Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences

OURE Program Overview - The OURE program has been established to expand opportunities for a more active form of learning by students.  To encourage the interaction of undergraduate students with faculty .  To expand the level of research activity on campus.  To be able to demonstrate that teaching and research are compatible and mutually reinforcing.  In the hopes to help recruit superior students into our graduate program. 

Expectations of the OURE Experience - Students participating in the OURE program should experience a foundational understanding of how research is conducted in their disciplines and to have a greater understanding of the information resources available and how to utilize these resources.  How to interpret research outcomes and learn the fundamentals of experimental design. 


  • Application, Instructions and Qualifications
  • Budget
  • Report Guidelines
  • What is asked on the OURE form?
  • Research Support
  • Testimonial

Application, Instructions and Qualifications

Read Instructions Below Carefully 

Application is CLOSED for the FS2022 - SP2023 AY

  • Previous OURE participants are eligible
  • Group projects are allowed with a maximum of 4 students per group
    (each student must submit their own application with each group member listed)
  • Interested students should contact an OURE Departmental Coordinator
  • Late applications will not be accepted 

*Projects start at the beginning of Fall Semester and end at the conclusion of Spring semester each Academic Year

Each participant and faculty sponsor is to:

  • Discuss their project
  • Come to an agreement
  • A cumulative grade point of 2.50 is required to participate in this program
  • Student must be a full time student with a least 12 credit hours per semester
  • Submit the completed application

*The faculty sponsor agrees to supervise the work and certifies the educational value of the proposed project


OURE Students

  • Will be awarded a scholarship of $500.00
      ~Payments will be offered in two installments 
      ~1st payment will be in December
         --- Upon research adviser confirmation of working 
      ~2nd payment in May upon submission of the final report & reflections due April 4 
         --- Approved by their research adviser

*Note for International Students Regarding OURE Payments:
Generally, a foreign person is subject to U.S. tax on its U.S. source income.  Most types of U.S. source income received by a foreign person are subject to U.S. tax of 30%.  A reduced rate, including exemption, may apply if there is a tax treaty between the foreign person's country of residence and the United States.  The tax is generally withheld (NRA withholding) from the payment made to the foreign person.  The term NRA withholding is used in this area descriptively to refer to withholding required under sections 1441, 1442, and 1443 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Generally, NRA withholding describes the withholding regime that requires 30% withholding on a payment of U.S. source income and the filing of Form 1042 and related Form 1042-S.  Payments to all foreign persons, including nonresident alien individuals, foreign entities and governments, may be subject to NRA withholding.

Report Guidelines

Example Reflection

Arts and Humanities 2021-2022

Engineering, Sciences and Social Sciences 2021-2022

Each funded project must provide a final report and reflection
Research adviser must submit approved final report & reflection electronically by April 4 to Dedie at byfieldr@mst.edu

What is asked on the OURE form?

(section 1)
Student must have research advisor approval to submit application, there are 5 sections in the form

(section 2) Student Information 
First and Last Name, Id Number, S&T Email, GPA, Department, Will you graduate FS, Will you be a full time student both semesters

(section 3) Research advisor Information
First and Last Name, S&T Email, Department

(section 4) Research Project Information
Is this a Group Project, List Other Participants, Project Title, Short OURE abstract, Description of students role

(section 5)
Offer Letter, Scholarship, and Final Report Information

Research Support

The Writing Center is a tremendous source for feedback and assistance about your OURE reports and reflections. From brainstorming to polishing, the Writing Center can help you at any stage of your writing process. Please visit their website for more information: https://writingcenter.mst.edu/  You can also email them at writing@mst.edu.

The OURE program encourages students to seek research support at the Curtis Laws Wilson Library (https://library.mst.edu/). Research librarians are available to help applicants conduct research in any subject area. Please schedule an appointment at https://library.mst.edu/forms/researchassistancerequestform/.


S&T graduate reflects on her research adventure and imminent career

In one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests, Lilly Germerotha 2020 Missouri S&T graduate in biological sciences, says she experienced a eureka moment while conducting research last summer.

“My research experience in Malaysian Borneo helped me realize my passion for studying ecosystems and largely defined my scientific career,” says Germeroth. “And engaging in research that involved agriculture, community ecology, conservation and cultural literacy — from the initial planning, through the field surveys, to preparing a manuscript — allowed me to grow exponentially as an early career scientist.”

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OURE Departmental Coordinators

Department Coordinator Email Phone Address
Arts, Languages & Philosophy Courtney Webster webstercour@mst.edu 4869 222 Castleman Hall
Biological Sciences David Duvernell duvernelld@mst.edu 4831 143 Schrenk Hall
Business & Information Technology Bih-Ru Lea leabi@mst.edu 6436 102A Fulton Hall
Chemical & Biochemical Engineering Xinhua Liang liangxin@mst.edu 7632 143 Schrenk Hall
Chemistry Risheng Wang wangri@mst.edu 7729 227 Schrenk Hall
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering Jianmin Wang wangjia@mst.edu 7503 223 Civil Engineering      
Computer Science Patrick Taylor taylor@mst.edu 7717 341 Comp Science
Economics Ana Ichim ichima@mst.edu 4800 101 Harris Hall
Electrical & Computer Engineering Kristen Donnell kmdgfd@mst.edu 6229 216 Emerson Hall
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Stephen Raper sraper@mst.edu 6569 225 Engr. Mgmt
English & Technical Communication Eric Bryan bryane@mst.edu 4622 221 HSS
Geosciences & Geological & Petroleum Engineering       John Hogan jhogan@mst.edu 4618 125 McNutt Hall
History & Political Science Tseggai Isaac tseggai@mst.edu 4805 121 HSS
Materials Science & Engineering Michael Moats moatsm@mst.edu 6974 222 McNutt Hall
Matt Insall
Robert Paige
214 Rolla Building
301 Rolla Building
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Jonghyun Park parkjonghy@mst.edu  4699 127 Toomey Hall
Mining Engineering
Catherine Johnson johnsonce@mst.edu 4258 326 McNutt Hall
Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Science Syed Alam alams@mst.edu 4881 228 Fulton Hall
Physics Alexey Yamilov yamilov@mst.edu 6793 102 Physics
Psychological Science Amy Belfi amybelfi@mst.edu 4956 135 HSS
Teacher Education & Certification Beth Kania-Gosche       bkaniagosche@mst.edu       4120       214 Centennial Hall
updated 2/04/2021

Project Titles for 2021-2022
2D Material Electro-Chemical Sensor for Virus
Addressing the f-elecron chemistry challenge with UCl
Aesthetic Judgements of Multi-Sensory Stimuli
Aharonov-Bohm Conductance Oscillations Explained Through Transmission Eigenchannels
Alternative Drug Delivery System: Liposomes
Amendment Assisted Revegetation and Eco-Restoration of Pb/Zn mine tailings
An R package for Modeling Sleep in Drosophila melanogaster
Analysis of IQG1 actin bundling activity in cytokinesis
Analyzing Generalization and Optimization of Deep Learning Models with the Neural Tangent Kernel
Analyzing the environmental injustice of air pollutant exposure using an air quality sensor network
Autonomous control of soft robots with 3D printed carbon fiber composites
Biochemical Reactors for Impacted Mine Water
Bioremediation of nutrient pollution in urban ponds
Bokashi Composting Decomposition Analysis and Agricultural Applications
Bone Tissue Engineering Scaffolds Based on Sr-doped Bioactive Borate Glass
Characterization of cement mechanical properties during hardening for wellbore integrity evaluation
Characterization of the imbalances introduced by the test setup for conducted emission
Chemical analysis development for Phytoforensics
Computational Investigation of the Enzymatic Carbamylation Reaction in the Enzyme Rubisco
Constraining Early Dark Energy with HETDEX
Controller Development for Hybrid Additive Manufacturing
course passing probability prediction algorithm of PERCEPOLIS
Creation of a traveling plasma demonstrator
Design of Accident Tolerant Nuclear Fuel for the Long-Life Advanced Reactor Cores to Prolong Energy Resources and Minimize Nuclear Waste
Determination of Desiccation Resistance of Select Halomonas Species
Developing Multifunctional Non-enzymatic Sensors for Detection of Neurochemicals
Effects of sleep deprivation and starvation on spatial learning and memory in  Drosophila melanogaster
Electricity Bill Savings of Solar Adopters 
Electromagnetic Interference Analysis using System Indicators
Evaluation of osteoinductivity of 3D printed Sr-doped Glass-hydrogel  Bone Tissue Engineering Scaffolds
Examining TBI as it relates to males vs females
Experimental Investigations of the Lunar Surface Environment in a Ground Vacuum Chamber
[Fe] substituted Zeolites used in Catalytic Dehydration 
Germination Rate of Acorns in Proximity to Same Species Tree Stands
GPS UAV Assisted Perimeter Land Surveying
Growth Rate of Oak Acorns Near Adult Trees
Heart Assay
High-throughput method for determination of antioxidant capacity in neat drug and drug-delivery vehicle suspensions
Hysteresis Loops in 3D Color-Space of Oscillating Reactions
Impact Factors in International Students’ transition to Missouri University of Science and Technology
Insect Cells
Inspire UTC
Integrating Hydrothermal Treatment of BioSolids with Engineered Algal Systems for Carbon Dioxide Mitigation and Wastewater Remediation
Ligand Exchange on Semiconductor Nanocrystals to Enhance the Charge-Transfer Process in Photorefractive Nanocomposites
Measuring clustering redshift of gravitational wave sources from a binary black hole merger
Mechanical Characterization of Hydrated Cements 
Memories in everyday life
Microsatellite Design, Integration, and Test in the Space Systems Engineering Laboratory
M-SAT Power Project
MSAT Propulsi+U2:U60on Research
MSAT Research
MSAT Undergraduate Research Assistant
Multifunctional Nanostructured Metal Selenides for Non-Enzymatic Electrochemical Sensors
Nanostructured Materials for Water Treatment
NMR relaxometry investigations of Cu-ZnO/Al2O3 catalysts used in syngas-to-methanol conversion
Nonpoint Source Pollution Mitigation in an Urban Watershed
Numerical Investigations of One-Dimensional Nonlinear Schrödinger Equations
Phylogenetics of the Notropis dorsalis species group
Polymer Gel Project
Product platform
Radiation Grafting of Folic Acid (FA) into Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)
Reinforcement Learning Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity
Simulating autonomous cars
Simulating Thermal Transport and its Dependence on Magnetization in Uranium Dioxide
Smart Mask for SARs-CoV-2 virus detection
Surface Modification and Activation of Inhibited Cements
The Citric Acid Derivatives as Advanced Glycation End Products Inhibitors
The Cost-Quality Hypothesis - Prediction One
The Effect of Camber and Toe Angle on Tire Temperature
The Effect of Oil Selection on Engine Performance
The Effect of PID Controls on Dynamometer Testing
The Genesis of Gold Deposits in the West
The Use of 3D Printed Parts for Composite Material Molds
Thermal Conductivity of One-Dimensional High-Entropy Alloys
Thiol Metabolites of Sleep and Lifespan
Topographic Correlations in the Ozark Plateau
Traffic Prediction
Translating the Encyclopédie
Unhappy Feet: Fred’s Experience with Americans in Antarctica
Visualizing the Relationship Between Metabolic and Sleep Regulatory Systems in Drosophila Melanogaster