Undergraduate Research Experience Awards

The Fall 2015 applications are available now.  The deadline for submission is September 6, 2015.

 The FHSU Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) program is designed to promote; undergraduate research. The URE Grant funds are intended to support best practices in undergraduate research and to encourage faculty to work with undergraduate students on research projects that ultimately result in public dissemination through publication or presentation.

URE grant funding is intended to support and improve undergraduate research activities. Scholarly activities at FHSU are defined as original, innovative intellectual contributions in the form of research, practice, creative activity, or performance.

Awarded proposals include clear descriptions of project goals and major activities, mentoring strategies, anticipated outcomes, anticipated benefits for the student researcher(s) and relevance to the Undergraduate Research Experience Initiative. Criteria for awards included:

  • Relevance to the Undergraduate Research Experience Initiative
  • Strategies enhancing high quality inquiry-based learning experiences
  • Potential for encouraging the processes of discovery and scholarship in students

Congratulations Fall 2014 Awardees!

The Heinrichs Research Group:  Student Led Discovery in Remote Sensing
Lead Investigator: Dr. Keith A. Bremer
Co-Investigator:  Dr. Laura Wilson 
Department: Geosciences

Visualizing 3D Space as a Community Service
Lead Investigator: Dr. Gordon Carlson
Department: Communication Studies

Design and Fabrication of Photovoltaic Device Based on Retinoid/Carotenoid Derivatives
Lead Investigator: Dr. Arvin J. Cruz
Department: Chemistry

Observing Effects of Weather on White-tailed Deer Activity
Lead Investigator: Dr. P. Grady Dixon
Department: Geosciences

Examination of Mechanisms Involved in Lipid Metabolism and Development of Obesity Using Channel Catfish as a Model
Lead Investigator: Dr. Yass Kobayashi
Department: Biological Sciences

Paleontology Resource Map of Gove County
Lead Investigator: Mr. David Levering
Co-Investigators:  Dr. Richard Lisichenko and Dr. Laura Wilson
Department: Sternberg Museum, Geosciences

Relationship Between Intimate Partner Violence and Drug/Alcohol Use in Kansas
Lead Investigator: Dr. Tamara J. Lynn
Department: Justice Studies

 Mechanisms of Drought and Salinity Tolerance in Kansas Plants
Lead Investigator: Dr. Brian Maricle
Department: Biological Sciences

How Do We Expand the Circle of Participation?  An Experimental Study on Donation Behavior of In-Groups and Out-Groups of Potential Donors
Lead Investigator: Dr. Emi Moriuchi
Department: Management and Marketing

FHSU Symphonic Winds Student Conductor Program
Lead Investigator: Dr. Lane Weaver
Department: Music and Theatre

World War I at FHSU
Lead Investigator: Dr. Juti A. Winchester
Department: History

Dialectal Variation:  A News Media Corpus Study of American English
Lead Investigator: Dr. Yuri Yerastov
Department: English


 Fall 2013 Awardees

Data Coding of Characteristics of Violent Sexual Predators
Lead Investigator: Betsy Crawford-Leeds  
Co-Investigators: Leo Herman     
Department: Advanced Education and Psychology

Plant Community Dynamics in a Seventy-year-old Reseeded Grassland
Lead Investigator: Jordana LaFantasie
Co-Investigators: Bob Nicholson, Helena Harmison, and Chandra Devine
Department:    Biological Sciences and Agriculture

Mechanisms of Drought Tolerance in Ecotypes of Big Bluestem
Lead Investigator: Brian Maricle
Department: Biological Sciences

Assessing the Contours of Legal Entrepreneurship in the Chinese Marketplace:  Strategic Implications for Foreign Firms
Lead Investigator: Anthony Gabel
Co-Investigators: Justin Evans
Department:    Management & Marketing

Development of the DSEL Research Group
Lead Investigator: Trey Hill
Co-Investigators:April Park
Department: Psychology     

Assessing the Community Impact on Service Learning
Lead Investigator: Brent J. Goertzen
Co-Investigators:Justin Greenleaf
Department: Leadership Studies     

Upcycling Plastic Wastes into Mixed-metal Endohedral Carbon Nanotubes
Lead Investigator: Chad L. Magee
Department: Chemistry     

Investigating Electron Energy Levels and Resonance Phenomena in Biomolecules via Electron Scattering

Lead Investigator: Jack Maseberg     
Co-Investigators:Earl Watkins, Aidan Winblad, and Aaron Brown     
Department: Physics     

Development of a High Altitude Balloon Light Weight Power Bys, Tacking, and Data Collection System
Lead Investigator: Paul Adams           
Department: Science and Mathematics     

From the Military to College:  Stress, Coping, and Transition
Lead Investigator: Carol Patrick     
Co-Investigators:Gina Smith     
Department: Psychology     

Visualizing Concepts in Communication Research
Lead Investigator: Gordon Carlson           
Department: Communication Studies    


Fall 2012 Awardees

Development of a bacteria and dust collection system for use at 100,000 feet
Lead Investigator: Dr. Paul Adams     
Co-Investigators: Dr. Sam Zwenger (Biological Sciences), Dr. Jack Maseberg (Physics), & Dr. John Heinrichs (Geosciences)     
Department: Teacher Education     

Effect of ethanol toxicity on enzymes of respiration and carbon metabolism in plants
Lead Investigator: Dr. Brian R. Maricle           
Department: Biological Sciences

Range expansion and seed rain of yellow bluestem in native mixed grass prairie  
Lead Investigator: Dr. Jordana LaFantasie     
Co-Investigators: Dr. Bob Nicholson, Dr. Keith Harmoney, Samantha Elledge, Spencer Casey, Andrew Pettibone, & Adam Rusk     
Department: Biological Sciences     

Antimicrobial Resistance of Channel Catfish Intestinal Microflora in the Arkansas and Ninnescah Rivers in Kansas
Lead Investigator: Dr. William J. Stark     
Co-Investigators: Jordan Hofmeier     
Department: Biological Sciences     

Electronic Usage in Developing Countries: India
Lead Investigator: Dr. C.S. Eigenmann     
Co-Investigators: Sidney Flock, Tiffanee Heinzen, Erin Weathers     
Department: Communication Studies     

Tea Party Versus Occupy Wall Street: A Quest to Control Public Policy
Lead Investigator: Tamara J. Lynn           
Department: Justice Studies     

Creating a Culture of Undergraduate Scholarship: Department Insights  
Lead Investigator: Dr. Lorie Cook- Benjamin     
Co-Investigators: Diane Plunkett     
Department: Teacher Education     

Equine Therapy Project
Lead Investigator: Dr. Janett Naylor     
Co-Investigators: Dr. Carol Patrick, Carla Sloan-Brown     
Department: Psychology     

Investigating electron energy levels and resonance phenomena in biomolecules via electron scattering
Lead Investigator: Dr. Jack Maseberg     
Co-Investigators: Aaron Brown, Justin Gnad, and Jaron Hake     
Department: Physics

NMR in Nanotechnology
Lead Investigator: Dr. Eric Deyo     
Co-Investigators: Austin Miller     
Department: Physics     

Antimicrobial Properties of Leaf Extracts from Native Prairie Plants
Lead Investigator: Dr. Sam R Zwenger     
Co-Investigators: Dr. Eric T. Gillock     
Department: Biological Sciences


Fall 2011 Awardees

A comparison of the incidence rate of males vs. females in MTSS tier placement for reading and mathematics in central and western Kansas  
Lead Investigator: Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin     
Co-Investigators: Dr. Beth Walizer, Kim Stoppel     
Department: Teacher Education     

Implementing Nanotori in Cancer Treatment
Lead Investigator: Dr. Eric Deyo     
Co-Investigators: Linnea Gustaffson     
Department: Physics     

What should communication students learn in the digital era: an analysis of the digital communication curriculum for undergraduate in ACEJMC accredited schools and departments
Lead Investigator: Dr. Quingjiang (Q.J.) Yao     
Co-Investigators: Dr. Scott Robson     
Department: Communication Studies     

Journalists' Irene or the readers' Irene: An examination of the interaction between journalists and readers on the New York Times' coverage of Hurricane Irene
Lead Investigator: Dr. Scott Robson     
Co-Investigators: Dr. Quingjiang (Q.J.) Yao     
Department: Communication Studies     

Physiological and ecological effects of oil spills on coastal marsh plains
Lead Investigator: Dr. Brian R Maricle           
Department: Biological Sciences     

Investigating electron energy levels and resonance phenomena in biomolecules via electron scattering
Lead Investigator: Dr. Jack Maseberg           
Department: Physics     

Measures of turning function during a modified incremental shuttle walk test
Lead Investigator: Dr. Greg Kandt     
Co-Investigators: Mason Rohleder     
Department: Health and Human Performance     

Production of bio-diesel from waste cooking oil
Lead Investigator: Dr. Stephen Donnelly           
Department: Chemistry     

Report on the effectiveness and impact of service learning projects on Chinese students and their partner organizations in China
Lead Investigator: Patricia Blanton           
Department: Leadership Studies     

FHSU one mile rocketry challenge
Lead Investigator: Dr. John Heinrichs           
Department: Geosciences     

Range expansion of two invasive grasses over an eight year period
Lead Investigator: Dr. Jordana LaFantasie     
Co-Investigators: Andrew Pettibone, Spencer Casey     
Department: Biological Sciences     

Consumers' judgment regarding the use of online resources
Lead Investigator: Dr. April Park     
Co-Investigators: Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke, Dr. John Raacke     
Department: Psychology, Justice Studies     

Cloning and characterization of kisseptin and aromatase mRNA expression in walleye
Lead Investigator: Dr. Yass Kobayashi           
Department: Biological Sciences     

Upper atmosphere studies using balloon satellite systems    
Lead Investigator: Dr. Paul Adams     
Co-Investigators: Dr. John Heinrichs     
Department: Teacher Education     


Fall 2010 Awardees

Female Aggression of Forensic In-patients
Faculty: Dr. Carol Patrick, Dr. Janett Naylor     
Department: Psychology     

Effects of oil spills and nitrogen pollutants on coastal and wetland plants
Faculty: Dr. Brian R. Maricle     
Department: Biological Sciences     

Water based ink for printing
Faculty: Amy Schmierbach     
Department: Art and Design     

Does invasion by non-native Old World Bluestems reduce habitat for soil microfaunal groups?
Faculty: Dr. Richard Packauskas, Dr. Jordana LaFantasie     
Department: Biological Sciences     

Mycorrhization rates of two grasses following alterations in moisture inputs in southern mixed grass prairie
Faculty: Dr. Jordana LaFantasie     
Department: Biological Sciences     

Studying UV damage to DNA Using Computational chemistry
Faculty: Dr. Yu Kay Law     
Department: Chemistry     

Establishing the TRIADS lab at FHSU
Faculty: Dr. Jenn Bonds Raacke, Dr. John Raacke     
Department: Psychology     

Undergraduate research to support program improvement
Faculty: Dr. Germaine L. Taggart, Dr. Beth Walizer, Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin     
Department: Teacher Education     

Corrective vision in Victorian women's writing: A book proposal and conference presentation project
Faculty: Dr. Lexey Bartlett     
Department: English     

Team-based development of mini-UAV technology and applications
Faculty: Dr. John Heinrichs     
Department: Geoscience     

Faculty: Dr. Greg Kandt
No grant funding requested     
Department: Health and Human Performance

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