Proposals for Undergraduate Research Invited

The Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) program curators invite proposals from undergraduates to pursue research or artistry projects alongside a VCSU faculty mentor of their choosing. Past projects include: Justin Tangen, with Dr. Andre Delorme, on: Using Side Scanning Sonar to Detect Mussel Beds in North Dakota Rivers Callie Smith with Dr. Kathryn Woehl, on: The Impact of Personal Experience in the Effects of an Empathy-Building Simulation Baylee Swenson and Jordan Bushaw with Professor Susan Pfeifer, on: The Effects of Motion Sickness in Virtual Reality Environments Sarah Zacher with Dr. Steven King, on: Uncovering the Silent Voices of the…

Projects funded from Spring 2020 RFP

Four projects were selected for funding for research work in 2020/21: Sage M. Longtin: Diatom-inferred water quality assessment of two basins in Lake Sakakawea, ND;  Mentor Sabrina Brown, Science Department Quinton Vonesh: An  Analysis on the Utilization and Optimization of Post Activation Potentiation for College Athletes; Mentor: Sarah Milner, Kinesiology and Human Performance Department Heather Lobley: Changing Keys, An investigation of the differences between the pianos of well-known composers and the modern piano; Mentor: Kenneth Jimenez, Music Department Breean Hanson: Aquatic Invertebrate Diversity and Abundance Depending on Habitat Within the Cottonwood Lake Study Area; Mentor: Bob Anderson  

SOAR Projects Announced for Fall 2019 Competition

Three projects were selected for funding for research work in 2020: Zander Dale: No REZervations: Creating Navajo Pop Art, Mentor: Gratia Brown Rose Gaffner: An Examination Throughout the Years: Societal Trends and Billboard Top 5 Charts 2006-2016, Mentor: Emily Fenster Charlotte Huschka: A Student Approach to Retention on a Micro Level: Why do Students Stay, Mentor: Tammy Katuin These students will join thirty six previous SOAR recipients, each project evaluated using the SOAR-Scoring-Rubric. SOAR projects are solicited in at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters, the program incepted at VCSU in 2014.

Five Projects Funded for 2019/20

Five projects were selected for funding for research work in 2019/20: Spencer Dorsey: Seasonal Migrations fo Smallmouth Bass in the Sheyenne River , Mentor: C. Williams Matthew Lein: Construction Management System Prototype for Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, Mentor: D. DeMuth Gabrielle Myers: Rejecting Environmental Science and Evidenced-Based Policy-Making , Mentor: L. da Vinha Ethan Rasset: Determination of Age and Growth Rates of Northern Pike in Devils Lake, North Dakota via Sectioned Cleithra, Mentor: B. Anderson Ryan Wharry: Sustaining Elite narratives of National Identify in a Time of Growing Diversification of American Society, Mentor: L. da Vinha These students will join thirty one previous SOAR recipients, each project evaluated using the SOAR-Scoring-Rubric….

Student’s SOAR Proposals due March 18, 2019

Five SOAR awards are available for project work during the upcoming summer and/or fall semesters, each providing a $250 materials budget and a stipend of $1,000. Grappling with the details of a complex problem, refining techniques from similar works, innovating solutions, then reporting discoveries is at the essence of the research and artistry that the SOAR program supports. VCSU faculty, many with national and international reputation encourage you to explore the possible, and we invite inquiries on partnering on your research or artistry project. Generally project work extends through a semester, possibly the school year, students working say five or six…

Become a SOAR recipient! Proposals due Nov. 1, 2018

Do you have an idea or a project that could be developed through a focused study? Can you imagine any one of the VCSU faculty or staff working with you on your project as a research mentor? Would you appreciate a $1,000 award and $250 in materials in exchange for your extended effort and discovery? Then join the thirty past SOAR recipients by submitting a research or creative activity proposal today! Have a look at these previously funded project proposals  as a gauge  and writing standard; all proposals are judged using the SOAR Scoring Rubric. Review the guidelines and application form  and the full…

Five Projects Selected for Funding

Five projects were recently evaluated by SOAR committee members, and all selected for funding for work in 2018/19: Benjamin Kietzman: Developing and testing  lead and mercury biosensors; a synthetic biology, Mentor: Dr. Hilde van Gijssel Cooper Folmer:  Evaluation of Age and Growth Rates of Smallmouth Bass, Pre and Post Construction of East End Devils Lake Outlet, Mentor: Dr. Casey Williams Ellen Margaret Anderson: Percent Occurrence of Historical Sample Size of Select Stream Fish of North Dakota, Mentor: Dr. Lauren Dennhardt and Dr. Casey Williams Ethan Rasset: Feeding Habits of Smallmouth Bass in the Sheyenne River, Mentor: Dr. Casey Williams Sarah Zacher: Uncovering the Silent Voices of the Past:   A…

Four SOAR Projects Selected for Fall 2017

Six projects were recently evaluated by SOAR committee members, the following four proposals were selected for funding for work in 2018: Niklas Ernst: Government and Academia – A Comparative Analysis of Academics’ Political Participation Through the Electoral Process, Mentor: Dr. Luis da Vinha Daniel Machado:  Student Perception of DACA in North Dakota, Mentor: Dr. Luis da Vinha Jayme Menard: Evaluation of Mussel Age and Growth RatePost Devils Lake Outlets, Mentor: Dr. Andre Delorme  Ryan Schaner: Climate Change Model Analyses on North Dakota’s Shifting Prairie Ecosystems, Mentor:Lauren Dennhardt These four students will join a list twenty two previous recipients, each project evaluated using the SOAR-Scoring-Rubric.

Three Projects Selected for Award, Spring 2017

For the Fall 2016 Call for Proposals, three proposals were funded by the SOAR program for work in 2017: Tanner Clark: Spirituality and Religiosity in University Students, Mentor: Dr. Kathryn Woehl Callie Smith:  The Impact of Personal Experience in the Effects of an Empathy-Building Simulation, Mentor: Dr. Kathryn Woehl Deborah Haley: The Study of Social Class in Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Hard Times, Mentor: Dr. J. Gregory Brister These three students will join a list nineteen previous recipients since the SOAR program was established in 2014.

Project Awards Fall 2016

Two students were awarded SOAR grants to work on projects in 2017: Madeline Bennett for the project entitled “(Re)Drawing Borders of Peace and War: A Political Geography of State Partition,” and will be working with Dr. Luis da Vinha. Miles Libak for the project “Unintended and Intended Consequences: U.S. Government Policy towards Native Americans,” and will be working with Dr. Anthony Dutton.

Spring 2016 Awards Announced

SOAR applications were accepted in March 2016 and evaluated by the committee, with the following two projects selected for funding: Mackenzie Bruce, “Does the herbicide 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid induce epigenetic changes in G12-Chinese Hamster Ovary cells?”  with Dr. Hilde van Gijssel mentoring. Alexis Getzlaff, “The Pickled Fish Project” with Dr. Casey Williams mentoring. We congratulate the awardees, appreciate all students submitting proposals this year, and encourage participation in the next round of proposals which is anticipated in October 2016. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 17 students have participated on 15 projects.

Fall 2015 SOAR Awards Announced

The SOAR program is pleased to announce the following awards for 2016: Tanner Hovland,  Are the Multigenerational Effects of Chlorophenoxy Herbicides on Development and Growth of Drosophila melanogaster Inherited Through the Male or Female Germ Line?  – Faculty mentor Dr. Hilde van Gijssel DaveMarth Nagne, Analyzing mercury biosensors using computational modeling techniques, Faculty mentor Dr. Samuel Keasler Dallas Peterson, The Internet of Pi, Faculty mentor Dr. Curt Hill Andrei Pilipetskii, Creating a Virtual Ensemble for Online Learners, Faculty mentor Dr. Nicholaus Meyers Baylee Swenson and Jordan Bushaw, The Effects of Motion Sickness in Virtual Reality Environments, Faculty mentor Professor Susan Pfeifer  

Second Round Winners Announced

As a result a second Request for Proposal in March 2015, two students earned SOAR awards: Justin Tangen, mentored by Dr. Andre Delorme on “Using Side Scanning Sonar to Detect Mussel Beds in North Dakota Rivers.” Niklas Ernst, mentored by Dr. Luis da Vinha “The Unfinished Presidencies: Why Incumbent Presidents Lose Their Re-Election Campaigns.” For an up to date listing of SOAR recipients, see The announcement for the next round for proposals are anticipated in early October 2015.

SOAR Awards Announced for 2015

The Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) program was recently established at VCSU and implemented as a committee effort The SOAR program is announces its student awards for 2015 listed below: Tarah Cleveland with Dr. Iqbal, on “Investigating a new approach to web vistor engagement measurement” Logen Olesen with Dr. Kilgore, on “The use of sand fraction lithology analysis to differentiate sediment layers at an archeological sight in Grand Portage, Minnesota” Maxwell Kollar with Dr. van Gjissel, on “Creating a Bacterial Mercury Sensor using Synthetic Biology” Eric Schauer with Dr. Ketterling, on “Engineering an Autonomous Ecosystem for Use in Science…