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
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: 379
Faculty Name: Kweon, Byoung-Suk
College: AGNR
Department Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
Email: kweonb@umd.edu
Contact Email: kweonb@umd.edu
Project Title: The effects of landscape buffers on walking and anxiety
Project Description: The department of transportation views landscape buffers as a maintenance problem where the solution is to begin a sidewalk at the back of the curb. This projects examines the effects of landscape buffers on walking behavior as well as walking anxiety. A landscape buffer or tree lawn is a long planted strip area between sidewalks and street curbs. In general, the department of transportation views landscape buffers as a maintenance problem where the solution is to begin a sidewalk at the back of the curb (Texas Department of Transportation 2001). However, landscape buffers can be beneficial to pedestrians. Landis et al. (2001) found that buffering increases the pedestrian’s comfort or sense of safety. Giles-Corti and Donovan (2003) found that people who live on tree lined streets are more likely walk than those who live on streets without trees. Still, there is little understanding of how landscape buffers influence people’s walking behavior or psychological well-being while engaged in walking activities. In this study we examine the effects of landscape buffers on parents’ willingness to let their children walk and on college students’ feelings of anxiety.
Keywords: Landscape Buffer, Transportation, Landscape Architecture, Kweon
Required Skills: Being able to review articles on the topic and write a summary Being able to run basic analysis such as regression, correlation and ANOVA.
Web Site Address: http://psla.umd.edu/people/dr-byoung-suk-kweon
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
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, pathogens, contamination, infectious, disease, bacteria, food safety, infection, pollution, biology, animal, avian, AGNR, Biswas
Required Skills: Biological Science Major
Web Site Address: http://ansc.umd.edu/people/debabrata-biswas
ID: 414
Faculty Name: Little, Neith
College: AGNR
Department Extension
Email: nglittle@umd.edu
Contact Email: nglittle@umd.edu
Project Title: Urban Farmer Needs Assessment
Project Description: In Extension, we conduct community-based needs assessments to direct our research and education programs. The Urban Farmer Needs Assessment will fill in the gaps between the other regional agricultural needs assessments: http://extension.umd.edu/about/extension-impact/agriculture-needs-assessment This needs assessment will include cataloging community resources, farmer and stakeholder focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and an electronic survey. The results will be used to direct development of Extension's Urban Agriculture Program, and to test the research hypothesis: "How do urban farmers' education and research needs compare to those of rural farmers?" This research project is located in Baltimore, Maryland, but some remote volunteer work is possible.
Keywords: Extension, agriculture, urban agriculture, urban farming, survey, interview, focus group, needs assessment, program development, program evaluation, Little
Required Skills: Data entry, assisting with interviews and focus groups, web-search, Excel, curiosity
Web Site Address: http://extension.umd.edu/baltimore-city/urban-agriculture

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