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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 2015 STEM Symposium Book ​  
                                                                                                            fall 2014 Symposium Book.pdf​ 

 

Available Projects

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Project TitleOxidative stability of an olive-oil-based food
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorLarry Callan
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students3
Required Courses & SkillsEnrolled in Chemistry 2 or higher
Abstract

Description: Students will work with analytical methods to investigate the stability of a local restaurant’s dipping sauce. The objective is to solve the mystery of short shelf life. Professional food scientists have been contracted to come up with a way to bottle and store the sauce. Their efforts have all failed. The owner would like to bottle and sell the sauce, but he cannot figure out why it cannot be kept for more than a few days. Our goal is to make some studies of the chemistry of oxidation and hopefully solve the mystery.​

StatusOpen
Timeline
Application Deadline2/21/2016
 
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Project TitlePhysical Activity Level and Health in Tulare County
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorShannamar Dewey
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students1-3
Required Courses & SkillsPassed Bio 31 and/or bio 1 and 2, Basic Excel data sorting, equation inpu and graphing knowledge
Abstract

In 2008, the USDHHS published Physical Activity Guidelines, a work which was based on an extensive review of the literature in the area of physical activity, health, morbidity and mortality. Since that time, studies have shown that adherence to the guidelines, at least regarding aerobic activity, does result in reduced all-cause mortality when controlling for other health related confounders such as smoking and socioeconomic status. This project will utilize the World Health Organization Physical Activity Questionnaire to assess the activity level and types engaged in by COS students and potentially Tulare county residents. The questionnaire may need to be modified to improve the reading comprehension level required to fill it out. Additionally, we may investigate the level of awareness and understanding regarding the 2008 Physical Activity guidelines as well as other health related topics Studies of this type have been carried out in many populations but there appears to be no data for Tulare County in an initial search.  The analysis of this project will involve recording and processing the answers to the questionnaires and then looking for correlations.​

StatusOpen
Timeline
Application Deadline2/21/2016
 
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Project TitlePoint-Center Quarter Analysis of the Foothill Stream Plant communities at SCICON.
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorDr. Robert Urtecho
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students4
Required Courses & SkillsStudents should have interest in natural history, nature, plant classification or biology
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Students will measure and record data on the riparian plant communities of SCICON.  Data will be analyzed to determine species density, frequency and dominance.  Importance values for species will be used for comparison between the various communities

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StatusOpen
TimelineOne or two Satudays (starting in April) for field work, 30-40hrs for data analysis, developing a STEM poster and independent work
Application Deadline2/29/2016
 
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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 or biology
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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
TimelineOne Saturday a month from February to June. Once specimens are dry, students will curate the dry collections, label them, update the database and assist is creating a webpage. Prepare poster (June)
Application Deadline2/29/2016
 
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Project TitleWater Conservation Internship
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorJoe Williams - USDA Conservationist
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students2
Required Courses & Skills2.7 gpa minimum, 9+ units in transfersable STEM coursework
Abstract

Two College of the Sequoias students will work directly with the USDA NRCS Visalia branch engineerand District Conservationist, Joe Williams. These students will work under the supervision of their advisor on works of improvement for soil conservation and for other purposes including fl ood prevention; conservation, development, utilization and disposal of water; and conservation and proper utilization of land. The core of the student’s internship experience will concentrate on water management. Students will apply water management principles such as drainage, irrigation, and hydrology/hydraulics. Students will work directly with private land owners and land agencies in the course of the internship. Upon the completion of the internship, interns will be required to produce a scientifi c poster and present at the COS STEM Symposium held in August.

StatusOpen
TimelineMay thru August, 40hr/wk June thru July
Application Deadline2/29/2016
 
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Project TitleWeb-based Mathematical Application
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorJohn Redden
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students3-8 depending on projects, interest and skill level
Required Courses & SkillsMinimum Qualifications: Trigonomentry or higher, some HTML5/CSS/JavaScript and computing/web skills (Browse http://www.w3schools.com/), ability to find and make use of online tutorials, and persistence and willingness to do the tasks
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Students will 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.

3.    Open-source game engines such as Phaser.

4.    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.​

StatusOpen
Timeline
Application Deadline2/21/2016
 
*The COS Student Undergraduate Research Group Experience (SURGE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
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