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Student Opportunities Center

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Announcement, Faculty Mentor, Feature, Journal Articles, Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | Comments Off on Student Opportunities Center

Starting September 1, ACU undergraduate researchers and mentors will have access to the Student Opportunities Center (S.O.C.).

The S.O.C. is a platform which connects students to over 10,000 student conferences, journals, new and prestigious experiential learning opportunities (scholarship, fellowship, community/civic engagement), and undergraduate research opportunities.

Sign-up for the Student Opportunities Center by going to: www.studentopportunitycenter.com and creating an account with your ACU email address.

To learn more watch the Introduction/ Tutorial video:

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Summer Research Round Up 2015

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Activities, Arts, Feature, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM, Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | Comments Off on Summer Research Round Up 2015

ACU Undergraduate Researchers were busy this summer working on a variety of projects. Over 50 students from more than 15 departments have participated in research this summer. Seventeen students participated in research through the McNair Scholars program. Other students and faculty were supported by Pursuit Research Grants and Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Stipend Grants.

Here are some of the things we know about (let us know what we are missing):

McNair Scholars: The McNair Scholars Program had a successful Summer Research Internship! 17 students with 12 different majors did research with 15 mentors. They will be presenting their work at national McNair conferences in the coming months.

Biology: In Dr. Jennifer Huddleston’s lab, Jeffrey Wooliscroft worked on determining levels of antibiotic resistance in bacteria isolated from cave samples. Jamie Thompson, Isabel Laiseca-Ruiz and Kristen Brehm worked with Dr. Rebecca Hunter in trying to determine if local queen and monarch butterflies were infected with two common bacterial parasites that are known to adversely affect butterflies in a number of ways. Kyle Stainsby, Savannah Vincent, Wipawee Songsang, and Dr. Qiang Xu studied the house-keeping genes in the Horn Fly.

Chemistry and Biochemistry: Eight students and 3 faculty members participated in on-going research projects in biochemistry and organometallic synthesis. Projects included studying modified yeast, Synthesis and X-ray Crystal Structure of Asymmetrical Diosmium Sawhorse Complexes, and Synthesis and Structural Characterization of New Trinuclear and Hexanuclear Osmium Carbonyl Cluster Complexes.

Engineering and Physics: This summer the Nuclear Physics Research Group worked with 8 ACU students.  Four students worked on FNAL E906/SeaQuest at Fermilab with Dr. Donald Isenhower, Dr. Michael Daugherity, and Shon Watson.  Four other students worked on PHENIX and sPHENIX with Dr. Rusty Towel at Brookhaven National Lab.

Dr. Darby Hewitt worked with Ryan Wilson, Sydney Shelstead, and Candace Brooks. Candace worked on computer-controlling a 1960s-era monochromator, and Ryan and Sydney investigated fluorescence properties of Thallium-doped CsI under 405nm laser excitation. Megan Cromis worked with Dr. Tim Kennedy on a project that looked at the Ability of the BioSand Filter to remove Organic and Inorganic contaminants from water. Students worked with Dr. Matthew Steele on developing and constructing an operational lab scale anaerobic sequencing batch reactor.

Teacher Education: Hannah Lowry, Cathy Ford and Dr. Andrew Huddleston worked to understand how first year teachers make decisions about the reading assessment and instructional practices they use in their classrooms.

Theatre: Will McInerney and Dr. Adam Hester workshopped an original musical “After Zoey” in New York City. Will helped created and performed a new character “The Boyfriends” in this work written by Dr. Hester.

Check out pictures of Summer Researchers (that were shared with us.)

 

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Social Science External Summer Research Opportunities Jan 2015

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | Comments Off on Social Science External Summer Research Opportunities Jan 2015

The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health training to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. Students can participate in this program in three areas: 1. Clinical/Community, 2. Community Enhancement/ Engagement and 3. Research.

The Smithsonian has a variety of opportunities application is due March 1 (although some places say March 2 since March 1 is a Sunday.) Currently there are opportunities in the following areas:

American Food History Internship
Archives Center
Assoc Director, Management & Museum Services
Blogging Editorial Assistant
Collections Management
Conservation – Costume
Conservation – Object
Conservation – Paper
Conservation – Textile
Curatorial – Armed Forces History
Curatorial – Culture & the Arts
Curatorial – Home, Community & Life
Curatorial – Medicine & Science
Curatorial – Numismatics (Currency) Collection
Curatorial – Political History
Curatorial – Work & Industry
Daily Programs
Development (Fundraising)
Director’s Office Intern
Exhibition Design
Graphic Production
Historic Theatre Intern
Music – Jazz Appreciation Month
Music – Jazz Researchers
Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO)
Office of Programs and Strategic Initiatives (OPSI)
Program in African American Culture
Program in Latino History and Culture
Public Affairs
Spark!Lab Interns
Special Events
Technology Services – Information Technology
Web Design Assistant

*These are all non-paid internships
**In order to see more information about these opportunities you can go to:
NMAH Internship Overviewhttp://americanhistory.si.edu/getinvolved/internship
NMAH Department – roles of each department –http://americanhistory.si.edu/about/departments

 

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STEM External Summer Research Opportunities Jan 2015

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | Comments Off on STEM External Summer Research Opportunities Jan 2015

The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health training to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. Students can participate in this program in three areas: 1. Clinical/Community, 2. Community Enhancement/ Engagement and 3. Research.

CUR Physics and Astronomy REU program

Oklahoma State University REU Site: Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior

 

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Department of Energy Office Fossil Energy

 

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Biomedical Research Opportunities

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in STEM, Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | Comments Off on Biomedical Research Opportunities

The following link takes you to a pdf of many summer research opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Allied Health Research. This was compiled by the Council of Undergraduate Research Division of Program Directors.

Internship Opportunities_Biomedical 2015

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Priscilla Clayton – Nutrition

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Feature, STEM, Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | 0 comments

Priscilla Clayton

Name: Priscilla Clayton

Major: Nutrition

Classification: Junior

Hometown: Arlington, TX

Mentor: Dr. Patricia Hernandez

What I Study: My research is observing fruit and vegetable consumption in children of low and high-income.

Why I do research: I do research for the experience for not just myself but for graduate school and the challenge it brings me.

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