Additional Undergraduate Research Opportunities
These professors are seeking fellows:
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Dr. Chad M. Paton
Department: Nutritional Sciences
Office Phone: 806-742-3078 ext. 249
Description of Specific Projects: Learning skills having to do with protein, DNA, and RNA analysis, maintenance of cell culture models, and live animal (mouse) handling is required. Expected duties will also include routine upkeep of laboratory supplies and reagents as well as assisting researchers with biological experiments. Prospective employees will be given all necessary laboratory safety training prior to starting.
Preferred Background/Experience: No experience is necessary except a willingness to learn. Interested applicants should send Dr. Paton a copy of their resume/CV and education goals by email.
Dr. Sybil Hart
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Office Phone: 742-3000 x 238
General Research Interests:
I am a psychologist with a wide range of interests that focus on psycho-social adjustment during infancy and the preschool years. I am interested in the many characteristics of infants and young children and their environments that shape development and enhance mental health.
Description of Specific Project:
Our current project is the Becoming a Big Sib study. Our participants are toddler-aged children who are soon to become older siblings, their pregnant mothers, and fathers. These families are seen in our lab in the Human Sciences building before and after the new baby’s arrival. Our goal is to identify children who may be at increased risk for adjustment problems during this transition. Ultimately, our goal is to develop a method to help prevent negative outcomes and build strong foundations for healthy sibling relationships.
Students who are fellows work with me and a team of graduate and undergraduate students on various aspects of the project. Tasks revolve around: running study participants through the laboratory procedure including videotaping interactions, administering survey questionnaires, analyzing videotaped behavioral data, data scoring and entry, and subject recruitment. Specific assignments depend on our needs as well as students’ schedules and interests. Students will have the opportunity to develop ideas about vulnerability based on patterns of child behavior that they observe in the lab as well as parents’ reports on survey instruments.
Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply but preference will be given to those with a major or minor in Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, or a related field. Experience working with the young children, good communication skills, and familiarity with photography or videotaping procedures are helpful but not as essential as being motivated and responsible. Interested students should contact me for more details.
Dr. Allison Pease
Department: Natural Resources Management
E-mail address: email@example.com
Office phone: 806-742-2841 ext. 231
Personal web address: http://myweb.ttu.edu/apease/
General research interests: Fish ecology, stream community ecology, impacts of aquatic invasive species, environmental change impacts on aquatic systems, and conservation of freshwater ecosystems in the southwestern U.S. and Mesoamerica. All projects involve field data collection and lab work for taxonomic identification, dissections, trait measurements, and sample preparation for ecosystem analyses.
Description of Specific Projects:
Project #1: Structure of aquatic communities and food-webs along multiple environmental gradients in the Pecos River, Texas.
Project #2: Using fish functional traits to assess impacts of land use, flow regime alterations, climate change, and other environmental changes.
Project #3: Ecology of Rio Grande cichlids and Mexican tetras in native and non-native stream environments. Background/experience required: Specialized experience with fishes and stream ecology is not necessary. Prior coursework in ecology, natural resources, or related field is preferred. Students must have a strong interest in ecology and conservation.
Dr. David Klein
Department: Environmental Toxicology
Office Phone: 806-885-0254
Personal Website: http://www.tiehh.ttu.edu/david_klein.html
General Research Interests: I am a chemist with a wide range of interests. My projects include work with isolation and indetification of natural products, the investigation of enocrine-discrupting compounds, measurement of toxic metals in the environment and food, and analysis of clinical samples for toxins and metabolites.
Description of Specific Projects:
Project 1: Isolation and identification of metabolites from drugs of abuse in wastewater.
Project 2: Determination of the efficiency of wastewter treatment. This includes many types of compounds.
Project 3: Isolation and identification of compounds in medicinal tea.
Preferred Background/Experience: There are many types of research experiences available in my lab. It is important to match interests with training. At TIEHH for instance, we offer a combined degree of Masters in Environmental Toxicology with a Juris Doctorate at the Law School. A fellow in my lab could do anything from laboratory chemistry to research of the effectiveness of laws regulating discharge permits.
Additional Information: My work is mostly applied research. Much of it is analytical chemistry to measure specific compounds. But there are opportunities for students in all areas including those interested in Environmental Law. If a student is interested, I encourage them to contact me and see if we have mutual interests that can lead to high quality research and publication.
Dr. Robin M. Verble-Pearson
Department: Natural Resources Management
Office Phone: 806-742-2841
General Research Interests: insect ecology, effects of wildland and managed fire on insect community structure and insect community physiology, flammability and combustibility of fuels.
Description of Specific Projects: My laboratory currently has several opportunities for students examining before/after control/experimental effects of fire on a variety of organisms, including microbes, plants, insects and soil chemistry. Students will have the ability to select study organisms in which they have a particular interest. There are also opportunities to examine insect behavioral and physiological responses to high temperatures.
Preferred Background/Experience: The ideal candidate for this position will be a sophomore or junior with a strong interest in laboratory and field research. Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to students with a major or minor in natural sciences. Applicants should demonstrate motivation, willingness to follow instructions, reliability, a self-starting attitude, and strong communication skills.
Interested in Research?
Spurring the intellectual curiosity of undergraduate students through active participation in the discovery process is one of the goals of the University Honors College. Because meaningful research experiences promote active learning through guided discovery, the University Honors College offers the Undergraduate Research Fellow (URF) Program.
Prospective Fellows must be enrolled and in good standing with the Honors College. Faculty Mentors work with students conducting research and contributing to the advancement of their field of study.
Looking for a Research Opportunity?
Professors who wish to work with an Undergraduate Research Fellow can submit a request to the Reseach Coordinator. Students who are looking for faculty mentors can search for opporutunities here.
Additional Research Opportunities
The Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE) is committed to supporting and increasing undergraduate participation in active learning at Texas Tech University. Active Learning engages the learner directly in a phenomenon studied in the classroom at the University.
As a university-wide center, the Center for the Integration of Science Education and Research provides a mechanism for assuring that the increasing research activity at Texas Tech will positively impact the educational experiences of students in the sciences at Texas Tech
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