2011-2012 Undergraduate Research Grants
The Undergraduate Research Program supported 29 undergraduate research and scholarship projects in th 2010-11 academic year. Click here for a complete list of awardees.
2011-2012 Provost's Award for Outstanding Faculty Research Mentor
Dr. Stephen Ludwig Bültmann
Assistant Professor of Physics
Dr. Bültmann has been involved in mentoring undergraduate researchers since he came to ODU in 2003. He has mentored 17 undergraduate students, resulting in 5 publications that included undergraduates as co-authors, multiple student co-authored posters/presentations, and 13 senior theses. His work with undergraduates has been truly collaborative and he has put tremendous efforts into expanding undergraduate research opportunities in his department. Finally, Dr. Bültmann has been awarded a major grant from the NSF that includes undergraduate research as a major component of the project.
2011-2012 Provost's Awards for Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers
Department of Physics/Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mr. Hibberd graduated from ODU in December 2011 with a double major in Physics and Electrical Engineering. Throughout his time at ODU, he has been deeply involved in undergraduate research and participated in research in both the College of Engineering, Department of Physics, and NASA Langley. His senior thesis was a collaborative project that involved faculty mentors from both Physics and Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences. Mr. Hibberd's has presented his work at major professional conferences and is currently pursuing opportunities in aerospace electronics with the U.S. Air Force.
Department of Biological Sciences/Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics
Ms. Pryor is a Biology major who will graduate in May of 2012. She has been active in Dr. Michael Stacey's laboratory at the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics since May 2011. Her research has focused on the role of gene expression in chest wall cartilage deformities. Ms. Pryor has been an active participant in ODU's Undergraduate Research Program initiatives including the annual research symposium, undergraduate research grant program, and conference travel program. At the end of March, Ms. Pryor will be representing ODU at the CUR National Undergraduate Research Conference and in April she will be participating in the CAA Undergraduate Research Conference hosted here at ODU. Finally, Ms. Pryor is a co-author on a manuscript that has been submitted to the peer reviewed journal "Connective Tissue Research".
10th Annual Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference
In April 2012, ODU hosted the the CAA Undergraduate Research Conference. The conference presentations of research and scholarship by students from each of the 12 CAA member institutions. The program for the conference can be found at the conference website and photos of the event can be found on the Undergraduate Research Program's new Facebook Page.
5th Annual ODU Undergraduate Research Symposium
In February 2012, ODU held its Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at the new Learning Commons in Perry Library. The event featured research presentations and poster sessions, and a visual arts exhibit. Over 100 undergraduate students participated in this event by presenting the results of their undergraduate research, scholarship, or creative works. The symposium program can be found at the Symposium Website, and pictures of this event can be found on our Facebook page.
Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program Sites
The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Programs (URAP) Site Grant program provided seed funding for colleges or departments to develop or expand undergraduate research opportunities. URAP sites have a well-defined common focus that enables a cohort experience for students. In 2011-12, four programs were awarded seed funding. These programs supporting research apprenticeships for 56 students from 8 different deparments or programs. Click Here for a list of 2011-12 URAP sites.
2010-2011 Undergraduate Research Program Highlights