CONGRATULATIONS on a successful UGROW 2021

The McCoy College of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering announces the completion of Summer 2021 UGROW. Awardees were chosen by a selection committee in early April.  The UGROW scholars conducted their research with their mentors during Summer Session I and closed with a symposium on July 1. Look for a future presentation at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Acitivity Forum this fall.

Brittney Clarke- Assessing Effectiveness of Digital Mathematics Games, Dr. Dittika Gupta, WCOE, Curriculum & Learning 

Micah-Lyn Scotland and David Hawkins- Assembly, Setup and Testing of an Autonomous Robot Based on Jetson Nano, Mentor-Dr. Eduardo Colmenares, MCOSME, Computer Science

Brandi Morales-How do Reefs Respond to Climate Change? Uncovering Evidence from an Ancient Coral Community, Mentor-Dr. Anna Weiss, MCOSME, Geoscience

Benton Vidal and Nedabiah Warner- Analysis of Heat Transfer in a Brake System, Mentor- Dr. Zeki Ilhan, MCOSME, Engineering

Ryani Ferguson and Aryian Razavi- The Effect of Laminar and Turbulent Flows on the Phase Change Materials for Energy Recovery, Mentor-Dr. Mahmoud Elsharafi, MCOSME, Engineering

Kendra Jean Jacques- Can Neutrino Oscillations Show a Pathway to Explaining Dark Matter? Mentor- Dr. Preet Sharma, MCOSME, Physics

Sharome Burton and Ernuel Tonge - Performance Analysis of Maximum Power Point Tracking Solar Charge Controller, Mentor-Dr. Salim Azzouz, MCOSME, Engineering

UGROW 21 Events and Deadlines 

July 1, 9:00 AM- 11:40 AM:  UGROW Symposium - McCoy 136

Locations will comply with MSU Texas COVID-19 meeting policy. 

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


Planning has started for next year. Please return to this page to check for updates after winter break 21-22.

Pre-program Tentative schedule
  • Jan 6, 2022: UGROW 22 Launch - solicitation of projects from faculty
  • Feb 6: Project proposal deadline for faculty
  • By March 1: UGROW 22 Project Announcements
  • March 12: UGROW Scholar Application Deadline. Submit to
  • April 22: Announcement of UGROW 22 Student Cohort
UGROW Program Tentative schedule
  • May 23: 9:00 am- 10:00 am: UGROW Meet and Greet
  • May 24-27: UGROW Workshops
  • May 31: Research commences
  • June 14: Posters on the Go Forum
  • June 21: Posters on the Go Forum
  • June 30: 17th Annual Symposium

Table for Workshop Week
UGROW 21 Workshop week  schedule
Date Time Organizer Workshop Location
24-May 9:00 Dr. Price/Dr. Brown Marsden Meet and Greet CSC Wichita I&II
24-May 2:00 Dr. Weiss Scientific Drawing and Illustration Bolin 125/outside
25-May 9:00 Dr. Ilhan Mechanics and Mechanisms McCoy Hall 136
25-May 2:00 Dr. Azzouz Is Electricity the Energy of the Future? McCoy Hall 136
26-May 9:00 Dr. Colmenares A Gentle Introduction to Neuronal Networks and Associated Concepts Online/Zoom*
26-May 2:00 Dr. Sharma Can Neutrino Oscillations Show Us a Pathway to Dark Matter? McCoy Hall 136
27-May 9:00 Dr. Elsharafi Energy Options and Policy McCoy Hall 136
27-May 2:00 Ms. Scales with Dr. Miller Successful Posters and Presentations Online/Zoom
28-May 9:00 Dr. Gupta Action Research Methodology: Methodology, Success, and Challenges Online/Zoom
28-May 2:00 Dr. Brown Marsden Publishing and Presenting Academic Research Bolin 127
*Zoom instructions will be sent by the organizer through direct email to participants 

 UGR sponsored workshops: 

 Successful Presentations Workshop Part 1

Successful Presentations Workshop Part 2 

 The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a EURECA Proposal


December 1: EURECA Proposal Deadline for Spring Only.

June 1: EURECA Proposal Deadline for Fall Only and Full Academic Year.  


Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Summer Workshop (UGROW)
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, which 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 researching projects of their choice in a highly interdisciplinary environment. At the end of the program, students present their findings at the UGROW Symposium, and the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum in the Fall term. UGROW students may also present their research at an off-campus professional meeting/conference if they choose to do so.

UGROW 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
Faculty Finder: A Resource for Student-Faculty Mentor Matching

The UGR office has replaced Scholarbridge with our in-house listing of faculty who have supported undergraduate research either within their coursework or by being a mentor in the EURECA or UGROW undergraduate research programs. If you are seeking a mentor for a research project, please use this list. Disclaimer: not all faculty listed may be available for mentorship; the list is updated frequently. Please contact the UGR office if you need help contacting or finding a mentor. Faculty Finder