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Ancient Glasses of the Old World

Name (PI): 
Dr. Thomas R Fenn
Department/Organization: 
Department of Anthropology
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

Project: The project is examining ancient glass objects and production debris recovered from ancient archaeological habitation and production sites in various locations of sub-Saharan Africa and India. Tasks: Tasks will include cataloging and photographing objects, data entry, research, sample preparation for various analytical methods (e.g., Electron Microprobe Analysis [EMPA], Scanning Electron Microscopy [SEM], Laser-Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry [LA-ICP-MS], etc.), analyses of those samples, data analysis, writing up results and preparing results for presentation at conferences and for publication. # of Assistants: At this time, only one assistant will be needed.

Ancient Metallurgy of Africa Projects

Name (PI): 
Dr. Thomas R. Fenn
Department/Organization: 
Department of Anthropology
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

Project: The project is examining ancient metal objects and metallurgical debris recovered from ancient archaeological habitation and production sites in various locations of sub-Saharan Africa, including Senegal, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Tasks: Tasks will include cataloging and photographing objects, data entry, research, sample preparation for various analytical methods (e.g., metallography, Electron Microprobe Analysis [EMPA], Scanning Electron Microscopy [SEM], etc.), analyses of those samples, data analysis, writing up results and preparing results for presentation at conferences and for publication. # of Assistants: At this time, only one or two assistants will be needed.

Gas transport in polymer membranes for gas, vapor and liquid separations

Name (PI): 
Michele Galizia
Department/Organization: 
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

The undergraduate student should participate to our research activities on gas, vapor and liquid transport in polymers for membrane applications. Duties include membrane preparation and testing using our facilities. Membrane testing includes the experimental measurement of gas, vapor and liquid solubility, diffusivity and permeability through the membrane materials. Obviously, the experimental data are interpreted and correlated using thermodynamic models. They final goal of our program is developing structure-property correlations that can be used to design materials with pre-assigned and engineered transport properties. Undergraduate students will also participate to data elaboration and will be co-author of the final publication. They will be mentored by the PI and will work with PhD students. Research projects involve collaborations with some prestigious institutions in the US, such as the University of Notre Dame and the Virginia Institute of Technology.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Name (PI): 
Dr. Susan Walden
Department/Organization: 
Office of Undergraduate Research
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

The Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP) is designed for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the OK-LSAMP program began in 1994 when Oklahoma institutions of higher education joined forces to significantly increase the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. Students in the OK-LSAMP program are required to maintain continued full-time enrollment in eligible STEM programs, participate and contribute to OK-LSAMP activities, attend scholar meetings, receive ethics in research training, and participate in research activities 5-10 hours a week under the guidance of a faculty mentor.