Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Positions

Students, if you are interested in applying for a position please contact the person who posted the undergraduate research position.

The Schlecht Lab in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is seeking undergraduate students to assist with three research projects focused on the prevention of ACL injuries. This is on a volunteer basis but could become paid depending on available funds. Prior laboratory research experience is preferred but not required.

Students will acquire a diverse set of research skills including, but not limited to routine experimental techniques, mechanical testing of soft and hard tissues, 3D image analysis, histology, molecular biology (in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry) and microscopy.

Interested students may contact Dr. Stephen Schlecht at steschle@iu.edu

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant (RA) to help with work related to tick sampling in south-central Indiana. Funded by the IU Grand Challenge Prepared for Environmental Change project, the RA will also be involved with other ongoing projects in the unit.

Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the principal investigator, the successful applicant will work with other members of the project team collecting tick samples at private residential areas in southcentral Indiana. Some travel and occasional multi-day trips may be required, so the research assistant needs a driver’s license and a clean driving record. A vehicle will be provided.

Desirable skills: Although the applicant need not have previous field work experience, the successful applicant should be comfortable working outdoors, in wooded and grassy areas, be well organized and detail-oriented, with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, and be able to work effectively with minimal supervision in the field as part of a larger research project.  Additional training specific to work on these projects will be provided as necessary. 

Duration of appointment: Hourly position, on a per semester basis, which can be extended to multiple semesters contingent upon satisfactory performance, and continued project funding.   

To apply: please submit 1) a brief cover letter describing your research/educational background, why you're interested in the position and the date you are available to start, 2) a Resume, and 3) the names and contact information (including email addresses) of two references, to Dr. Oghenekaro Omodior (email: oomodior@indiana.edu). 

The IU School of Public Health is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Paid Research Assistant position available for an undergraduate or master's student. The position will involve helping to run subjects, collecting survey data from participants, data entry, survey creation and proof-reading, and light data analysis. The research is in judgment and decision making, specifically in the areas of consumer economic choices and health decision making. Students in Psychology, Marketing, or related discipline preferred but others will be considered. To apply please email a resume and short explanation of why you are interested in participating in research to Professor Helen Colby at hcolby@iu.edu.

The mechanical engineering department in the School of Engineering and Technology is looking for an undergraduate student with a background in chemistry and preferably organic chemistry to assist on a research project with a focus on polymer formation and optical analysis.

Interested students may contact Aaron Berndt at aaberndt@umail.iu.edu.

Students working in the laboratory will participate in ongoing investigation of Amot-lipid membrane interactions. The major goal is to focus on the most relevant features that confer binding specificity leading to morphological changes in lipid structures related to tumor genesis. Students may work on multidisciplinary projects that include molecular biology experiments (e.g. site directed mutagenesis of DNA, cloning, western blots, co-immunoprecipitation) and biophysical experiments (e.g. x-ray crystallography, small angle scattering, dynamic light scattering, fluorescence spectroscopy/microscopy).

Students can either be for work study, capstone, or credit. Students should be junior or senior level chemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, or physics majors. Basic chemistry, biology, physics or engineering laboratory experience is a plus.

Interested students may contact Dr. Ann Kimble-Hill at ankimble@umail.iu.edu.

A laboratory in the School of Medicine in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is looking for 1-2 undergraduate volunteers to assist with general lab protocols and research. Preferred candidates are first or second year students pursuing a BS in biology, chemistry, or related field.

Our lab has two primary projects and employs a diverse set of experimental techniques. Initial experiments are focused on molecular biology including PCR, DNA purification, and mutagenesis. Students will also assist in the preparation of general lab solutions and routine experimental techniques.

Interested students may contact Joseph Racca jracca@iu.edu.

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