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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 2016 Symposium Book.pdfFall 2016 Symposium Book.pdf
                                                                                                            Fall 2015 STEM Symposium Book ​  
                                                                                                            fall 2014 Symposium Book.pdf​ 

 

Available Projects

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Project TitleCOS Van Pool App
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorAhsen Baig
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students3
Required Courses & SkillsCompletion of CSCI 001 or a JavaScript course is recommended.  Experience building a basic HTML website. Motivated students with a desire to build a useful app. using professional grade open source tools and frameworks.
Abstract

Design and build a useful web application that solves a real-world COS logistics problem in close coordination with COS IT staff. The software development will consist of one or more of the following:

1.    Website development using HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, C# and/or existing open source frameworks such as Twitter Bootstrap.

2.    Database solutions using Microsoft frameworks.

3.    A free GitHub.com account is required to enable and streamline collaboration.

The project will emulate the full software development experience from idea generation, design considerations, reading documentation, implementation and testing, to publishing on the COS server.

 ***Students will be encouraged to produce an enterprise level product that is tailored specifically to COS facility’s needs.​

StatusFull/Closed
TimelineThis project may take 3 – 6 months.
Application Deadline7/31/2017
 
Project TitleDevelopment of a Mathematics Web App
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorMr. John Redden
MajorsAll STEM Majors, Computer Science
Number of Students3-8
Required Courses & SkillsMinimum: Trigonometry or above, some programming and computer skills, Willingness to seek out info, persistence.  Desired: CSCI 1 or Javascript course, HTML website experience
Abstract

Design and build a useful web application that solves some mathematical problem using freely available open source solutions. The software development will consist of one or more of the following:


1.    Website development using HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery and/or existing open source frameworks such as Twitter Bootstrap.

2.    Graphing/Mathematics frameworks such as jsxGraph or algebrite.

3.    A free GitHub.com account is required to enable and streamline collaboration.

The project will 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-source and free product that is available to a user base that extends beyond COS.​

StatusFull/Closed
TimelineMay-August 2017
Application Deadline5/8/2017
 
Project TitleHigh Flavonoid Retention in Fermentation Solutions During Alcohol Extraction Methods
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorMr. Ryan Froese
MajorsChemistry
Number of Students2-3
Required Courses & SkillsChem 12 (organic chemistry), desire to learn new lab methodologies
Abstract

The project will attempt to quantify the flavonols and other compounds lost through the alcohol extraction process in when removing alcohol from fermentation products.  Several extraction methods will be utilized, with the overall goal of determining which is the most effective in retaining flavonols, or a specified set of flavor markers.​

StatusFull/Closed
TimelineLate April through late July 2017
Application Deadline5/8/2017
 
Project TitlePlant Tumors - Tree Tumors
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorCarlota Marin
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students1-3
Required Courses & SkillsBiology and Chemistry Coursework Completion Preferred, Interest in Plants and Pathology
Abstract

Students and teacher will do a bibliographic research first to find more about tree tumors. The areas of research are biology/botany/ecology.

The data collected will be related to the types of trees found at COS – a thoroughly study of each tree that has tumors on it, we will measure the diameter of the tree trunk, the size of the tumor and if possible we will take some samples for analysis in the biology lab.
 
Students will perform field studies inside the COS campus, we first will have a walk through the campus and identify each tree first then find the ones that have tumors, and then make a map of the areas where these trees are found for further studies.
StatusOpen
TimelineJune 12-July 31
Application Deadline6/4/2017
 
Project TitleRelationship between vernal pool physical-chemical parameters and aquatic invertebrates.
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorBobby Kamansky
MajorsBiology, Chemistry
Number of Students2
Required Courses & SkillsBiology, Desired: Chemistry, Microbiology
Abstract
This project explores water and soil physical-chemical properties and their relationships to vernal pool invertebrate presence and absence.  Investigators will sample soils and water along with biological data to determine the relationships among aquatic environments and the biota living within those systems. After field investigations collecting appropriate data, lab and statistical analyses will correlate the presence/absence of various wetland invertebrates with water and soil physical-chemical properties.
StatusFull/Closed
Timeline
Application Deadline7/31/2017
 
Project TitleSwainson’s Hawk Breeding Status in Tulare County and Kings County
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorMr. Rob Hansen
MajorsAll STEM Majors, Biology
Number of Students2-3
Required Courses & SkillsValid CA Driver's License, Access to a vehicle, willingness and interest in learning bird identification and mapping skills
Abstract

Students will check all known Swainson’s Hawk (SWHA) nest sites (all those mapped between 1981 and 2017) and will systematically survey appropriate portions of Valley floor lands (in Tulare County and Kings County) to locate as many active Swainson’s Hawk nests during this State-listed Threatened species’ 2017 breeding season.  Students will use GPS technology to map all nest trees.  For each of the mapped nests, students will record the following information: 

  • nest tree species
  • location in the nest (including height above the ground)
  • plumage of the adults (light, intermediate, or dark morph birds)
  • breeding stage (copulation, nest building, incubating adult(s), nestling(s) … including feeding by parents, and fledgling(s) … including feeding by parents)
  • foraging by adults or juveniles (including location and description of plant cover).

 This survey is being conducted in coordination with The California Department of Fish and Wildlife as year 2 of a 2-year statewide survey to understand the population status of Swainson’s Hawk in California.​

StatusOpen
TimelineLate April through late July 2017
Application Deadline7/31/2017
 
Project TitleThe Flora of SCICON and the Tule River Drainage
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorDr. Robert Urtecho
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students3-4
Required Courses & SkillsStudents Should have interest in natural history, nature, plant classification and biology  Student must be able to commit to being in the field on several all-day Saturday trips and possibly Friday afternoons.
Abstract

Students will collect plant specimens from the SCICON property, photograph specimens, create a species list and preserve the specimens for future use using herbarium preparation techniques.  This project is ideal for students interested in teaching, natural history, environmental science and plant classification.​

 

StatusOpen
TimelineStudents will start field visits/work in the Spring 2017. Students interested need to apply as soon as possible to join the team. Students that meet the qualifications will be immediately excepted with project adviser's approval. Slots will fill quickly
Application Deadline7/31/2017
 
*The COS Student Undergraduate Research Group Experience (SURGE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
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