Education and Human Sciences

Observing Teachers' Self-Regulation

Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Jenna Finch
Contact Email
Start Date
11/15/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
8-10

The Learning and Development Research (LADR) Group, directed by Dr. Jenna Finch, is now recruiting undergraduate research assistants (RAs) to join the lab!

 The LADR Group is currently studying how children’s school environments support the development of their self-regulation skills. We are looking for students to start immediately in preparation for an exciting study beginning in January. RAs will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience conducting classroom observations in preschools during the Spring semester.

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Understanding the reading brain

Special Education and Communication Disorders
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Yingying Wang
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/2019
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding

Interested students can come to volunteer in the lab first and then will get help to apply for UCARE support. 10 hours/per week during fall semester and 20 hours/per week during summer semester.

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Self-Regulation Development in Preschool and Elementary School Classrooms

Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Jenna Finch
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE for future funding
Hours Per Week
Minimum of 6

Children's self-regulation of their attention and behaviors are important predictors of their academic and social success. This project seeks to understand what aspects of children's classroom environments support the development of their self-regulation skills.

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Using Neuroimaging to assist Cochlear Implant Programming

Special Education and Communication Disorders
Faculty Advisor
Yingying Wang
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/2019
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding Summer 19
Hours Per Week
20

Students will get to learn about Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNRIs) and how we can use fNRIs to help predict the outcomes of Cochlear implant that is device used by individuals with profound hearing loss.

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Food Security, Health, and Nutrition in Zambia and Ethiopia

Nutrition and Health Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Mary S. Willis
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/2019
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding Summer 19

This research project is part of an education abroad, global research experience based in Ethiopia and Zambia. This food security, health, and nutrition project is focused on studying the availability, accessibility, use-ability, and sustainability of foods, the impact of micro and macro-nutrient deficiency on health, and on diseases that prevent the use-ability of food.

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Investigation of students' understanding of light-matter interactions

Chemistry
Faculty Advisor
Alena Moon
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer in 18-19, can apply for UCARE funding for 19-20

An undergraduate in my research group will participate in investigating students' understanding of light and matter interactions. This will involve conducting qualitative interviews with students and transcribing and analyzing those interviews.

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Development and testing of argumentation prompts in chemistry

Chemistry
Faculty Advisor
Alena Moon
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer in 18-19, can apply for UCARE funding for 19-20

An undergraduate researcher in my group will be designing writing tasks to elicit scientific argumentation from chemistry students. This will involve reading primary literature, designing tasks, administering the prompts to students, collecting and analyzing students.

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Development of an educational video game on corn-water-ethanol-beef nexus

Biological Systems Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jeyamkondan Subbiah
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
10-20

This project uses systems thinking and interdisciplinary integration approaches to develop a novel immersive educational simulation game and associated materials designed to highlight the role and importance of corn-water-ethanol-beef (CWEB) systems in supporting the ever increasing demands for food, energy, and water in the United States.

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Project SPaRK (Supportive Parents and Resilient Kids)

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Meredith Martin
Contact Email
Start Date
8/27/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
6-8

Project SPaRK is a study of what parents do to support youth who've experienced peer victimization. If you are interested in working with families, this is the study for you!

 Undergraduate research assistants will be trained to work directly with families (i.e., mom, dad, and teen), including recruitment, running interaction tasks, and conducting semi-structured interviews with both parents and youth. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate school for clinical, developmental, or school psychology or related field.

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The Pregnancy Project

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Meredith Martin
Contact Email
Start Date
8/27/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
6-8

Undergraduate research assistants will be trained to complete behavioral observations of pregnant couples during a discussion task. This entails learning to code emotions, behaviors, and relationship dynamics through observation. The goal is to examine ways in which couples support one another during pregnancy and whether these strategies help to promote continued marital satisfaction and supportive parenting post-partum.

 This is an excellent opportunity for students planning to pursue graduate school in clinical, developmental, or school psychology, or a related field.

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