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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

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.

Karsyn Wilson sitting on stage in an empty theater.
Research | May 1, 2019

Through interviews and writing, this Research & Creative Honors Program participant discovered how storytelling empowers marginalized groups.

Kayce Singer working in a science lab.
Research | May 1, 2019

Hands-on experience to complement classroom learning helped this Research & Creative Honors Program participant understand — and love — biology even more.

Christen Lena Gomez working at her computer.
Research | May 1, 2019

This Research & Creative Honors Program participant makes educating children about the diversity within the Latino community fun.

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

February 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services...
December 4, 2017
Daniel Benyshek (Anthropology) and Sharon Young (Anthropology and Undergraduate Research) and colleagues published the first clinical trial exploring the effects of human maternal placentophagy, the practice of eating one's placenta after giving birth. The study, which was published online in the journal Women and Birth Nov. 23, was covered in...
August 14, 2017
Rochelle Hines and Dustin Hines (both Psychology) were awarded the office of undergraduate research (OUR) Director’s Faculty Research Mentor Award at the recent OUR summer undergraduate research symposium. This award recognizes the outstanding contribution of UNLV faculty members in support of undergraduate research and professional development.
June 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the office of undergraduate research's summer undergraduate research funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by...