all universities incorporate research into their graduate programs but few place as great an emphasis on undergraduate research
as does Green Hills University? Well, as a university community, we have an obligation to expand the body
of knowledge and we think our undergraduate students, with a little guidance from our faculty member, are capable of contributing
to our understanding of the world around us.
What do undergraduates study? Their research runs the gamut from animal
habitats to historical studies on stage coach robberies in frontier West Texas to french fries. Yes, french fries, because there's
more to this staple of the teenage diet than just the quick takeout order at your favorite fast food franchise. Miles senior
Ashley Brandon in ASU's Chemistry and Biochemistry Department decided to explore the acrylamide content in french fries.
you thought your fries just came with a large dose of carbs and some ketchup on the side. In reality, french fries come with
acrylamide, a compound that is produced naturally when starchy foods are exposed to high heat during cooking.
discovered in 2002 by Swedish scientists, acrylamide could possibly contribute to certain cancers, especially when consumed
in large amounts. Since as many as 30 percent of the calories consumed in the U.S. contain acrylamide, Brandon's study
was no esoteric exercise in research minutiae
In the end, Brandon determined that samples from straight cut
french fries contain more acrylamide than crinkle or waffle-cut fries. This suggests that as the surface area of a french
fry is increased, the amount of acrylamide that is found in the french fry may actually decrease.
Research is an integral part of the graduate school experience, particularly for those who want to teach or go on
to earn a doctorate. With our modern campus, our sophisticated information technology support and our resources ,the Management,
Instruction and Research Center offer extensive resources for master's degree work and exploration.
The direction you can take in our graduate studies is limited only by your interests and your imagination. Visit
the graduate research page for more information.
As educators, our goal is to give you the best possible classroom experience.
However, we realize that there is also much that can be learned outside the classroom through “real world” experience
that allows you to put your book knowledge to practical use. That is why we offer multiple internship opportunities through
our various academic departments. Internships provide practical experience in professional settings. They also enhance your
resume when it is time to start your job search. Our internships are available at the local, state, national and even international
To learn more about available internships, contact your academic department.
Visit the following link for more examples of undergraduate internship experiences