LAWRENCE — This summer, 10 KU students will receive Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs). The recipients are each awarded a $1,000 scholarship as they work on mentored research and creative projects.
Students apply for UGRAs by writing a four-page research proposal under the guidance of a mentor. Faculty reviewers evaluate the applications based on the merit of the applicant's proposal, the applicant's academic record and a recommendation from the mentor.
The Center for Undergraduate Research will begin taking applications for the Spring 2019 UGRA competition during the fall semester. More information can be found here.
Students receiving awards for the summer of 2018 are listed below in alphabetical order along with hometown (if available), major, project title, mentor and mentor’s department:
D'Arlyn Bell, senior, majoring in public administration: “Poverty Governance: Neoliberal Economics in Kansas Welfare Policy,” mentored by Charles Epp, University Distinguished Professor of public administration
Anna Goddard, a sophomore from Lincoln, Nebraska, majoring in mathematics: “Effects of Selection on Partial Clonality on Phenotypic Evolution and Evolutionary Lag,” mentored by Maria Orive, associate professor of ecology & evolutionary biology
Olivia Hollman, a senior from Shawnee majoring in English and history: “Livingstone in Emotion: Imperial Sentiment in Myth and Legend,” mentored by Andrew Denning, assistant professor of history
Brandon Kannady, a junior from Overland Park majoring in ecology, evolutionary & organismal biology: “Concentrated Animal Feedlot Operations Effect Water Chemistry in the Lower Kansas WRAPS,” mentored by Amy Burgin, associate professor of ecology & evolutionary biology and environmental studies
Garet Melton, a sophomore from North Little Rock, Arkansas, majoring in chemistry: “Enrichment of Nitrated Peptides using a Boronate Affinity Microchip,” mentored by Susan Lunte, Ralph N. Adams Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Kelci Schilly, graduate student
Dasy Resendiz, a senior from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, majoring in Latin American & Caribbean studies: “Curanderismo: Healing among Mexican American and Mexican Women in Kansas,” mentored by Brent Metz, associate professor of anthropology
Eric Splavec, a junior from Downers Grove, Illinois, majoring in political science: “Understanding the Relationship between Access to Healthcare and Political Participation,” mentored by Hannah Britton, associate professor of political science and women, gender & sexuality studies
Anna Trofimoff, a freshman from Overland Park majoring in chemical engineering: “Effect of Humidity on Fiber Porosity in Emulsion Electrospun Fibrous Scaffolds for Targeted Release of Estrogen Receptor Agonist,” mentored by Jennifer Robinson, assistant professor of chemical & petroleum engineering
Dexter White, senior majoring in biochemistry: “How Much Do Trees Reflect Local Geology? An Investigation into Forest Nutrient Acquisition,” mentored by Sharon Billings, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology
Austin Young, a junior from Herington majoring in mechanical engineering: “Assessing In Vivo Performance of Dexamethasone-Coated Neural Probes,” mentored by Randolph Nudo, University Distinguished Professor and director of the Landon Center on Aging.