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.

2017-18 SURC Executive Board

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    Jacob Coutts

    Major: Psychological Sciences

    Mentor: Drs. Dana Donohue, Andrew Schrack-Walters, and Daniel Weidler; Matthew Anderson, M.A.

    Current research(5 projects) Measuring culture's influence on the self; Dimensionalizing what it means to come from a sex negative or sex positive household; Attitudes about romance, relationships, and sexuality in NAU men; Exploring the mediating role of self-concept clarity in the relationship between self-compassion and its benefit on psychological well-being; and Measuring the impact of statistical anxiety on outcomes in an introductory statistics course with R and RStudio

    Research activitiesPSY485, PSY486C, PSY 497, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

    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.

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    Étude O’Neel-Judy

    Major: Physics & Mathematics

    Mentor: Dr. Timothy Titus (USGS)

    Current research: Characterization of cold CO2 jets on Mars’ South Pole

    Research activities: MAT485; NASA Space Grant

    Why I 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.

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    Caitlin Yates

    Major: Geographic Science/Community Development

    Mentors: Dr. Marty Lee and Lina Hite

    Current research: Study of invasive weeds in the Kendrick mountain wilderness to create a treatment plan for the Kaibab Forest Service

    Research activities: Interns-to-Scholars (I2S) program; US Geological Survey summer research

    Why I 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.