Spotlight on Faculty

Drs. Alison Oates and Joel Lanovaz

Meet the faculty members and supervisors across disciplines who make research possible for undergraduate students. Get their persepective on why undergraduate research matters to them and what they're doing to promote it.

Over the years, College of Kinesiology professors Dr. Alison Oates and Dr. Joel Lanovaz have seen and appreciated the value of undergraduates in research. As co-directors of the Biomechanics of Balance and Movement Lab, Oates and Lanovaz are constantly working, interacting with and mentoring the undergraduate students on their projects. Every year, the lab becomes a research home for as many as six students whose tasks range from running the experiments, collecting and processing the data, and even interpreting and disseminating the results. Read more.

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Past Stories

Dr. Xulin Guo: In 2016, U of S Geography and Planning professor, Dr. Xulin Guo, adopted a First Year Research Experience (FYRE) into her class, Geography 120: Introduction to Global Environmental Systems. Although hesitant to introduce research to relatively inexperienced students, Guo has since transformed her teaching practices to reflect the necessity of young scholars taking ownership of their classroom experience. Read more