2021-22 Opportunities

Please reference the chart below for opportunities offered through the Work-Study Research Assistant Program for the 2021-2022 academic year. Follow the link in the Job Posting column to access the position listing and apply on JobX. Only applications from undergraduate students with work-study awards will be considered. Please note that the opportunities denoted with the First Generation image are offered by faculty members who themselves identify as first generation (neither parent completed a four-year degree); first generation students are particularly encouraged to consider these positions and apply to those that align with their skills and interests.

 

Job Posting Faculty Name Department Brief Position Description Status
115681st Generation Roman Shrestha Allied Health Sciences My research is primarily centered on the interface of HIV, substance use, and mobile technology (mHealth) specifically focused on HIV prevention and treatment issues. My current projects include NIH-funded grants, both domestically and internationally: a) Domestic projects – Focus on HIV and substance use prevention in people who use drugs; b) International projects – Emphasize on using mHealth technologies (e.g., app) to promote HIV testing and linkage to HIV prevention services among sexually diverse group (i.e., MSM, TGW) in Malaysia and Nepal. Research Assistants will be involved virtually in multiple aspects of these projects and will work with an interdisciplinary research team that includes community stakeholders, faculty, research staffs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
11278 Melissa Bray Educational Psychology I need assistance in the Bray Mind Body Health Lab with on-going studies. The primary focus of the lab’s agenda is on evidence-based mind-body health interventions, adding to the extant empirical literature on ten practices that effectively improve psychological, physical, academic, and communication outcomes. These interventions include: 1) relaxation and guided imagery, 2) standardized progressive muscle relaxation, 3) gratitude writing, 4) written emotional expression, 5) culturally sensitive meditation, 6) yoga, 7) video self-modeling, 8) virtual reality, 9) physical activity, 10) mindfulness, and nature.The work can be in person and remote. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
116301st Generation Harry van der Hulst Linguistics I will be finishing a book on the phenomenon of ‘word stress/word accent (the syllable in a word that is the most prominent, such as the first and last syllable is the English words accident and kangaroo), analyzing word stress systems in a wide variety of language in the world, using a database that I have constructed with information about 800 languages. The assistant will edit chapters, written in Word, perform searches in the data base, search for articles and books and help compiling and correct a bibliography. Filled
10467 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. This position is primarily remote, aside from the need for an initial in-person orientation meeting. Filled
11293 Debarchana Ghosh Geography SMART is a pilot randomized clinical trial that examines the impact of mobile health (mHealth) interventions among people with HIV (PWH) who uses cocaine. The purpose of this study is to examine the feasibility (can this be done?) and acceptability (will the patients accept it?) of mHealth intervention tools such as cellular-enabled smart pillboxes and cell phones, on antiretroviral adherence and persistence among PWH who uses cocaine. Closed
10581 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 mission of the Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) is to facilitate innovative and impactful connections across research, policy, and practice arenas to advance equity in school and child health. CSCH is committed to anti-racist work that prioritizes inclusion, reduces disparities, and creates systemic change.
CSCH researchers acknowledge that a whole child lens that integrates academics and health in serving students leads to improved well-being across domains (academic, social, emotional, behavioral, physical). Although CSCH is engaged in many scholarly 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 disseminate information on evidence-informed policy and practices (e.g. what are best practices for increasing physical activity?, what has the policy impact been on changes to school nutrition programs?) in multi-media formats (e.g., brief user-friendly reports, podcasts).
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11354 Jeremy Pressman Political Science Enter, code, and tally information on protests, strikes, and demonstrations at crowdcounting.org. The Crowd Counting Consortium started in 2017 as an effort to collect data on all political protests in the United States. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
11886 Nishith Prakash Economics & Human Rights Dr. Prakash’s primary research interests include development, political economy, public policy, the economics of education, and behavioral economics. Throughout his academic pursuit, Prof. Prakash has focused on the relationship between government policies and economic development and harnessed rigorous empirical evidence to study the impact of policies and institutions in enabling inclusive growth. He has experience in conducting surveys in developing countries, working with large-scale observational and administrative data sets, and conducting field experiments (RCTs). Prof. Prakash has worked closely with the Department of Education (in Bihar, Nepal, Zanzibar, and Zambia), the State Police (in Bihar, and Telangana), the Ministry of Home Affairs (Government of India), and the World Bank. His teaching interests include Development Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Economics of Gender and Inequality.
Research assistants will work across many fields, including development and labor economics, to help conduct research on a variety of projects. An RA will be required to have knowledge of statistical methods for causal inference, writing and communication skills, and a team-player attitude. There are a variety of tasks that are associated with this job, but overall we are looking for someone who is motivated to learn and passionate about research and economics. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses..
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118831st Generation Yi Zhang Biomedical Engineering The outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has infected more than 17 million individuals worldwide, resulting in the death of more than 3.4 million people as of May 2021. Based on the available data and published reports, most people diagnosed with COVID-19 exhibit no or mild symptoms and could be discharged home for self-isolation. About 20% of them will progress to severe disease requiring hospitalization and medical management. Currently, there is a lack of effective methods and technologies for healthcare providers to remotely monitor patients’ clinical conditions at home, evaluate their disease progression, and predict clinical deterioration for timely medical interventions. This multidisciplinary project aims to create a new route to improve the COVID-19 recovery outcome by providing an at-home smart monitoring system. Closed
118851st Generation Young Tang Animal Science Our research is focused on finding new veterinary medicines to cure the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) in pigs. This position will help to carry out the assay screen analysis, score the potency of candidate drugs, and organize the laboratory for research compliance. Filled
11884 Roger Travis Literatures, Cultures, and Languages This Student Research Assistant will assist in preparing a book manuscript concerning the contemporary cooperative living card game (including The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, Arkham Horror: The Card Game, and Marvel Champions: The Card Game) and the classical epic tradition. The assistant will read secondary sources as assigned and will locate and read further secondary sources, and prepare an annotated bibliography of sources read. The assistant will learn the games and similar games, and will find other similar games and learn them for comparison, and prepare an annotated “ludography” of such games. The assistant will engage in ongoing conversation with Professor Travis to refine the ideas of the manuscript in light of their research review, and to develop their own research in the area and related areas. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
118991st Generation Caiwen Ding Computer Science and Engineering Machine Learning & Deep Neural Network Systems; Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing; Computer Architecture and Heterogeneous Computing (CPUs/FPGAs/GPUs); Non-von Neumann Computing and Neuromorphic Computing; Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
11900 Stephanie Gernant Pharmacy Practice I’m a health-service researcher looking for a work-study student who is interested in improving their literature and scientific writing skills. My recent studies explore how individuals of various healthcare disciplines communicate and collaborate over digital platforms. I’m also interested in risk-messaging and medication safety. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
11898 Ali Bazzi Electrical and Computer Engineering This position is on building a lab-scale microgrid to evaluate different renewable energy technologies for interaction with the main utility grid. The project will include setting up two solar arrays, a micro wind turbine, two Li-ion battery packs, a back-up generator, and power electronics that interface these sources with and without the grid. The student will be working in the Longley Building on Depot campus, and will receive support from one graduate student and one visiting undergraduate student in addition to the lab PI, Prof. Ali Bazzi. Closed
11897 César Abadía Anthropology & Human Rights The undergraduate research assistant (RA) will work on a research project focused on the increasing chronic conditions and mental health symptoms in children and adolescents, led by César Abadía-Barrero (Anthropology and Human Rights) and Maria LaRusso (HDFS). In particular, we are looking for a social science major or a pre-health student with interest in children’s mental health and development. The RA will receive training in ethics in research with human subjects and work with qualitative data about the experiences of children and families affected by Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), as well as the responses from both schools and health care providers to the children’s health and developmental challenges. The RA will receive training and be responsible for transcription accuracy, coding, and analysis, using different qualitative software. Additional tasks, pending on progress of the research project, include literature review and checking paper sections for accuracy or sources. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
104901st Generation Crystal Park Psychological Sciences This research assistant (RA) will promote the productivity of our Spirituality, Meaning and Health Lab by working with Dr. Park and a team of graduate and undergraduate students on one or more of a variety of studies currently underway. These include studies of yoga interventions, cancer survivorship, psychology of religion, and resilience to trauma. The RA will participate in a weekly journal club/lab meeting which is anticipated to be in person. Some studies require direct interaction with participants (e.g., recruitment) while others involve gathering and organizing information, integrating results, and helping write manuscripts, much of which can be done remotely. Filled
104791st Generation Oh Sung Kwon Kinesiology Kwon Laboratory’s research interests include an integrative approach to the study of vascular and skeletal muscle function in both animal and human models. Specifically, our current research is focused on the role of mitochondrial-derived oxidative stress and mitophagy in age-related changes in the immune system (Immunosenescence), ACL injury-induced skeletal and vascular dysfunction, and age-related diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, and hypertension. In addition, currently, we investigate the pleiotropic effects of statin therapy (cholesterol-lowering drugs) in humans. These projects include investigation of the direct effects of statins on skeletal muscle strength and aerobic performance and the effects of Curcumin supplementation on statin-induced myopathy. Closed
11908 Kelly Herd Marketing As a marketing professor and consumer psychologist, I am interested in uncovering how people’s thoughts, emotions, and experiences influence their behaviors, particularly as they relate to the creative process. Using lab experiments, we examine how people brainstorm, design products, and solve problems. I am also interested in how emotions like embarrassment and social factors – for example, being in a crowded space – changes people’s thoughts and behaviors. Closed
11909 Angela Starkweather Nursing The Starkweather Lab is focused on examining how different people perceive and interpret pain signals and identifying ways to help relieve pain and other distressing symptoms. You will learn how to study the intersections between psychology, neurobiology, genomics, culture, and the environment as well as how to create and test innovations for improving health and quality of life. Filled
10482 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. Filled
11379 Ruth Braunstein Sociology The research assistant (RA) will work closely with Dr. Braunstein on her current research project, “The Moral Meanings of Taxpaying,” which explores how the practices of taxpaying and tax resisting are linked to contested understandings of political community, good citizenship and morality in the United States. In particular, the RA will help to collect and analyze documents and other publicly available materials created by activist organizations concerned about the moral implications of paying certain taxes, including the peace movement, the pro-life movement, and others. The RA will also help to review existing published research on related topics, including work in political sociology, economic sociology, and the sociology of religion. The RA will need to be comfortable communicating via Zoom or WebEx, collaborating using Google Drive, keeping large numbers of documents organized, and using Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets (spreadsheet app). Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
10517 Anson Ma Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering My team has been researching on 3D printing drug tablets and food for precision medicine and personalized nutrition applications. At UConn, we have also constructed a pilot-scale 3D printer called “HuskyJet”. https://youtu.be/mgq3zEqxfgg. We’re looking for a motivated student or students to help review the literature in these application areas so we can benchmark our work. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
11910 Anson Ma Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering My team has been researching on 3D printing drug tablets and food for precision medicine and personalized nutrition applications. At UConn, we have also constructed a pilot-scale 3D printer called “HuskyJet”. https://youtu.be/mgq3zEqxfgg. We’re looking for a motivated student or students to shadow my graduate students/postdocs and help with sample characterization. Closed
11912 Anson Ma Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering My team has been collaborating with a major global personal care company and their CT-based R&D center to understand the stability of their hair and body lotion products. We’re looking for a motivated student or students to help with sample preparation and characterization. Filled
11913 Eva Lefkowitz Human Development and Family Sciences This Fall we will start a new study of LGBTQ+ college students’ well-being and relationships during the semester compared to on academic breaks, to identify risk and protective factors associated with LGBTQ+ youths’ living environment. The research assistant will help with the following tasks: (1) Recruiting and communicating with participants; (2) Checking quality of data; (3) Organizing data; (4) Coding data; (5) Organizing participant payment; (6) Performing additional miscellaneous tasks as needed. Closed
119201st Generation Ryan Coles Management My stream of research explores entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging market communities. It intersects with some of society’s biggest challenges: Immigration, refugees, violence, as well as economic and social inequality. My research contexts include: Mexico, Peru, Jordan, China, and the U.S. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
119211st Generation Robin Bogner Pharmaceutical Sciences During freeze-drying of pharmaceuticals, product in vials must be maintained below a subzero target temperature to resist total collapse of the product. However, potential benefits of micro-collapse or partial consolidation of the pores in the highly porous product have been identified. Pore consolidation is thought to result from viscoelastic flow, which is poorly understood in the partially hydrated pharmaceutical (non-drug) materials produced during freeze-drying. In this project, the student will come to PBB 422 to help 1) set up an older viscoelasticity tester that was recently acquired, 2) design a rig to maintain a subzero temperature and control humidity in the testing area, 3) prepare samples for testing, and 4) determine the viscoelastic characteristics of a series of pharmaceutical materials. Closed
11309 Molly Waring Allied Health Sciences My research focuses on the use of social media for health promotion, particularly healthy eating, physical activity, and weight management among pregnant and post-partum persons and mothers. Current projects include a study of misinformation related to childhood nutrition on social media. Research Assistants will be involved in multiple aspects of ongoing projects and will work with an interdisciplinary research team that includes faculty, research staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students. While some work can be done remotely, RAs are expected to attend weekly team meetings at the Storrs campus. Filled
11925 Heather Cassano Digital Media and Design This research position will support the development and production of the documentary film THE FATE OF HUMAN BEINGS. The film uncovers the stories of people with disabilities and mental illnesses buried in unnamed graves in mental institution cemeteries across the United States. Through archival and present-day material, the film unpacks the ramifications of institution cemeteries, seeking to understand our past and present relationships with the “otherness” of those interred. This is a remote position with optional in-person meetings with faculty. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
11935 Christian Tryon Anthropology This project involves basic inventorying and curation of stone artifacts from archaeological sites in northern Tanzania (dating to as much as 70,000 years ago) prior to their return to the Tanzanian National Museum. The project requires attention to detail, basic data entry skills, and the work may be particularly engaging for those with an interest in archaeology, African history, museum or heritage studies, or human evolution. Filled
11385 Rachel Tambling Human Development and Family Sciences The Work-Study RA will support research activities in the Clinical Outcome and Process Research Laboratory. This laboratory focuses on research about individual, couple, and family therapy, including substance use treatment. The successful candidate will be discrete, detail oriented, and able to work with the faculty on literature reviews. This position is remote work optional, and job duties will vary depending on the status of research projects. Typical projects include literature review, research support, and analysis of newly collected survey data. Closed
11934 Bradley Wright Sociology This position entails research conducted on the topic of how people define and acquire a sense of purpose in life. Assistant will conduct a review of research literature as well as attend in-person research meetings on Mondays 3:30-4:45. Location is Storrs campus. Filled
11942 Oskar Harmon Economics Across the country COVID-19 and the Great Recession 2007 strained university finances and many cut spending on men’s and women’s athletics resulting in several Title IX lawsuits (including one filed by the UConn Women’s Row Team). Title IX requires proportionate spending on men’s and women‘s athletics and the lawsuits argue that these universities likely were already not in compliance and the cuts further increased the imbalance and therefore the noncompliance. This research seeks to empirically model which Title IX lawsuits and threats of Title IX lawsuits are successful and unsuccessful and the explanatory variables the analysis will focus on are financial position, and past spending on men’s/women’s athletic programs. The research assistant for this project will work remotely and assist in a review of the literature of these recent Title IX cases by summarizing the justification for the Title IX lawsuit, the economic data presented by plaintiffs and defendants, and the resolution of the lawsuits. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
11944 Oskar Harmon Economics States in the US have different policy response to COVID 19 ranging from stay-at-home orders, school closures, mandatory isolation for travelers, and temporary shutdown of non-essential businesses.
The policy responses differed in timing, some were earlier than others, in severity, some were more comprehensive than others and will likely have a differential impact on the speed of economic recovery in each state. The methodology of this study is to calculate the speed of recovery in each state then measure the effect of the degree of stringency of COVID measures on the recovery while holding constant each states’ speed of recovery in the three most recent economic recessions (1990, 2001, 2007).The research assistant for this project will work remotely and assist in a review of the literature of current research on measuring the effects of COVID and state policy responses on economic recovery across the 50 States. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses.
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11945 Sohyun Park Plant Science and Landscape Architecture The student assistants will work on documenting Connecticut landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. who is the father of American landscape architecture and the designer of Central Park and many other parks and green spaces. The work duties will include collection and reviews of existing written materials and literature about Olmsted’s work, potential site visits, and technical assistance (including note-taking) for Olmsted 200 Conference to be held in April 2022 in Olmsted’s hometown in Hartford, Connecticut. The student research assistants are also expected to help in the preparation of copy for publication, attend research meetings, and perform miscellaneous duties as directed. Filled
11946 Sara Silverstein History and Human Rights Institute This project examines the history of global public health. It focuses on the history of health services for refugees after the Second World War. It also considers the part of refugees and international cooperation in developing national health services during the interwar and postwar periods. The research assistant position will include organizing and classifying archival records, reading archival files to extract information from sources, and verifying references. The majority of the work can be performed remotely. Closed
11956 Emily Myers Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences In our lab we conduct research on how people process the sounds of speech. This includes primarily behavioral data (reaction times, perceptual decisions), primarily with healthy younger adults. This position involves helping with a study of neural processing of speech, helping to code and tag audio files, collecting data from participants (assuming that research resumes in-person in the Fall). The position is intended to be in-person. Filled
11957 Kristen Govoni Animal Science Our research focuses on the effects of maternal diet on offspring growth and metabolism. Undergraduate students working in the laboratory will assist graduate students with lab maintenance, serum assays, gene expression, histology, and other molecular biology techniques using samples collected from sheep. Our lab seeks students with a strong work ethic, ability to work well with others, inquisitive mindset, and willingness to learn new things. Filled
119731st Generation Jorge Aguero El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies Collect and organize data from multiple sources to identify public policies to increase skills for disadvantaged in developing countries. Students can do this remotely with a very flexible schedule. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
11966 Louise Reagan Nursing My research focus is on behavioral research and intervention development in diabetes self-management and more recently diabetes and chronic low back pain. Students applying for this position will perform most work in person but there will be some opportunity for remote work monitoring online data repositories. Filled
11962 Jennifer Dineen Public Policy We are seeking a work study student to support a recently funded Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) research project focused on developing a virtual knowledge base of evidence-based practices and programs for gun violence prevention. Primary responsibilities include seek out existing firearm data sources, attend weekly research team meetings, organize and code existing GVP literature. Hartford campus-Filled
11990 Laura Mauldin Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies & Human Development and Family Sciences The research assistant (RA) will work closely with Dr. Mauldin on her current research project, “For all we care: Exploring caregiving and the politics of disability,” which explores the experiences of spousal caregivers, the role of technologies in care, and how ableism informs care policies in the United States. Specifically, the RA will help manage data in the form of documents and photographs, the latter will be used to create a website/archive to document technologies employed by caregivers and therefore the RA may need to communicate with the website designer hired for the project. The RA will also be asked to collect and analyze documents and other materials and sources relevant to the topic. The RA will also help to review and synthesize existing published research on related topics, including work in the sociology of health/illness, care, and family, as well as gender studies and disability studies. The RA will need to be comfortable communicating via videoconferencing and phone, collaborating using DropBox, GoogleDrive, keeping large numbers of files and documents organized, and using spreadsheets on GoogleSheets or Evernote. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
11989 Bandana Purkayastha Sociology The assistant with help me gathering information on migrants experience of the pandemic. We will trace migrants’ experiences, resilience, and recovery efforts as reported by migrant–migrant, refugee, asylum seeker–serving organizations, or as reported in the media. (No interviews will be done, we will focus on information available publicly). After initial meetings most of the work can be done remotely. Interest in migrants lives is a requirement. Ability to gather social media data is a preference, but it is NOT a requirement. Closed
119911st Generation Jacqueline Caemmerer Educational Psychology This position involves working with Dr. Caemmerer and her research team. Research topics include better understanding what psychological and educational tests measure, how children’s cognitive abilities relate to their math, reading, and writing skills, and the influence of parent involvement and social skills on children’s academic achievement. For more information see: https://education.uconn.edu/person/jacqueline-caemmerer/ Responsibilities will include reviews of the research literature and dissemination of research findings. The work location is flexible and can be fully remote. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
119931st Generation Sarah Knutie Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Our lab studies the evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions, especially in response to environmental change. We have various ongoing projects in the lab including: the effects of urbanization and temperature on bird-parasite interaction, how gut microbiomes mediate the effect of nutrients on host defenses against parasites, and trade-offs between overwintering and immune strategies in frogs. This position will be primarily in-person in the lab. Filled
12011 Steve Suib Chemistry There are several positions available in our lab. One area involves synthesis, characterization and use of such materials in catalysis such as selective oxidations to make products with high value. Another area involves preparation and use of ceramics. Another area involves use of environmentally friendly reagents and products in chemical reactions. Our labs are all in the Chemistry building. Filled
12012 Santiago Munoz-Arbelaez History & Spanish I am looking for a research assistant to work in my public and digital history project “Colonial Landscapes: Redrawing Andean Territories in the Seventeenth Century”, which uses a 17th-century painting to illustrate the changes Spanish colonialism unraveled in indigenous lives and landscapes. The tasks will include reviewing the US national standards for education at the secondary level and helping with the design of exercises and lessons for high school classrooms. The job will be particularly attractive for those interested in indigenous history, colonialism, high school education, and public history. Reading knowledge of Spanish is a plus. Closed
120131st Generation Luyi Sun Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering We are a group of materials scientists/engineers who are interested in creating new materials for various applications (and having fun…). Our research covers a wide range of materials, including polymeric materials, ceramics and glasses, and composites. One of our main goals is to design materials with unique structures (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. This position will be in-person if the safely policy allows. Filled
12031 Natalie Shook Nursing The Shook Lab studies the extent to which psychosocial factors influence mental (e.g., depression, anxiety) and physical (e.g., pain) health. We also develop and test interventions (e.g., mindfulness practice, messaging campaigns) to improve health and well-being. This position can be in-person, remote, or hybrid. The position will entail assisting with the development of research studies, recruiting participants, collecting data, cleaning data, and analyzing data. Filled
12046 Christin Munsch Sociology On the surface, social science research appears to be strictly factual and reads like a dispassionate search for knowledge or “truth.” In actuality, however, professors (like everyone else) are influenced by the larger social world in which they live. For example, the research topics they chose, and the way they write up their findings, are influenced by the economic and political climate, their university’s priorities, the values of their academic departments and disciplines, and so much more. The purpose of this project is to understand these factors by reading and coding a pre-selected number of texts, all of which can be done remotely. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
12047 Diane Burgess Pharmacy My research focuses on drug formulation development. Undergraduate students working in the lab will assist the tasks below: 1. Prepare and maintain research materials and environment as directed, Will be trained, no specific skills required. 2. Perform annual update of chemical inventory. No experience required. Will be trained on using Inventory Management System “VERTERE”. 50% work can be done online.
3. Take samples depending on previous lab experiences or show excellent performance on fulfilling tasks in initial lab work training phase. It’s a good opportunity for students with or without lab experience, especially for students major on Pharmacy, Biomolecular Engineering, chemical engineering and chemistry.
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12063 Cara Battersby Physics We seek a research assistant for our work in the Milky Way Laboratory. The position will be focused on taking numerical simulations of a molecular cloud, performing synthetic observations using computer programs, and plotting and analyzing the resulting data. The key goals are to understand how stars are born and how environment affects this process. This position is mostly remote, with occasional in person work. Filled
120641st Generation Nancy Naples Sociology & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies The research assistant (RA) will work closely with Dr. Naples on her current research project, “Sexual Citizenship in International Perspective.” The RA will compile a list of possible references from index or abstract sources, look up and check references in chapters drafted by Dr. Naples, read and then write annotations of selected references, prepare bibliographies, look up specific laws and policies and historical information on the topic, and prepare charts and tables as needed. The RA will need to be comfortable communicating via Zoom or WebEx, collaborating using Google Drive, creating PDFs, and working with excel and word programs. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses.. Filled
12080 Erin Kuprewicz Ecology and Evolutionary Biology The student will work with digital records on the vertebrate specimens of the Biodiversity Research Collections (BRC), consisting of preserved animals that reflect the richness of the world’s biodiversity. Digital records are in Microsoft Excel files that are exported to database programs. These database records are in turn published on the web in portals that enable any scientist or member of the public to learn about our specimens. The student worker will perform various tasks to ensure that our records are up-to-date, accurate, complete, and comply with formatting requirements that are consistent with current museum best practices. This work is ideal for detail-oriented students interested in animal research and will be conducted in a hybrid format with some work done in-person and some work done remotely. Closed
12081 Eric Schultz Ecology and Evolutionary Biology This is a fish ecology study focused on migration of young fish from freshwater, where they were born, to the ocean where they will grow. The work involves visiting field stream sites to retrieve recordings from field instruments, assisting with collecting fish, and taking data from photographs. Work location for field work is locations on eastern coastal CT (for proximity we are especially interested in a student at Avery Pt); remaining work can be conducted remotely. Filled
12089 Christina Kan Marketing I study the psychology of consumer behavior. In particular, I used experiments (lab and online) to uncover how people think about and make financial decisions, and how they perceive price promotions. This position could be a good fit for students interested in business, psychology, communications, market research, among other topics. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
12109 Cara Battersby Physics We seek a student to assist with research in the Milky Way Laboratory. The position will be focused on comparing space telescope X-ray data over time with radio interferometry data. The key goals are to understand the structure of molecular clouds in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, by linking the X-ray time domain with velocity information from the radio data. Filled
12087, 12088-Stamford 1st Generation Na Zhang Human Development and Family Sciences The Research Assistant will join Dr. Na Zhang’s research lab to gain research experiences in prevention research in children’s mental health with a focus on parenting skills training and mindfulness interventions for highly stressed families. There are three projects that need assistance: 1) A meta-analysis review article on the effects of parent-focused interventions that integrated mindfulness; 2) A study on the relations between parent-child interactions and parentally bereaved children’s mental health and grief reactions; and 3) A study on the relations between divorced parents’ self-regulation and their parenting practices. The work can be in person and/or remote. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses.. Filled
120901st Generation Metin Cosgel Economics The student will be asked to use Microsoft Excel to enter data and compare information across two different datasets for match, accuracy, and patterns. The data will be used for research on how race and gender were related to the rates of crime and incarceration in New England in the nineteenth century. All necessary training and guidance will be provided. Job responsibilities may be completed remotely. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
12120 Tamika La Salle Educational Psychology The purpose of this position is to support research in working on research projects and grants aimed at making cultural adaptations to existing school interventions so that they are more culturally responsive. This work also includes designing tools to support the integration and use of school climate data within school improvement teams, as well as investigating the experiences of marginalized populations to cultivate a positive school climate. The work location is flexible but will require both in-person and remote work. Closed
12121 Cornelia Dayton History The research assistant (RA) will work with Prof. Dayton on a large database of marital elopement advertisements published in New England newspapers from 1704 to 1810. The ads, mostly posted by husbands, but sometimes with wives’ replies, are snapshots of marital negotiations or separations. The database consists so far of 1200 ads, and one next step is to merge it with existing databases compiled by two other scholars. Our ultimate goal is to ready the data for mounting on a major digital genealogical platform. Besides facility with entering data via Microsoft Excel, the RA will need (through training) skills at searching, navigating, and transcribing information from the Early American Newspapers e-database. The RA will need to be comfortable communicating with research partners via Zoom. Attention to detail, concern for accuracy, and proofreading skills are all pluses. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
121361st Generation Barbara Gurr Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies I am curating an exhibit for the Benton Museum of Art with a colleague from the School of Fine Arts. This exhibit uses pulp fiction covers to examine race, gender, sexuality, and ability in illustrations from science fiction and fantasy magazines. I’m seeking a student to help organize a literature review, including finding and reading various short stories to identify relevant themes; and to support historical research on race, gender, and sexuality in the science fiction/fantasy pulp industry from the mid-twentieth century. Closed
121421st Generation Rupal Parekh Social Work The research project will focus on engaging communities across CT in developing workshops and activities that help them address environmental issues in their community. Participants will engage in photovoice methodology (via photography) to explore physical environments that are supportive or challenging to them and multiple generations in their community. Hartford-Closed
12141, 12140-Hartford Ruodan Zhang Public Policy This position will serve multiple projects using U.S. nonprofit tax reporting data. Specific project topics include nonprofit presence and climate change opinion; nonprofits’ use of volunteers for grassroots lobbying; and extremist groups that abuse nonprofit status. Depending on the stages of project development, the student may be expected to (1) prepare manuscripts for publication, (2) collect, organize, and analyze data, and (3) look up and compile references. In-person meetings are preferred; however, the work can be completely remote. Storrs, Hartford-Closed
12144, 12143-Hartford Kerry Marsh Psychological Sciences Assist in reseach projects focused on: how emotions impact the way we react to physical environments and specifically, the benefits of nature exposure. The student will help collect data in a lab, code data, and develop research skills working with a team, primarily in-person. Hartford, Storrs-Closed
12145 Cristina Colon-Semenza Kinesiology This position will be focused on work for a study of a method of improving outcomes for patients living with Parkinson disease by introducing creative photography and collective artmaking environments to traditional physical therapy. This inter-disciplinary project hypothesizes that feedback through gait training with photography and the creative experience may improve walking ability and motivation for practice. This position will require hybrid work (in-person and remote). Filled
12148 Eric Jackson Civil and Environmental Engineering & Connecticut Transportation Institute This position will assist in the research of a driving simulator project. The candidate will run the experiment along with the Researcher, collect data, and analyze the results. This position will be in-person located in the driving simulator lab at the Longley Building on Depot Campus. Filled
12186 Davis Chacon Hurtado Civil and Environmental Engineering & Human Rights Institute The Engineering for Human rights (ENG-HR) initiative is searching for one undergraduate research assistant to work on transportation equity and rapid urbanization in the context of Latin American cities. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
121871st Generation Kristina Wagstrom Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering The Computational Atmospheric Chemistry and Exposure lab specializes in identifying the human and ecosystem health impacts of air pollution. There are a large number of potential topics for this review, and I will work with applicants to identify a subject of interest to both the lab and the student researcher. This work can be completed either in-person or remotely and allows for flexible work hours. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
121881st Generation Kristina Wagstrom Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering The Computational Atmospheric Chemistry and Exposure lab specializes in identifying the human and ecosystem health impacts of air pollution. There are a large number of potential projects (both computer and laboratory based), and I will work with applicants to identify a project of interest though some potential project ideas can be found on the lab webpage (https://cace.lab.uconn.edu/available-undergraduate-research-projects/). There are project in the lab that can be completed either in-person or remotely and many will allow for flexible work hours. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
12189 SeungYeon Kang Mechanical Engineering Our lab is interested in understanding how lithium-ion batteries perform under pressure. We are looking for self-motivated students who would like to gain experience in reading and analyzing academic literature regarding this topic. Previous knowledge on battery systems and/or COMSOL/ANSYS is a plus. The student will have a chance, if successful, to contribute to a scientific publication. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
12197 SeungYeon Kang Mechanical Engineering Our lab is working on additive manufacturing of metal polymer composites with laser assisted methods. We are looking for self-motivated students who will help prepare samples and assist with the laser process. In-person research work with partial remote work opportunity. The student will have a chance, if successful, to contribute to a scientific publication. Closed
12198 Jacqueline Chen Psychological Sciences The Social Cognition & Intergroup Perception Lab, led by Prof. Jacqueline Chen, is looking for reliable, dedicated research assistants (RAs) for the academic year of 2021-2022 as part of an Implicit Bias and STEM Gender Representation project. This project studies how academic major-level implicit bias relates to faculty gender representation within academic departments. This is a first step in a larger research project on how implicit bias relates to cues of systemic bias within academic departments. RA work will be completely online, has flexible hours, and requires between 3 and 9 hours each week. Responsibilities include data collection and Qualtrics survey creation. There is potential to work on coding tasks in R-Studio, literature review, or an independent project depending on the student’s interests, fit with the research, and time in the lab. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
12199 Christine Kirchhoff Civil and Environmental Engineering My lab is working to understand the scope and scale of sanitary sewer overflows and understand the potential for equity issues regarding same. Our first step is to clean a database of sanitary sewer overflow locations which requires good attention to detail and help reconciling location data for overflows. Then we will use the cleaned location data to geocode overflows, link to census, and then analyze the data for who experiences overflows (how often, how long, etc.). Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
12200 Sarah Willen Anthropology This position is focused on survey management and project operations for the Pandemic Journaling Project, an interdisciplinary project involving a combined journaling platform and research study of people’s experiences of COVID-19, led by anthropology professor Sarah Willen. You would join a collaborative team including faculty, research staff, graduate and undergraduate students. The position is ideal for a detail-oriented student familiar with Google Docs, including Google Sheets. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
12202 John Cooley Ecology and Evolutionary Biology The periodical cicada project involves mapping periodical cicada emergences across the eastern US. Details of this project may be found at www.cicadas.uconn.edu. This position will involve data management for the project, and depending on the candidate’s interest and expertise, geospatial data analysis. This project may be conducted mostly remote. Hartford-Closed
12201 Juliany Polar Social Work The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) – UConn Partnership will conduct virtual interviews and data collection with child care providers across Connecticut. Data collected will support the Narrow Cost Analysis conducted by the OEC in support of the triennial renewal of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). The CCDF is granted to states to assist in providing child care services for low-income family members who work, train for work, attend school, or whose children receive or need to receive protective services. Tasks include collecting child care providers’ self-completed spreadsheets, conducting phone/virtual interviews for sites that didn’t self-complete, and compiling/transferring all data securely. Data cleaning could also be involved. CITI human subjects training is required. Hartford-Closed
12203 Erin Kuprewicz Ecology and Evolutionary Biology The student will work to digitize archival file records on the collections kept by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH) in the Institute of the Environment (IoE) at UConn. These records will be scanned and organized in a digital format for archiving on our upcoming CSMNH database. The student worker will perform various tasks to ensure that records are complete, accurate, and comply with formatting requirements that are consistent with current metadata and museum collection best practices. This work is ideal for detail-oriented students who are interested in museums and collections-based studies, particularly regarding natural history and anthropology collections. This work will be conducted in a hybrid format with some work done in-person (scanning files) at the Museum Annex and some work done remotely (organizing and formatting scanned, digital files). Closed
12204 Fumiko Hoeft Psychological Sciences Part-time research opportunity to contribute to the study of emotional well-being! Seeking motivated undergraduate research assistants who are available part-time (fully remote) to contribute to an exciting project on the measurement of emotional well-being. This is part of the NIH U24 Emotional Well-Being Measurement Working Group – the work will be with the Brain Imaging subgroup and will involve identifying common brain measures that correspond with emotional wellbeing. This part of the project is supervised by Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, Director of BrainLENS at UConn and the larger group includes scientists from several sites including University of Connecticut, University of Alabama, University of Wisconsin-Madison, UCSF, and University of Rochester. More information on the scope of the larger grant is here: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/news/press-releases/nih-networks-to-advance-emotional-well-being-research. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Filled
122051st Generation Stephanie Milan Psychological Sciences Our lab conducts studies focused on parenting risk in families affected by mental illness. We focus specifically on mechanisms that can be incorporated into clinical intervention (e.g., how parents understand and respond to their children’s emotions). Our current projects are all virtual. The RA will be responsible for assisting with literature reviews, creating survey materials and experimental stimuli using Qualtrics and similar programs, data management and preliminary analysis. The position will be hybrid (in person and remote). Filled
122091st Generation Sanjeev Nayak Materials Science and Engineering & Innovation Partnership Building My research involves applying advanced quantum mechanical methods to decipher intricate structure-property relations, predict design rules, and engineer new material combinations for application in current and future technologies. The tasks for the program would involve students getting hands-on experience in first-principles computation, accumulating data, hypothesizing trends, literature review, and exploring new ideas. The nature of research allows remote working. No prior experience is required, although a background in physics and maths is advantageous. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
122101st Generation Sanjubala Sahoo Materials Science and Engineering & Innovation Partnership Building The student will work on computational catalysis using first-principles theory and quantum chemical tools. The research topic would be designing novel heterogeneous catalysts via understanding their properties for clean energy solutions, specifically on carbon capture and conversion. The student will perform first-principles computations, analyze and interpret research data. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
12208 Anna Tarakanova Mechanical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering Dr. Tarakanova’s research involves molecular modeling and simulation of biological materials, computational biomaterials design, bioinformatics and machine learning applied to biomaterials design. The student will learn to build and simulate molecular and coarse-grained protein models through ab initio structure prediction and protein folding, homology modeling, advanced sampling algorithms, and molecular-dynamics-based approaches to characterize large proteins. The student will gain experience in implementing molecular simulations on supercomputers, molecular visualization software, MATLAB/Python scripting, and scientific writing. The student will have a chance to participate in a collaborative project, and if successful, contribute to a scientific publication. For some example projects please see: https://me.engr.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/F18-REU-Anna-Tarakanova.pdf Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Closed
12258 Daniel Schwartz Finance & PMBA Program We are seeking a work-study student to perform equipment design and testing (Research 201). This student must be familiar with computers, but they do not need to develop code. Though developing Python scripts would be a plus. This student will learn how to effectively and efficiently plan and execute testing. The student will also learn about aspects of computer security. We will guide a work-study student to drive testing for a computer security application. This application will be web-accessible and we can work virtually with the student. We will need regular reports on the testing to help find issues and strengthen the system. Fully remote opportunity that is open to undergraduate students at all UConn campuses. Hartford-Open
12248 Sydney Everhart Plant Science and Landscape Architecture The Everhart lab investigates plant disease epidemics and their associated fungal pathogens. This position involves working with species of the fungal pathogen, Alternaria, which causes disease in broccoli, to understand how the pathogens evolve in response to environmental conditions and disease management practices. During the first semester, we envision the research assistant learning microbiological (i.e. making media, culturing fungi) and molecular genetic techniques (i.e. extracting DNA, PCR) to support ongoing projects in the lab. However, the goal is that the research assistant will develop, lead and present their own project after that time. This position will be in-person on the Storrs campus. Closed
12259 Rocio Chang Psychiatry & Health Disparities Institute The UConn Health Disparities Institute (HD) is recruiting a student work-study research assistant to support research and educational training activities. We invite students with experience or an interest in community research, health equity, survey design, survey implementation, and writing. We invite students with familiarity in Spanish translation is preferred. There will be continued supervision and mentorship throughout the experience. Students will create a work-plan and connect weekly with their preceptor, present on projects, and complete an evaluation at the end of the semester. Hartford-Open
12276 Ian Stevenson Psychological Sciences This research assistant (RA) will assist in data analysis for the Statistical Neuroscience Lab, working with Dr. Stevenson and a team of graduate and undergraduate students. The primary focus will be on analyzing neural activity (local field potentials) from the hippocampus and relating this activity to animal behavior. Duties involve developing statistical models to detect and summarize neural activity and code for visualizing results. The RA will also participate in a weekly journal club/lab meeting. The position may involve a combination of in-person and remote work. Open