UGROW 2019 Scholars and Mentor Projects

The Office of Undergraduate Research announces the UGROW  2019 scholars. Congratulations to everyone!
 Don Wijesinghe- Dr. Yu Guo, Experimental study of a Van der Pol oscillatory circuit, McCoSME- Engineering  
Kevin Davis and Ravishka Rathnasuriya-Dr. Nelson Passos, A Study on hardware prefetching effects in the execution of computer programs, McCoSME-Computer Science  
Crege LaRonde and Taris Major--Dr. Salim Azzouz, A multi-stage gearing system to control wind turbines rotor speed, McCoSME- Engineering  
Marcus Baptiste--Dr. Mahmoud Elsharafi, Darcy and Non-Darcy flow through packing particles, McCoSME- Engineering  
Andrew Wolf--Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden, Examining student perception of diversity and inclusion in STEM participation and instruction, McCoSME-Biology  
Cheslin Maloney, Prisca Mbonu,  and Dolly Mombeyarara--Dr. Fu-Cheng (George) Liang, Apply membrane protein chaperone as therapeutics to prevent protein aggregation associated disease, McCoSME-Chemistry
Maggy Anderson, Aniya Harrelson, and Krystan Springette--Dr. Dittika Gupta,  Examining creativity and learning in a STEAMing HOT Camp, WCOE, Curriculum & Learning (STEAM -Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics; HOT - Higher Order Thinking)  
Jermain Descartes, Khalilah Durand, and Arron Hillard--Dr. Jon Price, X-ray vision: structural and compositional analysis of minerals and rocks using X-ray sources, McCoSME-Geoscience
JD Chandrasegaran--Dr. Preet Sharma,  Calculating neutrino oscillations in matte, McCoSME, Physics
Christopher Sun--Dr. Zeki Ilhan,  Adaptive control design for a gravity compensation mechanism for human lower limb rehabilitation, McCoSME, Engineering


May 28 9:00 am Meet & Greet, Wichita Suites (breakfast provided)

May 28-31 UGROW workshops-schedule will be given at Meet and Greet 

June 13- Posters on the Go 1- 3:00pm-4:50pm-CSC Atrium

##June 26--Posters on the Go 2- 3:00pm-4:50pm Dillard 189 (##DATE AND LOCATION MAY CHANGE DUE TO ROOM AVAILABILITY)

July 3rd- UGROW Symposium-  9:00-4:00 pm Bolin Hall 100-Podium Presentations.

July 3rd- UGROW Social- 5:00pm-8:00pm Sikes Lake Center

  **ALL UGROW meetings and events are MANDATORY for scholars and mentors.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Summer Workshop

Mission Statement

UGROW affords opportunities for collaborative research between undergraduates and faculty in an interdisciplinary research environment.

MSU Definition of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by one or more undergraduate students, with faculty guidance, that attempts to make an intellectual, creative, or applied contribution to one or more disciplines. Adopted in April 2013.


UGROW was conceived by faculty in the College of Science and Mathematics in 2004 as an initiative to create an interdisciplinary environment to train and nurture young scientists.  The first UGROW was in 2005 and since then, it has offered research opportunities to over 200 undergraduates.  During Summer Session I UGROW students experience the authenticity of conducting research on projects of their choice in a highly interdisciplinary environment. At the end of the program students present their findings at the UGROW Symposium, and at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum the following Fall term. UGROW students may also present their research at an off campus professional meeting/conference if they choose to do so.

UGROW also promotes conditions in which students and faculty, who would like to cross disciplinary boundaries, can advance knowledge and at the same time enrich their learning/research/scholarship endeavors.  UGROW is open to all disciplines at MSUTexas.


  • To create high-quality research experiences for undergraduates in all Colleges at MSUTexas Wichita Falls
  • To provide an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment for undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities
  • To create a pool of talented undergraduates interested in pursuing advanced careers in Biology, Mathematics, Engineering, GeoScience,  Business, Education, Health Sciences & Human Services; Humanities & Social Sciences, and Fine Arts
  • To expand undergraduate research beyond MSUTexas
  • To enhance recruitment of talented students into MSUTexas' undergraduate and graduate programs

ScholarBridge: A Resource for Student-faculty Mentor Matching

UGROW is a proud member of the ScholarBridge community. ScholarBridge is a new tool to promote student and faculty involvement in academic research. ScholarBridge is an online database where professors can post their availability to mentor students. Student members can search the listings of professors and opportunities - at any point in their academic career - to find the right mentor and research focus that they are most interested in actively pursuing. Start now by visiting ScholarBridge.