Undergraduate Research Opportunities
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 Psychological Sciences
The S.H.A.R.C Lab in the Department of Psychological Sciences is looking for students who specialize in comic book or graphic novel design. Interested students will help the Lab to create a comic-book-style intervention in which the heroine is a female scientist. Several versions of the comic-book will be created. Subsequently, the Lab will run experimental studies that will evaluate the effectiveness of the comic book as an intervention to increase retention in STEM-related activities among female adolescents.
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 administering standardized achievement assessment, collecting behavioral and psychophysiological data, cleaning and analyzing data, conducting literature searches, and presenting research work.
Read more about Dr. Wang's work here:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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:
CONTACT: Dr. Victoria Surliuga, Associate Professor of Italian, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures
Undergraduate Research in Animal and Food SciencesDr. Sasha Protopopova is seeking undergraduate research assistants to conduct research on companion animal behavior and welfare. The current research project involves going to a local animal shelter and collecting behavioral and physiological data (urine, feces, and saliva samples) from the dogs. RA's will accompany graduate students to the shelter a few times per week and assist with all data collection. 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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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 (during spring 2017 session). 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.
- Summer Internship Deadline: February 17
- $4500 Scholarship
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 available.
Contact: Allison Sheats M.Ed Clinical supervisor
Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research
Students who are active learners and engaged scholars consistently seek out learning opportunities across their lifespan. Whether through service learning, study abroad, research, internships, or other avenues, these students are seeking a deep, meaningful educational journey. Active learners and engaged scholars are aware of their local and global communities and seek to be active citizens and leaders in their respective fields.
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.