University of Vermont

The Honors College

Funding for Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research distributes several awards that fund students' projects and the spring is when most of the competitions occur. Once students establish themselves in research or creative environments, they are encouraged to apply for this financial support.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

Due in early May, UROP is a $300 scholarship to help Honors College students pay for their college-approved thesis research. The Spring and Summer 2012 recipients:

  • Catherine Evans, Early Childhood Special Education (Dr. Jennifer Hurley)
  • Ann Fiedler, Mechanical Engineering (Dr. John Novotny)
  • Cassandra Jenis, Art/English (Dr. Kathy Marmor)
  • Megan Kelley, Political Science (Dr. Ellen Andersen)
  • Caleb Liberman, Biology (Dr. Katarina Zvarova)
  • Chelsea Mitchell, Biological Science (Dr. Jason Stockwell)
  • Brienne Toomey, Environmental Studies (Dr. Ernesto Mendez)

Undergraduate Research Endeavors Competitive Awards! (URECA!)

Due early March, URECA! provides prestigious, competitive awards to outstanding undergraduates who wish to pursue a specific research project. $3000 for research costs plus $1000 student prize. The 2012 URECA! Recipients:

  • Natalie Battistone (Classical Civilizations), Psyche & Eros (Dr. Lynne Greeley)
  • John Boucher (Environmental Science), Companion Planting for Improved Lead Phytoextraction (Dr. Donald Ross)
  • Peter Doubleday (Biology), Comparative Phosphoproteomic Analysis of Neonatal and Adult Murine Brain (Dr. Bryan Ballif)
  • Dylan Goldman (Biology), The Role of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Allergic Asthma (Dr. Vikas Anathy)
  • Jen Grauer (Zoology/Environmental Science), Urban Landscape Influences on the Diet and Foraging Behavior of Fishers (Dr. James 'Jed' Murdoch)
  • Samuel Hart, (Zoology), Assessment of MHC Class I Diversity in US Holstein Population (Dr. John Barlow)
  • Erik Horak (Chemistry), Heme Cleavage by IsdG and IsdI in Staphylococcus aureus (Dr. Matthew Liptak)
  • John O'Day III, (Animal Science), Milk and Feed Fatty Acid Analysis of the University of Vermont CREAM Herd Over the Course of One Year (Dr. Jana Kraft)
  • Megan Kelley (Political Science), Membership Mobilization in the Movement Against Mountaintop Mining (Dr. Ellen Andersen)
  • Rebecca McBride (Animal Science), Molecular Identification of the Bacterial Microbiome Resident in the Hindgut of the North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) (Dr. Andre-Denis Wright)
  • Benjamin Moody (Neuroscience), Surgery,Mapping of c-fos Expression in the Rat Brain and Spinal Cord During Acute Bladder Dysfunction Following TBI (Dr. Katarina Zvarova)
  • Whitney O'Brien (Environmental Studies), Assessing the Potential for Environmental Peace Building in the Isla Calero Border Dispute Between Nicaragua and Costa Rica (Dr. Saleem Ali)
  • Sean O'Neil (Animal Science), Examining the Gut Microbiota of the American Black Bear (Ursus americanus) (Dr. Andre-Denis Wright)
  • Emily Reynolds(Biochemistry/Sociology), Technological Integration in Occupy Movement Protests (Dr. Thomas Streeter)
  • Daniel Rosenblum (Anthropology/Global Studies), The Agricultural Antecedents to Childhood Migration in Northern India (Dr. Jonah Steinberg)
  • Sara Stanton (Anthropology), Constructing State-Identity Through Images: A Documentary (Dr. Luis Vivanco)
  • Brian Vedder (Secondary Education), Comparative Educations: South Africa Case Study (Dr.Alan Tinkler)

Summer Internship Grant

Due late March/early April, Summer Internship Grants provide students wages of up to $3500 in addition to upwards of $1500 for supplies and operating expenses to pursue research like it's your summer job! The 2012 Summer Internship Grant recipients:

  • Lyndsay Brown (Neuroscience), The Role of Mesenteric Artery Endothelium in Electrical Resistance and Intestinal Permeability Following Traumatic Brain Injury (Dr. Kalev Freeman)
  • Christopher Cardona (Medical Laboratory Sciences), Exploring the Effect of Tyrosine Phosphorylation on Allosteric Regulation of the Catalytic Subunit of Prtein Kinase A (Dr. Paula Deming)
  • Anna Carragee (Natural Resources), Interactions of Invasive Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Native Herbaceous Plant Species, and Pollinators in Vermont Forests (Dr. Kimberly Wallin)
  • Jennifer Chenette (Exercise Movement Science), Movement System Impairment of Subjects with Low Back Pain (Dr. Sharon Henry)
  • Willard Gove (Biology), Comparative Effects of Secretin on the Lobulus Simplex and Anterior Lobe of the Cerbellar Cortex in Rat Eyeblink Conditioning (Dr. John Green)
  • Jennifer Gustafson (Biology), Discovering Novel Molecular Partners for Histamine H1 Receptor (Dr. Sean Diehl)
  • Tom Hilzinger (Microbiology), Investigation of the Effect of a Wedge Residue on the DNA Scanning Behavior of MutY Using Single Molecule Methods (Dr. Susan Wallace)
  • Kellee Jackson (Environmental Studies), Long Term Effects of Exercise Program on Cancer Survivors (Dr. Patricia O'Brien)
  • Megan Kelley (Political Science), Membership Mobilization in the Movement Against Mountaintop Mining (Dr. Ellen Andersen)
  • Jenny Klein (Biological Science), The Role of DNA Helicases in Crossover Control (Dr. Scott Morrical)
  • Hannah Lachance (Animal Science), Rumen Bacteria Diversity in Impala from Pongola, South Africa (Dr. Andre-Denis Wright)
  • Danielle Leahy (Nutrition Food Sciences), The Effects of Branched Chain Amino Acid Supplementation on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (Dr. Stephen Pintauro)
  • Susan Leggett (Biochemistry), The Role of S-Glutathionylation in Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger )
  • Jacqueline Mann (Biology), Regulation of Protein Kinase A Catalytic Subunit Binding Interactions by Platelet-Derived Growth Factor-Mediated Phosphorylation (Dr. Paula Deming)
  • Eric Peterson (Biology), A Potential Role for the cGMP-Dependent Protein Kinase (PKG) Fragment ?1-77 in the Regulation of Vascular Tone in Cerebral Arteries (Dr. Joseph Brayden)
  • Beck Powers (Plant Biology), The Role of Heme Oxygenase in the Plant Oxidative Stress Response to Cadmium (Dr. Jeanne Harris)
  • Robert Rudy (Microbiology), Subarachnoid Hemorrhage-Induced Protein Kinase C Activation and Suppression of Voltage-Gated Potassium Channels in Brain Parenchymal Arterioles (Dr. George Wellman)
  • Tessera Strand (Biochemistry/Neuroscience), Kinetic Assay Analysis of Single-Point Mutation of Histidine tRNA Synthetase Escherichia coli Enzyme Equivalent of Human HARS Mutation Found in Usher-Like Syndrome (Dr. Christopher Francklyn)
  • Chelsea Thompson (Biology), The DNA Repair Landscape of Women at Risk for Breast Cancer (Dr. Marie Wood)
  • Tram Tran (Biochemistry), Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury on Cerebrovascular Endothelia Cell Ca2+ Signals (Dr. Kalev Freeman)
  • Hannah Woolfolk (Psychology), The Parents and Peers Project (Dr. Jamie Abaied)
  • Eric Ziegelman (Global Studies), Walk-Bike Assessment and Recommendations for the Village of Essex Junction (Dr. Luis Vivanco)

Public Research & Civic Endeavors (PR&CE)

Due early April, PR&CE is a newer scholarship that targets students pursuing community-based, civic-minded research initiatives that may come in the form of an unpaid internship up to $4000. The 2012 PR&CE recipients:

  • Aviva Gottesman (Integrated Natural Resources), Impact and Radiating Impact of Community Gardening in Burlington, Vermont (Dr. Susan Munkres)
  • Houston Illo (Jazz Studies), Colonial Museum Concert (Dr. Patricia Julien)
  • Alexander Jones (Political Science), Internship with Chittenden County Rapid Intervention Community Court (RICC) (Dr. Alex Ewald)
  • Whitney O'Brien (Environmental Studies), Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment for the Advancement of the Balkans Peace Park (Dr. Saleem Ali)
  • Tyler Wilkinson-Ray (Global Studies), New Farms for New America (Dr. Teresa Mares)

Summer Mini Grants

Due early May, Summer Mini Grants provide $1000 for research expenses for newer projects or to support to cost ongoing work. The 2012 Summer Mini Grant recipients:

  • Claudia Abbiati (Communication Sciences & Disorders/Linguistics), The Assessment and Development of an Instrument to Measure the Speech Related Attitudes of Preschoolers (Dr. Barry Guitar)
  • Megan Connolly (Environmental Sciences), Nematode Control in Micropropagated Bananas Using Oyster Mushrooms (Dr. Mark Starrett)
  • Alex Fowler (Latin/Greek), I Have Drunk and Seen the Spider (Dr. Robert Rodgers)
  • Varun Gopinath (Community Development & Applied Economics), Needs Assessment of Local Kichwa Communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon (Dr. Joshua Farley)
  • Sophia Howat (Studio Art), Photography and Sculpture as Interrelated (Dr. Wm. McDowell)
  • Chelsea Mitchell (Biological Sciences), Mysis diluviana diel vertical migration (DVM) (Dr. Jason Stockwell)
  • Zachary Noel (Ecological Agriculture), Reducing Fungicide Applications in an Apple Food System by Using the Natural Disease Resistance of "Honeycrisp" Apples to the Apple Scab Pathogen Venturia inequallis (Dr. Lorraine Berkett)
  • Cody Paiva (Microbiology), Role of cellular FLIP cleavage during innate immune response to viral infection (Dr.Buskiewicz/Dr. Ralph Budd)
  • Lily Teitlebaum (Political Science), Democratic Consolidation in Africa: A Comparative Perspective on Ghana and Malawi (Dr. Peter VonDoepp)
  • Jordon Tourville (Biology), Population Genetics of the Invasive Specise White Perch (M. aermicana): Using Microsatellite Loci to Identify Introduction Pattern in Lake Champlain (Dr. Wm. Kilpatrick)

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