Current URSA Research Grants

The URSA Research Grant Program is supported by The Office of Engaged Learning. URSA grants promote and expand research participation by undergraduate students by engaging students in active faculty/student collaborative learning relationships necessary for success in all fields of research. These grants give students access to resources and facilities that may stimulate their interest in pursuing research careers. Students from any discipline are encouraged to apply.

For the first time, the 2022-2023 URSA Research Grants applications were submitted by the undergraduate students, with approval from their faculty mentors. 

Congratulations and best wishes on your projects!

URSA Research Grants 2022-2023



Faculty Mentor


Title of Project

Alagu Subramanian

Joseph Taube


Role of Tumor Suppressor Protein PDCD4 in Anticancer Efficacy of Pateamine A derivatives

Ariana Vera

Tamar Carter


Presence of APL1 immune factor and its association to taxonomic structure of enteric microbiome in Anopheles species

Arvind Muruganantham

Joseph Taube


Using CRISPR-Cas9 to elucidate the mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis

Jessica Ngo

Cheolho Sim


Optimization of mutagen ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) for mutagenic treatment of Wolbachia to reduce the diapausing phenotype in the mosquito Culex pipiens

Mahita Shankar

Sarah Kienle


Surveying the skull morphology of southeastern coyotes (Canis latrans)

Peter Kim

Vincent Leung

Computer Engineer

Enabling a Wireless Implantable EEG system for chronic monitor and diagnosis of epilepsy

Tooba Haris

Mary Lauren Benton

Computer Science

Analyzing gene regulatory enhancers in hepatocellular carcinoma

Rachel Walkup

Cole Matson

Environmental Sciences

Mechanisms of Rapid Adaptation in Response to Anthropogenic Pollution in the Gulf Killifish (Fundulus grandis)

Maddison Vrazel

Ramon Lavado

Environmental Sciences

Evaluation of the in vitro toxicity of indole derivatives: gut bacteria metabolites that contribute to the etiology of human diseases

Sanju Senthikumar

Ramon Lavado

Environmental Sciences

Natural anti-obesity compounds and their therapeutic role in human cell models

Kevin Franke

Michael Foley

Honors College

O Truly Necessary Sin of Adam: A Theology of the Paschal Mystery

Kaylee Smith

Kelly Hollingsworth


Adaptive Materials in the Elementary Classroom

Aman Patel

Zhenrong Zhang


Enhancing fiber coupled thermal emission collection using IR Plasmonic coating

Alexander Do

Michael Scullin


The Effects of Sleep Restriction and Sleep Extension on Gratitude

Yeasong Ko

Lara Hwa


The efficacy of novel serotonin compounds on excessive alcohol drinking in female mice