Student Undergraduate Research Council
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.
SURC members responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Advise the Office of Undergraduate Research
- Attend monthly meetings
- Promote undergraduate research at workshops, tabling events, speaking engagements, and class presentations
- Work as a team to develop, strengthen, and expand undergraduate research awareness at NAU
- Spend at least 15 hrs/semester on SURC activities
- Provide assistance at the annual Undergraduate Symposium in April
2016-17 SURC councilors
Major: Microbiology & Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Tinna Traustadottir
Current research: Detecting Nrf2 Signaling using Transmission Electron Microscopy
Research activities: BIO485; Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) Grant
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 Traustadottir
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. Meliksah 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
Mentor: Dr. Julie Moreau
research: Analysis of the
portrayal of sexual minorities in the print media of South Africa
(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.