If you are an incoming student (either a first-time, first-year student or a new transfer) and want to get involved in campus research right away, the First Year Research Experience could be an excellent opportunity for you.  We have developed this new initiative to increase undergraduate research capacity on campus and to provide a quick start for high-achieving students to get involved in research in their fields of interest.

UWM faculty and research and teaching staff have proposed projects for 2017-18 that are suited for collaborative work with untrained but highly motivated undergraduates.  For 2017-18, the OUR is sponsoring seminars in Architecture, Astrophysics, Chemistry, Freshwater Sciences, Geosciences, History, Public Health, and Theatre.  Six projects were offered in the fall of 2017; three will be offered in the spring of 2018.  The projects will be limited to a small enrollment.

Questions about the Course-Based Research Program should be directed to Nigel Rothfels (rothfels@uwm.edu), director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Spring Semester, 2018

Chemistry 299: Research Methods in Chemistry: Forensic Analysis
Joseph Aldstadt (Chemistry)
3 Credits
LEC 001 52799
TR 12:00-1:50
CHEM 271
Students will design, conduct, and interpret the results of experiments for solving a problem in forensic chemical analysis.  The students will analyze simple to complex gunshot residue (GSR) using gravimetric analysis, atomic and molecular absorption spectroscopy, molecular emission spectroscopy, and electroanalysis.  Throughout the course, students will become deeply familiar with scientific method, lab safety, reagent handling, experimental design, sample collection methods, statistical treatment of data, and optimization, calibration and validation methods.

Econ 258: Economics of Climate Change
Itziar Lazkano (Economics)
3 Credits
LEC 001 54340
TR 4:00-5:15
The focus of this project is on the application of economic methods to understand climate change problems, and on the use of data analysis to solve a variety of climate-change issues. Examples include: the status of the Paris Agreement and steps forward; energy transitions from fossil-fuel power plants to clean energy power plants; carbon tax initiatives; and cap and trade.  As a group we will identify a pressing climate trade issue and analyze it using the tools of economics.

History 192: Thinking with Things: History and Material Culture
Krista Grensavitch (History)
HU 3 Credits
SEM 002 54130
W 12:30-3:10
Holton 341

Students with interests in history, education, art history, gender studies, and anthropology and archaeology will team up for a study of Wisconsin’s material culture and history.  Using a teaching method known as the “object lesson,” which became popular in the nineteenth century, students will learn about the history of the object lesson and then contribute their own original research into “things” – tangible objects ranging from panes of window glass to feather, maps, and pictures – to a large collaborative public history public history initiative.