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 The S​URGE Participant will:
  • increase their academic and social integration with other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students, faculty, professionals, and industry creating pathways to: 
    • working with faculty and/or industry advisors in defining research goals, processes and data analysis
    • conduct small scale research projects that involve data collection and analysis 
    • creating and presenting a research poster at the COS STEM Symposium or at a National STEM Conference
    • create opportunities for summer research internships and/or summer jobs related to their field of study
    • travel scholarships for professional conferences
    • educational funding and scholarship opportunities
 Check out COS STEM Symposium Books with STEM student projects: fall 2014 Symposium Book.pdf​ 

 

Available Projects

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Project Title3D Optical Reflections from Perpendicular Planes
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorLarry Owens
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students2
Required Courses & SkillsMinimum of Physics 55 with C or better.  A good understanding of three-dimensional vectors will be needed.
Abstract

When a reflecting plane is perpendicular to a second plane and also perpendicular to an edge of that plane, the edge will create a virtual image that will continue the edge in a straight line.  This effect has practical applications in the alignment of those planes.  This project will develop mathematical, computer, and physical models of this optical system to prove and demonstrate this effect.​

StatusOpen
TimelineJune - meet witn mentor the first weeks of June and develop physical models, July - develop mathematical proofs, August develop poster in first week for August 14th symposium
Application Deadline5/25/2015
 
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Project TitleApplications of Differential Equations
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorRoss Rueger
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students1-4
Required Courses & SkillsStudents must have completed Differential Equations (Math 81) with a B or higher grade.
Abstract

Differential Equations is a course with multitudes of applications. In this REU students will work individually preparing summary papers and posters in one area of application chosen by the applicant (with approval of the faculty member). This area can be a continuation of study from the course Math 81, or a branching into a completely different area of research. Topics will be chosen from a suggested list.​

StatusOpen
TimelineJun 1st thru August 14th - Meeting days June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6 ,13, August 14
Application Deadline5/25/2015
 
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Project TitleDevelopment of a Mathematic App (mobile phone or web application)
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorJohn Redden - Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students3 maximum
Required Courses & SkillsCompletion of pre-calculus course, some HTML and computer science skills, ability to find and make use of online documentation and tutorials; preferred qualifications include completion of CSCI 001, desire to build a useful app, and open source tools
Abstract

Design and build a useful single page web application (SPA) or Android application that solves some mathematical problem using freely available open source solutions. The software development will consist of one of the following two options:


1.    Web application using HTML5, AngularJS, and Bootstrap CSS.
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2.    Android application using the Android Studio IDE.

The project will attempt to emulate the full software development experience from idea generation, design considerations, reading documentation, implementation and testing, to publishing using a unique domain name and/or the google play store. Students will be encouraged to produce an open and free resource that is available to a user base that extends beyond COS.

StatusOpen
TimelineVariable days and times depending on faculty lead schedule
Application Deadline5/25/2015
 
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Project TitleEcological Restoration Design and Student Mentoring for Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorBobby Kamansky
MajorsBiology, Chemistry, Plant Science, particularly with interest in agriculture, Agricultural Science, Soil Science
Number of Students1-3
Required Courses & SkillsMust have completed a college biology course with a grade of C or better.
Abstract

Investigators will utilize the restoration vision for the 7-acre ERCLC campus and its 5-7 restoration zones developed by students, staff and Kamansky’s Ecological Consulting to design and begin implementing a restoration program on the Campus. The program will utilize ERCLC students, mentored in direct field work and planning by COS students, ERCLC staff and professionals to develop planning and implementation project-based learning experiences. The program will yield a deeper appreciation for the local ecology, plant, animal and human interactions and foster an appreciation and conservation of the local environment.

 

StatusOpen
Timeline
Application Deadline5/25/2015
 
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Project TitlePopulation Modeling in Tulare County
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorRoss Rueger
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students2-4
Required Courses & SkillsStudents must have completed Precalculus (Math 70) with a B or higher grade. Calculus students are allowed to participate, but calculus is not required.
Abstract

Populations have often been modeled using linear, exponential, polynomial, or logistic models. In this REU students will study population modeling as it applies locally to Tulare County. Students will locate population data for selected cities, then use various modeling techniques and regression to determine which models apply best to the data for each city. Based on the research questions of interest, students will model specific growth trends (e.g. subpopulation trends, ethnic diversification, socio-economic trends).

All work will be done in the classroom or on the internet. Some reading materials will be provided. All of the actual data will be researched by students (with some suggestions).​

StatusOpen
TimelineJun 1st thru August 14th - Meeting days June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6 13, August 14
Application Deadline5/25/2015
 
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Project TitleSURGE Botanical Survey of SCICON Project
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorDr. Robert Urtecho - PhD Plant Biology
MajorsBiology, Chemistry, Plant Science, particularly with interest in agriculture, Agricultural Science, Soil Science
Number of Students4-6
Required Courses & SkillsStudents should have an interest in agricultural science, microbiology, plant pathology, or related field.
Abstract

SCICON (Outdoor School of Science and Conservation operated by Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE)) is located in the foothills east of the city of Porterville.  The large property contains thousands of acres of undeveloped native habitat. Like most of Tulare County, this area is poorly known botanically and has not had a comprehensive survey of plant species.  Our project proposes to make monthly visits to the SCICON facility to collect the plants that are in flower or in fruit for purposes of establishing a botanical record.  Students will collect specimens, record habitat and phenological data, and note unique ecological conditions.  Data will be tabulated for ease of study and herbarium specimens will be sent to UC Davis, COS and TCOE.  A map of plant communities and associations will be created for the entire property based on student observations and species collections.

StatusOpen
TimelineVariable days and times depending on faculty lead schedule
Application Deadline5/25/2015
 
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Project TitleThe Use of Infrared and Near-Infrared Images in Plant Differentiation
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorLarry Owens
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students2
Required Courses & Skills Physics 20 or higher with C or better.  Familiarity with cameras and image post-processing is highly desirable.
Abstract

The development of automated methods to detect differences in plant species that are in close proximity would be useful.  For example, being able to differentiate between weeds and crops in an agricultural field might lead to lower pesticide use and automated robotic application to avoid human contact.  It could also potentially be used to survey habitats for native and non-native species in places like Kaweah Oaks Preserve.  One possible method for doing this is through the use of infrared thermal imaging or near-infrared images.  In this project, the student will use visible, infrared and near-infrared cameras to develop digital images in controlled and field conditions to determine if this method has potential for the applications previously mentioned.​

 

StatusOpen
TimelineFirst weeks of June to outline the project and literature review;  July - student will prepare images and become familiar with ES and image processing, August - complete poster
Application Deadline5/25/2015
 
*The COS Student Undergraduate Research Group Experience (SURGE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
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