Research Opportunities Database

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

Dr. Tanya Renner and members of her laboratory explore evolutionary patterns and processes that drive functional diversification. We are particularly interested in how multi-species interactions (plant-insect and insect-predator) shape diversity on a genome-wide scale and influence form and function. Our research combines applied molecular biology with next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, and phylogenetics. We use plants and insects as models to study adaptation and current projects...

2-3 June 21, 2018 September 3, 2019
Evolutionary Genetics, Behavior, and Conservation of Bees

Our lab team performs research on the ecology, evolution, genetics, and behavior of bees, with a special focus on bumble bees. Projects in the lab are integrative and cover numerous facets of science, with recent undergraduates pursuing projects spanning topics such as molecular genetics, field ecology, behavior, chemical ecology, geography, thermal biology, pigment research, and toxicology, all as they relate to aspects of the evolution and health of these bees.

Currently we are...

2-3 February 11, 2020 February 6, 2020
Examining microbial diversity within an animal-microbe symbiosis

The Miyashiro lab is interested in understanding how animals obtain bacterial symbionts from their environment. Using the symbiosis established between the Hawaiian bobtail squid and a bioluminescent bacterium as our model system, we can explore the impact of bacterial diversity on symbiosis. Students will contribute to this project by isolating and characterizing novel strains of bacteria, using microbiology and molecular biology tools.

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Family and Adolescent Mental Health - Research Assistants

We at the SAFE lab study how parents and adolescents can work together to improve adolescent health, especially in the face of stress that are unavoidable in daily life. We are working on two projects that examine how parents and teens navigate the ups and downs of daily life together.

2 August 21, 2019 August 23, 2019
Family Foundations


The Family Foundations project is seeking perceptive undergraduates to help code videotaped family interactions with parents and their children.

Coders will

  • Receive training in coding parent-child interactions.
  • Make a commitment of a minimum of 9 hours per week, and for 2 semesters (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020).
  • Code cases on a flexible basis that fits your schedule.
  • ...
6 March 18, 2019 July 30, 2019
Family, Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Development Lab

Welcome to the Family, Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Development Lab!

Dr. Tornello has three major research interests: Family, sexual orientation, and gender. The majority her work has focused on the role of family composition and parental gender in the family system (children's development, parental dynamics, and couple functioning). How do variations (e.g., pathways to parenthood or division of unpaid labor) and changes (e.g., divorce) in family composition...

Multiple November 8, 2018 July 30, 2019
Flow-induced crystallization of polymers

Semi-crystalline polymers are a very important class of engineering thermoplastic. When subjected to flow, the polymer chains get stretched and crystallize more readily. We try to understand this flow-induced crystallization using AFM, calorimetry, optical microscopy, rheology and X-ray scattering experiments.

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Food Lab Research Opportunity

The food lab in the Department of Nutritional Sciences is looking for undergraudate lab assistants for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. Our research focuses on child and adult eating behavior. Students will assist with data collection for various research projects that are ongoing in the lab, as well as other research-related duties such as study preparation and data entry.

If interested, please email our lab manager, Christine Sanchez, at ...

5 July 29, 2019 July 29, 2019
Food Process Engineering

Food process engineering is the application of scientific and engineering principles to enhance the processing of food products. Some of the ongoing projects in our laboratories include: modeling of heat transfer during microwave processing of foods, and modified atmosphere storage to enhance the shelf life of fresh produce.

Undergraduate students can get involved at different phases of these projects. It is intended that they would obtain an overall appreciation for the area and the...

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Foodborne pathogen genomics

Every year an estimated 48 million people gets sick from foodborne disease in the U.S., and 23,000 die due to antimicrobial resistant infections. The research in our lab is focused on integrating genomics and metagenomics with phenotypic experiments to study the:
(i) mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in food borne pathogens;
(ii) transmission of foodborne pathogens in the food supply chain;
(ii) differences in pathogens’ virulence potential.

Undergraduates with...

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