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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Mathematical Modeling of Drug Delivery in the Brain Vascular System

Many drugs are administered to the major transport organ of the body, the blood. Dissolved in the plasma, they have to cross the endothelial cells that line the capillaries. In contrast to other...   Details

Measure of Cortical Inhibition Modulated by Task Requirement

This study will measure cortical inhibition by measuring muscle activities (EMG) upon application of transcranial magnetic stimulation on the cortex of a person. We will investigate whether the...   Details

Measuring American Buddhism

The objective is to construct a quantitative portrait of Buddhism in the United States. The approach will be to compile data from published sources and to collect membership figures from Buddhist...   Details

Measuring Static and Dynamic Power Grip Strength

This pilor project will demonstrate maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) differences between static and dynamic power grip exertions. MVC for static grip strength is widely reported; hwoever, many...   Details

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 Aging Related Extinction Deficits

The purpose of this project is to determine the neurobiological changes that are responsible for aging related cognitive decline. Adult, middle aged, and aged rats will be trained to assess cognitive...   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