Honors students typically begin engaging in research during their third year, however, there are some students that engage in research since their second year. Given its importance and relevance, research is an essential aspect of the honors curriculum. In students’ third year they are required to do one of the following activities to help prepare them for completing a capstone in their fourth year:
- Create an individually designed project,
- Create an Honors Contract,
- Study abroad, or
- Enroll in UHP’s Project Management Course.
Examples of past research done by UHP students
Abstracts from the UHP Senior Research Booklets:
Past Student Research Profiles
During the summer of 2016, I conducted research for two months at New York University with Dr. Joel Belasco. My research question was to test the effects of specific mutations on the multimeric structure of the endoribonuclease RNase E in order to see if the reasons that RNase E, a tetramer, is better at degrading mRNA than RNase G, a dimer, is due to its tetrameric structure. The goal was to alter the shape of RNase E into a dimer and test its effects on mRNA degradation in comparison to wild-type RNase E and RNase G. However, due to time constraints I was only able to reach the step of making the RNase E into a dimer. The final result of the project is that the mutations we hypothesized to be able to disrupt the structure of RNase E from a tetramer into a dimer were successful.
I am currently researching on the vanilla bean in the O’Neill plant biology lab. My work examines growth patterns across different vanilla species, in order to evaluate their economic viability and subspecies classification. I hope that my project will lead to the reclassification of some subspecies and give knowledge to growers about new developments in commercially viable plant cultivation.
As a student pursuing a double major in Managerial Economics and Design, I work to incorporate both aspects of my study when I am carrying out a research. With Fleurtech, I wanted to develop a wearable technology that can have the potential to be manufactured and marketed as well as solve a misunderstanding with fashionable clothing. Fleurtech is a dress that accentuates two skirts giving the wearer options to wear one type of clothing. It serves to cater the aesthetic function with its transformation as well as practicality with its technological components. The initial research question I thought of when I first started Fleurtech was, "How can I assist wearers with movable/ physical disabilities?" From here, I did a lot of research and gathered data on smart clothing that already exists in the market for people with physical disabilities. Long story short, with the research I gathered, I worked with an electrical engineering student (provided by my faculty advisor, Dr. Helen Koo, also the founder of the Fashion Technology Lab) to lay out a simple circuit to a dress I designed creating a whole piece with length adjusting skirt. This dress activates with a push of a button, giving the wearer control and ease when it comes to transforming their garment. Fleurtech took a quarter to complete including the study and research that went into it. However, creating the dress itself with the technological components took around 2 weeks (during a busy school schedule). Fleurtech got a great outcome following its completion. I was able to submit my project to exhibitions and conferences such as the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles as well as the ISWC 2016 ̶ International Symposium for Wearable Computers held in Heidelberg, Germany. Fleurtech also has a provisional patent. This project led me to network with a lot of people in the industry as well as brought me amazing connections with the people I work today.