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Specific Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities with UH Faculty
Below is a listing of UH faculty members who are currently seeking talented undergraduate students to participate in their ongoing research. More details regarding these opportunities may be obtained by contacting the faculty member directly. It is also recommended that students review the faculty profiles on their departmental websites to learn more about research in their field.

Architecture || Business || Education || Engineering/Technology || 
Health and Human Performance ||  Humanities  || 
Natural Science and Mathematics || 
Pharmacy || Social Sciences || Community Partners & TMC


Architecture

  • Dr. Thomas M. Colbert, Associate Professor in Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, is seeking a student researcher for a project in Coastal and Regional Sustainability and Resilience Planning. This is a research project being done at UH and at a number of other major research universities as part of the SSPEED Center project for the protection of the Houston-Galveston region against hurricane storm surge and rain water flooding. This work involves senior research faculty from Rice, UH, TAMU Galveston, UT Austin, LSU and TSU. The disciplines assembled under this project umbrella include civil and environmental engineering (UH & Rice), environmental, coastal  and geological sciences (TAMU Galveston & Rice) meteorological and surge tide modeling (LSU & UT Austin Space Science Center) and land use planning and regional design (UH College of Architecture). This team is unique in the history of coastal and resilience planning. During the course of this project PURS research assistants will be working under the direct supervision of Prof. Thomas Colbert. They will be working directly with scientists and engineers of the highest caliber. Our combined efforts will be brought directly to the attention of regional, state and national public policy officials for implementation. Please refer to the following web site for more information on this effort: http://sspeed.rice.edu/sspeed/. Anyone receiving the PURS award will be given a specific area of responsibility. They will join a world class multi-disciplinary team of faculty and PhD students. Appropriate skill sets include architectural and urban design, two and three dimensional graphics and software skills, environmental and civil engineering, and planning. GIS background would be helpful. Please contact Dr. Colbert at tcolbert@uh.edu.

Business

  • Dr. Partha Krishnamurthy, Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship asks, "How do people choose between attractive products, and how does it differ from choosing between unattractive products? Does having a mental quota for a behavior actually affect one's actual behavior (e.g., I should eat no more than two desserts every week)? What influences the happiness people derive from consuming products?" If you are curious about questions such as these that focus on consumers and their behavior, and wish to work on research projects, please contact Dr. Krishnamurthy at partha@uh.edu, 713-743-4576.

Education

  • No opportunities available in this sector at this time.

Engineering/Technology

  • Professor Yan Yao, Director of the Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials and Devices in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Texas Center of Superconductor at UH, offers research opportunities for undergraduate students (summer, semester or academic year) in the areas of 1) advanced battery electrodes, 2) printed polymer solar cells, 3) smart grid energy storage. Students can receive credit for an Independent Study or can apply for the SURF-UH program. This research effort will expose the students to state-of-the-art energy conversion and storage technologies, and will potentially result in high impact journal publications and conference presentation. Candidates should have strong motivation to apply textbook knowledge to solve practical energy challenges. In addition, career-mentoring activities will be offered by PI, such as recommendations for jobs in the energy industry and graduate fellowships. Applicants should email Prof. Yan Yao, yyao4@uh.edu, a copy of their resume and GPA, and a letter of interest regarding the position.
  • Dr. Saurabh Prasad, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interested in hosting undergraduate researchers in the area of image processing and pattern recognition for hyperspectral image analysis, and multi-sensor data fusion. He is seeking students with an interest in image processing as applied to challenging high dimensional problems resulting from cutting-edge sensing modalities. This research effort will expose the students to state-of-the-art sensors, image processing and analysis approaches, and will potentially result in a conference publication. This research area has promising career prospects. In addition to opportunities in the industry, several prestigious national labs and agencies have an active interest in such capabilities to support their research and programs. This research will be conducted within the one-of-its kind National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) at UH. Please visit Dr. Prasad’s web-page to learn more about his research and contact Dr. Saurabh Prasad for more information.
  • Dr. Badri Roysam, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, welcomes undergraduate researchers to participate in the FARSIGHT Summer of Innovation experience at his Bio-image Analytics Laboratory. In this laboratory, students learn pattern recognition methods, image processing algorithms, and advanced open-source software development skills. Importantly, they learn to apply these skills to the task of interpreting biological images. These 3-D images of cells and tissue are recorded using laser-scanning fluorescence microscopes. These images are usually medically significant, involving concussions, stroke, cancers, and the immune system. They reveal tissue structure and activities that must be quantified. The type of student who would find this experience valuable is: (i) a good MATLAB or C++ programmer; and (ii) interested in biomedical imaging. Applicants should email Dr. Roysam a copy of their resume, which includes their gpa, and a letter of interest regarding the position. You may apply for the SURF program through this opportunity.
  • Professor Jose L Contreras-Vidal, Director of the Laboratory for Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers research experiences for undergraduate students (summer, semester or academic year) in the areas of 1) brain-machine interfaces, 2) assistive robotics, 3) neuroprosthetics and 4) research at the interface of science and the arts. Students can receive credit for Independent Study or can apply for paid internships through the UH SURF program, the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (URAP) program, or the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior undergraduate internships have led to peer-reviewed journal publications, conference presentations and awards by undergraduate researchers. If interested, please send your resume and GPA to Prof. Contreras-Vidal
  • Dr. Kirill Larin, from the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is offering an opportunity for undergraduate students to join The Biomedical Optics Laboratory (BOL) at the University of Houston and work on several exciting research projects in the area of optical high-resolution imaging and sensing in live sciences. The Laboratory is focused on developing new noninvasive methods and techniques used for imaging and biosensing of tissues and cells. Currently, there are a wide range of projects being offered in the lab which involve the use of a new noninvasive imaging technique, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). This technique is emerging as an imaging modality because of its ability to image millimeters into tissue and still maintains a high spatial resolution (5-20 microns), which is not like other imaging techniques commonly used today. The increase in resolution allows the tracking of the functional and structural development in mammalian embryos, which creates a better understanding of the development of the heart and vascular system. In addition, the lab focuses on the noninvasive optical sensing of micro-retroreflectors in turbid media and tissue, which leads to the possibility of being able to monitor glucose in-vivo. The BOL lab is also working on the assessment of drug diffusion in ocular and vascular tissues in order to enhance the understanding of topical drug delivery and create the possibility of novel therapeutic agents and drug-delivery techniques. We have developed a noninvasive OCT-based Biometric System that would be able to reliably identify the presence of artificial materials commonly used for spoofing fingerprint devices. Furthermore, we use OCT to image tumor boundaries that might help surgeons to guide their surgical interventions in Operating Rooms. We have strong research collaborations with several groups at Texas Medical Center including Baylor College of Medicine. Methodist Hospital, and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.  For details please visit BOL webpage at http://www.egr.uh.edu/bol/. This research project is also an opportunity for students to conduct a senior honors thesis. Students who will be seniors may be able to secure six hours of credit to conduct a thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Larin. If interested, please send your resume and GPA to Dr. Kirill Larin at klarin@uh.edu 
  • Dr. Farrokh Attarzadeh, from Computer Engineering Technology (CETE) program, Department of Engineering Technology, is seeking a qualified and interested undergraduate junior or senior student who has a keen interest in robotics. In particular, the student will assemble, program and test several different robots with multiple sensors. Feasibility of incorporating some of these robots into a curriculum will be studied. Students who have embedded systems hardware and software backgrounds may use the knowledge gained and expand it for their senior capstone project in the CETE program. Interested students please submit a one page summary of how they can benefit from this project and how they will apply it to their senior project course, relevant courses taken with grades, prior experience with robotic projects, cumulative GPA, and their anticipated date of graduation to fattarzadeh@uh.edu.
  • Dr. Bhavin R. Sheth, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, welcomes highly motivated UH undergraduate students and offers research opportunities for undergraduate students (summer, semester or academic year). He is seeking students with an interest in working on the human nervous system, and in recording brain waves using non-invasive neuroimaging and biological recording/stimulation techniques such as magnetoencephaolography (MEG), electroencephoalography (EEG), electrocardiography (ECG), impedance cardiography (ICG), eye monitoring, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).  The work may involve doing experiments with cutting-edge recording technology and the use of time-series signal processing, image processing, and machine learning techniques for data analysis. There are several different questions being asked in the lab, with research ranging from the function of sleep, understanding the brains of individuals with autism, studies of the bidirectional interaction between mind and body (in scientific lingo, the interaction between the central and autonomic nervous systems), human intuition about statistics, studies of human consciousness (sensory awareness) and others. Please visit our webpage at http://ShethLab.egr.uh.edu for more information. It is anticipated the work will lead to a conference presentation and short publications (> 11 students as co-authors on 8+ peer-reviewed articles thus far, with several others in the works). Students can also receive credit for an Independent Study or can apply for the SURF-UH program or the PURS-UH program. Dr. Sheth has mentored several students under this program. The only requirements of a candidate are unbridled curiosity and an attitude to embrace challenges that require out of the box thinking. A technical background (engineering/ mathematics/physics) would be a plus but is not required. In the past, students in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, psychology, biology and neuroscience from UH and other schools all have worked successfully in the laboratory on various projects. A high GPA will enhance the possibility of obtaining a SURF/PURS award—and is welcomed—but otherwise bears weak correlation with research potential, motivation, and skill. Please contact Dr. Sheth (713-743-4935, brsheth@uh.edu) with your resume if interested. 

Health and Human Performance

  • Dr. Stacey Gorniak, from the Department of Health and Human Performance, is interested in hosting several undergraduate students in her research group.  Her research is focused on the effects of neurological disease on sensorimotor and cognitive functions.  Currently, she is interested in evaluating the effects of diabetes on the neurological system using a combination of traditional clinical evaluations and engineering approaches. Her experiments will be carried out at both the University of Houston and various locations within the Texas Medical Center.  Students interested in medicine, rehabilitation science, biomedical engineering, and/or the mathematical and physical sciences are encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact Dr. Gorniak at sgorniak@uh.edu.
  • Texas Obesity Research Center Internship: Dr. Marc Hamilton and other faculty in The Texas Obesity Research Center are offering research opportunities for motivated undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students from all majors and disciplines who are interested in biomedical sciences, health and human performance, public health, nutrition, engineering, business, and statistical analysis. Each individual applicant that is accepted into the program will be assigned to work under supervision of a research mentor, and the specific type of research by the student trainee depends on the ongoing projects and agenda of the mentor.  Through translational biomedical research, focus is placed not necessarily on obesity per se, but also on diabetes, metabolic conditions, muscular health, some cancers, and other chronic illnesses related to obesity. Research related activities may include 1) recruitment and testing of research subjects; 2) conducting physiological assessments (e.g., measuring metabolic rate and muscle function); 3) conducting physical health assessments (e.g., resting heart rate, blood pressure, height, weight and percent body fat); 4) introduction to proper handling and statistical analysis of the research data; and 5) possibility of eventually conducting biochemical lab work (e.g., blood and cellular assays).
     
    Students who understand and appreciate learning multiple levels of science, and who demonstrate a sincere interest in developing healthy lifestyle solutions, are encouraged to apply. Interns with adequate time availability will be scheduled based on their availability and project needs. Hours range from 10 to 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday, and some weekends. Shift times are flexible. Applicants are encouraged to check the TORC website and review research being conducted by all TORC faculty in order to narrow down the particular faculty member with whom they want to work.  The intern application will then be forwarded to the appropriate faculty member.  This is initially an unpaid internship. However, students with superior performance could be eligible to continue in a paid-TORC internship. Applicants should submit the following information to torc@uh.edu: (1) resume; (2) unofficial transcript; (3) statement of interest that must include reason for applying to the internship and professional goals. There is no deadline for the internship and applications are considered on an ongoing basis. For more information, please visit http://www.uh.edu/torc/students.

Humanities

  • Dr. Anjali Kanojia, in the department of Comparative Cultural Studies, is currently accepting applicants for an undergraduate research assistant position for the Spring 2017 semester. The research assistant will assist with research project(s) on yoga and mindfulness practices for college students and the position requires a 5-10 hour commitment each week. Responsibilities include: 1) Literature reviews related to yoga and mindfulness subjects; 2) Being part of the yoga research team which involves multiple institutions and stakeholders; 3) Professional development opportunities. Preferred applicants have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0. This is an unpaid volunteer experience, however, the research assistant is encouraged to apply for the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS), before the deadline on November 30, 2017. Interested applicants should send their CV and statement of interest in health policy/yoga to Dr. Kanojia, akanojia@uh.edu.

Natural Science and Mathematics

  • Dr. Donald Kouri, in the Physics Department, encourages outstanding undergraduates in Physics and Mathematics to explore research in his group. Currently, he works in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics with special emphasis on: 1) Quantum Mechanics and implications of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle 2) digital signal processing and the development of generalizations of Fourier analysis to treat "chirp signals" 3) sub- and super-diffusion processes and probability theory 4) seismic physics and the inverse scattering problem. Former participants have gone on to graduate school at Harvard, MIT, Rice, and have received Goldwater Scholarships and NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Contact Dr. Kouri at kouri@central.uh.edu  Tel: 713.743.3245
  • The Crawford Lab in the Department of Biology & Biochemistry is accepting applications for undergraduate research positions. The Crawford lab studies plant community ecology. Projects include understanding the importance of intraspecific diversity in plant communities, evaluating the role plant-microbe interactions play in structuring plant communities, and elucidating how plants and microbes influence ecosystem development. These positions are open to students majoring in all fields, but biology majors and students interested in ecology and environmental sciences are especially encouraged to apply. No prior experience is necessary. Student researchers will assist with sample analysis, data collection, data entry, and literature searchers. There are also opportunities for motivated students to conduct independent research. Students will receive compensation for their time in the form of research credits or payment. More information can be found on our website: http://thecrawfordlab.com. For more information or to apply with your resume, please contact Dr. Kerri Crawford (kmcrawford3@uh.edu).

  • Dr. Claudia Ratti, of the Physics Department, is recruiting research assistants for state-of-the-art theoretical research in fundamental physics. Ordinary hadronic matter is expected to undergo a phase transition to the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP) in extreme conditions of temperature or density. This transition, predicted by the fundamental theory of strong interactions (QCD), is now being realized in heavy ion collisions at the Relativistic Hadron Collider (RHIC) in Brookhaven and at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva. The aim of the group’s research is to achieve a microscopic understanding of the QGP properties near the transition. They extract from first principles the temperatures and densities at which hadrons (protons, pions, kaons, etc) are formed, and they simulate several observables which can be directly compared to the experimental measurement. This comparison can be made today for the first time, thanks to the precision that they reach in their results. They plan to extend their analysis to large densities, thus reaching the lower collision energies of the RHIC beam energy scan and the future FAIR facility in Germany. The research involves production and interpretation of first principle results, by means of numerical simulations and phenomenological models. Interested applicants should be physics majors and have a basic knowledge of Mathematica. They should contact Dr. Ratti at cratti@uh.edu.  

  • Dr. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris, from the Department of Computer Science, is offering an opportunity for undergraduate students to join the Computational Biomedicine Laboratory (CBL) at the University of Houston and work on several exciting research projects in the area of image analysis, computer vision, pattern recognition and machine learning. Research in the CBL is motivated by fundamental open problems, with an emphasis on applications that address some of society's greatest challenges. Application domains include face recognition, non-verbal human behavior understanding, cardiovascular informatics, and neuro-informatics. CBL's 3D-3D face recognition software ranked first in the 3D-shape section of the 2007 Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) organized by NIST, while our 3D-2D method outperforms the state of the art 2D face recognition methods. Our efforts towards non-verbal human behavior understanding include facial expression analysis and human-activity recognition. In cardiovascular informatics, we seek to develop a new scoring paradigm that will capture the individuals that are risk of having a heart attack in the next 12 months. Finally, understanding how neurons work requires fundamental understanding of their structure. In all these application domains there is a critical need for new methods to extract useful information from the data. CBL provides a unique interdisciplinary research environment with internationally recognized collaborators from Medicine, Biology, Mathematics, and Engineering. The student will benefit from mentorship of a diverse research team and will be exposed to cutting-edge technology. For details please visit the CBL webpage. Students will have the opportunity to continue their research as part of their senior honors thesis. If interested, please apply to http://www.cbl.uh.edu/opportunities.
  • Dr. Margaret Cheung, from the Department of Physics, is currently seeking undergraduates who are interested in gaining research experience in biological physics. Specifically this student will help in programming of the software packages as well as data analysis from the computer simulations of biomolecules. For more information, visit www.phys.uh.edu/%7emscheung and contact Dr. Cheung at mscheung@uh.edu.
  • Dr. Bernhard Rappenglueck, from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is interested in hosting undergraduate researchers in his UH-Atmospheric Science group. He is seeking students with an interest in working with air pollution instruments and/or analyzing air quality and meteorological data. Students who have a background in natural sciences or mechanical/environmental engineering are elgible to apply. Please contact Dr. Rappenglueck 713-743-2469, brappenglueck@uh.edu for more information.
  • Dr. Eric Bittner, from the Chemistry Department, is interested in hosting an undergrad researcher in his group this summer. He is seeking a student with a strong math or physics background and who is interested in condensed matter physics. However, a chemistry student with a strong physics/math background is eligible to apply. Contact Dr. Bittner at 713-743-2775 or at bittner@uh.edu.

Pharmacy

  • Dr. Gregory Cuny, from the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is recruiting undergraduate students to work on medicinal chemistry with a focus on an infectious disease project and on the synthesis and evaluation of natural products. Motivated students with a strong background and interest in organic chemistry and the biological applications of chemistry are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Dr. Cuny at 713-743-1274, gdcuny@central.uh.edu.
  • Dr. Joydip Das, from the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is currently recruiting undergraduate students to study the actions of small molecule drugs on presynaptic and signaling proteins. The objective is to understand the molecular mechanism of drug’s action with a long term goal of developing more potent drugs. Only sincere and motivated students with a strong background in biochemistry/molecular biology/organic chemistry are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Dr. Das at 713-743-1708, jdas@uh.edu.
  • Dr. Bradley McConnell, from the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is currently recruiting undergraduate students to work on exciting new projects related to the genetics and physiology of heart disease; by investigating mechanisms and strategies to improve heart function. Motivated students with a strong background in biology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or pharmacology are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Dr. McConnell at 713-743-1218 or at bkmcconn@central.uh.edu.
  • Dr. Romi Ghose, from the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is currently seeking students interested in biopharmaceutical research in drug metabolism and toxicity. There are several ongoing projects in inflammation, obesity, cancer and infectious diseases. Students with strong backgrounds in biochemistry, biology and chemistry are encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact Dr. Ghose at 713-795-8343 or rghose@uh.edu.
  • Dr. Vincent Tam, from the College of Pharmacy, is currently recruiting students for his research in infectious diseases and anti-infective pharmacology. Students should have prior microbiology (or molecular microbiology) lab experience and a strong background in mathematics. Students interested in pursuing graduate school are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact Dr. Tam at 832-842-8316 or at vtam@uh.edu.

Social Sciences

  • Dr. C. Raymond Knee, of the Social Psychology Department, is recruiting research assistants for the Self, Motivation, and Relationship Theories Lab. Dr. Knee’s team conducts research in the realm of relationship health, the self, and emotional well-being. Dr. Knee is offering course credit to qualified candidates who want to gain research experience in preparation for graduate school. A sample of projects for which we are currently recruiting research assistants include: how one’s social life can lead to greater authenticity and the impact of sacrificing for and forgiving one's partner on relationship motivation. Assistants will be asked to work 8-10 hours per week (flexible schedule), and to attend bi-weekly research meetings in which students will receive professional development training in preparation for graduate school. Responsibilities for these project include (but are not limited to): 1) helping to develop questionnaires and study materials  2) scheduling participants, 3) conducting training sessions for participants, 4) data entry and data coding, 5) organizing and managing data files, 6) conducting literature searches for relevant articles to assist with project conduct and presentation of results, and 7) daily office tasks. If you are interested in working with Dr. Knee’s group, please contact zbaker@uh.edu

  • Dr. Qian Lu, from the Psychology Department, is recruiting volunteer research assistants for the Culture & Health Research Center. Her research team is currently conducting several health-cultural psychosocial intervention studies as well as laboratory based studies on the psychosocial components of pain perception. The positions require 10-20 hours per week (flexible). Course credit is available to those who are interested. Current studies include a large scale social support intervention study designed specifically for Chinese speaking Breast Cancer Survivors. This study is funded by NIH and you can learn more about the project by visiting this webpage: http://www.uh.edu/news-events/stories/2014/November/112014LucancerstudyNIHgrant.php.  Many of our current studies investigate the culturally specific obstacles that affect the well-being of Chinese breast cancer patients and survivors. Responsibilities for these projects include (but are not limited to): 1) helping to develop questionnaires  2) conducting telephone screenings and scheduling participants, 3) administering, organizing, and storing questionnaires 4) Preparing project materials (e.g., cortisol tubes for a stress hormone measure, checking & formatting documents) 5) interviewing participants, 6) data entry and data coding 7) Validating data quality (e.g., checking data entry and transcribing interviews) 8) conducting literature searches for relevant articles to assist with development of projects and presenting results.  Bilingual skills (English and Chinese) are desired, speaking fluent Mandarin (fluency in Cantonese is a plus and not a requirement). Being efficient in writing and typing Chinese is also a plus. Both English-speaking and Mandarin-speaking students are needed, so don't hesitate to apply! If you are interested please contact our lab at healthpsychlab.uh@gmail.com.
  • The Culture & Health Research Center, directed by Dr. Qian Lu, is seeking a full-time research coordinator to begin in summer 2015. The Culture & Health Research Center is located within the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. Our multilingual, multicultural team of researchers aims to understand the biological, cultural, and psychosocial processes underlying health and illness. Our current studies investigate the culturally specific obstacles affecting the well-being of Chinese and Asian American breast cancer survivors. We are conducting several health-cultural psychosocial intervention studies among Chinese breast cancer survivors. This position provides opportunities to gain experience with community-based research methods, foster cultural sensitivity, and make a meaningful impact on underserved populations. For those interested in pursuing a research career, this position offers relevant experience, mentorship, and professional development. Opportunities may be available to assist with manuscript preparation. This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal for a second year based on performance. This position is benefits-eligible. Salary range to be determined based on qualifications. Review the position's required qualifications and key responsibilities before applying. To apply: Please send your cover letter, CV/resume, and list of three (3) references to: Christine Wu (Lab Manager), 713-743-8291. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
  • Dr. Christiane Spitzmuller, from Industrial and Organizational Psychology, is accepting applications for students who are interested in I/O psychology. The project involves examining health and well-being outcomes for women who return to work after they have children. They are conducting several survey-based studies and are interested in having undergraduates join their group. This opportunity offers students to be part of a research project from beginning to end; involvement in all parts of the research process (study design, data collection, data analysis, write-up of conference presentations, potential involvement in publications); exposure to content domains of I/O Psychology; and a realistic preview of what being a graduate student will feel like. Candidates must be interested in graduate school in I/O Psychology; motivated, enjoy writing and are conscientious; have a least a 3.5 gap; willing to commit at least 5 hours of time per week to working on our project; and excited about research and interested in discussions surrounding topics such as work-family conflict and job stress. If interested, please contact Dr. Spitzmuller
  • Dr. Hanako Yoshida, from the Cognitive Development Laboratory, is accepting applications for undergraduate research assistants interested in the mechanisms of early cognitive processes, particularly word learning, in infants and children 3 months to 10 years old from a wide range of backgrounds including a variety of SES backgrounds and cultures, those with autism, and typically developing. Studies examine such topics as the cognitive effects of bilingualism, children's attentional development and the relation to language learning. Undergraduate research assistants of this lab are given the opportunity to participate fully in the research process by recruiting subjects, reading and presenting relevant research articles, coding and analyzing data, and creating and altering stimuli. The lab is very active -- always developing new studies and modifying old ones—and undergraduates are encouraged to participate in this process. Additionally, the experience gained in the lab has helped students earn the Provost Undergraduate Research Scholarship, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and the Undergraduate Research Travel Fellowship. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in national and international conferences. If interested, contact the Cognitive Development Laboratory at cogdev@central.uh.edu or 713-743-4876. Please visit http://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/dcbn/research/cognitive-development/students/ for more information and the link to our online application.
  • Dr. Michael Zvolensky, from the Psychology Department, is recruiting volunteer research assistants for the Anxiety & Health Research Laboratory/Substance Use Treatment Clinic (AHRL-SUTC). His research team is currently conducting several trandiagnostic intervention studies as well as laboratory-based studies on anxiety and smoking. Research assistants are required to commit 10 hours per week for at least one year. For a complete list of current studies, please visit www.uh.edu/ahrl-sutc. Responsibilities for projects include (but are not limited to): 1) helping to develop questionnaires 2) conducting telephone screenings and scheduling participants, 2) administering questionnaires and interviewing participants, 3) data entry and data coding, 4) organizing and managing data files, 5) conducting literature searches for relevant articles to assist with project conduct and presentation of results, and 6) daily office tasks. Bilingual skills (English and Spanish) are desired, but not required. If you are interested in volunteering at the AHRL-SUTC, please contact Kara Manning at kfmanning3@gmail.com.
  • Dr. Cobi Heijnen, from the Department of Symptom Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center, is interested in hosting an undergraduate student with an interest in medicine or psychology into her research group to gain research experience within several projects on the neurotoxic effects of cancer treatment and prevention thereof. Dr. Heijnen is starting a series of studies including a clinical trial aimed at preventing chemotherapy-related neuropathy and a longitudinal observational study on the effects of psychological stress and somatic symptoms on morbidity. Research opportunities will include data collection in patient populations; training in medical information collection; and study management. Students will have to be willing and able to attend two 4-hour onsite courses. Motivated students interested in working with patients and learning behavioral neuroscience methods are encouraged to apply and should contact Dr. Lacourt with their CV and a letter of motivation at TLacourt@mdanderson.org.

Community Partners & Texas Medical Center

  • The Department of Health Disparities Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center is offering research opportunities for motivated undergraduate (rising juniors or seniors) students enrolled in a science, psycholhealth related degree program. Opportunities in research related activities may include (1) collecting, entering and managing research data; (2) disseminating health information to participants; (3) scheduling participants for study visits; (4) preparing study materials for visits; (5) and assisting with physical health assessments, (6) and developing health education and intervention materials. Students with excellent interpersonal skills, strong organizational and independent working abilities, and interest in cancer prevention research, physical activity or community health research are encouraged to apply. Ability to complete tasks as assigned in a timely and accurate manner; at peak periods may be working under short timelines and stressful conditions. Hours range from 10-20 hours per week and may include evening and weekend hours. This is an unpaid internship opportunity. Applicants should submit their resume and one-page statement of interest to Crystal Roberson at clmeyer@mdanderson.org.
  • Dr. Annemieke Kavelaars, from the Department of Symptom Research at UT MD Anderson, is currently recruiting undergraduates to serve as research volunteers. Her research team explores how brain-immune interactions mediate behavior, such as neuropathic pain and cognitive dysfunction, primarily through the use of mouse models. Qualified students will receive training from postdocs and graduate students, and will perform research under their supervision, including animal behavior testing, animal breeding, genotyping, qPCR, other molecular biological testing and STAT analyzing. Interested students should contact Dr. Kavelaars with their CV at AKavelaars@mdanderson.org.

 

Updated November 28, 2016