Your University Maryland Student Researchers Projects


ID: 44
Faculty Name: Weil, Raymond
College: AGNR
Department Natural Resources Sciences and L. Arch
Email: rweil@umd.edu
Contact Email: rweil@umd.edu
Project Title: Assessing Soil Management in Relation to Soil and Groundwater Quality
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: ecosystems, organic matter, soils, soil management, nutrients, environment, chemistry, statistical analysis, AGNR, Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, Weill
Required Skills: Interest in environmental quality and soil resources. Basic chemistry lab skills (at least one semester of chemistry with a lab).
Web Site Address: http://enst.umd.edu/people/faculty/ray-weil
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: 119
Faculty Name: Nick Zimmerman
College: AGNR
Department Animal and Avian Science
Email: nickz@umd.edu
Contact Email: nickz@umd.edu
Project Title: Effect of Incubation Temperature on Broiler Chicken Hatch, Growth Performance and Uniformity
Project Description: Broiler hatching eggs were incubated and hatched using three different temperature regimes. Normal temperature with hatch occurring at 21 days, Low through 21 days then normal temperature for 2 days (hatch delayed 2 days), and low temperature throughout (hatch delayed 4 days). Hatched chicks were reared under similar conditions. Body weight, health and feed consumption were monitored for 35 days, then sold. This experiment has been completed. Student will do literature review, check data entry and summarize data. Some statistical background desired. Potential to present results at campus and regional conferences.
Keywords: chicken, food, incubation temperature, data analysis
Required Skills: Computer skills, attention to detail, statistical experience desired
Web Site Address: http://ansc.umd.edu/faculty/Zimmermann/
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,
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: 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
Required Skills: cinematography film editing
Web Site Address: beeinformed.org

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