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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. Trung Duong

    Dr. Trung Duong

    Dr. Trung Duong is currently a CBASE Research Professor at Engineering Department, Colorado State University-Pueblo. From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Duong worked as a Post-doctoral Research and then a Research Faculty at Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey. He was in charge of the robotics team of the Long-Term Bridge Performance program funded by the Federal Highway Administration in U.S. Department of Transportation and the Bridge Resource Program funded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Dr. Duong earned his M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma, USA in 2009 and 2013, respectively. His research interests are mechatronics, robotics, NDE technologies, image processing and computer vision, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Duong has published more than 30 research papers in many high ranking journals and international conferences. He earned the best paper award at an IEEE conference, 2018 (first author) and the best poster presentation award at an NJDOT research showcase, 2015 (co-author). He is a member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), and The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

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