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Undergraduate Research

 
 

The Whitaker Center facilitates student research by providing assistance through summer research scholarships, research proposal development, selection of faculty supervisors, and the IRB approval process. In addition, the Center assists students and their supervisors in the publication and dissemination of the research results. We provide leadership in the development of undergraduate research protocols that can be duplicated within the university and other post secondary institutions.

 

FGCU STEM SUMMER 2015 RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS

The Whitaker Center assists the FGCU Foundation in identifying STEM majors for summer research scholarships. One application process applies the student for all eligible scholarships.  

Available Scholarships:

Alice and Karl Sheffield Scholarship for STEM Undergraduate Research - $5,000 summer scholarship to conduct research with a faculty research advisor and $5,000 research support (includes travel for student and faculty advisor and supplies).

Requirements: Student must provide a letter of support from their faculty research advisor, complete the online application, be a STEM major, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Blair Foundation Environmental Sciences Scholarship - $5,000 summer scholarship to conduct research with an FGCU faculty advisor.

Requirements: Student must provide a letter of support from their faculty research advisor, demonstrate a serious commitment to protecting the environment, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and be an upperclassmen pursuing one of the following majors:  Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Marine Science, or a graduate student in Environmental Science.

 

Application will be here January 2015!  The Deadline for Summer 2015 is March 1, 2015.

  

Undergraduate STEM Research Symposium and Chili Cook-off

Friday, December 5, 2014
Oral Presentations: 2:30-3:15
Remarks and Guest Speaker, Paul Woods, CEO, Algenol Biofuels: 3:15-3:45
Poster Session: 3:45-5:30
First Floor Whitaker Hall
 
 
Deadline for Abstract Submissions: November 4

Undergraduate Research Mentors

Many faculty members from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Education, and the School of Engineering, as affiliates of the Whitaker Center, encourage the involvement of undergraduate students in their research activities.  The list below contains those faculty members that are interested in serving as research mentors, along with their respective interests.  Click on the faculty member’s name to learn more about their research interests.  Consider contacting them if you are interested in their research area.


Phillip Allman

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Reptile and amphibian ecology and conservation, primarily turtles and tortoises
Phone: (239) 590-7974
E-Mail: pallman@fgcu.edu
Office: WH - 121


Zanna Beharry

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Phone: (239) 590-7802
E-Mail: zbeharry@fgcu.edu
Office: AB7 - 429


Derek Buzasi

Whitaker Eminent Scholar
Phone: (239) 590-1285
E-Mail: dbuzasi@fgcu.edu
Office: WH - 224


Sulekha (Sue) Rao Coticone

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Phone: (239) 590-7528
E-Mail: scoticon@fgcu.edu
Office: LIB - 461C


Edwin M. Everham

Professor, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7169
E-Mail: eeverham@fgcu.edu
Office: WH 220


Peng Feng

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
Phone: (239) 590-7377
E-Mail: pfeng@fgcu.edu
Office: AB7 - 205


Chris Geiger

Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering and Software Engineering
Phone: (239) 590-7355
E-Mail: cgeiger@fgcu.edu
Office: Holmes Hall 309


Jamie MacDonald

Associate Professor, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7429
E-Mail: jmacdona@fgcu.edu
Office: WH - 208


Scott Michael

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Research Interests:Development of anti-virals and vaccines against dengue virus.
Phone: (239) 590-7439
E-Mail: smichael@fgcu.edu
Office: WH 260


http://www.fgcu.edu/CAS/ChemistryBA/11590.asp Arsalan Mirjafari

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Research Interests: synthesis and applications of organic biomaterials specifically ionic liquids and green chemistry.
Phone: (239) 590-1270
E-Mail: amirjafari@fgcu.edu
Office: AB7 - 442


Darren Rumbold

Professor, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7527
E-Mail: drumbold@fcgu.edu
Office: AB7 - 432


Michael Savarese

Professor, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7165
E-Mail: msavares@fgcu.edu
Office: AB7 - 211


Yinghong Sheng

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Phone: (239) 590-7636
E-Mail: ysheng@fgcu.edu
Office: AB7-302


Ken Watanabe

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Research Interests: Gamma-ray Astrophysics using NASA scientific satellites. We also have all-sky monitor cameras on campus to study SPRITEs.
Phone: (239) 590-7565
E-Mail: kwatanab@fgcu.edu
Office: WH - 261


Janusz Zalewski Janusz Zalewski

Professor, Software Engineering Program
Research Interests: Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems, Software Safety and Security
Phone: (239) 590-7317
E-Mail: zalewski@fgcu.edu
Office: Holmes Hall 411