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Billie Hufford

Year in School:  Senior
:  Urban Planning
Faculty Mentor
:  Dr. Stephanie Frank, Urban Planning
Ask Billie a question.

Why is undergraduate research important to you?
Being involved in undergraduate research has allowed me to dive deeper into subjects we learn about in my program. The foundation that my research has created will allow me to be prepared for research in both my career and graduate school. I hope to continue my current research after graduating.

How did you first get involved with undergraduate research and/or how did you find your mentor?
When restrictions for traveling to Cuba relaxed, I was excited for the opportunity to go to Cuba and explore the country. I felt it would be valuable to see the country before changes started occurring from the changing relationship with America and also document the changes over the coming years. My mentor, Dr. Stephanie Frank, discussed the opportunities for undergraduate research and how it could apply to my studies in Cuba.

How did you determine what your particular research project would be?
My initial research into Cuba led to a lot of information about their transportation system and how it changed over the last century. I found the topic interesting and planned to further explore the transportation systems. When I arrived in Cuba, I realized the majority of transportation was primarily used for tourists and my research shifted to the built environment.


Dr. Jane Greer
106 Cockefair Hall
Department Contacts
Undergraduate Research Advisory Board
Undergraduate Research is a division of Academic Affairs

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
SUROP Poster Symposium
Miller Nichols Library, First Floor Atrium
Contact Jane Greer for more details.

Thursday, August 31, 2017from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Location TBD
Contact Jane Greer for more details.

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM
Deadline for SEARCH Applications
Please note that the SEARCH application is going online. Students should plan to submit early so that faculty mentors and department chairs have time to provide recommendation letters and necessary signatures.
Contact Jane Greer for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM
Deadline for Nominations for Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol
Contact Jane Greer for more details.

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