Center for Undergraduate Research

Math and Science Center for Undergraduate Research

The Center exists to provide diverse research opportunities for undergraduate students and faculty, and to promote excellence in research in the STEM disciplines. The Center Director, Dr. Andrew Kasner, can be reached at
(806) 291-1117 or kasnera@wbu.edu.

Research Grants

The Center funds competitive grants to increase the impact of undergraduate research and provide mechanisms for research faculty to encourage participation in research by a diversity of students. Recent research grants include:

 • LiDAR surface slope analysis used for geologic mapping, Josh Reinhart and Dr. Tim Walsh

 • Assessing the dendroclimatological potential of juniper tree-rings in Palo Duro Canyon and Caprock Canyon, Patrice Daniels and Dr. Matt Allen

 • Habitat associations and population estimates for the Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) in the Texas Panhandle, Sara van der Leek and Dr. Andrew Kasner

 • Habitat use and nesting ecology of Painted Buntings in Caprock Canyons State Park, Morgan Bennett and Dr. Andrew Kasner

• Petrographic and geochemical effects on the knapping of chert (flint), Joshua Wynn and Dr. Tim Walsh

 Travel Grants

The Center provides funding to undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors for travel that will allow presentation of research at national meetings with appropriate scientific audiences specific to the research conducted. Recent travel grants include:

American Chemical Society 2019 National Meeting, Orlando, FL

• Poster Presentation: Components of Cinnamon verum (cinnamon) and Salvia officinalis (Sage) in 4T1 breast cancer cells, Makayla Nicholson, Jai'Cee Tudman, Dr. Adam J. Reinhart, Dr. Gary Gray

• Poster Presentation: Difference of tRNA gene distribution between three low-GC bacteria

Gracia Sebastiao and Dr. Robert Moore

• Poster Presentation: Implications of RecA binding in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Kyle Rickman and Dr. Robert Moore

South-Central Geological Society of America 2018 Annual Meeting, Little Rock, AR

• Poster Presentation: LiDAR surface slope analysis used for geologic mapping, Joshua Reinhart and Dr. Tim Walsh

• Poster Presentation: Geochemical and petrographic characterization of chert workability, Joshua Wynn and Dr. Tim Walsh

Southwestern Association of Naturalists 2018 Annual Meeting, San Marcos, TX

• Oral Presentation:  Assessing the dendroclimatological potential of Juniper tree-rings in Palo Duro and Caprock Canyons, TX, Chelsea Beaubouef and Dr. Matthew Allen

• Oral Presentation:  Habitat associations and population estimates for the Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) in the Texas Panhandle, Sara van der Leek and Dr. Andrew Kasner

• Poster Presentation: Overcoming challenges of accurately dating Juniperus tree-rings: using cross-sections to improve detection rates for false and missing rings, Patrice Daniels and Dr. Matthew Allen

• Poster Presentation: Species richness and winter habitat associations of sparrows (Passeriformes: Emberizidae) in an agricultural landscape of the Southern High Plains, Texas, Leigh Ann DeMerritt and Dr. Andrew Kasner

Southwestern Association of Naturalists 2017 Annual Meeting, Lawton, OK

 • Oral Presentation: Using VHF radio telemetry to determine home range and habitat use of Ladder-backed Woodpeckers (Picoides scalaris) in the Texas Panhandle, Victoria Solis and Dr. Andrew Kasner

 • Poster Presentation: Long term changes in the fish community of a spring-fed West Texas stream in the Concho River drainage, Joseph Leos and Dr. Andrew Kasner

South Central Geological Society of America 2017 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX

 • Poster Presentation: Comparison of chert geochemistry and flint knapping workability, Joshua Wynn and Dr. Tim Walsh

Society for Study of Ingestive Behavior 2017 Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 • Poster Presentation: Bullied CD-1 retired breeder mice are resilient to cross-sensitization among stress, alcohol intake, and salty high-fat diet preference, Josiah Morales, Mayra Herrera-Gonzales, and Dr. Sophia Pereira

 • Poster Presentation: Bullied C57BL/6J mice display cross-sensitization between stress-induced alcohol dependence and salty high-fat diet preference: aversive salty high-fat diet becomes palatable, Mayra Herrera-Gonzales, Josiah Morales, and Dr. Sophia Pereira

Attended Professional Conferences

Undergraduate researchers also have opportunities to attend and present their results at regional meetings. Recent meetings include:

• Texas Academy of Science 2019 Annual Meeting, Brownwood, TX

 • American Chemical Society 2019 National Meeting, Orlando, FL 

• Texas Tech University Annual Biological Sciences Symposium Annual Meeting 

• Texas Academy of Science 2018 Annual Meeting, Midland, TX

 • American Chemical Society Southwest Region 2018 Annual Meeting, Little Rock, AR 

 • South Central Geological Society of America 2018, Little Rock, Arkansas

• Texas Conservation Symposium, Georgetown, TX

The Chemistry department has an external grant from the Welch Foundation to support chemistry research. More information can be found here.

 Behind the Microscope - Ahead of the Class

The Center exists to provide diverse research opportunities for undergraduate students and faculty, and to promote excellence in research in the STEM disciplines.