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Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE)

Proposal Guidelines

HES Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE) aims to encourage and support undergraduate participation in research projects across the college. PURE provides opportunities for exceptional students to cooperate actively with faculty mentors, learning firsthand about multiple dimensions of research, creative activity, and scholarship processes.

It is expected that the research experience will be around 120 hours in length. Applicants and mentors may structure this time in the most appropriate fashion (e.g., 15 hours per week for eight weeks, 7.5 hours a week for 16 weeks) to the PURE period selected and the research project itself.

HES PURE winners

All students in HES with a minimum of 50 hours of completed coursework and at least a 3.25 GPA are eligible to apply for a PURE mentorship to occur between May 15, 2019 and May 30, 2020. Students must apply in partnership with faculty mentors in their major department and are expected to (1) devote roughly 120 hours to the research experience, and (2) prepare two products: (a) a research poster, talk or other final product for either on-campus or off-campus presentation, and (b) a written account of approximately 500 words for publication of a report on research mentorships. Students may receive only one PURE award during their HES undergraduate career.

Students may apply for a PURE award for any one of four different periods:

  • Summer 2019 (student is responsible for enrollment in a minimum of one credit hour)
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters

It is expected that the research experience will be around 120 hours in length. Applicants and mentors may structure this time in the most appropriate fashion (e.g., 15 hours per week for eight weeks, 7.5 hours a week for 16 weeks) to the PURE period selected and the research project itself.

All successful applicants will receive the minimum of $1,500 for completion of an approved project, normally 50% at the start of the project and the balance at the completion of the experience.

All successful applicants are required to complete (a) a research poster, talk or other final product for either on-campus or off-campus presentation, and (b) a written report of approximately 500 words on the research experience. These products must be completed either within 6 months of the completion of the PURE project, or prior to graduation, whichever comes first.

Any participating student may request up to $200 in additional funds for travel to present the research from their project. More information on these funds is available from the office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.

All materials should be submitted to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, 118 Gwynn Hall, by the deadline of March 22, 2019.

Please address questions on eligibility, applications, and the review process to Trish Savage at savaget@missouri.edu (in the office of the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies).

Faculty Mentor Information

Faculty members who agree to participate in this program have the opportunity to involve some of our most talented undergraduates in their personal research. Such involvement will, of course, assume different shapes according to the individual demands of the discipline, the specialty, the individual mentor, and the particular project.

The faculty mentor and student should meet throughout the project timeline to discuss challenges and assess progress. For a summer mentorship, regular and frequent meetings are suggested — biweekly for at least an hour over the course of eight weeks. For an academic semester mentorship, weekly meetings of at least an hour would be acceptable. Of course, the faculty mentor and student are in the best position to determine the length and frequency of meetings appropriate to the discipline and to the specific research project. The core activity that this program seeks to foster is a partnership that allows the undergraduate an inside look at the process of research/creative achievement that lies at the foundation of academic life.

Participating faculty mentors are encouraged to engage students directly in their research—not just to employ them as assistants. Accordingly, the Dean’s office believes it is crucial to acknowledge the student fully (as co-author, associate investigator, or in some other appropriate capacity) in any publication or public presentation that results from the project and reports an activity in which the student has made a professional contribution.

Faculty mentors may assist the applicant in preparation of their application. Further, a letter of support from the faculty mentor will be required, to be sent directly by the faculty mentor to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, 118 Gwynn Hall, by the application deadline of March 22, 2019. This letter should include identification of the source of funding for the quarter of the student stipend that will be provided through the mentor (see below).  The mentor’s departmental chair should also endorse this letter.

The total pay for the undergraduate participant is a minimum of $1,500; $1,000 is provided by PURE and the other amount (a minimum of $500) is provided by the mentor’s unit or another source identified by the mentor. The Associate Dean’s Office will also provide up to $200 in travel expenses for the student for an off-campus presentation of the research results.

2018-2019 Recipients

Student Name Dept Project Title Faculty Mentor
Tara Weng ArchSt Green Building Education in Science Museum: Eight Case Study Museums in the U.S. Laura Cole
Mikaela Mongeon ArchSt The Impact of Virtual Reality on Spatial Presence, Comprehension, Memory and Movement Bimal Balakrishnan
Jessica Blankinship ArchSt Immersive VR Education Program for Enhanced and Practial Learning Bimal Balakrishnan
Eric Ballesteros ArchSt Evaluating the Perception of Architecture: Understanding How People Observe Different Geometric Forms Bimal Balakrishnan
Dalila Kahvedzic ArchSt A Case Study of MU Campus ADA Design for Users' Emotions and Physical Comforts Jong Bum Kim
Dain Jacob NEP Neurovascular Transduction in Human Obesity and Following Bariatric Surgery Jacqueline Limberg
Jillian Otto NEP Appetite Changes after Bariatric Surgery: Does Sweetness Perception Play a Role? Elizabeth Parks
Melissa Riggle TAM The Impact of Social Media Influencers in Sustainable Fashion on Millennial Consumers Li Zhao

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2017-2018 Completed Projects

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Student Name Dept Project Title Faculty Mentor
Angela Bellman HDFS Associations between Academic Performance and Related Conversation Initiation in Low-Income Black Mother-Child Dyads Jean Ispa
Olivia Landon HDFS The Lived Experience of Half-Siblings and Stepsiblings Larry Ganong
Trevor West HDFS Disentangling Preschoolers' Self-Regulation and Academic Abilities Francisco Palermo
Jaime Gottlieb NEP Integrating Physical Activity with Numeracy in the Preschool Classroom: Phase 3 Sara Gable
Caileigh Smith NEP Assessment of Physical Activity on a Traditional Playground versus a Zoned Playground Steve Ball
Olivia Eastman TAM Collaborating to improve fit of female personal protective equipment (PPE) Kristen Morris

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