Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Research Opportunities in Human Physiology
We are looking for students interested in gaining research experience in human physiology. We have several studies in the Exercise and Thermal Integrative Physiology Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management.
These projects are: 1) Understand cardiovascular health disparities among Hispanics and Caucasians, 2) Understand if increasing body temperature and omega 3 supplementations improve small and large blood vessel function, 3) Understand if exercise capacity and physical activity are positively associated with vascular function and the microbiome, 4) Determine if male and females have differences in the ability to self-pace exercise while in hot dry and humid conditions, 5) Determine if diabetes negatively affects temperature regulation.
Our lab focuses on environmental factors that affect body temperature regulation and health. If you are interested in learning more about human temperature regulation, experimental protocol development, subject recruitment, preparation of instrumentation and laboratory setup, data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation, as well as presentation and publication preparation please contact us for more information.
Contact: Eric Rivas
Kinesiology and Sport Management
Undergraduate Research in Geosciences
The Ardon-Dryer research group has several open positions for undergraduate research assistants. The Ardon-Dryer group studies aerosol-cloud interactions and the effect that aerosols have on climate, the environment, and our health. Our research combines field and laboratory work to investigate the interaction between human and climate; exploring the human effects on climate with an emphasis on cloud formation and precipitation processes, and vice versa, namely, how climate may affect our lives in the short and long terms.
Undergraduate students will be given the opportunity to take part in ongoing research projects. Some projects are computational and will require data analysis while other will include more laboratory work. The student will learn good research practices, methods for data analysis, and will conduct experimental procedures.
Current projects include but are not limited to:
1. Tracking / Analysis of cells that were exposed to dust particles. This work will be mainly with Matlab, experience in Matlab is ideal but not mandatory. Basic knowledge of biology, mainly human cells behavior will be an advantage - seeking for 2-3 students.
2. Quantitative analysis of dust storm data. Students with basic knowledge of climate and meteorology are preferred (ATMO1100 or ATMO 1300) - seeking for 1-2 students.
The Ardon-Dryer research group welcomes highly motivated students, independent thinkers who are looking to work in a dynamic group. We welcome the opportunity to work with students who have a strong academic record, quantitative skills, research and writing experience, and unquenchable curiosity and creativity.
Karin Ardon-Dryer, PhD
TTU Department of Geosciences
Undergraduate research in Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Zhe Wang from Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is seeking undergraduate students interested in conducting research in behavioral sciences. The current research project involves understanding how emotional and motivational factors affect individuals' learning and achievement outcomes. Undergraduate students will gain experience in various aspects of behavioral research, such as collecting physiology data, administering standardized achievement assessment, cleaning and analyzing data, conducting literature searches, and presenting research work.
Ideal candidates are sophomore - senior undergraduate students who can commit two or more semesters of research work and are willing to actively engage in research activities during summer months. At this point, these are unpaid positions. Undergraduate students may be able to take research credits for this research experience through HDFS.
If you are interested in an undergraduate research assistant position, please email Dr. Wang at email@example.com with the following information:
- A brief description of your interest and past research experience (if any)
- A copy of unofficial transcript
Undergraduate research in Italian Studies, Italian Cinema, Italian Art, Italian Literature, Italian Culture, and World Cinema
Undergraduate research in Italian Studies, Italian Cinema (stardom and Fellini), Italian
Art (art patronage, Modernist tradition, Italian artist Ezio Gribaudo), Italian Literature,
Italian Culture, and World Cinema
Dr. Victoria Surliuga is seeking undergraduate students interested in doing research in Italian Studies and the fields listed above. Read more about Dr. Surliuga's work here:
CONTACT: Dr. Victoria Surliuga, Associate Professor of Italian, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures
Undergraduate Research in Animal and Food Sciences
Dr. Sasha Protopopova is seeking undergraduate research assistants for dog behavior, animal shelter, and therapy dog research. The current research projects involve going to a local animal shelter, helping run adoption events, helping run therapy dog sessions with children, and video data analysis. RA's will assist in these various roles a few times per week. There is an opportunity to get hands-on experience with all aspects of this research. At this point, this is an unpaid position, that can be taken for credit if desired. There is also a possibility of conducting a final senior thesis after a semester of assisting.
Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, PhD
Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Science
Department of Animal and Food Sciences
Undergraduate Research in the Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Ann Mastegeorge and graduate students from Human Development & Family Studies and the Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research are looking for enthusiastic undergraduate research assistants to help with research related to development of early social behaviors and visual attention in young children using eye-tracking and other technology-assisted methods.
Ideal candidates are sophomore – junior undergraduate students who can commit to two or more semesters of research work.
Research assistants will gain experience with literature searches, behavioral coding, and research protocols.
If you are interested in a undergraduate research assistant position, please email Becca at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- A brief description of your interest and experience with young children, child development, and research
- Completed coursework related to child development and research methods (e.g., HDFS, psychology, education, and/or statistics courses)
- Your availability during Spring 2017
Undergraduate Research in Bilingualism
The TTU Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition Lab is looking for undergraduate researchers who are interested in learning how Language and the brain work.
No previous coursework or research experience is required. All training will be conducted in the laboratory. Applications from all disciplines are invited, but most strongly encouraged from (Applied) Linguistics, Spanish, Psychology and English.
Depending upon their background and experience, students can work as part of other projects or design their own independent research studies. These are unpaid positions.
Previous undergraduate student researchers in the lab have presented their work at local, regional and national conferences. Check out the lab webpage for more information and to see our research profiles (http://ttubsla.weebly.com).
Dr. Diego Pascual y Cabo, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures (email@example.com)
Undergraduate Research in Fire & Insect Ecology
The Verble-Pearson Fire and Insect Ecology Lab is looking for undergraduate researchers who are interested in wildland fire, ants, thermal tolerance, and/or insect ecology. Depending upon their background, students can work as part of a large landscape-scale assessment of fire effects or design their own independent research studies. These are unpaid positions, but have the opportunity to earn internship and research credits through the Department of Natural Resources Management.
No previous coursework required-- all training will be conducted in the laboratory. Applications from all disciplines are invited, but most strongly encouraged from BIOL, NRM, PSS, LA, ANSC, CHEM, PHYS, MATH, AGCOM, and MCOM.
Previous undergraduate student researchers in the lab have presented their work at local, regional and national conferences. Check out the lab webpage for more information and to see previous researcher profiles (http://fireecologylab.blogspot.com).
Dr. Robin M. Verble-Pearson, Assistant Professor of Fire Ecology, Department of Natural Resources Management
Study Abroad Opportunities
Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures
Texas Tech University Center in Seville offers students the possibility to earn 12 to 15 credit hours of Spanish counted towards general requirements, minors and majors in Spanish while enjoying the life and culture of Spain.
Media, Promotions, and Production Interns
Vernacular Music Center (www.vernacularmusiccenter.org) seeks media, promotions, and production interns in service of our "research, teaching, advocacy in the world's vernacular musics and dance." We produce concerts, classes, guest artists, study abroad opportunities, and very interesting and enjoyable cross-disciplinary projects. Especially receptive to interns with interest in public media, film & documentary production, graphic design, etc.
Very receptive to hearing from undergraduates with interesting and creative ideas for contributions. The position welcomes good ideas! We are also exceptionally skillful and active mentors, and can assist with letter-writing, job skills, etc.
Government and Public Service Internship
The Government & Public Service Internship Programs provides students with a unique opportunity to experience either federal or state government first-hand. The internships provide students with an inside look at how government works and what it takes to make our great nation and state run. The internship opportunities are offered each semester in D.C., Lubbock or Austin. To participate in the program, it is preferred that undergraduate students have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours before the semester they wish to participate in the internship. Graduate students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 are also eligible to participate. No particular major or disciplinary background is required to apply for an internship. Students will acquire skills and experience through the program that will serve them well no matter what career or field of study they choose.
Fall 2018 - Friday, February 9, 2018 by 5 pm
Undergraduate Practicum Opportunities with the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research Intensive Behavioral Intervention Clinic
Outpatient Services 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.
Outpatient services provide targeted supports to individuals with autism and their families through focused ABA services, social skills classes and contracted consultations.
Focused ABA services will address specific behavior concerns and goals through individual treatment, parent training, social opportunities and treatment transition planning.
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 available.
Contact: Allison Sheats M.Ed Clinical supervisor
Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research
Benefits of Active Learning and Engaged Scholarship
- Improved academic and technical skills
- Enhanced self-confidence and interpersonal skills
- Preparation for future graduate study and research.
- Increased employability as a result of real-life experience utilizing skills and knowledge gained through academic study and active learning experiences.
- Relationships and networks gained through collaborations across campus and community.