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Funding Opportunities

Mindlin Foundation Undergraduate Research Awards

The Mindlin Foundation Undergraduate Mentored Research Program is offering research awards to promising undergraduates in the sciences or engineering who are in a mentored research project. Applications are due by November 3, 2017. Learn more about the awards including eligibility and application information.

Spring 2018

$1,000 OURCI Research/Travel Grant applications available. Find more information here.

College of Arts & Sciences Research Awards are available each semester. Find more information here.

OURCI Grant Recipient Spotlight


Brandin Davis is a senior in Physics and a recipient of a summer 2015 OURCI Research Grant Award. Over the summer he worked with a state-of-the-art laser to generate specific pulses of light which were then used across various experiments in the lab. He used the pulses of light to vibrate nanoparticles at a specific nanoparticles resonance frequency, which then generated light of a different wavelength than the laser used. Focusing the light from the sample into a spectrometer, he was able to see the different wavelength components that make up the light, which then allowed him to characterize the nanoparticles based on the type of light produced.

Davis's research has important applications in many different fields including medical imaging. “The nanoparticles we worked with can be made to attach to certain objects of interest in the body and excited by a laser to oscillate making their ligands give off light which could then be detected in an imaging device,” he explained. According to Davis, this technique is advantageous. “It would only take getting the nanoparticles to attach to what needs to be imaged and then exposing it to close to visible length radiation to get a very detailed picture of things going on inside plants, animals, and humans,” he said. 

Davis recognizes that becoming a good researcher takes time and experience. He has found it valuable to obtain research experience as early as possible and is sure it will only help him reach his future aspirations. Davis plans on getting his Ph.D. in laser physics and becoming a university professor in order to teach and continue to do cutting-edge research with lasers.

Davis’ faculty mentor is Dr. Carlos Trallero, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics.