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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Study of the Kinetics of the Maillard Reaction

The Maillard Reaction is an important reaction in the environment that occurs between amino acids and carbohydrates. The products of this reaction are implicated in the transport of toxic compounds,...   Details

Studying Electro-Fluidic Interaction Of Biological Cells Using High-Performance Computing (HPC) Algorithms For Graphics Processing Units (GPU) Parallelization

The application of micro scale electromechanics toward the manipulation, characterization, and separation of particles has recently emerged as a strong research area. Due to the prevalence of its...   Details

Superhydrophobic Engineered Cementitious Composites

This research project aims to develop superhydrophobic engineered cementitious composite (ECC) material to replace normal concrete and achieve a service life of 120+ years. The principal objectives...   Details

Survey of Insect Diversity at the UWM Field Station

Conservation of biodiversity requires knowledge of the species that are present. Insects are a large component of biodiversity because of their staggering species richness - more than half of global...   Details

Sweet Grass Project: Ko-Thi Dance Company archives

This project involves preserving 44 years of Ko-Thi Dance Company archives into a touring exhibit entitled 'The Making of an African Dance Company in Wisconsin'.   Details

Synthesis and Characterization of P3HT/PCBM Solar Cells with Copper Oxide and Gold Nanoparticles

The project involves the use of gold and copper oxide nano particles to enhance the power conversion efficiency of P3HT/PCBM polymer solar cells. The copper oxide nano particles are expected to...   Details

Synthesis of ROS-activated anticancer prodrugs with increased sensitivity toward hydrogen peroxide

Our long-term goal is to develop selective anticancer drugs that can specifically kill cancer cells and are less toxic to normal cells. Our initial results showed that a prodrug of nitrogen mustard...   Details

Synthesis of Reversible VDR-coactivator Inhibitors

The objective of this research is the synthesis of VDR-coactivator inhibitors. The methodologies used are techniques of organic chemistry and chemical analysis to characterize all compounds made....   Details

Synthesis of a photoactivated nitric oxide generator

The long-term goal of this project is to understand the mechanism by which an enzyme called mt-Hemoglobin N (mtHbN) can catalyze the oxidation of nitric oxide (NO) to nitrate by oxygen. The...   Details

Synthesis of aldehydes bearing quaternary carbon centers via the Tsuji-Trost allylation

This project focuses on the field of synthetic methodology, specifically the use of asymmetric catalysis for the creation of molecules bearing quaternary stereocenters (ubiquitous in natural products...   Details