Undergraduate Research News

2021

October

This fall, graduate student Dylan Peay was announced as a recipient of the Graduate College Knowledge Mobilization Spotlight Award for his work in promoting and mentoring underrepresented students toward pursuing graduate school in neuroscience and psychology.

The Arizona State University Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics encourages students from all disciplines to engage in ethical issues through its Lincoln Scholars

Between 2010 and 2020, enrollment at Hispanic-serving institutions — colleges or universities with a student population that is at least 25% Hispanic — grew

A micrometeorite, called TAM19B-7, may have originated from a Ceres-like asteroid, according to a recent study conducted by researchers Maitrayee Bose and Victoria Froh of Arizona State University, Martin Suttle of The Open University, U.K., and Luigi Folco, of the University of Pisa, Italy.

Anusha Natarajan is a dual major working towards a bachelor’s in history from the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and a bachelor’s in sociology from the

September

Jordan Sinclair, who hails from the University of Delaware, joined Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences, a unit of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as a PhD student last month.

The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) has awarded Serena Christianson for her outstanding accomplishments as an academic success advising coordinator in Arizona State University’s Scho

For many students in Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, learning goes on all year-round.

Twenty years later, engineering students continue to learn from the structural factors that contributed to the collapse of World Trade Center buildings following the airplane impacts on 9/11.

August

Two Arizona State University researchers were recently awarded $25,000 each to pilot projects focused on dementia research.

July

This fall, the ASU Child Study Lab is opening its doors to children once again for in-person instruction and is expanding its virtual classroom.

June

Enzymes are one of the most important biological compounds because they make life possible by increasing the speed of reactions inside and outside cells. In cells, enzymes carry out functions such as protein synthesis, DNA replication and energy production.

The development of clean energy has historically been an important research area for Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences. In this context the study of natural and artificial photosynthetic systems has been of central importance.

Balancing work and research can be tough for students.

Finding research opportunities can be a challenge for undergraduate students. Some may not know where to look, how to apply or may even be intimidated to approach faculty about opportunities.

When the COVID-19 pandemic pushed education and thousands of jobs online seemingly overnight, many Arizona State University faculty and students found themselves in uncharted territory.

May

Undergraduates in Arizona State University's Department of Psychology recently competed virtually for the title of most outstanding undergraduate research thesis.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

April

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

On Monday, May 3, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities divisions at the spring 2021 virtual convocation ceremony.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

Improving solar power load management systems, turning waste into valuable products and teaching robotic swarms to coordinate are just a few of the areas students in the Ira A.

Building a baby lab is no small feat, though its subjects may have some (small feet, that is).

Isabela Huckabee’s head has been in the stars for years.

March

The news of the reignited war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region beginning in September left undergraduate student Jaxon Washburn feeling distraught.

The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is hosting an online peer-reviewed journal, known as the SHPRS Digital Humanities Journal, started by undergraduate students.

February

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University has awarded a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) seed grant to the School of Life Science’s Biod

January

An Arizona State University anthropology student is among a group of international researchers who this week published one of the first DNA studies of dire wolves — extinct canines that roamed Earth thousands of years ago.

The Department of Psychology at Arizona State University is working to provide students from underrepresented populations with opportunities for hands-on research experience, which can be the first step to pursuing a career in science.

2020

December

On Monday, Dec. 14, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest-achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at the fall 2020 virtual convocation ceremony.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates.

Lindy Elkins-Tanton, director of Arizona State University’s Interplanetary Initiative and the principal investigator on NASA’s Psyche mission to a metallic asteroid, will become vice president of the ASU Interplanetary Initiative e

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates.

November

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates.

Valeria Gutierrez is a sophomore majoring in psychology who conducts research as part of the Arizona Twin Project. She is a recipient of the new Jenessa Shapiro Undergraduate Research Scholarship launched this fall in Arizona State University's Department of Psychology.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates.

Koop Bills is an Arizona State University senior in neuroscience and psychology who wants to pursue a PhD in cognitive neuroscience after graduation.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable fall 2020 graduates.

Use-inspired research is a core value of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

October

Xavier Jenkins’ alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning.

Plenty of students at Arizona State University go above and beyond what is expected of them in pursuing excellence through their studies, but few can come close to Elisa Cardamone's recent accomplishment.

September

Arizona State University junior Kelli Brown has a hard time describing what she’s studying to her family over holiday breaks.

August

Representation matters a great deal when it comes to culture. When groups don't get the attention they deserve or need, it can lead to them being forgotten or disregarded, such as women in professional sports.

July

Amalie Strange graduated this May with bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences and Spanish from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but she’s not ready to say goodbye to the world of academia quite yet.

Arizona State University alumna Tiffany Schwartz believes countries should become more interconnected with each other rather than isolated. Creating a career path toward this goal has kept her open-minded, determined and moving forward.

Arizona State University offers a variety of accelerated programs allowing students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in as little as five years.

A love of foreign cultures and a desire to help others inspired an Arizona State University global health alumna to study cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Students in the Arizona State University Luminosity Lab have created two versions of a low-cost, small-scale sterilization unit that is effective on general personal protective equipment, including increasingly scarce N95 masks.

June

Editor’s note:  This story is being highlighted in ASU Now’s year in review. Read more top stories from 2020.

Depression affected Marta’s lab research. She was so afraid to take risks it put a “short cap” on what she was able to do.

In the middle of a global pandemic, it’s clear the world is intensely interconnected. If we’re going to address global challenges, we need engineers who can see the big picture, collaborate across disciplines and work on diverse teams to find solutions.

May

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates.

April

On Monday, May 11, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at the 2020 virtual convocation ceremony.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates.

Arizona State University is continuing to produce winners of the most prestigious scholarships, with five more young people being honored for their accomplishments in research.

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates.

Researchers at Arizona State University are harnessing the power of technology to track and predict trends in everything from disaster response to epidemic outbreaks in real time, using data collected from Twitter.

February

We don’t always think about the insect world buzzing below our feet. But the health of those tiny, complex societies gives us important clues about the health of the planet at large. 

In thousands of cases each year in courtrooms across the U.S. and beyond, a person’s fate could hang upon the results of any one of at least 350 different psychological tests that judges routinely allow to be admitted as evidence.

Ella Osby is a senior earning her degree in astrophysics at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Osby is originally from Atlanta, a city that she admits is more known for its light pollution than stargazing.

Victoria Froh is in her junior year at Arizona State University, and in addition to captaining the women’s rugby team, she is working on a double major in Earth and space exploration and environmental chemistry.

Arizona State University's Interplanetary Initiative will celebrate the grand opening event of its new lab Feb. 27,  from 4-6 p.m. in Sun Devil Hall, room 160.

January

2019

December

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2019 commencement.

On Dec. 17, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will celebrate academic excellence in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities during its fall 2019 convocation ceremony.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2019 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2019 commencement.

Downtown Phoenix doughnut lovers rejoiced this year when beloved Valley chain Bosa Donuts opened not one, not two, but three locations within a 1-mile radius.

November

Arizona State University continues its ascent in the national research rankings, rising to No.

October

You might have spotted one rummaging through a garbage can on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, or perched high above your head on Palm Walk. Maybe you’ve even caught one soaking up the sun, its head cocked up to the sky and wings rigid.

Alexis Hocken did not have many female STEM role models to look up to growing up, so now she wants to fill that void for future generations of aspiring young scientists and

A team of undergraduate researchers at Arizona State University spent a year mining and analyzing data to produce a first-of-its-kind report that ranks 115 cities in three countries on how easy it is to start a business.

Over the summer, Arizona State University's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning invited seven students to participate in the inaugural Urban Equity Initiatives Fellowship Program, where they examined a wide range of issues related to urbanism and

What’s better than spending a hot Arizona summer working in a cool basement? Spending a hot Arizona summer in a cool basement, building a scientific instrument expected to be the first of its kind in the world.

September

At one time or another, we were all scientists. There is a reason a child’s first questions include: “What is it?”, “Why?” and “How?”

Building inclusive communities and driving innovation in STEM are two of Arizona State University’s core values. The Science Foundation Arizona Center for STEM is strengthening this legacy through its KickStarter Program.

In the spring semester, a group of undergraduate students at Arizona State University worked on a way to convert internet text to braille for visually impaired children in Africa.

Another group researched flu virus mutations on the Tempe campus.

August

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse academic unit at Arizona State University.

July

Black widow spiders have been daily companions for Marissa Heeb this summer on Arizona State University’s West campus. “It's been weirdly cool even though they're kind of creepy, but it's been a lot of fun.”

There are a few things in life upon which we can rely, and one of those things is that Phoenix is hot in the summer. But how hot? It’s a more complicated question than you might think.

May

A visit to Rohingya refugee camps in his home country of Bangladesh changed the course of Faheem Hussain’s research.

Arizona State University alumna Shannon Ditto, who is currently studying at the University of Strasbourg in France on a Fulbright Scholarship, recently presented her research at a conference and a seminar.

Arizona State University empowers students to find their places, like the newsroom, the trading floor or the design studio. The three new Goldwater Scholars knew right away that they belonged in the lab.

Luminosity at Arizona State University is where interdisciplinary teams of students with bright ideas dream big. It’s where they launch moonshot ideas with the aim of positively impacting society. And it’s where they design, build and deploy innovations that change the world. 

Arizona State University physics sophomore Chase Hanson has been awarded an $8,000 fellowship to participate in the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s annual Computations Physics Student Summer Workshop.

Three Arizona State University student-led payload projects launched into space Thursday at 6:34 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle.

April

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2019 commencement.

A group of students from Arizona State University brought home the trophy from this year’s Southwest Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference (SUnMaRC), hosted at the University of Arizona’s Department of Mathematics.

Meilin Zhu, a student at Barrett, The Honors College who will be receiving her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with a concentration in medicinal chemistry from the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State Unive

Taryn O’Boyle is a graduating senior in the biochemistry program at The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' School of Molecular Sciences and a student in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State Univer

This Tuesday, April 23, marks the inaugural Arizona State University Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, an event that allows students from across the university to submit their own re

Cindi SturtzSreetharan was driving her daughter home from school when her daughter asked, “Do you think my thighs look fat?” The child was 9 years old.

On Tuesday, May 7, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at its 2019 convocation ceremony.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2019 commencement.

Water and earth are two driving forces in Rosemary Huck's life.

March

Any scientist who has struggled to analyze their data is familiar with the situation: sitting in front of the computer, searching the internet or previous literature, hoping to find someone else with a similar problem. It can be a frustrating — and lonely — experience.

Tyler Rockwood is finishing up his 4+1 master’s degree in biochemistry and medicinal chemistry in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University. The Phoenix native was the recipient of the Wayne W.

Ava Karanjia was 8 years old when she was diagnosed with an unknown illness and spent countless hours in doctors’ offices being handed from one specialist to another.

February

An English master’s student, a business sophomore and an urban planning undergrad walk into a classroom. There is no punchline here, and they are all in the right place.

Robert Cialdini’s work in fusing social psychology and marketing led to a new way of thinking about consumer behavior and launched a best-selling book. Now, one of the most important resources in the W. P.

Tucked away somewhere, in the annals of many a university’s research archives, are the theses of the students of yesteryear. Grand ideas, curious inquiries and profound realizations — true products of blood, sweat and tears — collecting dust.

Not so at ASU.

Behind Greg Chase's bright, helpful smile is an Arizona State University psychology student who is determined to make a difference.

Imagine these scenarios: An earthquake disrupts the power for days in Chile, a teachers’ strike in Mexico interrupts class for an unknown amount of time, protests in France reroute your commute.

January

ASU Library has announced that four Arizona State University students have been selected to attend three days of seminars and research at the Newberry Library in Chicago this spring:

• Scott Caddy, English graduate student.

On a February morning in 1998, tragedy struck the Bailey family and Arizona State University.

Where can you experience 23 hours and 45 minutes of light in one day?

Where can you hear a constant chorus of the snap, crackle and pop of glaciers?

Where can you hike a glacier, count seabirds, do a polar plunge and also directly dig into topics of ecotourism and geopolitics?

If understanding the inner workings of the brain is on your mind, now is the time to explore the Banner-ASU Neuroscience Scholars program. Top-achieving college undergraduate and graduate science students are eligible to apply for the paid eight-week training program.

From an early age, Nick Stephanopoulos was curious about the world around him. The love of science and the “what if’s” — and a father who was a chemical engineering professor at MIT — nurtured that curiosity with explanations of how to approach and learn about the world around him.

Arizona and Zimbabwe are at opposite ends of the alphabet, and traveling from one to the other really has been a trip from A to Z for Charity Bhebhe.

2018

December

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at its 2018 convocation ceremony.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2018 commencement. Read about more graduates

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2018 commencement. Read about more graduates.

November

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2018 commencement. Read about more graduates.