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 at the Library
  • Testimonial

Application, Instructions and Qualifications

Read Instructions Below Carefully 

Applications are CLOSED and will OPEN Spring Semester 2022

  • Previous OURE participants are eligible
  • Group projects are allowed with a maximum of 4 students per group
  • 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 1 
         --- 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 2020-2021

Engineering, Sciences and Social Sciences 2020-2021

Each funded project must provide a final report and reflection
Research adviser must submit approved final report & reflection electronically by April 1 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 at the Library

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 Bruce McMillin ff@mst.edu 6435 322 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 Greg Hilmas ghilmas@mst.edu 6102 222 McNutt Hall
Matt Insall
Robert Paige
214 Rolla Building
301 Rolla Building
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Jie Gao gaojie@mst.edu 6516 229 Toomey Hall
Mining Engineering
Catherine Johnson johnsonce@mst.edu 4258 326 McNutt Hall
Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Science Xin Liu xinliu@mst.edu 4585 219 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 2019-2020

3D Printer - Concrete with Steel Reinforcements
3D-printed Lactaid Monoliths
A Study of Quorum Sensing in Bradyrhizobium Japonicum
A Synthetic Biology Approach for Anaerobic Digestion of Glycerol to Make Ethanol
A Synthetic Biology Approach to Genetically Modify E. Coli for Biofuels
Analysis of Behavioral Driving - Less Risks for High Rewards
Analysis of Cellular Uptake Mechanism and Efficiency of Doxorubicin Nanoparticle
Anti-Microbial Efficiency of Lactoferricin vs. Ampicillin
Automatic Diagnosis with Skin Cancer Images
Bat Population Analysis at the Ozark Field Research Station
Behaviour of the Screw Dislocations in MgO by Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Beneficial Effects of Various Antioxidants on Oxidatively Challenged A549 Cells
Biochemical Reactors for Impacted Mine Water
Biofuel Project
Bioremediation of Stormwater using Floating Treatment Wetlands
Boeing Project, Monte Carlo Simulation of Particle
Catalytic Conversion of Methane to Olefins
Characterization of Plasma Sources for Laboratory Investigations of Plasma Material Interactions
Comparing Live, Video, and Phone Interviews
Computational Studies of Rubisco
Confronting Systemic Barriers to Solar Adoption
Control of Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR) and Interface Development in Cementitious Composites
Correclations of Eigenchannels in Random Media
Crosstalk Reduction Methods in Flyover Cable Systems
Cyclic Dynamics of a Ricardo Hydra Cylinder Research Engine
Demonstrating Utility of Spike-Timing Dependent Plasticity Reinforcement Learning via Meta-Optimization
Desiccation and Radiation Tolerance of Halomonas sp. #7
Design of DNA Nanostructure-Based Targeted Drug Delevery for Cancer Therapy
Detection of Cracking in FRP-Strengthened Concrete Structures
Determination of the Role of the Iqg1 C-Terminus in the Cytokinesis of Yeast Cells
Effect of Nanodiamonds on Transepithelial Permeability of Tiopronin
Effective Teaching of Gendered Workplace Inequality: Development and Evaluation of WAGES-Classroom
Effects of Mutant Dbf2 Alleles on Cytokinesis
Effects of Nanodiamond of the Activity of Tiopronin
Enhancement of Performance of Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells
Evaluating Ant Community Responses to Agroforestry in Malaysian Borneo
Evaluation of Nuclear-Spin Relaxation in Strongly Coupled two-and three-Spin Systems
Evoking Physiological Responses in Musical Aesthetic Judgements
Failure Modeling in Embedded Systems
Female Roles of the Indigenous Cultures of Guatemala, Peru, and Bolivia
Fractional Random Walk Approach to Serotonergic Fibers
Fractional Random Walks in Confined Geometries
Gender Related Differences in Autobiographical Memory
Geochemical Analysis of Avon Diatreme Olivines & Pyroxenes
Heavy Metal Extraction from Industrial Waste Water
Hind Gut Cells of Metamorphic vs Incomplete Metamorphic Insects
Hydrolysis of Lactose into Galactose over 3D-printed Lactase
Identification and Quantification of UBB+1
Improving Readability of Bar Charts
Incorporation of Micromachining into the Laser-Foil-Printing Additive Manufacturing
Increasing Basecalling Accuracy for Oxford Nanopore Sequencing
Industrial Wastewater Treatment of Heavy Metals
Intraspecific Variation of Tolerance and Physiological Response t Metal/Metalloid Stress in Populus Deltoids
Investigating Differences Between the Experience of Live and Recorded Musical Concerts
Investigating Laminated Sediment Cores from Guatemala
Investigating Metals to Improve Ore Exploration Tools
Investigating Pteridines as Biomarkers of Progressive Breast Cancer
Investigating the Association Between Musical Anhedonia and Music-Evoked Autobic.
Investigating the Effects of Concussion in College Athletes
Investigating the Origins of Rocks in Layered Mafic Complexes
Investigation of Individual Phonon-Phonon Processes
Investigation to Uprate Power fo the MS&T Research Reactor
Isolation and Purification of Alpha Crystallins
Maximum Muscle Usage and Effciency in Exercises using sEMG Wearable Sensors
Mechanical Testing of Composite Materials
Method Development for Nanova Portable GC
Modeling Analog and Self-report Risk and Protective Factors for Alcohol Use
Modeling the Magnetic Properties of Iron-Based Superconductors
Modelling  and Experimental Design of a High Resolution Semiconductor Gamma Camera for Emission…
Modulation of Nozzle for 3D Printing Reinforced Concrete
Mxenes: Interactions of Ti-Based Mxenes in Organic Solvents
NMR Spectroscopy for the Assessment of Polymer Chain Hydration and Mechanical Rheology
Numerical Methods for Completely Integrable PDE Models
Optical Oxygen Sensor to Monitor Packaged Food Quality
Optimal Measurement Of Velocity of Detonation for Packaged Explosives
Optimization of Cyclic photo-CIDNP Reaction for NMR pH Measurements
PCL Integrated LPS Binding Membrane
Physiological Biomarkers of Sleep Deprivation
Phytoremeditation of Landfill Leachate
Piezoelectric Rotary Energy Harvester Prototyping and Characterization
Plant Phenotyping System of Measuring Seeding Root Force
Polar Order in Crystalline Organic Molecular Materials
Policy Assessment and Analysis of the Waters of the US 'WOTUS' Proposed Rule
PolyBall - A New Adsorbent for Endotoxin Removal from Biopharmaceuticals
Polymer Drug Conjugates (NASA Project)
Post-Fire Ant Successional Pattern
Railroad Line Vibration Comparision: Explosives vs. Trains
Reaction Kinetics of Belousov-Zhabotinsky Oscillating Reactions
Recycling Waste Latex Paint into Concrete
Responsible Conduct of Research: Chemistry Publication Ethics
Role of Ga Addition in Defect Formation, Structure Dynamics and Electronic Properties of Amorphous…
Rubisco-Inspired Biomimetic CO2 Sequestration From Air Via Modified Amino Acids
Self-Assembly of Two Dimensional DNA Arrays
Shear-Wave Splitting Analyis of Yellow Knife, Canada
Skin Cancer Research - Cancer Detection from Images
Solvent Based 3D Printing of Biopolymer/Bioactive Glass Composite and Hydrogel
Spin Coating Semiconductors for Photovoltaics
Starvation Response in Drosophila Melanogaster and its Effect on Cognitive Abilities as Compared to Sleep…
Statistical Modeling  of Sleep and Wake Bout Durations in the Fruit Fly
Stormwater Pollutants and Remediation in Rolla Ponds
Strain Gauge to Determine Unsprung Force
Study the Effects of Pharmaceutical Protein Types on Endotoxin Removal
Subcutaneous Glucose Sensing with a Hypodermic Optical Micro-Needle
Surface Water Quality Throughout Missouri
Synthesis of Monolithic Porous Carbon Aerogels Without Use of Supercritical Fluid Drying from Polmer…
Synthesis of Potential Cathode Materials in Vandium Phosphite Family for Li-lon Batteries
The Effect of IQG1 
Tracking Mass Ideological Shifts Through IMDb's Top 250
Translating the Encyclopedie
Uncoiling a Hoop Snake: The Potential Origins of a "Fearsome Critter"
Understanding Flow Experience in Software Development at Workplace
Use of Pulse Width Modulation for Regulating Fuel Pressure on FSAE Car
Using IQG1 Mutants to Investigate Dephosphorylation During Cytokinesis
Verbalized Agression & Video Games
Wavelet Analysis of 1D and 2D Signals for Feature Extraction
Wet Sump Oil System
WIMP-AVR: A Schematic Capture Design and FPGA Emulation
Zero Cement Binders for more Environmental Friendly Concrete