Undergraduate Research

undergraduate research past project

Past Projects

Past projects include:

Synthesis and Characterization of New Cobalt (III) Metal Complexes with Monodentate Ligands as Possible Anti-Cancer Prodrugs

Mentor:
Dr. Aimee M. Morris
Fort Lewis College
Department of Chemistry
Morris_a@fortlewis.edu

Location:
Fort Lewis College, Chemistry Hall

Prerequisites:

  • Chemistry 150 at FLC or Chemistry 110 at SJC
  • I plan to work closely with students in the laboratory and will teach them hands-on skills and techniques required to make progress on the project proposed herein.

Smoking accelerates lung aging - is there a fountain of youth for smokers?

Mentor: 
Dr. David Blake
Fort Lewis College
Department of Biology
Blake_D@fortlewis.edu

Location: 
Fort Lewis College, Berndt Hall

Prerequisites:

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Physiology/Anatomy

Evaluation of the Medicinal Value of Exotic Lycium (Wolfberry) species compared to native Lycium species occurring in the Four Corners Region of New Mexico

Mentor: 
Dr. Don Hyder

San Juan College
Department of Biology
hyderd@sanjuancollege.edu

Location:
Library research and most laboratory work will be performed in the Biology Department at San Juan College.  Travel will be required to collect plant tissue from native populations within the Four Corners region and exotic Lycium species cultivated at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn specific analytical techniques like HPLC at a lab either at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado or at the New Mexico State University main campus.

Prerequisites:

  • Introductory Biology (BIO 113 at FLC or BIOL 121 at SJC)
  • Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 150 at FLC or CHEM 110 at SJC)

Alleviating Pulmonary Inflammation due to cigarette smoke - A reason to eat your Broccoli

Mentor:
Dr. Veronica Evans
San Juan College
Department of Science
evansv@sanjuancollege.edu

Location:
Fort Lewis College and San Juan College

Prerequisites:

  • Introductory Biology (BIO 113 at FLC or BIOL 121 at SJC)
  • Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 150 at FLC or CHEM 110 at SJC)

Laboratory Synthesis of Antiviral Compounds

Mentor: 
Dr. Kenny Miller
Fort Lewis College
Department of Chemistry
Miller_K@fortlewis.edu

Location:
Fort Lewis College, Chemistry Hall

Prerequisites:

  • Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 150 & 151 at FLC or CHEM 110 at SJC)
  • Organic Chemistry is highly desirable

Early snow-melt in the alpine tundra: monitoring ecosystem impacts following an extreme climate year

Mentor:
Dr. Heidi Steltzer
Fort Lewis College
Department of Biology
Steltzer_H@fortlewis.edu

Location:
Students working on this project will have the opportunity to work outdoors and in the laboratory to contribute to data collection in the third year of an on-going study at Molas Pass, CO.  Field work will be conducted in an alpine meadow near Little Molas Lake.  Lab work will be completed in Berndt Hall on campus at Fort Lewis College.  Students can select to participate more in either the field or lab components depending on their interest. 

Prerequisites:
No prerequisite courses; I will provide training of key concepts as well as all field and lab skills.

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