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Meet the 2016/2017 OURCA Ambassadors! 

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Shannon Corenthin

Year: Senior

Major: BFA Theatre Performance Major, Integrated Educational Studies minor

Mentor: Dr. Jocelyn L. Buckner

Research Project/Creative Activity: Forgotten Story of African American Women Playwrights

 

1-Explain your research/creative activity:

I study the plays and production histories of Black women in American theatre, the impact they have had on society during the last century, and the influence they continue to have on today’s theatre.

 2-What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research/creative activity?

My advice is for any students who is unsure whether or not they would like to do research: do it. Even if you don't end up liking it, you'll learn so much about your topic and the importance of it. and you never know, you might find your calling in research. 

Ask Shannon a question! 

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Lena Romano 

Year: Senior

Major: Theatre and Sociology double major/COPA and Wilkinson 

Mentor: Dr. Jocelyn L. Buckner/COPA

Research Project/Creative Activity: The Influence of Social Class on Women in Theatre

 

1-Explain your research/creative activity:

 My research for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship I investigated the role that class plays in the representation of women in theatre, both in terms of how women are portrayed on stage, and the demographics of the workforce in the industry. The research this summer will be continued this Fall where I will direct the play Trifles, by Susan Glaspell. This play will be a part of a feminist theatre festival that deals with issues of class, race and sexuality. 

 2-What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research/creative activity?

 Pick a topic that you are really interested in researching and that you can see yourself researching for a long time, because it can be hard to self-motivate, but if you love the topic and are invested in your findings, it will be easier to keep up with the work. 

 Ask Lena a question! 

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Natalie Tom

YEAR: Senior

MAJOR: Chemistry Major, Nutrition Minor, and Food Science Masters (4+1 Program)

Mentor: Dr. Lilian Were, Food Science Department

Research Project/Creative Activity: Agaricus Bisporus mushrooms act as an antioxidant in raw beef patties. 

 

 1-Explain your research/creative activity:

Billion pounds of beef is wasted per year and chemical deterioration, specifically lipid oxidation, contributes to this waste. White-button mushrooms called Agaricus Bisporus, are introduced into raw beef and have the antioxidant capacity to inhibit lipid oxidation from occurring and overall extend the shelf life of beef. 

 2-What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research/creative activity?

Make sure to pick a research topic that YOU are interested in and ALWAYS have fun! 


 
Nicole Hornaday Headshot Nicole Hornaday 

Year: Graduated May 2016

Major: Biological Sciences/University Honors Program

Research Project/Creative Activity: Best Practices for Mentor/Mentee Communication

 

1-Explain your research/creative activity:

  One of the most critical aspects of any successful research project is the effective communication between the mentor and mentee. The goal of my project is to investigate best practices for mentorship, especially with application to the SURF program so that future students and mentors will be able to accomplish shared as well as distinct goals in a ten week timeframe.

 2-What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research/creative activity?

 Pursue a project that you are truly interested in, although this can be difficult in fields such as the sciences, which put a certain amount of pressure on students to make sure that research is a part of their undergraduate education. Additionally, you should work with a mentor who you know that you will work well with and learn from, and with whom there is mutual respect.

Ask Nicole a question!

Benji Whitmore Headshot Benji Whitmore

Year: Junior

Major: Pre-Pharmacy/Schmid + CUSP

Mentor: Dr. Miao Zhang, CUSP

Research Project/Creative Activity:Structural study for Ca2+ hypersensitivity of mutant SK ion channel

 

1-Explain your research/creative activity:

My research is in the field of ion channel pharmacology and specifically uses X-ray crystallography techniques as the basis for structural study of SK ion channels.

 

2-What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research/creative activity?

Advice to students would be to just reach out to as many professors/program advisors as you can. There are so many research opportunities/mentors out there and if you only reach out to one or two you limit your options. Also be sure you are interested in their research focus...when you meet with them it’s as much of an interview for them as it is you!

 

jessica-bocinski-headshot Jessica Bocinski 

Year: Junior
 
Major: Art History and Anthropology 
Mentor: Dr. Wendy Salmond, Department of Art 
Research Project/Creative Activity: Art history research project entitled "The Invisible Artist: Reframing William Holman Hunt's Works through 15th c. Netherlandish Art" 
1- Explain your research/creative activity:
During SURF, I conducted an art history research project that explored the connections between a Pre-Raphaelite artist named William Holman Hunt and 15thc. Netherlandish painting. This comparison fosters a different understanding of the purpose of Hunt's works and the common misconceptions associated with his stylistic choices. 
2-What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research/creative activity?
If you are passionate about a subject or are interested in research, you should absolutely get involved in one of the research and creative activity opportunities that OURCA has to offer. Undergraduate research and creative activity is a great way to make professional and personal connections with professors, gain invaluable experience that can translate into future graduate school or career opportunities, and learn more about your own interests. The research and creative activities on campus are also great ways to meet new people from different disciplines. 

+ - OURCA Student Ambassador Alumni

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Morgan Green is an English Literature and Theatre Studies double major. Her specialty is dramaturgy, focusing on research and literary analysis for the theatre. A former Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, her SURF work focused on the role of race and gender in the text and performance of some of Shakespeare's plays. As part of this research, she was the recipient of a Fall 2015 OURCA research grant to travel see productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is also a member of Delta Delta Delta, Disciples on Campus, and CARES.

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Alex Himstead is an undergraduate student pursuing his B.S. in Biology and a minor in Spanish. He is a pre-medical student from Mercer Island, WA who was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship during the summer of 2015. Alex researches the effects of aging on learning and memory with the marine biology professor Dr. William Wright, volunteers weekly at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach, and is a supplemental instructor for organic chemistry. Alex is also a member of the Schmid Student Leadership Council.
 
Lisa KendrickEmma Plotnik is earning a B.A. in music, with a vocal emphasis and minoring in law, justice, and social control. Summa Cum Laude in 2015, Plotnik began her experiences with OURCA as a member of the SURF program working alongside Dr. Jessica Sternfeld on a two-pronged experiment in both historical musicology and arts outreach. As a singer, Emma maintains an interest in vocal pedagogy research; her senior thesis delved into national vocal qualities, taking educational models, morphological theories, and language into account. Like many SURF fellows, she presented her thesis and her SURF project at OURCA’s Student Research Day. Emma’s activities and affiliations during her time at Chapman included Opera Chapman, University Choir, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-law Fraternity, Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority, and serving as an on-campus tutor. Samples and publications of Emma’s research may be found in the Chapman University Digital Commons and at http://musicsoiree.com/.

Kayla Summer Velloso is a communication studies major and anthropology minor from San Diego, CA. She is interested in social science, anthropology, and documentary film as a way to explore culture. Velloso was awarded a Building Undergraduate Research Networks (BURN) grant for a trip to El Salvador for an ethnographic film project about the implementation of a culturally grounded substance abuse prevention program, Keepin it Real (KIR). Additionally, she was part of the Summer of Undergraduate Research Fellowship program, where she continued to conduct research for a feature-length documentary film about the representation of people from Appalachia entitled The Hollywood Hillbilly, a project of film professor Sally Rubin. Velloso plans to attend graduate school for anthropology and continues to work on several of her documentary film projects.

OURCA Deadlines & Events 2016-2017

FALL 2016

Lunch With a Professor
October 3rd-7th

Grant Proposal Workshop
Thursday, October 27th 
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
AF 209C

Faculty Research Expo
Wednesday, November 9th
4:00-6:00 pm
BK 404
Friday, November 11th,
4:00 pm

Poster Design and Presentation Workshop
Monday, November 14
2:00 pm-3:00 pm 
AF 209C

291/491/682 Early Enrollment Forms & Contracts Due
Monday, December 5th

CU Student Research Day
Wednesday, December 7th
Times TBA
Sandhu Conference Center

CUSRD Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Invitation Only
Wednesday, December 7th
12:00 – 1:30 pm
BK404

 

SPRING 2017

SURF Application Deadline
Wednesday, March 1st

Grant Proposal Workshop
March TBA

Lunch with a Professor Week/
National Undergraduate Research Week
April 3rd-7th

Scholarly/Creative Grant
Deadline:
Friday, April 14th,
4:00 pm

Poster Design and Presentation Workshop
April TBA

291/491/682 Early Enrollment Forms & Contracts Due
Monday, May 8th

CU Student Research Day
Wednesday, May 10th
Times TBA
Sandhu Conference Center

CUSRD Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 10th
12:00 – 1:30 pm
BK404

SURF Program
June 5th – August 11th

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