The Office of Research and Sponsored Program (ORSP) has compiled a list of upcoming research opportunities available to undergraduate students. If you are interested in one of the opportunities, please contact the faculty member listed. For further information about undergraduate research, please contact the ORSP.

COVID-19 and Physical Activity Restrictions

Brief summary of the project: Dr. Slater is a co-chair of the Physical Activity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (PAPREN) Parks and Green Space Work Group. The PAPREN is a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Center program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The PAPREN is an applied research and evaluation network focused on identification and implementation of local, state and national level policy approaches that influence opportunities for physical activity, especially built environment strategies. Through the PAPREN, Dr. Slater is assessing COVID policies nationwide restricting physical activity, identifying variations in how governments supported or restricted physical activity opportunities during COVID and to identify opportunities if shelter-in-place orders are reinstated.

Brief summary of what is expected of student (position is unfunded): Dr. Slater is currently recruiting one student who is interested in the field of Public Health (https://www.cuw.edu/academics/programs/public-health-bachelors/index.html) to work on this COVID-19-related research project. The student will compile, synthesize and code shelter-in-place orders from across the US to identify provisions governing restrictions on physical activity. The student will contribute to development of a research publication.

Contact Information: If interested, contact Sandy Slater, PhD, MS (Sandra.Slater@cuw.edu, 262-243-2744).

Qualifications of a Student: Health and Human Performance or Health Professions undergrad student preference but not required; at least a 3.0 GPA; ideally sophomore or higher; excellent organizational skills and extreme attention to detail. Excellent research skills. Interest in public policy, children's health, and/or public health a plus. Prior experience with data entry, literature searches, and supporting development of PowerPoint presentations and Word documents a plus. Excellent oral communication skills a must.

Developing a Drug for Treating Dementia targeting the beta isoform of the estrogen receptor

Brief summary of what is expected of student: This project will deal with drug discovery and development, and involves the following techniques: protein expression & purification, protein NMR (1D, 2D, 3D), enzyme kinetics, drug screening/assays, structure-based drug design and docking. Students will be assisting Dr. Sem in this research.

Contact Information: If interested or are looking for further information, contact Daniel Sem (Daniel.Sem@cuw.edu).

Fluorescent Probes to image Oxidative Stress in Cells

Brief summary of what is expected of student: This project will deal with drug discovery and development, and involves the following techniques: protein expression & purification, protein NMR (1D, 2D, 3D), enzyme kinetics, drug screening/assays, structure-based drug design and docking. Students will be assisting Dr. Sem in this research.

Contact Information: If interested or are looking for further information, contact Daniel Sem (Daniel.Sem@cuw.edu).

Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia following an Acute Bout of Retrowalking: A Pilot Study in Healthy Young Adults

Brief summary of the project: Dr. Stacy Stolzman is an Assistant Professor and Pediatric Physical Therapist in the Exercise Physiology Program within the Department of Health & Human Performance. Her research interests include how exercise can impact the human body especially in the realm of individuals with chronic diseases such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. Currently, she is investigating how exercise can relieve pain by walking backwards on a treadmill.  This preliminary data will be utilized for future projects in patients with neuromuscular diseases and orthopedic conditions.

Brief summary of what is expected of student: Undergraduate students will assist with data collection and data entry.

Contact Information: If interested, contact Stacy Stolzman (Stacy.Stolzman@cuw.edu).

Qualifications of a Student: No specific skills are needed though Exercise Physiology, pre-physical therapy, and Rehab Science undergraduates are highly encouraged to apply.

Heterogenized molybdate catalysts for the oxidative desulfurization of model oils

Brief summary of the project: The goal of this project is to demonstrate the usability of a heterogeneous catalyst in a flow system for the oxidative desulfurization of fuel oils. Practically, this research will involve catalytic reactions, catalyst synthesis, and the use of various instruments.

Brief summary of what is expected of student: Undergraduate researchers would be trained in all three areas as part of the research time. There is space for two new students.

Contact Information: If interested, contact Dylan Thompson (Dylan.Thompson@cuw.edu).

Qualifications of a Student: Students must have at least passed CHEM 142.

Search of new antibiotics and/or anticancer agents from Streptomyces endophytes.

Brief summary of the project: Please contact Dr. Castillo for information.

Contact Information: If interested, contact Uvidelio Castillo (Uvidelio.Castillo@cuw.edu).

Qualifications of a Student: Dr. Castillo is looking for 5-10 regular undergraduates and 2-3 Pharmacy undergraduates

Development of an alternative treatment for chronic vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC) utilizing the synergy between essential oils and known antimycotics

Brief summary of the project: Please contact Dr. Castillo for information.

Contact Information: If interested, contact Uvidelio Castillo (Uvidelio.Castillo@cuw.edu).

Qualifications of a Student: Dr. Castillo is looking for 5-10 regular undergraduates and 2-3 Pharmacy undergraduates

Development of an alternative treatment for candidiasis, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa Infections in burn patients utilizing the synergy between essential oils and known antibiotics

Brief summary of the project: Please contact Dr. Castillo for information.

Contact Information: If interested, contact Uvidelio Castillo (Uvidelio.Castillo@cuw.edu).

Qualifications of a Student: Dr. Castillo is looking for 5-10 regular undergraduates and 2-3 Pharmacy undergraduates