Twenty-one UO undergraduate students have been selected as inaugural recipients of the UROP Mini-grant award and the Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The Mini-grant award provides financial support to undergraduates conducting research, creative scholarship or work on an innovative project. The Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides students with a stipend to conduct research during the winter and spring terms under the guidance of a UO faculty mentor.
The fifteen Mini-grant recipients were selected from a pool of applications coming from a range of majors including architecture, anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, geology, linguistics, physics, romance languages and human physiology. “The quality of the proposals is indicative of the excellent faculty-mentored undergraduate research taking place at the University,” said Karl Reasoner, program manager of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity program. “It made the selection process very competitive.” The awards will be used to assist students with paying for travel to conduct research and to purchase materials and equipment that are necessary to complete their projects.
The fall 2015 Mini-grant Awardees are Benjamin Bachman (chemistry), Alyssa Bjorkquist (marine biology), Erik Burlingame (biology), William Crowley (chemistry), Taylor Dodrill (anthropology), Sandra Dorning (biology), Mai’ana Feuerborn (human physiology), David Gallacher (human physiology), Sarianne Harris (human physiology), Josiah Makinster (physics), Elizabeth Maynard (physics), Aaron Nelson (biology), Selina Robson (geological sciences), Abigail Ross (geological sciences), Andy Siemens (biology). For a complete list of recipients’ projects visit the Mini-grant website.
The six Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipients were selected from a group of applications coming from majors in history, religious studies, journalism, anthropology, philosophy, art history, and music history. The selected projects will focus on a variety of topics including a study of the influence of 19th century Japanese courtesans on art exportation to Europe, how public perceptions have influenced the U.S. Forest Service’s fire policy, and a study on the use of Ottmar Gerster’s Symphony No. 2 as a “soft” control method to feed ideological messages in 1950s Germany. The fellows will conduct research during the winter and spring term while participating in monthly programming on topics such as communicating research and career pathways for humanities scholars. For a complete list of recipients and their respective projects visit the HURF website.
The Mini-grant and HURF recipients will submit their work for presentation at the 2016 UO Undergraduate Symposium on Friday, May 20, 2016.