UC students recognized for achievement in undergraduate research

Biochemistry, archaeology and digital humanities among research interests

Each spring, the University of Cincinnati’s Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education honors students in experience-based learning programs.

Two students are being recognized for outstanding achievement in undergraduate research in 2020-21. Their stories help to illustrate why the University of Cincinnati is a top five university for co-ops and internships according to U.S. News Best Colleges rankings.

Vageesha Herath, Biochemistry

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As an undergraduate, Vageesha Herath received funding to conduct her own research. Photo/Provided

Vageesha Herath’s research explores genetic engineering methods in novel groups of electrically active microorganisms. In 2020, the UC Office of Research awarded her funding to conduct a self-designed project on eco-friendly methods for nanoparticle synthesis. When not in the lab, she enjoys encouraging future and current student researchers through UC’s Undergraduate Research Society.

Of her journey so far, Herath says, "My love for biochemistry and microbiology inspired me to pursue undergraduate research as a freshman and has led me down the pathway to becoming a research scientist."

Harrison T. Stanley, Archaeology and Anthropology

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Undergraduate Harrison T. Stanley is helping to develop machine learning applications for digital humanities research. Photo/Provided

Harrison Stanley’s research has included statistical analyses of archaeological site inventories and hunting for micrometeorites relating to Ohio Hopewell and Fort Ancient cultures. He has presented his work at the University of Cincinnati, Johns Hopkins University and the Society for American Archaeology.

Currently, he is working with UC Libraries to develop machine learning applications for digital humanities research. He works with the back-end development team in the role of test user and mock “research client” to help guide the team’s development objectives. He also serves as vice president of UC’s Undergraduate Research Society and is a Phi Delta Theta 2020 Whole Man Scholar. Stanley credits his time at UC with allowing him to “become the greatest version of myself and to excel in a field where I can thrive.” He plans to continue doing research through graduate school and beyond.

About Experience-Based Learning and Career Education

Faculty and staff in Experience-Based Learning and Career Education at the University of Cincinnati facilitate real-world work experiences for students, teach students to prepare for their professional lives, and provide career services to students and alumni. At the same time, we connect employers and external partners with the talent they seek in a variety of arrangements both inside and outside the classroom.

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