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Undergrad Program Funds Wide Variety of Research Topics 

Martian volcanoes, Spanish dance and the metaphor of the vampire are just a few of the research topics to earn funding as part of the Undergraduate Research Scholar Award Program.

The program, now in its fourth year, is administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research.

In all, 46 students representing all seven schools received $500 each to cover laboratory equipment, travel and other project-related expenses for their research proposals. The students’ faculty advisers received $300 apiece, also for project related expenses.

The funds were granted for a single semester with the support of corporate sponsors Raytheon and Ericsson.

The number of undergraduate projects sponsored under the program has more than doubled since the program began in 2007, when 21 students received funding.

Students selected for the program spend a semester engaged in research, and many of the research projects will be available to view in the spring as part of the Undergraduate Research Poster Contest.

Judges score the researchers on the quality of their research objective, their methodology, research findings, the implications of the work and how the research was presented.

Last year’s winning project, by a senior computer science major, involved placing sensors on the tongue to construct three-dimensional models of the inner workings of the mouth during speech. The findings may eventually help people correct speech disorders or even learn new languages. 

The complete list of funding research projects is as follows:

Student   Project Topic   Adviser
Syed Ahmed and
Mariam Tabbassaum
  Cortical plasticity due to somatosensory cortex reorganization in rats   Michael Kilgard
Shweta Arya   Cultural and social effects on civic participation rates: A cross-village study in India    Catherine Eckel
Bogdan Baciu   Granular parking study    Maria Labastida Tovar
Emily Butler   An interactive toolbox for the analysis of volcanoes on Earth and Mars    Georgia Fotopoulos
Philip Campbell   A path towards single electron device fabrication    Yves Chabal
Nicole Canon   The interactions of tris-benzamides in apoptotic pathways using a prostate cancer cell model    Jung-mo Ahn
Ryan Cheung   The effects of vagus nerve stimulation on the recovery of cortical damage in the motor cortex of sprague dawley rats    Michael Kilgard
Pavan Dave   Development of Internet based telemedicine system to support children with autism spectrum disorder    Lakshman Tamil
Truc Do   Chromosome walking using strand displacement cloning of gene-specific amplification products    Dennis Miller
Catherine Eckert   Zeolite imidazolate framework mixed matrix membranes    Kenneth Balkus
Barry Feigenbaum
and Zachary Richardson
  Simulated touch screen functionality by means of capacitive proximity sensors    Nicholas Gans
Francisco Garcia   Abnormal adrenergic modulation of GABAergic synaptic transmission in a valproic acid animal model of autism    Marco Atzori
Carter Haines   Inherent Doppler acoustic sources from carbon nanotube speakers    Ray Baughman
Ravi Hanumara   Punishment in coordination games    Catherine Eckel
Stuart Harrell   Fully homomorphic encryption for practical data security    Murat Kantarcioglu
Ryan Hayes   Effects of phage display peptides on the growth of calcium oxalate monohydrate mapped against the effects of polyacrylic acid    Bruce Gnade
Luequan Huang   Developing a mathematic model to assess the transmissibility and virulence of avian- and swine-origin influenza viruses    Yan Cao
Visal Im   Pretreatment for cellulose hydrolysis by bleach solution   D.J. Yang
Nistha Jajal   Investigation of pupillary responses to threatening and non-threatening stimuli   John Hart
Tanushree Jhunjhunwala   Predicting academic success: A contest between simple and complex statistical models    Nathan Berg
Lisa Keylon   Categorization of infant-directed speech by 4- and 6-month-old infants    Melanie Spence
Arthur Klattenhoff   Pico life: Augmented, multiplayer 3D mobile gaming world    Balakrishnan Prabhakaran
Eun-Chong Kong   Luminescent gold nanoparticles for imaging brain cancer cells    Jie Zheng
Duc Le   Classifying emotion from spoken dialogues    Yang Liu
Alfonso Lopez   MOF deposition on thin films and specialized surfaces    Yves Chabal
Archana Madhavan   Regulation of quorum sensing during the Sinorhizobium meliloti-alfalfa symbiosis    Juan Gonzalez
Jenna Mattingly   Computer simulations of gene networks    Robert Hilborn
Nathanael Mayo   The search for double layer charge induced superconductivity    Anvar Zakhidov
Molly McGregor   Heat transfer characteristics of a microencapsulated PCM slurry through a porous material    Fatemeh Hassanipour
Jeremy Miller   Description of Noachian-Hesperian geologic contact at NE Syrtis Major Planum, Mars    Fang Qiu
Kenneth Mills   Risk analysis-based fault-proneness identification for multi-threaded embedded software    Eric Wong
Saheli Nath   Effects of playing chess on self-esteem among students at University of Texas at Dallas: A case control pilot study    Alexey Root
Tulja Parmar   The effect of noradrenergic manipulations of the basolateral complex of the amygdala on the phosphorylation state of the GluR1 subunit of the AMPA receptor    Christa McIntyre
Tharun Paruchuri   Investigation of the binding properties of a mutant DNA-binding protein    Donald Gray
John Perales   Wideband Power Combiners for Linear Power Amplifiers    Rashaunda Henderson
Abhishek Raj   Shape memory triggered coating failure for active biomaterials    Walter Voit
Bryan Reeves   Measuring risk preference with Bingo    Catherine Eckel
Sagar Shah   Triple shape memory polymers based on self complementary hydrogen bonding    Walter Voit
Dale Soney   Deposition of MOF on films on metal and functionalized Si surfaces    Yves Chabal
Sally Stewart   Literary vampires as social metaphor    Theresa Towner
Shane Stone   Synthesis and characterization of poly(3-hexylthiophene) derivatives for hybrid solar cells    John Ferraris
Anthony Tantillo   Gdeps, an open experimental software    Catherine Eckel
Sebastian Templet   Nootropic effects of dequalinium in a rat declarative memory task    Lucien Thompson
Jonathan Tsao   Metal Sulfide decorated TiO2 nanotubes for photocatalytic CO2 reduction    Kenneth Balkus
Falak Vyas   Evaluating the impact of affinity credit card program on the customer profitability    Julie Haworth
Lye-Ching Wong   Cultural study of regional identity and traditional dance in Spain    Monica Saba

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