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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Impacts of nanoparticles on freshwater organisms

Investigation of the potential environmental impacts of this new emerging contaminant that is being used in everything from sunscreens to sporting equipment. Examine interaction of a variety of...   Details

Implicit and Explicit Personality and Their Relationship With Well-Being and Psychopathology

The Self-Esteem Implicit Association Test examines attributions about the self that are not conscious by examining how quickly we categorize self-positive word pairs (me-candy) compared to...   Details

Implicit learning in individuals with poor reading and /or poor attention & Student adjustment to college affected by mood disorder, and/or ADHD

The project is an analogue study that looks at high and low reading skills in college students to see if implicit learning performance varies between those groups. The design is a...   Details

Improvement in hydro-turbine energy transferring

Hydro energy is one of the important renewable sources of the energy for 21st century. This project focuses mainly on the turbine blade design for residential hydro turbines. The project will...   Details

Incorporation of clinical ultrasound array for thermoacoustic imaging with VHF and particle beam excitation

The Patch lab will be in transition during summer 2013. We will incorporate a clinical transducer array and research-friendly ultrasound system into the current ex vivo thermoacoustic computed...   Details

Influence of musculoskeletal disorders on force variability

Muscle force is less variable during maximal than submaximal grips lasting 1-2 sec as less sensory feedback is required during maximal grips. However, it is unknown how muscular fatigue during...   Details

Influence of pain, fear-of-pain, depression, and somatization on functional status outcomes among patients with lumbar spine impairments seeking outpatient rehabilitation

With regards to emotional and psychological conditions, self-reports are being used extensively in clinical practice. While it seems intuitive that functional outcomes should be related to a...   Details

Influences of Recognition on Direct and Indirect Measures of Memory

Malingering, the exaggeration of symptoms for secondary gain, is a serious threat to neuropsychological practice and diagnosis validity, as well as a drain on mental health funding. Performance...   Details

Insights into the localization and activation of transcription factor HAC1

The unfolded protein response (UPR) is a cellular stress response. The UPR is induced in response to an accumulation of unfolded proteins in the lumen of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the induction...   Details

Integration of Self-Healing Materials and Structural Health Monitoring

The student will be developing sparse fiber reinforced polymer composites using shape memory materials as the fibers with the goals of enabling self-healing in the specimens and generating closing...   Details