Computer Science Research Assistant
Our lab studies neurocomputational mechanisms of learning, decision-making, and emotion in those with and without personality disorders. To study these topics, we use a variety of techniques including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), computational modeling, physiological recording, and diverse behavioral methods.
Do you have experience with programming or data analysis?
Do you want to apply your skills to psychology and neuroscience research?
The DEPENd Lab (director: Dr. Michael Hallquist) is looking for students like you! We are seeking undergraduate research assistants with substantial training and experience in computer science or related fields.
Programming plays an integral role in all phases of our research, being essential for the development of experimental tasks and for data processing, management, and analysis. Students in this position will have the opportunity to apply their programming knowledge to tackle challenges in these areas, making key contributions to our research. Advanced students may also elect to complete a senior honors thesis while in the lab.
Interested students can apply at this link: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0xptQOYVokIhvpP. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Qualitative Research Assistant (Sport Marketing)
Interested in qualitative research, sport marketing, or basketball? Undergraduate student research assistants are needed to assist with a qualitative research project being undertaken by a UNC faculty member. Responsibilities include transcribing and coding qualitative research interviews for an oral history project. One credit will be provided for 3-4 hours of work on a weekly basis. Research can be performed at home and hours are flexible.
Research Assistant for Quantitative Imaging
We are imaging the cochlea of the inner ear of gerbils using light sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM). This new imaging technique allows for a 3D visualization of an entire cochlea and observation of cells that are fluorescently labeled by immunological or tract-tracing techniques. We have a need for a motivated student to assist in the development of techniques for quantification of the labeled cells and identification of cells that a double or triple labeled by different antibodies or tracers.
Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant
The Swanstrom Lab is looking for an undergraduate student who can commit to working at least 2 semesters in the lab. Responsibilities would include basic laboratory tasks and possibly helping assist researchers in their projects. Students will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 8-10 hours/week. We are looking for students who are organized, responsible, eager to learn and interested in our areas of research (HIV and infectious diseases).
We also have opportunities for students to move into undergraduate research for infectious disease studies. We provide outstanding mentorship, and many of our undergraduate research assistants have secured admission in competitive PhD programs and medical schools.
Interested students should send a resume to Ean Spielvogel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide a cover letter, CV/resume, and availability for the summer and fall semesters.
Research Assistant for software engineering for animal experiments
We are seeking a highly motivated undergraduate research assistant with programming experience and an interest in neuroscience research to join our lab in the summer and/or fall. The student will collaborate with other research assistants and scientists in the lab to build an automated behavioral training box for lab animals. The student’s primary responsibility is computer and microcontroller programming. Thus, candidates with programming experience in C/C++ and/or Arduino are preferred. The position is ideal for students interested in engineering problems in scientific research, working with and learning from others with diverse engineering and scientific expertise in a collaborative research environment. The opportunity for research credit will be offered to dedicated research assistants following one semester of volunteer work. Applicants must be able to commit to working at least 20 hours per week during the summer or 15 hours per week during the semester with a fixed schedule and should have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. We provide outstanding mentorship, and many of our undergraduate research assistants have secured admission in competitive PhD programs. Please email Mengsen Zhang at email@example.com and provide a cover letter, CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and availability for the summer and fall semesters (if known).
Research Assistant for Stress, Health, and Reproductive Research Program Lab
We are seeking multiple, motivated undergraduate research assistants to assist with clinical research studies at the SHARRP lab (program director: Susan Girdler, PhD). Students with an interest in biomedical research, psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, or related fields are encouraged to apply.
Our lab studies stress, hormones, and affective changes in women with mood disorders. In particular, our research investigates how these factors increase womens’ risk of mood disorders at particular periods of development such as puberty and menopause. In our research, we use a variety of techniques including ecological momentary assessment (EMA), physiological recording during stress tasks, electroencephalogram (EEG), and neurocognitive tasks. Common responsibilities for undergraduate RAs include running participants through experimental sessions, data entry and management, participant correspondence, administering interviews or neuropsychological tests, and more.
Mentorship is a core value of the lab that undergraduate RAs have the opportunity to benefit from. If interested, students may enroll in PSYC/NSCI 395 to receive course credit for their time at the lab, complete a senior honors thesis, and/or contribute to other ongoing research projects.
Students must be able to commit at least 6-10 hours per week to lab work and plan to work in our lab for at least one semester.
If interested, please complete the SHARRP Undergraduate Research Assistant Application at https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0k3stCk3sr2oyVM. Please contact Kayla Baresich at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Research Assistant for exploring brain connectivity and cognitive behavior
We are seeking multiple motivated student research assistants to help with studies in our Psychiatry/Neurobiology research lab this summer (preferably full time) and during the academic year (part-time). The primary research project entails studying brain waves during animal behavior and cognitive tasks using in-vivo electrophysiology, histology and imaging. The research assistant’s responsibilities will be primarily conducting animal behavioral training, histology, and imaging fixed tissue. Animal behavioral training occurs daily, and each session is a 3 hour commitment.
There will be additional opportunities to get involved with in-vivo electrophysiology recording, and assisting with surgery and related procedures.
This is an ideal position for motivated students interested in learning about an active research environment prior to applying to graduate school. The opportunity for research credit will be offered to dedicated research assistants following one semester of volunteer work. Additionally, there may be opportunity to apply for a work study position with the lab. Applicants must be able to commit to working at least 20 hours per week during the summer or 15 hours per week during the semester with a fixed schedule and should have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. We provide outstanding mentorship and many of our undergraduate research assistants have secured admission in competitive PhD programs.
Please email Grace Ross at email@example.com and provide a cover letter, CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and availability for the summer and fall semester (if known).
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!
Seeking an undergraduate/graduate research assistant to help with implementation of a mixed methods substudy to the DELISH study (https://delish.web.unc.edu/). The FULLI DELISH study will examine how family impacts weight loss among men by collecting family context data through surveys and in-depth interviews. The main study, DELISH, compares a new weight loss program that focuses on a healthy eating pattern, with standard weight loss programs, like Weight Watchers.™ Duties will include helping with data collection/analysis and other related implementation duties. Duties will occur on weekdays from August-December 2021. Further mentoring in public health research can be arranged at the student’s request. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your résumé or CV in Microsoft Word or PDF format, to Candice L. Alick, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Research Assistant – Politics of Crime in Latin America
Seeking a research assistant for a project focused on the politics of crime and violence in Latin America. The project focuses on political rhetoric and policy proposals during election campaigns in Brazil and Mexico, particularly with regard to policies proposed to combat crime. The project seeks to understand how “progressive” and “conservative” politicians discuss these issues in high crime areas, and how their messaging is (or is not) distinct.
Opportunity for a student to engage in text-as-data work and develop data collection skills in the field of politics and political communication. The project will also provide the student with the opportunity to learn how a political science research project is developed and executed.
The student would assist with campaign platform text analysis, including cleaning text and identifying relevant political positions. The student must have basic to intermediate Portuguese skills, or at minimum advanced Spanish skills. In particular, appropriate for students with interests/majors in Political Science, PWAD, Global Studies, Public Policy, Communications, Conflict Management, Economics, Latin American Studies, Media and Journalism, and/or Portuguese and Spanish. A resume and short (1-2 paragraph) application letter that discusses student’s interest and relevant qualifications is required.
RAVE Lab Undergraduate Volunteer
The Espelage Research Addressing Violence in Education (RAVE) lab housed in the UNC School of Education is looking for undergraduate volunteers for the Fall 2021 semester. Undergrad Research Assistants (RAs) and Interns work closely with the research team and principal investigator to support all aspects of the research process. Our RAs and Interns attend project meetings and work with the team on tasks including preparing surveys for data collection, transcribing interview data, processing data, conducting literature reviews and more. We are looking for students who are organized, responsible, eager to learn and interested in our areas of research. We aim to help our RA’s and interns develop the core competencies to prepare them for graduate school and research-oriented careers.
Undergraduate Research on Machine Learning, Brain Image Analysis, Brain Development
Research opportunities for motivated undergraduate students are available in the Baby Brain Mapping lab in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC). Our research mainly focuses on the development of machine learning-based computational techniques and tools for processing and analyzing neuroimaging data for discovery of brain structural, functional and connectivity development in fetal and infant brains. Two research directions are available. The first one is on the development of machine/deep learning methods for analyzing brain MR images. Good command of programming tools e.g., Python, Linux, and scripting are necessary to carry out the research work. The second direction is on applying our developed computational tools to study brain structural, functional and connectivity development during perinatal stages in both normal and at-risk subjects. Students will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 8-10 hours/week to the research project. We strongly encourage applications from diverse backgrounds.
The Bai Lab ( https://baigroup.org/ ) in the Department of Applied Physical Sciences (https://aps.unc.edu/ ) invites undergraduate students to join our team and carry on research in the field of bioelectronics and biophotonics. Our research focuses on both fundamental and applied study of soft materials and nanomaterials, develop fabrication approaches to enable hybrid integration of multi-materials towards high-performance electronic and photonic systems, innovate 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. Our lab fosters a collaborative environment that converges expertise/interests from various backgrounds including materials science and engineering, electrical engineering, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering. We provide hands-on learning, enjoy making practical tools, and aspire to transform scientific advancements into societal solutions. If you are interested in joining us, please send an email to email@example.com.
Research Assistant: Developmental Personality Neuroscience Laboratory
Our lab studies learning, decision-making, and emotion in those with and without personality pathology (i.e., symptoms of personality disorders). In particular, our research investigates abnormalities underlying Borderline Personality Disorder and its development during adolescence and early adulthood. To study these topics, we use a variety of techniques including clinical interviewing, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), computational modeling, physiological recording, and diverse behavioral methods. Our research assistant position provides exposure to many aspects of psychology and neuroscience research, and can provide excellent preparation for a number of post-graduate opportunities (e.g., graduate school, research careers, clinical careers)! You can learn more about our research at https://dependlab.unc.edu/
We offer a variety of opportunities for students interested in clinical psychology, neuroscience, and personality research. Common tasks for this position include running participants through experimental sessions, participant recruitment and communications, data entry and data management, quality-checking brain images, preparing study materials, and more. Additionally, all RAs will attend lab meetings and complete a semester paper on a research topic of their choosing. Advanced students may elect to complete a senior honors thesis while in the lab. Interested students should complete our Undergraduate Research Assistant Application to be considered for a position. We accept new RAs into the lab on an as-needed basis, but are most likely to do so as the beginning of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
Please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Interested students should complete our Undergraduate Research Assistant Application to be considered for a position. Please contact our team at email@example.com if you have any questions.