Office of Undergraduate Research

Find a Research Project

There are approximately 200 research projects posted by UWM faculty members on this site. Use the links on this page to find projects that interest you. Think expansively. Look beyond your school or college, and think about your passions as well as your major. If you do not find something that interests you, do not despair! If you come to us with specific areas of interest, we can probably find a match for you beyond the projects listed here. If you have questions, just send a quick email to Kyla Esguerra, Associate Director, at

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Mechanism by which apoaequorin protects neurons from an ischemic stroke

Ischemia (stroke) causes excess calcium levels, which kills neurons. We demonstrated that the calcium binding protein apoaequorin (AQ) protects neurons from ischemic cell death. Furthermore, we...   Details

Mechanisms Underlying Perception of Speech

Our laboratory investigates the mechanisms of speech perception through the presentation of carefully constructed and/or modified speech stimuli to human research participants. Volunteers are asked...   Details

Mechanisms of bacterial-host interactions

The objective of this research is to determine the role of bacterial nutrient metabolism in its interaction with house plants. Bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella are major food-borne pathogens....   Details

Microfluidic Device Engineering

Microfluidics deals with the behavior, manipulation, and precise control of fluids at the microscopic level. It is a multi-disciplinary field that combines engineering, chemistry, physics,...   Details

Microfluidics and Planktonic Animals

Modern trends in engineering include designing machines so tiny that these machines (1) can be incorporated into bodies and (2) can handle minute amounts of fluids. Planktonic animals have fulfilled...   Details

Migration, Rural Gentrification and Policy Responses in Rocky Mountains Region

In the 1990s, the Rocky Mountain region has become a trendy place to live, prompting the fastest rate of growth in the nation. Such growth has occurred in part from the migration of population from...   Details

Milwaukee Contemporary Craft Network - a web-based resource for area makers

Milwaukee is a community that strongly supports the Arts and offers many resources to gallery-focused Fine Artists. The Milwaukee Contemporary Craft Network project seeks to establish a centralized...   Details

Milwaukee Road/Rail- taking research to performance creation

Milwaukee/Road and Rail will research and then create performances based on popular musics development. These performances are intended to preserve history. They may inspire public debate. What is...   Details

Milwaukee Young Parenthood Study

The Milwaukee Young Parenthood Study (MYPS) is seeking research assistants to work on a study of teen parenthood.   Details

Minority Perceptions of the Professional Writing Curriculum

My primary objective is to investigate how minority students perceive professional writing courses and the professional writing program at UWM. I am especially interested in whether they feel...   Details