The Student Undergraduate Research Council (SURC) promotes awareness about undergraduate research opportunities at NAU.
By generating awareness, SURC hopes to increase the number of students engaged in research, scholarly, or creative projects at NAU. We also want to convey to students studying in a variety of disciplines and coming from diverse backgrounds that doing research is beneficial for their academic and career development. The members of SURC believe that participating in undergraduate research is an important experience for anyone interested in gaining more knowledge and a deeper appreciation of their academic field.
Major: Psychological Sciences, with a minor in Communication Studies
Mentor: Drs. Dana Donohue and Andrew Schrack-Walters
Current research: (3 projects) Culture and Self; Body modification (specifically tattoos and piercings), classroom environments, and student learning outcomes; Attitudes about romance, relationships, and sexuality in NAU men
Research activities: PSY485, PSY486C
Why I do this: I love the real world applications of research. It is one thing to learn about something in a classroom lecture, but it is fulfilling on an entirely different level to be contributing to academic literature that may be in a textbook one day. Research is an entirely new skill to learn that many undergraduates should have.
Major: Microbiology & Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Tinna Traustadóttir
Current research: Detecting Nrf2 Signaling using Transmission Electron Microscopy
Research activities: BIO485
Why I do this: I love that by being involved with research you get to study projects that interest you outside of classes. Another thing is getting to meet so many great people that I never would have otherwise. I enjoy every part of research from the beginning to the end.
Major: Physics & Mathematics
Mentor: Dr. Timothy Titus (USGS)
of cold CO2 jets on Mars’ South Pole
activities: MAT485; NASA
do this: Research
has been an excellent way for me to develop and grow as a student that is in
love with my academic field. It allows me to explore my field in a deeper and
more meaningful way that coursework alone can never match.
Major: Biomedical Sciences, with a minor in Chemistry
Mentor: Dr. Tinna Traustadóttir
Current research: Determining the effects of aging on cellular signaling in response to exercise-induced oxidative stress
Research activities: BIO485, Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) grant
Why I do this: I strongly believe that undergraduates should do research, especially those in the sciences. You get to explore things that don't necessarily have answers yet. The idea of being the first one to discover something is exhilarating. It also provides an avenue for building a relationship with people who could be outstanding references for you after graduation!
Major: Psychological Sciences &
Mentor: Dr. Melikşah Demir
research: Comparing the qualities
of college student relationships including those of friends with benefits to
activities: PSY485; Hooper
Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) grant
do this: I think
the best part about engaging in research as an undergraduate is the incredible
experience and knowledge I have gained. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity
to be able to work side by side with a faculty mentor and actually contribute
to the research community.
Major: Geographic Science/Community Development
Mentors: Dr. Marty Lee and Lina Hite
research: Study of invasive weeds in the Kendrick mountain wilderness to create a treatment plan for the Kaibab Forest Service
(I2S) program; US Geological Survey summer research
do this: Engaging
in research projects is a valuable experience; I’ve learned so many skills that
I can apply to numerous facets of my academic career and enhance my
undergraduate experience. I have made connections with wonderful mentors who
have helped me immensely to grow my skillset.