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Undergraduate Researchers

Click on a researcher to learn more about his or her undergraduate research experience. View the researcher archive for profiles from previous years. Visit the student success page for stories from all Undergraduate Studies programs.

Divya Ramamoorthy
Biomedical Engineering and Plan II

Divya’s undergraduate research investigated the properties of heart muscle cells.

“Reading as many articles as I could helped me better understand the meaning behind my research project.”

Evan Delord

Evan took part in undergraduate research by using computer modeling to uncover the computational principles of the cerebellum.

“My freshman year I joined the Computational Evolution FRI stream to explore research as a career option and found that research, particularly computational research, was a great fit for me.”

Hector Cantu
Economics and Mathematics

Hector’s undergraduate research experience sent him to Poland to conduct a comparative analysis of U.S. and E.U. labor and tax laws.

“Don’t be afraid to get involved in what you like.”

Ignacio Cruz
Communication Studies, focusing on Corporate Communication

Ignacio’s undergraduate research thesis examines the effect of technology on organizational communication.

“It’s an amazing feeling standing in front of a room of people and sharing your work.”

Jacob Spangler
Business Honors, Plan II, and Government

Jacob’s undergraduate research project related the persuasive techniques of Lyndon B. Johnson to the communication of contemporary business leaders.

“What I’ve found is that professors absolutely love to see students approach these kinds of questions on their own.”

Jennifer Huang
Nutrition Honors and Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Jennifer became involved in undergraduate research by studying disease risk and diet among firefighters.

“If you are thinking about research, try it. You will know if you like it or not by doing it.”

Jessica Thompson
Art History

Jessica traveled to Pisa, Italy, to conduct art historical undergraduate research on the city’s medieval baptistery.

“Most of my project uses photographs and primary sources that I collected myself.”