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Research Communities Program

CBASE Research Community Groups

The CBASE Research Communities Program aims to increase the number and quality of undergraduate research experiences available to CSU-Pueblo students. To meet this goal, the CBASE grant has nurtured the formation of three research communities in Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering. Each research community is led by a postdoctoral researcher, and is supported by a team of faculty mentors. Students apply for paid positions within the Research Communities Program as new researchers (Research Interns) or experienced researchers (Research Fellows). Applications to join the Research Communities Program open in October, final selections of the Research Communities cohort are made in December, and the program begins in January.

Meet Our CBASE Postdoctoral Researchers


    Biology Postdoc: Dr. Elizabeth Peterson

    Dr. Elizabeth Peterson

    Dr. Elizabeth Peterson is the postdoctoral researcher for the Biology Community of CBASE. She received her bachelor's degree in 2004 from Ithaca College (Biology Major and Environmental Science Minor) where she began her research career as a behavioral ecologist and conservation biologist. Since then, she was worked in western Africa on two occasions conducting behavioral ecology and conservation research with primates and a zookeeper with rescued chimpanzees. Dr. Peterson earned her Ph.D. in 2016 from the State University of New York-Albany; her dissertation focused on reproductive strategies in response to developmental lead (Pb2+) exposure in a model system, Drosophila. Prior to joining CSU-Pueblo, Dr. Peterson worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Union College studying sexual selection in Drosophila, as well as an instructor at SUNY-Albany. The ultimate goal of her research program is to conduct excellent research in the broader fields of behavioral ecology, environmental biology, and conservation to improve environmental quality and direct conservation efforts for mammalian keystone species (such as prairie dogs) using both field and laboratory approaches.


    Chemistry Postdoc: Dr. Indrani Bhowmick

    Dr. Indrani Bhowmick

    Dr. Indrani Bhowmick born in 1986 in West Bengal, India received her PhD in 2012 on Inorganic magneto-chemistry at University of Bordeaux1 and Center de Recherché Paul Pascal, Bordeaux France. After that she worked as Research Associate for 10 months at Delhi University, India. In 2013, September she Joined the Shores lab, at the Chemistry Department of Colorado State University at Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. She joined as the chemistry community Postdoc CBASE in April 2017. She is an Inorganic and material chemist and her current research interest is finding colorimetric sensors to detect toxic molecules/anions using Coordination Chemistry and hybrid materials. Since 2009 she has published 17 research articles in peer reviewed journals as corresponding or co-authors.


    Engineering Postdoc: Dr. Ha Do

    Dr. Trung Duong

    Dr. Ha Do is currently a CBASE Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Engineering, Colorado State University-Pueblo. From Dec. 2018 to May 2019, Dr. Do worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory for Advanced Sensing, Computation and Control (ASCC Lab), Oklahoma State University. He was in charge of developing robot-integrated smart homes and social robots for elderly care. Dr. Do earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering at Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma, USA in 2018 and 2015, respectively. He received his B.S. degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Vietnam, in 1999.  His research interests include mobile robots, machine learning, human-robot interaction, computer vision, auditory perception, natural language processing, home robots and smart homes for elderly care. Dr. Do has published more than 20 research papers in highly ranked journals (Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Future Generation Computer Systems, IET Intelligent Transport Systems) and international conferences (ICRA, IROS, CASE, CYBER, and ROBIO). He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS). Please visit his website to know more about his research and interests.

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