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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?
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 Name3D Imaging of the Diseased Human Heart
General Field of StudyHuman Heart Research
Faculty Member LeadVadim Fedorov, Physiology and Cell Biology
Project Description
An Undergraduate research position will be available for a highly motivated young scientist to directly study heart rate disorders in humans by using functional, molecular, and structural 3D mapping techniques in the lab of Dr. Fedorov. This is a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge scientific projects with the OSU Cardiac Team (cardiac surgeons and electrophysiologists, cell biologists, biomedical engineers, etc.) The translational research in Dr. Fedorov’s lab presents the opportunity to enter an operating room in a hospital, receive a human heart, and then conduct research on the human tissue with state-of-the-art equipment.  Opportunities to present research at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum and other poster presentations at annual scientific meetings (such as Heart Rhythm Society and American Heart Association) are possible for qualified and devoted students.
Position Description
The student research will be expected to analyze the electrogram recordings taken from patients with atrial fibrillation to directly impact their care. The student will work closely with a graduate student and present their data at the weekly lab meeting. The student will be expected to be organized and committed for this research.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Preferred but not required: Second or Third year students, students who have completed physiology or anatomy courses, students with prior research experience (even if limited), engineering skills and experience with MATLAB, and a minimum GPA of 3.4.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Rising Sophomore and above.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Pre-medicine and/or students wishing to pursue a PhD in fields related to human physiology.  Majors including: Biomedical Science, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology, Neuroscience, etc.
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
15-25 hours
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Autumn 2018
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingAt least 2 Semesters
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Salary possible, academic credit possible, work-study possible, volunteering possible
End Date9/30/2018
How/who should interested students contact?Brian Hansen (hansen.296@osu.edu)
What information should applicants provide?
Interested Students should send a statement of purpose, a current resume, and their unofficial transcript.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project Name3D Imaging of the Diseased Human Heart
General Field of StudyHuman Heart Research
Faculty Member LeadVadim Fedorov, Physiology and Cell Biology
Project Description
An Undergraduate research position will be available for a highly motivated young scientist to develop novel computational based approaches to study heart rate disorders in humans from state-of-the-art functional, molecular, and structural 3D mapping techniques in the lab of Dr. Fedorov. This is a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge scientific projects with the OSU Cardiac Team for the development of novel diagnostic and treatment approaches. Opportunities to present research at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum and other poster presentations at annual scientific meetings (such as Heart Rhythm Society and American Heart Association) are possible for qualified and devoted students.
Position Description
The student researcher will be expected to work with Dr. Fedorov and a graduate student in the development of novel programs for the analysis of electrogram recordings taken from patients with atrial fibrillation to directly impact their care. The student will work closely with a graduate student and present their data at the weekly lab meeting. The student will be expected to be organized and committed for this research.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Required: Experience and Proficiency with writing and working with MATLAB or Python coding software. Preferred but not required: Students with prior research experience (even if limited), and a minimum GPA of 3.4.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Rising Sophomore and above.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Anyone with coding experience, but may be especially relevant to Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
10-20 hours
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Autumn 2018
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingAt least 2 Semesters
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Salary possible, academic credit possible, work-study possible, volunteering possible
End Date9/30/2018
How/who should interested students contact?Brian Hansen (hansen.296@osu.edu)
What information should applicants provide?
Interested Students should send a statement of purpose, a current resume, and their unofficial transcript.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameBone Regeneration and Surgical Reconstruction
General Field of StudyBone Tissue Engineering and Medical Device Regenerative Medicine
Faculty Member LeadDavid Dean, Ph.D., Department of Plastic Surgery
Project Description
Dr. David Dean is seeking undergraduate researchers to work throughout the academic year, including full time in summer 2019, to assist with tissue engineering and medical device research. Please visit our website, www.osteoengineering.com, to learn more about our research. All of our publications are available from that website. Work is on one of two teams: "Cell Culture and Surgery" or "Medical Device Design, Fabrication, and Validation".

The primary projects in the laboratory involve: (1) stem cell-seeded, 3D printed polymer-based bone tissue engineering scaffolds, (2) stiffness matched NiTi (nickel titanium) mandibular (lower jaw) fixation devices, (3) resorbalbe Mg alloy skeletal fixation devices.
Position Description
3D-printing, resorbable polymer resin formulation, polymer or metallic material testing, cell culture, animal models, data collection, data analysis, computer programming of implant and medical device Computer Aided Design. Training will be provided.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Cell Culture and Surgery team: laboratory safety training, cell culture, and/or animal model research. Medical Device Design, Fabrication, and Validation team: material testing, CAD for 3D printing, biomechanics, computer programming, and/or statistics.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Given the requirement of full time work in Summer 2019, only Freshman through Juniors may apply unless the candidate will enroll for a 5th year of undergraduate studies.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Systems and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Welding Engineering
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
5-15 during academic year, full time in summer 2019.
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Training can begin as soon as possible (i.e., Fall 2018). Must have approved project and be fully trained by April 1, 2019.
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting11-44 months.
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?All of the above are possible, but it is unlikely that a student will receive salary or stipend in the first year.
End Date11/16/2018
How/who should interested students contact?David Dean at David.Dean@osumc.edu
What information should applicants provide?
(1) Maximum one page Letter of Interest explaining: (a)  Why you are interested; (b)   how you qualify for the position (e.g., relevant past experiences); (c) current career goals if any; (d)  Weekly Schedule of available times to attend lab meetings or work on research activities for Fall 2018.

(2) Maximum two page Resume with the following: Resume with the following: (a) Name and contact information (home address, email address, and phone number); (b) University Rank (e.g. sophomore) and anticipated graduation month and year (e.g., May 2022); (c) Declared or anticipated Major(s) and Minor(s); (d) Relevant experiences (e.g., courses, previous research activities, previous work experience).
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
Please look at Osteo Engineering Website (www.osteoengineering.com) for further information.
 
Project NameVertical Transmission of Listeria monocytogenes
General Field of StudyMicrobial Infection and Immunity
Faculty Member LeadStephanie Seveau, Microbial Infection and Immunity
Project Description
An Undergraduate research position will be available for a highly motivated young scientist to directly study trans-placental infection (mother to fetus) by Listeria monocytogenes.
Position Description
The student research will be expected to process and image infected and uninfected placental tissue sections.The student will work closely with a graduate student and present their data at the weekly lab meeting. The student will be expected to be organized and committed for this research. Involvement in other aspects of this research is possible based on the students' interest and abilities.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Preferred but not required: Second or Third year students, and students with prior research experience (even if limited).
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?

Sophomore and above.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Students wishing to pursue a PhD in fields related to Biomedical Science, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology, Neuroscience, etc or Pre-medicine students.
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
10-15 hours
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Autumn 2018
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingUp to 4 Semesters
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?volunteering possible, academic credit possible
End Date11/1/2018
How/who should interested students contact? Sia Azari (azari.3@osu.edu), Bella Cho (cho.695@osu.edu)
What information should applicants provide?

Current resume and unofficial transcript.
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)