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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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

Measuring the permeability of swelling porous media made from superabsorbent polymers

The objective is to conduct flow experiments in swelling porous media, which are made from superabsorbent (SAP) polymer granules and fibers. Such porous media have an ability to absorb incredible...   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

Media Ecology Project with Domitor and Library of Congress Paper Prints Collection Pilot Study The historically significant Paper Print collection at The Library of Congress is the equivalent of the Rosetta Stone for those who study moving image...   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