Profiles: Natalie Tom Making burgers last as long as possible

January 12, 2017 by | Profiles

Natalie Tom (’17) wants you to leave your burgers in the fridge for as long as possible. That’s why she spent last summer researching the possibility of extending the shelf life of beef patties with the use of mushrooms.  She was able to dedicate her time and energy towards her research through the Summer Undergraduate

CUSRD Keynote Speaker: Nancy Perloff, Ph. D. Chapman University's Student Research Day will feature a keynote address from the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections for the Getty Research Institute

December 5, 2016 by | Profiles

Chapman University’s semi-annual Student Research Day will feature a keynote address from Nancy Perloff, Ph. D., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections for the Getty Research Institute. As a trained musicologist and art historian, scholarly research and creative activity have played an integral role in Perloff’s life and career. In fact, her scholarship spans a variety of

Profiles: Mary Howard A SURF alum talks the elusive nature of owning something

November 23, 2016 by | Profiles

What does it mean to “own” something? What is property, really? Those are questions that drove Economics major Mary-Jean Howard (’17) through the summer of 2016. Mary was one the sixteen students selected for OURCA’s prestigious Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. This intensive, ten-week program offers financial support to fellows so that they can

Profiles: Ana Kalyta A Canadian scientist in California

November 8, 2016 by | Profiles

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (OURCA) has some amazing funding opportunities for Chapman students. Yes, that’s right—money to support great student ideas and ambitions! OURCA’s most intensive and comprehensive program is the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), which supports a group of undergraduate students who are pursuing individual research and creative activity

Profiles: Samira Amirazizi The power of language(s)

November 8, 2016 by | Profiles

Often, the research topics that fascinate us come from personal history. Because her parents are from Iran, Samira Amirazizi (Psychology, ’18) was interested in studying the brain functions of bilingual speakers. The focus of her research has a lot to do with her own life, and she finds it particularly relevant in current society. With

Profiles: Kathy Tavakoli On going to the lab to relief stress

November 8, 2016 by | Profiles

Biology major Kathy Tavakoli (’16) loves research. Even while taking eighteen credits every semester, going to the lab is an escape, a relief from the other stress of school.  She spent last summer indulging in her love of research in the lab of Dr. Keykavous Parang at the School of Pharmacy, and she received funding

Meet the OURCA Ambassadors

November 5, 2016 by | Programs

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (OURCA) officially announces the OURCA Ambassador program! OURCA Ambassadors are a group of outstanding undergraduates from a variety of disciplines who have participated in OURCA programs. They’ve worked with OURCA either through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) or the Student-Faculty Independent Research and/or Creative Activity Grant.

Profiles: Rose Mackenzie How Research Can Be Creative

October 27, 2016 by | Profiles

People often associate undergraduate research with the sciences, but there are opportunities for every field and discipline. Rose Mackenzie (’17) is pursuing a double major in Theater Studies and Philosophy, and a minor in Women’s Studies and she spent the summer researching with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity’s SURF program. The prestigious