Your University Maryland Student Researchers Projects


ID: 383
Faculty Name: vanEngelsdorp, Dennis
College: AGNR
Department Entomology
Email: dvane@umd.edu
Contact Email: dvane@umd.edu
Project Title: Preserving historical materials
Project Description: The vanEngelsdorp Honey bee lab is looking for a Library Science or Journalism major to help scan and make electronic copies of historic entomological (mostly honey bee) photos and other miscellaneous materials stored at the USDA and UMD libraries. These libraries contain century old materials. Work will involve information technology, archival techniques and records management.
Keywords: Records management, Electronic copies, information technology, archival techniques, archives, preservation, library, vanEngelsdorp, journalism
Required Skills: We are looking for motivated, hardworking individuals. Ideal applicants should have experience with organization and preservation , good attention to detail and, the ability to work independently.
Web Site Address: http://www.vanengelsdorpbeelab.com/dr-dennis-vanengelsdorp.html
ID: 520
Faculty Name: Nishanth E. Sunny
College: AGNR
Department Animal and Avian Sciences
Email: nsunny@umd.edu
Contact Email: nsunny@umd.edu
Project Title: Macronutrient Metabolism and Mitochondrial Function
Project Description: Our lab focuses on understanding macronutrient metabolism and mitochondrial function during growth and development, and metabolic disease onset (e.g. obesity, type II diabetes mellitus, fatty liver disease). We utilize the metabolic transition during embryonic to post-hatch, in chicken, as an investigative model to understand factors regulating mitochondrial metabolism and lipid synthesis. We also utilizes various diet induced and genetic mice models of metabolic disease, to understand how mitochondrial dysfunction contributes to the disease etiology. We use stable isotope based analysis of metabolites using mass spectrometry, in vitro cell culture systems, metabolic profiling of mitochondria and molecular imaging techniques. Motivated undergraduates will contribute to multiple aspects of these projects including experimental design, sample and data analysis, and interpretation of results for publication. Student volunteers are encouraged to register for research credits.
Keywords: Metabolism, Mitochondria, Liver, Type II diabetes, Obesity, Fatty Liver Disease, Mass Spectrometry
Required Skills: Basic skills in routine laboratory techniques, interest in biochemistry, nutrition and metabolism, and a strong motivation for research.
Web Site Address: https://nsunnylab.com/
ID: 510
Faculty Name: Tully, Kate
College: AGNR
Department Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
Email: kltully@umd.edu
Contact Email: kltully@umd.edu
Project Title: Crop and Soil Sensor Network Hardware and Software Development
Project Description: he undergraduate student would be involved in design and development of wireless gateway-node system for collecting data from environmental sensors including aspects of: layout, mechanical design and packaging, detection electronics, system design and integration, and system testing, both in the lab and field. This internship offers opportunities to develop skills in computer coding and testing of electronic systems and working within a team. Sensing technology focus is on soil water and plant physiology.
Keywords: agriculture, crops, soil, sustainability, field, laboratory, Arduino
Required Skills: We are looking for motivated, hardworking individuals. Ideal applicants should have interest in computer coding and/or electronics, good attention to detail and, the ability to work cooperatively in teams.
Web Site Address: www.agroecologylab.org
ID: 469
Faculty Name: Johnson, Lea
College: AGNR
Department Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
Email: leaj@umd.edu
Contact Email: leaj@umd.edu
Project Title: Urban Forest/Restoration Ecology
Project Description: Urbanization and other human-caused environmental changes are transforming landscapes at a rapid rate. At the same time, land managers want to know what approaches will be most effective for solving environmental problems, preserving biodiversity, and providing valuable ecosystem services to people. Undergraduate assistants have the opportunity to engage in research projects that address these challenges, such as long-term effectiveness of urban ecological restoration, plants that thrive in urban environments, and effects of multiple stresses on coastal urban forests of the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. Activities may take place in the laboratory, herbarium, and/or in the field. Academic year lab members may be considered for summer research positions.
Keywords: forest, urban, plant, ecology, restoration, environmental science, environment, GIS
Required Skills: Meticulous attention to detail and a strong work ethic. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. GIS experience, familiarity with Excel/MS Access, and plant identification skills are desirable.
Web Site Address: https://psla.umd.edu/people/dr-lea-johnson
ID: 120
Faculty Name: Weil, Ray
College: AGNR
Department Environmental Science and Technology
Email: rweil@umd.edu
Contact Email: rweil@umd.edu
Project Title: Assessing Soils and Soil Management for Soil and Water Quality in Ecosystems
Project Description: Soils are the basic resource that underlie the value and productivity of forest, farm, and grassland ecosystems. Soil management must not be degrading of soil quality, but rather, land managers must strive to improve soils to as close to their natural potential as possible. Organic matter is a dynamic component of soils that is responsible for many of the desirable properties that enable soils to produce food, wildlife habitat and protect watersheds. The nutrients nitrogen and phophorus are essential for all plants, but are also the most widespread form of water pollutants. This project is focused on balancing nutrient cycles and learning the role of active soil organic matter and developing ways to monitor progress in improving soil quality. Student will assist with gathering field soil, plant, and water samples from various sites in Maryland, preparing them for analysis, conducting lab analyses and conducting statistical analyses on the data.
Keywords: soil, soil ecology, water quality, nutrients, sustainable, agriculture, cover crops, organic matter, nitrate, phosphorus, sulfur, plant nutrition, crops, farming, groundwater, environment, Weil
Required Skills: working knowledge of MS Excel, MS WORD, at least one lab course in chemistry, ability to work outdoors in any weather, intellectual curiosity, interest in sustainable agriculture and/or natural ecosystems
Web Site Address: http://enst.umd.edu/people/faculty/ray-weil

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