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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.

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

Contact Person: Daniel Stover (daniel.stover@osumc.edu)

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

Agent-Based Modeling

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).

CAREER: Analyzing the Emergence of a Complex Land Management System

Contact Person: Sean Downey (downey.205@osu.edu)

Research Description: This interdisciplinary research project is trying to understand how the social organization of small Maya communities in Belize, Central America, may interact with the environmental dynamics of tropical ecosystems and increase the environmental carrying capacity local forests. This kind of environmental enhancement is often unplanned and unconscious and results from small-scale, low-level interactions which interact to have unexpected higher-level system properties. In this National Science Foundation-funded project we have been collecting high-resolution multi-spectral land-cover data with unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), as well as survey, worklog and social network data about community organization and agricultural activities in local forests. We are analyzing these datasets with a variety of techniques, including photogrammetry, computational statistics, and agent-based modeling.

Position Description: We are currently looking for a young scientist who is interested to work on this project. This position will initially involve organizing and analyzing spatial data and generate preliminary maps and analyses. A primary goal is to work on ‘stitching’ together thousands of multi-spectral photographs (taken using a drone in 2016 and 2017) using photogrammetry software. There is certainly the possibility of incorporating this work into a student-based project, a poster, or presentation.

Skills Needed: Prior experience or coursework in spatial data analysis and mapping is important. Experience in ArcGIS is important, and R would be a plus. Experience with Pix4d or Agisoft PhotoScan (photogrammetry software) would be ideal, but the software is straight-forward for the computationally proficient.

Additional Information: Research Assistant is expected to participate in the research 5-10 hours a week for 2-4 semesters. Students are able to start immediately.

Contact: Applicants should contact Sean Downey via email- downey.205@osu.edu and provide a resume which includes the student's major, one paragraph describing interest in the project and their computational/software background/experience

Video Game Research

Research Description: An undergraduate research position is available for a detail-oriented and responsible student to study the cognitive and behavioral effects of video games in a variety of contexts. RA's will work in Dr. Bushman's lab and have the opportunity to work in conjunction with one of the premier scholars in the field. In addition, RA's will work in the School of Communication's research laboratories and gain experience running participants, collecting data, and data coding.

Position details: RA's will work part time for the duration of fall semester, with the option to extend into later semesters. RA's are expected to work between 5-10 hours a week, the majority of which will be in the laboratory or doing analyses of the data collected. RA's will need to be able to work independently, interact directly with participants, and must behave in a professional manner. The ideal applicant will have previous experience working with participants, entering data, and have taken a course in research methods or statistics, though none of these are required.

If applicable, RA's can apply to receive credit for the position. This is an unpaid position.

To apply: Interested student should email the following to chang.1573@buckeyemail.osu.edu

  • A statement of interest, approximately 1 page in length, which includes any previous research experience
  • A resume
  • An unofficial transcript
  • The number of hours per week you are able to work.

Division of Rheumatology and Immunology

Contact Person: Nicholas Young (nicholas.young@osumc.edu)

Description: We have active human subject and animal research projects associated with myositis, Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, cancer immunology, and exercise science.  Our collaborative work in this laboratory has shown a bench-to-bedside scope of research starting with basic scientific discovery, moving to animal models, performing preclinical validation, and advancing to human clinical trials.  To date, our research has translated into clinical trials for a patented anti-inflammatory drug (nanoemulsified curcumin) and a novel diagnostic imaging drug for rheumatoid arthritis (Lymphoseek) as well as pilot study to investigate the anti-inflammatory effects of moderate exercise in our lupus patients. In addition, we have a patent currently in the provisional submission/approval stage for a novel therapeutic agent/target in autoimmune disease. We would like to recruit interested, enthusiastic, and passionate undergraduate students to help us in our research endeavors.    

Translational Cancer Genomics, Computational Biology, Precision Cancer Medicine, Molecular Diagnostics for Oncology


 

Contact Person: Dr. Sameek.roychowdhury@osumc.edu.

Project Titles and Areas:

1. Drug resistance to targeted therapies in cancer

2. Characterizing tumor heterogeneity and therapy resistance through research autopsy.

3. Discovery and characterization of novel oncogenic mutations using genomic sequencing

4. Characterization of the microbiome and its impact on cancer therapy (computer science students)

5. Discovery and development of methylation biomarkers for cancer therapy (computer science students)

Research Description: Our mission is to translate cancer genomics for patient care through clinical trials. We accomplish this through Teamwork and Training in the following areas: 1) development of analytical validated targeted DNAseq and RNAseq assays in a CLIA-certified Cancer Genomics Laboratory to enable molecular enrichment of patients to trials, 2) genomics-driven clinical trials, 3) rapid research autopsy to study tumor heterogeneity in patients, 4) omics strategies including whole exome, RNAseq, targeted capture, bisulfite sequencing, and protein arrays to a) study drug resistance, b) contribute to target discovery, and c) molecularly characterize exceptional responders.The Lab runs a CLIA-certified Cancer Genomics Laboratory that utilizes custom-targeted cancer gene sequencing to develop novel molecular diagnostics for patient care. The Lab runs a study "OSU-13053: Personalized Cancer Medicine Through High-Throughout Sequencing" (IRB-approved) that evaluates individual patients with advanced cancer considering clinical trials, and seeks to identify "driving" mutations that provide molecular eligibility for novel molecularly targeted therapies in development at Ohio State. The Lab also runs a Body Donation Study for Cancer Research. We are grateful to our patients for donating their bodies to the cause of cancer research. We will study their genomes to determine how certain cancer cells acquire resistance and use this knowledge to advance the discovery of new cancer drugs.

Potential Projects for Undergraduate Students:

1. Drug Resistance to Targeted Therapies in Cancer: This involves learning techniques including tissue culture, western blotting, and molecular biology. Preferably an undergraduate student majoring in a biology discipline.

2. Characterizing tumor heterogeneity and resistance through research autopsy. Patients participating in a new study will undergo rapid research autopsy so that our team of scientists can characterize how cancers becomes resistant to therapy.

3. Discovery and characterization of novel oncogenic mutations using genomic sequencing. Students with prior laboratory experience will learn and apply methods for DNA and RNA sequencing to detect novel oncogenic mutations including point mutations and gene fusions. Students will subsequently learn to functionally characterize these genomic alterations through in vitro assays.

4. Characterization of the microbiome and its impact on cancer therapy. We will characterize the diversity and abundance of specific microbial flora in patients with cancer and evaluate its relationship to cancer therapies in clinical trials. Project involves cell biology, genetics, computer science/programming.

5. Discovery and development of methylation biomarkers for cancer therapy. We will identify and validate novel methylation biomarkers that can predict response to specific therapies for cancer. Project involves using existing databases, biostatistics, computer science/programming, and cell biology.

GPA/Major Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.4 in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Computer Science, and other Biology-disciplines

Required Skills: First and Second year students. No research experience necessary.

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours per week. Students are expected to commit to long-term research training and project through graduation. This includes up to 3 years of research during undergraduate years and each summer dedicated for 10-12 weeks each summer (funded) doing research/training.

Compensation: Academic credit/Volunteer

How to Apply: Contact Dr. Sameek.roychowdhury@osumc.edu. Rolling admission.

Information to Provide: Please provide a resume and short cover letter answering the following questions: 1) Introduce yourself, 2) Why you want to do research, 3) what traits set you apart from others (strengths)

Government Financial Health over Time

Contact Person: Rachel Dwyer, Sociology, dwyer.46@osu.edu

Project description: Which counties and municipalities across the country contain many households that have experienced a sudden, large decline in income? Are these counties and municipalities the same as those that have experienced government fiscal stress? Answering these two questions is the first step to understanding how resident and government finances are related, as well as the causes and consequences of place-specific economic insecurity. This quantitative project will answer the second question by identifying which county governments have experienced a significant decline in financial resources between 2003 and 2014.

Student Participation: RAs (Research Assistants) will download and save financial reports from government web sites and enter specific data from those reports into a spreadsheet for later analysis. At a minimum, RAs will gain quantitative research skills and a deeper understanding of government financial reporting. RAs will attend an initial training session held in the Sociology Research Lab. Beyond that training session, the research experience will be tailored to the wants and needs of each RA. Work can be completed in the Sociology Research Lab, elsewhere on campus, or in any off-campus location with an internet connection. Further, RAs who desire close mentoring can meet regularly with the lead researcher.

Time Commitment:  5-10 hrs/week starting Spring 2018 or Summer 2018. One term of commitment, however RAs who begin during the spring semester are welcome to continue their work during the summer if they wish to do so.

Minimum GPA & Major: Sociology, geography, political science, economics, or accounting majors are encouraged to apply, though students in any field of study are welcome to apply too.

Year/ Skill Requirements: Applicants should be responsible, detail-oriented, and organized. Preference will be given to applicants who have prior experience gathering and entering data, who have completed a research methods or statistics course, or who have prior knowledge of government accounting, though none of these are required.

Compensation: Voluntary experience/ academic credit

To apply: Interested students should apply by e-mailing their application to Lora Phillips at phillips.1151@osu.edu. Interested students should submit applications by the first day of the semester that they desire to work. While not preferred, late applications will be considered.

Application should include:

  • A statement of interest, no more than 1 page in length, which includes: why you are interested in this project, what qualities/experiences will make you a good RA, and any previous research experience and relevant coursework
  • A brief statement (approximately 1 paragraph) describing what you hope to gain from this research experience
  • An unofficial transcript
  • The number of hours per week you are able to work and whether or not you would like to sign up for credit hours

Impact of music activities on sensory and cognitive processing 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 you have taken and your GPA). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Behavioral Medicine Research

The Ohio State University Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research is looking for a part-time laboratory assistant to participate in wet-lab procedures such as separating PBMC from human blood, setting up stimulation assays, and maintaining laboratory records.  Required hours include 3:30 – 7:00 pm two to three days a week, Monday – Friday. If interested, please fill out an online application at: http://www.stressandhealth.org by clicking on the “Job Opportunities” link at the top of the page or send an email to stressandhealth@osumc.edu.

Finding the genetic basis of use traits and climate adaptations in chile peppers (Capsicum spp.) of southern Mexico

Research Description: In the Mercer Laboratory, we work on understanding how plants are adapted to their environment.  To do so, we look at traditional varieties of crops, saved by generations of farmers in the areas where they were domesticated.  Recent work has focused on maize and chile pepper from southern Mexico.  Using controlled and field experiments, we try to understand the differences between collections from different environments.  We ask, how does their physiology differ?  How does their physiology respond to different environments?  In so doing, we can better understand how adaptations to environment have helped shape diversity in these crops.  We can also ask, how will they respond to climate change?  We are looking for two students to get involved in our lab and be part of experiments understanding these interesting processes.

GPA/Major Requirements: Students in CFAES. Interest in applied plant science preferred.

Required Skills: None

Time Commitment: 5-15 hours per week for 4 months

Compensation: Academic credit/Volunteer/Work-Study

Potential for Presentation: Yes

How to Apply: Interested students should contact Vivian Bernau by email (Bernau.2@osu.edu) and include a brief statement of interest and an updated resume/CV.

 Virology, biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular genetics

Contact Person: Dr. Anne Gardner, gardner.1224@osu.edu

Position description: The Fishel lab studies Mismatch Repair (MMR) and Homologous Recombination Repair (HRR) and the biophysical and genetic interactions between these two pathways.  Our biophysical analysis includes the development of single molecule imaging technologies that allow the real-time visualization of the dynamic processes associated with protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions. Genetic analysis includes the development of pre-clinical mouse models to study chemoprevention for HNPCC patients as well as live cell single molecule analysis of DNA repair processes.

Student Participation: We are looking for talented undergraduates interested in medical research. This is a volunteer position, part time during the academic year, potentially full time over the summer. Depending on the experience of the undergraduate, the lab duties may initially be limited to supportive tasks (such as washing glassware, preparing solutions, and general lab maintenance) with the expectation of advancing to an individual medical research project. For more information about our research visit our website at http://mmr.osu.edu/.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hrs/week during Spring or Autumn Semesters, Full time in Summer. At least 12 months of commitment.

Minimum GPA & Major: A minimum of 3.0 overall GPA. Honors preferred, not required.

Year/ Skill Requirements: First or Second year students are preferred. Will consider Juniors. Preferred introductory chemistry and biology coursework.

Compensation: Voluntary experience

To apply: If interested please send resume, unofficial transcript and current schedule (including extra-curriculars) to: molgenlab1@gmail.com by January 26, 2018

Cancer Biology and Genetics

Research/Position Description: The Yoder lab studies retroviruses, such as HIV. We are looking for talented undergraduates interested in medical research. This is a volunteer position, part time during the academic year, potentially full time over the summer. Depending on the experience of the undergraduate, the lab duties may initially be limited to supportive tasks (such as preparing solutions) with the expectation of advancing to an individual medical research project. For more information about our research, visit our website at u.osu.edu/yoder.176.

GPA/Major Requirements: 3.0 GPA, 2nd-3rd year students with introductory chemistry and                                                        biology coursework. No major requirement.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week during the semester, full-time in summer

Compensation: Volunteer experience with potential opportunity for presentations.

How to Apply: Send resume, unofficial transcript, and current schedule (including extracurricular activities) to yoderlabosu@gmail.com by 12/31/17

Basic Research in Cardiovascular Biology

Contact Person: Brenda Lilly, SOM/ Pediatrics, Brenda.lilly@nationwidechildrens.org

Research description and General Area of Study: Research will be conducted on basic cardiovascular biology with researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital. General areas of study will include molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry, and cardiovascular biology.

Student Participation: Students will work with research associates and mentors 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. Opportunities to present research at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum and other poster presentations are possible for qualified and devoted students.

Time Commitment: 15-20 hrs/ week over Spring/ Summer Semesters.

Year/ Skill Requirements: Some lab experience is mandatory. Basic chemistry lab skills are essential.

Compensation: Voluntary experience

To apply: If interested, candidates should email Brenda.lilly@nationwidechildrens.org.  Student should provide career goals and an attached CV/ Resume. Applicants will be screened and invited applicants will be required to take a test. This will be evaluated by the mentor to determine if the candidate is suitable for the position.


 

"Environmental Problems and Society"

Contact Persons: Matthew Soener. Sociology. Soener.1@osu.edu & Vinnie Roscignio. Sociology. roscigno.1@osu.edu

Position description: This project is part of a larger initiative I have to study the social and economic roots of climate change. One question I am interested in uncovering is how economic transformations over the last several decades are or are not contributing towards more greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, if economies are transitioning away from manufacturing towards services is this reducing emissions or is it increasing it by continued consumption and trade? A second interest I have is exploring how resource extraction and business organization work together to generate profits. Here I will focus on the American oil and gas industry to study why some companies make "windfall" profits – particularly those connected to the financial sector – while others struggle to maintain competitiveness. I hope that both of these projects help us understand the social and economic foundations of environmental change, climate change, and 21st century capitalism.

Student Participation: Students will be engaged with data gathering from several sources. I need RAs to download cross-national data on environmental indicators, emissions data, economic and political information for countries. Students will also be tasked with analyzing some of this data as well. I will also have RAs find publicly available information on US oil and gas sector firms, organize this information, and begin going through it to find specific information. Finally, I will also have students hunt for new data sources relevant to the project. This will include at least looking at old newspaper stories, finding online data, and looking to see what is available through the library.

Time Commitment: 3-9 hrs/week (1-3 academic credits) for 1-3 semesters (including summer)

Minimum GPA & Major: A minimum of 2.5 overall GPA. Social science (especially political science, geography, economics, sociology, international studies), environmental studies, business, and more.

Year/ Skill Requirements: Some experience with Excel.

Compensation: Academic credit or voluntary experience

To apply: Contact Matt Soener: soener.1@osu.edu and provide GPA, major, how many credit hours they would like, and any relevant experience within the first two weeks of spring semester. 

Buckeye Center for Hearing and Development—Undergraduate Research Assistant Program

This research study uses head-mounted eye-tracking to investigate parent-child interactions in deaf infants, before and after cochlear implantation. Parents and their infants will visit the lab 3 times every 6 months. At each visit, they will play several brief games together while wearing head-mounted eye-tracking equipment. As they interact, we will be recording their eye movements and what is happening in the scene. We will use these recordings to analyze, at a millisecond level, exactly where infants and parents are looking with respect to the timing of their movements. This will allow us to perform fine-grained analysis of deaf infants’ action and interaction skills. We will also be collecting language measures, so we will be able to examine how these skills relate to their language development and cochlear implantation. Research assistants will have the opportunity to be involved in tasks such as running experiments, data coding and analysis, and other general administrative tasks. RAs will also have the opportunity to conduct an independent project with the primary investigator of the study (optional).

 

Application deadline: January 2, 2018. Please apply here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cgdQZfSxMAgnaBYT5rXMLUAp7r91sMn_-AiKtkFOb0Y

 

For more information please contact Doroteja Rubez at Doroteja.Rubez@osumc.edu or 614-293-9811.

Fisher College Behavioral Research Lab

The behavioral research lab facility at Fisher is seeking undergraduate student employees (work study or non-work study) to support the lab. The students will help the lab staff in the execution of research studies. Responsibilities will include prepping the lab, taking attendance, directing students, cleaning the lab and other duties as assigned. Please note that opportunities for student-initiated research projects will NOT be available. Pay is $9.51 per hour and hours vary. There are no guaranteed hours and hours will fluctuate depending on the lab study schedule.

 

Required Qualifications:

•         Sophomore or Junior status

•         Ability to communicate clearly and promptly

•         Ability to adapt to a flexible schedule and work environment

•         Strong work ethic

•         Willing to complete CITI research training upon hire

•         Reliability and consistent attendance is essential for this position.

 

Interested students should email Stephanie Marshall (marshall.669@osu.edu) with a resume, three references and spring semester availability.

Genomic Studies, Phenotyping and Museum Specimen Preparation

The Chavez Lab in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) and the Museum of Biological Diversity at OSU is looking for Volunteer Research Assistants to help run genomic studies, phenotyping, and museum specimen preparation! 


This is a great way to gain experience doing molecular biology and organismal work in a Evolution and Ecology laboratory. For more information on the lab, visit our website: http://www.aschavez.com

The Chavez Lab strives to understand the genetic underpinnings of ecologically important traits and species divergence, and to leverage this knowledge to understand how, why and when did new species arise and complex traits evolve, as well as the relevant ecological forces behind the evolution of these traits and species. Students will assist with DNA and RNA extractions, quantification, gel electrophoresis, and genomic library preparation for next-generation sequencing. We are also looking for a couple of students to work at the Museum of Biological Diversity in West Campuson the preparation of mammal specimens as museum skins for the research collection. Duties mainly involve dissection and skin preparation on a wide diversity of wild mammals, and possibly birds and collection of metadata. 

No experience required, but for those interested in doing genomic work, preference may be given to those with prior molecular lab experience or knowledge. Minimum of 6 hours a week to dedicate to running experiments. 6 months or more commitment required. 


Please contact Dr. Chavez (chavez.102@osu.edu) if you are interested! Make sure to send a brief statement of why you are interested in our lab or this area of research, relevant experience, year in school, post-college aspirations, and class/work schedule for this semester.  

Cardiac Function During Bacterial Sepsis

Contact Person: Dr. Murugesan Rajaram

Position Description: Dr. Rajaram’s research laboratory at the Department of MI&I, 7th floor of Biomedical research Tower, The Ohio State University Institute has one part-time job opening for a student interested in science and understand the role of microRNAs and HSF1 on cardiac dysfunction during bacterial and viral infection. The selected student will assist post docs in the laboratory in organizing.   Previous research experience and interest for laboratory research is a must.  The students will volunteer for the first year, if they do well, they will get salary starting the next year at 8$ per hour.  If you are interested in being considered send your query and your resume to Dr. Murugesan Rajaram by email Murugesan.Rajaram@osumc.edu. No phone calls please.

Position Details: First and second year biology and biomedical majors are encouraged to apply. Basic microbiology and immunology lab exerience like Autoclaving, buffer preparation, western blotting, etc. are needed. The student may would for academic credit, voluntary experience or work-study experience. The student is expected work approximately 10 hours a week.

To apply: Send a CV/resume via email to murugesan.rajaram@osumc.edu.

Mindfulness Training Application

Contact Person: Ruchika Prakash (prakash.30@osu.edu)

Position Description: The Clinical Neuroscience Lab is seeking an undergraduate student in the Computer Science and Engineering Department to design an application for one of our upcoming research studies. We are looking to create a custom dashboard to display/house participant data and allow us to communicate with the participant in response to any questions or concerns they may have about the study. Additionally, we would like the participant to use the app to gain access to informational materials and training exercises that they are expected to complete independently during the study. As the phone app will be the primary means of contacting the study participants, it should be able to send scheduled alerts. Data about the amount of time the participant spends practicing, collected from the application, will need to be accessed on a computer. Other features of the app will be discussed during the development process.

Position Details: The student may begin their work spring semester. There is an opportunity to work for a salary, however, this opporutnity does not have the potential to lead to a presentation at an undergraduate research forum. The faculty mentor is asking the student to work the appropriate number of hours that is necessary to complete the app.

To apply: Third or fourth year students who are majoring in computer science and engineering are encouraged to apply. The student must have a minimum grade point average of a 3.5. Previous designing of an app is desired. Students should send an email to ra@clinicalneurosciencelab.com with their current CV/resume. The email should also detail any previous experience with designing apps. The email must be received by January 15, 2018.

Cognitive Development

Contact Person: Alicia Scimeca.1@osu.edu

Postition Description: Running adult participants in lab, going to local preschool and elementary schools to work with children or recruiting in a hospital. Students are able to work for academic credit or voluntary experience for 9 hours a week during the spring, summer and autumn semester. The opportunity has the potential to lead to a presentation at an undergraduate research forum.

To apply: please send an email to Scimeca.1@osu.edu with you availability and resume.