Research Opportunities Database

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Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
MIDUS-National Study of Daily Experiences

National Study of Daily Experiences (NSDE)is one of the in-depth studies that are part of the MacArthur Foundation National Survey of Midlife in the United States (MIDUS, http://www.midus.wisc.edu/). NSDE is the largest longitudinal diary study of daily experiences and health in the U.S. It's purpose is to investigate the role of behavioral, psychological, and social factors in...

Mentor: David Almeida

2 May 7, 2019 May 7, 2019
Witherspoon, Context and Development Lab

Research interests in the Context and Development Lab involve understanding how context shapes adolescents’ development and how race, ethnicity, and other cultural attributes interact with contextual characteristics to influence adolescent outcomes. Past projects in the lab (FAN-C: Families, Adolescents, and Neighborhoods in Context;PLACES/LUGARES) have explored the roles of different contexts such as residential neighborhoods, activities spaces, schools, and families on African American and...

Mentor: Dawn Witherspoon

Multiple January 16, 2018 May 6, 2019
Context and Development Lab (CDL) – Undergraduate Research Assistant

Description of Research: Research interests in the lab involve understanding how context shapes adolescents' development and how race, ethnicity, and other cultural attributes interact with contextual characteristics to influence adolescent outcomes. Past projects in the lab (FAN-C: Families, Adolescents, and Neighborhoods in Context; PLACES/LUGARES) have explored the roles of different contexts such as residential neighborhood, school, family, etc. on African...

Mentor: Dawn Witherspoon

10 July 16, 2018 May 6, 2019
Sexual Health Promotion Among Youth

Dr. Adebayo is an assistant professor who is passionate about improving the sexual health of youth through community-engaged research. She is seeking motivated and hardworking students who will join her research team and be involved in research initiatives and projects. Specifically, Dr. Adebayo's works revolve around sexual risk behaviors, access and use of sexual health promotion resources, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing. Some current projects/initiatives are:

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    Mentor: Oluwamuyiwa Adebayo

Multiple April 8, 2019 April 9, 2019
Family Foundations

OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN VALUABLE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE – FALL SEMESTER 2019

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.
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    Mentor: Michelle Hostetler

6 March 18, 2019 March 18, 2019
Dynamics of Plant Cell Walls

Research opportunities are available in the Anderson Lab to study the dynamics of plant cell walls, with applicability to the sustainable production of food and bioenergy from plants. Our group uses a combination of molecular genetics, microscopy, and biochemistry to study how plants assemble, modify, and degrade their cell walls.

Mentor: Charles Anderson

2 March 12, 2019 March 12, 2019
Child Health Study

The primary purpose of this study is to learn more about the different ways in which the environment and biology can affect a child’s health.  The information we learn will help us to understand more about children, adolescents and their families. We are looking at the ways in which boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 13 have different life experiences based on the different environments they live in and how these experiences shape child development.

Research assistant applicants...

Mentor: Jennie Noll

4 per semester August 23, 2017 February 27, 2019
Ag Ed Curriculum Design and Assessment Assistants


This is an opportunity for two students to participate in the design of a new course by creating short video clips of guest speakers, research facilities, and instruction. Active research will be done in the areas of assessment. Stellar assistance could lead to documented experience, publications, and attendance at outreach or a professional conference.

Students must enjoy working with plants, be familiar with basic biology, seek to improve in the areas of pedagogy, education,...

Mentor: Christina Call

2 February 12, 2019 February 12, 2019
Using toad diets to understand arthropod declines

Toads (Bufonidae) are voracious and almost indiscriminate consumers of insects and other arthropods. Recent high-profile studies have revealed extraordinary and alarming declines in the diversity and total biomass of arthropods. Can we detect signatures of these declines in the guts of toads by studying changes in prey items through time? There is an urgent need to understand how widespread these declines are and if multiple trophic levels are affected. We are using historic data collected...

Mentor: Andrew Deans

3 January 29, 2019 January 29, 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...

Mentor: Heather Hines

2-3 January 25, 2019 January 25, 2019