Undergraduate research

Undergraduate researcher Sarah Tsuruo posing next to a poster documenting some of her research.

Meet the Researcher: Sarah Tsuruo ’21 (CLAS) 

Sarah Tsuruo '21 (CLAS) says pursuing a multifaceted career as an undergraduate researcher requires determination.

SURF student Grace Nichols '20 (CLAS) using software to measure response rates of mice with hopes of understanding Tinnitus. June 27, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Summer Undergraduate Researcher Grace Nichols ’20 (CLAS)

"A topic you might learn about in one slide or one lecture, you are now going in depth on and on the front lines," says Grace Nichols '20 (CLAS).

Christian Connors '20 (CLAS) collects caterpillars near Dog Lane in Storrs on July 11, 2019. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Summer Undergraduate Researcher Christian Connors ’20 (CLAS)

'With insects, there is this hidden guild of organisms that are secretly controlling insect numbers,' says Christian Connors, who is conducting research on insect parasitoids.

Sarah Baker '20 (CLAS) holds an eastern red-backed salamander found in the Moss Forest Tract in Willington. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Summer Undergraduate Researcher Sarah Baker ’20 (CLAS)

Baker, a SURF award recipient, is researching the eastern red-backed salamander, which is found in woodlands close to the Storrs campus.

Ian Sands '20 (ENG) uses a device to characterize the size of nanoparticles in a lab at the Engineering Science Building on June 24, 2019. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Summer Undergraduate Researcher Ian Sands ’20 (ENG)

'Doing research in a lab gives you a sense of responsibility that the classroom does not. Nothing is set up for you,' says SURF award recipient Ian Sands.

Three African-American women stand in front of east side tenements on Pearl Street in Hartford, circa 1900-1920. (Courtesy of the Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library)

The Struggle to Find Affordable Housing in Hartford

A new exhibit at the Dodd Center, opening April 17, documents the racism and discrimination that many Hartford residents have experienced over the years, leaving them with little access to affordable housing.

From left, Kelly Dennis, professor of art and art history; Megan Scholtz, ’19 (SFA), a photography major; and Deanna LaVoie ’20 (SFA), graphic design major, reviewing an updated biography in preparation for this year’s Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon during a History of Photography class in Oak Hall. (Kenneth Best/UConn Photo)

Women in the Arts: Setting the Record Straight

During a day-long event at two UConn campuses on April 1, students, faculty, and staff edited Wikipedia to ensure the inclusion of female artists.

Wanjiku Gatheru ’20 (CAHNR) addresses a roundtable on food insecurity at the Student Union on Feb. 11. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Student-driven Project Seeks to Address Food Insecurity on Campus

UConn, like other colleges and universities nationwide, has students who face food insecurity. Two undergraduates are working to address the situation here.

Stacks of Environmental Microcontroller Units (EMUs) that were developed by UConn researchers to facilitate the collection of fine-scale data. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

More Data, Lower Cost – DIY Electronics Tackle Global Change

UConn researchers developed low-cost environmental sensor units to facilitate the collection of fine-scale data. Now they're making them available to others.

Dividing fibrosarcoma cells. Colored scanning electron micrograph of fibrosarcoma (fibroblastic sarcoma) cells in the late telophase stage of mitosis. The cells are covered in many filopodia. Fibrosarcoma is a malignant tumour derived from fibrous connective tissue of the bone and characterized by immature proliferating fibroblasts or undifferentiated anaplastic spindle cells. (Getty Images)

Stopping the Resistance of Cancer Cells to Treatment

UConn researchers have discovered molecules that could make cancer cells more vulnerable to chemotherapy.