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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
 

 

Available Projects

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Project Title3-D Graphical Representation of Soil Mineral Profiles around Fruit and Nut Trees
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorLarry Callan - College of the Sequoias Chemistry Faculty
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students3 maximum
Required Courses & SkillsCompletion of CHEM 1 with a grade of C or better. Familiarity with computer and ability to learn graphing software necessary for project.  Specific software will be determined as part of the project.
Abstract

This project involves working with an almond grower to acquire soil samples from a variety of depths and locations around trees. The data will then be entered into a computer to generate 3-D projections of minerals as concentration vs. depth and location from tree. This is a unique project that is of great interest to growers. Fertilizer quantities and distribution are largely guess work with little data to establish protocols.  Depending upon the success of the first analysis, more may be possible. The farmer has the equipment for sampling, and will provide professional lab analysis for a variety of analytes. The student(s) will be involved in the sampling design as well as the sampling process itself. The goal for the student is to provide meaningful 3-D maps and contours that depict the actual distribution of analytes around the tree root system. Some analysis (pH, etc.) may be required by the student.

StatusFull/Closed
 
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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; prefered 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.

StatusFull/Closed
 
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Project TitleSelective Oxidation of Various Alcohols: Retinol to Retinoic Acid
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorLarry Callan - College of the Sequoias Chemistry Faculty
MajorsBiology, Chemistry
Number of Students3 maximum
Required Courses & Skillssuccessful completion of Chem 12 (Organic Chemistry) with a C or better
Abstract

This is a laboratory study of selective oxidation of various alcohols, with the ultimate goal of conversion of retinol to retinoic acid. The primary issue is selective oxidation of one functional group in the presence of others that must be unaffected.  Students will be conducting experiments in the laboratory and doing an extensive literature review.​

StatusFull/Closed
 
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Project TitleSynthesis of Liquid Crystalline Semiconducting Molecules
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorMike Springer, PhD Chemistry, Chemistry Faculty
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students3 maximum
Required Courses & SkillsSuccessful completion of Chemistry 1 (General Chemistry) with a C or better.
Abstract

Liquid crystal phases offer a route to achieve a high degree of molecular order in thin-films for electronic applications. Liquid crystal phases can be achieved by synthesizing molecules with a rigid, aromatic core flanked by long, alkyl chains. This project will involve synthesizing novel organic molecules that will exhibit liquid crystal phases. 

 

Novel organic molecules will be synthesized in a laboratory setting using the methods and techniques of organic chemistry.  Students will assist in developing a synthetic pathway toward the product molecules and carry out the chemical reactions.  Intermediates will be purified by column chromatography and recrystallization.  Thin layer chromatography (TLC), infrared spectroscopy (IR), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) will be used to confirm the structure of the new molecules. 

 

The final products will only require 3-4 synthetic steps from starting material, easily performed by supervised undergraduates.  Successful completion of this project could lead to publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, like “Liquid Crystals”.

 

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Project TitleThe Floral Biology and potential Breeding System of Croton setigerus (Euphorbiaceae) in Central California
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorDr. Robert Urtecho, - Phd in Biology - Dean of Science, Mathematics and Engineering
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students3-4 maximum research group size
Required Courses & SkillsConcurrent enrollment of Bio 1 (General Biology) or completion of Bio 1
Abstract

An analysis of the reproductive structures and pollen ovule ratios to determine the pollination syndrome that is most consistent with the morphological characteristics observed.

StatusFull/Closed
 
*The COS Student Undergraduate Research Group Experience (SURGE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Last Updated: 10/14/2014 2:49 PM