The Office of Creative Inquiry and Undergraduate Research is committed to engaging students in research activities across campus – and at home. The University’s Creative Inquiry and Undergraduate Research programs engage more than 4,500 undergraduate students, in all academic disciplines, in team-based research and experiential learning each year.
The Summer Creative Inquiry and Undergraduate Research programs will culminate in a Virtual Summer Showcase on August 17 from 11a.m. – 1 p.m. and feature virtual poster presentations by more than 77 undergraduates who participated in research, engagement and creative activities this summer, including teams from the Clemson COVID Challenge. A complete list of students and their research topics can be accessed here.
Taya Lee and Azrin Jamison, both senior bioengineering majors, are designing a device to detect antiretroviral drugs in patients with HIV/AIDS, particularly in low-income communities, to help doctors ensure patients are adhering to their prescriptions to prolong their health. The team is working under the guidance of Delphine Dean, the Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation professor in the bioengineering department.
Sharon Bewick, an assistant professor with the department of biological sciences, outfitted Simon Dunn, a sophomore biological sciences major, with mite samples and a microscope to use at home. Dunn has spent the summer sorting samples from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to identify patterns in pseudoscorpion diversity.
Jonathan Witt, a senior wildlife and fisheries biology major, is using radio telemetry to track pine snakes in northwestern Georgia under the guidance of his mentor, Bryan Hudson, a graduate student in wildlife and fisheries biology. Their research seeks to identify how landscapes and land use affect snake behavior. The pair were featured in a recent Ranger Nick video.
Kaitlan Bryant, a senior genetics major, is working with psychology professor Marissa Shuffler to assess burn-out and well-being of healthcare workers during a pandemic.
The COVID Challenge team VR Mondi, led by Kyle Anderson in the Office of Global Engagement, is presenting their work on a virtual reality platform to enhance students’ global learning experiences while still in the states. The team is continuing their work into the Fall semester.
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