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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Cultural Migrations Research Project (Bhopal Urban History & Amu Darya Cultural Landscapes)

The Cultural Migrations Project has been a unique, multi-year project that acts as a benchmark for how undergraduate student research can excel and create knowledge. The Amu Darya research explores...   Details

Cultures and Contexts Lab

This lab has a series of ongoing projects that require different levels of student involvement. You would be matched with a project and task that best fit your skills and interests. For more...   Details

Democratized Small Scale Manufacturing: Creating a Multipurpose Affordable CNC Machine for Small Scale Production

Our goal is to build a small scale combination subtractive and additive manufacturing machine (milling machine and 3D printer combination machine) that is of our own design and specifications that...   Details

Design and Characterization of PVC foam composites with fly ash

This project will study using PVC foam composites using Fly Ash as a filler. Fly Ash is a byproduct that is generated from burning coal in power plants. Millions of tons of fly ash are generated...   Details

Design of a Climbing Wheelchair for Paraplegics

The objective of this research is to design a low cost wheelchair that can be used by paraplegics to go up and down stairs in their homes by themselves using this wheelchair. If successful this...   Details

Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Metal Matrix Micro and Nanocomposites

The project involves design of cast metal matrix composites and alloys and solidification processes to synthesize these materials. Material samples will be cast in the Foundry and Solidification...   Details

Determination Of Optimal Pt Loading Rate For Microbial Desalination Cells

The objectives of this project is to experimentally determine the optimal loading rate of platinum on the cathode of microbial desalination cells and understand the effects of Pt loading rates on MDC...   Details

Determining The Effects Of Incoming Air Humidity Level On Industrial Air Compressor Performance

The objectives of this project are to (1) experimentally determine the effect of air compressor performance on the energy usage of an industrial air compressor and (2) use the experimental results to...   Details

Developing a modified Dynamic Gait Index for Wearers of Multifocal Lens Glasses

The R2D2 Center and the researcher are involved in a line of research that is exploring the effects of multifocal lens eyeglasses (i.e., lined bifocals and trifocals, unlined progressives) on gait...   Details

Development Of An Air-Cathode Microbial Fuel Cell For Bioenergy Production And Wastewater Treatment

The objective of this project is to develop a lab prototype air-cathode microbial fuel cell (MFC) powering small electronic device for demonstration.   Details