New cohort of undergraduate scholars embark on year of research

June 25, 2024
The Hui Scholars cohort pose for a group photo.
The 2024-25 Hui Scholars.

For young adults interested in science, an undergraduate research project is a formative experience. It introduces them to the enthralling world of problem solving and can illuminate pathways into fulfilling careers. At the University of Oregon, twelve undergraduate science majors are in the midst of their year of research in the Hui Undergraduate Research Scholars (HURS) program and diving deep into subjects ranging from the neurophysiology of stress reduction to the development of a novel biomaterials platform to treat osteoarthritis.

The HURS program supports students from backgrounds that have been historically marginalized in STEM by providing them with a $15,000 fellowship award and cohort-based professional development activities focused on science communication and career preparation.

Profile phot of Karla Barajas.
Reflecting on my values as someone from an underrepresented community, I recognize the importance of breaking down barriers. These high-impact opportunities make a big difference in the professional and academic development of underrepresented students at the University of Oregon. This program not only fosters inclusivity in higher education, but also creates a sense of belonging for students like me.
Karla Barajas, human physiology, Motor Skill Lab

The HURS program is made possible through the generous support of University of Oregon alumni, Tom and Cathy Hui.

“I know it sounds cliché, but it really does take a village to develop and support opportunities like this,” says Karl Reasoner, senior program manager of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and director of HURS. “This opportunity wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated alumni, engaged faculty, and the collective effort of senior leadership across the university to make this a priority.”

The fellowship program culminates with a presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring of 2025. 

Learn more about the 2024-2025 cohort below:

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Abiel Locke

Evidence of Inverse Care Law: Rates of depression diagnosis and symptom-based depression are differentially associated with socioeconomic status in the Study of global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)

Mentor: Josh Snodgrass    

Lab: Global Health Biomarker Lab


Ashish Sathya

Political beliefs and concept learning

Mentor: Dasa Zeithamova Demircan

Lab: Brain and Memory Lab

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Charlotte Olds

Context-dependent organization of memories

Mentor: Lindsay Rait     

Lab: Kuhl Lab


Emily Sverdrup

Development of a novel biomaterial platform for the sustained delivery of an inflammation-resolving therapeutic to treat osteoarthritis

Mentor: Nicholas Pancheri     

Lab: Willett Lab

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Julia Woolf

Large-scale screen investigating genes required for propagation of the [BIG+] prion

Mentor: Abigail Loftus

Lab: Garcia Lab


Karla Barajas

Multimodal cueing for planning and execution of reach movements

Mentor: Nicholas Kreter     

Lab: Motor Skill Lab

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Mason Brown

Muscle cell stretch during dissection can be used to predict fiber type in human tissue

Mentor: Austin Ricci     

Lab: Muscle Cellular Biology Lab


Megan Adamec

Capacitive impedance sensors for monitoring bone integration

Mentor: Salil Karipott      

Lab: Ong Lab

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Sebastian Ibanez Sanhueza

Noninvasive biomarker for long COVID

Mentor: Elizabeth (Birdie) Shirtcliff     

Lab: Stress Physiology Investigative Team


Sera Lew

Possible benefits of maternal thiamine supplementation for mother-infant joint attention in Cambodia

Mentor: Dare Baldwin    

Lab: Acquiring Minds Lab

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Silkie Melloul

Machine learning in the experimental process

Mentor: Benjamín Alemán      

Lab: Alemán Lab


Tommy Monkarsh

Neurophysiology of stress reduction

Mentor: Christina Karns     

Lab: Brain Development Lab

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— Karl Reasoner, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation