Undergraduate Research Opportunities:
Undergraduate Research in Italian Studies, Italian Cinema, Italian Literature, and the Visual Arts
Dr. Victoria Surliuga is seeking undergraduate students interested in doing research in Italian Studies and related fields. Read more about Dr. Surliuga's work here:
Interested students should contact:
Dr. Victoria Surliuga, Associate Professor of Italian, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures
Digital Humanities: Texas Tech is offering you an opportunity to literally make history
The Texas Manuscript Cultures archive is dedicated to preserving and promoting the culturally diverse hand-written social history of the peoples of Texas through digital access. We focus on documents that reveal the shape and nature of life in the land that is Texas. Our scope includes documents from all aspects of Texas lives, cultures, commerce, and history: political and religious manuscripts, personal letters and journals, drafts of essays and speeches, and more quotidian materials such as commonplace books, ranch records, household inventories, and receipts. Our partners are Texas historical societies, cultural preservation institutes, ranches, museums, scholars, and private and institutional collections. Through this collaboration, we will strengthen academic and public awareness of Texas manuscript cultures and build a strong foundation for digital humanities in Texas that protects the state's social and literary past for future generations.
The subject matter of the documents we are working with is truly interdisciplinary,
and so we are looking for students from a variety of majors.
Students wishing to work with documents themselves should have a curiosity about the human condition, an eye for detail, and an investigative spirit.
Students wishing to work on our electronic interface and database should be familiar with humanities computing, in particular an ability to code in html, php, and/or css.
View more about the project here: http://writingstore.com/txmsc/
Dr. Ann Hawkins, Professor of Bibliography, Department of English
Undergraduate Practicum Opportunities with the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research Intensive Behavioral Intervention Clinic
The Intensive Behavioral Intervention Clinic at the Burkhart Center is currently offering practicum opportunities for undergraduate students seeking experience working with young children with autism spectrum disorder in a clinical setting.
Students will receive training and direct experience in:
- Theoretical foundations of behavior change methods
- Developing therapeutic goals
- Curriculum development for clients
- Behavioural program writing and material preparation
- Creation of data collection systems
- Behaviour assessment techniques
- Implementing single-subject research designs
- Implementing intensive behavioral programming to promote skills such as language development, school readiness and independence
- Visual inspection of graphically displayed treatment effects
- Evaluating the effects of programs on outcomes meaningful to clients, families, and the field
- Data collection and analysis in experimental and clinical settings
- Summarizing and presenting treatment data
- Working as part of a treatment team
Due to the intensive nature of training and service delivery, preference will be given to those students who can commit to the placement for a minimum of one year. Applicants should also consider that this position is physically demanding and will include jumping, running, and sustaining physical activity for long periods of time, being outdoors, assisting with restroom routines and sometimes managing challenging behavior. Experience or course work in behavior management is not required but considered an asset. Practicum credit (EDSP 3000) may be offered for some opportunities. Certification as a Registered Behavior Technician with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board may be be available (visit www.bacb.com).
Chrystal Jansz Rieken, M.A., BCBA Clinical Supervisor Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research
Undergraduate Research Intern in Marine Environmental Toxicology
Are you interested in a career in conservation research, marine science, or environmental toxicology? Or interested in graduate school in a science field?
We are looking for motivated undergraduates who are interested in learning and helping with the "ins and outs" of working in an endangered species toxicology research laboratory. Specifically, we are looking for an outstanding student intern to work on an existing sea turtle research project. The goal of the project is to examine the effects of marine contaminants on the physiology of sea turtles. This position is part-time, with a flexible schedule.
Responsibilities will include processing and preparing biological samples for molecular end points such as qPCR, western blot, and assays. Responsibilities will also include general lab maintenance such as preparing reagents, cleaning glassware, organizing inventory, etc., and assisting with other experiments and projects when needed. Most duties will involve working in the laboratory but occasional desk work will also be required. No experience is necessary, but you should have already taken general biology and a laboratory based science class. Preferably, you will have taken a genetics, cell biology, ecology, or physiology course, and you are familiar with, or at least strongly interested in, learning molecular biology laboratory techniques. To get the most out of working with us, you must be motivated, reliable, and unafraid to ask questions, and possess an excellent sense of humor. We truly work as a team, and will want you to become a part of this supportive group. While this is an unpaid internship, it is a great opportunity to gain experience working in a productive research laboratory and assisting with a high profile research project. We are located at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health which is at The Reese Center in West Lubbock, about 15 minutes from the main TTU campus.
For more information about the position or to apply, please send a paragraph about yourself and include a description of any related experience you may have and why you are interested in the position. Start date is as soon as possible!
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC, offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute. Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation seeks to inform and maximize the impact of grantmaking foundations, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and public-private partnerships through leadership development initiatives, convenings, and communications so that each can contribute to the good society at home and abroad.
In his or her internship, the Hearst Fellow undertakes research, writing, logistical, and administrative support for PSI's leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings.
Candidates for this fellowship are highly motivated, current, non-graduating graduate or undergraduate students from underrepresented communities of color. Each candidate should have an excellent academic record and also have the following:
1. Demonstrated interest or experience in nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and
the social sector;
2. Excellent research and writing skills;
3. Demonstrated financial need; and
4. U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency. Students approved for participation in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are eligible to apply.
This is not a scholarship. The student must be able to work as an intern for 12-15 weeks in the Washington, DC, office of the Aspen Institute during the academic semester in which the fellowship is awarded. Fall and Spring interns will work part-time (15-20 hours per week) and Summer interns will be full-time. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student.
A fellowship stipend of approximately $2,000 will be awarded to the Fall and Spring intern and approximately $4,000 will be awarded to the Summer intern.
Applications are considered three times annually:
Spring 2015 Application Deadline: December 5, 2014
Summer 2015 Application Deadline: February 27, 2015