Eight pursue undergraduate research during summer

Participants in the inaugural Technology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (TURF), sponsored by the College of Technology, will showcase their research during Purdue’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) research symposium Wednesday, July 31.

Eight undergraduate students spent most of their summer on campus learning about applied research or basic laboratory studies. They partnered with Technology faculty and graduate student mentors during the process.

“We wanted to provide students with a foundation for making career choices in the technology-related fields,” said Edie Schmidt, interim associate dean for research and professor of technology leadership and innovation.

The fellowships included workshops to help guide students in their projects. They were certified to conduct research with human subjects, learned how to create research posters and write scientific papers, and more.

The students and their research projects are:
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

  • “Identifying Mycobacterium Phages,” Haleigh Eppler (Mentor: Soo Ha)
  • “Supply Chain and Logistics,” Michael Ncube (Mentor: Jeremy Johns)

3:45-5:00 p.m.

  • “Ising Model using OpenGL,” Mohammed Azeem (Mentor: Gustavo Alejandro Guayaquil Sosa)
  • “Investigating Users' Adaptive Patterns of Engagement within the NEEShub Student Names,” Mohammeed Azeem and Douglas Campbell (Mentor: Tosin Ogunwuyi)
  • “ Autonomous Boids,” Douglas Campbell (Mentor: Illia Ziamtsov)
  • “Investigating NEEShub Users’ Perceptions,” Manaz Taleyarkhan (Mentor: Tosin Ogunwuyi)
  • “Introducing Discipline-Based Computation in Materials Engineering Core Courses,” Jasmine Jones (Mentor: Camilo Vieira Mejia)

Participating faculty included Schmidt; Alejandra Magana, assistant professor of computer and information technology; Bedrich Benes, associate professor of computer graphics technology; and Kari Clase, associate professor of technology leadership and innovation.