Seth Polsley, Ottawa, is a senior in school majoring in computer engineering. Polsley’s project is titled “System for Prediction of User Movement Using EMG Signals.” Polsley’s mentor is James Rowland, electrical engineering and computer science (EECS).
Students apply for the award by writing a four-page research proposal under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This spring’s competition saw a 25 percent increase in the number of applications from the previous spring, making the awards all that much more competitive. Proposals were selected on the merit of the applicant’s proposal, the applicant’s academic record, and the recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with the applicant and the proposed project.
The UGRA program started in 1986 and was run for many years by the University Honors Program. The Center for Undergraduate Research took over this long-standing program after opening in the fall of 2012. The UGRAs are funded by a partnership between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of Research, and the Office of the Provost.
The Center for Undergraduate Research is currently accepting applications from students who will be conducting research in the summer and fall 2014 terms.