To Do: New this Year: Course Based Research Projects and “Start Here!” Info Sessions

The Office of Undergraduate Research is excited to introduce Course Based Research Projects this fall — small, research-based courses led UWM’s amazing research-active faculty members.  If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, one of these classes could be a great introduction to getting involved in research on campus.  See this fall’s offerings.

Also, consider joining us at one of our new “Start Here!” information sessions, which are monthly discussions about undergraduate research opportunities and details about the resources and programs provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research.  See the calendar of events for the date of the next session.

Now is a great time to consider undergraduate research!

Anne Barlas

Anne, a 2017 mechanical engineering graduate, did research as an undergrad on ways to combat phosphorus pollution in the Great Lakes.

Juan Orjuela

A 2017 biology graduate, Juan helped establish the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Organization on campus, which helps students interested in veterinary medicine get internships and get involved in research.

Senior Excellence in Research Awards Colloquium

The first Senior Excellence in Research Awards Colloquium will be held Friday, May 12, from 4-6pm in the Kenwood IRC 1130.  This event will feature fifteen minute presentations from our four recipients of the 2016-17 Senior Excellence in Research Award, as follows (and in this order):

Lianna Hawi, “Muscle Activity during Geared and Manual Wheelchair Mobility,” mentored by Brooke Slavens, Biomedical Engineering.

Marijam Frahmand, “Associations between Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and Hippocampus-Dependent Memory and Learning in Healthy, Middle-Aged Adults,” mentored by Ira Driscoll, Psychology.

Christopher Spiewak, “Robotics-Based Assistive Device for Hand Rehabilitation,” mentored by Mohammad H. Rahman, Mechanical Engineering.

Anne Barlas, “Metal Coated Porous Material for Phosphorous Removal from Water,” mentored by Marcia Silva, Freshwater Science.

The students will be presenting outcomes from the research projects they have been involved with during this academic year.  Coffee and dessert will be served.

Bella Biwer wins Berkeley Prize

UWM undergraduate Bella Biwer from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning is one of the winners of the 19th Annual International 2017 Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence.  Winners were announced on April 19th by Professor Raymond Lifchez, Chair of the BERKELEY UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE ( Through two distinct competitions – the Essay Competition; and the Travel Fellowship Competition – the international BERKELEY PRIZE competition encourages undergraduate architecture students worldwide to go into their communities for the purpose of thinking and writing about issues central to the understanding of the social art of architecture.  The 2017 BERKELEY PRIZE focused on the topic: “ARCHITECTURE REVEALS COMMUNITIES”  125 undergraduate architecture students from 30 countries were participants in responding to this year’s Question: In your city, how do individual communities demonstrate their presence through the buildings designed to serve that group’s social and cultural needs and endeavors?  Bella’s essay was entitled, “The Architecture of Place: Amaranth Bakery and Café,” and received Third Place in the competition.

New Publication: Jonathan Lee is a co-author

Undergraduate student Jonathan Lee is a coauthor on this article in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory: Kwapis, J.L., Jarome, T.J., Lee, J.L., Gilmartin, M.R. & Helmstetter, F.J. (2014) “Extinguishing Trace Fear Engages the Retrosplenial Cortex rather than the Amygdala.” Neurobiology of Learning & Memory,113:41-54.  Check out other recent articles on our Publications page.

New Publication: Student Lianna Hawi is co-author

Engineering senior Lianna Hawi contributed to Jahanian, Omid, Alyssa J. Schnorenberg, Lianna Hawi, and Brooke A. Slavens, “Upper Extremity Joint Dynamics and Electromyography (EMG) during Standard and Geared Manual Wheelchair Propulsion,” presented at American Society of Biomechanics 2015.  There is a link on our Publications page.

Julia Alba to Present at Spina Bifida Third World Congress

Senior Biomedical Sciences student Julia Alba received an Undergraduate Research Travel award to present results of a project focused on assessing Spina Bifida anthropometric measurements at the Spina Bifida Third World Congress in San Diego in March.  Julia is advised by Michele Polfuss, Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing.