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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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

Synthesis of fluorogenic probes for DNA mutation detection

The long-term goal of this problem is to develop methodologies that allow for rapid and accurate analysis of chromosome-based information. We are using a sequence-specific fluorogenic ligation system...   Details

Tapered Optical Fibers, Nonlinear Optics, and Beam Shaping in Multimode Fibers

The primary project will be to construct an optical fiber tapering station, which heats and pulls glass optical fibers from 125 micron diameter down to ~3 microns. Tapered optical fibers are...   Details

The American Geographical Society Library: Sorensen Catalog

The world famous AGS Library, housed in the Golda Meir Library, is one of UWMs greatest scholarly, scientific, and artistic resources. It is currently at work on a project to make its vast and...   Details

The BEEbrane

This project proposes to convert fallen urban tree debris and salvaged wood materials into new homes for Urban Honey Bees. The project takes inspiration from one of the oldest (and most natural)...   Details

The Correlation of Social Ecological Determinants of Health on Mental Health

Objectives: Identify indicators of individual, family, and constructs of community mental health 1. Review the literature related to constructs of community mental health 2. Identify measures...   Details