Research Opportunities Database

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Social Behavior in Insects

We are looking for highly responsible and reliable undergraduate students to assist in several projects about social behavior in insects. We combine behavioral, physiological, chemical and genetic aspects to study the complex behaviors social insects exhibit. Students will be exposed to variety of scientific methods and will have the opportunity to work with live insects such as bumble bees. Students will be assigned to work with a graduate student and training will be given.


Mentor: Etya Amsalem

1-2 July 10, 2018 July 30, 2019
Solutions of Native Cellulose in Ionic Liquids

Certain ionic liquids are good at breaking hydrogen bonds and can dissolve native cellulose. For many years humans have chemically modified cellulose to make it soluble for fiber spinning and coating. By dissolving native cellulose, all the hydrogen bonding in wood allows higher modulus fibers and since the ionic liquids can be easily recovered, this new processing of native cellulose is very green and sustainable.

Mentor: Ralph Colby

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Solvent Effects on Chemical Reaction

Our work involves the use of spectroscopy and computer simulation to study the ways in which solvents influence solute electronic structure and chemical reaction. Projects include UV/visible and fluorescence spectroscopy, ultrafast laser experiments, NMR spectroscopy, and computer simulations of molecules undergoing charge-transfer and other types of reactions in conventional organic solvents and ionic liquids.

Mentor: Mark Maroncelli

1 - 2 January 1, 2018 July 30, 2019
Special Education Formation

Dr. Laura Bray is currently looking for a few students to help analyze data on a project exploring how concepts are publically discussed and developed during the formation of policy. In this work, she is drawing from the advocacy coalition framework to explore data from the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Specifically, she is examining Congressional Hearings to identify key stakeholders and their policy agendas and messages. She is then...

Mentor: Laura Bray

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Spectroscopic and Theoretical Studies of Transient Species

My research area is concerned with spectroscopic and theoretical investigations of transient intermediates and weak molecular complexes. This is accomplished using an experimental technique known as matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy and also using quantum chemical theoretical calculations. Two projects ongoing in my laboratory are (1) the investigation of nitrogen containing transient intermediates related to silicon nitride (Si3N4) chemical vapor deposition processes using silane (SiH4...

Mentor: Jay Amicangelo

2 - 3 September 5, 2019 April 17, 2020
Stress and the menstrual cycle

research involving human subjects to examine the effects of energy balance and stress on the menstrual cycle

Mentor: Nancy Williams

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Structural studies of RNA and RNA-protein complexes

We are interested in learning the atomic-resolution details of the spatial
organization of highly structured RNA molecules and complexes of such
molecules with RNA-binding proteins. Using X-ray crystallography we can
determine the three-dimensional structure of the molecule to the finest
details; using a combination of crystallographic and biochemical studies we
can answer a very broad variety of fundamental questions, ranging from the
mechanisms of...

Mentor: Andrey Krasilnikov

undefined January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Study of Healthy Aging & Applied Research Programs (SHAARP) lab

The SHAARP Lab studies factors that keep older adults independent and mobile. We focus primarily on cognitive and functional abilities that may be modifiable through targeted interventions. Members of this lab have diverse backgrounds and interests (such as gerontology, human factors, neuropsychological assessment, neuroscience), and this is reflected in the variety of approaches we take to study the aging process. Currently we are examining the impact of various cognitive and exercise...

Mentor: Lesley Ross

1-2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Study of Thrust/Lift generation in flexible Flapping Foils

We are interested in studying the generation of Thrust
(drag) and Lift of flexible flapping foils. A test bed will be
constructed consisting of a mechanism that will generate cyclic motion.
The mechanism will also have the freedom to rotate freely. A set of
flexible flapping wings will be developed for the tests. Experiments
will be run on the instrumented foils to measure the thrust and lift.

Mentor: Rungun Nathan

1 or 2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Study of very high energy gamma rays with the HAWC Observatory

TeV gamma rays are markers of the most extreme environments in the known universe: supernova explosions, active galactic nuclei, and gamma-ray bursts. Gamma rays are thought to be correlated with the acceleration sites of charged cosmic rays, whose origins have been a mystery for nearly 100 years.

The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory, or HAWC, is an experiment designed to observe TeV gamma rays and cosmic rays with an instantaneous aperture that covers more than 15% of the...

Mentor: Miguel Mostafa

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018