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
  • 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
  • You will likely want to edit several drafts of your proposal
  • 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 2015 Undergraduate Research Awardees
Student Name Instructor Name Department and College Title
Michael Nash Araiza Dr. Comlan De Souza Mathematics -CSM Estimation of a percolation threshold by Monte Carlo
Omar Robles Dr. Anil Shrestha   Plant Science -JCAST Salinity Tolerance of Forage and Grain Sorghum
Carolyn Chase Dr. Erin Dormedy Food Science & Nutrition -JCAST  Decontaminating Salmonella on Mango Fruit Surfaces by Hot Water Immersion
German Ruiz Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen Chemistry - CSM  Synthesis of Asymmetric 1.5 Diheteroaryl-1,4-Pentadien-3-ones as Anti-Cancer Agents
Pahoua Yang Dr. Anil Shrestha Plant Science - JCAST Assessing the competition between glyphosate-resistant and glyphosate-susceptible juglerice (Echinochloa colona)
Jessica Gartell Dr. Deify Law Mechanical Engineering - LCOE Numerical Study on Flow Control Using Staggered Elements on Flat Plates
Ryan Cox Dr. Anil Shrestha Plant Science - JCAST Effect of shade and soil moisture level on the efficacy of selected postemergence herbicides in control of junlerice (Echinochloa colona)
Leyla Farshidpour Dr. Anil Shrestha Plant Science - JCAST Synthesis of Hydrocarpin and its Analogs as Anit-Prostate cancer agents
Taylor McCullough-Hunter Dr. Pei-Chun Ho Physics - CSM Evaluate Thermal Properties of Filled Skutterudite Compounds using Finite Heat
Shoji Hishida Dr. Pei-Chun Ho Physics - CSM Thermopower measurements of Filled-Skutterudite Compounds
Clarissa Niino Dr. Alam Hasson, Dr. Laurent Dejean Chemistry - CSM "A Method to Asses Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) Formation Induced by Particulate Matter (PM) Samples in Alveolar Marcophages"
Robyn Verhalen Dr. Alam Hasson Chemistry - CSM Impacts of Atmospheric Oxygen on the Cellular Toxicity of Cigarette Smoke
Victoria Fielder Dr. James Mullooly Anthropology - COSS An Analysis of Kids Invent
Jaideep Singh Dr. Krish Krishnan Chemistry - CSM Real Time measurements of enzyme kinetics using time-resolved NMR spectroscopy.
Tyler Deatherage Dr. Cory Brooks Chemistry - CSM Epitope Determination of InIB Specific VHH
Jazmin M. Arias Dr. Joy Goto Chemistry - CSM Application of BMAA to Human Nerounal Cells to Study Amyloid Beta Formation
Brandy White Dr. Cory Brooks  Chemistry - CSM Expression, Purification, and Crystallization of Camelid Heavy-Chain Variable Domains
Matt Mendoza Dr. Cory Brooks Chemistry - CSM Assessment of the Binding Activity of Nanobodies
Timmy Lee Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen  Chemistry - CSM Hybird of Silybin and Terazoin as Cytotoxic Chemotheraputics
Olivia Krohn Dr. Yongsheng Gao Physics - CSM Preparation for High-Energy Physics Work at CERN
Ryan Jackson Dr. Mike Mustafa Berber Civil & Geomatics Engineering - LCOE Combining GNSS and Terrestrial Measurements
Scott Myatt Dr. Mike Mustafa Berber Civil & Geomatics Engineering - LCOE Combining GNSS and Terrestrial Measurements
Alejandro Magana Dr. Annabella Espana-Najera Mechanical Engineering - LCOE The Dynamics of Local Governments: A Closer Look at Decentralization and Electoral Reform in El Salvador
Yue Wu Dr. Anil Shrestha Plant Science - JCAST Salt Tolerance of Sorghun during Seed Generation
Rodolfo G. Rios Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen Chemistry - CSM Synthesis of C1-C8 Fragment of Simplified Zampanolide Analogues
Patricia Olino Dr. Laurent Dejean Chemistry - CSM Cytotoxic effect of Oxalic Acid on Bcl-2 Family Proteins
Andrew Hoover Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen Chemistry - CSM Synthesis of (1E,4E)-1,5-bis(1H-imidazol-2-yl)penta-1,4-dien-3-ones as a chemotheraputic
Kaitlyn Willems Dr. Zhi Luke Wang Earth and Environmental Sciences - CSM The Effect of Controlled Burning on Soil Erosion and Water Quality in the Sierra Nevada Forrest
Erica Romo Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen Chemistry - CSM Development and Optimization of a Key Reaction Towards the Synthesis of Simplified Zampanolide Analogues
Emerald Bibler Dr. Jason Bush  Biology - CSM 3D Culture of Human Pancreatic Cancer Cells and Chemodrug Evaluation
Alan Suarez Garcia Dr. The Nguyen Mechanical Engineering - LCOE Design optimization and commercialization of a biomedical prosthetic knee with Magnetoheological Fluid
Kristopher Kapitzke Dr. The Nguyen Mechanical Engineering - LCOE Design Optimization of a SMA Wire Actuator for a Biomedical Prosthetic Leg
Harmala Singh Dr. Joy Goto Chemistry - CSM Novel NMDA receptor-specific desensitization/ inactivation produced by ingestion of the neurotoxins BMAA or BOAA
Kou Yang Dr. Chris Pluhar Earth and Environmental Sciences - CSM Reconstruction of Vallecitos Syncline by Application of Paleomagnetic Methods
Holly Deniston-Sheets Dr. Margaret Ellis Plant Science - JCAST Identification and Movement of Phytophthora and Pythium plant pathogens through water irrigation systems on the Fresno State farm
Edward Berdan Dr. Lisa Bryant Political Science - CSS The Hidden Bell-Weather: An Examination of Political Ideology in the Filipino-American Community
Sarah Hayes Dr. Lisa Bryant Political Science - CSS The Effect of Interactive Learning on Increased Retention of Political Learning
Ryan C. Mitchum Dr. Mara Brady Earth and Environmental Sciences - CSM Using Photo-Sieve Analysis of the San Joaquin River to Estimate the Amount of Ideal Salmon Habitat
Alexandra Saxberg Dr. Joy Goto Chemistry - CSM Neuronal Fruit fly cultures and the effects of an Environmental Neurotoxin
Daniel Ochoa Dr. Mara Brady Earth and Environmental Sciences - CSM Investigating Downstream Trends in Bed Sediment and Composition in The San Joaquin River, Central California.
Alexsis D. Carlon Dr. Lorin Lachs Psychology - CSM The effect of memory on cross-modal matching
Jason Thomas  Dr. Mamta Rawat Biology - CSM Gene expression under oxidative stress in Synechococcus elongatus
Samantha Hartanto Dr. Mamta Rawat Biology - CSM Protein thiolation in UV-irradiated Bacillus pumilus spores
Natsinet Ghebrendrais Dr. Mamta Rawat Biology - CSM Identification of Disrupted Genes in Diamide Sensitive Myobacterium Smegmatis Mutants
Nisha John Dr. Santanu Maitra Chemistry - CSM Synthesis of Triaryl Variants for ApoE modulation
Jennifer M. Vargas Dr. Antonio Avalos Economics - CSB Socio-Economic Study of Concentrated Poverty in West Fresno
Alexa Lopez Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea Biology - CSM Detecting foodborne pathogens: using qPCR to detect Bacillus cereus
Emeline E. Pano Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea Biology - CSM Organism identification: detecting the foodborne pathogen Listeria monosytogenes using qPCR.
Sosse Kendoyan Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea Biology - CSM Nematocidal Activity of Pryoligneous Acid Almond Shell on C. elegans
Alejandro Hernandez Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea Biology - CSM Wastewater Purification through the use of Scenedesmus dimorphus, Chlorella vulgaris, and Dunalielia primolecta.
Shoghig Stanboulin Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea Biology - CSM Nematicidal Activity of Pryoligneous Acid Softwood on C. elegans
Ying Vang Dr. Ming Li Computer Science - CSM Network Implementation in Body Sensor Networks
Ashley Harteis Dr. Rosa Toro Psychology - CSM The Role of Parent and Peer Attachment in the Relationship Between Acculturative Family Distancing and Anxiety Among Latino and Asian Immigrant College Students
Benjamin Tanielian Dr. Joy Goto Chemistry - CSM Determination of the AB 1-42 structure in the presence of b-methylamino-L -alanine
Joy Aparicio Valenzuela Dr. David Lent Biology - CSM Correlating the expression of tau and ptau with behavioral dysfunction in Drosophila melanogaster
Matthew Pomaville Dr. David Lent Biology - CSM Spatial aering assessment in split-brained Periplaneta americana
Dureshika Ranasinghe Dr. Joy Goto Chemistry - CSM Effects of L-serine on Fruit Flies
Stephanie Santos Dr. Qiao-Hong Chen Chemistry - CSM Synthesis of Quercentin Derivatives with Enhanced Anti-Cancer Potency
Micheal Bowlin Dr. The Nguyen Mechanical Engineering - LCOE PVDF for Energy Harvesting and Sensing
Maria Cabrera  Dr. Maria-Aparecida Lopes Chicano and Latin American Studies - CSS Patterns of Spatial Distribution in the Meat Provisioning System in 19th century Rio de Janerio
Richard Moua Dr. Joy Goto Chemistry - CSM BMAA effects on HSP70 levels
Jose Acosta Dr. Jason Bush Biology - CSM  Analysis of HIF1-Alpha inhibitors in 3D Spheroid Culture of Bone and Brain Metastatic Breast Cancer
Karina Hernandez Dr. Jason Bush Biology - CSM Zolendronic Acid (ZOL) Effects in 3D Culture on Bone Metastatic Breast Cancer
 Alonso Jauregui Dr. David Lent Biology - CSM LED Cylinder Display Module
Sivam Patel Dr. Santanu Maitra Chemistry - CSM Synthesis, Purification and Characterization of Isoprene Nitrate Esters
Amanda Voigt Dr. Santanu Maitra Chemistry - CSM  Synthesis of Organic Molecules for ApoE Inhibition in Alzheimer's Disease
 Jillian Baker Dr. Santanu Maitra Chemistry - CSM Synthesis of Organic Molecules for Apolipoprotein E Regulation
Dylan Manning Dr. Santanu Maitra Chemistry - CSM Synthesis of DEET Analogues and Analysis of their Chemical Properties
Irina Kuchkocskaya Dr. Santanu Maitra Chemistry - CSM  ApoE Inhibition through LXR Repression for Alzheimer's Disease Drug Therapy
Maxwell Hill Dr. Santanu Maitra Chemistry - CSM  Synthesis of Isoprene Peroxides
Kelsie Raulino Dr. Srinivasa Konduru Agriculture Business - JCAST Analysis of Competition Among Input Suppliers in the Cotton Sector of California
Dustin J. Pattigan Dr. The Nguyen Mechanical Engineering - LCOE Vibrations for Pest Control
Selena Edin Dr. Henry Delcore Anthropology - CSS Ethnography of the Writing Center
Rafael Remotigue Dr. Santanu Maitra Chemistry - CSM Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease by ApoE Downregulation via Organic Molecule Synthesis
Jacqueline Alvarez Dr. Carolyn Cusick Philosophy - CAH Promoting Campus Belonging In and Through LGBT+ Commencement Ceremonies
Monet Gomes Dr. Steve Blumenshine Biology - CSM  Use of Stable Isotopes of Oxygen & Hydrogen to Trace Water in the San Joaquin River Restoration Program
Nicole Aldrich Dr. Christopher Pluhar Earth and Environmental Sciences - CSM Magnetostratigraphy of the Lodo Formation
Shola Aleru Dr. Mamta Rawat Biology - CSM 16S Bacterial Identification of Cyanobacteria & Actinomycetes Species
Trevor Gledhill Dr. Christopher Pluhar Earth and Environmental Sciences - CSM Evaluating the Correlation of the Golden Bear & Coso Dikes in the Owens Valley, CA
Joshua Wood Dr. Melissa Golden Chemistry - CSM Research for the Journal of Chemical Education
Francisco Llamas Gonzales Dr. Jorge M. Gonzalez Plant Science - JCAST Testing the Efficacy of Two Bio-insecticides to Control Lygues Bugs in Alfalfa Seed Production
Melissa Mueller Dr. Martin Shapiro Psychology - CSM Physiology of Risk & t/ Framing Effect: HR, SCL, & Facial EMG
Willie Muhammad Dr. Martin Shapiro Psychology - CSM Psychophysiological Responses to Unfair Competition
Andrea Vidaurri Dr. Martin Shapiro Psychology - CSM Role of Gender in Producing Changes in Psychophysiology, Attitudes & Behavior Resulting from t/ Detection of Inequalities