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Incentive Programme for Undergraduate Research Excellence in Science


Abstract

The proposal is intended to enhance the quality of undergraduate education of science students by providing the students with opportunities and support to participate in advanced research project; and to identify outstanding science students early on, provide them with close supervision and, by way of their successful research participation, encourage them to consider advanced studies in science. The Faculty of Science believed the programme can enhance the image of The University of Hong Kong as a top-rated research university, and can potentially become the provenance of a university-level center for undergraduate research.

The programme had been identified as one of the key areas of development in the Faculty Development Plan 2006-09.

Principal Investigator

Professor L.S. Chan, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of ScienceContact

Project level

Faculty-level project

Project Completion

September 2008

Deliverables

1. The TDG projects served as a pilot programme on promotion of undergraduate research in science. The programme is now run annually.

2. Supported by the grant, the faculty instigated the programme nicknamed I-PURES (Incentive Programme for Undergraduate Research Excellence in Science).  For the year 2007, a total of 22 undergraduates were supported by IPURES.

3. Undergraduate research has been designated one of the acceptable forms of experiential learning in science:

List of project titles

No. Programme Project Title

1

Animal and Plant Biotechnology

Effect of AA and EPA on gene expression of human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line PLC

2

Mathematics

Difference Sets and Geometry

3

Statistics & Actuarial Science

Markov Queuing Models with Batch Service

4

Animal and Plant Biotechnology

Comparison of ligand specificity between receptors for zebrafish glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide goldfish, glucagon-like peptide 1 and goldfish glucagon

5

Environmental Life Science

Inhibition of bacteria on nano-coated surfaces

6

Earth Sciences

Geological Field Study of Lai Chi Chong

7

Animal and Plant Biotechnology

Transcriptional Regulation of the Human Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 Gene

8

Biochemistry

Inhibition mechanism of thioredoxin reductase by NADPH

9

Mathematics

Disjoint Congruence Classes Conjecture

10

Earth Sciences

Detrital provenance of Songpag-Ganzi Triassic sedimentary record

11

Environmental Life Science

Avoiding Sunburn: Why do Sea Urchins Wear Hats?

12

Environmental Life Science

Proteomics Profile of Biodegradation of Dimethyl Phthalate Isomers

13

Ecology and Biodiversity

The relationship between DNA damage and imposex level in neogastropods along a pollution gradient

14

Statistics & Actuarial Science

Ruin Probability Approximation by Moment Fitting

15

Earth Sciences

Evaluating field-scale shear strength behavior of rock joints

16

Environmental Life Science

Ecology of Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko)

17

Earth Sciences

Osmoregulation of Stomatopods from Hong Kong Waters

18

Biology

Genetic Variation of NA and HA of influenza Virus under Repeated  Co-infection with Newcastle Disease Virus

19

Chemistry

Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Lithium Receptors

20

Statistics & Actuarial Science

Using Technical Analysis to Test Weak-From Market Efficiency of China B Share Stock Market

21

Mathematics,
Economics and Finance

Analysis of Derivative Security Pricing

22

Mathematics

Quadratic Extensions of Cyclic Project Planes

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