Office of Undergraduate Research

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Unexpected Results

Grace Levin

Sometimes a seemingly insignificant decision can totally change the course of an academic career.


Fueled by Flora

Jasmine John

Undergrad research in plant genetics may result in new biofuel sources.


The Go-To Guy

Ray Henson

Undergraduate researcher Ray Henson finds career direction while building unique research instrument.


Not Your Typical Summer Job

Michael Stanford

Last year Michael Stanford’s summer job was landscaping with his cousin, as it was the summer before that. The past summer, he learned how to evaporate gold into thin layers to be used in electrochemiluminescence experiments.


The Power of Waste

Aaron Mauner

Officials working for the Hallsdale-Powell Utility District, a wastewater plant in Knoxville, Tennessee, approached Professor Barry Bruce, one of the top photosynthesis researchers in the world, with a challenge.


Advances in Computer Science

Katie Schuman and Dr. James Plank

Every semester, Dr. James Plank chooses only the top undergraduates from his classes to enter into his research family.


Video Goes Viral

Scott Murphy

By the age of six, Scott Murphy showed an interest in filmmaking. By the eighth grade, he had snagged his father’s video camera and began to look through its lens with the intent of learning how to make and edit films.


The Affect of Nutrition on Cancer Growth

Megan Johnstone

Undergraduate researcher Megan Johnstone spends nearly all of her time in the Jessie Harris Building. In her clean blue hands, she holds a glass flask containing a new generation of melanoma cells that she has been cultivating.


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