CUR https://cur.aa.ufl.edu Center for Undergraduate Research Tue, 28 Jan 2020 19:23:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 BME Student Earns Prestigious Scholarship from the Society of Biomaterials https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/2020/01/28/bme-student-earns-prestigious-scholarship-from-the-society-of-biomaterials/ Tue, 28 Jan 2020 19:20:59 +0000 https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/?p=12542 BME News

January 17, 2020

Tran Ngo, BME undergraduate student, is this year’s recipient of the C. William Hall Scholarship that is presented by the Society of Biomaterials (SFB). SFB is a multidisciplinary society of academic, healthcare, governmental, and business professionals dedicated to promoting advancements in all aspects of biomaterial science, education, and professional standards to enhance human health and quality of life.

This award honors the memory of the Society’s first president, C. William Hall, MD. Dr. Hall was internationally recognized as a leader and pioneer in biomaterials and artificial organ research.

The scholarship is awarded to one junior or senior undergraduate each year who pursues a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering or a related discipline. During the year (Jan-Dec) of the scholarship award, it is required that the student participates in undergraduate research in biomaterials.

Ngo currently conducts research in the Schmidt Lab, focusing her research on fabrication and characterization of hyaluronic acid (HA) based hydrogel scaffolds for peripheral nerve regeneration caused by injuries, which often result in a loss of motor and/or sensory function. With the C. William Hall Scholarship, Ngo will present her research at the upcoming 2020 World Biomaterials Congress in Glasgow, Scotland.

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UF Senior Selected for Prestigious Marshall Scholarship https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/2020/01/06/aaron-sandoval/ Mon, 06 Jan 2020 21:18:43 +0000 https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/?p=11228 By: Emily Cardinali

December 9, 2019

A University of Florida senior has been selected for the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, an award given to outstanding American students to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom.

Aaron Sandoval, a biology major in UF’s Honors Program, is the second UF student to receive the award. He is one of 46 students selected from more than 1,000 applicants to receive the scholarship.

Sandoval will go to the University of Cambridge’s Master of Philosophy program to study biological sciences. After, he will pursue a Master of Science at King’s College London to study how stem cell and regenerative therapies make it from the lab to the market.

“Aaron demonstrates remarkable initiative, especially in his ability to seek mentorship and build strong relationships with faculty outside the classroom,” said UF Honors Program Director Mark Law. “His collaboration with Dr. Keith March, director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine, led to the Honors Program offering two new seminars for our students.”

Sandoval’s partnership with March came after a summer researching axolotl salamander limb and mouse digit regeneration at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. The two worked together to develop a new undergraduate program in regenerative medicine after seeing an academic need and high student interest.

Leaning in to these kinds of faculty collaborations is not new to Sandoval. For the last four years, he has worked as an undergraduate researcher with professor Malcolm Maden in UF’s Cancer and Genetics Research Institute.

“He’s going to be impossible to replace,” Maden said. “This guy had rockets on his shoes right from day one—a class above—and his shoes will never be filled. But his success is so rewarding from my point of view.”

Before coming to UF, Maden was a professor of developmental biology at King’s College London, where Sandoval will spend his second year.

“The decision to join Dr. Maden’s lab as a freshman has been the single most impactful choice I’ve ever made in my life,” Sandoval said. “If I could go back in time and do this all over again, I would choose his lab every single time.”

Last year, the biology student earned a Goldwater Scholarship, an award given to those in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States. The scholarship seeks out students who show promise to lead the next generation of research in their respective fields.

Sandoval hopes to become a physician-scientist and advance the field of regenerative medicine. He joins a diverse array of students pursuing graduate degrees across disciplines in the United Kingdom through the Marshall Scholarship.

Named for Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the Marshall Scholarship Program began in 1953 as a gesture of gratitude to the people of the United States for the assistance that the U.K. received after World War II under the Marshall Plan. Prominent alumni include Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum, inventor Ray Dolby and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt.

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2019 Fall Research Expo https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/2019/11/25/2019-fall-research-expo/ Mon, 25 Nov 2019 13:54:47 +0000 https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/?p=10818 Showcasing Research across campus!

The Fall 2019 Research Expo took place September 19th in the Reitz Grand Ballroom, and it was grand indeed. Over 75 professors and department representatives presented to undergraduate students on their current research projects and aspirations. Many provided hands-on activities such as a voice simulator and Virtual Reality headset to demonstrate the applications of current research being done at UF. Others, including the Department of European Studies and Department of African American Studies presented study abroad and other cultural opportunities that many students were not previously aware. These representatives from almost every department at UF sparked interests in the over 1,100 students who attended the Expo to learn about ways they could get involved with research and other unique opportunities on campus. Several classes including Research and Creativity and Journalism Reporting required their students to attend the Expo for personal and professional development and opportunities as well. All students had the ability to meander around the grand hall and leave with pamphlets of information, personal business cards, and new ideas and inspirations for how to make their time on campus meaningful and impactful through research.

The Center for Undergraduate Research and its Board of Students would like to extend their greatest thanks and gratitude to all faculty who participated in this event, and they are excited to help continue to foster relationships between undergraduate students and research faculty at UF.

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UF Student Research Team Wins Silver Medal at International Competition https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/2019/11/13/uf-student-research-team-wins-silver-medal-at-international-competition/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:42:38 +0000 https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/?p=10420

The UF 2019 iGEM Team brought a Silver Medal home to Gator Country this week, from the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition, held in Boston Oct. 31-Nov. 4.  iGEM is a competition of 300+ teams from over 40 countries, designed to encourage research breakthroughs in synthetic biology.  The UF iGEM team selected the Synthetic Cellular Recorders Integrating Biological Events (SCRIBE) System because it “gives amateur microbiologists the ability to couple a chosen stimulus with a desired mutation and quantify that signal.” They utilized this system with the ultimate goal of being “able to utilize [their] tool to quantify the concentration of heavy metals in tap water in the state of Florida (and potentially worldwide) that otherwise may go improperly assessed.” The team of students that worked on this project include Nicole Kantor, Samantha Golden, Anil Patel, Shivani Doshi, Julie Mallinger, Alexandra Gaskins, Nikila Ojili, Jessica Zheng, and Zach Zeller. They were mentored by Assistant Professor Dr. Christopher Reisch of the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science. Congratulations to this amazing team, and for more information on UF iGEM and their work, please feel free to visit their page at: https://2019.igem.org/Team:Florida. Go Gator Scribe Tribe!

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2019 Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/2019/11/08/2019-fall-undergraduate-research-symposium/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 21:26:09 +0000 https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/?p=10372 Celebrating Undergraduate Research

On October 22nd, over 120 Undergraduate Researchers from all over the campus had the opportunity to showcase their work. This was the largest Fall Symposium held by the Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students (CURBS). These presenters had the opportunity to interact and share their research with over 550 guests in attendance.

In addition to this success, the CURBS organization also reached out to the College of the Arts to be featured as the cover of the abstract book above. In the image below, Dr. Heidi Powell (SAAH) works with undergraduate students as part of the Research Tutorial Abroad (UFIC/Center for Latin American Studies) participating in community art making, creating alfombras as part of learning about how arts impact cultural continuity and identity. The students made two alfombras one as an installation in the Museo de las tradiciones de Semana Santa “Sor Juana de Maldondo,” a History Museum (below), and one created on March 31st, 2019 as part of a public procession for the procession for El Templo de Santa Ana as a cultural exchange offering to the community on the processional route in the city center.

Cover photo: © 2019 Heidi Powell,  San Juan La Laguna, 
Guatemala Photo: © 2019 Heidi Powell, Antigua, Guatemala
Students creating the alfombra installation at the Museo de las tradiciones de Semana Santa “Sor Juanae de Maldondo,” left to right, Grace Cope (UG), Amanda Cuello (UG), Liana Zafron (UG), and Carla Pielstick (MA student).
Cover photo: © 2019 Heidi Powell, San Juan La Laguna,
Guatemala Photo: © 2019 Heidi Powell, Antigua, Guatemala

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is a chance for students to present their research. All areas of research are accepted, and this is a great opportunity for students to present their summer work, such as research done at an REU, abroad, or at the University of Florida. Presenting at the symposium gives students valuable presentation experience, as well as a place to network and learn about research in a variety of fields.

You can view the Fall Abstract Book here.

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Insight from the UF Undergraduate Research Paper Winner https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/2019/07/24/insight-from-the-uf-undergraduate-research-paper-winner/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 17:56:12 +0000 https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/?p=9049 2019 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/2019/05/16/undergraduate-research-symposium/ Thu, 16 May 2019 17:53:35 +0000 https://cur.aa.ufl.edu/?p=6225 Celebrating 20 years!

Kicking off National Undergraduate Research Week, we had the exciting opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the University of Florida’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. This year’s symposium included more than 350 student posters, 6 CURE class presentations, 4 live performances, and a keynote address honoring 20 years of undergraduate research delivered by university president Kent Fuchs. 

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is a chance for students to present their research. All areas of research are accepted, and this is a great opportunity for students to present their summer work, such as research done at an REU, abroad, or at the University of Florida. Presenting at the symposium gives students valuable presentation experience, as well as a place to network and learn about research in a variety of fields.

You can view the  Spring 2019 Abstract Book here.

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