Profiles in UndergradResearch

Heather Winter: Identifying a career path through nutritional science research

Heather Winter ’16 (CAHNR) explored her interest in bioactive food components through undergraduate research. She shares her reflections on the impact of her research experiences in the essay below. My journey into scientific research began with a class in nutrition that I took at Manchester Community College, which sparked my interest in researching the medicinal […]

Kate Boudreau: Discovering health psychology research through coursework

Kate Boudreau ’17 (CLAS) earned her bachelor’s degree this spring and shares her serendipitous introduction to health psychology research in this essay. Upon entering UConn as a Chemistry major, I pictured my future involvement in undergraduate research in a lab filled with beakers, chemicals, and expensive equipment. Even so, research was not at the forefront […]

Kelsey Richardson: Uncovering neonatal nurses’ perceptions of Kangaroo Care

Kelsey Richardson ’15 (NURS) earned her bachelor’s degree this spring and shares her “accidental” journey into research in this essay. I had never thought upon entering nursing school that research was even a remote possibility for me. When my advisor suggested joining the Honors program my sophomore year, I was interested but a little hesitant. […]

Richard Wolferz, Jr.: Developing 3D brain models to understand repeated concussions

Richard Wolferz, Jr. ’15 (CLAS) recently graduated from UConn as an Honors Scholar in Biological Sciences with a second major in Physiology & Neurobiology. In this essay, he describes the role that research played in his undergraduate career. I grew up and went to high school in New Jersey but was convinced on my first […]

Nellie Binder: Connecting history to contemporary international conflicts

Nellie Binder ’15 (CLAS) recently completed an individualized major in International Relations and will start law school in Fall 2015 to pursue her interests in immigration, asylum, and refugee law. In this essay and memoir, she shares her undergraduate research on Holocaust memorialization in the U.S. and in Poland. The research for my 2014 SURF […]

Aaron Rosman, future forest manager or park ranger

Aaron Rosman ’16 (CAHNR) is a member of the second cohort of UConn IDEA Grant recipients. Aaron’s research focuses on clarifying the species boundaries between different kinds of waterwort, or Elatine, considered invasive species in many countries. Through DNA sequencing, Aaron and his advisors determined that Elatine ambigua Wight (Asian waterwort) and Elatine triandra Schkuhr […]

Chris Kegler, behavioral HIV researcher

Chris Kegler ’15 (CAHNR, CLAS) received a donor-funded Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) Award for summer 2014 to study the process of self-identifying as HIV-positive. Chris traveled to Atlanta, GA to facilitate focus group discussions about the identification process and is now completing his data analysis. Lauren O’Malley wrote the following profile of Chris, which […]

Andy Bilich, future environmental manager

Andy Bilich ’14 (CAHNR) recently graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Natural Resources and Resource Economics and minors in Political Science and Environmental Economics and Policy. In this essay, he describes his experiences as an undergraduate researcher at the University of Connecticut. I am originally from San Ramon, California, but I came to the University of […]

Carl D’Oleo-Lundgren, future Foreign Service Officer

Carl D’Oleo-Lundgren ’14 (CLAS), an individualized major in international relations, aspires to earn a master’s degree and join the Foreign Service. As part of his undergraduate studies, Carl collaborated on a SHARE Award project with Dr. Prakash Kashwan, a faculty member in the Department of Political Science. The SHARE Award supports research apprenticeships for students […]