What is undergraduate research?
Undergraduate research is an evolving experience students may participate in throughout their years at Mizzou. Students aren’t required to begin during their freshman year, but they are encouraged to begin exploring the possibilities.
Undergraduate research programs at Mizzou allow students to explore the unknown through hands-on work with faculty members.
Undergraduate researchers develop their own questions, devise their own methods for finding answers and discover new knowledge based on their results.
Research projects take place in science labs, at field sites, in the library, in art studios, in campus museums and archives, and across the globe.
Some recent projects include:
- Cognitive and emotional processing of positive, persuasive messages in TV ads;
- Effects of shade and predation on survival and growth of larval gray tree frogs (Hyla veriscolor);
- The influence of family and friends on an inmate’s pathway to prison;
- Perfectionism, pessimism, optimism, and coping styles among college students;
- Investigating a possible treatment of Duchene Muscular Dystrophy with a novel calpain inhibitor;
- Analysis of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase inhibition by multiple RNA aptamers;
- Dead or alive: What effect does the prey condition have?;
- Prospective nursing study of breast cancer lymphedema: Exploring possible relationships with tamoxifen therapy;
- An unspoken allegiance: Formation of white racial identity in the 21st century;
- Generating a neutralizing antibody against IL1sRα1;
- Effects of high-fat diet withdrawal on behavior and striatal opioid gene expression.