2022-23 Opportunities

Opportunities for the 2022-2023 academic year will be posted from mid-June through early September.

Please reference the chart below for opportunities offered through the Work-Study Research Assistant Program for the Fall 2022 semester. 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 Research Focus/Brief Position Description Status
129171st Generation Caiwen Ding Computer Science and Engineering Our research focuses on machine learning systems, computer vision, natural language processing, privacy-preserving machine learning, and computer architecture and heterogeneous computing (FPGAs/GPUs). Students will have the opportunity to run PyTorch-based deep learning codes and tune hyperparameters in computer vision and natural language processing. Our research team will provide enough high-end GPU servers. Students could gain a lot of hands-on experience in deep learning. Open
129181st Generation Zongjie Wang Electrical and Computer Engineering Sustainable power and energy lab (SPEL) focuses on new opportunities and conducts diverse research activities and education from a variety of perspectives including power systems and system modeling. Our approach is interdisciplinary, combining engineering, economics and mathematics to better understand the interactive forces of systems and markets. By utilizing innovative tools and advanced technologies, our lab will exploit enhanced performances of power systems to develop a variety of novel applications to improve grid efficiency, security, resiliency, stability, planning, and operation, along with maximum penetration of renewable energy integration. Students are expected to achieve skills in reading and summarizing literature reviews relevant to modern power system optimization. In addition, students will achieve the goal of establishing different power system modeling from the perspectives of power system planning and operation and are expected to understand how to use different software tools including Matlab, Python, Cplex, or Julia for simulation validation. Open
129191st Generation Stefan Hock Marketing There’s a variety of topics that I currently work on, such as financial decision making, decision making on smartphones, and how consumers deal with product recalls. The student will help us with various aspects of our projects, such as data collection, literature reviews, handing out surveys, and working in our behavioral lab. Open
129201st Generation Ryan Coles Management and Entrepreneurship Dr. Coles’ research focuses on making entrepreneurship more accessible as a career path. He currently has active studies in the US, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Ghana, Jordan, Nepal, and China. His research also addresses a wide range of issues as they related to entrepreneurship: income inequality, migration, women’s rights, and racism. The candidate is expected to create comprehensive annotated bibliographies, draft grant proposals, and assist in data collection and data cleaning. In addition, Dr. Coles’ lab is looking for collaborative persons who can take the initiative when given a task with little direction. The lab group strives to cultivate a sense of creativity, hard work, and friendship. Open
12921 Alexander Aksenov Chemistry Our research is in metabolomics, the study of processes involving small molecules. Using mass spectrometry and advanced data analysis approaches to explore complex biological systems. Students will learn to use the mass spectrometry instrumentation, assist in experimental work performed by laboratory members, assist in results analysis and data interpretation, and assist in instrument performance check and maintenance. Open
12922 Rainer Hebert Materials Science and Engineering We study the structure and properties of metals that are 3D printed in our lab. We focus on understanding the effect of 3D printing parameters on the transition from liquid to solid metal and use microscopes and specialized analysis equipment. Students are expected to operate analytical equipment, prepare samples for analysis, and assist in the use of metal 3D printers. Depending on personal interest and experience gained during the project, the student can define a small research project and work on the project under the guidance of the laboratory supervisor and graduate students. Open
12923 Bryan Huey Materials Science and Engineering Our Atomic Force Microscopy lab and campus user facility images the topography and properties of materials and devices down to the nanoscale–i.e. 1000x smaller than the diameter of hair. We work with a wide range of samples, including future data storage or IC materials, biological samples, metals, composites, and others. The lab is leading the world in 3-dimensional nanoscale property mapping (“Tomographic AFM”). This creates persistent needs for students interested in automating equipment, testing experimental protocols, refining procedures for analysis, and data science driven discoveries. We are always looking for students willing to learn or advance their skills in one or more of these areas. While the lab is in MSE (the new building), we will welcome any STEM students with the appropriate interests/skills. Open
12924 Kaleel Mahmood Computer Science and Engineering We do research in artificial intelligence and machine learning with a focus on its applications to security and image processing. Specifically, we work on making artificial intelligence robust to attack when the input image is manipulated or tampered with. Candidates should have a strong interest in machine learning and security. The student will be responsible for learning and developing their machine learning skills under a Professor’s guidance. Tasks may include reading and discussing research papers, writing Python code and running simulations. Open
12925 Michael Rubin Human Rights Institute Professor Rubin’s research investigates the causes, conduct, and consequences of armed conflict processes and political violence, informing policy solutions to reduce the human suffering they generate. Recent and current projects focus on explaining rebel organizations’ 1) territorial control and governance and 2) use of terrorism, in the context of armed conflict. His book project examines the causes and consequences of rebel organizations’ territorial control in civil wars. The research assistant will contribute to a data collection effort designed to document rebel organizations’ areas of territorial presence and control during their armed conflicts against the state. The research assistant’s main tasks will be to conduct in-depth background research on rebel organizations’ geographic locations of territorial control and presence, initially focused on the sample of rebels that were active in sub-Saharan Africa between 1997-2015 with the expectation to expand globally. Open
12926 Molly Waring Allied Health Sciences Our 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 parents. Ongoing research projects include exploration of misinformation on social media related to child nutrition. Research Assistants will work with our interdisciplinary research team on multiple ongoing research projects. Research Assistants will get involved in all aspects of our projects, from survey design to participant recruitment to data collection to results reporting. Filled
12929 Robert Thorson Earth Sciences (formerly Geosciences) Dr. Thorson is seeking a research assistant to help develop materials and web pages for educational and student activities associated with the Stone Pavilion, a small architectural icon opposite Swan Lake, Storrs campus with an exhibit of specimen stones from all 50 states and stones from every Connecticut Town. The purpose is to upgrade the visibility and use of this site for students, alumni, K-12 teachers, and campus visitors. The student will be expected to work independently on assigned tasks. Methods may involve photography, field data collection, arranging meetings, archival research, website development, and simple statistical analysis. Open
12930 Tracy Frank Earth Sciences (formerly Geosciences) I am a geoscientist who studies modern environments where sediments accumulate and sedimentary rocks that provide a record of these environments in the past. My research focuses mainly on understanding how Earth’s climate and environment has changed through time. I am particularly interested in understanding the causes of major crises in Earth history, such as mass extinction events. To do this, I analyze and interpret the physical and chemical characteristics of sedimentary rocks. My work also extends to environmental issues, such as understanding where pollutants such as microplastics accumulate in the environment. The student in this position will mainly serve as a laboratory assistant, with occasional opportunities to participate in geological field work. The student will be expected to process samples for analysis, operate and maintain standard lab equipment, make identifications and take measurements, keep detailed records, attend lab group meetings, and perform miscellaneous duties associated with keeping the laboratory organized. Open
12932-Stamford campus Ingrid Semaan Sociology The research project will focus on domestic work (house cleaning, cooking, and childcare) in the United States in the 1950s. The student can complete the work fully remotely, if desired. The work will involve library research, reading materials, writing an annotated bibliography, and/or writing a literature review. We will meet regularly to discuss progress on the project. These meetings can be either remote or in person on the Stamford campus. Open
129311st Generation Elizabeth Athens Art and Art History Plant Humanities is an emerging field that exists at the intersection of history, visual and material culture, and botany, and is focused on examining the significance of botanical species to different cultures and communities. It tracks plants’ origins and movement across space and time, as well as the ways they have been adopted and adapted to various purposes. The Research Assistant for the Plant Humanities project will help develop an online resource that examines the botanical collections at UConn from a humanities perspective. Initial content will be developed using the botanical collections on campus, as well as books, journals, and correspondence held by UConn’s Archives and Special Collections. Filled
12936 Caitlin Lombardi Human Development and Family Sciences I study parental support of children’s early math development. In this research, we are observing parents playing with their children to identify ways that parents help their children learn. Students will be asked to transcribe videotaped observations of parents playing with their children, transcribing the verbal interaction as well as non-verbal gestures. Students will also be asked to learn to code these videos and transcriptions, rating parents and children on different behaviors during the interaction. Open
129371st Generation Roman Shrestha Allied Health Sciences My research is primarily centered on the interface of HIV, substance use, and mobile technology (mHealth), focusing 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., mobile apps) to promote HIV testing and linkage to HIV prevention services among sexually diverse groups (i.e., MSM, TGW) in Malaysia and Nepal. Research Assistants will be involved virtually in multiple aspects of the projects listed above and will work with an interdisciplinary research team that includes community stakeholders, faculty, research staff, and graduate and undergraduate students. Filled
12933 Sarah Willen Anthropology We are seeking a WSRAP student to support the Pandemic Journaling Project (PJP – https://pandemic-journaling-project.chip.uconn.edu/), which is a combined journaling platform and interdisciplinary research study of people’s experiences of COVID-19, led by Dr. Sarah Willen in Anthropology together with a colleague at Brown University. You would join a collaborative team of faculty and other research team members, including both graduate and undergraduate students. The position is ideal for a detail-oriented student familiar with Google Docs, including Google Sheets. All activities for this position can be completed remotely. The student in this position will provide direct support for the management and operations of a major interdisciplinary research study that will generate both scholarly and public-facing products. Open
12947 Diane Burgess Pharmaceutical Sciences The Burgess Lab is a growing research laboratory specialized in the areas of formulation development, and analytical characterization for different pharmaceutical dosage forms. We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic students to join our lab. The candidates will work with a senior graduate student/ postdoctoral fellow/assistant research professor to perform tests, record and analyze the results. We are looking for candidates with strong attention to detail, responsibility in maintaining the laboratory regulations and a clean workspace, as well as good communication skills. Open
12948-Waterbury Ellen Carillo English “Tracing the Impact of Mindful Reading Beyond First-Year Composition” is a longitudinal, cross-institutional study involving surveys of and interviews with students who used the textbook _A Writer’s Guide to Mindful Reading_ in their first-year writing courses at UCONN or other local colleges or universities. The study also followed 7 students over several semesters (with interviews at the end of teach semester) to track their application of the concepts introduced in the textbook. The goal of the study is to determine the extent to which students continued to apply what they learned from the textbook to other courses and contexts beyond first-year writing. It is more important that the potential research assistant have an interest (and, perhaps, experience) in qualitative research and coding data than an interest in the teaching of reading and/or writing. The student human behavioral research assistant will be responsible for researching a range of open access qualitative coding programs and presenting to the primary researcher the different features of each, including their specific affordances and limitations. Once the primary researcher chooses a coding program, the research assistant will contribute to organizing already collected data in the form of surveys and transcribed interviews and help code these data. All of this work will be conducted remotely. Open
12949 Steve Suib Chemistry Our research involves the synthesis, characterization, and application of materials. These material are adsorbents, batteries, catalysts, ceramics, environmentally friendly materials, nano-materials, semiconductors, and related systems. We use a lot of high tech equipment for both making and understanding these systems. The work to be done includes literature searches, carrying out lab experiments, writing results, presenting results, and oral and poster presentations if desired. Students will be taught how to make new materials, use instruments, safety procedures, and general lab practices like keeping a notebook. Open
12950-Stamford1st Generation Na Zhang Human Development and Family Sciences The FRAME lab has two ongoing projects: 1. Multigenerational family project: this project takes a psychological perspective to study mindfulness as a resilience factor among US multi-generational families (i.e., parent, grandparent, and child living in the same household); Surveys and interviews will be used to collect quantitative and qualitative data. 2. Divorced/separated family project: this project aims to understand the perspectives of divorced/separated parents regarding uses of mindfulness to promote wellbeing and positive parenting; Interviews and focus groups will be used to collect qualitative data. Filled
12951 Christian Tryon Anthropology This Paleolithic archaeological project relates to the initial human colonization of the island of Sicily approximately 16-18,000 years ago, and seeks to disentangle the combined effects of environmental change and human impacts on the local flora and fauna at that time. The position is to help translate archaeological and related scientific literature from Italian into English, aided by translation software. Experience with written Italian and archaeology preferred. Open
129521st Generation Kristina Wagstrom Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering The Computational Atmospheric Chemistry and Exposure (CACE) Laboratory specializes in applying computational engineering-based approaches to address the impacts of air pollution on human and ecosystem health. We use a combination of computational modeling approaches, low cost monitoring, and community partnerships to effectively address a variety of questions. The overarching goal of the laboratory is to bridge the gap between the basic scientific understanding of the transport and transformation of atmospheric pollutants and the tools policy makers and communities use to develop potential air pollution abatement strategies. 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. Open
129531st Generation Kristina Wagstrom Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering The Computational Atmospheric Chemistry and Exposure (CACE) Laboratory specializes in applying computational engineering-based approaches to address the impacts of air pollution on human and ecosystem health. We use a combination of computational modeling approaches, low cost monitoring, and community partnerships to effectively address a variety of questions. The overarching goal of the laboratory is to bridge the gap between the basic scientific understanding of the transport and transformation of atmospheric pollutants and the tools policy makers and communities use to develop potential air pollution abatement strategies. Students would have the opportunity to develop a research review on one of several topics including (but not limited to): airborne transport of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), indoor air quality in K-12 schools, and using games in citizen science. Open
12955 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. Fully remote opportunity. Open
12956 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 process. Previous knowledge on additive manufacturing and/or COMSOL/ANSYS is a plus. In-person research work with partial remote work opportunity. Open
12957 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 would like to gain experience in reading and analyzing academic literature regarding this topic and compile extensive database on state-of-the-art additive manufacturing techniques. Open
12958 Kay Wille Civil and Environmental Engineering Research is carried out to investigate the deterioration of crumbling concrete foundations caused by defect aggregates. More than 30,000 homes in CT and MA might be affected by this. The student will work with a group of graduate and undergraduate students to assist with various laboratory analyses of concrete samples, as well as preparation and execution of laboratory experiments. This might include mixing of concrete, accelerating of deterioration, magnetical separation of powder, non-destructive and destructive strength testing, microscopic analysis, elemental and mineral analysis. Open
12966 Kay Wille Civil and Environmental Engineering Research is carried out to develop non-proprietary ultra-high performance concrete using material available in the New England area. The target concrete strength is 22ksi which is about 5x the strength of regular concrete. The student will work with a group of graduate and undergraduate students to assist with various laboratory analyses of ultra-high performance concrete samples, as well as preparation and execution of laboratory experiments. Open
12967 Mark Urban Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Students will be involved in Dr. Mark Urban’s research lab investigating the evolutionary ecology of pond-breeding amphibians and aquatic invertebrates in Connecticut. Work will be conducted primarily in the lab on preserved specimens, and is mostly microscope- and computer-based, with a focus on sorting and identifying preserved zooplankton and aquatic invertebrate samples as well as measuring images. Open
129831st Generation Crystal Park Psychological Sciences We study how people cope with and overcome stressful situations, from daily hassles to serious illness to physical violence. We are conducting observational and intervention studies including a clinical trial of yoga for pain. Students will be assigned a variety of different duties depending on their interests and the needs of the various projects. Some of this may involve working with information or data, while some students might work directly with participants. We meet weekly for discussion of the various projects and a weekly research article. Students learn how to read and critique research and share their own viewpoints as well as hearing others’. Skills to be acquired include literature reviews, study conceptualization and design, participant recruitment and data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and manuscript preparation Open
129841st Generation Farhad Imani Mechanical Engineering Our research focuses on artificial intelligence and cognitive computing in advanced manufacturing. Ongoing research projects include AI-guided in-situ monitoring and control in laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing, human-in-the-loop learning in industrial internet of things and digital twins, collaborative robotics for large-size part fabrication, and cognitive computing for reasoning and security in cyber manufacturing systems. The student will closely work with graduate students and myself as a team. Besides the group meetings, we will have weekly lab training to help with building successful career development through improving research skills, reviewing recent articles, and enhancing presentation capabilities. Open
12985 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 to our work leads to better student outcomes 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 scholarship in different areas related to school and child health, with the intent to disseminate information on evidence-informed policy and practice (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). Open
12986 Rachel Chambers Business Law The research is focused on the Renova Foundation, the entity responsible for the creation, management, and execution of actions to repair and compensate the areas and communities affected by the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil. The project evaluates the Foundation as a remedial mechanism in the business and human rights field. The research method for the project are mixed methods (literature review followed by combination of survey and semi-structured interviews).This position focuses on the literature review. The student would be required to conduct (1) a literature review of scholarship and practitioner reports concerning remedial mechanisms like the Renova Foundation and (2) a review of materials about the Foundation, including translation of materials that are in Portuguese. Open
12987 Elena Comay del Junco Philosophy I am a historian of philosophy with a particular focus on both Ancient Greek as well as medieval Islamic and Arabic philosophy. Thematically, my historical scholarship uses close readings of a wide range of texts to address broad questions of human nature, the place of human beings within the natural world, and historical models of the natural world/cosmos/universe. The primary role will be independently reading secondary texts — primarily journal articles or book chapters — and/or primary sources on a wide range of topics in the history of philosophy and preparing short summaries/précis of the author’s arguments. Because my own work ranges broadly in historical periods as well as topics, there will be significant opportunity to choose areas of focus that are of particular interest to the student. Other possible roles include: identifying new and potentially relevant scholarship; helping prepare and organize sources in preparation for articles; compiling bibliographical information; contacting archives/libraries; reading texts in original language (if the student speaks/reads other language(s) — *not* required for this position). Open
12991 Natalie Shook Nursing The work-study student will assist and support research activities in the School of Nursing bio-behavioral laboratory. The successful candidate will have opportunity to work on multiple studies that investigate various health conditions and pain mechanisms. The position involves in maintaining bio-specimen record and performing different laboratory techniques and procedures (e.g. bio-specimen pre-processing, ELISA, DNA extraction). A student in this position will assist faculty and graduate students in research efforts within a laboratory or other research-specific environment. Research activities may include organizing bio-specimens and maintaining records; preparing and maintaining research materials and environment; operating and maintaining standard lab equipment; conducting experiments; organizing, analyzing, and communicating data; reading and summarizing related literature; writing reports and/or presentations. Open
12992 Natalie Shook Nursing The work-study student will assist and support research activities in the School of Nursing bio-behavioral laboratory. The successful candidate will have opportunity to work on multiple bio-behavioral studies. Successful candidate will assist ongoing studies and gain experiences in participant recruitment, data collection, and data analysis. A student in this position will assist faculty and graduate students in human research efforts. Research activities may include communicating and interacting with the participants via phone and in-person; preparing and setting up equipment for study sessions and data collection; running experiments; collecting, coding, and analyzing data; reading and summarizing research literature; writing reports and/or presentations. Open
12993-Waterbury Kimberli Treadwell Psychological Sciences I study cognitive and behavioral factors in anxiety in young adults. I have 2 studies that require help. The first examines how cognitive factors impact young adults’ conversations with friends. My team collects self-reports and observes friends conversing via webex; we plan to re-initiate friends talking in the lab this fall. The second study examines behavioral techniques to make exposure better for anxious adults. We do this in the lab with physiological equipment. Students that work with my research team will schedule subjects, run experiments on webex and in the lab in Waterbury Room 340, administer self-reports, collect data, code observational data, enter data into datasets, communicate data, attend training sessions and staff meetings, and perform miscellaneous duties as directed. Students will learn to ethically interact with human participants, collect and code data, conduct experiments with humans involving self-report and physiological equipment, engage with research team members, and gain first-hand experience in the research process. Open
12994-Waterbury Kimberli Treadwell Psychological Sciences I study cognitive and behavioral factors that influence anxiety and its treatment for young adults. A current research study is examining how what we think influences our conversations with our friends, and how this relates to “anxiety contagion”. Students will be expected to compile a list of possible references from PsychInfo and other relevant library databases, extract information from sources, tabulate and analyze data, prepare bibliographies and indexes, attend training sessions and staff meetings, and perform miscellaneous duties as directed. Open
12995 Fumiko Hoeft Psychological Sciences Our lab integrates the latest brain imaging techniques, genetic analysis, and computational approaches to examine the processes of learning, including acquisition of skills, such as reading, socio-emotional processing, motivation and resilience. Dr. Hoeft’s lab, BrainLENS, is seeking undergraduate research assistants to assist in a variety of tasks for brain studies using MRI and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in order to better understand reading differences like dyslexia. Duties may include administering neuropsychological assessments, data entry and scoring, assisting with MRI and/or TMS, and attending meetings as required. Open
130301st Generation Regina Barreca English During the 2022/23 academic year, I am both writing a book and editing a collection of essays by other authors. For 35 years as an English Professor at UCONN, the author of 10 books and the editor of 17, I have relied on exceptionally qualified students to help with organizational tasks involving working with writers, publishers, and other parts of the process of getting the works into the hands of readers. The student working with me will be expected to be on-time, conscious and respectful of deadlines, as well as meticulous in terms of keeping track of documents. She or he can do some work on flex-time but will be expected to be in the office (Austin 130) working with me for at least three hours per week. An English major would be the best fit, but students from history and journalism, and all those with finely-tuned skills in proofreading, copyediting, writing, and research are welcome to apply. ONLY those with a willingness to deal with detail will be able to handle the work. Open
13031 Chen Chen Educational Leadership Professional sport on Indigenous land. Sport, because of its tremendous cultural influence, possesses important potential as a site for educating the public on issues of social change. This research project will examine to what extent professional sport teams/organizations located across North America has “reconciled” with the fact that they are located on stolen Indigenous land, under the structure of settler colonialism. By examining and analyzing publically available sources, documents, and publications by professional sport teams, this project will inform these organizations of ways to better uphold their responsibilities towards the Indigenous/Native American communities. The primary responsibilities of the student research assistant will include identifying, collecting, sorting, and reviewing textual content from publically available documents and publications (including website pages) from professional sport teams across North America. Open
13032 Tom Deans English Student researcher will contribute to an ongoing National Science Foundation grant that is exploring creative uses of AI in supporting the writing motivation and productivity of neurodiverse STEM undergraduate and graduate students, particularly those with ADHD and dyslexia. Research assistant will review literature at the intersections of artificial intelligence, writing studies, and disability studies. Opportunities to participate in focus groups, workshops and other activities focused on helping graduate engineering students becoming more effective writers. Interests in writing, disability, creativity, education, and working across the humanities/science divide required. Some knowledge of computer science/natural language generation/AI preferred but not required. Students with disabilities invited to apply. Open
13036 Beth Russell Human Development and Family Sciences I study stress and coping in high risk groups, often among those facing intersecting historically marginalized identities. The overarching question across all my projects is “what works, for whom?” My lab is currently partnered with 4 intervention programs to evaluate how well services can support positive outcomes for children, adolescents, and adults. For example, we work with K-12 after school programs that are trying to provide school-based services to repair the racial disparity in academic achievement in underserved school districts; we also work with a public health department programs to provide behavioral health services to combat the opioid epidemic. Students in this position will help gather, organize, and summarize literature on the outcomes relevant for each of 4 current projects: 3 school-based interventions for higher risk children, and 1 community-based intervention for high risk adults. Outcomes include disparities in education outcomes and social-emotional learning for the first set of projects, and substance use and behavioral health outcomes for the second type. Open
13037 Beth Russell Human Development and Family Sciences I study stress and coping in high risk groups, often among those facing intersecting historically marginalized identities. The overarching question across all my projects is “what works, for whom?” My lab is currently partnered with 4 intervention programs to evaluate how well services can support positive outcomes for children, adolescents, and adults. For example, we work with K-12 after school programs that are trying to provide school-based services to repair the racial disparity in academic achievement in underserved school districts; we also work with a public health department programs to provide behavioral health services to combat the opioid epidemic. Across all 4 interventions, our team manages, cleans, analyzes, and reports on data provided to us by our program partners. Students help the lab by contributing to the group efforts to describe program data overall and by site (for example, program-wide, or by school/district, or town). Preparing the data in Excel for these different levels of analysis takes many hands – we work as team – and a keen eye for detail. If you’re looking to build strong data management skills for grad school, or build your publication experience, this is an ideal position! Open
13042-Waterbury1st Generation Kimberly Cuevas Psychological Sciences In the CAP Lab, we study the building blocks of early cognitive development. We play different games to understand how babies and young kids learn, remember, and think at different points during development. By wearing our EEG & ECG sensors as they play, we gain insight into how brain waves and heart activity are involved in kids’ thinking. As an undergraduate research assistant (RA), you will be trained in one or more of the following areas: community outreach, data collection, data coding (behavioral or psychophysiological), data entry, sibling monitoring, data analysis and interpretation, literature searches. Lab members at the Waterbury Campus have the opportunity to work infants, toddlers, & preschoolers. You can also be involved in other aspects of the scientific process, such as conference presentations and research awards/proposals. Open
130431st Generation Kimberly Cuevas Psychological Sciences In the CAP Lab, we study the building blocks of early cognitive development. We play different games to understand how babies and young kids learn, remember, and think at different points during development. By wearing our EEG & ECG sensors as they play, we gain insight into how brain waves and heart activity are involved in kids’ thinking. As an undergraduate research assistant (RA), you will be trained in one or more of the following areas: community outreach, data coding (behavioral or psychophysiological), data entry, data analysis and interpretation, literature searches. (There are no data collection opportunities at the Storrs Campus.) You can also be involved in other aspects of the scientific process, such as conference presentations and research awards/proposals. Open
130441st Generation Luyi Sun Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering & Institute of Materials Science Our research focuses on functional organic and inorganic materials based on the unique assembly of multiple components. The design and control of these structures are the keys to the high performance of these materials. Specific research areas include nanostructured materials for functional, structural, and environmental applications, as well as functional inorganic solids for luminescent, optoelectronic, electrochemical, and mechanical applications. Students will assist in a variety of in-lab and data processing tasks, including hands-on fabrication of functional materials, material characterization, and literature review. Given the variety of projects, students will be able to assist in projects that best align with their research interests within our field. Open
13046 Rosa Raudales Outreach and Community Engagement Our office support individuals and broad-based initiatives related to community engagement and outreach at UConn. We are looking for a student who is interested in writing profiles about UConn individuals or programs and community partners. The stories will be published in our website, social media, and external media. This student will also assist in the data collection and development of an online database on community engagement. The student will learn practical ways in which research outcomes are used to transform lives of local communities. They will also acquire or improve skills on writing, data collection, and website development. Open
13047 Mayra Toro Herrera Plant Science and Landscape Architecture The student will work in the Greenhouse Research and Extension laboratory and work on projects related to water quality and quantity of greenhouse-grown crops. The student will assist graduate student and post-doctoral fellow in research projects in the laboratory and greenhouses. For this position tasks may include culturing microorganisms in the lab, maintaining plants in the greenhouse; preparing research materials (e.g. irrigation systems or microbial cultures); sampling, collecting and entering data; and maintaining the laboratory. The student will also conduct an independent project related to plant production or plant pathology under the supervision of the post-doctoral fellow. Open
13048 Mayra Toro Herrera Plant Science and Landscape Architecture The student will work in the Greenhouse Research and Extension laboratory and work on projects related to water quality and quantity of greenhouse-grown crops. The student will assist graduate student and post-doctoral fellow in the collection of bibliographic information and support material of past and ongoing laboratory and greenhouse research projects. For this position tasks may include compiling a list of references from index or abstract sources, updating manuscripts and databases, and summarizing published research and literature review related to control of plant pathogens and algae using water treatment technologies. The student will also conduct an independent project under the supervision of the post-doctoral fellow. Open
13051 Jonathan Trump Physics My research group studies supermassive black holes, using a variety of telescopes on the ground and in space. Research position on multiwavelength and time-domain observations of quasars. Responsibilities include analysis of observational data, including statistical analysis and data mining techniques. The student will be expected to prepare a written document and/or presentation summarizing their work at the end of the job term. Students will learn computational analysis with the python coding language, applied to astrophysical data. Students will also develop scientific communication skills in both oral and written presentations. Open
13052 Yulia Kuzovkina-Eischen Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Our research project involves integrating and strengthening the native plant material supply chain for the New England region. As part of an effort to overcome economic hurdles to production, we are exploring the creation of programs for under-resourced populations, such as veterans, prisoners, and those with intellectual challenges, who frequently qualify for subsidized labor funding. The student assistant will help research previous examples of subsidized-labor programs, facilitate contact and interviews with those involved in similar programs, collect and analyze related information and data, and find funding opportunities to establish similar programs to fortify the New England native plant material supply chain. Since these programs will incorporate theories and practices of horticultural therapy, the assistant will help liaise with the Horticultural Therapy program run by the New York Botanical Garden. The student assistant will learn about the field of native plants, their ecological benefits, and the challenges of fortifying their supply chain for the New England region. He or she will also learn about the field of horticultural therapy and the potential mental health benefits of horticultural-based work programs. Open
13062 Michael Rubin Human Rights Institute Professor Rubin’s research investigates the causes, conduct, and consequences of armed conflict processes and political violence, informing policy solutions to reduce the human suffering they generate. Recent and current projects focus on explaining rebel organizations’ 1) territorial control and governance and 2) use of terrorism in armed conflict, 3) state sponsorship of resistance movements and armed groups, among others. The research assistant(s) will contribute to a project examining state sponsorship/support of armed groups abroad. The main research tasks will be to conduct in-depth background research on armed groups that have received support from one or more foreign state and document when support for the armed group began and in what form(s). Open
13063 Ran Xu Allied Health Sciences Our research focus on the use and validation of new technological tools (e.g., image recognition, mobility tracking) to understand the community food environment and their public health implications. Ongoing research projects include exploration of restaurant/grocery store visitation patterns and residents’ perceptions of the local food environment. Research assistants will work with our research team on multiple ongoing research projects. Duties include but are not limited to survey design, participant recruitment, data collection, analysis, and results reporting. Open
130641st 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 several ongoing projects in the lab, which include: 1) identifying factors that influence spatial and temporal effects on avian host-ectoparasite interactions, and 2) understanding effects of urbanization, urban debris, and temperature on bird-ectoparasite interactions. Since we are interested in mechanisms that mediate the effect of nest ectoparasites on avian hosts, the student will learn and work on various tasks including: nest dissection for ectoparasites and human debris, identify parasite taxa, and work with avian samples in the lab. Students will also participate in weekly lab meetings, learn how to read and synthesize the scientific literature effectively, and have the opportunity to attend a scientific conference in January. Open
13077 Julia Smachylo Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Candidates will work with Dr. Julia Smachylo investigating the following topics: fallow landscapes, life-cycle analysis, environmental stewardship, and design publishing. Students will be involved in assembling written and visual information from various sources, conducting literature reviews, mapping, and graphic analysis. Candidates will conduct literature reviews, case study analysis, survey analysis, and design-based research. Students can expect both in-person and remote working options, and should be interested in furthering research in the design disciplines. Strong candidates will have excellent written, organizational, and graphic communication skills and have experience with some or all of the following: Microsoft Word, Excel, GIS, Rhino/AutoCAD and the Adobe Suite. Open
13078-Waterbury Robert Astur Psychological Sciences Our lab focuses on using cutting-edge techniques such as virtual reality to help reduce addictions and anxiety. We use a variety of methods including brain stimulation, physiology, virtual reality, and neuropsychological assessment. We are seeking bright, motivated students to join our Human Behavioral Neuroscience Lab. Our lab focuses on using cutting edge techniques such as virtual reality and brain stimulation to help reduce addictions and/or anxiety in college students. Students will learn how to conduct these experiments, administer neuropsychological assessments, and score and enter data into a spreadsheet. We will provide training in all aspects of conducting experiments and data collection. Open
13080 Alexandra Hain Civil and Environmental Engineering 3D imaging methods offer a potential solution to improving the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the data captured during inspections of transportation infrastructure such as bridges and retaining walls. These methods have substantially improved in recent years due to advances in sensors, resolution, and computation power. My work focuses on using photogrammetry and LiDAR, to generate realistic 3D renderings with color that enable stake-holders to make engineering judgements. The student researcher will work with the team to:
• Evaluate the argumentation of Google Street View data with high-quality images collected by an Applied Streetview 360-degree panorama GPS camera mounted to a car.
• Advancing framework for image-based monitoring of walls and bridges by integrating GPS/LiDAR/image data.
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13081 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, 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. The assistant will primarily be assigned to research writing, file organization, and maintenance of research records. Open
13096 Mallory Perry-Eaddy Nursing Dr. Perry-Eaddy is focused on understanding outcomes in children after critical illness. Namely, she is interested in understanding the underlying biological mechanisms that may increase a child’s risk of poor recovery, such as hyper-inflammation. This position will include assisting in the start-up of a study of critically ill children who survive the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The student research assistant will aid in conducting literature reviews, analyzing literature, preparing grants, IRB submissions etc. Additionally the study will aid in the development of research data collection tools, as well as preparation of sample collection kits. Open
130971st Generation Fiona Vernal History This project explores African American, West Indian and Puerto Rican histories of Hartford, as well as Hartford’s connections to the diasporas created by these communities. Students will conduct genealogical research, explore census data, and collate information drawn from oral histories, and archival sources to help create biographical portraits of Hartford residents between the 19th and 20th centuries. These profiles will be integrated into an accompanying website, hartfordbound.com Open
130981st Generation Huanzhong Wang Plant Science and Landscape Architecture We study plant stem developmental processes using Arabidopsis as a model. More specifically, our research is to dissect the molecular mechanisms of vascular patterning and stem cell maintenance in Arabidopsis stem. Genetics, biochemistry, genomics and molecular biology approaches are used to decipher the biological pathways. Job responsibilities include preparing samples, performing experiments, organizing lab materials, autoclaving, caring for plants, making media for bacteria or plant growth, and checking and maintaining lab equipment. Open
13104 Louise Reagan Nursing My research focus is on behavioral research and intervention development in diabetes self-management and more recently with individuals with prior justice system involvement. The goal of my current project (Diabetes LIVE JustICE)is to bring virtual diabetes education and support to people moving out of prison into communities in a way that makes it easy to find and use, and impacts the health of people who are often not reached by our healthcare systems. Students applying for this position will perform most work remotely but there will be some opportunities for in-person work with either the project manager or the primary investigator. Students will receive training to interact with research participants, assist with recruitment, calling potential participants and assist with enrollment or follow up of research procedures as needed. Open
131181st Generation Jorge Aguero Economics This projects seeks to understand the way employers select job candidates when using online platforms. The student will assist the PI (Principal Investigator) to design a website (or advanced Qualtrics) to create a platform for employers to evaluate job candidates. Students will learn how to design and test an research experiment. They will also learn how to collect data and if time permits also how to analyze them. Open
131191st Generation Clinton Mathias Nutritional Sciences My lab studies the role of immune cells such as mast cells in the development of allergic diseases. We are especially interested in the effects of diet and other factors in regulating mast cells during food allergy responses in allergic mice. We study the development of food allergy in mice and examine the role of immune cells using techniques such as cell culture, ELISAs, RT-PCR, and other molecular and cellular methods. The student will provide assistance in the faculty member’s individual research program. The student will be asked to carry out basic scientific assays after receiving appropriate training and guidance and will assist with general laboratory upkeep and maintenance. The student will also conduct data analysis using appropriate software such as MS Excel or Graphpad Prism. Open