GRO Welcomes New Institutional Review Board Director Sarah Muenster-Blakley

The Grants and Research Office is pleased to announce the addition of a new staff member, Sarah Muenster-Blakley. Sarah will serve as director of UST's Institutional Review Board. She has been at the University of St. Thomas since fall 2010. She was a graduate assistant in the Grants and Research Office while she worked toward her Master of Arts in Art History degree, which she received in December 2012.  Sarah has been an adjunct art history instructor for the university since spring 2013. She is very excited to begin her new role and to be back in the Grants and Research Office. Rewriting the IRB application forms is at the top of her to-do list, and she is thrilled to work with students, faculty, and staff as they complete the IRB process.

Summer Research Grant Application Deadlines are coming soon

Young Scholars, Community-Based Research and Summer Housing Grant application deadlines are approaching! Undergraduate students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. This is a great opportunity to get paid to carry out faculty-mentored research on a full-time basis over the summer. Learn more here.

Ask Reviewers What They Look for in a Young Scholars/CBR Application! Information Sessions Held on February 5.

Interested in applying for a Young Scholar or Community-Based Research Grant? Don’t know where to get started?
The Grants and Research Office will be hosting informational sessions on how to prepare an application for these programs! Hear from board members in charge of reading and scoring applications and bring them your questions!

If you are a student in the Humanities or Social Sciences, a session just for you is being held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in ASC 202.
If you are a student in the STEM disciplines, your session is being held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in ASC 238.

Come with your questions and be prepared to walk through the application process!

Deadline for applying for these grants is February 20, 2015.

Anisa Abdulkadir will present at the ABRCMS conference in November.Excel! Research Scholar Anisa Abdulkadir to Present at ABRCMS

The Grants & Research Office would like to congratulate Anisa Abdulkadir on being accepted to present at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Antonio, TX this November.

This prestigious event is one of the largest professional conferences for underrepresented minority students and students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing advanced training in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. During this four-day conference, undergraduates come from over 350 colleges and universities nationwide to present their work, as well as to hear about graduate school and summer internship opportunities, funding sources, professional networks, and more.

Anisa will be one of the students presenting at this event, and will share the research that she did under the mentorship of Dr. Dalma Martinović-Weigelt in UST’s Biology department. Her research studied monoamine oxidase inhibitor activity in metropolitan wastewater effluent; she previously shared some of the findings from this research with the UST community at the Excel! Research Scholars Symposium in July.

Previous participants in ABRCMS from UST have included McNair Scholar Sally Mahmoud ’12, who went on to receive partial funding to purse her M.D. at Johns Hopkins University, and McNair Scholar Mondraya Howard ‘12, who went on to receive full funding in order to pursue her Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh.

For more information about the conference where Anisa will be presenting her work, visit Congratulations, Anisa!

Next “Inquiry at UST” Poster Session is Sept. 25

Poster Session - Inquiry at UST

Students who have been doing collaborative research with a faculty member will be presenting their work through a poster session on Thursday, September 25 from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm in Woulfe Alumni Hall. This is an excellent opportunity to see the breadth of undergraduate research being carried out on campus, in all areas of study—from the sciences to the humanities. Click here to view abstracts from the upcoming event: Fall 2014 Inquiry Abstracts.

“Inquiry at UST” is open to the community; students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. In addition to being a great opportunity to see the types of research projects being carried out, it’s also an excellent time to ask questions about undergraduate research grants that are available to students. Attendees will be able to speak with Grants & Research Office staff, as well as recent undergraduate grant recipients, at this event. We hope to see you there!

Excel! Summer Research Symposium

Anisa Abdulkadir presents her research, which aims to quantify the biological activity of neuro-active drugs in the Greater Chicago District Waterways. Scholar Raymond Nkwain Kindva, seen here presenting his research, describes how metagenomics may be used to study genes that confer resistence to fosfomycin.  Tiana Daniels presents her research on prolific African American poet, Audre Lorde,  enlightening the audiences on Lorde’s use of the erotic. Presenter Tyler Skluzacek describes how immigration, technology, and affordability may influence the level of education an individual receives.  James Mite presents his research, which critically examines Tyler Perry’s portrayal of black masculinity and analyzes images of black male stereotypes in Perry’s films. Scholar Kelsey Benton describes to the audience how depression impacts the stress response. Quin Lei presents her research,which explores the relationship between mindfulness, sleep quality, and stress in college students.

On July 31, 2014, the Excel! research scholars presented their faculty-mentored research at their symposium in Wolfe Alumni Hall. The slideshow above showcases several highlights and successes from the symposium.

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