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Undergraduate Research & Mentoring Program


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There will be no Winter-Summer cohort due to funding issues.

Among the college's signature offerings, the Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Program (URMP) funds paid undergraduate research opportunities for students majoring in all Maseeh College undergraduate disciplines: Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Additional opportunities may be available to students majoring in Chemistry and Physics.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Semiconductor Research Corporation Education Alliance.

Program structure:

Program eligibility:

  • Undergraduate PSU student in good academic standing
  • US citizen or permanent resident (eligible to work in the United States)
  • Strong academic record
  • Interest in undergraduate research

**Women and underrepresented students are highly encouraged to apply**

Students are required to:

  • Present their research at an end of the year poster symposium
  • Participate in one K-12 outreach presentation
  • Work a set number of hours per term agreed upon in consultation with their faculty mentor - funding is available for up to ten hours per week each term throughout the academic year
  • Commit to the program through the end of Spring term


There will be no Winter-Summer cohort due to funding issues.

Questions? Please contact

2016-2017 Participants and Research Topics:
View student posters and abstracts at PDX Scholar.

Student Faculty Mentor

Research Project

Ryan Catabay Dr. Jun Jiao

Quantum Yield Optimization for Semiconductor Photocatalysis Systems

Brendan Coyne Dr. Jun Jiao Optimized CVD Graphene Growth and Characterization for Spintronics Applications
Robin Ekeya Dr. Jun Jiao Optimization of Carbon Nanotube-Based Gas Sensors
Will Huiras Dr. Karen Karavanic Low-Level Security Checking for Operating Systems
Rachael Johnson Dr. Christof Teuscher Emerging Adaptive Architectures for Biomolecular Computation
Shivani Nadarajah Dr. Raul Cal

Impact of Turbulence Intensity on Axial Loading of Wind Farms

Justin Patterson Dr. Branimir Pejcinovic Designing, fabricating and characterizing micro super-capacitors based on graphite oxide
Madisen Phillips Dr. Christof Teuscher Computation With Emerging Nanodevice Networks
Rawand Rasheed Dr. Raul Cal Deposition Velocity Dependence on Urban Morphology
Robert Rutherford Dr. Jonathan Bird Electromagnetic Gearbox
Priyam Shah Dr. Christof Teuscher Biomolecular Computing
Sarah Smith Dr. Raul Cal Wake to Wake Turbine Interaction on Accelerated and Decelerated Flows Due to Sloped Terrain
Parker Southwick Dr. Jun Jiao Large scale graphene growth at CMOS compatible temperatures
Johnathan Talik Dr. Raul Cal The Effect of Drag Forces on Flight Patterns and the Evolutionary Changes in Pterosaurs
Sonashi Thabrew Dr. Olyssa Starry Analyzing Evapotranspiration for Irrigation Modeling on NASA's Houston Green Roof Site
Caleb Turner Dr. Mark Weislogel Microgravity Capillary Fluidics 

Past Participants and Research Topics: