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Student Research is one of the four primary branches of Beyond the Classroom activities at the Honors College. The Honors College offers funding for undergraduate research across disciplines in order to promote intellectual growth and to encourage excellence in scholarship. 

Student Research funding includes two Honors College grants (Science Undergraduate Research Fellowships and Exploration Scholars Program) and Senior Thesis support. Additional support is available for research-related travel. Science Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) and Exploration research funds are awarded as a student stipend.

Please note, however, that SURF and Exploration funds cannot be used for support in your final semester prior to graduation if you are enrolled in two credit hours of SCHC 499. Projects supported by undergraduate research funds may later be developed into a senior thesis, but students seeking financial support during the senior thesis process should apply for a senior thesis grant. 

Current Research Opportunities

The use and interpretation of National Park landscapes have changed dramatically over the years, bowing to pressures from shifting political, academic, and social ideologies. Through several grants funded by the National Park Service’s Civil War to Civil Rights Initiative, this project looks at NPS sites in Georgia and Virginia associated with African American heritage. Project research seeks to understand how public interpretations at these NPS landscapes tell (or don’t) the stories of their African American occupants, and how such stories fit into larger national dialogues concerning issues of heritage and memorialization.

Undergraduate Research Assistants involved in this project will have the opportunity to process, interpret, and analyze historic texts, collect and transcribe oral histories from descendant communities, review archaeological collections, and contribute to project publications. There will also be an opportunity to participate in an Oral and Documentary History field work project in Summer 2020 at the Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia. Prior experience in historical analysis or archaeology is NOT required. Interested students should contact Dr. Kelly Goldberg at goldbeke@mailbox.sc.edu.

Some part-time research assistant (RA) opportunities are available in my research team for undergraduate and graduate students interested in LGBT and social media. I am especially interested in continuing to hire Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Woman/Man Transgender identifying students due to the goals of the project.  

Research assistants would work 10 hours per week, at a rate of $10/hour. RAs need to be on campus for a training session and weekly face-to-face meetings in Fall 2019. Research assistants will be working on classifying self-identifying LGBT social media users into several categories, by following an extensive set of guidelines. Due to the sensitive nature of some content, we ask that all applicants for this research position be at least 18 years of age. 

We are hoping this information will lead to better, more accurate information for LGBT community members in the future. 

If you are interested in this project and consider yourself Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Woman/Man Transgender, please send your CV including your GPA and major to karami@mailbox.sc.edu.

Architected materials are materials whose properties are dominated by their geometry rather than their chemical composition. Engineering design of their geometry leads to mechanical properties in these materials that are not attainable with traditional materials.

 

Research and application of architected materials are closely related to 3D printing. Two projects, sitting at the intersection of these fields, are available:

  1. 3D printing with ceramic materials is a topic of growing interest. The goal of this research is to characterize the effect of print parameters (such as the print path and layer height) and object geometry (such as size and shape) on the fracture behavior 3D printed ceramic parts. This characterization is necessary to allow the subsequent study of architected materials and will facilitate expanded use of ceramic materials in 3D printing. This experimental work will involve the operation of a 3D printer and mechanical property testing.
  1. The performance of architected materials is limited by simple design approaches. More optimized geometries to boost their mechanical performance need adaptation to respect the manufacturing constraints of 3D printing techniques. This project will compare the properties of structural elements tailored for manufacturability to classical designs. This computational work will make extensive use of finite element models.

Any interested undergraduate students should contact Dr. Andrew Gross, at andrewgross@sc.edu for further discussion.

Project Overview:
Faculty in the College of Education are studying classroom/behavior management training with general education teachers. Undergraduates involved in this project will learn how to conduct a rigorous and systematic review of the literature for potential publication.

Project Tasks:

  • Attend a training session outlining how to conduct the search through online databases and record findings (facilitated by Dr. Mark Samudre and Lauren LeJeune)
  • Conduct the search independently
  • Update all search-related documents in a timely manner
  • Code information and training components of each study that meets the inclusion criteria
  • Work closely with faculty throughout all stages of the review

Position Details:

  • The position requires students who are dependable and can manage their time and deadlines successfully
  • No more than 5 hours/week
  • Position begins late fall 2019 through spring 2020
  • This is a volunteer position, with the potential for independent study and undergraduate research grant applications such as Magellan programs

For more information and to apply, please contact:
Dr. Mark D. Samudre
Educational Studies, College of Education
msamudre@mailbox.sc.edu

University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology
Undergraduate Research Opportunity

 
Dr. Velázquez’s lab focuses on investigating the neuro-immune mechanism by which colorectal cancer and colitis promote visceral nociception (pain).  In addition, her lab studies the effects of an herbal formula as a new therapy to treat cancer pain.
 
Project tasks include genotyping, rodent behavior, western blot, qPCR, and immunohistochemistry.
 
The position requires a highly motivated and positive student with a desire to learn.
 
This is a volunteer position, with the potential for independent study and work study. Hours may vary depending upon type of involvement. The position begins September 2019 and will continue through September 2020.
 

To Apply:
Contact Dr. Kandy Velázquez
Assistant Professor
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
University of South Carolina School of Medicine

kandy.velazquez@uscmed.sc.edu

Faculty and students at the Visualized Structural Health Monitoring Laboratory work to develop new ultrasonic testing (UT) techniques and assessment methods to provide nondestructive and quantitative solutions to assure the integrity of conventional or emerging new structural systems. A variety of sensory systems and inspection methods have been developed to detect defects in metals, alloys, and advanced composite materials across aerospace, civil, and nuclear industries. The current research focus is on developing non-contact or remote UT through the use of air coupled or laser ultrasonics. We are seeking undergraduate researchers with interests in working on projects related to developing this technique. Two directions are welcoming HC undergraduate students to join:

* Development of broadband remote laser UT testing system

* Development of air coupled transducer based non-contact actuation

Honors College students from mechanical and general engineering who have strong interests and motivation in conducting research are encouraged to contact the faculty. Students are expected to be self-motivated with the ability to identify and solve problems on their own. Should you have any questions feel free to contact Dr. Lingyu Yu or email your most recent resume/CV via yu3@cec.sc.edu.

 

Wordification® is a web-based game system driven by an underlying word feature database and an AI algorithm providing students with individualized spelling instruction based on their current knowledge of English spelling. It addresses the individualized spelling instruction need by using internal assessment to determine each student’s appropriate instructional level, because the database is constructed to encode relevant phonological, orthographic, morphological, and semantic properties of individual words (and groups of words). Words and word features each have associated audio files, enabling students to learn through both speech-to-text and text-to-speech mappings. Wordification® uniquely incorporates, hidden to the user, theoretical approaches to spelling acquisition and data-based spelling instructional strategies.

Our proposed intervention addresses these issues. The fundamental practicality of Wordification® is that linguistic principles of English spelling are embedded within the programming. The delivery of classroom spelling instruction through Wordification® will provide accurate instruction of the linguistic principles of English spelling, even when teachers do not have explicit understanding of them. Also, Wordification® allows for individualized instruction not possible with traditional classroom practice; each student moves through the program at their own pace, based on embedded progress monitoring on their own computer. Teachers can         also track student progress using personalized reports downloaded from the software.

This project is led by Professor Stanley Dubinsky.  To learn more and to become involved, see the information provided here.

The Encyclopedia of Global Ethnolinguistic Conflict is a curated digital source of information about ethnolinguistic conflicts and language rights violations around the world, information not readily available elsewhere. Conflict cases are geo-located, with information about the state/territory of the conflict, the ethnolinguistic parties to it, its history and linguistic background, and relevant language rights issues. Database filters allow users to compare and contrast conflicts, sorted by conflict type, language family, location, etc.
 
This project is led by Professor Stanley Dubinsky.  To learn more and to become involved, see the information on this link.
Do you want to gain compelling research experience? Interested in completing a senior thesis? Are you interested in graduate school? The Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab is seeking highly motivated students to become a part of our research team. Students will obtain hands-on research training by assisting with activities such as behavioral coding and data entry. Student research assistants gain mentorship, the potential to pursue independent research, and opportunities to present at local conferences. Volunteer or course credit opportunities are available. Due to the nature of our work, a two semester commitment is generally required. Interested students should contact Nichole Mayberry at mayberrn@mailbox.sc.edu for additional information or go to our website at www.uscdevlab.com.

Dr. Jessica Bradshaw, assistant professor in Psychology, is looking for motivated students to engage in exciting clinical research on early identification and intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Undergraduate research assistants would help run experiments using eye tracking and heart activity monitoring with infants and children.

Course credit for Independent Study (PSYC 498/PSYC 598) is available!

Qualifications:

- 3.5 GPA minimum

- Two semester commitment

- Interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills

- Must be comfortable interacting with parents and children

- Interest in infant development and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder

Interested? Please email esdilab@mailbox.sc.edu for a research assistant application.

When we think of “Sustainability,” we usually think in terms of a few years or decades. But in some regions of the world, urban civilizations have sustained themselves for thousands of years. How? Why? Can they continue to do so? This project has collected data to answer these questions from southern Iraq – home to the world’s oldest known cities. In geographical area the size of the South Carolina Low Country, cities there have survived and thrived for over 6,000 years. And now, we are continuing an ambitious program to use urban wastewater to restore ecosystem services there.

Dr. Jennifer Pournelle is looking for research assistants to help launch this new work, including data entry, graphic design, website maintenance, reporting, GIS, species analyses, lab analyses, and many other tasks. Enroll in ENVR 499 (Undergraduate Research) and earn course credit (1-6 units) for participation in this multidisciplinary sustainability research! For questions, contact Dr. Pournelle in Byrnes 430A at jpournelle@environ.sc.edu.
When we think of “Sustainability,” we usually think in terms of a few years or decades. But in some regions of the world, urban civilizations have sustained themselves for thousands of years. How? Why? Can they continue to do so? This project has collected data to answer these questions from southern Iraq – home to the world’s oldest known cities. In geographical area the size of the South Carolina Low Country, cities there have survived and thrived for over 6,000 years.

Dr. Jennifer Pournelle is looking for research assistants to help with startup of the next phase of this project, including data entry, graphic design, website maintenance, GIS, lab sample analyses, grant writing, and many other tasks. Enroll in ENVR 499 (Undergraduate Research) and earn course credit (1-6 units) for participation in this multidisciplinary sustainability research! For questions, contact Dr. Pournelle in Byrnes 430A at jpournelle@environ.sc.edu.
Prospective Applicants:  We are seeking student researchers who have interests in Global Politics, International Relations, International Business, Geography, History, Language & Culture, and other relevant Humanities subjects. We welcome participation of students who have excellent writing and editing skills, or who are interested in the development of digital resources, in graphic arts and web-design, and in the coding of information structure and user interfaces (Computer Science, Graphic Arts, etc.).

Student researchers will have the opportunity to become part of the research team, and to be electronically published. Possible opportunities as a student researcher on this project can include (i) independent study credit, (ii) undergraduate research scholarships (e.g. Exploration Scholars Program, Science Undergraduate Research Fellowships, Magellan Scholarships, etc.), or (iii) a Senior Thesis project. Student involvement in this project is quite flexible and can involve whatever number of hours as their course load permits.

Project Abstract:  Linguistic minorities arise through conquest, colonization, immigration, enslavement, or states that ignore ethnolinguistic territories. The existence of linguistic minorities often leads to ethnolinguistic conflict, and such conflicts can involve assaults on minority language rights but tend to attract less attention and be less acknowledged as a “class”, than ideological, religious, environmental, or economically-based conflict. Proceeding from the publication of Language Conflict and Language Rights: Ethnolinguistic Perspectives on Human Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2018), we are creating an Encyclopedia of Global Ethnolinguistic Conflict, a source of information about ethnolinguistic conflicts and language rights violations around the world. Conflict cases will be geo-located, with information about the state/territory of the conflict, the ethnolinguistic parties to it, its history and linguistic background, and relevant language rights issues. Users will be able to compare and contrast conflicts, sorted by conflict type, language family, location, etc. We expect the Encyclopedia of Global Ethnolinguistic Conflict to grow to several hundred cases, providing useful information to linguists, political scientists, historians, and legal scholars, as well as to the general public.

Research Plan:  We plan to create a prototype of the digital resource with support from the Center for Digital Humanities, beta test this resource with USC classes in Spring 2019, and roll out a publicly accessible version of the Encyclopedia at the UC – Davis Summer Linguistic Institute in June-July 2019. This is a long-term project that will extend over several years.

Interested students should submit a current resume, along with a statement describing their interest in the project and the role that they feel most suited for.

Contact: Stanley Dubinsky

Email:  dubinsky@sc.edu

Investigators:  Stanley Dubinsky (Linguistics Program and Department of English Language & Literature). Michael Gavin (Department of English Language & Literature)

The Dudycha Lab is looking for one additional undergraduate researcher with an interest in ecology/evolutionary biology to join the lab this Fall 2018.  The 

student would be working on a project in algae, measuring population growth, cell size, and trophic interactions.   The student is expected to be a biology major and have already taken, and done well in, BIOL 301.

Please contact Dr. Dudycha directly at dudycha@biol.sc.edu

Jeffry L. Dudycha

Professor

Dept. of Biological Sciences

http://ww2.biol.sc.edu/~dudycha/

The ELLA study is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The purpose of the study is to track developmental changes in early language and literacy skills of preschool children with hearing loss and identify early predictors of elementary school literacy skills. The study uses standardized testing, language sampling and eye tracking methodology.

Opportunities for volunteer and independent study credit are available. The lab also supports its undergraduate research assistants in pursuing SURF/Exploration/Magellan funding.

Interested students should contact Dr. Krystal Werfel (werfel@sc.edu).

The MINI Study is funded by the USC Provost’s Office. The purpose of the study is to determine whether students with reading impairments exhibit minimal hearing loss at higher rates than students without reading impairments, as well as the association of minimal hearing loss with deficits in specific reading skills (e.g., decoding vs comprehension). The study involves literacy and audiology assessment of students in 2ndthrough 12th grade.

Opportunities for volunteer and independent study credit are available. The lab also supports its undergraduate research assistants in pursuing SURF/Exploration/Magellan funding.

Interested students should contact Dr. Krystal Werfel (werfel@sc.edu).

Are you interested in graduate school? Do you want to gain some research experience to boost your resume? Are you interested in autism and developmental disorders? We are recruiting motivated students to assist with a research study focused on autism and fragile X syndrome! Our research is interdisciplinary and draws on techniques from the fields of psychology, communication science and disorders, physiology, and genetics. We offer students opportunities to obtain hands-on research experience, professional development, and mentorship. Opportunities for volunteer and independent study credit are available. We also support students interested in pursuing SURF/Magellan/Exploration funding.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jessica Klusek (klusek@mailbox.sc.edu).

The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Research Lab is recruiting honors college students to become a part of our research team! Are you interested in graduate school? Do you love to work with young children? Do you want to gain some compelling research experience? Interested in completing a senior thesis? The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab (Principal Investigator: Dr. Jane Roberts; www.USCDevLab.com) is seeking highly motivated students to become a part of our research team. Students will obtain hands-on research training by assisting with activities such as participant assessment, behavioral coding, and data entry. Student research assistants gain mentorship, the potential to pursue independent research, and opportunities to present at local conferences. Volunteer or course credit opportunities are available. Due to the nature of our work, a two semester commitment is generally required. Interested students should contact Dr. Abby Hogan at hoganbro@mailbox.sc.edu for additional information.

The USC Department of Psychology's Obesity Research Group is seeking highly motivated and reliable undergraduate research assistants to work on a grant project funded by the National Institutes of Health. Project FIT (Families Improving Together) is a family based weight loss intervention designed to reduce weight status in African American families with adolescents between the ages of 11-16. Students who are interested in learning about environmental factors associated with health behaviors may be particularly interested in applying. Students interested in learning more about different approaches to obesity prevention may also be interested in gaining experience working with both community and family related approaches. Research assistants could gain course credit for this experience and would work ~6-10 hours per week. Please contact Lauren Huffman with questions (see contact information below).

Interested students should email their resume and a cover letter to:
Jasmine B. Gant
University of South Carolina Department of Psychology
1233 Washington Street, 9th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
uscfit@gmail.com

I am looking for 1-2 Honors college students (Junior year preferable) to work and learn on a project where breast cancer survivors, volunteers in the Reach to Recovery program of the American Cancer Society will coach other breast cancer survivors to become physically active. This 5-year study offers the opportunity for students to learn about recruitment of coaches and participants, designing recruitment materials, data collection (quantitative and qualitative) and data analyses. I am looking for students with a background in psychology, nursing, exercise science, counseling, or social work, who are willing to commit to 6-8 hours per week (work hours are flexible). The work is voluntary. Students may apply for funding through the Honors College. They will also be encouraged to apply for Magellan funds and mentorship will be provided.

Interested students should send your resume and a letter outlining your interest in the study and relevant experiences and/or skills to Dr. Pinto at pintob@mailbox.sc.edu.

Bernardine M. Pinto, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
College of Nursing
1601 Greene Street, Rm 302 B
Columbia SC 29208
Ph: 803-777-9272

The USC Speech Perception Laboratory studies speech understanding difficulties under adverse listening conditions with specific clinical applications.  Some current opportunities are as follows:

1.      Perceptual Processing of Speech Cues by Younger and Older Listeners: This project investigates how age and hearing impairment influence a listener’s ability to process different speech cues.  Digital signal processing methods are used to investigate behavioral and psychophysical abilities.  We apply this information toward recommendations for hearing aid programming.

2.      The Identification of Speech from Partial Information: This project investigates how listeners process speech information differently, depending upon the availability of different linguistic, acoustic, and/or visual information, as well as the noise context.  

3.      Neural Processing of Temporal Speech Information: The speech signal has incredible temporal complexity and our ability to process that temporal information, in part, determines how well we understand speech.  We are investigating how well the brain tracks auditory temporal information. 

Interested students should contact Dr. Dan Fogerty (fogerty@sc.edu) about current opportunities.  The lab will support accepted students in applying for Exploration/SURF funding, which will be subject to approval from the SCHC.  For further information on SCHC research funding, see the Exploration and SURF page.

Project Abstract
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) suffer from impairments in social functioning that can manifest as an inability too work together or cooperate with adult caregivers and/or same age peers.  Video-game based training is a promising approach to encouraging social skills in this population. The goal of the current project is to create a suite of computer-based teamwork games, the Cooperation Station, using the Unity 2D game engine (www.unity3d.com).  These games can be anything that encourages two people to work and play together.  When completed, these games will be distributed freely to autism clinics around the country. 

Requirements/Qualifications
Students involved in this research will be expected to: (1) Generate game ideas and work as a member of a team to bring them to life, (2) master Unity 2d programming relevant to game creation and (3) work on sound and graphic design relevant to game creation. Computer programming experience (in some language) required. Experience with Unity2d or Unity3d beneficial but not required.

Contact:

Roger D. Newman-Norlund, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise Science
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, USC Brain Stimulation Laboratory
http://www.mccauslandcenter.sc.edu/tms/
Director, Perceptual Motor Development Laboratory
http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/PMD/
University of South Carolina
Discovery I Building, Office 202D
915 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Office: 803-777-7176
Fax: 803-777-8422

Project Abstract
mTBI, or mild traumatic brain injury, occurs in athletes following physical impact to the head. After a mTBI has occurred, it is important to rapidly and objectively assess brain function. One way to do this is by using magnetic resonance imaging or MRI.  MRI uses radio frequency to tilt hydrogen atoms in the brain out of alignment with a static magnetic field. As the hydrogen atoms return to their original orientation, they release energy which is measured by specialized coils in the MRI machine and can be used to construct 3D images of a participant's organs.  We will measure brain activity in up to 15 college age students within 72 hours of mTBI, and again 45 days post mTBI.  Both structural and functional (brain activity during rest) brain images will be acquired for each participant at each time point. The goal of the current project is to examine brain changes occurring between the initial and final scans. 

Requirements/Qualifications
Students involved in this research will be expected to (1) Master basic principles of functional magnetic resonance imaging and become safety certified on our research MRI scanner (12 hours of safety training), (2) assist with the acquisition of MRI data following mTBI , (3) assist in the analysis of brain imaging data and (4) assist in the interpretation of results. Good computer skills and tenacity are a must. Programming skills would be advantageous, but are not required.

Contact:

Roger D. Newman-Norlund, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise Science
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, USC Brain Stimulation Laboratory
http://www.mccauslandcenter.sc.edu/tms/
Director, Perceptual Motor Development Laboratory
http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/PMD/
University of South Carolina
Discovery I Building, Office 202D
915 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Office: 803-777-7176
Fax: 803-777-8422

Project Abstract
Human beings vary widely in terms of their personalities. Some people are more comfortable in a dominant role while others shy away from confrontation. Some people are high in empathy, while others have difficulty understanding the emotions of others. Recent evidence suggests that basic personality traits like dominance and empathy have are linked to political affiliation (i.e. whether someone is a Liberal/Democrat or a Conservative/Republican) (Newman-Norlund, Burch & Baer, 2013). Recently, my lab acquired data from 36 people that makes it possible for us to examine the relationship between brain activity (Resting State fMRI Scan), personality (PDP Personality Questionnaire) and political affiliation (Political Affiliation Questionnaire). The goal of the current project is to analyze this data and interpret the findings. A better understanding of the relationship between these variables could help us understand the neural factors that guide our everyday behavior.

Requirements/Qualifications
Students involved in this research will be expected to (1) Master basic principles of functional magnetic resonance imaging and brain connectivity (2) Become familiar with neuroanatomical locations and functions of brain areas relevant to the personality and political affiliation (3) prepare raw behavioral and brain data for subsequent analysis (4) assist in the analysis of brain imaging data, (5) assist in the interpretation of results and dissemination of findings (via creation of PowerPoint presentations, posters presentations and manuscripts). Good computer skills and tenacity are a must. Programming skills and experience with statistics software would be advantageous, but are not required.

Applicants must be eligible for the SURF grant.

For more information about this project, contact:

Roger David Newman-Norlund, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise Science
803-777-7176
rnorlund@mailbox.sc.edu

Are you interested in learning more about real-world applications of psychology to help youth and families in need? Are you interested in developing research skills (e.g., data collection, entry, and management, writing) that are attractive to graduate school programs? We are seeking motivated students to assist with a research study focused on improving mental health treatment participation. In mental health services all around the country, many youth and families don’t achieve their goals due to common barriers that interfere with them fully participating in treatment. The goal of our study is to work with community mental health providers to find ways to increase youth and family participation in services. Students will have the opportunity to participate on a multisite team (along with students and faculty from the University of California, Los Angeles) and interact with providers statewide. Student research assistants will have opportunities for hands-on research experience and mentorship. Volunteer or independent study credit opportunities are available. Students are also encouraged to apply for Magellan and other internal funding. Students should be able to commit approximately 8 hours per week (work hours are flexible). Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to Dr. Kim Becker at beckerkd@mailbox.sc.edu. Please indicate prior research experiences and software proficiencies (e.g., Excel, Access, SPSS, etc.). 
Women who had high blood pressure in pregnancy or preterm birth have a lifetime of increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The goal of this project is to link levels of hormones that influence blood pressure to subtle measurements of vascular dysfunction in women soon after having a baby so that prevention of disease is still possible. Given the race disparities in both adverse pregnancy outcomes and CVD, we will investigate the effect of race on these mechanisms.

I'm looking for students to help collect non-invasive measurements (blood pressure, tonometry, ultrasonography) of vascular function.  This would be an ideal lab environment for someone interested in becoming a physician or PA. 

If you are interested in working on this study, please contact me by email at: LANECORD@mailbox.sc.edu.

Abbi Lane-Cordova, PhD
Are you looking for opportunities to develop research skills that will help you prepare for graduate school? Interested working on research related to children, especially those who are part of underrepresented groups (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities)? Do you love working with kids? The goal of the School-Based Prevention Research Lab at the University of South Carolina is to improve children’s academic and social/behavioral outcomes. Our lab is focused on helping schools improve their use of data and evidence-based interventions, as well as promoting parent engagement in children’s education. We are seeking out individuals who are passionate about working towards the success of all children in schools. Undergraduate research assistants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on and mentored research training such as data entry, data coding, and potentially working directly with children. Research assistants can participate as volunteers or earn course credit, and have the potential to pursue research funding for independent projects. Interested students should contact Dr. Stacy-Ann January at psycsprl@mailbox.sc.edu for more information.
Interested in exercise and the brain and/or clinical populations (such as cancer survivors)? Dr. Ehlers’ current project aims to better understand breast cancer survivors’ needs and perceptions related to their physical activity levels and cancer-related cognitive impairment across the cancer experience. Study will use a combination of quantitative (questionnaires, physical activity monitoring, cognitive testing) and qualitative (interviews) assessments to answer research questions. Study will lead to an exercise program aimed at improving cognitive function in breast cancer survivors beginning Summer 2018.

Student Experience:
Student will gain experience with objective behavioral monitoring, neuropsychological testing, psychosocial aspects of cancer, qualitative interview administration, graded exercise testing, exercise prescription and leadership with clinical populations, and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain.

Position Details:
Experience is volunteer or independent study. Please note paid opportunities may be available after a semester working in the lab.
Work schedule is flexible and will include 10-20 hours per week.
Multiple semester commitment preferred (starts Spring 2018 semester and will continue in Summer and/or Fall based upon student’s interests and availability).

Contact:
Dr. Diane Ehlers, Exercise Science at ehlersd@mailbox.sc.edu
 
The Pocivavsek lab seeks enthusiastic undergraduate scholars that are motivated to conduct preclinical research in the area of sleep and cognition.  We aim to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction. Poor sleep quality is associated with impairments in cognitive function.  Our research strives to unravel common molecular mechanisms between sleep disturbances and cognitive impairments and introduce new therapeutic approaches to alleviate these outcomes.  More information about our lab can be found at www.pocivavsek-lab.com
 
Project Goals: The aims of our project are designed to investigate the interplay between tryptophan metabolism via the kynurenine pathway, sleep and cognition in rodents. Experimental work will encompass mainly biochemistry (in vivo microdialysis and HPLC), pharmacology, and behavioral neuroscience (hippocampal-dependent learning and memory tasks, EEG/EMG sleep recordings).   
 
How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter directly to Dr. Ana Pocivavsek at Ana.Pocivavsek@uscmed.sc.edu

The Mousseau Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences is looking for volunteers to help analyze images of wild mammals from cameras located in Chernobyl, Fukushima, and South Carolina. We need students interested in wildlife/ecology research that would like to help out processing images. Students would help by examining images and recording the animals observed in those images to a database. The purpose of the project is to determine the influence of anthropogenic disturbance and radiation on mammal populations. Students across disciplines are welcome and no previous experience is required! If you start now, there are opportunities to earn class credit and apply for grants in future semesters.

If interested, please email Melissa Groleau at mgroleau@email.sc.edu with the following information: First and Last Name, Year, Major, GPA, and Interest/Motivation. If applicable, please explain any previous lab experience.

The NESLS program offers students on-the-job education and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory. Research areas of interest may include nuclear security technologies; nuclear systems analysis, design and safety; fuels, isotopes, and nuclear materials. Other features of the internship include: Stipend, Travel/Housing assistance, and Professional Development Activities.

 Application Deadlines: For a Spring 2019 internship, Jan. 6, 2019. For a Summer 2019 internship, Feb. 28, 2019.

For eligibility requirements and to apply online, visit https://orise.orau.gov/crnl

Work alongside CMU faculty in this National Science Foundation-funded REU program to develop research projects ranging from limnology, fisheries biology, conservation and spatial ecology, molecular ecology, and microbial ecology.

 Document how unprecedented changes currently underway in the Laurentian Great Lakes (one of the world’s most important freshwater ecosystem) are affecting the structure, function, and ecosystem services on the nearshore environment.

 Engage with government, private, and cultural stakeholders who have interests in Great Lakes resources and learn how to communicate findings to those groups.

 Participating students receive a $5,750 stipend, free room & board at the CMU Biological Station, and up to $500 to travel to CMU.

 Applications are due Friday, February 1, 2019. Online applications are available at se.cmich.edu/cmubsreu. Funded by the NSF award 1757418 and the College of Science & Engineering.

You are invited to participate in an exciting 10-week, summer research training program where you will learn from the nation’s leading cancer researchers and receive hands-on training at the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center. You will be exposed to the latest advances in biomedical and biobehavioral cancer research spanning basic, clinical, and population sciences with an emphasis on cancer disparity dynamics in South Carolina.

 

Program Description:

* 10 week program (May 27, 2019 – August 2, 2019)

* Cancer Health Equity Research Course

* Transferable credit hours

* Hands-on research experience with faculty member

* Cultural awareness activities

* GRE prep course

* Competitive stipend

 

Location: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Application Opens: October 5, 2018

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 To Apply: https://kcannady.wufoo.com/forms/p14a8ysl0d99soo/

Intelligent structures are structures that are capable of sensing and understanding changes in their own condition. Moreover, these structures may be capable of adapting to these changes through a variety of mechanical or chemical response mechanisms. Dr. Austin Downey in the department of Mechanical Engineering is currently seeking undergraduate researchers with interests in working on projects related to smart structures, multi-functional materials, and connected infrastructure. Multiple projects are available that will build on, or combine, some of the following skills.

* Electronic design (micro-controller based)

* Python coding for data acquisition

* Machine learning

* 3D printing and CAD modeling

* Data processing

* Concrete material testing

* Structural control

The majority of the projects have some hands-on components and all the work is research oriented (not data-entry). The skill sets required fit well with students from Mechanical, Civil, and Electrical engineering. However, students from all disciplines are welcome.

Due to the nature of the work, students must be self-motivated with the ability to identify and solve problems on their own. Students interested in perusing graduate level degrees are strongly preferred. No prior research experience is required. If interested, please contact Dr. Austin Downey at adowney2@cec.sc.edu.

This study looks at smooth muscle cell fate in the aortic wall in transgenic mice that develop thoracic aortic aneurysms.

Tasks include:

*mouse genotyping

*immunohistochemistry

*digital image analysis

*assisting with small animals

Applicants should have previous reserach experience and be willing to work 8-10 hours a week starting immediately. The positions may extend into the summer.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Dr. Susan Lessner, cell Biology & Anatomy, School of Medicine at susan.lessner@uscmed.sc.edu.

This study looks at aterial calcification in peripheral arterial disease and whether it can be used to predict clinical outcomes following femoral endarterectomy surgery.

Tasks include:

*calcium assays

*microCT of plaque specimens

*digital image analysis

*possibly white blood cell isolation

Applicants should have previous reserach experience and be willing to work 8-10 hours a week starting immediately. The positions may extend into the summer.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Dr. Susan Lessner, cell Biology & Anatomy, School of Medicine at susan.lessner@uscmed.sc.edu.

The Senner Lab is seeking an undergraduate to assist in field methods for the study of adpative predator behaviors in red fox (Vulpes vulpes alascensis). This study is focused on understanding how predators' daily moement and activity patterns respond to risk avoidance measure in prey species (ground-nesting shorebirds, waterfowl) and how prey-phenology affects the diet of a small-bodied carnivore.

April 27-July 27, 2019 | Location: Beluga River, Alaska

Tasks include:

*assisting a field crew focused on bird ecology

*den survey and occasional live-trapping

*small mammal trapping

*nest predator camera monitoring

For experience details and applicant requirements, visit ow.ly/d/8eAv

To apply, email lwilde@email.sc.edu with the following:

1. Cover letter describing interest in the project and relevant past experiences

2. Resume/CV

3. 2 to 3 references

Questions? Come visit the Senner Lab (CLS 406).

 


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