Alexis Sutterman

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Spotlight: Vidal Arroyo (’19) takes on Oxford University Chapman's first Rhodes Scholar shares experiences from first year in England

March 10, 2020 by | Center for Undergraduate Excellence

For Chapman’s first-ever Rhodes Scholar Vidal Arroyo, culture shock first hit when he visited a U.K. grocery store that did not sell “Tapatio” hot sauce. “They didn’t even know what Tapatio was,” remarked Arroyo. “This was the first time I really thought, ‘oh no, I’m not home at all.’” Arroyo, a first-generation student from Rancho

SURF Spotlight: Natalie Paterson SURF fellow conducts medical research to help children with inflammatory bowel disease

February 20, 2020 by | Center for Undergraduate Excellence

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food,” are the words from Hippocrates that drive the work of Chapman undergraduate Natalie Paterson. Paterson researches the health outcomes of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Her team uses an international database from the ​ImproveCareNow (ICN)​ network and collaborates with Dr. Kenneth Grant, MD, Head

SURF Spotlight: Michael MacInnes "If not us, who?" - SURF Fellow conducts archival research in Durban, South Africa

February 17, 2020 by | Center for Undergraduate Excellence

Conducting student research often consists of searching through archives, digital content browsing and faculty consultations. For senior history major Michael MacInnes, it has also included two weeks in Durban, South Africa. MacInnes’ travel was made possible largely due to receiving a Scholarly/Creative Grant from the Center of Undergraduate Excellence. He was also accepted into SURF

Fulbright Spotlight: Carol Sun Fulbright fellow Carol Sun shares her experiences teaching young students in Taiwan

February 13, 2020 by | Center for Undergraduate Excellence

Carol Sun decided to apply for the Fulbright scholarship because she thought it would be a great opportunity to give back to students and become acquainted with Taiwan as a resident rather than just a tourist. According to Sun, this was the first time that she applied for something she “really, really wanted.” She used

Nazi-Looted Painting Returned to Rightful Owners Return of "View of a Dutch Square" painting—the subject of two Chapman students' research—marks victory for art restitution!

February 6, 2020 by | Center for Undergraduate Excellence

At Chapman’s 2016 Student Scholar Symposium, students Bryleigh Blaise and Rosita Saul presented a poster tracking the history of the Nazi-looted painting “View of a Dutch Square” which had been stolen from Gottlieb and Mathilde Kraus in 1941. Exploring the restitution procedures in Bavaria, their poster showed how difficult this process had been for the

Fulbright Spotlight: Ansley Wong "You learn when you try:" Fulbright fellow Ansley Wong shares fellowship experience

January 31, 2020 by | Center for Undergraduate Excellence

Ansley Wong, who graduated with a degree in Integrated Educational Studies, was inspired to apply for a Fulbright because of her passion for teaching and working with Emergent Bilinguals (English Language Learners). Wong’s coursework taught her a lot about supporting students’ needs and gave her confidence in her teaching abilities. With support from her professors

SURF Spotlight: Heidi Standke SURF fellow researches biofertilizer that may reduce greenhouse gases

January 7, 2020 by | Center for Undergraduate Excellence

As climate change accelerates, senior Chapman student Heidi Standke is conducting research that may help in mitigating it. Standke is researching the regulation of the bacterial enzyme nitrogenase by the protein NifA in hopes that this can one day act as a biofertilizer. If it can, this will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in

SURF Spotlight: Lindsey Zumwalt SURF Fellow researches oxidation, and looks toward medical school

November 25, 2019 by | Center for Undergraduate Excellence

Recent Chapman grad Lindsey Zumwalt has huge aspirations with her biology degree—she hopes to publish a manuscript next year, apply to medical school, and eventually become a physician. Former president of the American Medical Student Association, Zumwalt has a great amount of experience to carry with her in the pursuit of these goals. This includes

SURF Spotlight: Prabhnoor Kaur Transcending the traditional research paper, one SURF Fellow hosts powerful art exhibit

November 21, 2019 by | Center for Undergraduate Excellence

For senior art history major Prabhnoor Kaur, research is much more than long academic papers. It’s a way to communicate, express, and paint people’s stories. Kaur spent last summer participating in SURF – the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – which is overseen by the Center for Undergraduate Excellence. During her fellowship, Kaur explored the history of

Exciting Research Opportunities for Undergraduates Available From New Faculty Member Dr. Mark Harrison! Dr. Harrison launches the Harrison lab, works on developing photonic devices

November 5, 2019 by | Center for Undergraduate Excellence

After spending several years working in the engineering industry, Dr. Mark Harrison has found a new home at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Engineering. Dr. Harrison’s background is in working with optical sensors, including gas sensors that could be used for local environmental analyses, and installing public transit hardware to provide real time arrival predictions,

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