Looking for dietary changes that might provide answers to declining Vaux’s Swift populations, Animal Biology major James Pomfret spent six months collecting and examining samples of bird poop from a chimney roost.
Tamara Bandet, a Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology major, is testing the susceptibility of a pathogenic bacteria that causes respiratory tract infections to the antibiotics that are commonly prescribed. “I like that research is always a surprise.”
These undergraduate researchers have investigated such diverse topics as mollusk colouration, bluebird parenting, and tour operators, but share a passion for research and the drive to ask, why. Read the UREAP Q & A’s.
Fourth year Physics student Paige Hegadoren’s UREAP project identified factors that affect the ability of infrared thermography to detect fevers in cattle. Her research was one of only three student presentations selected for the 3rd International Beef and Cattle Welfare Symposium in Saskatoon.
Finance and Economics major Steven Holm (BBA Honours 2012) surveyed 600 students to find out if student achievement is affected by the way students pay for tuition, whether they work, receive scholarships, bursaries, or help from family, or get student loans.
TRU Bachelor of Science student Rolena DeBruyn is studying the colouration of hard bodied invertebrates such as snails, crabs, barnacles, and mussels as they grow to determine whether there are trends at specific body weights.