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Undergraduate Summer Research Institute

2016 Projects

Dr. Joshua Stratton, Chemistry –  Students will explore chemical research questions or problems that can be addressed by instrumental techniques available to the department. You will propose a research question based on a review of the literature and design the strategies to address the problem. After establishing a robust methodology, you will collect and analyze data and present your results. Students wishing to participate must discuss this option with one of the Chemistry faculty members prior to the research institute. Upperclassmen may choose to work independently on a project in order to earn credit for CHEM 428 or 429 with faculty approval. 

Dr. Shyam Seetharam, Psychology and Dr. Jennifer Whitmer, Sociology – What does your selfie say about you? The current experiment will focus on the relationship between social media activity (i.e. "selfies" posted to Instragram) and a variety of social, cognitive, and physiological outcomes. Participants be instructed to take a selfie on their smart phone device and upload the image to a private Instagram account that we have created.  

Dr. Susa Stonedahl, Engineering and Physical Sciences – The speed and paths by which water flows through sediments under streams affects the biogeochemistry of streams. Chemical reactions take place in the sediments, which essentially clean the stream making it healthier. Students will conduct an experiment designed to investigate the flow of water through heterogeneous sediments. They will collect data, analyze the data, and simulate the system using a variety of computer programs. This is a multi-disciplinary project, which would be well-suited to students from a variety of disciplines. Engineering, chemistry, computer science, and math students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Dr. Katie Trujillo, Psychology – This study is designed to test whether interaction with a therapy dog can reduce stress levels of patients' family members. This study will be conducted in a hospital waiting room involving therapy dogs who regularly visit the hospital. 

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