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