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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
Political Research Opportunity, Issue: 592
Want to learn more about political advertisements and how candidates for political office discuss health issues?

Then consider joining the WesCo (Wesleyan and Cornell) Media Project!

Public discourse by political officials (and those who seek these position by running for public office) is a crucial link in identifying key social problems and translating proposed solutions into actionable policies to support and sustain healthy populations and policies. Yet we know little about how politicians talk about health-related issues or how references to health topics might vary across the U.S.

In this project, students will watch political advertisements from the 2012 and 2016 election cycles (ranging from Presidential ads to city council ads), and analyze and tag these ads using a codebook. Applicants should be highly motivated, detail oriented, and organized.

Students should expect to work 7-10 hours a week, and can choose to receive either course credit or cash compensation ($12/hour).

Please contact Emma Jesch at eaj54@cornell.edu to start the application process.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Wells Lab, Issue: 592
Are you looking for UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH opportunity in Fall 2016?  Join the Wells Lab!  Gain valuable experience with a team of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students examining the effects of nature on health and the effectiveness of behavior change interventions related to health and to environmental sustainability. RA's work in teams and individually. You may assist with planning research, pilot testing methods, data collection, data entry, data coding, and citation management. 3 credits, ~12 hours / week.

Prior research experience and research methods coursework strongly preferred (i.e., familiarity with hypotheses, variables, research design, literature reviews). Background / interests in health, psychology, environmental sustainability, design & environmental analysis and other fields welcome. Excellent writing and organizational skills needed. Limited number of openings.

For more information, please email Professor Nancy Wells (nmw2@cornell.edu)and doctoral student Kristin Aldred Cheek (kla74@cornell.edu) to express your interest. Please include a cover letter and a resume.

Past Postings
Political Research Opportunity, Issue: 592
Want to learn more about political advertisements and how candidates for political office discuss health issues?

Then consider joining the WesCo (Wesleyan and Cornell) Media Project!

Public discourse by political officials (and those who seek these position by running for public office) is a crucial link in identifying key social problems and translating proposed solutions into actionable policies to support and sustain healthy populations and policies. Yet we know little about how politicians talk about health-related issues or how references to health topics might vary across the U.S.

In this project, students will watch political advertisements from the 2012 and 2016 election cycles (ranging from Presidential ads to city council ads), and analyze and tag these ads using a codebook. Applicants should be highly motivated, detail oriented, and organized.

Students should expect to work 7-10 hours a week, and can choose to receive either course credit or cash compensation ($12/hour).

Please contact Emma Jesch at eaj54@cornell.edu to start the application process.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Wells Lab, Issue: 592
Are you looking for UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH opportunity in Fall 2016?  Join the Wells Lab!  Gain valuable experience with a team of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students examining the effects of nature on health and the effectiveness of behavior change interventions related to health and to environmental sustainability. RA's work in teams and individually. You may assist with planning research, pilot testing methods, data collection, data entry, data coding, and citation management. 3 credits, ~12 hours / week.

Prior research experience and research methods coursework strongly preferred (i.e., familiarity with hypotheses, variables, research design, literature reviews). Background / interests in health, psychology, environmental sustainability, design & environmental analysis and other fields welcome. Excellent writing and organizational skills needed. Limited number of openings.

For more information, please email Professor Nancy Wells (nmw2@cornell.edu)and doctoral student Kristin Aldred Cheek (kla74@cornell.edu) to express your interest. Please include a cover letter and a resume.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Wells Lab, Issue: 591
Are you looking for UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH opportunity in Fall 2016?  Join the Wells Lab!  Gain valuable experience with a team of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students examining the effects of nature on health and the effectiveness of behavior change interventions related to health and to environmental sustainability. RA's work in teams and individually. You may assist with planning research, pilot testing methods, data collection, data entry, data coding, and citation management. 3 credits, ~12 hours / week.

Prior research experience and research methods coursework strongly preferred (i.e., familiarity with hypotheses, variables, research design, literature reviews). Background / interests in health, psychology, environmental sustainability, design & environmental analysis and other fields welcome. Excellent writing and organizational skills needed. Limited number of openings.

For more information, please email Professor Nancy Wells (nmw2@cornell.edu)and doctoral student Kristin Aldred Cheek (kla74@cornell.edu) to express your interest. Please include a cover letter and a resume.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS , Issue: 586

First CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for the 2016 Humanities Showcase
Hosted by Cornell Undergraduate Research Board

The Humanities Showcase is an opportunity for those students doing research or projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences to show off their great work to the Cornell Community!

What: Either a verbal presentation (limited spots!) or a poster/physical presentation

Who: Anyone doing work in a humanities, social science, or related area

When: Wednesday May 4th from 4:30-6:30 PM in Klarmann (Food will be provided!)

Deadline for Abstracts: Tuesday April 26th at 11:59 PM

** Abstract Submission Link: http://goo.gl/forms/L2bpswsQyE **

Please direct any questions or inquiries to Ronald Forster (rjf257@cornell.edu)

For the most up-to-date info on the event, please visit the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1701300803420208/


Volunteer Research Position with McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU , Issue: 582

The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work is committed to creating new knowledge about the root causes of poverty, developing evidence-based interventions to address its consequences, and rapidly translating research findings into action.

The Research & Evaluation Department helps agencies use data and evaluation results to inform programming decisions and use applied research to improve outcomes for those they serve. Our work involves integrating validated survey tools in existing or new evaluation processes and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, conducting focus groups and interviews with program participants and staff, as well as helping agencies build internal capacity for data collection and data analysis.

Research Assistants are selected from a highly competitive pool each Summer, Fall, and Spring. The program provides valuable research and evaluation experience, with mentorship and professional development opportunities. Please keep in mind that we ask all Research Assistants to commit a minimum of 3 full week days (21 hours) per week to the institute.

Preferred skills: Data collection, data analysis & strong writing

To apply, please fill out the form at:
https://docs.google.com/a/nyu.edu/forms/d/1AQXuQoc6eJriiTkyzy1XCvglebv1Fm5QCxNSlcunzQQ/viewform

And e-mail your resume to Educational Coordinator, Ammu Kowolik at: ammu@nyu.edu  


CURB Printing Funds for CHE presenters , Issue: 581

WHAT: An opportunity to showcase the amazing research you've done and practice your presentation skills

WHEN and WHERE: Wednesday, April 20 in the Duffield Hall Atrium from 5:00-7:00 pm.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, March 25

Link To Apply: http://bit.do/CURBabstracts

Questions can be directed to Jake Weiser, Symposium Chairperson for CURB (jrw293@cornell.edu)
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON PRINTING FUNDS FOR CHE PRESENTERS

CHE students may request up to $36.00 toward printing posters (glossy paper 36”X42”) at Mann Library. The College will send the names of the students who are eligible for this credit to Mann Library. All CHE undergraduate CURB presenters may apply even if they are working with a faculty member outside of CHE. Students in other colleges may not apply even if they are working with CHE faculty members.
To request this credit, students should submit the following to Kenna Snow-Tompkins (kms3@cornell.edu) by Tuesday, March 22nd.

1) Name:
2) Net id:
3) Class Year:
4) Name of presentation:
5) Name of faculty research adviser:
6) Copy (electronic) of the abstract submitted to CURB:


Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT) , Issue: 581

Full summer support for field and laboratory research at a training center in the Dominican Republic for students interested in Tropical Infectious Diseases and vectors. More information can be found here. The application can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact ma35@cornell.edu  


Volunteer Research Position with McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU , Issue: 581

The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work is committed to creating new knowledge about the root causes of poverty, developing evidence-based interventions to address its consequences, and rapidly translating research findings into action.

The Research & Evaluation Department helps agencies use data and evaluation results to inform programming decisions and use applied research to improve outcomes for those they serve. Our work involves integrating validated survey tools in existing or new evaluation processes and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, conducting focus groups and interviews with program participants and staff, as well as helping agencies build internal capacity for data collection and data analysis.

Research Assistants are selected from a highly competitive pool each Summer, Fall, and Spring. The program provides valuable research and evaluation experience, with mentorship and professional development opportunities. Please keep in mind that we ask all Research Assistants to commit a minimum of 3 full week days (21 hours) per week to the institute.

Preferred skills: Data collection, data analysis & strong writing

To apply, please fill out the form at:
https://docs.google.com/a/nyu.edu/forms/d/1AQXuQoc6eJriiTkyzy1XCvglebv1Fm5QCxNSlcunzQQ/viewform

And e-mail your resume to Educational Coordinator, Ammu Kowolik at: ammu@nyu.edu  


Intern positions with the National Center for Special Education Research available, Issue: 580

The National Center for Special Education (NCSER, http://ies.ed.gov), a federal research center that supports rigorous research to improve education for children and students with disabilities from birth to secondary is seeking an upper-level college student or graduate student to work as a summer volunteer (i.e., unpaid) intern. Applicants should have coursework in cognitive, developmental, educational, or social psychology, statistics, and/or education or related fields. Experience working in the field of or coursework in special education would also be beneficial. Applicants need to demonstrate strong writing and organizational skills, experience using and manipulating spreadsheets, an ability to juggle multiple tasks with different timelines, and intellectual curiosity. Start date, work days, and hours are negotiable.

Overview of NCSER: NCSER sponsors a comprehensive program of special education research designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities. Since beginning its operation in 2005, NCSER has funded more than 200 new research and research training projects, with strong research portfolios in a number of areas, including early intervention and early childhood special education; interventions to improve reading, writing, and language development for children with disabilities; and interventions to improve social and emotional outcomes for students with or at risk for disabilities. NCSER is also stimulating special education research on teacher quality, mathematics and science education, transition outcomes for secondary students with disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and systems-level interventions in special education. Through its research grant programs, NCSER supports research to develop and evaluate interventions for children with low incidence disabilities (e.g., visual impairments, students with significant cognitive disabilities) as well as high incidence disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities).

Examples of what NCSER interns have done. An intern would be involved with a number of support activities for NCSER staff. Examples of the kinds of activities would include:

•Updating and maintaining a Center-based catalogue on grants and projects
•Drafting written summaries of projects and issues of interest (e.g. blogs; research abstracts)
•Providing support to staff through the research grant review and monitoring cycle
•Attending meetings, briefings and/or seminars that support NCSER work
Examples of what NCSER interns have gained. Through their interactions with the NCER staff and the ED internship program, former interns have had the following opportunities:

•Learning about research methods and current research in the field, how to translate research findings for the general public, and how research and policy are connected
•Getting a behind-the-scenes look at how grant-making and federal agencies work
•Learning about alternative career paths for academics
•Attending U.S. Department of Education briefings and social events
•Touring various buildings in Washington, D.C. (e.g., the White House, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Capitol Building)

How to apply.
There are two steps.
1.You must submit your application through the general ED application and mention IES/NCSER if you are specifically interested in this Center.
2.Send a copy of your resume and cover letter to Wendy.Wei@ed.gov along with information on the dates you would be available for the internship.

The deadline is March 15, 2016.


Intern with the National Center for Education Research of the U.S. Department of Education , Issue: 580

The National Center for Education Research (NCER, http://ies.ed.gov/ncer), a federal research center that supports rigorous research to improve education ranging from early childhood through postsecondary, is seeking an upper-level college student or graduate student to work as a summer volunteer (i.e., unpaid) intern.

Through this opportunity, interns will learn about education research activities supported by the federal government, contribute to NCER’s ability to communicate its work to the larger community, and collaborate with NCER staff, who have expertise in a number of areas including cognitive, developmental, or social psychology; statistics and methods; sociology; and political science.

NCER is seeking applicants with strong writing and organizational skills, experience using and manipulating spreadsheets, an ability to juggle multiple tasks with different timelines, and intellectual curiosity. Applicants who have backgrounds in education or related social science fields (e.g., psychology, statistics, economics) may find this opportunity especially useful.
Start date, work days, and hours are negotiable.

Examples of what NCER interns have done. Former interns have been involved in the following:

•Drafting written summaries of projects and issues for outreach and communication purposes (e.g., blog writing)
•Helping build database of NCER-sponsored assessments
•Coding projects for methodological or topical features
•Coordinating meetings, briefings, and/or trainings
•Improving office efficiency and procedures
•Editing video interviews of grantees
Examples of what NCER interns have gained. Through their interactions with the NCER staff and the ED internship program, former interns have had the following opportunities:

•Learning about research methods and current research in the field, how to translate research findings for the general public, and how research and policy are connected
•Getting a behind-the-scenes look at how grant-making and federal agencies work
•Learning about alternative career paths for academics
•Attending U.S. Department of Education briefings and social events
•Touring various buildings in Washington, D.C. (e.g., the White House, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Capitol Building)
How to apply: There are two steps.

1.You must submit your application through the general ED application and mention IES/NCER if you are specifically interested in this Center.
2.Send a copy of your resume and cover letter to Wendy.Wei@ed.gov along with information on the dates you would be available for the internship.

The deadline is March 15, 2016.