Overview of conference space during one of the poster sessions at Miami University's 25th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum.

26th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum to be held online

In response to Governor DeWine’s stay-at-home order — and to protect the health of all members of our community — Miami University’s 26th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum will be held online via Webex on April 29.

As with the in-person event, the online event will feature both oral and poster sessions. The 10-minute oral presentations will be held at 9:00am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm. Each poster session, at 9:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:15pm, respectively, will be divided into five concurrent clusters, with up to 20 posters per cluster. Students presenting posters will each have five minutes to explain their projects. Faculty members have volunteered to moderate all sessions.

In place of the traditional luncheon, there will be a plenary session from 12:15pm to 1:00pm, during which the president and provost are expected to make remarks. The LAURE Award will also be announced during this time.

The Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU) is partnering with Career Services and University Libraries to provide workshops to prepare the 584 student contributors for presenting their research effectively in the new format. We are also working with presenters to ensure that the online Forum will be accessible to attendees who use assistive technology.

Visit the event website for more information.


Edited 04/27/2020 to provide a link to the event website.

Edited 04/15/2020 to update poster session times.

Photo by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.

An undergraduate student researcher discusses his poster with an Undergraduate Research Forum attendee.

Save the date: 26th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum

An undergraduate student researcher discusses her work with attendees at the 25th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum

Miami University’s 26th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2020. This showcase of faculty-mentored student research and scholarly and creative activities by Miami undergraduate students will feature poster sessions and 10-minute talks. The Miami University community and the public are encouraged to save the date for this free event.

Registration for undergraduate student presenters opens Monday, January 27, 2020 and remains available through Friday, March 6.


Photos by Miami University Photo Services.

25th Undergraduate Research Forum charted new territory

 

Roshika Bhattarai, a medical laboratory science and premedical studies major, explains her poster to a Forum attendee.

The Undergraduate Research Forum turned 25 this year — a significant milestone in showcasing scholarly and creative works, conducted by our students, under the guidance of dedicated faculty, staff, and graduate student mentors. The Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU), established in 2014, celebrated this milestone with an extra day of programming on Tuesday, April 23, followed by poster sessions and talks on Wednesday, April 24.

Several new program features were introduced for this two-day celebration to prominently showcase the wide variety of resources that make undergraduate research at Miami the successful enterprise it is. Twelve themed panel discussions took place on April 23 to raise awareness of the breadth of undergraduate research across disciplines and colleges. Mentors stepped up to serve as moderators for themed panel discussions and provide a synthesis of the presentations. Graduate-undergraduate student teams, faculty-undergraduate teams, and undergraduate teams served as presenters. More than 20 centers and research support entities across campus responded to a call to highlight their roles as resources for undergraduate research. They were featured on April 23 from 1:-00 to 4:00pm. The Undergraduate Research Forum’s staples — the poster sessions and oral presentations — had some new components as well. The first poster session was attended by a group of 40 high school students from Cincinnati Public Schools, as part of a collaboration with the Office of Admissions, whose staff plays a critical role in publicizing undergraduate research at Miami, for the purposes of recruitment. Recognizing that poster printing costs can be a barrier for students to participate in the forum, two new formats were introduced this year: e-posters presented as 10 minute talks, and storyboarding, the old-fashioned approach, which allowed for quite a bit of creativity.

Programming for the 2019 Undergraduate Research Forum aimed to:

  • Showcase research, experiential learning, and creative works across colleges;
  • Promote synergistic and interdisciplinary pursuits;
  • Recognize the role of research centers and research support entities across campus; and
  • Raise early awareness of pathways for research, scholarly works, and creative endeavors.

The ORU invites the university community to provide feedback about the new formats, as well as to suggest ideas for raising the profile of undergraduate research at Miami University.


Written by Joyce Fernandes, Director, Office of Research for Undergraduates, Miami University.

Photo of Mackenzie Mettey and Maria DeSantiago by Stephanie Danker, Miami University Department of Art. Photo of Roshika Bhattarai by Bryce Mysona, Miami University Photo Services.

 

Undergraduate researchers Ryan Parnell and Danille Allaire pose in front of a poster explaining their cancer research project.

Updates from the Office of Research for Undergraduates

A group of students and faculty, along with President and Dr. Crawford pose for a photo in front of a Love.Honor.Care photo backdrop in Millett Hall.
Teams of undergraduate students and their faculty sponsors were honored for their research on cancer during Miami’s Love.Honor.Care Weekend.

Cancer research awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors Cynthia Henderson and Tom and Ann Hayden, four teams of undergraduates will each receive $5,000 for their Cancer Research projects, to be carried out during the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • A Spectral Phaser Approach for Monitoring Cellular Metabolism in Turbid Media
    Conducted by Max Kreider, Mathematics major and Andy Rodriguez, Biological Physics major, under the direction of faculty sponsors, Paul Urayama and Karthik Vishwanath, Department of Physics
  • Looking at Cancer Through the Lens of the Newt
    Conducted by Biology majors Alyssa Miller and Arielle Martinez and Biochemistry major Vayda Barker, under the direction of faculty sponsors Katia Del Rio-Tsonis and Tracy Haynes, Department of Biology
  • Using Viral Genes to Sensitize Cancer Cells to Medical Interventions
    Conducted by Gabriel Ortiz, Microbiology major, under the direction of
    faculty sponsor Eileen Bridge, Department of Microbiology
  • In-silico Exploration of Microsatellite Instability Markers in cancer genomes for Osteosarcoma Patients
    Conducted by Biology majors Linh Le, Ariel Xue, and Anjali Gupta and Computer Science major Gretchen Blackwell, under the direction of faculty sponsor Chun Liang, Department of Biology

During the current academic year (2018-19) a generous donation made by Cynthia Henderson funded two research teams:

  • Decreasing Colon Cancer Cell Growth by Ketone Bodies via Metabolic Reprogramming: Potential Mechanisms for Treating Colon Cancer with Ketogenic Diets
    Conducted by Danielle Allaire, Biology major and Ryan Parnell, Biochemistry major, under the direction of faculty sponsor Claire Shi, Department of Biology
  • Analysis of Tumor Development and Supression Using an Engineered Adenoviral Vector Containing an HMGA Hyper-Binding Site in an Orthotopic Mouse Model
    Conducted by Microbiology major Shannon Ryan, Biology major Ellen Kasik, and Bioengineering Major Zachary Zampa, under the direction of faculty sponsor Michael Kennedy, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

All six teams were honored during half time at the women’s basketball game February 23 as part of the Love.Honor.Care Weekend benefitting Luna Cares.

Undergraduate Research Forum

The Undergraduate Research Forum will be 25 this year! To celebrate this milestone, a 2-day event is being planned, and several new features have been introduced to:

  • Showcase research, scholarly work, and creative endeavors across campus
  • Promote interdisciplinary and synergistic collaborations
  • Recognize the role of research centers and research support entities across campus
  • Raise early awareness of research and scholarly pathways

Tuesday April 23rd

  • Plenary session
  • Centers and research showcase
  • Themed panel discussions

Wednesday April 24

  • Poster sessions, talks, and e-posters

More details are available on the ORU website. Registration deadline for presenters is March 8, 2019.


Written by Joyce Fernandes, Director, Office of Research for Undergraduates, Miami University.

Photos courtesy of Joyce Fernandes.

Aaron Davidson-Bey (center) and Tone Pryer (right) discuss their poster, "The Accessibility and Inclusion of Oxford: Is It Built for Everyone?" with Miami University president, Greg Crawford (left)

24th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum featured 330 presentations

Ashley Mickens, a junior majoring in environmental earth science sustainability and minoring in history, discusses her poster, "Changes in Phytoplankton Community Composition Following Simulated Storm Events," with two URF attendees.
Ashley Mickens (right), a junior majoring in environmental earth science sustainability and minoring in history, discusses her poster, “Changes in Phytoplankton Community Composition Following Simulated Storm Events,” with URF attendees.

The 24th annual Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum (URF) was held on April 25 at Shriver Center. The event celebrated the scholarly and creative accomplishments of Miami students, who have worked alongside their dedicated faculty and graduate student mentors.

  • 330 unique presentations were made at the forum, which included 278 poster presentations and 52 oral presentations.
  • A total of 570 undergraduates were involved in the work that was presented.
  • 147 faculty members from across the institution sponsored the presentations
  • 123 graduate students mentors were represented.
Donut chart showing student researchers by division. CAS = 375; CEC = 26; Regionals = 71; EHS = 61; FSB = 32; CCA = 5
Student researchers by division

At a luncheon, President Greg Crawford congratulated the student researchers, and Provost Phyllis Callahan highlighted the significant learning outcomes that are at the core of a research experience.

Notable among the many outstanding student presentations were “poster clusters” from the following programs:

  • The newly redesigned First Year Research Experience (FYRE) program, which is taught as a 2-semester sequence of UNV171 and UNV 172 | Mentors: Kate de Medeiros, Mark Krekeler, and Joyce Fernandes
  • Nursing | Mentor: Eliad Musallam
  • Global Health Studies | Mentors: Cameron Hay-Rollins and Paul Flaspohler
  • Bridges Scholars | Mentor: Monica Adkins

An interesting trend is that students are seeking involvement in projects outside of their major/divisional affiliation, emphasizing the appeal of interdisciplinary perspectives, and the availability of such opportunities through dedicated and creative research mentors.

Donut chart showing posters sponsored by faculty across divisions. CAS = 253; CEC = 8; FSB = 7; EHS = 42; EMSS = 5; CLAAS = 15; TOTAL = 330
Posters sponsored by faculty across divisions

Miami’s Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU), a sponsor of the URF, encourages student presenters to continue the dissemination of their work by archiving them in University Libraries’ Scholarly Commons or through publication in university journals such as COMPASS, if not in major international journals. Students can also apply for ORU-sponsored Undergraduate Presentation Awards to obtain support to present posters at regional and national conferences.


Written by Joyce Fernandes, Director, Miami University Office of Research for Undergraduates.

Photos by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.

A poster session room, with presenters and attendees.

Student research highlighted at Miami University’s 23rd annual Undergraduate Research Forum

At the Undergraduate Research Forum, a student crouches next to the kinetic sculpture built by Clayton Musloff, Greg Heinrich, and Ruben Victoria.
Clayton Musloff, architecture major, Greg Heinrich, architecture and geography major, and Ruben Victoria, architecture and interactive media studies major, created this kinetic sculpture as part of the research they presented at the Undergraduate Research Forum.

The 23rd annual Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum (URF), held  April 26 in Armstrong Student Center and Shriver Center, celebrated and showcased the amazing scholarly and creative achievements of Miami students.  This year’s forum was the largest ever at Miami, with over 700 total student presenters. Students shared their work in both platform and poster presentations and discussed their ideas informally among peers and colleagues at a banquet luncheon.

Virtually all student projects were mentored by faculty from various levels, and graduate students were represented on 125 projects. In addition to congratulating the undergraduate researchers on their accomplishments, President Greg Crawford and Provost Phyllis Callahan acknowledged the significant contributions of the faculty, staff, and graduate students who mentor them.

Poster sessions represented the majority of presentations at URF, this year totaling 350 and ranging across all five academic divisions and across 36 disciplines, including psychology, biology, management, nursing, nutrition, and architecture and interior design.

Psychology major Terry Reid (left) explains his team's research to an Undergraduate Research Forum attendee. The title of the poster is readable: Group Studying vs. Individual Studying. The First Year Research Experience (FYRE) logo is also visible.
Psychology major Terry Reid (left) explains his team’s research to an Undergraduate Research Forum attendee.

Notable among the many outstanding student presentations were the following:

  • 14 posters from over 60 students in Miami’s newly redesigned First-Year Research Experience (FYRE) program
  • Artifacts created by Dr. Jeb Card’s anthropology students using 3D modeling and printing
  • Design projects from Dr. Murali Paranandi’s  students in architecture, interior design, and interactive media studies
  • Research by teams of students from the SEA Semester research voyage program (MBI 475) supervised by Dr. Rachel Morgan-Kiss over winter term.

Miami’s Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU), a sponsor of the URF, encourages student presenters to continue the dissemination of their work through archival in University Libraries’ Scholarly Commons or through publication in university journals such as COMPASS, if not in major international journals. Students can also apply for ORU-sponsored Undergraduate Presentation Awards to obtain support to present posters at regional and national conferences.


Written by Joe Johnson, Director, Miami University Office of Research for Undergraduates.

Photos by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.

Office of Research for Undergraduate Director Joe Johnson, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research Martha Weber, and two other personnel stand in front of a banner that reads "Miami Undergraduate Research Forum."

Video describes research presented at Miami University’s 2016 Undergraduate Research Forum

This video offers an overview of the role students have played in the research of Miami University biology professor Katia Del Rio-Tsonis. This research was presented at Miami’s 2016 Undergraduate Research Forum, which was held April 27.


Video by Miami University College of Arts & Science, with thanks to Jason Barone, College Director of Communications. Photo of Office of Research for Undergraduates staff by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.