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Select the department in which you would like to pursue a research project. Then click on the professor you wish to work with in order to learn more about their research interests.

Department of Anthropology and Archaeology

 

Faculty:

Archeology

Dr. Margo-Lea Hurwicz

Dr. Patti Wright

The Biochemistry and Biotechnology (BCBT) Program encourages undergraduates to be involved in research in the laboratories or research groups of BCBT faculty. Students involved in research are generally expected to have taken and performed well in introductory biology and/or chemistry courses required by the BCBT Program. While there is no explicit GPA requirement, we strongly encourage students with GPAs below 3.0 to raise their GPA before becoming involved in research. Professors may have different requirements for involvement in research: some may have preferences for juniors and seniors above a certain GPA. Due the extensive time needed for training, it is common for professors to require more than one semester and/or one credit hour.  This means it is often not possible to take just one credit hour of research in your final semester. We encourage students to familiarize themselves with each faculty member's research and approach those whose work is most interesting. When you approach a faculty member, please give information about yourself such as standing (junior, senior, etc.), GPA, career interests/goals, and why you find that person's work interesting.  Finally, space is limited, so make inquiries as early as possible (e.g., April for fall commitment).

Faculty:  

Dr. James K. Bashkin

Dr. Cynthia M. Dupureur

Dr. George Gokel

Dr. Wesley R. Harris

Dr. Michael Hughes

Dr. Michael R. Nichols

Dr. Wendy Olivas

Dr. Mindy Steiniger

Dr. Keith J. Stine

Dr. Teresa Thiel

Dr. Xuemin Wang

Dr. Chung F. Wong

Dr. Bethany K. Zolman

The Department of Biology encourages undergraduates to be involved in research in the laboratory or research group of Biology research faculty.  Students involved in research are generally expected to have taken and performed well in the Introductory Biology courses (1821 and 1831).  While there is no explicit GPA required, we strongly encourage students with GPAs below 3.0 to spend their time and efforts bringing up their GPA before becoming involved in research, which generally takes a significant amount of time.  Professors may have different requirements for involvement in research;  some may have preferences for juniors and seniors above a certain GPA, others may accept sophomores, and yet others are reluctant to start with seniors because of the training time involved.   We encourage students to familiarize themselves with each faculty member's research and approach those whose work is most interesting.  A word of advice:  when you approach a faculty member by email, please give information about yourself such as which year you are in your studies, your GPA, your career interests, and why you find that person's work interesting.

 

Faculty:

Dr. Lon Chubiz

Dr. Aimee S. Dunlap

Dr. Nathan Muchhala

Dr. Wendy Olivas

Dr. Patricia G. Parker

Dr. Robert E. Ricklefs 

Dr. Mindy Steiniger

Dr. Peter Stevens

Dr. Teresa Thiel

Dr. Sam Wang

Dr. Bethany K. Zolman

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry welcomes the involvement of undergraduates in research. Involvement in research can provide unique and valuable training, enhance the prospects for employment or admittance to graduate school, and aid in the development of a student's intellectual ability and background. In many cases, a student will have opportunities to present their project at local or regional scientific meetings and to become coauthor of a publication derived from the work. Undergraduates have the opportunity to pursue a research project under the guidance of a faculty member during the regular academic year and/or during the Summer sessions. Students choosing to engage in research can expect access to all of the departmental facilities and support staff on a regular basis. In order to take part in research, a student typically consults with a number of faculty members to find a project suitable to their interests and background. Students engaged in research must enroll in Chemistry 3905 (290), Undergraduate Research in Chemistry. Students seeking either the B.S. degree or the B.S. with an Emphasis in Biochemistry may use Chemistry 3905 (290) to meet their advanced elective requirements. Students interested in research are encouraged to read the descriptions of research areas under the faculty links and then arrange to talk to individual faculty.

 

Faculty:

Dr. James K. Bashkin

Dr. Eike B. Bauer

Dr. Alicia M. Beatty

Dr. Janet Braddock-Wilking

Dr. Benjamin J. Bythell 

Dr. Alexei V. Demchenko

Dr. Cynthia M. Dupureur

Dr. George Gokel 

Dr. Bruce C. Hamper

Dr. Wesley R. Harris

Dr. Stephen M. Holmes

Dr. Michael R. Nichols

Dr. Nigam P. Rath

Dr. Christopher D. Spilling

Dr. Keith J. Stine 

Dr. Chung F. Wong

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

 

Faculty:

Dr. Stephanie DiPietro

Dr. Beth M. Huebner

Dr. Matt Vogel

The Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research

 

 

 

Faculty:

Dr. April Regester

Dr. Rebecca Rogers

Language & Culture Studies

Faculty:

Spanish

Dr. Lauren Schmidt

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science actively encourages computer science undergraduates to be involved in research related activities. Generally, a student must have completed at least 9 hours of courses at level 2xxx and above, and have departmental GPA of at least 3.0 to participate in any research related activity.  However, the decision to involve a student in research always depends on the topic, the faculty, and circumstances. We encourage the students to familiarize themselves with each faculty's research and approach those whose work is most interesting to them. A typical method of establishing contact and relationship is by taking courses with the faculty, or just by personal visits. To promote these kinds of research activities, the department has an individual research course (CmpSci 4880) which leads to credits for research-related activities. Faculty members are also encouraged to apply for funding available for participating students, including those provided by CAS, campus, and internal departmental funds. In addition, well performing students have better chances in getting some of the departmental scholarships.

Faculty:

Dr. Sanjiv K. Bhatia

Dr. Uday K. Chakraborty

Dr. Haiyan Cai   Statistics and Mathematics

Dr. Wenjie He    Computer Science

Dr. Cezary Z. Janikow

College of Optometry

Faculty:

Dr. Carl J. Bassi

The Department of Philosophy encourages undergraduates to be involved in research in collaboration with Philosophy research faculty. Students involved in research are generally expected to have taken several philosophy courses and performed well (receiving grades in the A range). We encourage students to familiarize themselves with each faculty member's research and approach those whose work is most interesting. A word of advice: when you approach a faculty member by email, please give information about yourself such as which year you are in your studies, your previous Philosophy courses, your GPA, your career interests, and why you find that person's work interesting. 

 

Faculty:

Dr. Gualtiero Piccinini

Dr. Jon McGinnis

The Department of Physics and Astronomy welcomes undergraduates who are interested in research to contact one of our faculty members to discuss the possibility of participating in a project. Students should familiarize themselves with research opportunities through the department web site or by discussions with faculty members. We encourage completion of the introductory physics courses (2011 and 2012). The requirements vary depending on the group and type of research in which you are interested. Some faculty may require a minimum GPA, for example, while others require completion of the introductory chemistry courses.

 

Faculty:

Dr. Philip Fraundorf

Dr. Erika Gibb

Dr. Eric Majzoub

The Department of Political Science encourages undergraduates to be involved in research with Political Science faculty.  Students involved in research are generally expected to have taken and performed well in the introductory Political Science courses (1100 and 1500) and Political Analysis (2000).  While there is no explicit GPA required, we strongly encourage students with GPAs below 3.0 to focus on bringing up their GPA before becoming involved in research, which generally takes a significant amount of time.  Additionally, individual professors may have different requirements prior to agreeing to undergraduates joining research projects.  We encourage students to familiarize themselves with each faculty member's research and approach those whose work is most interesting.  Keep in mind that when you approach a faculty member by email, please give information about yourself such as which year you are in your studies, your GPA, your career interests, and why you find that person's work interesting.

Faculty:

Dr. Ruth Iyob

Dr. David C. Kimball

Dr. Adriano Udani

The faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences is actively engaged in research and scholarship to advance knowledge and to impart research methods and results directly in their classroom teaching. Many psychology professors are committed to providing undergraduate students with research training. In general, the psychology faculty is interested in working with students who (1) are majors or minors in Psychology, (2) have a minimum 3.0 overall and major GPA, (3) have interest in graduate school and/or a research career, and (4) who have completed at least 9 credit hours in Psychology. Some professors have additional or different criteria for selecting students research assistants (see individual faculty web pages). The positions are competitive and meeting the requirements does not guarantee a position. Review the individual faculty web pages to see which professors are currently accepting applications.

Faculty:

Bettina J. Casad   Prejudice, discrimination, social neuroscience

Emily D. Gerstein  Parent-child interactions, families, social-emotional development

Michael G. Griffin  Trauma, PTSD, psychobiology

Sandra Langeslag  Romantic love, emotion, brain

Therese Macan  Employment interviews, selection, time management

John P. Meriac   Personnel selection, performance management, work ethic

Stephanie M. Merritt   Diversity, unconscious bias, implicit association test

Robert H. Paul    Sub-cortical brain systems, cognition, HIV

Zoë D. Peterson   Gender, sexuality, sexual assault

Carissa L. Philippi  Self, brain imaging, psychiatric conditions

Ann Steffen   Behavioral medicine, healthcare adherence, informal care giving

Suzanne Welcome    Language, ERP, individual differences

Kamila S. White  Anxiety, congenital heart disease, quality of life

The Department of Sociology, Gerontology and Gender (SGG)

Faculty:

Dr. Larry Irons

Prof. Robert Keel

Dr. Thomas M. Meuser

Dr. Chikako Usui