If you are an incoming student and want to get involved in campus research right away, a Course Based Research Project is 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 students to get involved in research in their fields of interest.

Eight projects have been developed for the fall.  The projects have limited enrollments, and several meet GER or other requirements.  If you have questions about the Course-Based Research Program, please drop by the office and talk to us!

Fall Semester, 2018

Biological Sciences 299 LAB 801
Title: The DNA Sequencing Revolution
Instructor: Charles Wimpee (Biological Sciences)
NS 3 Credits
Course #: 25755
Days/Times: M/W 9-11:50
Location: LAP 466

Since its development in the 1970’s, the sequencing of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) has revolutionized all aspects of biology and medicine. In this research course, students will explore DNA sequencing from its beginnings to current Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) methods, including medical and societal implications. Laboratory work will include genomic DNA isolation and purification, gel electrophoresis, enzymatic manipulation of DNA (including DNA amplification using the Polymerase Chain Reaction), molecular cloning, preparation of a genome library for NGS, and analysis of sequence data. Several uncharacterized, unnamed bacteria isolated from the natural environment will be the experimental subjects, so this research will be novel. Students will amplify and sequence several genes from these bacteria, culminating in the sequencing of an entire bacterial genome. Prerequisites: Bio 150 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Geography 194 and Geography 299
Title: Geography of Drought in Wisconsin
Instructor: Woonsup Choi (Geography)
3 Credits (194 is NS GER; 299 is available to continuing first-year and second-year students)
Course #s: 25707/25730
Days/Times: T/TH 2:00-3:15pm
Location: AUP 191

When people think about “drought,” they usually think about places like California or areas of the world that experience years of sustained drought conditions.  In Wisconsin, a state with extensive inland waters that borders Lake Michigan – a seemingly inexhaustible source of surface freshwater – we don’t think we suffer the effects of drought.  Through this project, students will learn the basics of physical geography, particularly the hydrological cycle and the processes and types of drought.  The students will collect relevant data, identify drought events that have occurred in Wisconsin, and visualize them as maps and graphs.

Geosciences 194 001
Carbon Cycle and Isotope Ecology Field School 

Erik Gulbranson (Geosciences)
NS 3 Credits
Course #: 22457
Days/Times: T/TH 2:00-3:15
Location: LAP 264
Students will participate in the design, execution, and completion of a semester-long research project exploring stable isotope geochemistry, forestry, soil science, geomorphology, and plant physiology.  Students will work extensively in the lab and in the field and will be involved with all steps of designing the project through to the dissemination of results.  Working with isotopically-labeled tracers to investigate plant-to-plant nutrient transfer capability in forests with mixed types of mycorrhizal symbionts, the students will learn methods in scientific ecological analysis through the research project.

History 192 002 and History 299 002
A History of Milwaukee’s Counterculture
Joe Austin (History)
HU 3 Credits
Course #s: 25749 and 25750
Days/Times: M/W 9:30-10:45
Location: HLT 341
Students will initiate a new, longer-term research project on the history of Milwaukee’s counterculture.  The students will focus on an underground biweekly newspaper published in Milwaukee from 1967-1971 called Kaleidoscope, which explored issues of the day, including politics, police, gender, sexuality, activism, art, literature, music, and much more — topics, which remain important today.  Students will focus in on their interests, from civil rights to the blues revival, identify key institutions and sites such as cafes, bars, and headshops, and might also collect oral histories of key leaders of the movements.  Working collaboratively the members of the team will then work with staff in the UWM Digital Humanities Lab to build a digital exhibit to be published through UWM’s Digital Commons.

History 404 LEC 001
Podcasting the Past: Audio Histories of Wisconsin

Instructor: Christopher Cantwell (History)
3 Credits
Course #: 23406
Days/Times: T/TH 3:30-4:45pm
Location: BOL B84
What does history sound like? And where does one go to hear it? This project will attempt to answer these questions by brining the study of history to the medium of podcasting. For their final project students in this class will produce a piece of audio storytelling on some aspect of Wisconsin’s history that could be broadcast as a story on an actual podcast. To do this, students will conduct original archival research, conduct oral histories, interview experts in the field, and learn how to use basic recording gear and post-production software.

History 299 001 and History 499 001
History of Community Organizations in Milwaukee
Amanda Seligman (History)
3 credits
Course #s: 25666 and 25665
Days/Times: M/W 4:30-5:45
Location: MER G47
Working as a group and using primary sources housed in the UWM Archives, students in this course will research the history of community-based organizations in Milwaukee and collectively write an entry on this topic for publication in the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee. Students will work together to develop a research plan for executing the project, identify primary and secondary sources, allocate tasks to class members, and evaluate progress toward completion. Students will research and write mini histories of Milwaukee community-based organizations and synthesize them into a single 3,000 word encyclopedia entry.

Psychology 193 001
Research in Clinical Health Psychology
Instructor: Hobart Davies (Psychology)
SS 3 credits
Course #: 25709
Days/Times T/TH 11-12:15
Location: GAR 204
This project focuses on the research methods and approaches that are used to investigate the behavioral and emotional factors that influence the mental health of children, teens, and families.  Through working together on several smaller research projects, the students will gain a deeper sense of the educational, research, and other career paths open to students interested in psychology and pediatric health.

Theatre 360 002
Applied Dramaturgy
Robin Mello (Theatre)
1 credit
Course #: 10768
Day: Wed 5-6:50pm
Location: MIT 375

Students will research contemporary theatre practices and performances.  The project will introduce students to critical dramaturgical and theatre inquiry methods.  Students will explore new works, and social justice theater making, while applying critical lenses to the classic theatre canon and new works.  Seminars will meet on campus, at local restaurants, and at regional theatre productions on Wednesday evenings, prior to going to performances.  Students will discuss new works and develop a deeper understanding of how contemporary theater productions actually work.