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Undergraduate Research

Research drives every pursuit within the College of Human Ecology. Innovation in research, design, and practice is one of the key learning outcomes for our students. Each year approximately 500 students work with faculty members on research projects. These include basic laboratory research; clinical, social, and behavioral research with human participants; field-based studies; evaluation of programs, designs, and materials; and analysis of socioeconomic trends using large data sets.  These experiences build on and extend the research-based knowledge and critical thinking skills students gain in classes and provide valuable skills and perspectives that students bring to their careers and passions after Cornell, even if they do not pursue research careers.

See Exploring Undergraduate Research Opportunities for strategies about how to identify research opportunities.

See Undergraduate Research: Frequently Asked Questions for answers to common questions.

For additional information, including information about honors programs, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for your major. 

For information about summer research funding use the Funding link in the left navigation.

Research Opportunities from the CommunEcology Newsletter

Current Postings
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Past Postings
Human Ecology Spring 2014 Research Symposium Accepting Abstracts, Issue: 520
The Dean's Undergraduate Advisory Council is now accepting abstracts for their Spring 2014 Human Ecology Research Symposium! If you're a Human Ecology student in any research lab or a student in a Human Ecology lab, you are eligible to present your research to peers, friends, and faculty. Students looking for research lab positions are also strongly encouraged to attend the event, as there will be lab representatives from various labs who are recruiting undergraduate students. The deadline for abstract submission is April 15th. The event will take place in the Human Ecology Commons on May 1st, and will include refreshments! This is a perfect opportunity to practice presenting your research and to see what other Cornellians are studying! Submit your abstract here: Abstract Any questions can be sent to
The Playground Start-up Career Fair Sponsored by RECESS, Issue: 517
Entrepreneurship@Cornell presents: RECESS is a music + ideas festival that brings together successful entrepreneurs and the coolest new startups to inspire the next generation of world changing entrepreneurs. Click for More Information.
Human Ecology Summer Research Stipends for Undergraduates, Issue: 513
The College of Human Ecology provides a limited number of $4,000 stipends to CHE undergraduates who will be involved in full-time summer research with a CHE faculty member. Both the student and the faculty member must be in CHE. Students and their faculty mentors must both submit applications. Students should work with faculty members in preparing the 2-3 page proposal that is required as part of the application. All currently enrolled CHE students may apply provided that they have a CHE faculty research advisor, are in good academic standing, and will be continuing as CHE undergraduate students in the fall semester. Students must be available for a full-time, 8-week summer research position. Simultaneous enrollment in courses is not permitted. Students must submit short reports at the end of the research experience. Faculty members must review and approve the student’s application proposal before the student submits it and also submit a separate application. Faculty members must provide on-site supervision during the student’s 8-week summer research experience. • Download Student Application Student Application • Download Faculty Application Faculty Application Application deadline for 2014 is Wednesday, March 5th at 3:00 PM. For more information contact Kenna Snow-Tompkins at
Research Assistants Needed for Language Acquisition Lab , Issue: 507
The Cornell Language Acquisition Lab is conducting a new research study starting in Spring ’14 involving Chinese-English bilingual children and adults. Our research studies the cognitive advantages of bilingualism, and investigates how language switching may affect this advantage in both children and adults. Cornell students may become involved in this research team. Students who are qualified may enroll for independent research credit. Approximately 6 hours per week is recommended to commit to doing research with our team. Background in linguistics is a plus! If you’re interested, please contact Carissa at
Research Study Assistant, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Issue: 507
Research Study Assistant II - Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Added 11/22/2013 New York, NY Research Job ID: 3639 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is a world renowned organization dedicated to the progressive control and cure of cancer through programs of patient care, research, and education. The Health Outcomes Research Group in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center seeks a talented research assistant with an interest in improving the quality of cancer care. The research assistant will work on several studies on topics including survivorship care, patient safety and harm related to medical care, and overuse of healthcare services. Major responsibilities include: conducting literature reviews and synthesizing evidence; coordinating study materials and project logistics; interviewing patients; abstracting data from hospital databases; monitoring data quality; preparing reports for study investigators, institutional review boards, and funding agencies; and assisting in the preparation of study presentations, manuscripts, and grant proposals. Strong organizational skills and communication skills are essential. Clinical research experience is desirable. For more information, visit: Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
2014 Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science for Undergraduate Students, Issue: 506
Purpose The American Bar Foundation sponsors an annual program of summer research fellowships to interest undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences. The summer program is designed to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science. The program is supported in part by the Kenneth F. and Harle G. Montgomery Foundation, AT&T, and the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the American Bar Foundation is an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to the study of law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The Foundation conducts empirically based research on a broad range of civil and criminal justice issues. Current research areas include: professionalism and the transformation of the legal profession in the United States and abroad; the dynamics of employment discrimination disputes; the impact of civil rights law on the economic progress of minorities; jury decision making; public interest lawyering and social reform; legal history; regulatory law; the role of law in racial relations; law and globalization; and comparative constitutional law. The Foundation’s research is conducted by a multidisciplinary resident research faculty with academic training in law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and anthropology. Many ABF Research Professors hold joint appointments at Chicago-area universities. Recognized as a major institution in the field of law and social science, the Foundation offers a rich environment to students considering an academic or research career. ***To learn more about eligibility, application, and stipends, visit: Summer Research FAQs, visit: FAQS Questions may be addressed to Kathryn Harris, Program Manager, at or 312-988-6515
Children's Collaborative Play Research!, Issue: 505
Sadly, we are losing two ambitious Research Assistants to early graduation. We have two openings for students interested in testing and working with preschool children starting next January. Our research concerns the physiological, cognitive, and environmental predictors of preschoolers’ collaborative play (i.e. working to build a super-sized Lego set we built). If you are interested in pediatrics or related work, then our research would be a good opportunity. We need enthusiastic, child-friendly students who are well organized and have about 6 hours per week to spend doing research with our team. Accepted applicants will interact with children and be responsible for obtaining physiological samples from them. Experience with Microsoft Excel and related software is a plus as well! If you are interested, please contact Chris at:
Engaged Learning + Research, Issue: 489

Please join us on April 19th from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm as we celebrate the opening of Engaged Learning + Research. Our renovated space is located in 260 Caldwell Hall. Engaged Learning + Research is a vibrant center that works with faculty, students, and community members to enhance teaching, research and scholarship, and community development. Our student ambassadors will be on hand to share stories about their engagement projects. Remarks from Richard Kiely (Director), Rebecca Stoltzfus (Provost's Fellow for Public Engagement), and Laura Brown (Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education) will begin at 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. A related event, the Service Learning Showcase, takes place in the lobby of Mann Library from 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Save some time to check out students' posters on their service learning experiences.

2013 Summer Research Stipends for Human Ecology Students , Issue: 483

Human Ecology students who will participate in research with Human Ecology faculty members in the summer of 2013 are invited to apply for a limited number of $4000 stipends. The selection process is competitive. The stipend provides for the student’s own support while they complete 8 weeks of full-time research supervised by a Human Ecology faculty member. Concurrent enrollment in summer courses is not permitted. Applicants must be enrolled in Human Ecology in the Spring 2013 term, in good academic standing, and as an undergraduate Human Ecology student in the Fall 2013 term. Students enrolled in other colleges or Human Ecology students whose research will be supervised by a faculty member in another college are not eligible to apply. Students and faculty mentors must apply jointly, so students should work with a faculty mentor well in advance of the application deadline. For more information see: Summer Research

Data management in nutrition and health outcomes research, Issue: 481

We are currently looking for undergraduates who are interested in data management for nutrition and health outcomes research. We are especially interested in a solid experience with Excel, a commitment of at least 6 hours per week for credit, no seniors. Please contact Maike Rahn at