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Parent Fund

The Parent Fund is sustained by parents and supports student-centered programs and initiatives. The Parent Fund plays an integral role in the University of Utah’s ability to provide students with exceptional opportunities inside and outside the classroom.

The availability of this program and number of scholarships offered may vary from year to year, depending on funding. Each Fall, students in their second semester of UROP or recently completed 2 semesters of UROP are invited to apply for a $1200 scholarship to support a third semester of research with the same faculty mentor during the following Spring semester. (Seniors graduating in the spring semester are also eligible to apply. Please note, priority will be given to students who have completed 2 semesters of UROP). The student and mentor are recognized at the annual Undergraduate Research Awards Ceremony.


  • Successful completion of 2 semesters of UROP or currently in a renewal semester of UROP* or seniors who have applied for spring graduation and are currently working with a faculty mentor on research. (Student must be enrolled during the semester of the scholarship).

  • Deadline to Apply: December 1st.

  • Libby Brooks (Natasha Pavlova) - Nutrient Release of Tumor Stroma is Controlled by Glucocorticoids

    Logan Lancaster (Haohan Zhang) - Using OpenSim to Model, Simulate, and Improve Gait Symmetry in Stroke Survivors

    Carmen Nieznanski (Daniel Leung) - Kinetics of Vibrio Cholerae Antibody Responses among Cholera Patients in Goma, DRC, Frequency Distribution of Cholera Antibody Responses in Females vs Males in Haiti

    Alison Nopper (Andrew Roberts) - Deaminative contraction chemistry for the synthesis of [2.2]paracyclophane and asymmetric derivatives

  • Christian Furness (John Longino) - Seasonal changes in worker fat content of Formica obscuripes, the Western Thatch Ant

    Sonia Osuna (Peter West) - Mitochondrial-Targeted Antioxidant Mitoquinone (MitoQ) and its Effects on Hippocampal CA1 LTP in Kindled Mice

    Adriana Payan-Medina (Ramkiran Gouripeddi) - Association Between Ultrafine Particle Exposure and Type Two Diabetes Mellitus

    Sophie Stephens (Sihem Boudina) - Developing a computational model to explore the relationship between myocardial fibrosis and mitochondrial dysfunction in a mouse model of heart failure

  • Pooja Annigeri (Nitin Phadnis)

    -The identification and characterization of a second autosomal gene that works in association with Overdrive to create hybrid incompatibility within Drosophila pseudoobscura in USA D. pseudoobscura (USA) and Bogota (Bogota) D. pseudoobscura subspecies.

    Abby Citterman (Jake George)

    -Low Frequencies Improve Intensity Discrimination for Electrocutaneous Artificial Sensory Feedback

    Dillon Fehlau (Tao Gao)

    -Study of Magnesium Redox Flow Batteries

    Lauren Hulse (Nitin Phadnis)

    -Identifying and Characterizing the Last Unidentified Incompatibility Gene in D. Pseudoobscura

    Aidan Lethaby(Jacob George)

    -Functional Validation of a Low-Cost Control System for Dexterous Bionic Arms

    Travis Seamons(Tara Deans)

    -Investigation of Mechanisms Behind the QUAS/QF System in Prokaryotes

  • Wonmi Lee (Jules Madga) - Development of a Smart Hydrogel Based Sensor for Monitoring and Preventing Opioid Overdose

    Kaden Rawson (Dustin Williams) - Loading a Novel Anti-biofilm Compound into Polyurethane Foam (PU) For Use in Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT)

  • Rachel Cantrell (Ryan Looper) - Synthesis of Tan1057-D Antibiotic Analog(s)

    Jabob Tadje (Wayne Potts) - Effects of Infection Pooling on Virulence

  • Jazmine Hurley (Prof. Akiko Kamimura) - Evaluation of Intimate Partner Violence Curriculum in Residency Training Programs

  • Christie Morgan (Prof. Lindsay Gezinski) - Is There a Sex Trafficking Problem in Salt Lake County?

    Shaswat Chapagain (Prof. Ravi Ranjan) - Relationship of Catheter Contact Force with Acute and Final Radiofrequency Lesion Size

    Jenny Le (Prof. Pinar Bayrak-Toydemir) - Autism spectrum disorder: The development of a comprehensive approach for the molecular diagnosis of autism

  • Micah Crapo (Prof. Jason Watson) - Honors Thesis: Behavioral transitioning and cognitive controls