NOTE: If you are eligible for Federal Work-Study (FWS), you can find hundreds of research opportunities on the FWS website. To find out if you are eligible or if you are new to having a FWS award, visit the UNC FWS website. If you are a returning student who already completed the mandatory training and has access to JobX, log in and click “Find a Job” under the student menu. From there, click the “Research Jobs” button in the middle of the page.
Students with or without FWS can use the database below to look for opportunities.
NLP text modeling experience
We are looking for a graduate student with experience in social network analysis and natural text processing. We need help with NLP text modeling, in particular Sentiment Analysis, LWIC dictionary implementation, and regular expressions modeling, to construct features that are correlated with misinformation. The deliverable will be a computer code that could identify the features in a database of tweets with credible and non-credible health information. A student will be compensated $1200 for 35 hours of work in the Fall Semester 2022. Please contact Ilona Fridman: Ilona_fridman@med.unc.edu
Paid Undergraduate Research Assistant Position (open until 10/5 or until filled)
We are looking for advanced undergraduate students who are interested in analyzing and visualizing data collected from middle school classrooms.
This is a paid, undergraduate research assistant (URA) position for 10-20 hours ($15-$20/hour depending upon experience; hours are flexible).
We study how automated feedback in technology-enhanced learning environments mediated students’ discourse patterns and science learning. We also study how implementing visualizations in classrooms improved science teachers’ teaching strategies and perceptions about technology.
URAs will have opportunities to engage in research and/or design activities:
1) organizing and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data;
2) visualizing data to communicate discourse and learning patterns over time;
3) assisting the team in preparing reports, manuscripts, and websites.
We encourage applications from advanced undergraduate students
1) who have strong graphic design skills or advanced excel skills;
2) who are interested in visualizing data and pursuing graduate studies in the future;
Preference may be given to applicants with prior experience with graphic design or research and strong attention to detail.
If you are interested, please send the following information:
2) 1 paragraph highlighting relevant design or research experience
3) design work sample (optional).
Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Emotions and Social Interactions in Relationships Lab
The Emotions and Social Interactions in Relationships (EASIR) Lab is seeking a team of undergraduate research assistants to begin in Fall 2022, with opportunities to continue through the Spring 2023 semester. Research assistants will learn about human behavior by coding videos of participants in psychological research studies as they interact with other people in our laboratory. Some videos are of strangers interacting with one another, and many are romantic couples having conversations about everyday topics. Undergraduate research assistants will work 5-10 hours per week in our lab, training on and then following a behavioral coding protocol on various behaviors of interest for our research questions.
Please submit your application to the EASIR Lab here: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_egJyq0oFfn6WYNn
For questions, reach out to Emily Le (email@example.com).
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Adolescent Binge Alcohol Exposure
Effect of adolescent binge alcohol exposure on behavioral flexibility:
We study brain mechanisms underlying the effects of alcohol binge drinking during adolescence. We use rats as an animal model for human behavior in order to observe brain measurements that are too invasive to detect in people. Most of our experiments involve exposing rats to binge levels of alcohol during adolescence, then testing how behavior and neurophysiology is changed during adulthood. We currently need a student to help with running the rodent behavioral assays. Specifically, we will determine how adolescent alcohol changes behavior in an Attentional Set Shifting Task. The behavioral data you generate will be linked to neuronal activation/silencing via DREADDs (Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs). Student researchers are a valuable part of our research team. You will have real responsibilities and contribute directly to the data we generate to learn about the brain.
Availability: The primary experiment will require 3-4 hours per day for bouts of time (11 consecutive days), but will have gaps for days/weeks in between bouts.
Student Researcher: Pediatrics/Lund Repair Lab
The Lung Repair Lab studies basic mechanisms of scarring (fibrosis) in the lungs, which can be debilitating and deadly. We apply new tools and technologies to understand alterations of lung cells in disease, and to discover new treatments for both rare and common lung diseases.
We have a number of interesting lung biology research projects which student researchers can undertake depending on their interests and experience. Initially, student researchers will observe and assist current lab members and learn basic research techniques, and then take on more independent projects as they gain experience.
Interested students should send their resume and a cover letter indicating their reasons for interest in the project.
Research Assistant: Understanding HBCU Undergraduate contributions to the physician workforce
Medical Education and Workforce Diversity Project
The aim of this project is to explore the the contributions of HBCU undergraduate students to the physician workforce.
1) Explore the trends in acceptance, enrollment and matriculation of HBCU undergraduate students into medical school.
2) Examine the association between the timing of the career decision to pursue medicine and graduation from medical school for historically underrepresented students.
3) Examine the association between participation in premedical opportunities and medical school graduation for historically underrepresented students.
The Research Assistant will conduct literature reviews and help with manuscript preparation (table formatting, manuscript formatting). There is potential for being a manuscript author if the student would like to contribute to the writing. Some statistical knowledge would be helpful.
Applicants should email Dr. Jasmine Weiss with the following information:
CV or resume. 1-2 paragraphs explaining why this project would be a good fit for you. Have you had any experiences with quantitative or qualitative research before? Do you have an interest in workforce diversity, equity and inclusion research?
Student research scientist: Biochemistry
We are interested in how the brain becomes wired during development. We use mouse genetic models to study the role of neural adhesion molecules in promoting synapse formation in the frontal cortex. We are also interested in the role of endocannabinoids related to marijuana in regulating synapse formation.
Key word for research: immunofluorescence staining of mouse brain section, advanced microscopy, site directed mutagenesis of Plasmid cDNA, image analysis
See our web site for more details srclab.web.unc.edu
Looking for 3-D printing help
The Motion Science Institute is looking for help with a research project. Our group has developed a portable feedback tool and we need help modifying the current enclosure unit to improve its functionality. Specifically the dimensions of the enclosure need to be modified to give more space to the feedback tool. This project entails 1) working with the researchers to understand the limitations of the current enclosure design, 2) proposing and prototyping 1-2 designs, and 3) printing up to 10 final enclosures. This is an unpaid project. If you are interested or would like more information, please reach out to Dr. Kimmery Migel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Propaganda Research Team
We have several teams analyzing the video propaganda of several different violent extremist groups. Students analyze the materials of jihadist, right wing extremist (several types) or other groups (we’re adding now) to seek to understand how these persuasive texts work to radicalize and recruit.
This position will work to analyze video propaganda using an analytic tool unique to UNC, learning how propaganda works, analytic methods, study design.
Interested students should send a letter answering the following to Dr. Dauber: What courses have you taken that give you a background in extremist ideology? Have you taken any courses that discuss how propaganda works? What interests you in violent extremist groups? Do you have a preference as to what kind of groups you would like to work on? Do you have any language skills? Please also include your resume.
Bird song analyst
The Sockman Lab is looking for undergraduate research assistants to use computer software to analyze digital audio recordings collected from long-term study population of migratory songbird starting in January 2023.
Please email Dr. Sockman if you are interested in the position, indicating your interest and experience in behavioral ecology and the number of semesters you can commit.
Mathematics Research Assistant Position
This project focuses on local energy estimates for wave equations and their applications. Wave equations have a conserved energy, but as this does not change in time, it fails to capture the dispersive nature wave equations. Instead, if one focuses on the energy within a bounded set, we expect the disturbance to eventually vacate that set leading to decay. This is certainly the case when there is trivial background geometry and waves follow rays. But in the case of nontrivial background geometry, such as a black hole where light can orbit the black hole, the possibilities of trapping occurs and can necessitate finer analyses. Precisely quantifying this is one direction of investigation. Another is the application of these estimates to nonlinear wave equations, and in particular trying to identify how nonlinear structures affect the lifespan of solutions.
Students will be introduced to the wave equation and guided through proofs of some background work. Through a series of exercises, they will be led to newer and newer material and introduced to an open problem. The goal will be to apply these techniques to provide a proof to solve the conjecture. In the process, basic techniques of partial differential equations, positive commutator arguments, local energy estimates, etc. will be introduced.
Students should have at least completed Math 233 and Math 383, though experience with Math 521 is beneficial.
Please send CV, application letter explaining interest, and a list of relevant course work to Dr. Jason Metcalfe.
Developing an API/GUI for a new scientific instrument
The pegard lab (www.pegardlab.com) has recently developed a new biometric sensor technology with a custom electornic board (on board ARM processor, and FPGA). We are looking for a motivated student with experience in python / C to build an API and a GUI for the system.
Programming experience is needed, please do not hesitate to inquire about the project if you believe it could be a good fit. Our lab can consider research for credit, or a paid position for this project.
To inquire, please send CV and highlight relevant programming / firmware design experience in your email.
Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogs with Walking Droplets
The Physical Mathematics Lab (PML) (Intro Video) offers a wide range of interdisciplinary problems that find motivation in very diverse fields, including soft matter, fluid mechanics, biophysics and quantum mechanics. One of PML’s themes is the study of new Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogs (HQAs) with walking drops (Video). Millimetric liquid drops can walk across the surface of a vibrating fluid bath, self-propelled through a resonant interaction with their own guiding or ‘pilot’ wave fields. These walking drops exhibit features previously thought to be exclusive to the quantum realm. This system has attracted a great deal of attention as it constitutes the first known and directly observable pilot-wave system of the form proposed by de Broglie in 1926 as a rational, realist alternative to the Copenhagen Interpretation (Video & Read). At PML, we work to unveil and rationalize new HQAs, thus challenging the limits between the quantum & classical worlds. Our investigations blend experiments & mathematical modeling (theory & simulations), we can thus tailor your project according to your interests & skills. Prior research experience is not necessary, you just need to be eager to learn!
Research in Differential Equations and Applied Mathematics
I have multiple undergraduate research projects that involve various aspects of analysis of differential equations, math modeling and scientific computation . Here are some example projects, but I am open to discussion about related projects based upon student interests:
1. Properties of eigenvalues and eigenfunctions in graphs and domains. Related undergraduate projects have resulted in the publications:
2. Properties of edge states in topological physics. Related projects with good follow-ups for undergrads are:
4. Analysis of nonlinear states and dynamics in models from quantum mechanics, material science and fluids. Related projects with good components for undergraduates are:
The Bai Lab ( https://baigroup.org/ ) in the Department of Applied Physical Sciences (https://aps.unc.edu/ ) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is looking for motivated undergraduate students who would be interested in pursuing applied research for improving healthcare and medical technology. Our research focuses on both fundamental and applied study of soft materials and nanomaterials, design assembly and manufacturing approaches to enable hybrid integration of multi-materials towards high-performance electronic and photonic systems, develop new technology that can intelligently immerse electronics and photonics into biological systems, and create new tools and devices to address unmet clinical needs and improve human healthcare. You will be immersed in highly collaborative, hands-on research with multi-disciplinary coverage across materials science, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and medical technology.