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.

Research Grant Information and Documentation

What is an Undergraduate Research Grant?

Flyer

Application

Application Instructions

Evaluation Rubric

Budget

Timeline

Undergraduate Research Awardees

Legend:
  • CAH - College of Arts and Humanities
  • CSB - Craig School of Business
  • CHHS - College of Health and Human Services
  • CSM - College of Science and Mathematics
  • LCOE - Lyles College of Engineering
  • JCAST - Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
  • KSOEHD - Kremen School of Education and Human Development 
  • CSS - College of Social Sciences

 

Fall 2014 Undergraduate Research Awardees
Student Name Instructor Name Department and College Title
Mala To Dr. Anil Shrestha Plant Science -JCAST Effect of Light Intensity on the Efficacy of Apostemergent Herbicides on Hairy Fleabane (Conyza Bonariensis)
Armando Guzman Dr. Anil Shrestha   Plant Science -JCAST Evaluation of Pre-Emergence Herbicides for Control of Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus Palmerii
Sarah Parry Dr. Jorge M. Gonzalez Plant Science -JCAST  Study of the Courtship Behavior of Polyphagous Parasitoid Wasps
 Nathan Reetz Dr. Joseph Ross  Biology - CSM  The Study of Male Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Through Fluorescence 
Jarod Smith Dr. Jorge M. Gonzalez Plant Science - JCAST Determining Effects of Plastic Mulch in Lifespan and Yield of Two Crops (Lactuca Sativa, Asteraceae and Solanum Lycopersicum, Solnaceae)
Eduardo Padilla Dr. Anil Shrestha Plant Science - JCAST 
Determining Glyphosate Resistance in Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus Palmerii) Populations of the San Joaquin Valley
Sergio Franco Dr. Stephanie Moore-Reed Kinesiology - CHHS Orthopaedic Outcomes in Patients with Shoulder Injury 
Christopher Morazan Dr. Stephanie Moore-Reed Kinesiology - CHHS  Orthopaedic Outcomes in Patients with Knee Injury 
Cameron Khalili Dr. Deify Law Mechanical Engineering - LCOE Numerical Study of Effect of Air Volume Fraction on Pressure Drop in Upward Vertical Two-Phase Air-Water Pipe Flow
Julie Pedraza Dr. Jorge M. Gonzalez Plant Science - JCAST Study of Nanoparticles Distribution Through the Biology of Solenopsis Xioloni Colonies Through Food and Their Behavioral Response to the Introduction of Nanoparticles
Richard Adams Dr. Oscar Vega  Mathematics - CSM Stochastic Analysis of the Game Grim
Kaitlayn Sims Dr. David Vera  Economics - CSB Analysis of Californians' Perception on Immigration and Immigration Reform
Fabian Galvan Dr. Anil Shrestha Plant Science - JCAST Effect on Growth Stage on the Tolerance of Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus Palmerii)
Mauricio De Almeida Dr. Jorge M. Gonzalez  Plant Science- JCAST Study of Nanoparticles Impacts in a Hydroponic Plant-Insect System
Hanson Mouanoutoua Dr. Joseph Ross Biology - CSM Paternal Mitochondrial Inheritance in Caenorhabditis Briggsae
Janae Dixon Dr. Oscar Vega Mathematics - CSM Algorithmic Study of a Discrete Dynamic System on a Network
Alan Suarez Garcia Dr. The Minh Nguyen   Mechanical Engineering - LCOE  Testing and Design Analysis of Biomedical Prosthetic Knee With Magnetorhelogical Fluid
Andrew de la Pena Dr. Carmen Caprau  Mathematics - CSM Virtual Singular Braids and Tangles 
Sarah McGahan Dr. Carmen Caprau   Mathematics - CSM Polympmial Invariants for Virtual Knots
Aramayis Orkusyan Dr. Doreen De Leon  Mathematics - CSM Determining an Optimal "Inoculation Scheme" for Preventing the Spread of Computer Viruses
Manuel Lopez Dr. Doreen De Leon  Mathematics - CSM Optimal Immunization Scheme for Flu Vaccine
Brennen Fagan Dr. Doreen De Leon Mathematics - CSM Inoculation of Computers in an Organization 
Daniel Hairabedian Dr. The Minh Nguyen  Mechanical Engineering - LCOE Parkinson's Disease Tremor Control with Electroactive Polymers - Hardwared Development 
Zuleth Francis Lucero Quijada Dr. Annabelle Espana-Najera Chicano & Latin American Studies - CSS Career Politicians in Unstable Party Systems
Andrew Shaffer Dr. Cory Brooks Chemistry - CSM Crystallization of Liver X Receptor in Complex with Drug Candidates 
Akexi Kimura Dr. Cory Brooks Chemistry - CSM Cloning and Expression of Listeria Internalin Proteins
Samariah Bautch Dr. Cory Brooks Chemistry - CSM Stability and Proteases Resistance of Camelidae Nanobodies for the Development of Oral Therapeutics 
Samuel Johnson Dr. Christopher Pluhar  Earth and Enviromental Sceinces - CSM Isotopic and Paleomagnetic Analysis of the Miocene Huntoon Creek Tuff with Implications for Mono Basin Structural Evolution
Daniel Cronin Dr. Jason Bush  Biology - CSM Investigating Biomarkers in Angioinvasive Follicular Variant of Papillary Thyroid Cancer Associated with an Aggressive Tumor Type
Carrie Tambo Dr. Jason Bush  Biology - CSM Metabolic Profile of irradiated Embryonic Stem Cells
Alexander Tran Dr. Jason Bush Biology - CSM Analyzing mi-RNA Profiles and Activity from Multiple Cancer Cell Populations
Kenya Covarrubias Dr. Jason Bush Biology - CSM Evaluating the levels of genes involved in the Glycine Synthesis Pathway in a Breast Epithelial Model System
Philip Kingsford Dr. Jason Bush  Biology - CSM Cancer Cell Irradiation
Joshua Keith Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen Chemistry - CSM Structure-Activity Relationship Studies on Curcumin-Based Anticancer Agents
Jayjoel Fernandez Dr. Qioa-Hong Chen Chemistry - CSM Synthesis of Curcumin Analogs as Anticancer Agents
Scott C. Mitchell Dr. Christopher Pluhar Earth & Environmental Sciences - CSM Investigation of Regional, Wide-Area Deformation of the Granitic Central Sierra Nevada Batholith in the Vicinity of the Stanislaus River, Calaveras County, CA
Esteban Ignacio Paredes Aulestia Dr. Pei-Chun Ho Physics - CSM Synthesis and Characterization of Neodymium and Gadolinium Nanoparticles 
Leonardo Velazco-Cruz Dr. Joseph Ross Biology - CSM Developmental Delay Genotyping in Caenorhabditis Broggsae
Johnny J. Vang Dr. The Minh Nguyen Mechanical Engineering - LCOE Parkinson's Disease Tremor Control with Electroactive Polymers - Simulation and Control
Carlos Moreno Dr. Ming Li Computer Science - CSM I-RISE Intellient Real-Time In-Home Stroke Rehabilitation System
Taylor McCullough Hunter Dr. Pei-Chun Ho Physics - CSM Heat Capacity Measurement of Filled Skutterudite Compounds
Ariana Allyn Willingham  Dr. James Mullooly Anthropology - CSS  The Role of Zoos in Conservation, Preservation and Education
Shervin Zoghi Dr. Maziar Ghazinejad Mechanical Engineering - LCOE Synthesis and Characterization of Graphene Materials
David Tollakson Dr. Balaji Sethuramasamyraja Industrial Technology - JCAST Development of Application Control System for Variable Rate Sprinklers on Center-Pivot Irrigation Systems for Precision Agriculture
Emily Bowers Dr. David Vera Economics - CSB Banking Consolidation and Changes in Banks' Portfolio, Coincidence or the Genesis of Financial Instability
Mieka Louise Kos Dr. Steven Hart Literacy, Early, Bilingual & Special Education - KSOEHD Effects of Service-Learning on Student Reading Development
Phonemany Ounkham Dr. John V.H. Constable Biology - CSM Secondary Chemistry of the Newly Identified Sunflower Species Helianthus Winteri
Andrew Hoover Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen Chemistry - CSM Hybrids of Curcumin and Genistein as Anticancer Agents
Austin Mendoza Dr. Hwan Youn Biology - CSM Understanding the Protein-DNA Interactions for CRP Homologs Usings SELEX
Karina Hernandez Dr. Jason Bush Biology - CSM Zolendronic Acid (ZOL) Effects Under Hyponix Conditions in Bone Metastatic Breast Cancer
Jose Acosta Dr. Jason Bush Biology - CSM Analysis of HIFI-Alpha Inhibitors in 3D Spheroid Culture of Bone Metastatic Breast Cancer 
Chayce Hartung Dr. John V.H. Constable Biology - CSM Mycorrhizal Symbionts and Pathogen Resistance in High Value Tomato Crops
Danielle Baker Dr. Michael Botwin Psychology - CSM An Act Frequency Approach to Mating Intelligence
 Casey Walker Dr. Aly Tawfik Civil and Geomatics Engineering - LCOE  Using GIS to Model and Evaluate Impacts on Autonomous Vehicles on the Transportation System in Fresno City
Matthew Pomaville Dr. David Lent Biology - CSM Assessment of Complex Learning in Periplaneta Americana
Tyler Launer Dr. Mohammad Rahman Public Health - CHHS Barks and Bytes: Identifying the Growing Dependence and Psychological Implications of Internet Usage Among Fresno State Students
Mercedes Gonzalez Dr. Henry Delcore Anthropology - CSS Factors Affecting Tablet Adoption by Fresno State Students
Julio Perez Dr. Steve Blumenshine Biology - CSM River Substrate Effects on San Joaquin River Lower Trophic Levels 
Karen A. Boortz Dr. Steve Blumenshine Biology - CSM  Field Experiment to Determine if San Joaquin River Production is Limited by Riverbed Material
Jensen Verhalen  Dr. Steve Blumenshine Biology - CSM  Use of Oxygen Stable Isotopes as a Tracer of Fish Movements Rivers 
Cheyenne Hefley Dr. Steve Blumenshine Biology - CSM Spacial & Temporal Variation in SJR Water 6180 and Fish Movement
 Shayan Zoghi Dr. Joy Goto  Chemistry - CSM  Analysis of Impact of A-Beta 40/42 Peptide Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster 
Caroline Vidal Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea Biology - CSM DNA Extraction using Maxwell 16
 Katrina Ortega Dr. Annabelle Espana-Najera  Chicano & Latin American Studies - CSS  Analyzing Anti-Violence Politics in Guatemala 
 Geil Merana Dr. Laurent Dejean  Chemistry - CSM The Effects of Central Valley PM Sample Extract on ROS Production and HO-1 Concentration
 Miriam Hernandez Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea  Biology - CSM  Luminex Based Simultaneous Detection and Quantification of Nematode Species in Soil Samples
 Rocio Solis Hernandez Dr. William Skuban   History - CSS  Cultural and Political Influence of the Catholic Church in Latin America: The Cases of Mexico and Chile
 Leah Buchnoff Dr. Michelle DenBeste  History - CSS  Russians in the Central Valley
Eduardo DeLa Torre Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen Chemistry - CSM  Synthesis and Cytotoxic Evaluation of Genistein Analogs as Anticancer Agents
 Leyla Farshidpour Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea  Biology - CSM  Testing Transformed Dunaliella Primolecta in Different Media
Alexandra Saxberg Dr. Joy Goto  Chemistry - CSM Analysis of Insect Repellents Using Drosophila Melanogaster 
Irina Kuchkovskaya Dr. Santanu Maitra  Chemistry - CSM apoE Inhibition in the Brain
Arnold Muradyan Dr. Pei-Chun Ho  Physics - CSM  Thermoelectric Properites of Rare Earth Non-Particles 
Kristopher Kubota Dr. Mara Brady Earth & Environmental Sciences - CSM Comparison of Middle Upper Devonian Stromatoporoid Fossils with Deposition Rates
 Edgar Gevirgyan Dr. Santanu Maitra Chemistry - CSM  Synthesis of a Series of Analogs of Triarymethyl Amine to Modulate Apolipoprotein E For Alzheimer's Therapy
 Stacy Han Dr. Karine Gousset Biology - CSM  Protein Interactions with the F2 Domain of Myosin X.  
Nisha John Dr. Sanatu Maitra Chemistry - CSM Synthesis of Second Generation Organic Molecules for Apoilipoprotein E Modulation Project Timeframe
Alejandro Hernandez Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea Biology - CSM Nutrient Requirements and Stressors of the Oleogenic Algae D. Primolecta
Anisa Anh Luong Dr. Stephanie Ryan Art & Design - CAH Envisioning Women
Joy Aparicio Valenzuela Dr. David Lent Biology - CSM Behavioral Assays to Study Deficits in Spatial Cognition in Drosophila Melanogaster
Daniel Ochoa Dr. Mara Brady Earth & Environmental Sciences - CSM Sediment Transport and Flow Relationships in the San Joaquin River Restoration
Omoshola Aleru Dr. Mamta Rawat Biology - CSM Identification of Cyanobacterial and Bacillus Species
Natsinet Ghebrendrias Dr. Mamta Rawat Biology - CSM Identification and Characterization of Genes Resistant to Anti-Tuberculosis Agents: Isoniazid and Ethionamide
Alisha N. Ramlan Hussanin Dr. Mamta Rawat Biology - CSM Identification of Disrupted Genes in Malachite Green & Diamide Sensitive Mycobacterium Smegmatis Mutants
Samantha Hartanto Dr. Mamta Rawat Biology - CSM Evaluation of the Role of Thiol S-Transferases in the Antimicrobial Properties of Curcumin
Susan Hertfelder Dr. Robert Dundas Earth & Environmental Sciences - CSM Taphonomy of the Fairmead Landfill Fossil site, Madera County, CA
Russell Berndt Dr. Michelle DenBeste History - CSS Russians in the Central Valley
Talon Trecek Dr. Quinn McFrederick Biology - CSM Multi-Locus Sequence Typing of California Streptococcus Suis Isolates in Bovine
Hunter Dias Dr. Wookni Na Electrical and Computer Engineering - LCOE Solar Panel and DC/DC Converter for Charging 5V Units at Different Amperages
Keon McDonald  Dr. Wookni Na Electrical and Computer Engineering - LCOE Solar Panel and DC/DC Converter for Charging 5V Units at Different Amperages
Shauna Dauderman Dr. Christine Edmonson Psychology - CSM The Effect of Psychosocial Stressors on College Student Development
Daniel Ojeda Juarez Dr. Jason Bush Biology - CSM miRNA Analysis as Method to Identify Gene Expression Differences Between Breast Cancer Cells and Normal Breast Cells
Alicia Bernardino Dr. William Wright Civil and Geomatics Engineering - LCOE Bioplastic Research
Hilary Pacheco  Dr. Samina Najmi English - CAH Immigration, Feminism, and Diaspora in American Literature: A Study of the Multicultural Woman