UGROW

 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Summer Workshop (UGROW) is MSU’s faculty-led, student-executed intensive summer research program. As in years past, UGROW will provide a venue in which faculty mentor full-time engagement from one or possibly two students, facilitating student exposure to research techniques, as well as opportunities for presentation and interaction.

Posters on the Go II (POTG II)

POTG I was a success - the projects each are well underway. June 21 at 2PM  is our second informal poster session in the 1st floor hallway of Bolin Science Building. Once again, student researchers should acquire a single sheet of paper that is 36" x 24" or larger, and use the space to explain their project and initial progress. 

We are in the middle in the program, so poster information should skew towards an process and progress, with a view towards conclusion. We're now familiar with your project and its goals, but keep providing simple but effective information that allows non-experts to understand your research.

Please bring your poster to Bolin Hall by 1:50 PM and tape it to the wall. The assembled mentors and researchers will circulate to each poster. Each project will have 10 to 15 minutes to present (projects with more than one student should divide the labor).

Paper for POTG is available through the office of undergrad research in the Clark Student Center on Friday, 6/17 from 8:30 AM -12 PM or 1-4:30 PM. 

Posters on the Go I (POTG I)

June 14 at 2PM  is a time for us to gather and witness each other's progress with an informal poster session in the 1st floor hallway of Bolin Science Building. Student researchers should acquire a single sheet of paper that is 36" x 24" or larger, and use the space to explain their project and initial progress. These need not be polished efforts. They may incorporate handwritten text, hand-drawn diagrams and charts, or printed materials affixed to the paper. In addition to the information on the poster, feel free to include visual aids relevant to the project (e.g. physical samples, fabricated pieces, books).

We are early in the program, so poster information should skew towards background, research design, and initial methods. Also recognize that most will be unfamiliar with your project and its goals, so please provide simple but effective information that allows non-experts to understand your research.

 

UGROWorkshop Week

(Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Summer Workshop Week)

Morning (9 -10:30 AM) Afternoon (2-3:30 PM)
23-May Drs. Price and Brown Marsden Meet and Greet Clark Student Center - 172 Dr. Lee Social studies using publicly available data Prothro-Yeager 126
24-May Dr. Colmenares A friendly introduction to statistics with Excel, Python and Octave Bolin 103 Dr. Brown Marsden Publishing and Presenting Academic Research Bolin 127
25-May Ms. Scales and Dr. Miller Successful Posters and Presentations  Moffet Library 113 G
26-May Dr. Price Digital images: measurement and manipulation Bolin  105 Dr. Sharma New Physics at CERN and Future Colliders McCoy Hall 136
27-May Dr. Elsharafi Production from  Undersaturated Oil Reservoir (exploration with Excel) McCoy 207

This year's cohort!

Congratulations to those students joining us for UGROW22. 

Researcher Project Mentor
Hunter Baker New Physics in Electron Pair to Muon Pair at CERN Dr. Preet Sharma
Zetta Cannedy Deepening of Environmental Cooperation? Explaining the Decline of International Environmental Agreements since the 2000's Dr Juheon Lee
Nathalie Devoir Better data ahead: creating a new standard set for x-ray fluorescence analysis Dr. Jonathan Price
Chelsee Kirk Better data ahead: creating a new standard set for x-ray fluorescence analysis Dr. Jonathan Price
Raul Noah Orta An Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning Framework Study Dr. Eduardo Colmenares
Aryian Razavi The Effect of Laminar and Turbulent Flow on Phase Change Materials for Energy Recovery. Dr. Mahmoud Elsharafi
Anna Roland New Physics in Electron Pair to Muon Pair at CERN Dr. Preet Sharma

This year's projects

The UGROW22 program project list is available on the UGROW22 Projects Page. 

Dates
Pre-program schedule
  • March 12: UGROW Scholar Application Deadline. Follow sidebar links for instructions and application
  • April 22: Announcement of UGROW 22 Student Cohort
UGROW Program schedule
  • May 23: 9:00 am- 10:00 am: UGROW Meet and Greet
  • May 23-27: UGROW Workshops (9:00 am and 2:00 pm)
  • May 31: Research commences
  • June 14: Posters on the Go Forum I
  • June 21: Posters on the Go Forum II
  • June 30: 17th Annual Symposium

Congratulations to All of the Winners & Participants of the 17th UGRCA Forum!

At the 17th MSU Texas Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Forum, 101 undergraduate students made either oral or poster presentations Nov. 18. Of them, 22 student presentations received recognition. 

Below is a list of the rankings by college. 

This was Fain Elementary School's fourth and fifth grade classes fifth year participating in the UGRCA forum and we are always so amazed at their presentations! Way to go Fain Elementary! 

We had 47 presentations at the 17th UGRCA forum and we hope to see twice as many presentations in the spring at the Celebration of Scholarship!
The Celebration of Scholarship will be April 20th & 21st so save those dates in your calendar now!

 

 UGR sponsored workshops: 

Successful Presentations Workshop Part 1

Successful Presentations Workshop Part 2 

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a EURECA Proposal

Other IMPORTANT DEADLINES TO REMEMBER:

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.

History

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.

Objectives
  • 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