Below is a listing of UH faculty members who are open to mentoring undergraduate researchers. More details regarding potential mentorship arrangements 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.
Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of all potential research mentors at UH. Inclusion on this list does not guarantee a faculty member will be available during your preferred research timeline.
If you are looking for a research assistantship or lab position, please consult OURMA's social media and listserv emails for opportunities that are currently recruiting. Sign up for our listserv emails here.
Mentors by Subject Area
Architecture and Design
- Dr. Ross Wienert is interested in sustainable architecture, materials, public interest design, humanism, and experiential architecture. Students who wish to work with Dr. Wienert may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Mellon Research Scholars.
- Donna Kacmar, FAIA is interested in all aspects of dwelling from small houses to hotel design, materials, low carbon design, equity, and multi-modal transportation. Students who wish to work with Professor Kacmar may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Mellon Research Scholars, Energy Scholars, Senior Honors Thesis, and Independent Study.
- Professor Jeff Feng, Co-Director of the Department of Industrial Design, has research interests in medical and healthcare design, accessible and affordable prosthetics design for users in underserved communities, and body balance assessment through the Intel I Sense camera system. Students interested in working with Professor Feng may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and other research assistantships.
School of Art
- Dr. Stephan Hillerbrand, Department of Photography/Digital Media, is interested in photography, video, film, and performance. Students who would like to work with Dr. Hillerbrand may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
School of Theatre & Dance
- Dr. Rachel Bush has research interests in stage management (theatre, opera, entertainment industry, events, etc.) and production Management (theatre). Students who wish to work with Dr. Bush may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF.
Decision & Information Sciences
- Dr. Emese Felvegi is interested in open data, open educational resources, electronic text, mixed methods & qualitative research. Students interested in working with Dr. Felvegi may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.
Dr. Raul Susmel has research interests in international finance, investments, and financial econometrics. Students who wish to work with Dr. Susmel may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Senior Honors Thesis, and Mellon Research Scholars.
Marketing & Entrepreneurship
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 713-743-4576.
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
- Dr. Virginia Rangel is interested in minoritized students' interest and participation in the K-16 STEM education pipeline, school principal preparation, and school discipline. Students interested in working with Dr. Rangel may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences
- Dr. Rosenda Murillo, Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences Department, is interested in physical activity, Latino health, health disparities. If you have similar research interests and would like to work with Dr. Murillo, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.
- Dr. Leslie Frankel, from Human Development and Family Studies program in the Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences Department, is recruiting undergraduate research assistants for The Parent-Child Interaction Lab. The Parent-Child Lab conducts research in the areas of parenting in general as well as in the context of feeding. Current and upcoming studies investigate parental perceptions of infant and child behavior and how parenting influences children’s self-regulatory abilities in general and specifically in the context of eating. The Undergraduate research assistant’s primary role is recruitment of parents and childcare providers for studies. Other responsibilities include (but are not limited to): 1) the maintenance of the day-to-day functioning of the lab, 2) organization of the lab, 3) data entry, 4) coding, and 5) assisting with IRB submissions, grant proposals and manuscript preparation. Research assistants are required to commit 10-15 hours per week for at least one year. While this is a one-year, unpaid position, there is the possibility for renewal based on productivity and performance. Unpaid internships are available and qualifying students may pursue independent study for course credit or PURS or SURF based on competitive application and research-interest fit within the lab. Minimum GPA of 3.2 required. Please send a cover letter and CV to Leslie Frankel at Lafrankel@uh.edu.
- Dr. Kirill Larin 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 https://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 email@example.com
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
- Dr. Nikolaos Malamataris has research interests in parallel programming techniques (domain decomposition) and design of computational meshes for numerical experiments in fluid mechanics. Students interested in working with Dr. Malamataris may email Nmalamataris@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for PURS and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Patrick Cirino is interested in protein engineering, gene cloning, bacteria culture, and sterile technique. Students interested in working with Dr. Cirino should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Energy Scholars.
Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Dr. Debora Rodrigues, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has research interests in environmental microbiology, drug delivery, self-healing concrete, and water treatment. Students who wish to work with Dr. Rodrigues may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Vedhus Hoskere is interested in artificial intelligence, computer vision, structural engineering, structural health monitoring, robotics, deep learning, and finite element analysis. Students who wish to work with Dr. Hoskere may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Dimitrios Kalliontzis has research interests in the areas of infrastructure resilience, structural testing, wave energy converters, civil structures, and extreme events such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Students interested in working with Dr. Kalliontzis may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Energy Scholars Program, Senior Honor Thesis, and Independent Study. For details of Dr. Kalliontzis' research, please visit https://structuralperformancefluid-structureinteractionlab.space/
- Dr. Hyongki Lee is interested in researching satellite remote sensing for hydrology/water resources management. Students interested in working with Dr. Lee may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Dr. Jiming Bao is interested in researching nanogenerators and triboelectrics. Students interested in these areas should email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Energy Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Rose Faghih, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interested in researching medical cyber-physical systems; biomedical and neural signal processing; physiological modeling; wearable computing. Students interested in working with Dr. Faghih should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Rohith Reddy is interested in researching machine learning, biomedical imaging; medical devices; optics and photonics; image processing; biomedical instrumentation. Students interested in these areas should email rkreddy@ uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Badri Roysam, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interested in bio-image analytics. Students interested in working with Dr. Roysam may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Aaron Becker is interested in robotics research on these themes:
- Matlab programming of swarms of drones with GPS (simulation)
- Flying hardware drones to test beam-forming antenna configurations
- Improving our CFD pipeline that optimizes magnetic robots (FreeCAD, FlexPDE, and/or Python)
- Fast inverse kinematics of robot arm using ROS
- Underwater BlueROV robot mechatronics: improving magnetic sensors for pipeline inspection
- Professor Yan Yao, Director of the Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials and Devices, offers research opportunities for undergraduate students (summer, semester or academic year) in the areas of 1) advanced batteries and 2) autonomous lab driven by Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Students can receive credit for an Independent Study or can apply for the UH SURF 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 presentations. Candidates should have a 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. Please visit Dr. Prasad’s web-page to learn more about his research and contact Dr. Saurabh Prasad for more information.
- 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. 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. Students can also receive credit for an Independent Study or can apply for the SURF-UH program or the PURS-UH program. 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, email@example.com) with your resume if interested.
- Dr. Tian "Tim" Chen is interested in the design, simulation, optimization, fabrication, characterization, and imaging of novel architected materials. Students interested in working with Dr. Chen may email their CV, transcript, and a statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for PURS, SURF, and Senior Honors Thesis. Please visit https://aim.me.uh.edu/ for more information.
- Dr. Pradeep Sharma is interested in the application of data sciences and machine learning to engineering problems. Students interested in working with Dr. Sharma may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Haleh Ardebili, Department of Mechanical Engineering, is interested in researching experimental work on materials for energy storage-specifically batteries. Students interested in working with Dr. Ardebili may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Lori Hathon, Department of Petroleum Engineering, is interested in image analysis applications to modeling petrophysical properties of hydrocarbon reservoirs. Students who would like to work with Dr. Hathon may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.
- Dr. Tomika Greer, from the Department of Human Development & Consumer Sciences, has research interests in women/gender, race and ethnicity, careers, work-life balance, career transitions, and career development. Students interested in working with Dr. Greer may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Mellon Research Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Anima Bose, Director of the Sustainable Energy Conversion and Storage Laboratory in the Department of Engineering Technology of the College of Technology and member of the Texas Center of Superconductivity at UH, is offering research opportunities for undergraduate students during all semesters in the areas of low and high temperature fuel cell research. Students are encouraged to apply to the SURF-UH program to potentially receive compensation during the research period over the summer. Students are also eligible to receive credit for Independent Study and after approval by the PI. This research will engage students with state-of-art fuel cell technologies that are currently marketed to solve energy related problems in the field. Students should have a strong desire to learn more about energy sustainability and plan to be directly involved in a variety of research projects that focus on electrochemical performance and improving the durability of fuel cells, improving the latest manufacturing methods of fuel cells, and/ or designing characterization techniques for evaluating fuel cells and the manufacturing of fuel cells. Applicants should contact Dr. Anima Bose, email@example.com, and provide a copy of their resume as well as a letter addressing his/her interests regarding this opportunity.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Hospitality Leadership
- Dr. Jaewook Kim, Global Hospitality Leadership, is interested in small and medium size firms' strategic management and entrepreneurship. Students interested in working with Dr. Kim may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
- Dr. Kei-Mu Yi has research interests in international economics, growth and development, and macroeconomics, including monetary policy. Students interested in working with Dr. Yi may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Lauren Zentz has research interests in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, politics, activism, nationalism, identity, narrative, language socialization, social media, and discourses surrounding AI. Students interested in working with Dr. Zentz may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Mellon Research Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.
Health and Human Performance
- Dr. Seoung Hoon Park focuses on 1) understanding neurophysiological mechanisms underlying deficient motor control and learning in healthy older adults and individuals with neurological diseases such as stroke, spinal cord injury, and cerebral palsy, 2) developing novel rehabilitation tools and protocols for improving their functional motor control with emphasis on walking and balance, and 3) identifying behavioral and neural changes in response to rehabilitative interventions that we develop. For more information, please visit the lab's website (https://www.monelab.net/). Students interested in working with Dr. Park may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.
- Dr. Pranav Parikh, from the Department of Health and Human Performance, is interested in working with highly motivated undergraduate students with a keen interest in studying human motor control and learning. Current research in the laboratory is directed at (a) determining the role of different brain areas in grasp force control for dexterous object manipulation and (b) understanding the mechanisms underlying poor balance control in stroke patients. He uses a wide range of approaches including motion tracking, kinetic measurements, surface electromyography, electroencephalography, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and transcranial direct current stimulation. For more information, please visit the lab’s website. Please contact Dr. Parikh at email@example.com with your CV if interested.
- Dr. Joyce Ogunrinde, Department of Health and Human Performance, has is interested in researching Black women in sport, sport for development, student-athlete wellbeing, sport coaching, culturally responsive sport and physical activity programming. Students who wish to work with Dr. Ogunrinde may email joolusho@Central.UH.EDU. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Nancy Young, Department of History, has research interests surrounding gender and political activism in the 1970s. Students who wish to work with Dr. Young may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Mellon Research Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Leandra Zarnow, Department of History and affiliate faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Jewish Studies, is interested in US history; women's history; political history; legal history; women, gender, and sexuality studies; public policy; public history; digital history; Jewish Studies. Students who wish to work with Dr. Zarnow may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Mellon Research Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.
Modern & Classical Languages
- Dr. Francesca Behr, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, is interested in areas such as the Classics (Roman and Greek), reception of Classical Literature, the Italian Renaissance, gender, and women in literature. Students interested in working with Dr. Behr may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Mellon Research Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Kelley Littlepage, Department of Political Science, has research interests in law (international, comparative, American constitutional law), Western European politics, EU politics, and judicial institutions. Students who would like to work with Dr. Littlepage may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for PURS, Mellon Research Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Terry Hallmark, of the Honors College, is interested in researching political philosophy, American politics and political thought, international relations, and American foreign policy. Students who wish to work with Dr. Hallmark may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Mellon Research Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Michael Zvolensky is recruiting volunteer research assistants for the Research on Emotion, Substance Treatment Outcomes, and Racial Equity Laboratory (RESTORE). His research team is currently conducting several transdiagnostic 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 the RESTORE Lab website. 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 RESTORE, please contact Andre Bizier.
- Dr. Hanako Yoshida, from the Cognitive Development Laboratory, is routinely accepts 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 email@example.com or 713-743-4876. Please visit https://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/dcbn/research/cognitive-development/students/ for more information and the link to the online application (posted near the end of each semester for the subsequent semester positions).
- Based in M.D. Anderson Library, the Digital Research Commons (DRC) encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary research at University of Houston. DRC staff work with researchers at all levels, consulting on digitally based projects, research data management practices, publication preparation and reuse, and other key aspects of research design and process. In addition to expert assistance, the DRC offers a flexible physical space for team collaboration, equipped with an 18-foot visualization wall powered by a high-end PC as well as a Mac Pro and two additional high-performance stations, each featuring enhanced visualization capabilities and software, among other technological services. Projects are ongoing, and opportunities for undergraduates are available. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: drc.lib.uh.edu.
- Dr. Ben King, from the Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences, is interested in epidemiologic methods; quantitative statistical methods with clinical databases; psychometrics/measurement theory; evaluation of primary care programs; connections between homelessness/extreme poverty and health outcomes - eg. deaths, violent deaths, cardiovascular disease; and "vulnerability" measures housing prioritization. Students interested in conducting research with Dr. King may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
Natural Science and Mathematics
Biology and Biochemistry
- Dr. Mehmet Sen, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, is interested in researching the biological chemistry of proteins and their molecular interactions. Students who wish to work with Dr. Sen may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Dan Graur, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, is interested in computational biology, molecular evolution, computational genomics, bioinformatics, history of genetics, and genetic racism. Dr. Graur seeks (1) students with some computational skills (e.g., Phyton, C++, Matlab) that are interested in applying their skills to evolutionary and biological questions; and (2) students who would like to complete an undergraduate thesis on a topic related to the History of Genetics, with special emphasis on Genetic Racism. None of the position is paid and work can be done remotely. Students interested in working with Dr. Graur may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Marc Hanke, with the University of Houston Honors College and Department of Biology and Biochemistry, is seeking a student to conduct targeted, investigatory research related to Galveston Bay Foundation’s (GBF) Water Monitoring Program (www.galvbay.org/watermonitors). The GBF science water monitoring team samples sites around Galveston Bay each month for general water quality parameters. One site has recently shown high levels of fecal indicator bacteria. During the summer of 2018, weekly targeted sampling occurred for five weeks to better determine the potential sources of these bacteria. The undergraduate researcher will build upon this work, conduct more targeted sampling at this location, and synthesize findings into more concrete conclusions.This student will develop their own independent research project informed by existing data findings. Interested students should contact Dr. Marc Hanke (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- The Crawford Lab 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: https://thecrawfordlab.com. For more information or to apply with your resume, please contact Dr. Kerri Crawford (email@example.com).
- Dr. Steven Pennings, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, is interested in plant ecology and salt marsh ecology. Students interested in working with Dr. Pennings may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF. Apply for additional research with Dr. Pennings at https://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/employment/summer_internships_2023.asp.
- Dr. P. Shiv Halasyamani is interested in synthetic solid-state inorganic chemistry and crystal growth of functional inorganic materials. Students who wish to work in the Halasyamani lab may email email@example.com if interested in an undergraduate research position. Positions are normally on a volunteer basis at first, with the possibility of a paid position during the summer months. Dr. Halasyamani can only hire chemistry, physics, or engineering majors and preference will be those who have interest in pursuing graduate students in chemistry, physics, or engineering. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Eric Bittner, Moores Professor of Chemical Physics in the Department of Chemistry, is recruiting a Physics student interested in pursuing a theory project for SURF or PURS. Interested students may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
- Dr. Bernhard Rappenglueck has research interests in the areas of air quality, air chemistry, meteorology, and climate change. Students interested in working with Dr. Rappenglueck may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Independent Study, Senior Capstone Research Project, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Alan Haynes is interested in Diophantine approximation, and number theory. Students who wish to work with Dr. Haynes may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Andreas Mang has research interests in the areas of computational mathematics, numerical optimization, machine learning, optimal control, and data science. Students who wish to work with Dr. Mang may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dr. Carol Dwyer, from the College of Nursing, has research interests in healthy weight management in primary care. Students interested in working with Dr. Dwyer may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF.
- Dr. Diane N. Sayah's research focuses on the biomechanical properties of the sclera in glaucoma and myopia. In other words, we use an imaging technique to measure if a subject's eyeball is rigid (like a soccer ball) or compliant (like a birthday balloon), and evaluate the role of this parameter in the development and progression of eye diseases. Several opportunities are available for motivated students with a keen interest in optometry/ophthalmology, vision science, ocular imaging, image processing (programming) and/or who want to acquire relevant experience in clinical research, particularly in childhood myopia. Students interested in working in the Sayah Vision Lab may email their CV, transcripts and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Vivien Coulson-Thomas is interested in researching the extracellular matrix, stem cells, hyaluronan and ocular surface. Students interested in working with Dr. Coulson-Thomas may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Christophe P. Ribelayga is interested in the plasticity of electrical synapses (gap junctions) between rod and cone photoreceptors in the retina and its impact on visual behavior. Students interested in working with Dr. Ribelayga may email their CV, transcript, and a statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Motivated students with solid experience in MATLAB and/or artificial neural networks are particularly encouraged to apply. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Tarsis Gesteira Ferreira is interested in researching computational drug design, protein engineering, extracellular matrix, protein-protein interactions, glycobiology, and ocular surface. Students interested in working with Dr. Ferreira may email email@example.com. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
- Dr. Yang Zhang, from the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is currently recruiting undergraduate students to work on exciting new projects related to the epigenetics and pathology of cardiovascular diseases associated with obesity, diabetes, aging, and kidney disease. These projects investigate mechanisms and strategies to establish novel biomarkers or treatments for cardiovascular diseases. Motivated students with a strong background in biology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or pharmacology are encouraged to apply. They will be supported by NIH grants. For more information, contact Dr. Zhang at 713-743-7710 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dr. Gregory Cuny, from the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is recruiting undergraduate students interested in synthetic organic chemistry. Motivated students with a strong academic record and interest in organic chemistry and its application to drug discovery are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Dr. Cuny at email@example.com.
- Dr. Bradley McConnell is currently recruiting undergraduate students to work on exciting new projects related to the pharmacology, physiology, and genetics of heart disease; by investigating mechanisms and strategies to improve heart function as well as towards heart repair. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dr. Vincent Tam 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 email@example.com.
- Dr. Alexander Statsyuk is looking for undergraduate students to conduct research at the interface of chemistry and biology, with an emphasis on drug discovery. The students will be synthesizing drug-like compounds using organic synthesis techniques, and then test compounds in cancer cells looking for those that kill cancer cells. Students will learn organic synthesis, biochemistry, protein purification techniques, molecular biology techniques, and cell biology techniques. Students interested in this research opportunity should be willing to commit at least a year for the research project. Specifically, during the fall/spring semesters students should commit at least two afternoons per week (preferably consecutive), i.e. at least 10h a week for research. Students are also expected to conduct the research during the summer (8 weeks) and should be willing to apply for PURS/SURF. At least one year of research experience is desired, however students with no research experience are encouraged to apply. Students interested in this research opportunity should submit their cover letter stating why they are interested in this particular research opportunity, state their career goals in the cover letter, and also submit CV. Please address your cover letter to Prof. Alexander V. Statsyuk, and submit your application as a single PDF file (cover letter + CV) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Other Research Programs at UH
Below are links to and information on undergraduate research programs sponsored and coordinated by other colleges and departments at the University of Houston. Students seeking specific research opportunities are encouraged to review the following programs: