Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for an Undergraduate Research Grant during each spring semester. 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.

What are the benefits of participating in this program?

In addition to building a relationship with a faculty mentor and gaining valuable experience, students may get a jump on preparing for graduate school or their career, publish or present their work and establish contacts which will improve their prospects for success. The funding can defray the costs associated with working on a project. However, since any part of the grant taken as a student assistant payment is considered income, it could affect financial aid. You can check with the Financial Aid office (559) 278-2182 for more information.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student with at least two semesters remaining before they will graduate
  • be in good academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0)
  • show substantial initiative in the project, and
  • have a faculty mentor who is willing to work with the student
  • projects from all majors are eligible
  • students may apply for only one grant per academic year

Faculty mentors must:

  • be tenured or tenure-track 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.

Finding a faculty mentor: talk to your instructors and your advisor about the activities in which they are involved. Share your interests with them. Ask them for suggestions of faculty who may have similar interests. Use the University Experts website: http://experts.csufresno.edu/

Selection of Grant Recipients:

Research proposals are reviewed by a specifically designated committee. Each proposal is rated on:

  • overall quality of research proposal
  • if applying for grants to work on the same research project, students must indicate their individual roles, unique research question and/or separate assignments for the given project
  • significance of the project and merit of the work involved toward student's area of study
  • appropriateness of the methodology/creative focus
  • potential for completion of the proposed project
  • strength of proposed mentoring relationship

Applying for a Grant:

  • find a faculty mentor and submit research proposal
  • describe the project, how you expect to carry it out, your level of involvement, expected outcomes, a detailed budget by item and a timeline for completion
  • students must have individualized roles, unique research questions and/or separate assignments if applying for grants for the same research project; or students can apply as "co-applicants" in one application on the same project with identical research question and assignments. If awarded, the co-applicants share the $1,000 grant.
  • you will likely want to edit several drafts of your proposal before submitting it online
  • meet with your mentor before submitting your application

Using Grant Funds:

Grant funds can be used to:

  • cover project-related software
  • equipment, materials, supplies
  • travel
  • data collection and analysis
  • other project-related expenses
  • up to half the grant can be used as student assistant funds
  • funds may not be used for faculty compensation of any kind


Grant Recipient Requirements:

  • work closely with your faculty mentor
  • complete project by deadline specified
  • submit a final report to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies by April 30 of the following year
  • funds must be spent by June 30 of the following year

Deadline:

Completed online applications are due in late April. Students and faculty will be notified of award by June 15th (for specific application due date, check the current spring semester application)

Use of Human or Animal Subjects:

The use of people and animals in research is federally regulated. To use people in your research, you may have to get approval from the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB). Your faculty mentor can help you determine whether or not you will need approval and can also assist you with the approval process. More information is available on the Human Subjects website; click on The Institutional Review Board link under "Contact Information."

If you plan to use animals in your project, you will need to work with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Again, your faculty mentor can assist you with this process.

Research Grant Documents

Online Application Instructions Word / PDF

Grant Application

Evaluation Rubric 

 

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 
  • COSS - College of Social Sciences

 

Fall 2016 Undergraduate Research Awardees
Student Name Instructor Name Department and College Title
Tahrima Alam Dr. Aly Tawfik

Civil Engineering

LCOE

Transportation Art: from Aesthetic Values to Operational Functions
Sieham Renee Anssrallah Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

Biology

CSM

Determining Allelism in Mutated C. elegans
Bhvandip Bajwa Dr. Santanu Maitra

Biology

CSM

ApoE Regulation with Synthesis of Small Organic Tertiary Amines
Michael Bravo Dr. Steve Blumenshine

Biology

CSM

Stable Isotopes Analysis (13C & 15N) of Juvenile Chinook Salmon
Jessie Brazil Dr. Margaret Ellis

Plant Science

JCAST

Characterization and movement of potential oomycete plant pathogens from Fresno water sources to irrigation reservoirs at the University Agricultural Laboratory
Joel Castillo Dr. Laurent Dejean

Chemistry

CSM

ROS
Khai Chang Dr. Gregory Kriehn

Computer Engineering

LCOE

Hexacopter Swarm Formation System
Hooi Hoong Chong Dr. Laurent Dejean

Biology

CSM

Cytotoxicity Effects of Oxamic Acid
Maram Cooper Dr. David Lent

Biochemistry

CSM

The effects of a-nuclein on gap crossing deficits in the Parkinson’s disease model Drosophila melanogaster
Lincoln Denlinger Dr. Jacob Wenger

Plant Science

JCAST

Determining levels of Etoxazole resistance in Two-Spotted Spider Mite (Tetranychus urticae) populations in Stanislaus County
Wynter Erickson Dr. Christopher Pluhar

Geology

CSM

Geologic Investigation of the Turlock Lake Formation Due to Low Water at Millerton Lake, CA
Leyla Farshidpour Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen Biochemistry - CSM Synthesis and Antiproliferative Evaluation of Hydnocarpin-D Derivatives
Michael Hansen Balaji Sethuramasamyraja

Industrial Technology

JCAST

Increase efficiency and reduce power consumption of submersible pumps using composite impellers.
Ashley Her Dr. David Lent

Biology

CSM

The Effects of Caffeine on Learning and Memory of Drosophila Melanogaster at The Early Stages of MAPT Tau Expression
Alexis Jackson Dr. William Wright

Plant Science

JCAST

Evaluation of the Effects of Different Catalysts on the Pyrolysis of Agricultural Waste Plastic
Nisha John Dr. Santanu Maitra

Biology

CSM

ApoE Modulation Using Indole Variants of Small Organic Molecules
Parveen Kaur Dr. Hubert Muchalski

Biochemistry

CSM

Synthesis 1,3-dithiolane alkyne for gold-catalyzed hydroacetoxylation
Marisol Lauri Dr. Joseph Ross

Biology

CSM

Reactive oxygen species and developmental delay in Caenorhabditis briggsae
Huy Minh Lee Balaji Sethuramasamyraja

Industrial Technology

JCAST

Development of Unmanned Vehicle with Sensing System for Precision Agriculture
Tom Lor Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen

Biology

CSM

Synthetic Approaches to Ether Bonds in the Synthesis of Zampanolide Analogues
Kristie Major Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

Biology

CSM

Screening of T-DNA mutagenized microalgae to identify strains important for wastewater treatment and biofuel production
Rigoberto Molina Dr. Katherine Waselkov

Biology

CSM

Sequencing Three Candidate Genes for Glyphosate Resistance of the California Agricultural Weed Hairy Fleabane, Conyza bonariensis
Janay Mommer Dr. Hubert Muchalski

Biochemistry

CSM

Green Chemistry Approach to the Synthesis of the Grundmann’s Ketone
Kevin Muthima Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen

Biology

CSM

Synthesis and antiproliferative evaluation of 7-O-benzyl-3,3',4'-O-trimethylflavonol
Joselyn Navarrette Dr. Karine Gousset

Biology

CSM

Mechanism of transfer of HIV-1 Nef via TNTs
Rahul Nunna Dr. Gregory Kriehn

Computer Engineering

LCOE

Design of an Omnidirectional Spherical Mobile Robot
Amanda Olvera Dr. Hubert Muchalski

Biology

CSM

Synthesis and of alkynyl hydroxamates as substrates for gold-catalyzed hydroacetoxylation
Boris Pavic Dr. Joseph Ross

Biology

CSM

Fitness Recovery of Caenorhabditis briggsae Cybrids
Juan Ramos Flores Dr. Hubert Muchalski

Biochemistry

CSM

Silver Nitrate-Assisted Separation of Pyrocholecalciferol and Isopyrocholecalciferol
Kyle Renberg Dr. The Nguyen

Mechanical Engineering

LCOE

Development and optimization of a biomedical prosthetic knee with Magnetorheological Fluid
Raul Salgado Dr. Young Kim

Electrical Engineering

LCOE

Automated Antenna Gain
Patricia Samaniego Dr. Margaret Ellis

Plant Science

JCAST

Stone fruit rootstock evaluation for susceptibility to potential pathogenic species of Phytophthora
Navjot Sangha Dr. Hwan Youn

Biology

CSM

Altering cAMP specificity of the Escherichia coli cAMP receptor protein to sense cGMP
Cristian Sarabia Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen

Biochemistry

CSM

Synthesis of 7-O-alkyl-3'-4'-O-dimehtylflavonols as a Anti-prostate Cancer Agents
Puneet Sran Dr. Karine Gousset

Biology

CSM

Interactions of Myosin-X with nuclear proteins and mRNP complexes
Shoghig Stanboulian Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

Biology

CSM

The effect of CED-4 peptides on C. elegans and human cell lines
Christina Stavropoulos Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen

Chemistry

CSM

Synthesis and Anti-proliferative Evaluation of 3,20-O-dialkyl-2,3-dehydrosilibinins
Kongmeng Thao Dr. Reza Raeisi

Computer Engineering

LCOE

HAS System (Home Automation Security System) Project
Jason Thomas Dr. Mamta Rawat

Biology

CSM

The role of thiol peroxidases in Staphylococcus aureus in the protection against oxidative stress
Pablo Guaman Tipan Dr. Karine Gousset

Biology

CSM

Development of Pichia pastoris as a model system to test the regulation of Myosin
Tranice Warner Dr. Aly Tawfik

Civil Engineering

LCOE

Development of a Functioning Tabletop Model of a Traffic-Actuated Signalized Intersection
Daniel Whittington Dr. Steve Blumenshine

Biology

CSM

Use of Stable Isotope Analysis on Fins to Determine the Diet of Chinook Salmon
Jazmin M Arias Dr. Joy Goto

Chemistry

CSM

Measuring amyloid beta formation and neurotoxicity induced by BMAA
Celina Ortega-Gonzalez Dr. Joy Goto

Chemistry

CSM

Interaction of Mint Adaptor Proteins and Amyloid Precursor Protein to Investigate Inhibition of A􀀀 Peptide in Alzheimer’s Disease
Lemuel Vince Rivera Dr. Joy Goto

Biochemistry

CSM

Testing Memory Loss with BMAA-induced fruit flies
Harmala Singh Dr. Joy Goto

Biology

CSM

Novel NMDA Receptor-Specific Desensitization/Inactivation Produced By Ingestion of the Neurotoxins BOAA or BMAA
Estefania Aguilar-Gutierrez Dr. Katherine Waselkov

Biology

CSM

Population Genetics of the Native California Plant Species Phlox speciosa
Rebekah Brechmann Dr. Aly Tawfik

Civil Engineering

LCOE

A GIS-Based Traffic Noise Model for Street Intersections
Austin Dean Dr. Hubert Muchalski

Biology

CSM

Microwave synthesis of pyrocholecalciferol and isopyrocholecalciferol
Ellen Douglass Dr. Joy Goto

Biology

CSM

Visualizing Oxidative Stress in Human Neurons Exposed to Environmental Neurotoxins
Micheale Easley Dr. Zhi Wang

Geology

CSM

Hyrdophobicity of soil after forest fire and sediment transport after forest fire in treated and untreated areas
Crystal Espindola Dr. Jacob Wenger

Agricultural Ecology

JCAST

Pesticide Affects on Microbial Actvity in Nectar
Cathleen Fagundes Dr. Shane Moreman

Communication

CAH

Home through communication: An ethnography of Azorean Portuguese
Natsinet Ghebrendrias Dr. Mamta Rawat

Biology

CSM

Identification of Disrupted Genes in Mycobacterium Smegmatis Transposon Mutants
Rodolfo Gonzalez-Rios Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen

Chemistry

CSM

Structure-Activity Relationship Studies of 1,5-bis(1-alkyl-1H-imidazol-2-yl)pentan-3-ones
Shoji Hishida Dr. Pei-Chun Ho

Physics

CSM

Thermal Measurement and Characterization of Filled-Skutterudite Compounds
Samantha Luna Dr. Jenna Kieckhaefer

Criminology

COSS

Public perceptions of the wrongfully convicted: Examining if area of education impacts perceptions of compensation for exonerees
Christian Montiel Dr. Hwan Youn

Biology

CSM

Cloning and characterization of the genes involved in cyclic di-GMP production in Escherichia coli
Hannah Price Dr. Amanda McKeith

Animal Sciences

JCAST

Effects of diet and paylen on swine growth and pork quality
Rekha Rangan Dr. Karine Gousset

Biology

CSM

Biochemical analysis of the in vitro regulation of Myosin-X
Henry Rigdon Dr. Deify Law

Mechanical Engineering

LCOE

A Combined Experimental and Numerical Study on the Effect of Control Elements on Airflows over a Flat Plate
Austin Robbins Dr. Alain Plattner

Geology

CSM

Geophysical Methods in Imaging Sub-surface Water Flow in Orchid Park
Andre Vignau Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen

Biochemistry

CSM

Synthesis of the core structure for hybrid molecules of epothilone & zampanolide
Jackson Wagner Dr. Kin Ng

Chemistry

CSM

Simple Systems for Learning Analytical Laser Spectroscopy
Yadira Andrade Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

Biology

CSM

Analysis of neural fatty acid content of genetically modified Dunaliella primolecta cells
Benjamin Avila Dr. Mihai R. Gherase

Biomedical Physics

CSM

Experimental optimization of arsenic detection in skin phantom samples
Maribel Barragan  Dr. Amber Hammons

Nutrition/Dietetics

JCAST 

 Abriendo Caminos
Eric Gudino Dr. Lalita Oka

Civil Engineering

LCOE

Liquefaction Analysis of Friant Dam
Veronica M Martinez Dr. Jenna Kieckhaefer

Criminology

COSS

Locus of Control: Exploring Population Demographics
Matthew Mendoza Dr. Cory Brooks

Chemistry

CSM

Analysis of the Intricacies of Interloop Disulfide Bonds in Single-Domain Antibodies
Rachel Nieto Dr. Jason Bush

Biology

CSM

Use of HIF-1 alpha inhibitors in the prevention of Zoledronic Acid desensitization for treatment of hypoxic metastatic breast cancer
Mutsumi Ogaki Dr. Yoshiko Takahashi

Criminology

COSS

Effective Governance of Pornography
Eugenia Santiago Dr. Dvera Saxton

Sociology

COSS

NAFTA and its Impact on San Joaquin Valley's Oro Loma Residents
Weii Yie Soo Dr. Erin Dormedy

Food & Nutritional Sciences

JCAST

Establishing the Incidence of Salmonella in Retail California Almonds
Alyssa Vander Weide Dr. John V.H. Constable

Biology

CSM

Characterizing seasonal variation in the endophytes of Helianthus annuus and Helianthus winteri
Ryan Watters Dr. Hubert Muchalski

Chemistry

CSM

Synthesis of substituted 3,6-dihydropyridazines for modular synthesis of modified fatty acids
Daniel Ryan Apuan Dr. Sankha Banerjee

Mechanical Engineering

LCOE

Water Purification using Plasma Micro-Discharge towards the Development of a Hybrid Water Treatment System
Danae Dubberke Dr. Amber Hammons

Family Science

JCAST

Abriendo Caminos
William Evans Dr. Amber Hammons

Child Development

JCAST

What are the effects of the implementation of the Abriendo Caminos study on the rate and amount of soft drinks consumed by the study group
Akusha Kaur Dr. Steve Blumenshine

Biology

CSM

Analyzing Growth Rate Variation among Juvenile Chinook Salmon Populations
Austin Mendoza Dr. David Lent

Biology

CSM

Simulation of scene perception and visual navigation of wood ants in naturalistic environments
Sara Rima Dr. Amber Hammons

Nutritional Science

JCAST

Abriendo Caminos
Chang Thor Dr. Athanasios Alexandrou

Industrial Technology

JCAST

Automatic Shredder
Christy N Xiong Dr. Shane Moreman

Communication

CAH

Reclaiming Hmongness
Andres Israel Zumba Quezada Dr. Khang Tran

Physics

CSM

Location of the zeros of the sequence of polynomials defined by a four-term recurrence
Jessica Aguilar Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

Biology

CSM

Screening of nematicidal compounds on C. elegans
Ryan C Jackson Dr. Riadh Munjy

Geomatics Engineering

LCOE

Shedding Some Light on Its Own Distortions
Dylan Michael Manning Dr. Santanu Maitra

Chemistry

CSM

Synthesis, Characterization, and Assessment of Novel Nitrates
Brandi Mason Dr. Santanu Maitra

Biochemistry

CSM

Synthesis and Analysis of Agrichemicals for Pest-Control
Robert M Ullo Dr. Anil Shrestha

Plant Science

JCAST

Comparison of Subsurface Irrigation to Drip and Micro Sprinkler Systems for the Supression of Weeds in a Vineyard
Brandy R White Dr. Cory Brooks

Biochemistry

CSM

Small Molecule Binding Sites Explored in Camelid Variable Heavy Chain Antibodies
Tyler Wilfong Dr. Fariborz Tehrani

Civil Engineering

LCOE

Shake Tables and the Effects of Seismic Activity on Structures
Samuel Lopez Dr. James Mullooly

Anthropology

COSS

Why College Students Drink
Kylee Pachelbel Dr. Erin Dormedy

Food & Nutritional Sciences

Identifying Factors that Influence College Student Eating Choices
Roshanak Farshidpour Dr. Fariborz Tehrani

Civil Engineering

LCOE

A Statistical Approach to Analyze Engineering Estimates and Bids
German Ruiz Perez Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen

Biology

CSM

Synthesis and antiproliferative evaluation of 1,5-diheteroarylpentan-3-ones
Prarthana Kumar Dr. Santanu Maitra

Biology

CSM

Tertiary Amines for ApoE4 Down-regulation