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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
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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 NameStress and Cancer: The Paradoxical Effect of Chemotherapy to Exacerbate Breast Cancer Metastasis
General Field of StudyMolecular Biology
Faculty Member LeadTsonwin Hai, Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology, College of Medicine
Project Description
Current research in the lab investigates how stress affects breast cancer metastasis. An emerging picture in cancer biology is that chemotherapy can paradoxically exacerbate cancer metastasis. The lab is dissecting the molecular mechanisms behind this intriguing but devastating effect of chemotherapy. The main hypothesis is that chemotherapy brings about this effect via inducting stress response and modulating immune system.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to investigate the molecular bases of diseases using a variety of techniques including molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, and imaging tools. The model systems include transgenic mice and tissue culture cells. The relevance of the findings from mouse models will be tested using clinical samples from patients.
Position Description
Students will carry out routine jobs in the lab and will be trained to perform experiments on their own. The expectation is that the students will learn the basics of scientific research and will present in lab meetings. Students will have a chance to present their work as posters and become a co-author in papers. Techniques include mouse work, cell culture work, immunostaining, and RT-PCR. Previous experience is helpful but not required.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Candidates are expected to be self-motivated, driven, responsible, reliable, hard-working, curios, attention to details, with logical mind, and ability to learn.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Students at sophomore or junior year, exceptional freshman will be considered.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
MG, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biology, and other biology-related majors.
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
10 hours a week
Which semester would the student begin their work?
This semester
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingDepending on the performance, minimal 1 semester; preferably multiple semesters until graduation
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Volunteers in the beginning. Depending on the performance, will have the opportunity to apply for Fellowship, Scholarship, or Work-Study. Maybe considered as Undergraduate Research Assistant with hourly pay.
End Date11/30/2018
How/who should interested students contact?Tsonwin Hai, at tsonwin.hai@osumc.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Curriculum Vitae, with at least 3 references; indicate courses taken and GPAs
Personal Statement (no more than half page)
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
More information about the lab research can be found in the following links:
1. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-08-chemo-drug-cancer-breast-lungs.html (OSU News Release for the paper http://www.pnas.org/content/114/34/E7159.long)
2. http://cdmrp.army.mil/bcrp/research_highlights/18tsonwin_hai_highlight (highlight at the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, CDMRP)
 
Project NameThe Attention, Behavior, Language, and Executive Functioning (ABLE) Project
General Field of StudyOtolaryngology; Speech and Hearing; Psychology
Faculty Member LeadDr. Irina Castellanos , The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Project Description
The Psychosocial Cognitive Lab is part of the Buckeye Center for Hearing and Development at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Under the direction of Dr. Irina Castellanos, the Psychosocial Cognitive Lab investigates cognitive development in infants, children, and adolescents following pediatric hearing loss and subsequent cochlear implantation. Our team seeks to understand the dynamic interplay between the brain, body, and environment, and focuses on three areas of research involving the development of: (1) emotional and behavioral regulation, (2) conceptual thinking and reasoning, and (3) embodied visual attention during early language learning. Research questions are addressed using questionnaire and performance-based assessments of cognition, and include the use of eyetracking technology.
Position Description
Students will be expected to engage in research-related work while in the lab. Tasks include completing assigned trainings and observations, data collection with participants and/or transfer of participant files to the server; lab meetings; data blitzes and practice talks by team members; scientific reading and writing related to ongoing lab projects; prepping of posters, manuscripts, and/or other dissemination activities, community engagement, or outreach events.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:It would be preferred that students are familiar with excel and are comfortable communicating with families via email, phone, and in-person.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
second and third year undergraduate students are preferred, but all ranks will be considered through our application process
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
psychology, neuroscience, speech and hearing science, and pre-med
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
at least 8 hours per week
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Spring 2019
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingno less than 2 semesters
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?The first semester in our lab is completed on volunteer-status, but after this academic credit is an option. Additionally, thesis credit is an option for students who are interested in writing an undergraduate research thesis.
End Date12/8/2018
How/who should interested students contact?Students should contact Natalie Safdar, BA, Graduate Research Assistant via email at Natalie.Safdar@osumc.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Students should follow the link below and provide the information that is prompted:
https://u.osu.edu/cognitivelab/for-students/
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
Students should visit our website for more information. Here, students will find a "students" tab at the top of the webpage. This tab is where our continuously active application window is. Students should apply here and provide the prompted information. This will be sent directly to us, so we can be in contact as soon as possible.
 
Project NameInteractive Map of Ohio's 88 Counties
General Field of StudyArchives, fieldwork
Faculty Member LeadAmy Shuman, English
Project Description
The goal of this project is to produce an interactive map of Ohio's 88 counties using materials from the Student Ethnographic Papers Collection at the Folklore Archives at the Center for Folklore Studies. This map will be displayed as part of the 150th anniversary of the University. The student who works on this project will search the SEP database to locate potential projects and content to use to populate the interactive map.
Position Description
The student will obtain a copy of the Student Ethnographic Papers Collection and use the search function to locate projects from Ohio's 88 counties. Following identification of potential projects, the student will review the projects for potential content to include in the interactive map. Finally, the student will provide recommendations for the faculty advisor to review for the final project.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Ability to use the search function in Excel. Ability to use critical thinking skills to review potential projects and produce a final report with recommendations.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Any rank may apply
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Amy major may apply
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
5hrs/wk
Which semester would the student begin their work?
spring 2019
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting3 semesters
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?work-study experience or voluntary experience. Academic credit may be available upon request.
End Date1/1/2019
How/who should interested students contact?Cassie Patterson at patterson.493@osu.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Interested students should provide their major, rank, and short description about why they are interested in working on this project.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
no