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Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Polyelectrolyte Solution Rheology

Polyelectrolytes find uses as thickeners for solution coating. DNA is also a polyelectrolyte. The molecular weight of all polyelectrolytes is hard to characterize and we try to develop methods to determine number-average molecular weight from careful measurements of the concentration dependence of solution rheology, coupled with X-ray scattering.

Mentor: Ralph Colby

3 August 30, 2018 August 30, 2018
Promoting Healthy Development/Recipe for Success

The Edna Bennett Prevention Research Center is seeking an undergraduate research assistant to assist with the Recipe 4 Success project. The project examines the impact of lessons regarding healthy eating, sleeping patterns, and self-control skills on toddler development in Early Head Start families.

Mentor: Michelle Hostetler

3 August 20, 2018 August 21, 2018
Quality Talk Research Assistant

The Quality Talk (QT) research team in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) is conducting federally funded innovative research within multi-level and interdisciplinary/cross-curricular classroom settings. Quality Talk involves using student-focused argumentation as a tool for building understanding and co-constructing knowledge. Through this authentic discussion process students develop critical thinking skills and deepen their epistemic...

Mentor: P. Karen Murphy

undefined January 1, 2018 July 24, 2018
Refactoring CiteSeerX: building a portable database free search engine

We refactor CiteSeerX to make it easier to deploy by keeping all information on the search platform. We also redesign the ingestion code to increase the throughput by a factor of 5.

Mentor: Jian Wu

1 January 1, 2018 July 24, 2018
Rheological Characterization of Crumb Rubber Modified Asphalt Binder

When ground tire rubber (GTR) is added to the asphalt binder, it changes its characteristics and engineering properties. This research will focus on changes in rheological properties of GRT modified binder. Rehological testing includes determination of properties of binder at low, intermediate, and high temperature. Multiple Stress Creep and Recovery, Linear Amplitude Sweep, Rotational Viscosity, Bending Beam, and torsional tests will be used to evaluate the change in properties.

Mentor: Mansour Solaimanian

1 January 1, 2018 July 24, 2018
Root Trait Discovery for Abiotic Stress Tolerance

Apply novel field, greenhouse, and imaging techniques and methods to understand how root anatomy and architecture affects crop growth under drought and low fertility soils. Students will have opportunities to gain experience in laser ablation imaging of root tissues, image analysis, measuring and processing biological samples, and more! Laboratory and/or biology experience is helpful but not necessary.

Roots of the Second Green Revolution

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Mentor: Jay Amicangelo

1-5 January 24, 2018 January 24, 2018
Semiflexible Conjugated Polymers

Conjugated polymers find uses in flexible electronic devices, such as solar cells. This class of polymer has chains that are naturally more rigid than standard flexible-chain polymers. Rigidity means that the polymers entangle more easily but also crystallize and perhaps form nematic phases above their melting point. Together with Professors Enrique Gomez and Scott Milner (both in Chemical Engineering) we aim to develop a better fundamental understanding of semiflexible conjugated...

Mentor: Ralph Colby

3 January 1, 2018 July 24, 2018
Shingles in Asphalt

Disposed roofing shingles are rich in asphalt. So, it is of economical benefit to use shingles in asphalt concrete because of this high binder content. This will also benefit the environment as a demolished construction material is being used back in construction. However, shingle binder is very still and its use in pavement is limited. This research will focus on increasing the amount of shingle that can be used in asphalt using rejuvenators. The tools used to determine the quality of...

Mentor: Mansour Solaimanian

1 January 1, 2018 July 24, 2018
SIESTA

Project SIESTA (Study of Infants’ Emergent Sleep Trajectories)is a longitudinal study of (1) linkages between infant sleep quality during the first two years and infant socioemotional development (e.g., quality of infant-parent attachments, infant behavior problems and behavioral competencies); (2) how parenting of infants at bedtime and night time (from video-recordings), beginning at 1 month of age through 24 months, affects the development of infant sleep quality over time.

Mentor: Douglas Teti

Variable, depending on the semester January 1, 2018 July 24, 2018
Sleep, Social Information processing and child neglect and parenting

Current studies in the lab focus on sleep and its impact on parenting and social and neuro-cognition and child outcomes, aging out of foster care and homelessness and adult development, and the use of gaming technology to intervene to prevent childhood injury. The diversity of projects in the lab allows for a wide range of experiences for undergraduate research assistants. RAs learn about cognitive and neurocognitive tests, mother-child interaction patterns, and measurement of sleep and...

Mentor: Sandra Azar

2-4 January 1, 2018 July 24, 2018