International Undergraduate Research Symposium

International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Abroad


Brianna McGrath with a colleague in South Africa

Early in each academic year, the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research marks the academic homecoming of international research students with the International Undergraduate Research Symposium, brief illustrated research presentations crafted for a general audience of faculty, students, administrators, supporters, families, and invited guests.  The 2019 Symposium (featuring the work of IROP and SURF Abroad grant recipients) will be held over Homecoming weekend on Friday, October 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in MUB theaters 1 & 2.

2019 International Undergraduate Research Symposium Schedule of Events

at 2.00 p.m. (Theater 2)

Welcome from the Coordinator

at 2.15 p.m. (Theater 2)

Construction of Palestinian Identity Among Refugees in Jordan                                             

Nooran Alhamdan, Analytical Economics and Political Science

Research Site: Irbid, Jordan

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeannie Sowers, Political Science

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ayat Nashwan, Yarmouk University

at 2.30 p.m. (Theater 1)

Pump Probe Spectroscopy: A Method for Time-Resolved STM Measurements

Alana Gudinas, Physics and Applied Math

Research Site: Zurich, Switzerland

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Shawna Hollen, Physics

Foreign Faculty Mentors: Prof. Fabian Natterer, Universität Zürich

at 2.30 p.m. (Theater 2)

Supplementation of a Leucine-Enriched Dairy Protein Blend: Effects on Plasma Amino Acids in Older Adults                                             

Francis Gesel, Kinesiology:  Exercise Science

Research Site: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Dain LaRoche, Kinesiology

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Stuart M. Phillips,

McMaster University

at 2.45 p.m. (Theater 1)

Livelihood Dependence on Ivory Palm in Western Ecuador

Jacob Gehrung, Environmental Science:  Ecosystems

Research Site: Quito, Ecuador

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Shadi Atallah, Natural Resources

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rommel Montúfar,\Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

at 2.45 p.m. (Theater 2)

Preserving the Past for a More Ethical Future: Photogrammetry and Re-Analysis of a Bioarchaeological Sample from Çadır Höyük in Central Turkey

Katherine Titus, Anthropology and History

Research Site: Çadir Höyük, Turkey

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Amy Michael

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Gregory McMahon, UNH

at 3.00 p.m. (Theater 1)

Professional Nurse-Led Unjani Clinics: Empowering the Nurse Entrepreneur

Brianna McGrath, Nursing

Research Site: Pretoria, South Africa

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Gene Harkless, Nursing

Foreign Faculty Mentor:  CEO Lynda Toussaint, Unjani Clinics NPC

at 3.00 p.m. (Theater 2)

Investigating Form and Surface in the Porcelain Capital of the World

Tejas Moses, BFA Studio Arts:  Ceramics

Research Site: Jingdezeh, China

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Donald Williams, Art and Art History

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Mrs. RunJuan Huang, Jingdezhen, China

at 3.15 p.m. (Theater 1)

Data Visualization in a Dark Matter Detector

Asher Merrill, Physics

Research Site: Genoa, Italy                                                                      

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Maurik Holtrop, Physics

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marco Battaglieri,

Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare  

at 3.15 p.m. (Theater 2)

Gender Dynamics in Kazakhstan via Content Analysis of the Urban Land- and Media-scape   

Darby O’Neil, Political Science and International Affairs

Research Site: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Svetlana Peshkova, Anthropology

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nurseit Niyazbekov,

KIMEP University


at 3.30 p.m. Q&A with the presenters (Theaters 1 and 2)