Engineering Student Recognized for Research Excellence

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Four University of Iowa undergraduate students were honored for their research promise and two faculty mentors were honored for outstanding mentoring at the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Spring Undergraduate Research Festival Saturday, April 25.

The student awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in scholarly investigation, artistic creation or performance by an undergraduate student in four fields: arts and humanities, mathematics and engineering, natural sciences and social sciences. The selected students are sophomores and juniors who have excelled in their work with faculty mentors. Award winners receive a $1,000 travel allowance to attend a conference in their area of study and a year of research funding for the next academic year.

These students represent the outstanding quality of undergraduate researchers at the UI, said Cohen.

One hundred and four undergraduates working in CLAS, the Carver College of Medicine, the College of Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Education, the Tippie College of Business, the College of Nursing and the College of Public Health presented their research at the festival. In addition to the presentations, outstanding poster awards and participation prizes were awarded. For more information on ICRU, or to view a list of student presenters and poster winners at the festival visit

Ross Johnson earned the Math and Engineering Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. A sophomore majoring in computer engineering, Johnson worked with Karim Abdel-Malek & Timothy Marler in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering. His research project focused on the virtual human posture prediction with applied loads.

The complete press release listing all four winners and faculty mentors can be found at