The University Scholars Program is pleased to announce that over 40 Scholars Independent Research Fellowships have been awarded to support research projects and creative endeavors during Summer 2015. Scholars Independent Research Fellowships (SIRFs) are designed to support original, student-initiated independent research, creative performance, and project making in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. University Scholars in good academic standing and with a GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible to apply for individual SIRF awards of up to $5,000 to be used during the summer.
The SIRFs awarded for Summer 2015 represent the diverse interests and global commitments of the University Scholars. Projects already or soon to be underway include:
- a study of Cuba's disaster recovery system and infrastructure resiliency, which successfully minimizes loss of life
- a mouse-model study on the combined effects of marijuana and alcohol use, which has also been awarded an Undergraduate Research Grant from Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience
- an effort to record and distribute diverse narratives excluded from the mainstream reporting on events in Ferguson, MO
- a re-analysis of archeological artifacts from Tikopia, one of the so-called "Polynesian outlier" islands in the western Pacific
- an analysis of mass transport loss in Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells
- an application of the Natural Character Index to quantify the effect of human development on New Zealand's Mangatainoka River
- a study of Uber's purported competitive advantages in Spanish cities
- and many more! Take a look at the projects that received funding this year!
Scholars will present the results of their research to the Northeastern community at a symposium in the fall. To see the posters from the Fall 2014 research symposium, click here.