Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs)

Kareen Coulombe and Joy Aso
Joy Aso ’19 (biomedical engineering) presented a poster titled, “Engineering Collagen Microfibers for Cardiac Regeneration.” Assistant Professor Kareen Coulombe mentored Aso, who was supported with an Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award.

Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) support Brown students collaborating with Brown faculty on research and teaching projects during the summer or the academic year. Named for the dean who launched the program in the 1980s, UTRAs provide students with valuable academic experience that prepares them for graduate study and that contributes directly to course development at Brown. For more information on UTRAs, including application deadlines and answers to common questions please visit the UTRA site.

Students interested in the UTRA program are encouraged to reach out to faculty members to discuss potential projects and the applications process.

Project Title Faculty Advisor Term
Artifact Removal from Local Field Potential Recordings during Deep Brain Stimulation David Borton Summer 2019
Implementation of Radio-Based Positioning System for Quadcopter Drones Allan Bower Summer 2019
Optimizing PAMPS-LA Polymer Chain Size for Gadolinium-Oxide Nanoparticle MRI Contrast Agents for Detecting Glioma Vicki Colvin Summer 2019
Engineering Bioelectric Sutures for Heart Repair Kareen Coulombe Summer 2021
Implementation and Evaluation of in vitro Prevascularization on Engineered Cardiac Tissue Kareen Coulombe Summer 2021
Development of a Robotic Arm for Nano-Spacecraft Rick Fleeter Summer 2019
Rapid-Prototyping of Microfluidic Channels with Application to Taylor Dispersion Dan Harris Summer 2019
Inter-layer Adhesion Energies of 2D Nanomaterials Robert Hurt Summer 2019
Optical Engineering and Characterization of Novel Scintillating Deterctors for X-Ray Medical Imaging Angus Kingon Summer 2019
Gold Nanorod-Enhanced Near-Infrared Neural Stiumulation for Photonic Retinal Prosthesis Jonghwan Lee Summer 2018
Test and Optimization of High-Throughput OCT Assessment of Cellular Viability Using Liver Tumor Spheroids Jonghwan Lee Summer 2018
Innovations Based on Conductive Polymers: Design, Synthesis, Characterization, and Testing of a Semi-Interpenetrating Polymer Network Based Actuator Tayhas Palmore Summer 2019
Finding a Bound on the Information Transmitted through Newtonian Gravity Chris Rose Summer 2021
The Impact of Oxide Content on Cycle Life and Stress Evolution in Silicon-based Composite Electrodes Brian Sheldon Summer 2019
Assembly of Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films for Controlled Delivery of SHP099 Anita Shukla Summer 2018
Characterizing Chromogenic Beta-Lactamase Substrates for Diagnostic Hydrogels Anita Shukla Summer 2018
Infared Laser Pointer and Applications for a True 3D Display Harvey Silverman Summer 2019
Enrichment of JEG-3 Cells by Intrinsic Surface Adhesion Properties  Anubhav Tripathi Summer 2018
Collective and Individual Invasion from Multicellular Spheroids in 3D Collagen Matrix Ian Wong Summer 2021
Synthesis of Graphene Oxide and Silk Fibroin Composite Aerogels with Programmable Oil/Water Adsorption Ian Wong Summer 2021
Champagne Problems: Investing Bubble Growth in Carbonated Fluids. Roberto Zenit Summer 2021