University of Vermont

The Honors College

Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Research at UVM

The Office of Undergraduate Research seeks to encourage students to pursue their passions outside of the classroom. To reach this goal, the office exists to help them find research opportunities with faculty from across campus that will enrich their intellectual development and create collaborative works.

Research Opportunities

UVM researchers bring in over $120 million in grants annually, and UVM ranks high in the list of colleges and universities surveyed for federal support of research and development. In order for students to tap into the resources that are available, the Office of Undergraduate Research maintains a database of faculty interested in working with undergraduates on their research projects. We assist students with finding research that meets with their interests and future goals, and then we help to facilitate the connections necessary to get students placed in cutting edge research and creative endeavors.

Some recent placements
  • Biological Sciences senior exploring pain neuroscience at the MindBody Clinic
  • Environmental Science sophomore working on sustainable forestry through RSENR
  • Biochemistry junior investigating taste receptors and mouse behavior to better understand diabetes
  • Global studies sophomore analyzing artifacts from contact era settlements along Lake Champlain
  • Psychology senior examining mental health programs designed for refugees re-settled in Vermont
  • Anthropology sophomore improving clinical outcomes for trauma patients

Funding for Undergraduate Research

The Office facilitates the distribution of several grants that fund students' research. Once students establish themselves in research environments, they are encouraged to apply for research monies.

Fall 2010 Mini Grants (due October 8) are available to provide $500 for research expenses that may include:

  • Art supplies
  • Housing costs
  • Computer programs
  • Office supplies
  • Mileage to/from project site
  • Cell culture media or DNA extraction kits
  • GPS unit/digital voice recorder
  • Data entry, transcription, or translation

If you miss the fall deadline, don't fret. Mini-Grants are also available in the spring!

One of our major awards, the Undergraduate Research Endeavors Competitve Awards (URECA!), awarded in the spring of each year provides students with $4000 towards their own research. Watch for the March 2011 deadline.

The Office recognizes that students doing research need to be supported beyond the costs of their equipment and supplies. The Summer Internship Grant provides student wages of up to $3500 in addition to upwards of $1500 for supplies and operating expenses.

    Summer 2010 recipients - Major, Title of Research (faculty sponsor):

  • Gabrielle Anderson - Dietetics, Tav Regulation of Kinesin Motility during Axonial Transplant (Dr. Chris Berger)
  • Anne Elizabeth Bradey - Psychology, Child Narcissism and Forms and Functions of Aggressive Behavior (Dr. Anne Murray-Close)
  • Jonathan Gonzalez - Plant Biology, The Impact of Ungulate Grazing on Arbuscule Mycorrhizal Communities, and the Influence of Those Communities on Plant Tolerance to Grazing (Dr. Alison Brody)
  • Charles Hackett - Biology, Modulating Neural Stem Cell Fas Expression in EAE: A Novel Therapeutic Target (Dr. Yang Mao-Draayer)
  • Nathan Hicks - Biology, The Role of Genetics in Mixed Clone Infections of a Malarial Parasite (Dr. Joseph Schall)
  • Cody Lamarche - Physics, Optical Microscopy of Discotic Organic Semiconductor Crystalline Films (Dr. Madalina Furis)
  • Travis Mann-Gow - Psychology, Determining the Effects of Caffeine on Murine Urinary Tract Function (Dr. Peter Zvara)
  • Samantha Roberts - Biological Sciences/Classical Civilizations, Human Serum Transfurrin: Role of Ionic Interactions with the Transferrin Receptor and Iron Release (Dr. Anne Mason)
  • Caitlin Russell - Biochemistry/Studio Art, Investigating the Binding of Vasodilator-stimulated Phosphoprotein (VASP) Family of Proteins and Arg Non-Receptor Tyrosine Kinanse in vitro (Dr. Alan Howe)
  • Julia Secker-Walker - Biochemistry, investigating the VASP/Abl Interaction During the DNA Damage Response (Dr. Paula Deming)

National Funding that UVM students can also utilize

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. To search for opportunities, go to: REU program website

Conferences: Once your research is done, your work has just begun

Dissemination of new and recent research is the hallmark of a complete scholar. In order for knowledge to expand it must be made public. We strongly encourage students to participate in local, regional, and national conferences and seek to publish their work. Just a few conferences that promote recent work done by our students include:

  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science National Conference -SACNAS (September 30-October 3)
  • 5th Vermont Greening Up Your Bottom Line (October 6, 2010)
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR-March 31-April 2, 2011)
  • Student Research Conference (April 11, 2011)

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