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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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!

Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory​

Contact Person: Stephanie Fountain-Zaragoza (fountain-zaragoza.1@osu.edu)

Applications are being sought for a part-time (20 hour/week) research assistant position starting August 22nd, 2017 or sooner in the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory of Dr. Ruchika Prakash at the Ohio State University. The laboratory is currently conducting several randomized controlled trials, designed to look at the effects of lifestyle interventions, such as mindfulness training and exercise, in improving cognitive and emotional control in older adults and in individuals with multiple sclerosis. The applicant will work primarily on a neuroimaging study investigating attentional control in older adults. This position is designed for individuals who are interested in building their research experience and learning about the field of health neuroscience. Responsibilities will include facilitating recruitment efforts between the laboratory and community partners. Given that the applicant will be updating and maintaining the laboratory website and social media accounts, some programming experience is desired. The applicant will also have the opportunity for involvement in collecting and managing participant data.
If you are interested in being considered for the position, please apply by submitting a current CV, a brief statement of interest, and names of three references to ra@clinicalneurosciencelab.com.
If you have questions about the position or the lab, please contact Stephanie Fountain-Zaragoza at fountain-zaragoza.1@osu.edu.

Osteoengineering Research – Department of Plastic Surgery

Contact Person: Dr. David Dean (david.dean@osumc.edu)

Research Description: Please visit our website, website, www.osteoengineering.com, to learn more about our research. Work will include laboratory procedures, experiments, and general upkeep. More specifically, that work may include: 3D‐printing, resin formulation, material testing, cell culture, animal models, data collection, data analysis, computer programming of implant and medical device Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, microscopy, photography, inventory, clerical work, and laboratory organization/cleaning. Training will be provided. The ideal candidate will work well as a member of one of three teams (i.e., cell culture, surgery, medical device fabrication and testing) and has past experience working a paid job.

Position details: Undergraduate research assistants will actively participate in experiment planning, protocol development, and data acquisition and analysis using cell culture methods including basic cell culture, microscopy, biochemical assays, qPCR, histology, mechanical testing and any other techniques required to provide evidence of what is happening at the surface of the implant. Other responsibilities include inventory, clerical work, health and safety, lab cleaning and organization.

Desired Attributes: Candidates should be pursuing a technical undergraduate degree (engineering preferred) at The Ohio State University (freshman and sophomores preferred), Have strong math skills, strong communication skills, and have strong analytical and problem solving skills. Candidates must be reliable, must be a self‐directed learner and be able to work independently, must work well as part of a team, and is highly flexible in terms of the type of work they will be doing.

Time Commitment: Candidates must be willing to work 5 hrs/week during the school work and able to work at least 2 consecutive hours on any work day. If selected to work throughout the school year, we will ask you to commit to working full‐time (38 hours/ week) during summer 2018. It is preferable that candidates commit to working in the lab throughout their undergraduate education for as long as they would like to pursue the research.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Mandatory Skills Needed: Candidates must be reliable. Must be a self‐directed learner and be able to work independently, must work well as part of a team, and is highly flexible in terms of the type of work they will be doing.

To apply: Send e-mails to Dr. David Dean, Department of Plastic Surgery, David.Dean@OSUMC.edu by September 29th


 

Mapping Discrimination: Digitizing the Negro Motorist Green Books       

Contact person: Dr. Trevon Logan (logan.155@osu.edu)

Position/Research Description: A successful candidate will be joining an international research team of economists studying the dynamics of discrimination in public accommodations in the pre-Civil Rights era. We are looking for a dedicated and meticulous research assistant to undertake geocoding and GIS analysis for our project. Prior to the Green Books, African American motorists had to rely on word-of-mouth and family networks to plan their trips across the United States. During the Jim Crow era finding overnight accommodations, purchasing gasoline, and having a meal on the road posed major challenges for African American motorists, particularly in the American South. The Green Books provided a listing of establishments across the U.S. that would serve African American customers. The overall aim of this project is to digitize the Green Book directories and combine them with geographic information to create a measure of "access to services" in different towns/counties that allows for comparison across time and space of the discrimination facing African Americans. The central task of this position will be geocoding of the address information that has already been collected from the Green Books directories. The goal is to create spatial measures of distances between and densities of establishments that served African Americans across the United States. This may involve working with multiple shapefiles (for example, highway networks). This work will be combined with that found in other sources, such as the U.S. Census, to gain a better understanding of the economic and historical forces behind the decision of an establishment to serve African Americans or discriminate against them.

Skills Needed: Experience using ArcGIS or QGIS; specifically geocoding published location data, calculating distances and density measures, merging data across shapefiles, and creating maps, knowledge of  U.S. historical census map files is an asset

Compensation: Salary/Stipend/Work-Study

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours per week starting autumn or spring 2017. Approx. 9 months

Minimum GPA & Major Requirements: 2.75 – Economics, History, Geography, Statistics (2nd – 4th year students)

To Apply: Please send a resume to logan.155@osu.edu to be considered for the position.

Mapping Discrimination: Digitizing the Negro Motorist Green Books        

Contact Person: Dr. Trevon Logan (logan.155@osu.edu)

Position/Research Description: A successful candidate will be joining an international research team of economists studying the dynamics of discrimination in public accommodations in the pre-Civil Rights era. We are looking for a dedicated and meticulous research assistant to undertake the digitization of U.S. Census of Business records. Our main object of study is the Green Books. During the Jim Crow era finding overnight accommodations, purchasing gasoline, and having a meal on the road posed major challenges for African American motorists, particularly in the American South. The Green Books provided a listing of establishments across the U.S. that would serve African American customers. The aim of this project is to combine information from the Green Book directories and the U.S. Census of Business to create a measure of "access to services" in different towns/counties that allows for comparison across time and space of the discrimination facing African Americans. The central task of this position will be the careful digitization of establishment counts by county using published versions of the U.S. Census of Business. The goal is to create a database that has the listing of establishments, by type (eating places, accommodations, service stations) for all counties in the United States.  Later this information will be combined with Green Books location information to gain a better understanding of the economic and historical forces behind the decision of an establishment to serve African Americans or discriminate against them.

Skills Needed: - Experience with Microsoft Excel (mandatory), experience with data entry and working  with large datasets (preferred)   

Compensation: Salary/Stipend/Work-Study

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours per week starting autumn 2017. Approx. 6 months

Minimum GPA & Major Requirements: 2.75 – Economics, History, Geography, Statistics (2nd – 4th year students)

To Apply: Please send a resume to logan.155@osu.edu to be considered for the position.

Breast Cancer Genomics

Research Description: I am a breast cancer medical oncologist/physician-scientist. As a medical oncologist who treats patients with breast cancer and computational biologist who studies large datasets, my research focuses on leveraging 'big data' to advance the understanding and treatment of breast cancer. We study the DNA, RNA, and protein of breast cancer samples to understand why patients respond or fail to respond to standard or experimental treatments.

Position Description: Depending on level of experience and knowledge, interested students could work with existing datasets or newly generated data to link genomic features with patient characteristics and outcomes. Students who would be a good fit include those with some computational background (e.g. biomedical engineering, computer science, mathematics, biostatistics) who are interested to have a direct impact on patients. Students will need to be able to commit 4-8 hours/ week. This is an ongoing project, students will be working for voluntary experience but summer stipends available.

Skills Needed: Prior computational experience - such as R, Python, Unix – would be useful, however, prior experience with sequencing data is not necessary…just a desire to ask questions and dive into data!

Contact: Applicants should contact Daniel Stover via email – Daniel.stover@osumc.edu

Applicants should provide:

-Resume including major (or anticipated major)

-Computational background/experience

-One paragraph describing interest in our research

Feel free to check out our lab webpage at http://u.osu.edu/stoverlab

Ethnographic Research

The Moritz Lab studies the dynamics of coupled human and natural systems using a combination of ethnographic research, comparative studies, spatial analyses, and agent-based modeling. We are engaged in a number of different research projects in which we use this integrated approach.

 

We are currently looking for an undergraduate research assistant to help with the development of an agent-based model to examine the dynamics of network structure and wealth distribution. We need someone who can work about 10 hours a week.

 

Training in and/or experience working with NetLogo is required. There is no need to apply if you are unable to code in NetLogo.

 

Interested student should send an email with a CV or resume detailing their NetLogo training and experience to Mark Moritz (moritz.42@osu.edu). 


There are possibilities to combine the work with an independent research project. In the past, students in my lab have presented their research at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum and their research has resulted in a co-authored publication in peer-reviewed journals (https://mlab.osu.edu/students/undergraduate-research).

Connection Between Speech, Language, and Music in the Brain

Position description: The SLAM (Speech, Language, and Music) laboratory (https://osu-slam.github.io/) is looking for motivated undergraduate research assistants to join our lab (from Fall 2017). We study the neural and behavioral connection between speech, language, and music in the context of communication disorders (e.g., dyslexia, hearing loss) and brain injury/degeneration (e.g., aphasia, Parkinson's, Traumatic Brain Injury). We use various methods/approaches such as functional neuroimaging (fMRI), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and behavioral experiments.

Student Participation: Students will have the opportunity to recruit participants, assist in data analysis, prepare study materials, and manage database. Advanced undergraduates may conduct independent research projects. Ideal for undergraduates who are interested in going to a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology, decision neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, or related fields. Opportunities to present research at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum and other poster presentations are possible for qualified and devoted students.

Time Commitment: 10 hrs/week (3 credits). Minimum of 2 terms of commitment.

Minimum GPA & Major: A minimum of 3.6 overall GPA (please feel free to apply with a lower GPA if [1] your GPA substantially improved over time, [2] you can explain why yours doesn't meet this cutoff, or [3] you have desired skills described below).  Neuroscience, Psychology, Speech & Hearing, Music, Linguistics, CSE.

Year/ Skill Requirements: Second or Third year students. Excellent attention to details, strong motivation, strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Experience with MS Office. Coursework in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or related fields.  Experience with computer programming (e.g. R, Matlab, Python) is a plus, but not essential. Knowledge in basic statistics is highly desirable. If undergraduates are committed to learn computer programming or statistics, we will teach them.

Compensation: Voluntary experience/ work-study experience/academic credit

To apply: If interested, candidates should email SLAM lab (SLAM@osu.edu) with "SLAM Lab research assistant" in the subject and attach a CV (with a list of relevant courses that they have taken and their GPA) by Sept. 22, 2017