Your University Maryland Student Researchers Projects


ID: 66
Faculty Name: Grutzmacher, Stephanie
College: AGNR
Department Family Science
Email: grutz@umd.edu
Contact Email: grutz@umd.edu
Project Title: Nutrition Literacy Study - Latino Immigrant Substudy
Project Description: The Nutrition Literacy Study is examining nutrition knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors among SNAP-eligible adults and families. Through face-to-face, semi-structured interviews with low-income Latino immigrants, this study is examining the nutrition, food security, and economic status of this population to elucidate strengths, needs, and opportunities for program and policy improvements to food and safety net programs. In addition to meeting the need for research in these areas, this study will provide a formative evaluation on which educator trainings and program planning for Maryland's Food Supplement Nutrition Education program will be based.
Keywords: nutrition, culture, social behaviors, interviews, survey, AGNR, Family Science, Grutzmacher
Required Skills: Fluency in Spanish (writing); Ability to use Word and other basic software; time management, motivation, and responsibility in completing tasks
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ID: 120
Faculty Name: Weil, Ray
College: AGNR
Department Environmental Science and Technology (EN
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: soils, soil ecology, water quality, spoil quality, nutrients, sustainable agriculture, cover crops, soil organic matter, nitrate, phosphorus, sulfur, plant nutrition, crops, farming, groundwater, AGNR
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
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ID: 244
Faculty Name: Biswas, Debabrata
College: AGNR
Department Animal and Avian Sciences
Email: Dbiswas@umd.edu
Contact Email: Daiana.r.rodriguez@gmail.com
Project Title: Zoonotic (foodborne) Diseases and Control
Project Description: Pathogens transmitted from animals to human via contaminated food and water cause up to 33 million cases (>50% of human infectious diseases) of reported illness each year in North America. Six bacterial species including Campylobacter jejuni, Enerohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), non-typhoid Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, Clostridium perfringens and Staphylococcus aureus account for over one half of the illness. Reducing levels of these bacterial pathogens in food-producing animals and prevent the cross contamination in the food processing plants are effective ways to reduce food safety risks for humans. Dr. Biswas’s research projects focused on the reduction of pre- and post-harvest levels of colonization and contamination these foodborne bacterial pathogens in foods specifically meat and meat products and development of vaccines that prevent colonization of animals by E. coli O157, C. jejuni and Salmonella enterica species which may reduce human gastrointestinal infections. In addition, Dr. Biswas’s researches also focus to develop the monoclonal antibodies against foodborne bacterial pathogens to improve the detection of pathogens in food and other polluted materials.
Keywords: Zoonotic
Required Skills: Biological Science Major
Web Site Address: http://ansc.umd.edu/people/debabrata-biswas
ID: 142
Faculty Name: Dennis vanEngelsdorp
College: AGNR
Department Entomology
Email: dennis.vanengelsdorp@gmail.com
Contact Email: heather.eversolebrl@gmail.com
Project Title: cinematographer
Project Description: We are seeking undergrads for several research projects within my lab next semester for research credit (BSCI389, section 3155, Entomology Department Research; (1-2 credits) ). We need a highly creative cinematography major who is as as interested in honey bees as we are to aid in the production, generation and editing of honey bee training videos, vlogs and other audio-video resources for our project. Interested parties should contact Heather Eversole at heather.eversolebrl@gmail.com for more information.
Keywords: entomology, cinematography, multi-media, AGNR, bees, video
Required Skills: cinematography film editing
Web Site Address: beeinformed.org
ID: 143
Faculty Name: Dennis vanEngelsdorp
College: AGNR
Department Entomology
Email: dennis.vanengelsdorp@gmail.com
Contact Email: heather.eversolebrl@gmail.com
Project Title: Selling science
Project Description: We are seeking undergrads for several research projects within my lab next semester for research credit (BSCI389, section 3155, Entomology Department Research; (1-2 credits) ). An innovative graphic artist/multi-media or marketing major who would help us develop outreach communications with beekeepers and aid us in developing resources to "sell" science. Interested parties should contact Heather Eversole at heather.eversolebrl@gmail.com for more information.
Keywords: graphic arts, marketing, multi-media, AGNR, entomology, video, art
Required Skills: experience with multi media and or marketing
Web Site Address: beeinformed.org

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