Kyley Burkey (pictured above) is a sophomore from Lincoln, Nebraska majoring in chemical engineering. She was recently awarded a Spring 2019 Undergraduate Research Award. The title of her proposed research project is “Modulating Surface Properties of Naturally Derived Hydrogel Using a Pro-angiogenic Peptide.” Her faculty mentor for this research is Arghya Paul, assistant professor of chemical & petroleum engineering and director of the BioIntel Research Group.
13 KU students received an Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs). Recipients are awarded a $1,000 scholarship as they work on mentored research and creative projects. Students apply for UGRAs by writing a four-page research proposal under the guidance of a mentor. Faculty reviewers evaluate the applications based on the merit of the applicant's proposal, the applicant's academic record and a recommendation from the mentor.
“We are pleased to be able to support these students as they expand their learning beyond the classroom to engage one-on-one with faculty on creative and research projects,” said Alison Olcott, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and associate professor of geology. “This experiential learning experience will allow students to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world problems, which will not only help them succeed at KU but will also help prepare them for what comes next.”
To read a list of all the spring awardees, click here.
Congratulations, Kyley, and good luck with your research!