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The winners of the 2014-2015 Undergraduate Research Program showcase are unveiled and application deadlines for the summer and 2015–2016 school year are around the corner!

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Making connections between Mary Shelley’s nearly 200-year-old Frankenstein to cyberbullying today. Determining factors in the sense of smell of zebrafish. Building an app to help caregivers of patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The rise of global cities and their potential impact on the world political economy. These are just a few of the topics students and faculty have been researching together as part of the 2014–2015 Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program.

On May 6 in NYC and May 7 in PLV, 25 student-faculty pairs presented their research at the 4th annual showcase. The winners are…

Studies on the Interactions of Four Nanoceramics (Metal Oxides) with Serum Ablumin and Hemoglobin by Spectroscopic Techniques
Dyson Assistant Professor of chemistry and physical sciences Elmer-Rico E. Mojica, PhD, and Dyson chemistry student Eric Nguyen

“I would like to thank Dr. Mojica for the opportunity to work with him as a volunteer in research during my freshman year and all the resulting real-world experience, such as the numerous conferences we have attended. Also thankful for the opportunities he gave to me in terms of publications. I am very fortunate to have co-authored three articles in peer-reviewed journals. It is very seldom for a student at my level to have those numerous papers and I am very thankful for all the trust and confidence he had given me,” says Nguyen. You can read more about his project and progress in his research blog.

Enhancing Undergraduate Student Attitudes and Empathy Towards Those Living in Poverty through Simulation
CHP Assistant Professor of nursing Angela A. Northrup and CHP student Colleen Spang

"The past year has been such a wonderful experience for me. The research program and working alongside Dr. Northrup has completely changed my college career. I have applied to the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Pace, which I will hopefully begin in the fall, and plan to work as Dr. Northrup’s graduate assistant. I look forward to pursuing more research opportunities and continuing to work with Dr. Northrup," says Spang. You can read more about her project and progress in her research blog.

Winning pairs were awarded $2,000 for funding for national conference expenses.

Accepting Applications for Summer 2015 and the 2015–2016 Academic Year

Have a topic you’re passionate about and interested in working with a faculty member on? The Provost’s Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program is accepting applications for summer 2015 and the 2015–2016 academic year!

If you’re interested in gaining knowledge and a deeper appreciation for your academic field, working one-on-one with a professor and gaining hands-on experience, strengthening your research, critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills, and building your resume, apply by May 15 for the program.

A $500 stipend will be given to each student and faculty member accepted into the program, and each team will have the opportunity to present their projects at the spring showcase in May 2016. Several award-winning pairs will be selected to receive some funding toward a conference appropriate to their research experience.

For more information and to get started on your application, click here. Have questions? Contact Jonathan Hooker, program coordinator for the Division for Student Success at