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Office of Undergraduate Research News

The Office of Undergraduate Research inspires and supports undergraduates in their efforts to discover, innovate, create, and experience research at UNLV. OUR provides programs for professional development, offers ways to find out more about research on our campus and the community, and connects undergraduates and faculty with resources necessary for successful research experiences. 

Current Undergraduate Research News

Mary Blankenship peers into Scienta
People | September 16, 2021

UNLV undergrad Mary Blankenship blends public policy, science, and economics into a cocktail for successful global change.

Dr. Levent Atici, Editor-in-Chief, Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal sitting at table holding copy of Spectra Magazine.
Campus News | May 20, 2021

"Spectra" will feature work of undergraduate students from wide variety of disciplines.

Campus News | November 12, 2020

The Libraries’ undergraduate peer research coaches explore first-gen issues in a new podcast series.

Dominic A. Armendariz working at his computer.
Research | May 1, 2019

This Research & Creative Honors Program participant looked at learning theories to build a better school design.

Patrick Messimertesting a the strength of a 3d printed piece of material.
Research | May 1, 2019

This Research & Creative Honors Program participant is as curious as he was in the third grade — only now he's an undergraduate researcher.

Sophia Quinton working at her computer.
Research | May 1, 2019

This Research & Creative Honors Program participant found her research mission early in life and has been pursuing it ever since.

Undergraduate Research In The News

Gizmodo
December 18, 2017

I’m not going to tell you what to do with your baby’s placenta after birth. If the doctor lets you have it, and you would like to encapsulate it, sauté it, or even ink it to make placenta prints, that is your decision to make. But you should at least know whether scientists have found any health benefits to consuming it.

medicalresearch.com
December 11, 2017

Over the last several decades, human maternal placentophagy (postpartum ingestion of the placenta by the mother) has emerged as a rare but increasingly popular practice among women in industrialized countries seeking its many purported health benefits.

Study Finds
December 6, 2017

Placenta pills may be all the rage for new mothers in recent years, but their benefits may be more limited than many believe. A new study finds that women who practiced maternal placentophagy didn’t see any notable improvements when it came to their mood, ability to bond with their baby, or fatigue level.

Study Finds
December 6, 2017

Placenta pills may be all the rage for new mothers in recent years, but their benefits may be more limited than many believe. A new study finds that women who practiced maternal placentophagy didn’t see any notable improvements when it came to their mood, ability to bond with their baby, or fatigue level.

N+1
December 6, 2017

A study from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA), the first of its kind, shows that taking placental capsules has little or no effect on postpartum mood, mother-baby bonds or fatigue of the mother. Women and Birth magazine publishes the document.

veb.it
December 6, 2017

As science teaches us, the human placenta is the organ responsible for metabolic exchanges between the mother and the fetus. It consists of a maternal part, or Basal Decidua, which develops from the maternal tissue, and from a fetal part, ie the corion frondosum that develops from the same blastocyst that forms the fetus.

Recent Undergraduate Research Accomplishments

September 29, 2021
Levent Atici (Undergraduate Research,  Anthropology) has co-authored an article entitled “Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene finds from the 2020 sounding excavation at Girmeler, Southwestern Turkey” in the  2021 issue of peer-reviewed European journal Anatolica. The paper sheds new light on the origins and spread of farming economies in the Near...
June 7, 2021
Kaleb Wesolek (Art) has received the Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal Cover Artwork Award and will have his artwork featured on the cover of the July issue of the Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal. Sponsored by the office of undergraduate research, the award is designed to foster student participation in the undergraduate research...
May 19, 2021
The School of Life Sciences and department of psychology were named the office of undergraduate research (OUR) Spring 2021 Champions of Undergraduate Research for their commitment to excellence in research education. The award commends the leadership and faculty of each for their contributions in elevating the role of experiential and discovery...
May 19, 2021
A number of undergraduate students were recognized during the office of undergraduate research (OUR) spring 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium. They include: Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership), who was awarded Best Podium Presentation Award in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Her presentation was Police...
November 24, 2020
The office of undergraduate research (OUR) recently held its Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium and the College of Sciences brought home several honors, including: The School of Life Sciences earned the Champions of Undergraduate Research Award for its commitment to excellence in research education. The school's leadership and faculty...
March 13, 2020
Rafael Oganesyan (Undergraduate Research) and Christian Jensen (Political Science) had an article, "Compelled Voters and Accountability in Australia," published in the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. The authors found that compelled voters are less likely to rely on pocketbook perceptions of the economy when voting for the...