Student Undergraduate Research Council
Office of the Vice President for Research (OVP-R) has established a new group
to promote awareness about undergraduate research opportunities at NAU - the Student
Undergraduate Research Council (SURC).
By generating awareness, SURC hopes to increase the number of students engaged in
research, scholarly, or creative projects at NAU. We also want to convey to
students studying in a variety of disciplines and coming from diverse
backgrounds that doing research is tangible. The members of SURC believe that
participating in undergraduate research is an important experience for anyone
interested in gaining more knowledge and a deeper appreciation of their
members responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Advise the Office of Undergraduate
- Attend monthly meetings
- Promote undergraduate research at
workshops, tabling events, speaking engagements, and class presentations
- Work as a team to develop,
strengthen, and expand undergraduate research awareness at NAU
- Spend at least 15 hrs/semester on
- Provide assistance at the annual
Undergraduate Symposium in April
2012-13 SURC councilors
Major: Physics and Astronomy
Mentor: Dr. David Trilling
Current research: Using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer to determine the physical properties of Centaurs and transition objects
UGR research activities:NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates; AST485
Why I do this: The best reason for me to participate in research is preparation for graduate school. In my field, a PhD is required for most careers, so research experience is almost necessary to be a competitive applicant and to develop the skills necessary to succeed.
Mentor: Dr. David Wagner
& Dr. Andrew Koppisch
Current research: Determination
of migration capacity for fleas that vector plague (Yersinia pestis) & Identification and
overexpression of immunogenic proteins for Burkholderia
UGR research activities:
Hooper Undergraduate Research Award; Global Learning Research
Scholarship; 7 semesters as UG researcher in the Center for Microbial
Genetics and Genomics (MGGen); BIO485; CHM485; HON485
Why I do this: Undergraduate researchers are afforded a
wealth of knowledge in their discipline that courses cannot offer; this has given
me a desire to understand course materials with application in mind.
Mentor: Dr. Peter Fulé
Current research: Climate sensitivity of co-occurring tree species on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
UGR research activities: NAU/NASA Space Grant; Hooper Undergraduate Research Award
Why I do this: I have gained a greater appreciation and a deeper understanding of my field that will benefit me for the rest of my career .
Major: Biomedical Science
Mentor: Dr. Fernando Monroy
Current research: Does mucus play a role during infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii?
UGR research activities: Undergraduate Research
Mentoring program; Hooper Undergraduate Research Award; Summer Research
Experiences for Undergraduates; HON490
Why I do this: The best part
about engaging in undergraduate research is the opportunity to conduct and take
responsibility of scientific projects and to experience the scientific method
Mentor: Drs. Melissa Birkett and Larry Stevens
Current research: Effects of multiple roles on physiological strain & Hypnotically-suggested peripheral vasomotor control
UGR research activities: PSY 485
Why I do this: I very much enjoy being involved in undergraduate research and often wish that I had been encouraged to get involved even earlier.
G. Brett Velez
Mentor: Dr. Chad Woodruff
Current research: My project explores the
neurological manifestations of self-other discrimination in empathy.
UGR research activities: Summer Research Experiences
for Undergraduates; PSY485; applying for a HURA and a NASA Space Grant.
Why I do this: You build an amazing relationship
with your faculty mentor and you learn if a research career is right for you.