JULY 5 2018,  9:00am-2:15pm JS Bridwell Hall Rm 108

9:00     Welcome   Dr. Magaly Rincón-Zachary

9:15     Sonasha Perera-- X-ray Powder Diffraction of Whole Rocks, Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Price

9:35     Tyler Jones, Kameron Shrum—Decipher the Mechanism of Protein Targeting   Machinery in Chloroplast, Mentor: Dr. Fu-Cheng Liang  

9:55    Brian Blair, Grantley Samuels-- Building an Experiment Set-Up to Analyze Different Types of Materials Using a Portable Spectrometer, Mentor: Dr. Salim Azzouz

10:15   Break

10:30  Abigail Reyes-Trejo, Rojitha Goonesekere--Building a 2-DOF non-linear  Oscillatory Circuit    Mentor: Dr. Yu Guo

10:50  Jedeshkeran Chandrasegaran, Tapiwa Gasseler, Gayal Hewakuruppu-- Study the   Effect of Preformed Particle Gels on the Formation Damage by Using Dynamic Filtration Test             Mentor: Dr. Mahmoud Elsharafi

11:10 Tina Nguyen-- An Evaluation of Graduate Students Development of Evidence-based Practice in the Midwest States, Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Williamson

11:30-1:00 Lunch   Bridwell 109

1:15    George Nhamo, Don Wijesinghe--Analysis of a Gear Transmission Consisting of Two Planetary Gears, Mentor: Dr. Guy Bernard

1:35   Ravishka Rathnasuriya, Tyler Roop--Evaluating Computer Performance,             Mentor: Dr. Nelson Passos

1:55   Closing Remarks: Dr. Magaly Rincón-Zachary


Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Summer Workshop

Mission Statement

UGROW affords opportunities for collaborative research between undergraduates and faculty in an interdisciplinary research environment.

MSU Definition of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by one or more undergraduate students, with faculty guidance, that attempts to make an intellectual, creative, or applied contribution to one or more disciplines. Adopted in April 2013.


UGROW was conceived by faculty in the College of Science and Mathematics in 2004 as an initiative to create an interdisciplinary environment to train and nurture young scientists.  The first UGROW was in 2005 and since then, it has offered research opportunities to 208 undergraduates.  During Summer Session I UGROW students experience the authenticity of conducting research on projects of their choice in a highly interdisciplinary environment. At the end of the program students present their findings at the UGROW Symposium, and at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum the following Fall term. UGROW students may also present their research at an off campus professional meeting/conference if they choose to do so.

UGROW also promotes conditions in which students and faculty, who would like to cross disciplinary boundaries, can advance knowledge and at the same time enrich their learning/research/scholarship endeavors.  UGROW has further expanded to include Fine Arts, Education and the Health Sciences.


  • To create high-quality research experiences for undergraduates in all Colleges at MSUTexas Wichita Falls
  • To provide an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment for undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities
  • To create a pool of talented undergraduates interested in pursuing advanced careers in Biology, Mathematics, Engineering, GeoScience,  Business, Education, Health Sciences & Human Services; Humanities & Social Sciences, and Fine Arts
  • To expand undergraduate research beyond MSUTexas
  • To enhance recruitment of talented students into MSUTexas' undergraduate and graduate programs

ScholarBridge: A Resource for Student-faculty Mentor Matching

UGROW is a proud member of the ScholarBridge community. ScholarBridge is a new tool to promote student and faculty involvement in academic research. ScholarBridge is an online database where professors can post their availability to mentor students. Student members can search the listings of professors and opportunities - at any point in their academic career - to find the right mentor and research focus that they are most interested in actively pursuing. Start now by visiting ScholarBridge.