Are you are an undergraduate student with a federal work-study award? Would you be interested in assisting with faculty research for your work-study employment? If so, the Work-Study Research Assistant Program can help connect you to available research opportunities on campus.
There are many reasons to consider pursuing a position as a research assistant. Participation in undergraduate research is one way to explore your academic interests, learn about how research is conducted at the university, and build transferable skills useful in a range of fields. Read more about what other UConn undergraduates have to say about how they have benefited from engaging in undergraduate research.
How Can I Apply?
If you have a federal work-study award for 2018-19, apply for one of the research job postings in the JobX system listed below. You may apply to more than one posting if it aligns with your goals and interests. Please follow the specifications of the posting and upload all requested information (e.g., resume, cover letter, availability, references). Only applications from undergraduate students with work-study awards will be considered.
Applications are currently being accepted for all of the positions below with a status of “open.” As applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis, we encourage you to apply for all positions that interest you as soon as possible. Please check this page regularly as positions will be added frequently through the beginning of the academic year. Students with 2018-19 work-study awards must secure a job by September 21, 2018 or their awards will be canceled.
Job Postings (listed alphabetically by department)
|Job Posting||Faculty Member(s)||Department||Brief Position Description||Status|
|9495||Steven Utke||Accounting||This position involves collecting income tax data of publicly traded firms in order to determine how much tax these firms owe on their foreign earnings.||Open|
|9489||Sherry Pagoto||Allied Health Sciences||Gain well-rounded research experience in our Center for mHealth and Social Media located in the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy. Our research is focused on weight loss, skin cancer prevention, mHealth, and social media. We have many projects going on at all different phases allowing for an opportunity to gain experience in each phase from study startup to recruitment, data collection, reporting, and interpretation.||Open|
|9497||Molly Waring||Allied Health Sciences||My research focuses on the use of social media and technology for health behavior change, particularly weight management among childbearing women. Current projects include a NIH-funded study to conduct a pilot feasibility randomized trial to compare a post-partum weight loss intervention delivered via Facebook versus in-person groups and a pilot study examining the use of Instagram related to weight gain during pregnancy. Research Assistants will be involved in multiple aspects of these projects.||Open|
|9479||Dennis D’Amico||Animal Science||We are looking for students interested in food science and microbiology to work in our research lab. Our research focuses on improving the safety and quality of milk and value-added dairy products. This position involves assisting with food safety related lab experiments aimed at controlling pathogenic microorganisms in milk and cheese.||Open|
|9524||Chrystal Smith||Anthropology||The Student Interview & Survey Research Assistant hired will work on the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, EAGER: Measuring the Effects of Academic Climate and Social Networks on Persistence of STEM Undergraduates. This grant uses anthropological and sociological theories and methodologies to develop a survey instrument designed to gather information to understand the impact of STEM academic culture and social networks on persistence in an understudied population, Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) STEM undergraduates. SGM refers to individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) or other sexual or gender minority positionalities. Research activities include conducting interviews and developing survey questions from the interview data and relevant literature. The survey developed will be tested on a purposive sample of SGM STEM undergraduates, refined, and tested again.||Open|
|9525||Chrystal Smith||Anthropology||The Student Interview & Survey Research Assistant hired will work on the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, The Effects of Social Capital and Cultural Models on the Retention and Degree Attainment of Women and Minority Engineering Undergraduates. This grant uses anthropological and sociological theories and methodologies to improve our understanding about the challenges that women, ethnic minorities encounter pursuing STEM degrees. Research activities include analysis and writing up findings on survey and interview data collected during 2015-2018 with a cohort of engineering undergraduates at 11 participating universities. The Principal Investigator is Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D., Dean, Neag School of Education.||Open|
|9520||Sabato Santaniello||Biomedical Engineering||Assistance is sought with two research projects. The successful candidate(s) will be assigned to one project based on their interest and technical skills. Please note that both projects will be conducted under the direct supervision of a graduate student and the faculty member.
One project is about developing algorithms to process electroencephalographic (EEG) signals from children with epilepsy. EEG datasets are already available in the lab. The goal is to detect signatures of epileptic activity in the EEG for sake of diagnosis and analysis of the brain dynamics.
One project is about developing a gaming application (app) for Android platforms that is controlled by EEG brainwaves. The goal is to use the app as a neurofeedback-based tool for patients with epilepsy who need to learn how to avoid (micro) seizures.
|9523||Leslie Shor||Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering||Our lab develops “engineered microhabitats” (highly engineered microbial cell culture and analysis chambers) to understand complex functions of real microbial communities in nature. Our particular emphasis is on microbial function in soil environments and on sustainable agriculture applications.||Open|
|9528||Luyi Sun||Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering / Institute for Materials Science||In this position, students will be trained to work on multi-functional nanostructured materials for various applications. They will learn how to design materials with unique structure (down to nano- and molecular-scale) for specific applications, such as packaging, energy, catalysis, etc. In most cases, the structural design and control are the keys to the high performance of these materials.||Open|
|9496||Kristina Wagstrom||Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering||The research in Dr. Wagstrom’s lab aims to better understand the impacts of air pollution on human and ecosystem health through both measurements and computer modeling. Dr. Wagstrom will work with applicants to determine project that are the best fit.||Open|
|9506||Michele Back||Curriculum and Instruction||The Student Observation and Analysis Assistant hired will work on the Accuracy and Implications of Measurement in School (AIMS) project. This grant uses anthropological theories and methodologies to improve our understanding about how data capturing language, race, and ethnicity are constructed at the K-12 school level. Research activities include conducting observations at local schools as well as analysis and writing up findings on secondary data collected at schools in Connecticut. The Co-Principal Investigators are Dr. Michele Back and Dr. Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo, both in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the UConn Neag School of Education.||Open|
|9509||Todd Campbell||Curriculum and Instruction||This position will support research aimed at better understanding how teachers use curriculum in science classrooms and how this use impacts student learning. The position involves working closely with a faculty member and graduate assistant in science education to analyze and code teacher interview and student data. The research assistant will also assist in reviewing literature and co-authoring research reports.||Open|
|9510||Clarissa Ceglio||Digital Media and Design||A careful reader, clear writer and motivated individual who has an interest in museums is needed to help create and organize content for an online bibliographic database for the Museums and Civic Discourse Project. (See: http://ncph.org/phc/ncph-working-groups/museums-civic-discourse-2016-working-group/ for a description of our work.) The student will receive training and build proficiency in Zotero, an open-source citation management software. In The student will assist faculty by reviewing blog posts, videos, websites, journal articles and other materials related to the work museums do to foster dialogue and action within their communities on important social issues. The student will prepare summaries of these materials. These contributions will be part of a public-facing resource and the student will receive an author byline, so good writing skills are essential. The student may also conduct archival research and prepare reports of their findings in support of a second project that deals with the history of international justice following World War II.||Open|
|9478||Milagros Castillo-Montoya||Educational Leadership||This project focuses on improving the classroom experience of diverse college students by supporting faculty in their efforts to make incremental changes to their teaching. This project will provide a student employee with an opportunity to learn more about higher education and issues impacting college teaching.||Open|
|9508||Aarti Bellara||Educational Psychology||Assessment Research Assistant. There are multiple projects and can be filled by two applicants. The first project will examine preservice teacher inquiry projects for potential for action research as beginning teachers. The second project will consist of managing and collecting data for a systematic review of the reporting practices of single subject research in behavioral studies.||Open|
|9476||Melissa Bray||Educational Psychology||I plan to run studies using video self-monitoring for stuttering and other mind/body health intervention studies focusing on stress, anxiety, depression (e.g., Relaxation & Guided Imagery with cancer patients; Written Emotional Expression for asthmatics). My main research focus is on mind body health, in addition to psychological treatments for stuttering, and school-based programs for internalizing and externalizing behaviors.||Open|
|9533||Sandra Chafouleas||Educational Psychology||This position entails working with Dr. Chafouleas and her research team, with specific emphasis on tasks for the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH: see http://csch.uconn.edu). The CSCH mission is to facilitate innovative research and dissemination in school and child health, acknowledging that a whole child lens that integrates academics and health in serving students leads to better student outcomes across domains (academic, social, emotional, behavioral, physical). Although CSCH is engaged in many research activities, the primary job tasks for this position include synthesis of research in different areas related to school and child health, with the intent to synthesize information on evidence-informed policy and practices into brief user-friendly reports. Synthesized content also will be used in short video modules intended to increase knowledge about the focal area (e.g. what are best practices for increasing physical activity?, what has the policy impact been on changes to school nutrition programs?).||Open|
|9527||Lisa Sanetti||Educational Psychology||How do children acquire their native language? My lab investigates young children’s speaking and understanding, especially of word meanings and sentences. We also compare typically developing children and children with autism spectrum disorder, to assess the relative contributions of environment and biology in language learning.||Open|
|9474||John Ayers||Electrical and Computer Engineering||This research position will involve the analysis of defects and strain in state-of-the-art semiconductor device structures such as multijunction solar cells and high-speed transistors. It will involve computer modeling of device structures, the analysis of this data, and its graphical representation. It is intended that this work will lead to journal articles, conference presentations, and the design of improved semiconductor devices.||Open|
|9511||Clarissa Ceglio/Wes Hamrick||Greenhouse Studios/Scholarly Communications Design||A joint effort of the University of Connecticut’s School of Fine Arts (SFA), University Library, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), Greenhouse Studios forges diverse and democratic collaborations that build scholarship in new formats to engage new audiences. Our projects include experiments with virtual and augmented reality, mobile applications development, alternative print formats, digital audio and video production, and games (greenhousestudios.uconn.edu/projects/).||Open|
|9471||Annamaria Csizmadia||Human Development and Family Studies||I am seeking an undergraduate Research Assistant to assist with tasks related to my ongoing research projects, which focus on ethnic-racial minority and immigrant youth’s social-emotional adjustment, cognitive development, and academic success. Projects utilize existing national datasets and data collect via an online survey of UConn college students to examine ethnic-racial identity, ethnic-racial socialization, and social-emotional well-being among children, adolescents, and young adults of color.||Open (Stamford campus)|
|9485||Caitlin McPherran Lombardi||Human Development and Family Studies||Research assistants in my lab in 2018-19 will support ongoing studies investigating the contributions of the early childhood educator workforce, parental employment, and parenting quality toward children’s school readiness, health, and the income-based achievement gap. Students will assist with searching empirical research literature, examining secondary data, and preparing manuscripts and grants.||Open|
|9494||Rachel Tambling||Human Development and Family Studies||The Work-Study RA will support research activities in the Clinical Outcome and Process Research Laboratory. This laboratory focuses on research, which seeks to model processes that contribute to successful outcomes in individual, couple, and family therapy. We are specifically interested in therapy initialization, service utilization, and factors that contribute to successful outcomes. The successful candidate will have a strong interest in therapy processes and outcomes, and may be interested in a future career in marriage and family therapy, counseling, or social work. The successful candidate will be discrete, detail oriented, and able to maintain client confidentiality and effective research protocol.||Open|
|9477||Douglas Casa/Rebecca Stearns||Kinesiology / The Korey Stringer Institute||This position is devoted to providing students exposure to high-level research, advocacy and education initiatives related to the mission of the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI). The mission of the Korey Stringer Institute is to provide research, education, advocacy and consultation to maximize performance, optimize safety and prevent sudden death for the athlete, warfighter and laborer. Individuals will be provided full immersion into the daily operations of an active research lab; assisting with field studies, epidemiological investigations and laboratory protocols focused on preventing sudden death in sport and enhancing sport safety.||Open|
|9491||Linda Pescatello||Kinesiology / Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP)||The student will act as an undergraduate research assistant for the Department of Kinesiology Health Fitness Research Laboratory as part of the SPIRE (Syntheses of Prevention Intervention Research in Exercise) research team. SPIRE research projects are mainly systematic reviews and meta-analysis of the exercise and health literature. In these research projects, we pool data from hundreds of exercise trials to identify what combinations of patient clinical and exercise characteristics achieve optimal therapeutic benefit for the targeted physical or mental health outcome we are investigating.||Open|
|9507||Hannes Baumann||Marine Sciences||The Baumann lab at UConn Avery Point seeks a motivated student laboratory and Field Analysis assistant to aid its ongoing experimental research on fish sensitivity and adaptation to climate change. Motivated and reliable candidates will help maintain (cleaning, checking, feeding) rearing enclosures in the Rankin Lab, assist with field collections via beach seining, and measure preserved specimens in the lab. These analyses and experiments help us determine how vulnerable early and juvenile stages of common forage fish are to warming and acidifying oceans.||Open (Avery Point campus)|
|9475||Gerlinde Berger-Walliser||Marketing/Business Law||Comparing current issues in U.S. business law with European civil law systems, including privacy and data security, international jurisdiction, issue at the intersection of corporate social responsibility and corporate law, and non-financial reporting. The position is particularly suitable for pre-law students with an interest in business, European or private international law.||Open|
|9484||Kelly Herd||Marketing||As a marketing professor and consumer psychologist, I am interested in uncovering how people’s thoughts and experiences influence their cognition, particularly as they relate to the creative process. Using lab experiments, we ask participants to complete a series of creativity, brainstorming, and product design tasks, which are then evaluated on a variety of dimensions.||Open|
|9486||Georgios Matheou||Mechanical Engineering||The research aims to discover computationally efficient ways to predict the evolution of stratocumulus clouds. A novel computational methodology will be studied using a numerical model. A series of simulations will be carried out using UConn’s supercomputer to assess the potential of the new methodology.||Open|
|9513||Solomiya Ivakhiv/Sophie Shao||Music||This assistant position will interview and survey high school music programs, clinics, and teachers in the state of Connecticut, as well as study effective methods of teaching, both classroom and individual, long-term and short-term, and develop strategies in recruiting, as well as to capture and sustain interest in string instrumental playing. In addition, the assistant will help create a monthly newsletter that will include announcements on String area events.||Open|
|9512||Ashley Helton/Beth Lawrence||Natural Resources and the Environment||Coastal wetlands provide important ecosystem services; for example, wetland plants and soils sequester carbon and remove nitrogen. This project focuses on understanding how climate change and wetland restoration may affect ecosystem services provided by coastal wetland carbon and nitrogen cycling.||Open|
|9488||Anita Morzillo||Natural Resources and the Environment||I seek a student to assist faculty and graduate students with research related to public perceptions and human decision-making about natural resources and the environment. Project topics include attitudes toward black bears, roadside forest management, non-target impacts of pesticides on wildlife, pathogen runoff from agriculture, and sustainability of rural communities. The student will have the opportunity to become involved with several of these ongoing projects depending on student interest and progress of each project.||Open|
|9514||Jason Parent||Natural Resources and the Environment||Geospatial mapping and analysis including mapping of utility infrastructure and assessing vegetation risk. Assist with field data collections involving the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.||Open|
|9518||Tracy Rittenhouse||Natural Resources and the Environment||The student will assist with the set-up and testing of the temperature control system within outdoor aquatic tanks during fall 2018 and the monitoring and database management of this system in the spring 2019. The student will be contributing to research on disease outbreaks in tadpoles, but the student may not gain experience with animal care nor pathobiology.||Open|
|9519||Tracy Rittenhouse||Natural Resources and the Environment||The student will be part of a research project quantifying wildlife occupancy patterns in exurban landscapes (i.e., the entire state of CT). The student will assist with monitoring cameras at field sites, processing photos, and database management.||Open|
|9492||E. Carol Polifroni||Nursing||Assign metadata to individual editorials that are in a database for the Nursing Editors History Project (NEHP). Once the metadata are assigned, the editorials will be uploaded to the NEHP website.
Description: The NEHP has compiled a database of approximately 4000 editorials from eight nursing journals, with a goal to make these available to the public for searching and reading on the NEHP website. PDFs of all the editorials have been collected but metadata (author, title, journal, year of publication, volume, issue, page numbers, keywords) need to be assigned to each editorial prior to uploading.
Working closely with the NEHP administrator, the incumbent will design an Excel spreadsheet to organize the metadata and then populate with the information. Some metadata may be available on the editorial PDFs but when that is not available, researching using library resources may be necessary. In addition, again working with the NEHP administrator, the incumbent will develop a controlled vocabulary of keywords which will be assigned to each editorial to allow them to be searched for relevant content.
|9469||Moshe Gai||Physics||The student will engage in the design, development and tests of detectors of subatomic particles to be used in research in nuclear astrophysics on: stellar evolution and big bang nucleosynthesis.||Open (Avery Point campus)|
|9498||Katherine Whitaker||Physics||A student in this position will assist faculty in research efforts within a laboratory in the field of observational extragalactic astronomy. Research will include analyzing Hubble Space Telescope images, using observations of gravitationally lensed galaxy clusters that act as cosmic telescopes to study the background Universe.||Open|
|9473||Alexander Anievas||Political Science||I am currently working on a book manuscript examining the role of race and the far-right in the making of the Cold War and the post-1945 US-led liberal international order. Part of the project entails original archival research, collating and organizing source materials and reading foreign language sources. I am therefore looking for a research assistant with good organizational and summation skills. In addition, students proficient in foreign languages (especially German, French, or Italian) would be an added benefit.||Open|
|9493||Jeremy Pressman||Political Science||Find and enter information at crowdcounting.org. The Crowd Counting Consortium started in 2017 as an effort to collect data on all political protests in the United States.||Open|
|9517||David Richards||Political Science / Human Rights Institute||This work addresses violence against women and girls from a legal perspective; the student hired will be providing research support for two joint projects involving the UConn Human Rights Institute and the international NGO Everywoman Everywhere. The first project is a high-level-expert meeting at UConn in November 2018, where experts on gender violence and law will convene to critique the first full draft of a new international treaty addressing violence against women and girls. The second project is a resource center that will support both state efforts to implement the treaty and civil society efforts to monitor treaty implementation.||Open|
|9481||Roeland Hancock||Psychological Sciences||The assistant will support a variety of research projects using neuroimaging and behavioral methods to study language and cognition across the lifespan in the Laboratory for the Neurobiology of Individual Differences in Language.||Open|
|9487||Stephanie Milan||Psychological Sciences||Most people with mental health needs do not get adequate treatment. Research in our lab aims to improve access to quality interventions for low-income children and families. Current projects are based in Connecticut and Argentina. We are looking for a bilingual student interested in clinical psychology or child development to help with various aspects of these projects.||Open|
|9526||Letitia Naigles||Psychological Sciences||How do children acquire their native language? My lab investigates young children’s speaking and understanding, especially of word meanings and sentences. We also compare typically developing children and children with autism spectrum disorder, to assess the relative contributions of environment and biology in language learning.||Open|
|9490||Crystal Park||Psychological Sciences||Our Spirituality, Health and Meaning Lab conducts research on multiple topics, including the psychology of religion and spirituality, yoga and integrative medicine, and cancer survivorship. I am seeking a Research Assistant who can help with lab management tasks in a variety of studies.||Open|
|9515||Bandana Purkayastha||Sociology||Seeking a research assistant who can gather secondary data for a project tracking water, inequalities and rights focusing on urban households in the US.||Open|
|9516||Bandana Purkayastha||Sociology||Seeking a research assistant who can help with secondary data gathering (documents, media), and some transcriptions, for a project on recent immigrants and refugees in Connecticut.||Open|
|9522||David Weakliem||Sociology||The research assistant will obtain and enter information about the education of members of contemporary American elites (business, political, media, and others). The results will be compared to information that has been compiled for elites in the first half of the 20th century. The objective of the research is to see if there have been changes in the pathways to elite status.||Open|
Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at email@example.com or 486-7939 with any questions about this program. General questions about work-study and student employment can be directed to Student Financial Aid Services – Student Employment at firstname.lastname@example.org or 486-3474.