/experiential benefits will the student gain?
  • Is the project interesting?
  • Will the proposed activity significantly expand or diversify the student's artistic or scholarly base?

Nature of Proposal

  • Does the proposal provide a clear statement of overall project objectives?
  • Does the proposal provide a clear statement of the student's role?
  • Does the proposal provide independent research study for the student?
  • Are the proposed methods appropriate and accurate?
  • Does the proposal provide clear and specific budget information? (e.g., itemized list of materials and supplies)
  • Is the text of the proposal well written?
  • Is the personal data well-prepared?

Leverage

  • Will the project create opportunities to continue the research / scholarly experience for the student beyond the URISC funding period?
  • Will the project help position the student to pursue further scholarly, professional, creative opportunities (e.g., graduate school)?

Other Considerations

  • Is this a new research experience for the student?
  • Transcript and GPA
  • Does the proposed activity support the student's educational objectives?
  • Has the student received funding in prior years?
  • If provided, does the appendix provide clear information to support the proposed methodology? Also, if a survey is part of the project, is a copy of the study instrument attached?

Other Requirements

Any publications made possible by URISC funding are required to cite URISC support.
Final Reports

From students who receive awards, a final (progress) report will be due at the end of the term(s) for which the research was conducted.

The final (progress) report should contain three (3) points:

  1. How and/or on what were the URISC funds expended?
  2. A brief summary of the work conducted; including a discussion of the information gathered, how the data are being analyzed and if you are far enough along, describe how the data collected supports or refutes your original hypothesis or discovery goal.
  3. State the benefits from the URISC award; including additional scholarly activities, research progress, collaborative relationships, and any publications or other funding made possible for the student as a result of this award.

Please submit the report electronically to Debbie Delmore, Coordinator of Special Programs at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Recipients who fail to submit the required final report will be ineligible to receive future funding from the Research Office Incentive Programs.

Updated and Current Student Information

Award recipients are asked to notify the Research Office of any changes in mailing address, e-mail address, or telephone number.


For More Information

Contact Debbie Delmore, Coordinator of Special Programs, Research Office
Debbie.Delmore@oregonstate.edu
or call 541-737-8390

Contact Info

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