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Department of Earth Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hsiang-te Kung

Faculty Mentor's Department: Department of Earth Sciences, Confucius Institute, Asian Studies and International Trade Program

Telephone Number and/or E-mail: 678-4538; hkung@memphis.edu

Project Description: Environmental Hazards and Justice; Water Resources (Flood and Drought, Water Supply); Chinese Culture/ Economic Growth and Environmental Impact.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Any honors students who have interest in these areas

Starting Date: At Student's Conveniece

Method of Compensation ( Volunteer, Academic Credit, or Stipend): Open

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Mickelson

Faculty Mentor's Department: Dept. of Earth Sciences

Telephone/E-mail: 678-4505/amicklsn@memphis.edu

Project Description: Students can participate in archaeological fieldwork and/or laboratory research and processing of archaeological samples and artifacts.  Research is currently being conducted at several prehistoric Indian sites within western Tennessee.  Transport to sites is provided and we return to Memphis at the end of each day.  Fieldwork requires the physical ability to walk long distances and carry heavy loads at times.  Sorry, special needs students cannot be accommodated in the field, but options exist in the lab on a case by case basis.

Requirements: Students must have taken at least one introductory course in Anthropology (preferably ANTH1100) or in Earth Sciences (ESCI 1103 or ESCI 2301 or ESCI 4352 or ESCI 4325)

Starting Date – open, dependent on level of degree of participation by student

Method of Compensation:  Volunteer, Academic Credit, or Stipend – volunteer or Academic Credit through honors projects or independent study on a case by case basis

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Esra Ozdenerol

Faculty Mentor's Department: Earth Sciences

E-mail: eozdenrl@memphis.edu

Phone: 678-2787

Project Description: 1) West Nile Virus in Shelby County: I use GIS and Remote sensing techniques to explore the mosquito habitats and clustering analysis where the infected mosquitoes are and the effected human cases. I am working with the Shelby County Health Department on developing a model to lower the amount of cases in our county and explore ways how to do better intervention. 2) Low birth weight and infant mortality: Birth and death records from the Tennessee Department of Health are obtained. I am applying clustering analysis techniques to find out where the most vulnerable places are in Shelby County.

Requirements: Computer knowledge. GIS techniques a plus, but not required. I also prefer web and programming skills, if any.

Starting Date: At student's convenience.

Compensation: Right now, I do not have funding, but it is on its way. So I can say voluntary—soon to be funded.

Faculty Mentor: Ricardo Taborda

Faculty Mentor's Department: Civil Engineering, and Center for Earthquake Research and Information

Telephone Number and/or E-mail Address: 

901-678-1527 ricardo.taborda@memphis.edu

Project Description: Our research group focuses on earthquake simulations and the prediction of earthquake effects. Research tasks for an undergraduate student in our group will concentrate on helping develop computer tools to analyze results from simulations and to compare simulation results with recorded data. In particular, we have several ongoing projects that require the development of software to process results. We would like these tools to be developed in Python. Therefore, we are looking for bright enthusiastic minds willing to apply (and learn) programming skills to scientific research.  Support for interested undergraduate students could extend beyond the Summer Honors program if the student demonstrate abilities that are worth keeping in our group.

Requirements for Student Applicants:

In general, this project requires having good programming skills. Preference will be give to someone with knowledge in Python, but we will consider someone who can learn Python rapidly. We assume that if the student is already enrolled in the Honors program, good academic record is understood as by default.

Start Date: Anytime

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