|Project Name||Multiple Engineering-Oriented Projects for Research on Traumatic Brain Injury|
|General Field of Study||Neuroscience/Engineering/Psychology|
|Faculty Member Lead||Cole Vonder Haar, Department of Neuroscience|
This project is meant to augment grant-funded research on the causes and treatments of traumatic brain injury. See website listed below for a general overview of the lab themes. Multiple projects are available ranging from mechanical to electrical to biomedical engineering. 1) We are developing a behavior testing device for pigs. This is a touchscreen mounted into a frame. A prototype is ready to go. It needs stress testing and eventual revision (mechanical/physical engineering) as well as software optimization/development (programming) and PCB optimization (electrical engineering). 2) In ongoing research we are testing the efficacy of transcranial direct-current stimulation in rats after TBI. We plan to develop a chronically-implanted electrode to deliver this stimulation during behavioral testing (biomedical engineering). 3) Other projects may become available revolving around designing testing devices for rats based on student interest.
Primary responsibilities of undergraduate students would, depending on the project, include programming, basic welding of metal framing, design/refinement of PCB. If interested, students can be involved in animal behavioral testing as well. Advanced students may develop and present components of larger projects and learn statistical analyses.
|Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:||Should be ready to learn necessary skills and be self-starters. Python knowledge would be useful. Welding, drill press, 3D printing and other basic machine shop skills would be a plus. For project 2, basic electrical knowledge is necessary.|
|What rank of students are encouraged to apply?|
Open rank, but must have sufficient time to devote to laboratory research (i.e., 1+ year left in degree).
|What majors of students are encouraged to apply?|
Engineering and computer science, Neuroscience, Psychology, or related disciplines
|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?|
Summer or Fall 2021
|Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting||Ongoing projects – students should commit to one year, but we have had students do 4 years in the lab before.|
|Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?||Academic credit; volunteer; potential for funding during summers|
|How/who should interested students contact?||Cole Vonder Haar, via email: email@example.com|
|What information should applicants provide?|
Applicants should introduce via email, explain their interest in the topic and provide a CV/resume with any relevant experience.
|Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?|
Applications are rolling – we are looking to recruit 4-8 undergraduates over the next several months. The Vonder Haar lab has just relocated to OSU and will be ramping up operations over the summer and be in full swing by fall. So please apply for summer or fall or both. We have a strong track record of heavy undergraduate in our research: see https://community.wvu.edu/~cmv0003/
for examples of undergraduate publications and posters. New OSU website to be updated soon.