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Below is a list of open undergraduate research opportunities. Please be aware that these are not the only available positions for undergraduates to get involved in research at Ohio State. Typically, students seek their position out by following the "3 Steps to Getting Involved." The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry is here to help students through this process; please visit our homepage to schedule an advising appointment with a staff member! 

  
  
  
Project Description
Position Description
  
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
Which semester would the student begin their work?
  
  
  
  
What information should applicants provide?
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
Project NameLanguage and Public Support for Democracy
General Field of StudyLinguistics, Political Science, Psychology
Faculty Member LeadJason Coronel, School of Communication
Project Description
Public support is crucial for the health and survival of democracy. The goal of this project is to examine the role of language -- delivered via political speeches and ballot measures -- in influencing an individual's level of support for democracy.

Position Description
Research assistants will learn message design, experimental methods, facial expression analysis, and eye-tracking methods. See the lab's website: https://www.commcogsystems.com/
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:A background or major in linguistics and a 3.5 or above GPA is required.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
A background or major in linguistics and a 3.5 or above GPA is required.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Linguistics
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
10
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Fall 2021
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingTwo Semesters
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience? voluntary experience, academic credit
End Date2/28/2021
How/who should interested students contact?Please email Professor Coronel at coronel.4@osu.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Please include a cv with your email.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NamePrevention of OUD: The HOME (Housing, Opportunities, Motivation and Engagement) Randomized Trial
General Field of Study
Faculty Member LeadNatasha Slesnick, EHE
Project Description
The HOME (Housing, Opportunities, Motivation and Engagement) Randomized Trial is a two phase, five year research project funded by the National Institute on  Drug Abuse (NIDA).  Phase I of this study will test a Housing First intervention linked with opioid and related risk prevention services with youth ages 18-24 years old engaged from service and non-service settings to determine its initial efficacy, feasibility and acceptability, and to refine the housing strategy, as needed, for Phase II.  Phase I will include 21 youth assessed at baseline, 3 and 6 months.  Phase II of this study will compare opioid use/OUD outcomes for youth randomly assigned to receive (a) 6 months of housing + opioid and related risk prevention services or (b) opioid and related risk prevention services alone.  Opioid and related risk prevention services for both phases include Motivational Interviewing and Strengths-Based Outreach and Advocacy (MI-SBOA) with up to 24 strengths-based advocacy sessions and HIV prevention sessions. In order to examine the endurance of intervention effects, Phase II will assess youth at baseline 3, 6, 9 and 12 months.
Position Description
The Research Assistant (RA) plays a key role in tracking youth involved in research projects via email, phone, home visits, text and social media, and maintains a contact database for the purpose of implementing follow-up assessments. The Assistant supports research activities and data collection through the administration of research project assessments, tests, and/or questionnaires.

A significant duty of this role is to track down homeless youth in the research project.  This will involve travel, as well visiting friends and family members who know the youth to help locate them.

The Research Assistant will conduct follow-up assessments and home visits with youth participating in research studies. The RA will complete surveys of youth in a variety of locations including homeless camps, soup kitchens, sandwich lines, libraries and other locations where homeless youth congregate.  The RA supports youth with the process of identifying services agencies, helping find and obtain housing, and may conduct case management with youth, linking them to needed services.
 
Finally, the RA ensures accurate inventory and maintenance of office supplies as well as additional administrative tasks as assigned. This position requires the successful completion of a background check including BCI/I and FBI fingerprinting background checks.  Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and insurance required.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Strong communication skills, ability to work independently, reliable transportation with clean driving record required.  Experience working with those experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction and young adults is strongly desired.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Any
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Any
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
15-20 hours a week
Which semester would the student begin their work?
1/21
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting12- 18 months
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?hourly salary
End Date2/28/2021
How/who should interested students contact?Ruri Famelia  famelia.1@osu.edu
What information should applicants provide?
CV and cover letter
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameTransplant Immunology Research Opportunity
General Field of StudyTransplant Immunology
Faculty Member LeadDr. Ginny Bumgardner M.D., Ph.D., Department of Surgery and Comprehensive Transplant Center
Project Description
The Bumgardner Laboratory focuses on the immune responses following cellular and organ transplantation. The general goal of the laboratory is to further understand the mechanisms of transplant rejection (both CD8+ T cell-mediated and antibody-mediated). Blocking these mechanisms may prevent transplant rejection so patients can enjoy longer transplant survival.
Position Description
The Dr. Bumgardner laboratory is seeking students finishing their first or second year and interested in joining the lab for 2-3 years. The option for summer availability is preferred. Previous research experience is preferred but not required (training will be provided). The student will be expected to work with and handle laboratory mice and assist in performing immunological experiments, ELISA, PCR, media preparation, cleaning/autoclaving glassware, and laboratory inventory and maintenance. Opportunities to pursue independent research projects are available.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Previous research experience is preferred but not required (training will be provided).
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Students finishing their first or second year.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Biomedical science, Biology, Biochemistry, Health Sciences, Microbiology, and Molecular Genetics
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
10-15
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Spring (2021)
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting2-3 years
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Academic credit
End Date3/10/2021
How/who should interested students contact?Contact Jason Zimmerer at Jason.Zimmerer@osumc.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Interested students should send a resume and transcript (unofficial accepted). Please also include a brief description of any prior laboratory experience you may have had as well as your career goals.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameThe Adjustment, Behavior, Language and Executive Functioning (ABLE) Project
General Field of StudyPsychology, Speech and Hearing Science, Cognitive Science
Faculty Member LeadIrina Castellanos, Department of Otolaryngology
Project Description
In the ABLE project, we study how preschoolers with and without cochlear implants (CI) learn to self-control social, emotional, and behavioral skills. Additionally, new projects within the lab aim to explore the relationship between stress, language, and executive functioning skills in normal hearing and hearing-impaired preschoolers. See our website for more details: https://u.osu.edu/cognitivelab/ 
Position Description
In order to offer you a full research experience, the ABLE lab asks that you’re involved in a wide range of tasks and activities. The Research Assistant (RA) will code, score, and enter participant data. The RA will take part in weekly team meetings to discuss progress on individual projects and journal articles. And finally, the RA will aid in testing preschoolers. This involves interacting with the child and their family (e.g., obtain informed consent from parents, answer parent questions, playing with the participant’s siblings, etc.). 
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Strong communication skills and a GPA of 3.5 or higher
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Students who are currently finishing his/her freshman year are highly desired. Current sophomores are also encouraged to apply.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Pre-Med, Pre-Therapy and Allied Health majors, Psychology, Neuroscience, Speech and Hearing Science
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
8-10 hours per week
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Summer 2021 if possible or Fall 2021
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingTo be determined by the student and Dr. Castellanos. Typically, our students stay with the lab until he/she graduates.
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Voluntary experience, academic credit if desired.
End Date3/25/2021
How/who should interested students contact?Please email Jessica Lewis (Graduate Research Assistant) at Jessica.Lewis2@osumc.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Current non-official transcript from BuckeyeLink and a resume
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?