UROP Symposium 2013

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) funds student-faculty collaboration across all disciplines. Each year, students are awarded fellowship that fund a one year research project. In what is becoming an annual event, current UROP fellows will be on hand to discuss their work on February 27th from 11 AM to 1 PM.  This is an excellent opportunity to explore current student research and learn more about UROP. Their research posters will be on display through March 1st. 

Student proposals are currently being accepted for the UROP Program. For more information, visit UROP online. Deadline is March 15, 2013.

Current UROP Scholars describe their work:

Corinna Bellwood - Department of Biology 

I am working in Dr. Monroe Duboise's Virology Research Laboratory. Through UROP, I was given the opportunity to work on my own research project, within the context of the Duboise Lab research, studying bacteriophages 1MC2-1 and 1N2-2. I am hoping to create a basic understanding of these organisms which may aid in further research in creating new vaccine platforms targeting diseases such as malaria.

Zach Hope - Department of Environmental Science

I’ve been working with Dr. Karen Wilson and Dr. Theo Willis assisting in their research of aquatic ecosystems. The focus of the study is to hypothesis how fish navigate through, up, and around natural barriers at various flows and aims to better understand how river hydraulics act as an impedance to fish passage.

Layla Venturini - Department of Criminology 

My research is with Professor Jim Messerschmidt. I am studying the Deepwater Horizon, BP oil well blowout that caused one of the largest environmental disasters. I am trying to specifically determine what (if any) crimes were committed prior to the explosion, who is responsible for those crimes and how can they be prevented in the future.

Jeffrey Thompson - Department of Computer

For the last two years I have been doing research with Professor Clare Bates Congdon in bioinformatics. We have been extending a software system, known as GAMI (Genetic Algorithms for Motif Inference) that is used to investigate how genes are regulated. We hope that by incorporates biological structure with a comparative a genomics approach we will improve GAMI's ability to infer the regulation of genes.

Catherine Lobo - Department of Biology 

I am working Dr. Monroe Duboise.  I conduct research in Microbiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology of bacterial viruses and their host bacteria that have been isolated from extreme alkaline/hypersaline soda-lake environments of the Kenyan Rift Valley. I hope to contribute to a vaccine project using extremophiles phages (organisms that live in high Ph, temperature or saline environments) as a platform for studying human diseases. 

Lauren Redmond – Department of Geosciences

Lauren is working with Dr. Stephen Pollack (Geology) using Geobarometry and Geothermometry to determine formation conditions of rock formations in South Central Maine.

Peter Juarez - Department of Mechanical Engineering 

Given this opportunity through UROP, my mentor Dr. Lin Lin and I have been collaborating on a project involving ultrasonic evaluation. Using an ultrasonic transducer, I have set out to design and test a device to allow for ultrasonic measurements to be performed on a pressurized desalination tank during operation. This device will hopefully allow Reverse Osmosis desalination tanks to run more efficiently and extend the life of the membrane filters that they use.

Bethany Araujo - Department of Biology

My research, with Dr. David Champlin, uses the model organism Manduca sexta, the tobacco hornworm, to study the regulatory mechanism for the gland which produces the steroid hormone ecdysteroid, which plays a critical role in molting and metamorphosis.

Anthony Bullentini - Department of Chemistry

Anthony, is working with Dr. Lucille Benedict using X-ray Florescence Spectroscopy to study Aqueous Metals

Research Mission

To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.