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

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:

Southwestern Association of Naturalists 2017 Annual Meeting, Lawton, OK

 • 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: 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: 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: Bullies 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. Daniela Derderian

 • Poster: 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. Daniela Derderian

Attend Professional Conferences

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

 • Texas Academy of Science 2017 Annual Meeting, Belton, TX

 • American Chemical Society Southwest Region 2017 Annual Meeting, Lubbock, TX 

 • Texas Tech University Annual Biological Sciences Symposium Annual Meeting

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.