On December 10, 2014, Office of Undergraduate research hosted its Fall 2014 Chapman University Student Research Day. View the Fall 2014 Abstract Volume. Mark your calendar for the Spring 2015 event on May 13.

Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research and starting from the wee hour of 8:00 a.m. and going to 5:00 p.m. on December 10, the Fall 2014 Chapman University Student Research Day boasted 180 student presenters from across campus, representing almost all colleges and schools.

It was an intriguing sight where students and their faculty advisors were like mentor and apprentice. In a way, the student will continue the scientific legacy of the professor– whether it is working with immense amounts of satellite data with Dr. Hesham El-Askary, researching cancer testing methods with Dr. Marco Bisoffi or making visits to peatlands with Dr. Jason Keller. As scientific research builds upon itself these Chapman University students are establishing the next generation of scientific experimentation and exploration.

We are proud to announce that 98 of the abstracts submitted came from Schmid College of Science and Technology, which is more than all others combined.  It’s so wonderful to be part of such a prolific and creative community. Within Schmid College we find research being done in the fields of computational data science, computer science, food science, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, physics, software engineering and environmental science. Research in all these fields drives the future economy of science and technology in the United States, and the Office of Undergraduate Research truly believes that using the scientific method by an early age will give students the tools they need to face the world’s most pressing problems of the day.

I stumbled upon Jordynn Brennan’s presentation on her work with Dr. Hesham El-Askary. Brennan is using remote sensing techniques to look at how the infamous “North Pacific Gyre Garbage Patch” is affecting the growth of Thalassiosira, microscopic algae within a group of organisms called Diatoms. This type of research can help hone our ability to observe biotic systems using satellites and help establish a link between human activity and a changing earth system.

Several students including, Dor Shoshan, Emily Frisch and Kristin Gabriel, are working with Dr. Marco Bisoffi to conduct research in prostate “field cancerization”. Meanwhile, Sydney Pong, Jonathan Woo, Lena Haddad, Monica Hanna, Brian Kaltenecker, and Snehith Maddula are researching cancers of the pancreas and breast.

Other research topics students presented include:

  • mass distribution and surface area trends of size-fractionated arsenic-bearing mine tailings
  • microbial decomposition in peatlands
  • prostate field cancerization
  • digitizing “pelvic motion”

(The full Abstract Volume is online.)

If you would like to get involved in undergraduate research then all you need to do is contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and contact a professor whose work interests you. If one of your own professors are doing interesting research, then consider reaching out to them to organize your hypothesis!