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CURRENTLY AVAILABLE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

 

This is only a selection of research opportunities faculty members actively seeking undergraduate researchers have asked CURO to advertise. This is not an exhaustive list! Please see the "Getting Started" guide for tips about how to find more research opportunities. Professors, please contact Kerrie Bethel (kabethel@uga.edu) to advertise a research opportunity here.

 

Summer/Fall 2017:

 

Who: Dr. Ashley Harrison
Department: Educational Psychology
Date Advertised: 4/11/17

 

I am looking for one or two highly motivated students to join the CAARE lab in the Educational Psychology Department in Summer or Fall 2017.

 

Current opportunities include:

    1) Help with several ongoing studies examining social attention using eye tracking in children with autism spectrum disorder and typically developing infants

    2) Work on projects examining cross-cultural variability in autism knowledge, stigmas, and symptom presentation in Africa and among minority groups in the United States

Students are expected to enroll in a three-hour research course (typically EPSY 4010). Applications including a resume and a paragraph explaining why your interests and qualifications would be a match for the CAARE lab should be sent to Dr. Ashley Harrison at ashley.harrison@uga.edu by April 20, 2017.

 

 

Who: Drs. Sheba MohanKumar & P.S. MohanKumar
Department: Veterinary Biosciences & Diagnostic Imaging
Date Advertised: 4/11/17

 

Our laboratories use integrative approaches to investigate the neuroendocrine consequences of prenatal programming from birth to aging, related to regulation of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) and the hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, metabolic and cardiovascular function and behavior. Our laboratories use both whole animal as well as molecular approaches to investigate these questions. We use a number of standard and novel techniques including stereotaxic brain surgeries, in vivo push-pull perfusion of discrete areas of the brain, in vitro perfusion of hypothalamus, HPLC-EC, RIA, ELISAs, brain microdissection, radiotelemetry, immunohistochemistry, mixed neuronal glial cell cultures, RT-PCR, TaqMan real time RT-PCR, Western blotting, etc.

 

Our laboratories are also involved in developing techniques for imaging the brain to trace specific neurotransmitter pathways by using nanoparticles in combination with imaging modalities.

 

Currently, we have several experiments that are ongoing related to prenatal programming with endocrine disrupting chemicals, and the repercussions in the offspring in terms of neuroendocrine, metabolic, reproductive, cardiovascular and behavioral functions.

 

We are seeking undergraduate students interested in obtaining research experience this summer and beyond. We have been mentoring undergraduate and graduate students for more than 20 years. More than 30 undergraduate students have received training in our laboratory and have successfully entered MD, DVM and PhD programs all over the country.

 

Interested students should contact shebamk@uga.edu OR psmohan@uga.edu.

 

 

Who: Dr. Logan Fiorella
Department: Educational Psychology
Date Advertised: 4/5/17

 

I am looking for motivated undergraduate students interested in conducting research in educational psychology beginning in Summer or Fall 2017. In my lab, we conduct experiments aimed at understanding how students learn and how to help students learn, particularly in science. Tasks include preparing experimental materials, scheduling participants, reviewing the research literature, and collecting and coding data. Students should be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours/week on a volunteer basis at first, with the possibility of later receiving course credit. Interested students should send a brief statement of interest and their resume to Shelbi Kuhlmann at shelbi.kuhlmann25@uga.edu.

 

 

Spring 2017:

 

Who: Joshua Patterson jrpihe@uga.edu

Department: Division of Academic Enhancement

Website: http://ihe.uga.edu/

Date Advertised: December 2016

 

The Division of Academic Enhancement is looking for undergraduate researchers interested to assist in the ongoing and systemic examination of the Division's unique organizational structures. This project is well suited for students interested in in qualitative research methods, social network analysis, staff perceptions of organizations, higher education administration, human relations, public administration, leadership, strategic planning, organizational behavior, or other related topics.

 

Students participating in this course will engage in the following qualitative and quantitative research techniques:

  • Developing qualitative interview protocols
  • Observing and possibly conducting qualitative interviews
  • Transcribing and coding interviews using statistical software
  • Using statistical software to conduct network analysis and text mining on transcripts and producing visual aids
  • Analyzing and summarizing organizational structure of a higher education administrative unit

The product of this work would seek to analyze and summarize the findings of any/all of the research methods listed above.

 

 

Who: Sophia Anong sanong@uga.edu

Department: Financial Planning & Consumer Economics (at UGA Griffin Campus)

Website: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/fhce/undergraduate-consumer-economics-financial-planning-emphasis

Date Advertised: October 2016

 

Health Status and Financial Well-being

The project explores relationships between financial knowledge, financial well-being, health insurance coverage, and health status. It involves data analysis of a large national dataset that has indicators that include financial literacy, financial confidence, daily management of finances as well as physical and mental barriers to good decision-making and practices in personal financial management.

Students can learn how to survey academic and non-academic literature and conduct data analyses as well as disseminate their research at a national or regional conference.

 

 

Fall 2016:

 

Who: Watershed UGA

Department: Interdisciplinary

Website: http://www.watershed.uga.edu

Date Advertised: April 30, 2015

 

Watershed UGA is looking for motivated students interested in engaging with sustainability through campus watersheds. Opportunities available in every discipline, including history, design, engineering, ecology, business, art and much more.

 

Campus watersheds, including Lake Herrick, Lilly Branch and Tanyard Creek, are highly developed with portions of the creeks flowing under parking lots, roads and buildings (including Sanford stadium). For years these creeks have been contaminated and ignored. Watershed UGA aims to engage the campus community in these resources. Towards this end, research is needed on a wide range of topics.  Not only do we need a better understanding of watershed history, science and rehabilitation, but we also need to restore and cultivate the communities’ connection to and long term stewardship of our watersheds, and assess the impacts of our actions. For more information or possible research projects, go to the website, contact one of the faculty members below or e-mail watershed@uga.edu

 

Below is a list of potential project advisors who are available to discuss potential project ideas or brainstorm new ones. Students interested in Watershed UGA are not limited to this list.

 

Watershed restoration, management, and policy

Dr. Maric Boudreau (Terry College) - Management Information Systems

Dr. Jon Calabria (College of Environment & Design) – Landscape design, restoration

Dr. Laurie Fowler (Odum School of Ecology, The Law School) – environmental policy & law

Dr. Lizzie King (Odum, Warnell) – Restoration ecology, ecosystem services

Dr. Eric MacDonald (College of Environment and Design) – Chew Crew, historic preservation

Prof. Alfie Vick (College of Environment & Design) –  Landscape design, cultural landscapes, sustainability

 

Stream and Aquatic Ecology, Water Quality

Dr. Scott Connelly (Odum School of Ecology) – stream ecology

Dr. Erin Lipp (Environmental Health) – water quality

Dr. Quint Newcomer (Odum School of Ecology, UGA Costa Rica) – stream ecology

Dr. David Radcliffe (Crop and Soils Science, CAES) – water quality

Dr. Jay Shelton (Warnell School) – aquatic ecology

Dr. Seth Wenger (River Basin Center, Odum School of Ecology) – Stream ecology

 

Watershed science, education, outreach, and participation

Dr. Malcolm Adams (Mathematics)

Dr. Mary Atwater (Mathematics & Science Ed)            

Prof.  Pratt Cassity (College of Environment and Design)

Dr. John Dowd (Geology)

Dr. Daphne Norton (Chemistry)

 

Watershed and humanities

Dr. Ron Balthazor (English)

Prof. Mark Callahan (School of Art)

Prof. Michael Marshall (School of Art)

Dr. Debra Miller (English)

 

 

Who: Dr. Logan Fiorella lfiorella@uga.edu

Department: Educational Psychology

Date Advertised: 8/22/16

 

I am looking for motivated undergraduate students interested in conducting research in educational psychology beginning Fall 2016.  In my lab, we conduct experiments aimed at understanding how students learn and how to help students learn, particularly in science.  Tasks include preparing experimental materials, scheduling participants, reviewing the research literature, and collecting and coding data.  Students should be able to commit a minimum of 6 hours/week on a volunteer basis at first, with the possibility of later receiving course credit. 

 

Interested students should send a brief statement of interest and their resume to Professor Logan Fiorella at lfiorella@uga.edu.

 

 

Who: Dr. Zhong-Ru (Paul) Xie paulxie@uga.edu

Department: Engineering

Date Advertised: 8/22/16

 

The cost of bringing a new drug to the market has been increasing dramatically; therefore, computational drug design has become one of the top interests of industry and academy. Our research group is particularly interested in the research topics of computational drug discovery. You will learn the knowledge of the relationship between protein 3D structures and their functions, gain hands-on experience in operating state-of-the-art software in virtual drug discovery, and publish the results on peer-reviewed journals after participate in our research projects.

 

Any undergraduate student who is studying Bioinformtaics, Bio-/Computer/Chemical related Sciences/Engineering, Medical/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics or any other related fields is welcome to join our group. The experiences of virtual drug discovery will be a big plus for your career. Please send me an email (to paulxie@uga.edu) if you are interested or if you require further information.

 

 

Spring 2016:

 

Who: Dr. Lillian Eby leby@uga.edu

Department: Psychology

Website: http://psychology.uga.edu/research/labs/eby-lab

Date Advertised: 12/4/15

 

Dr. Eby’s research lab focuses on occupational health psychology. Some of our current projects center on family social support, work-family conflict, and mindfulness. Involvement in the Eby Lab requires a time commitment of at least 6 hours per week, including a weekly lab meeting. Research assistants can expect to be involved in a variety of tasks, including data collection, data analysis, and research presentations. To apply to the lab, contact doctoral student Melissa Mitchell at melmitch@uga.edu.