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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 NameTranscriptional regulation of antiviral responses
General Field of StudyVirology and Immunology
Faculty Member Lead Adriana Forero - Microbial Infection & Immunity
Project Description
Recognition of viral and self-nucleic acids by pattern recognition receptors (PRR) triggers the expression of interferons (IFNs), cytokines that control the expression of antiviral and inflammatory genes. However, balancing this response is necessary to support antiviral responses, while limiting  Specifically, we are interested in the transcriptional and post transcriptional regulation of gene expression that balance inflammation in response infection.
Position Description
The researcher will work under guidance of principal investigator to analyze transcriptomics, proteomics, and ChIP-seq data generated in lab. The project will focus on gene expression and gene set enrichment analysis, protein-protein interactions. The researcher will participate in experimental design and will be expected to generate data summaries and present in laboratory meetings.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Proficiency in coding languages - R,  Python or other programming languages
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Rising Sophomores and above
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
CSE, CIS, BMS, Biology, and other fields related to biological sciences.
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
10 hrs/week
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Position available now
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting2-4 semesters
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?academic credit, voluntary experience
End Date8/1/2021
How/who should interested students contact?Adriana Forero (forero.11@osu.edu)
What information should applicants provide?
Please provide a resume with prior work experience and any relevant training and coursework.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameEditing Narrative Videos
General Field of StudyCommunication
Faculty Member LeadDr. Michael Slater
Project Description
RAs will assist in the compilation and editing of popular TV and movie clips for use as experimental stimuli in future research projects.
Position Description
RAs will be expected to assist primarily in editing full movies and TV shows down to particular scenes and storylines as directed by research team. They may also assist in identification of potential media to be edited.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Experience with video editing software, especially Adobe Products
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
All ranks
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
All majors with requisite experience are welcome to apply
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
5-20
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Summer or Fall, 2021
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingResearch Position will last at least through Fall of 2021
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?academic credit (by June 15) or voluntary experience
End Date8/6/2021
How/who should interested students contact?Jared Ott - ott.75@osu.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Name, year, video editing experience, why they are interested in this position
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameUnderstanding and Removing Tissue Infections
General Field of StudyMechanical Engineering
Faculty Member LeadShaurya Prakash, Mechanical Engineering
Project Description
Soft tissue infections arising from wounds are a significant burden on patients and the healthcare system. Our team has been developing innovative technologies in wound healing. In this project we seek to understand how bacteria interact with one another in soft tissue environment and devise strategies to eliminate bacteria, including drug resistant strains.
Position Description
Student will gain valuable experience with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Student will take part in design and development of new soft tissue assays and perform measurements for bacterial quantifications.
 
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:GPA of 3.5 or higher
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Sophomores and Juniors
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Engineering (ME, BME, ChBE) or Sciences (Physics, Chemistry)
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
10 hours/week
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Summer 2021 or Fall 2021
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingCommitment of at least 1 year
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?
End Date8/6/2021
How/who should interested students contact?Email Dr. Prakash: prakash.31@osu.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Please send a copy of your resume and latest advising report.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameMicrofluidics in Microbiology
General Field of StudyMechanical Engineering
Faculty Member LeadShaurya Prakash (Mechanical Engineering)
Project Description
Microfluidics devices utilized in the energy, healthcare, and environmental sector allow researchers to use fluid flow in confined spaces with small volumes to make new advances in these application areas. The presence of contaminants in liquids such as household products or can be harmful. Our new microfluidics devices will allow sampling small volumes to rapidly detect, identify, and quantify bacterial presence in essential liquids.
Position Description
Student will aid in design and fabrication of microfluidic devices. Student will interact with broader team on using machine learning for biological detection. Student will design and implement spectroscopic methods for bacterial identification.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:GPA of 3.5 or higher
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Sophomores and Juniors
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Engineering (ME, BME, ChBE) or Sciences (Physics, Chemistry)
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
10 hours/week
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Summer 2021 or Fall 2021
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingAt least 1 year
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?
End Date8/6/2021
How/who should interested students contact?Email Dr. Prakash (prakash.31@osu.edu)
What information should applicants provide?
Please send a copy of your resume and latest advising report.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameBasic research in cardiovascular biology
General Field of StudyMolecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, cardiovascular biology
Faculty Member LeadBrenda Lilly
Project Description
The lab investigates the basic biology of the cardiovascular system.

Position Description
Will work with research associates and mentor to perform lab tasks related to research goals. This will include helping with organizational tasks, lab maintenance, and collecting data. Opportunity to perform experiments will be based on the student’s motivation and ability, but is not guaranteed.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Some lab skills are a plus
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Freshman or Sophomore
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, biology
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
10-20
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Fall 2021
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingBased on success, until graduation
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Credit
End Date10/1/2021
How/who should interested students contact?email: brenda.lilly@nationwidechildrens.org
What information should applicants provide?
Resume/CV and career goals
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
First semester will be a trial period in which it will be determined if the position will be extended.
 
Project NameDefining mechanisms of bacterial binding relevant to infective endocarditis 
General Field of StudyMicrobiology
Faculty Member LeadSam King, Pediatrics
Project Description
Bacteria in the genus Streptococcus cause a wide range of human diseases including pneumonia, bacteremia, otitis media and endocarditis. These diseases are major causes of morbidity and mortality world-wide. Development of more effective vaccines and treatments will require a greater understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms utilized by these organisms. Glycans decorate all host surfaces and many host molecules, and as such can play a critical role in the disease process. Dr. King’s laboratory studies how alpha-hemolytic streptococci modify and interact with host glycans and how these interactions contribute to pathogenicity. Current studies focus on how endocarditis pathogen S. oralis interacts with glycans in the oral cavity and in the heart to cause disease. The successful applicant will be assigned part of a larger project following discussions with Dr. King.
Position Description
We are seeking a motivated, hard-working person looking for a fun and rewarding research experience. We believe in teaching all aspects of science including science writing, practical skills, data analysis, ability to think critically about your work, ability to critically evaluate literature and presentation skills. The student will be responsible for every aspect of their own project under direct supervision of a postdoctoral scientist and Dr. King.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Organized, good attention to detail, ability to critically analyze data. Any research laboratory experience would be a plus
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Sophomores and Juniors
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Related to biological science. Microbiology, genetics, biochemistry or bioinformatics would be particularly useful
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
A minimum of 10
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Fall
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingUntil graduation
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Academic credit or part of another academic requirement
End Date9/1/2021
How/who should interested students contact?samantha.king@nationwidechildrens.org
What information should applicants provide?
CV or resume, cover letter, explaining whether you can work in the lab for academic credit or whether this fulfils a degree requirement, and a transcript
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
To volunteer at Nationwide Children's this must be for academic credit or some other requirement for your degree.
 
Project NameAssessing underreporting of suicide risk and Crisis Response Planning in military veterans
General Field of StudyPsychology
Faculty Member LeadLauren Khazem, PhD (Psychiatry and Behavioral Health - STRIVE Program)
Project Description
Military veterans experience higher rates of suicide than the general population. However, some veterans who are experiencing thoughts of suicide are reluctant to disclose these thoughts to mental health providers for a variety of reasons. In this research, we are testing whether a new psychological  instrument, the MMPI-3, may be used to detect underreporting of suicide risk among veterans who are experiencing thoughts of suicide.

A second portion of this study will involve testing whether a brief psychological intervention, Crisis Response Planning, is more effective at reducing suicide risk in veterans when administered by a trained team member or when self-administered by veterans online.
  
The results of this research will inform future suicide prevention efforts in veterans and military personnel.
Position Description
The Research Assistant (RA) will assist with recruiting and scheduling participants in the study, running participants through the study protocol, administering Crisis Response Plans, sending surveys to participants.

The RA will be required to attend a Crisis Response Planning workshop and complete practice assignments in order to demonstrate readiness to conduct the intervention with veterans before they may interact with participants. 

This position requires a minimum commitment of 2 semesters. RAs may gain additional experience by assisting with other projects. Please view the current research the STRIVE program is conducting here:https://medicine.osu.edu/departments/psychiatry-and-behavioral-health/strive
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:The RA must have excellent communication skills and respond to requests in a prompt manner, given the population this study is recruiting.  Familiarity or prior with  with veteran/military populations or crisis response  is ideal but not required.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
All
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
All majors are encouraged to apply. This position is ideal  for students with an interest in attending graduate school in psychology.

What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
10-15 (Primising RAs may gain additional research experience that may necessitate an additional time commitment.)
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Summer 2021/Fall2021
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting1 year
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Voluntary experience - Possibilities for academic credit may be discussed
End Date8/15/2021
How/who should interested students contact?Please contact Dr. Khazem at lauren.khazem@osumc.edu
What information should applicants provide?
In your email to Dr. Khazem, please include a CV or resume, GPA and relevant completed coursework in psychology or statistics, and a 1-page statement detailing your interest in the position and how this position will assist in reaching future goals (e.g., graduate/medical school, ect.) .
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
This study is conducted remotely with participants from across the country through Zoom. Therefore, this position is largely remote in nature. The RA will need to complete a background check with OSU Wexner Medical Center in order to receive a Medical Center ID.