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What's listed below is only a selection of research opportunities available to undergraduate students—and is a list that 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, contact Kerrie Bethel at kabethel@uga.edu to advertise a research opportunity here.


Summer/Fall 2018

Who: Dr. Gregory Strauss
Department: Psychology
Date Advertised: 2/21/2018

I am currently recruiting undergraduate research assistants for the Clinical Affective Neuroscience Laboratory (CAN lab). Positions are available beginning in Summer or Fall 2018. Research assistants who work in the CAN lab will be given the types of opportunities that can make them stand out in a graduate admissions process or in pursuing a career in the field, including:

  • Training in the administration of computerized affective neuroscience tasks using eye-tracking and psychophysiological recording methods
  • Experience at programming computerized tasks
  • Techniques for processing data from computerized experiments
  • Training in statistical analysis
  • Opportunities for presenting research at scientific conferences
  • Professional Development Workshops held in lab

Typical duties for undergraduate research assistants include:

  • Recruiting healthy control and clinical participants for studies
  • Coding, entering, and scoring data
  • Administering behavioral, eye-tracking, or psychophysiological recoding experiments to healthy participants from the Psychology Department subject pool
  • Attending regular lab meetings

Undergraduate students working in the lab for multiple years will assist with schizophrenia studies. Exceptional students may complete an undergraduate thesis.

Students who are motivated, possess good time management skills, and have the ability to commit 10-plus hours of their time per week (in blocks of 3-5 hours) will be a strong fit for the lab. We require a 2 semester commitment and encourage students to apply as early in their undergraduate careers as possible and absolutely prior to the start of their senior year. Students may receive course credit for their work in the lab.

Interested students are asked to complete the application found on the lab website at https://ugacanlab.com/join-the-lab.

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
Project: 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.