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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 office during walk-in hours, Monday-Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm to get started!​​​​​​​​​​​

  
  
  
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?
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What information should applicants provide?
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Project NameHigh School Experiences and the Transition to Adulthood
General Field of StudySociology, Education, Human Development
Faculty Member LeadNico Pinchak, Department of Sociology
Project Description
I have a large amount of SAS code for the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) and the High School and Beyond study (HS&B) that I would like converted to STATA code. Students will be tasked with learning to read SAS code and produce efficient STATA .do files.

The RA will develop valuable, highly employable coding and quantitative research skills as a result of this work. You will be entitled to keep all code you produce upon completion. Those interested in questions related to how adolescent and high school experiences shape adulthood outcomes have the option of pursuing a supervised independent research project (for a thesis, conference presentation(s), publication, etc).
Position Description
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Applicants should be self-motivated, independent learners, adept at using Google to find answers to questions, and have completed SOC 3549 (or comparable course using STATA, SAS, SPSS, or R) with a grade of B- or higher.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Open.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Open.
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
5
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Autumn 2019
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingOne semester, two if expecting to complete a supervised research project.
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Credit if applicable to their degree program. Volunteer if not.
End Date8/1/2019
How/who should interested students contact?pinchak.5@osu.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Resume, an explanation of their experience with writing code and using basic statistical software techniques, and a brief summary of current career/educational goals.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameBlood Stem Cells and Cancers
General Field of StudyCell Engineering and BioEngineering
Faculty Member LeadDhvanit Shah, Ph.D. (Pediatrics)
Project Description
The Shah laboratory provides a dynamic microenvironment that offers excellent opportunities for
intellectual exchange and collaborations among investigators from diverse fields. We investigate
the origin, development, and differentiation of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), and their utility in
treating patients with blood and bone marrow diseases. We have expertise in utilizing zebrafish,
mice, and human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to analyze novel genes and mechanisms
important for blood formation. Our goals are to utilize our knowledge in developing cellular- and
mechanism-based therapies as well as generating functional HSCs for the treatment of
hematological diseases.
Position Description
Undergraduate Research Intern
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Undergraduate
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?
5 hr/wk (academic year); Full-Time (Summer)
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Academic credit and/or Salary/Stipedn
End Date4/8/2019
How/who should interested students contact?dshahlab@gmail.com
What information should applicants provide?
One page resume
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameThe Weapons Effect
General Field of StudyAggression and violence
Faculty Member LeadBrad J. Bushman, School of Communication and Department of Psychology
Project Description
This study creates an image pool of handguns and nonviolent control objects (i.e., hair driers, drills) that look like handguns for future research. No image database exists for studying gun violence and our study will fulfill such needs for academic research.
Position Description
The research assistant will select and edit images of guns, hair driers, and drills. Photoshop will be used to remove the brand from the image, and to edit the images so they match on a number of factors (e.g., luminance, color, position, angle, size).
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Photoshop
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Any
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Any, but I can give research credit in Communication (COMM 4998) and Psychology (PSYCH 4998)
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
Flexible
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Immediately
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting1 month
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Credit or voluntary experience
End Date3/31/2019
How/who should interested students contact?bushman.20@osu.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Photoshop skills
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
No
 
Project NameTradeoffs between pest management and pollinator health in pumpkins
General Field of StudyBiology/Agriculture/Ecology
Faculty Member LeadKaren Goodell EEOB
Project Description
This project investigates interactions between pests, pesticides, and pollinators in pumpkins. Several field experiments will be conducted to investigate how bee pollinators of pumpkin respond to pesticides and to weeds.  For one experiment the undergraduate assistant will conduct field work investigating the potential for facilitation of pollinator visitation to pumpkin flowers by measuring visitation rates to pumpkin flowers in fields with different densities of flowering weeds. Focus will be on bumble bee pollinators, an important unmanaged, native pollinator species of pumpkin.
 For a second project, an undergraduate to assist with collecting honey bees from pumpkin farms before and after spray events. Field work will be conducted in Late June- mid August on farms throughout central Ohio.
Position Description
Both projects involve visits to pumpkin farms to collect bees and foraging data.  The primary field work will be done in Late June through early Auugst, but some lab duties and training will occur in June. Data entry and sample processing will occur in June.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Students should have an interest in ecology, insects, and agriculture.  Some experience with ecological research is a plus.  A car is required to travel to field sites. Funds are available to reimburse mileage.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Any
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Science majors
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
up to 38 hours
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Summer
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting1-2
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?salary and/or credit
End Date3/29/2019
How/who should interested students contact?goodell.18@osu.edu
What information should applicants provide?
CV or resume, course transcript (unofficial is OK), names of 2 people who can provide a reference. Professors are preferred.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
no
 
Project NameDefining the molecular basis underlying epithelial fusion during vertebrate embryonic morphogenesis
General Field of StudyDevelopmental Biology
Faculty Member LeadTJ Plageman
Project Description
Events that shape the embryo during its formation include the morphogenetic movements that direct epithelial sheets to generate its three-dimensional architecture.  In many embryonic structures, epithelia must fuse together to ensure their correct formation and when this does not occur appropriately birth defects can ensue.  Ocular colobomas, exencephaly, spina bifida, and omphalocele can all trace their roots to a failure in epithelial fusion.  The proposed study will focus on the role of a specific cytoskeletal protein during embryonic epithelial fusion called Shroom3.  When this gene is removed from mouse embryos, they develop many birth defects that indicate a failure of epithelial fusion.  The purpose of this project is to test student-developed hypotheses on the function of Shroom3 during epithelial fusion events.  Histological characterization of mutant mouse embryos, fluorescent microscopy, and live imaging equipment are some of the tools available for this project.   
Position Description
NA
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:NA
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Any rank
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Biological sciences/Biomedical engineering
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
40
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Summer 2019
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingMultiple semesters pending probationary period
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?academic credit or paid position
End Date3/29/2019
How/who should interested students contact?plageman.3@osu.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Career aspirations, Resume/CV, evidence of past research experience, times available for interview during  the first week of April, computer programming skills.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
NA
 
Project NameImmunological role of Fc gamma receptors during autoimmunity
General Field of StudyImmunology
Faculty Member LeadLatha P. Ganesan
Project Description
My laboratory is interested in understanding the functions of FcgR expressed in liver and kidney during lupus nephritis. 
Position Description
Dr. Latha P. Ganesan’s laboratory at the Department of Internal Medicine,  Heart and Lung research Institute, The Ohio State University Institute has one part-time job opening for a student interested in Immunology.  The selected student will assist post docs in the laboratory and also take care of mouse colony.  After 6 months of volunteering and learning experience in our laboratory usually students will be assigned to a project 
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Basic microbiology lab experience like Autoclaving, buffer preparation etc.  Previous experience handling mouse is a plus
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Freshman
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Biomedical science and biology majors
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
20
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting6
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?The student will volunteer for the first six months and depending on how they perform they will be paid after 6 months
End Date3/26/2019
How/who should interested students contact?email @ ganesan.13@osu.edu
What information should applicants provide?
CV
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameUndergrad Research Opportunity- Driving Simulation Laboratory
General Field of StudyResearch: Measuring Driver Behavior
Faculty Member LeadOffice of Research, Dr. Jan Weisenberger, Sr. Associate Vice President and Dr. Thomas Kerwin, DSL and Interface Lab Research Scientist 
Project Description
Dr. Jan Weisenberger and Dr. Thomas Kerwin are seeking undergraduate research assistants for a summer position, 20-30 hours per week, for projects underway in the Ohio State University Driving Simulation Laboratory (drivesim.osu.edu).
Position Description
Studies in this lab cover all aspects of driver behavior, with an emphasis on developing and testing the usability of new in-vehicle systems (navigation, entertainment, etc.) to minimize driver distraction and create safer automobiles. The duties include assisting with daily operations of the laboratory, working with study participants, maintaining equipment and software, development of simulation scenarios, and capture and consolidation of research data.  The lab works with both university faculty and industry partners to conduct research.  Opportunities for student-initiated research projects are also available.
 
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed: A minimum 3.0 GPA is required.  Strong candidates will have experience in one or more of the following areas:  computer programming, automotive engineering, 3D computer modeling, psychology, human factors, or behavioral science.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
All ranks, but please no students graduating this Spring Semester.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Strong candidates will have experience in one or more of the following areas:  computer programming, automotive engineering, 3D computer modeling, psychology, human factors, or behavioral science.
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
20-30 hours per week
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Summer 2019
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingThere is opportunity for continuation past Summer 2019
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Depending on the candidates qualifications and experience level, then the hourly wage offered could range between $10-$12 per hour.
End Date4/14/2019
How/who should interested students contact?Provide your weekly work availability schedule and a resume to Cam Wrabel, at email: wrabel.3@osu.edu. Please note that we are hiring for student employees that are not graduating this semester.
What information should applicants provide?
rovide your weekly work availability schedule and a resume to Cam Wrabel, at email: wrabel.3@osu.edu. Please note that we are hiring for student employees that are not graduating this semester.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?