Privacy Co-Management on Social Media in Latinx Youth
Celeste Campos-Castillo, Sociology
According to the Pew Research Center, adolescents are sharing more on social media now than ever before. Most social media platforms complicate an adolescent’s privacy management, which is their ability to manage what they share and with whom, because other users can post, repost, and archive personal information about the adolescent. Thus, there is a need to move beyond the growing body of research revealing the sophisticated ways adolescents manage their own privacy on social media and move toward studying what is less understood: when and how do adolescents manage one another’s privacy on social media? We refer to these behaviors as “privacy co-management.” The research assistant (RA) will help design and administer a protocol for interviewing Latinx youth about whether and how they perform privacy co-management on social media. The RA will also transcribe interviews and conduct preliminary analyses.

Electrical Manipulation of Micro-particles and cells in a Lab-On-a-Chip Microfluidic Device
Woo Jin Chang, Mechanical Engineering
The project uses a novel electrical manipulation technique called dielectrophoresis to trap and separate micron sized particles and biological cells. This technology will be further applied for diagnosis, cell therapy, etc. The student will support graduate students in microfluidic device fabrication, sample preparation, conducting experiments, image processing and data analysis.

Determinants of Parent-child Feeding Interactions and Feeding Problems
Hobey Davies, Psychology
We are using community data (both quantitative and qualitative) to better understand the predictors of feeding interaction problems in both preschoolers and school-aged children.  We are especially interested in parent distress as both a contributor and an outcome of feeding problems.

Promoting Infant Safe-Sleep
Hobey Davies, Psychology
We know that bed-sharing with an infant can be dangerous for them, but many instances of bed-sharing are unplanned (i.e., the parent falls asleep) and therefore the parent is unlikely to have planned ahead to make the sleep environment safe.  This project is looking at characteristics of unplanned bed-sharing and examining possible intervention approaches.

Effects of Estrogens on Learning and Memory in Mouse Models of Menopause and Alzheimer’s Disease
Karyn Frick, Psychology
Our laboratory’s main goal is to identifying the molecular mechanisms in the brain through which estrogens enhance memory in mouse models of menopause and Alzheimer’s disease.  This project will introduce students to the basic elements of neuroscience research.  Within the four week program period, students will gain hands-on experience handling and behaviorally testing mice, and will be introduced to brain surgery, gonadectomy surgery, hormone treatments, brain dissections, and molecular biology techniques.

The New Vaping Trend among Youths
Joshua Gwon, Nursing
A variety of vaping products (e.g. JUUL, Suorin, Nutrovape, etc.) are gaining huge popularity among adolescents and young adults. We would like to explore the meaning, experiences, and ideas about vaping behavior and products (devices) among freshmen on campus. We will recruit young adult participants on campus and have interviews. The results of this study will be a foundation for the next study about newly developed vaping products targeting young people.  A student will be asked to participate in (1) recruiting the participants; (2) having interviews with the participants; (3) transcribing the interview data; and (4) analyzing the interview data.

Neuroscience of Cognition and Emotion Regulation in Anxiety
Christine Larson, Psychology
In this project you will assist with studies in which we use EEG and behavioral measures to understand how anxiety affects cognitive processes, like short-term memory and attention. You will learn to analyze physiological data and about the neural bases of anxiety and how it affects cognition.

Neurobiology of Learning, Memory, and Aging-Related Deficits
James Moyer, Psychology
The student will learn a variety of laboratory techniques, including protein analyses, animal handling, morphological analyses, as well as general lab procedures/responsibilities. The student will learn responsibility for our neuronal reconstructions, which involve creating 3D-reconstructions of neurons from biocytin-filled neuronal recordings (e.g., filling a neuron with a dye during recordings to make it visible). These studies are technologically demanding and will involve analyzing dendritic length, branching patterns, spine density (as a function of cortical layer, learning, and aging).

Jenny Plevin, Director
doc|UWM is the documentary media center in UWM’s Peck School of the Arts Film Department that bridges academics with real world experience and gives students the unique opportunity to work on professional productions. Students and affiliated faculty collaborate on short form videos that raise awareness about a variety of contemporary political and social well as feature-length documentaries for public television broadcast. Our videos touch on diverse subjects such as elder abuse and fraud, contemporary poetry and animation, freshwater researchers, Hmong culture, Latinos in agriculture, a successful inner city track team, music documentaries, unique Milwaukee neighborhoods, water stewardship and conservation, racism and mass incarceration.

Holding On to a Single Protein Molecule
Ionel Popa, Physics
Proteins are the molecules that perform the majority of tasks needed in our cells, and their activity is what determines how well our cells function and communicate with each other. Our body is made of ~37 trillion cells, and each cell has on average 10^10 proteins. So, it is hard to even imagine that one could separate a single protein molecule from such a high number and perform measurements on it in a laboratory settings. In this project, you will learn to do just that – to separate and tether a single protein molecule between a glass surface and a paramagnetic bead and apply mechanical forces in the picoNewton range (10^-9 N), similarly to what a protein experiences in our bodies. You will be measuring how mechanical forces trigger domain unfolding, which is the loss of 3D structure due to the breaking of the hydrogen bonds that hold the protein structure together. You will be joining a young, dynamic and diverse research team composed of chemists, biologists, physicists and engineers. For more information, visit

Following Proteins at Work in Living Cells
Valerica Raicu, Physics
Our lab brings together a culturally and professionally diverse group of people — from life scientists to chemists, physicists, and engineers — to investigate processes in living cells from various perspectives. We (1) develop cutting edge laser-based imaging technology for visualizing life processes using green fluorescent proteins and its various color variants, and (2) use such technology to investigate protein localization and interactions in living cells. The proposed summer research project will focus on the use of our imaging technology to study interactions between proteins in living cells. Various opportunities exist for involvement in biological sample preparation, imaging, data analysis, and development of computer algorithms for numerical simulations or image analysis.

Self-Healing Material
Pradeep Rohatgi, Materials Engineering
Self-healing materials are inspired from natural biological materials that they can heal themselves when injured or bleed. Incorporating the self-repair function into inorganic systems is seeing the growing interest of materials scientists. Self-healing metals and metal matrix composites can be categorized by Shape Memory Alloy (SMA)-based healing, microencapsualtion based healing and precipitation healing. An approach to obtaining self-healing castings is made by incorporating shape memory alloy (SMA) reinforcements in a cast matrix. Another proposed mechanism is to incorporate a low melting alloy within hollow microcapsules that are embedded in a high melting alloy. Self-repairing capabilities can also be imparted to metal castings by aging precipitation during casting the alloy which provides closure of voids making stronger materials preventing the formation of initial cracks. The project work will be directed to developing new self-healing materials and mechanisms which will enable autonomous healing in metallic materials, especially in high temperature materials.

Metal Graphene Composites
Pradeep Rohatgi, Materials Engineering
Graphene has attracted attention as a reinforcing agent for metal matrix composites due to its excellent mechanical and physical properties. The purpose of this research is to enhance the scientific understanding of synthesis and processing of metal matrix composites incorporating, Nano size SiC, Al2O3, CNT, and graphene in the matrices of aluminum, magnesium and their alloys, to enable low cost manufacture of metal matrix nanocomposites by U.S. industry. The research will also enhance the understanding of the effect of crystal structure, size, shape, and surface treatment of reinforcing particles on processing and selected properties of nanocomposites. This project will generate basic knowledge needed for solidification processing-based manufacture of graphene-based MMNC components that can produce larger and more complex shaped parts at much lower costs.

Biomechanical Evaluation of Overhead Throwing Mechanics in Wheelchair Lacrosse Players
Brooke Slavens, Occupational Science & Technology
The Mobility Lab is looking for undergraduate research assistants interested in clinical and sport-based research. The research is focused on examining upper extremity kinematics and kinetics in wheelchair lacrosse players to better understand throwing mechanics with aims of increasing performance and decreasing the likelihood of injury in the sport. Findings from this research will help Wheelchair Lacrosse USA develop rules and regulations for equality and player safety. Students interested in biomechanics, sport/clinical research, and/or working with individuals with physical disabilities are encouraged to apply. Student researchers will be responsible for assisting with participant recruitment, data collection, data organization/processing, and manuscript preparation.

The World After Us
Nathaniel Stern, Art & Design
My current project, The World After Us, is a series and exhibition of media sculptures, prints, and installations that materially speculate on what our devices – phones, tablets, batteries, LCDs, etc – might become, whether over decades, or thousands or millions of years. It consists of three parts, which include:  1) subjecting phones to heat and pressure, extreme cold or high speed blending (for example), as a kind of artificial geological time – exhibited as ”Phossils;” 2) growing “Server Farms” inside computers and other technological devices; and, 3) producing “Phonēy Prints” and “Circuitous Tools,” where dead electronics become raw materials for manufactured utilitarian goods; all exhibited together in sculptures, installations, prints, texts, and photographs. At stake, whether in our everyday interactions or on a much larger scale, are the (digital) relationships between humans and the natural world on the one hand, between politics and commerce on the other.

The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee
Joe Walzer, Project Director
The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee is a historical digital and print research project housed in UWM’s Department of History. With some 700 entries, the project aspires to document Milwaukee’s history from indigenous settlement through the present. Summer 2019 is a critical time in project development, as we complete the tasks of writing the entries, selecting illustrations, fact-checking the content, developing a cross-referencing system, copyediting and posting entries, running a social-media campaign, and as we begin to pull together the manuscript for our publisher. Students selected for participation in the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee’s research team will perform a variety of these tasks, depending on interests and skills.

Controlling the Motion of Molecules and Nanoparticles in Solution
Jorg C. Woehl, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Breakthrough experiments in single molecule detection and optical microscopy have enabled scientists to observe single molecules at work, which has revolutionized the field of biophysical chemistry. The central question that guides our research is: Can we go beyond passive observation and actively manipulate single molecules and other nanoparticles in solution? We are using a multi-disciplinary approach to answer this question. During the four-week program, students will work with a graduate student and gain hands-on experience with various experimental techniques, such as laser spectroscopy, optical microscopy, microfluidic device development, and image data acquisition and analysis.