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Current Opportunities

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities in Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

My group is looking for motivated undergraduate students to fill research assistant positions on connected and automated vehicle modeling and applications in hurricane evacuation. The students will work within a dynamic and creative environment under the guidance of faculty from civil engineering and computer science. The positions offer great opportunities to gain hands-on experience on transportation systems modeling using open-source computing tools, and opportunities to publish and present research findings in national conferences.

At this stage, the research assistant will contribute to: (1) developing a new understanding of connected vehicle and human-driving vehicle interactions through data analysis; (2) applying advanced agent-based modeling techniques to simulate evacuation traffic flow at both link and network levels; and (3) developing and testing novel smart hurricane evacuation strategies, e.g. emergency message relay and cooperative vehicle platooning.

The ideal candidate should have training in one of the engineering disciplines, applied mathematics, statistics, or other closely related areas. Proficiency in programming is required, preferable in MATLAB, Python, and C++. The position will also require learning of agent-based modeling software, such as SUMO and NetLogo. The positions are hourly paid. Working hours are flexible.

Related links:
- HuRRI Institute, sponsor of the project: https://www.uh.edu/hurri/
- Connected vehicles basics (U.S. DOT): https://www.its.dot.gov/cv_basics/index.htm
- Self-driving car: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-driving_car

If you are interested in the position, please send me an email with your resume, a description of your research interests, your available time for this and next semester and summer, as well as any questions you have.

Dr. Jia Li
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

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
Assistant professor
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.

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 zhe.wang@ttu.edu 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 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 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.


Internship Opportunities

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.

Application Deadline

Fall 2018 - Friday, February 9, 2018 by 5 pm

Office of the President

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.


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.

Allison Sheats M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Clinical Supervisor
Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research

Service Opportunities

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.