Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for a 2014-2015 Undergraduate Research Grant. These grants provide up to $1,000 in financial support to undergraduate students who work closely with a faculty member to conduct research, engage in field studies, create projects in their discipline, or participate in similar scholarly/creative activities. Students may either design their own project or work on a professor's project. Either way, students must work closely with a faculty mentor. Students are encouraged to contact faculty in preparation for making a proposal.

To be eligible, a student must

  • be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student with at least two semesters remaining before they will earn their degree
  • be in good academic standing
  • show substantial initiative in the project, and
  • have a faculty mentor who is willing to work with the student.

Faculty mentors must

  • be full-time faculty
  • be willing to work closely with the undergraduate student on the project
  • have knowledge/expertise in the area of project to be completed, and
  • demonstrate ability to effectively mentor an undergraduate student.

Projects from all majors are eligible. A student may apply for only one grant per academic year.

Deadline

Completed Applications are due Wednesday, April 23, 2014 to Associated Students, Inc. Office M/S SU-32, USU Room 317, or emailed to cdolan@csufresnostate.edu.

Research Grant Information and Documentation

What is an Undergraduate Research Grant?

Flyer

Application

Application Instructions

Evaluation Rubric

Budget

Timeline

Undergraduate Research Awardees

Legend:

AH - College of Arts and Humanities
CSB - Craig School of Business
HHS - College of Health and Human Services
SM - College of Science and Mathematics
LCOE - Lyles College of Engineering
JCAST - Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
SS - College of Social Sciences

 

Fall 2013 Undergraduate Research Awardees
Student Name

Instructor Name

Department
and College

Title

Aroob Abelhamid 

Dr. Alam Hasson

Chemistry - SM

Kinetic and Mechanistic Study of Isoprene Hydroxy Nitrate with Ozone

Steffany Aguilar 

Dr. Robert Dundas

 

Earth and Enviromental Sciences - SM

Pollen Analysis of teh Mid Pleistocene Fairmead landfill 

Shahram Aghaei

Dr. Santanu Maitra 

Chemistry - SM 

Alzheimer'z Disease Research 

 Miriam Ahmad

Dr. Laurent Dejean 

Chemistry - SM 

Study of the role Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL on lactic fermentation in lymphocytes

Denise Altounian

Dr. Annabella Espana-Najera

Chicano and Latin American Studies - SS

"Weak Parties", Weak Madates? Party Manifestos in New Party 

Moriah Beltz

Dr. Joy Goto

Chemistry - SM 

Drosophila melanogaster mitochondria as a marker of oxidative stress in ASL-PDC 

Jennifer Bernard 

Dr. David Vera

Economics - CSB

An Examination of California's Realignment Policy and Property Crime Rates 

April Booth

Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea & Dr. Saeed Attar

Biology & Chemistry - SM 

Effects of Diversified Chalcones on Caenorhabditis elegans and Meloidogyne incognita - Developing a Potential Nematicide to Control Plant-Parasitic Nematodes 

Justin Burrows

Dr. Sharon Benes

Plant Science - JCAST

Potassium Concentration's Role with Solids formation in Processing Tomatoes

Rene Cadena

Allen Azizian

Criminology - SS

Public Perception of Sexually Violent Predators Act: Civil Commitment, Treatment, and Community Reintergration

Emilio Leal Cardenas

Dr. Santanu Maitra 

Chemistry - SM

Synthesis, Characterization, and Gas Phase Studies of Atmospherically Relevant Nitrate Esters

Maya Castro De La Torre

Dr. Pei-Chun Ho 

Physics - SM

Synthesis and Characterization of Neodymium Nanoparticles

Gina Chrisco

Dr. Anthony Radford 

Music - AH

Music Theory for Singers: An Ethnographical Approach

Kenya Covarrubias

Dr. Jason Bush 

Biology - SM

Analyses of genetic changes in prostate cancer from Hispanic farm workers

Randy Espinoza

Dr. Jai-Pil Choi

Chemistry - SM

Effects of aprotic solvents and salts on C60 and C70 through UV - Vis spectroscopy

Gretchen Ford

Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

Biology - SM

Fluorescence based cell cycle characterization of transgenic algae Dunaliella

Shelby Fredrickson

Dr. Christopher Pluhar 

 

Earth and Enviromental Sciences - SM 

Kinematics of Deformation in West-Central Walker Lane; Paleomagnetic Testing of Fault-Block rotation and Doming Models, Eastern California and Western Nevada

Kelsey Friesen

Dr. Carmen Caprau 

Mathematics - SM

Virtual Knot Theory

Ryan Fukuda

Dr. Pei-Chun Ho  

Physics - SM

Improvement of Gadolinium Nanoparticle Growth through the Reverse Micelle Method

Brenda Garcia

Dr. Anotonio Avalos 

Economics - CSB

Assessing the Skills Mismatch in the Labor Market: the Case of Fresno County 

Martin Garcia

Dr. William Wright 

Civil and Geomatics Engineering - LCOE

Investigation of PHA Bio-Plastic resin Generated from Agriculutral Food Production

Shannon Garrison

Dr. John Constable & Dr.Mamta Rawat

Biology - SM

Promotion of Protective Bacteria in the Rhizosphere of Tomato Plants 

Danile Hairabedian

Dr. The Minh Nguyen 

Mechanical Engineering - LCOE

Active Noise Reduction Through Piezoelectric Materials 

Maxwell Hall

Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

Biology - SM

TAIL PCR and sequencing of junction fragments of transgenic Dunaliella primolecta cell lines 

Samantha Hartanto

Dr. Mamta Rawat

Biology - SM

The ability of Bacillus pumilus endospores to survive UV radiation 

Emily Hentschke

Robert Levine

Psychology - SM

Stereotype Threat Reactance in Minority Groups 

Karina Hernandez

Dr. Jason Bush 

Biology - SM

The influence of organochlorine pesticides on estrogen receptor related gene expression in breast cancer cells

Susan Hertfelder

Dr. Robert Dundas 

Earth and Enviromental Sceinces - SM

Taphonomy of the 1999 Bone Bed of the Fairmead Landfill 

Phuong Ho

Dr. Jai-Pil Choi 

Chemistry - SM

Medical Application and Synthesis of Silver nanoparticles 

Kumsu Hwang

Dr. Larry Riley 

Biology - SM

The Effect of Ghrelin on Appetite, Growth, and Metabolism During Cortisol Treatment

Shelby Jones

Dr. John Pryor

Anthropology - SS

Geochronological analysis of the Grandad site near Mariposa, Califonria

Nadia Noemi Juarez

Dr. Anil Shrestha

Plant Science - JCAST

Spent oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) substrate as a pre-emergent bioherbicide 

Knarik Kazaryan

Dr. Jai-Pil Choi 

Chemistry - SM

Fluorescence Quenching by Various Au25 Nanoparitcles: Effect of Surface-Protecting-Ligand Length and Temperature

Jennifer Lam

Dr. Klaus Tenbergen

Food Science and Ntrition - JCAST

Pouteria Lucuma nad its application in bakery, confectionary, and hot foods 

Jordan Lapadula

Dr. Maria-Aparecida Lopes

Hisotry - SS

Patterns of Location in the Meat Provisioning System of Nineteenth- Century Rio de Janerio

Gabriela Larralde

Dr. Honora Chapman

Modern & Classical Languages & Lituerautres - AH

All roads Lead to Late Antique Rome

Justin Lindeman

Dr. Christopher Pluhar

Earth and Enviromental Sciences - SM

Investigation of the Tuff of Jack Springs as an indicator of mid to late Miocene tectonic rotation of Bodie Hills, Eastern California and Western Nevada 

Joseph Marcure

Dr. Magdelena Gilewicz

English - AH

Close Vertical Transcription and Creation of Transcription Archives

Alina Marrone

Dr. Peggy Trueblood

Physical Therapy - HHS

Effectiveness of a Public Service Anouncements in Reducing Ground Falls in older adults living in Fresno

Geil Merana

Dr. Hwan Youn

Biology - SM

Finding DNA targets of two transcription factors, Vlp and DNR

Vicente J. Munguia

Dr. The Minh Nguyen

Mechanical Engineering - LCOE

Biomedical prosthetic knee with magnetorheological fluid

Samuel Munson 

 Dr. Andrew Fenton

Philosophy - AH 

The Ethics of Non-Human Property Holdings 

Chiara Nardocci

Dr. Kao Ly Yang

Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures - AH

"Voulex-vous un cafe?" The interest of Fresno cafe-goers

Quyen A. Nguyen

Dr. Santanu Maitra

Chemistry - SM

Synthesis and Conformational Analysis of meta- and para- DEET Analogs Using Nuclear Magnetic Resounance Spectroscopy

Adrienne Olaivar

Dr. Ulrike Muller

Biology - SM

Prey capture and selectivity in the carnivourous plant bladderwort

Aramiais Orkusyan

Dr. Mamta Rawat

Biology - SM

Elucidation of Structure and Characterization of Novel THiol in Clostridia

Ruzan Orkusyan

Dr. Mamta Rawat

Biology - SM

Expression of low molecular weight thiol bisynthetic genes in mycobacteria

Hanna Pacheco

Dr. Anil Shrestha

Plant Science - JCAST

Nitrogen use efficiency of (Conyza canadenis) and hairy fleabane (Conyza bonariensis)

Pooja Patel

Dr. Santanu Maitra

Chemistry - SM

Design, synthesis, characterization and biological evaluation of small organic moleculres for APOE inhibition

Ashley Peton

Dr. Laurent Dejean

Chemistry - SM

Specific Quantification fo Activiated Bax Using ELISA

Jason Pimentel

Dr. Klaus Tenbergen

Foos Science and Nurtrition - JCAST

Pouteria Lucuma nad its applications in ice cream and frozen desserts 

Christopher Pineda 

Dr. The Minh Nguyen

Mechanical Enineering - LCOE

Magnetorheological fluid for mini Baja shock absorber

Jamie Pitts

Dr. Melissa Jordine

History - SS

British Intelligence Activites in North America

 Kimberly Rafael

Dr. Amber Hammons 

Child, Family, & Consumer Science - JCAST 

Family and Community Efforts to Reduce Childhood Obesity 

Janette Ramirez

Dr. Pei Xu

Agricultural Business - JCAST

The Economic Impacts of the jordan Research Center: An Input Output Analysis

Alisha N. Ramlan Hussain

Dr. Mamta Rawat

Biology - SM

Identification of Azo Genes with Respect to Azo Dye Decompostion

Bailee Roche

Dr. Maria-Aparecida Lopes

History - SS

The Cattle Trade in North America

Jonathan Salcedo

Dr. David Vera

Economics - CSB

"On Campus University Textbook Sotres: convenience of CON-venience?"

Jessica Sanchez

Dr. Beth Weinman

Earth and Enviromental Sciences - SM 

The investigation of the presence of emerging contaminants downstream from WWTPs

Vincent Servin II 

 Dr. Jorge Gonzalez

Plant Science - JCAST 

Use of Owls as a Natural Mean to Control Gophers in an Organic Field 

Nicole Shinkawa

Dr. Ulrike Muller

Biology - SM

Acute Effects of BMAA-induced Neurodegeneration in Drosophila

 Savannah Singh

Dr. John Pryor 

Anthropology - SS 

Grandad Biface Project 

Barry Mitchell Smith 

Dr. Peter Van De Water 

Earth and Enviromental Sciences - SM

Reconstruction of Mariposa Paleoenvironment from the middle Holocen 

 James Stinecipher

Dr. Adnan H. Sabuwala 

Mathematics - SM 

Applied Finite Element Analysis 

 Abhijit Suprem

Dr. Nagy Bengiamin 

Electrical Engineering - LCOE 

Study on Data Collection for Implantable

 Carrie Tambo

Dr. Jason Bush 

Biology - SM 

Interaction of Organochlorine-treated Adipocytes & Human Mammary Epithelial Cell in a Co-culture System and a Metabolomic Analysis

 Benjamin Tanielian

Dr. Joy Goto 

Chemistry - SM 

The FRET Analysis of X11 and CCS, with the amyloid precursor protein in Alzhiemer's Disease 

 Jose Manuel Tapia

Dr. Daming Zhang 

Industrial Technology - JCAST 

Creating of a Crystal Engine for Automotive Teaching and Research 

Alexander Tran 

Dr. Jason Bush 

Biology - SM 

Inhibitiong Expression of SHH Signaling Pathway in Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells 

 Thoa Tran

Dr. Carmen Caprau 

Mathematics - SM 

Knot Theory and Molecular Biology 

Kathryn Updyke 

Dr. Gregory Kriehn 

Computer Engineering - LCOE 

Holography

Johny Vang 

Dr. The Minh Nguyen 

Mechanical Engineering - LCOE

Designing a robot with shape metal alloy (SMA) as actuator and controlling it with Arduino 

 Andres Felipe Vargas Quintana

Dr. Pei-Chun Ho 

Physics - SM 

Thermoelectric properites of rare earth non-particles 

Jose Vera 

Dr. Jason Bush 

Biology - SM

Calium Induced Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells in Cardiomyocytes 

 Luke Vera

Dr. Joy Goto

Chemistry - SM 

Amyloid-B Production in Human Neuronal Cells Exposed to an Environmental Neurotoxin

 Lulu Wong

Dr. Jason Bush 

Biology - SM 

Evaluation of caner stem cell characteristics in cultures derived from pancreatic ductal adrenocarcinomas 

Christian Ybarra

Dr. Kevin Kuswa

Communication - AH

Nuke Speak and Debate as Policy

Shayan Zoghi

Dr. Joy Goto

Chemistry - SM

Analysis of BMAA Impact of Learning/Memory and Biochemical Protein Processing in Drosophila melanogaster