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
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 activities: PSY485, 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.
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: 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.