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Current Opportunities

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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 Sciences

Dr. 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

NSF REU Undergraduate Summer Position 2017

J. Sharma Laboratory (Plant Ecology and Conservation)

We are recruiting a highly motivated undergraduate student for a summer research experience funded through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The student will participate in both collaborative and independent research by working with a multidisciplinary international team that is investigating Spatial Distributions and Species Co‐existence in a Community of Epiphytic Plants. The larger project explores plant-microbial interactions to explain species distributions (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1355155).

The ideal candidate will have a career interest in plant ecology and / or plant-microbial ecology.

The student will work full time for 12 weeks between June and August 2017 (exact dates TBD) to gain experience in field-work along with conducting an independent research experiment. This is a paid position, and includes support for travel and research expenses. Travel to and field work in a tropical forest outside of the U.S. is required for 2 weeks during the appointment.

Ability to happily engage in physically strenuous and uncomfortable activities (climbing and managing field supplies while working in heavy rain, etc.) is necessary. Continuing as a part-time researcher into the fall semester will likely be necessary to complete the project. Spanish speaking / reading is a plus. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the USA and its possessions. Incoming freshmen and graduating seniors are not eligible.

To apply, please email all required documents to Dr. Sharma:
1. Resume
2. Unofficial transcripts
3. Cover letter describing past research experience, and why you are a strong candidate for this position.
4. Contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for two or more academic references.
5. Reprints of journal publications (if applicable).

Application Deadline: Open until filled. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 rebecca.beights@ttu.edu 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 (diego.pascual@ttu.edu)

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


Internship Opportunities

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

Service Opportunities

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.


Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement