I-Engage Mentoring Program


Cultivating mentored research experiences.

The I-Engage Mentoring Program brings together graduate and undergraduate students for a summer-long research experience. The program offers doctoral students an opportunity to practice mentorship skills and exposes undergraduates to cutting-edge research in their field. The program is open to students in every discipline at UT Arlington and since it began we have had a very diverse group of research projects. Please feel free to browse the materials below to get a sense of the excellent work that I-Engage participants did during the program! If you are interested in applying for the I-Engage program, then click here to visit our application page.

If you would like more information on the I Engage program then plan on attending one of the information sessions. Click here to register for the upcoming workshops. 


Photo of the 2023 I Engage Cohort

The I-Engage Mentoring Program's 2023 Cohort celebrates their work at the end-of-semester luncheon on August 9, 2023.

I-Engage Mentoring Program Research Experience

As part of the I-Engage Mentoring Program, past participants have created a visual representation of their research experience. See below for some examples of the variety of work done during the I Engage program.

Saurabh Kokane (Ph.D., Experimental Psychology) and Ross Armant (B.S., Biology)

Faculty sponsor: Dr. Linda Perrotti, Department of Psychology

This research team examined the hormonal regulation of the neurobehavioral mechanisms mediating addictive behaviors.

Thomas Firneno (Ph.D., Quantitative Biology) and Alyson Emery (B.S., Biology)

Faculty sponsor: Dr. Matthew Fujita, Department of Biology

This research team spent their summer studying evolutionary theory by analyzing defensive toxin evolution in toad parotoid glands.

Celina Salcido (Ph.D., Experimental Psychology) and Douglas Robinson (B.S., Psychology)

Faculty sponsor: Dr. Perry Fuchs, Department of Psychology

This research team spent their summer investigating the behavioral response to pain.

Gensheng Zhang (Ph.D., Computer Science Engineering) and Josue Caraballo (B.S., Computer Science Engineering)

Faculty sponsor: Dr. Chengkai Li, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

This research team spent their summer working on determining the relationship between political claim-types and fact-checking their worthiness/truthfulness.

Garrett Hellinghausen (Ph.D., Chemistry) and Kate Nguyen (B.S., Biology)

Faculty sponsor: Dr. Daniel Armstrong, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

This research team spent their summer working on the operation and application of liquid chromatography for the separation of chiral compounds.

Adriana Paola Sotelo (Ph.D., Chemistry) and Melissa Orr (B.S., Chemistry)

Faculty sponsor: Dr. Robin Macaluso, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

This research team spent their summer working on developing new classes of inorganic pigments that are non-toxic and environmentally more compatible than current inorganic pigments.

Oguz Yetkin (Ph.D., Bioengineering) and Dinithi Silva (B.S., Electrical Engineering)

Faculty sponsor: Dr. Dan Popa, Department of Electrical Engineering

This research team spent their summer working on a fingernail sensor with direct applications to prosthetic device control and wearable computing.

James McQuillan (Ph.D., Quantitative Biology) and Trung Nguyen (B.S., Biology)

Faculty sponsor: Dr. Matthew K. Fujita, Department of Biology

These researchers utilized next generation genomic techniques to examine the impact of paleoclimactic events.

Rod Sachs (Ph.D., English) and Garrett Fox (B.A., Political Science)

Faculty sponsor: Dr. Kevin Gustafson, Department of English

This interdisciplinary research project involved travel to Amsterdam, Berlin, and Copenhagen to document conversations and conduct interviews about the immigrant experience in these locations.

Demetria Henderson (Ph.D., Management) and Evadean Grant (Minor, Business Administration)

Faculty sponsor: Dr. Wendy J. Casper, Department of Management

This team spent the summer conducting research on the influence of social class in the workplace selection process.

Are you interested in the I-Engage program?

Visit the I-Engage application page to learn more about how to apply for this year's cohort.