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Research

Undergraduate Research

Western Nevada College is committed to increase student participation in undergraduate research. WNC students have participated in research scholarships and opportunities from organizations such as National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and NSF’s Research and Education Cooperative Occultation Network (RECON).

 

EPSCoR

National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is an undergraduate research opportunity program through the Nevada System of Higher Education. Six WNC students have received EPSCoR scholarships funding research opportunities. These scholarships include, but are not limited to, biology, civil and environmental engineering, climatology, computer science, ecology, economics, education, environmental studies, geography, hydrology, journalism, natural resources and political science.

 

Recon

The Research and Education Cooperative Occultation Network (RECON) is a research project funded by the National Science Foundation to explore the outer solar system. This project supports research conducted at WNC’s Jack C. Davis Observatory to measure the sizes of asteroids in the Kuiper Belt, the solar system extending between the orbit of Neptune and the sun. This opportunity has lead to scholarship and internship opportunities for students and the community.


Faculty Research

Year Title Faculty / Advisor
2018 National Science Foundation RECON Program Dr. Thomas Herring
2017 IDEA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Tony Moschetti
2017 IDEA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Dr. Gary Evett and Holly O'Toole
2017 Nursing Education Dr. Judith Cordia
2015-2017 Augmented Reality Sandbox Dr. Thomas Herring, Dr. Winnie Kortemeier, Dr. Elizabeth Tattersall
2015-2017 Hypersonic Ping Pong Cannon Dr. Thomas Herring, Dr. Elizabeth Tattersall, Dr. Winnie Kortemeier
Asteroid Astrometry Dr. Thomas Herring
Exoplanet Transit Measurements Dr. Thomas Herring
Neutral Hydrogen Radio Astronomy Program Dr. Thomas Herring
Physics Education Dr. Thomas Herring