Many of the photos on this website are taken from student summaries of their Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) and other projects. These summaries are available in PDF format, and include who was involved in the work (the student, the graduate mentor if relevant, and the faculty advisor), the objectives, and the results. Summaries from the past few years are in the database of summer research projects. Links to summaries of last year’s projects are grouped by discipline in the following section.
In addition, the OUR maintains a database of all abstracts of presentations at the Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research. These Abstracts also include information about graduate mentors and faculty advisors, and the extensive database (over 700 abstracts) can be searched by the student’s major department.
Both the SURF summaries and the Symposium abstracts are great sources of ideas for future projects and potential faculty advisors, as well as being a fascinating record of the depth and breadth of undergraduate research at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Recent Projects in the Arts, Humanities, and History
- In “Open Water/Closed Water”: A Filmic Portrait of America’s Disappearing Public Pools, Art student Rachel Johnson studied people’s relationships with water at public pools, many of which are closing.
- History major Liz Tolleson found that early female cartoonists faced less gender discrimination than women in other fields in Early Inks: A History of Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Women Cartoonists.
Recent Projects in the Social Sciences
- Sarah Pederson, an anthropology major, went to Brazil to study female political participation in a rural community: Machismo and Mama T’allas: Obstacles to Female Political Empowerment and Leadership in the Bolivian Andes
- In The Native Nut: Investigating the NC Pecan Industry, Rachel Atkinson studied how the North Carolina pecan industry can adapt to a global market.
Recent Projects in the Natural Sciences
- Environmental Science major Pooja Ravindran studied the effects of cadmium on biological pathways in Taking the First Steps Toward Preventing Cadmium-Induced Birth Defects
- Audrey Horne investigated the mineralogical content of a rare type of meteor for Parsa: Mineralogical Analaysis of an Enstatite Chondrite
Support for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs)
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program was initiated in 2001 with support from the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood foundation. We are grateful for their support from 2001-2007, and also grateful to the many contributors who make this program possible.