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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
Research Opportunity in Dept. of Communication, Issue: 575

Overview and Description:

Professors Sahara Byrne and Jeff Niederdeppe seek undergraduate research assistants for field work, data collection and participant recruitment related to a communication research project about graphic warning labels on cigarette packages funded by the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration. The project has three studies, one with middle schools students and two with low income adult smokers. All involve off campus data collection in urban and rural sites within ~3 hours of Ithaca.

Scope:
Between February and May, we need to recruit 1060 low income adult smokers (50% from urban sites, 50% from rural) and 560 middle school students (also urban and rural) to participate in the research project. Research assistants will receive valuable training in data collection methods, research design and cultural competency by assisting the research team in running the study. These positions provide hands on, team-based research experience relevant for fields such as public health, communication, policy, economics, law and psychology. RAs will work closely with project leadership, including Dr. Amelia Greiner Safi, Dr. Joe Steinhardt, and Profs. Byrne and Niederdeppe.

We will need a large, talented team of research assistants able to work with sites as their schedule allows. The teams will collect data at various times during the school day (7:30-3) and other times during the week day (including evenings) on weekday evenings and weekends. We will provide transportation to these sites.

Timing and study details:
One of the adult studies, the decision study, will begin in February and collect participant feedback on iPads. The other two studies will begin in March with the arrival of our mobile research lab, and will involve collecting data on eye tracking computers and iPads. Data collection will run through the end of spring term. Any students able to collect data later in May and June will be given first priority. Excellent RAs will be invited to continue to work on the project in subsequent years of this study.

Hourly rate: $12


Availability Requirements:

RAs will need to be available on a regular basis at least two of the following for off campus data collection and associated travel:
• one full week day
• occasional week day evenings
• one full weekend day

Note: One or two overnight data collection trips may occur during data collection (generally, leave Thursday, return Friday evening; leave Friday, return Saturday evening). Details can be discussed during interview.

Qualifications:
• Participate in training in February and March, including basic online IRB training
• Excellent interpersonal skills 
• Check email regularly
• Ability to closely follow protocols and work with Project Directors Department of Communications - Professors Sahara Byrne and Jeff Niederdeppe undergraduate research assistant position – Spring 2016
• Ability to work with diverse group of research participants and research assistants
• Comfortable in interactions with research participants
• Strong attention to detail
• Able to work independently and with groups
• Timely, responsible and accountable
• Willing to go through a background check if working with youth
• Willingness to help with all aspects of research project: site coordination and prep, mobile research lab loading, recruitment, participant consent/debriefing, scheduling, etc
• Preferred: Experience with off campus data collection, especially with lower income populations, in rural and city settings

Department of Communication Project Leadership
• Amelia Greiner Safi, PhD: Senior Research Associate & Project Director (Lead for eye tracking studies with adult and youth),
• Joseph Steinhardt, PhD : Post-Doctoral Fellow (Lead for decision study with adults)
• Sahara Byrne, PhD: Associate Professor, Principal Investigator
• Jeff Niederdeppe, PhD: Associate Professor, Principal Investigator

To Apply:
By February 12, email Amelia Greiner Safi (Project Director) at alg52@cornell.edu with:
1. your resume and

2. answers to the following questions:
1. Which week days would you be able to spend a full day c?
2. Which week day evenings would be you be able to spend collecting data off campus
3. Which Saturdays would you be able to collect data off campus between Feb and end of term?
4. Would you be available for data collection after the semester ends? If so, though when?
5. Any other details about your availability for fieldwork?

Qualified applicants will be contacted for a brief interview. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Past Postings
Research Opportunity in Dept. of Communication, Issue: 575

Overview and Description:

Professors Sahara Byrne and Jeff Niederdeppe seek undergraduate research assistants for field work, data collection and participant recruitment related to a communication research project about graphic warning labels on cigarette packages funded by the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration. The project has three studies, one with middle schools students and two with low income adult smokers. All involve off campus data collection in urban and rural sites within ~3 hours of Ithaca.

Scope:
Between February and May, we need to recruit 1060 low income adult smokers (50% from urban sites, 50% from rural) and 560 middle school students (also urban and rural) to participate in the research project. Research assistants will receive valuable training in data collection methods, research design and cultural competency by assisting the research team in running the study. These positions provide hands on, team-based research experience relevant for fields such as public health, communication, policy, economics, law and psychology. RAs will work closely with project leadership, including Dr. Amelia Greiner Safi, Dr. Joe Steinhardt, and Profs. Byrne and Niederdeppe.

We will need a large, talented team of research assistants able to work with sites as their schedule allows. The teams will collect data at various times during the school day (7:30-3) and other times during the week day (including evenings) on weekday evenings and weekends. We will provide transportation to these sites.

Timing and study details:
One of the adult studies, the decision study, will begin in February and collect participant feedback on iPads. The other two studies will begin in March with the arrival of our mobile research lab, and will involve collecting data on eye tracking computers and iPads. Data collection will run through the end of spring term. Any students able to collect data later in May and June will be given first priority. Excellent RAs will be invited to continue to work on the project in subsequent years of this study.

Hourly rate: $12


Availability Requirements:

RAs will need to be available on a regular basis at least two of the following for off campus data collection and associated travel:
• one full week day
• occasional week day evenings
• one full weekend day

Note: One or two overnight data collection trips may occur during data collection (generally, leave Thursday, return Friday evening; leave Friday, return Saturday evening). Details can be discussed during interview.

Qualifications:
• Participate in training in February and March, including basic online IRB training
• Excellent interpersonal skills 
• Check email regularly
• Ability to closely follow protocols and work with Project Directors Department of Communications - Professors Sahara Byrne and Jeff Niederdeppe undergraduate research assistant position – Spring 2016
• Ability to work with diverse group of research participants and research assistants
• Comfortable in interactions with research participants
• Strong attention to detail
• Able to work independently and with groups
• Timely, responsible and accountable
• Willing to go through a background check if working with youth
• Willingness to help with all aspects of research project: site coordination and prep, mobile research lab loading, recruitment, participant consent/debriefing, scheduling, etc
• Preferred: Experience with off campus data collection, especially with lower income populations, in rural and city settings

Department of Communication Project Leadership
• Amelia Greiner Safi, PhD: Senior Research Associate & Project Director (Lead for eye tracking studies with adult and youth),
• Joseph Steinhardt, PhD : Post-Doctoral Fellow (Lead for decision study with adults)
• Sahara Byrne, PhD: Associate Professor, Principal Investigator
• Jeff Niederdeppe, PhD: Associate Professor, Principal Investigator

To Apply:
By February 12, email Amelia Greiner Safi (Project Director) at alg52@cornell.edu with:
1. your resume and

2. answers to the following questions:
1. Which week days would you be able to spend a full day c?
2. Which week day evenings would be you be able to spend collecting data off campus
3. Which Saturdays would you be able to collect data off campus between Feb and end of term?
4. Would you be available for data collection after the semester ends? If so, though when?
5. Any other details about your availability for fieldwork?

Qualified applicants will be contacted for a brief interview. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Research Opportunity in Dept. of Communication, Issue: 574

Overview and Description:

Professors Sahara Byrne and Jeff Niederdeppe seek undergraduate research assistants for field work, data collection and participant recruitment related to a communication research project about graphic warning labels on cigarette packages funded by the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration. The project has three studies, one with middle schools students and two with low income adult smokers. All involve off campus data collection in urban and rural sites within ~3 hours of Ithaca.

Scope:
Between February and May, we need to recruit 1060 low income adult smokers (50% from urban sites, 50% from rural) and 560 middle school students (also urban and rural) to participate in the research project. Research assistants will receive valuable training in data collection methods, research design and cultural competency by assisting the research team in running the study. These positions provide hands on, team-based research experience relevant for fields such as public health, communication, policy, economics, law and psychology. RAs will work closely with project leadership, including Dr. Amelia Greiner Safi, Dr. Joe Steinhardt, and Profs. Byrne and Niederdeppe.

We will need a large, talented team of research assistants able to work with sites as their schedule allows. The teams will collect data at various times during the school day (7:30-3) and other times during the week day (including evenings) on weekday evenings and weekends. We will provide transportation to these sites.

Timing and study details:
One of the adult studies, the decision study, will begin in February and collect participant feedback on iPads. The other two studies will begin in March with the arrival of our mobile research lab, and will involve collecting data on eye tracking computers and iPads. Data collection will run through the end of spring term. Any students able to collect data later in May and June will be given first priority. Excellent RAs will be invited to continue to work on the project in subsequent years of this study.

Hourly rate: $12


Availability Requirements:

RAs will need to be available on a regular basis at least two of the following for off campus data collection and associated travel:
• one full week day
• occasional week day evenings
• one full weekend day

Note: One or two overnight data collection trips may occur during data collection (generally, leave Thursday, return Friday evening; leave Friday, return Saturday evening). Details can be discussed during interview.

Qualifications:
• Participate in training in February and March, including basic online IRB training
• Excellent interpersonal skills 
• Check email regularly
• Ability to closely follow protocols and work with Project Directors Department of Communications - Professors Sahara Byrne and Jeff Niederdeppe undergraduate research assistant position – Spring 2016
• Ability to work with diverse group of research participants and research assistants
• Comfortable in interactions with research participants
• Strong attention to detail
• Able to work independently and with groups
• Timely, responsible and accountable
• Willing to go through a background check if working with youth
• Willingness to help with all aspects of research project: site coordination and prep, mobile research lab loading, recruitment, participant consent/debriefing, scheduling, etc
• Preferred: Experience with off campus data collection, especially with lower income populations, in rural and city settings

Department of Communication Project Leadership
• Amelia Greiner Safi, PhD: Senior Research Associate & Project Director (Lead for eye tracking studies with adult and youth),
• Joseph Steinhardt, PhD : Post-Doctoral Fellow (Lead for decision study with adults)
• Sahara Byrne, PhD: Associate Professor, Principal Investigator
• Jeff Niederdeppe, PhD: Associate Professor, Principal Investigator

To Apply:
By February 12, email Amelia Greiner Safi (Project Director) at alg52@cornell.edu with:
1. your resume and

2. answers to the following questions:
1. Which week days would you be able to spend a full day c?
2. Which week day evenings would be you be able to spend collecting data off campus
3. Which Saturdays would you be able to collect data off campus between Feb and end of term?
4. Would you be available for data collection after the semester ends? If so, though when?
5. Any other details about your availability for fieldwork?

Qualified applicants will be contacted for a brief interview. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Research Opportunity in Dept. of Communication, Issue: 573

Overview and Description:

Professors Sahara Byrne and Jeff Niederdeppe seek undergraduate research assistants for field work, data collection and participant recruitment related to a communication research project about graphic warning labels on cigarette packages funded by the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration. The project has three studies, one with middle schools students and two with low income adult smokers. All involve off campus data collection in urban and rural sites within ~3 hours of Ithaca.

Scope:
Between February and May, we need to recruit 1060 low income adult smokers (50% from urban sites, 50% from rural) and 560 middle school students (also urban and rural) to participate in the research project. Research assistants will receive valuable training in data collection methods, research design and cultural competency by assisting the research team in running the study. These positions provide hands on, team-based research experience relevant for fields such as public health, communication, policy, economics, law and psychology. RAs will work closely with project leadership, including Dr. Amelia Greiner Safi, Dr. Joe Steinhardt, and Profs. Byrne and Niederdeppe.

We will need a large, talented team of research assistants able to work with sites as their schedule allows. The teams will collect data at various times during the school day (7:30-3) and other times during the week day (including evenings) on weekday evenings and weekends. We will provide transportation to these sites.

Timing and study details:
One of the adult studies, the decision study, will begin in February and collect participant feedback on iPads. The other two studies will begin in March with the arrival of our mobile research lab, and will involve collecting data on eye tracking computers and iPads. Data collection will run through the end of spring term. Any students able to collect data later in May and June will be given first priority. Excellent RAs will be invited to continue to work on the project in subsequent years of this study.

Hourly rate: $12


Availability Requirements:

RAs will need to be available on a regular basis at least two of the following for off campus data collection and associated travel:
• one full week day
• occasional week day evenings
• one full weekend day

Note: One or two overnight data collection trips may occur during data collection (generally, leave Thursday, return Friday evening; leave Friday, return Saturday evening). Details can be discussed during interview.

Qualifications:
• Participate in training in February and March, including basic online IRB training
• Excellent interpersonal skills 
• Check email regularly
• Ability to closely follow protocols and work with Project Directors Department of Communications - Professors Sahara Byrne and Jeff Niederdeppe undergraduate research assistant position – Spring 2016
• Ability to work with diverse group of research participants and research assistants
• Comfortable in interactions with research participants
• Strong attention to detail
• Able to work independently and with groups
• Timely, responsible and accountable
• Willing to go through a background check if working with youth
• Willingness to help with all aspects of research project: site coordination and prep, mobile research lab loading, recruitment, participant consent/debriefing, scheduling, etc
• Preferred: Experience with off campus data collection, especially with lower income populations, in rural and city settings

Department of Communication Project Leadership
• Amelia Greiner Safi, PhD: Senior Research Associate & Project Director (Lead for eye tracking studies with adult and youth),
• Joseph Steinhardt, PhD : Post-Doctoral Fellow (Lead for decision study with adults)
• Sahara Byrne, PhD: Associate Professor, Principal Investigator
• Jeff Niederdeppe, PhD: Associate Professor, Principal Investigator

To Apply:
By February 12, email Amelia Greiner Safi (Project Director) at alg52@cornell.edu with:
1. your resume and

2. answers to the following questions:
1. Which week days would you be able to spend a full day c?
2. Which week day evenings would be you be able to spend collecting data off campus
3. Which Saturdays would you be able to collect data off campus between Feb and end of term?
4. Would you be available for data collection after the semester ends? If so, though when?
5. Any other details about your availability for fieldwork?

Qualified applicants will be contacted for a brief interview. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


ENVIRONMENTS + HEALTH: UNDERGRAD RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY, Issue: 572
Want to get involved as an UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT in Spring 2016?  Gain valuable experience by joining 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 environmental sustainability. RA's work in teams and individually. You may assist with planning research, pilot testing methods, data collection, data entry, data coding, citation management. 2-3 credits.  

Background / interests in health, psychology, environmental sustainability, design & environmental analysis and other fields welcome. Prior experience on a research team or a research methods course is an asset, but not essential.  Excellent writing and organizational skills. 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.
ENVIRONMENTS + HEALTH: UNDERGRAD RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY, Issue: 571
Want to get involved as an UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT in Spring 2016?  Gain valuable experience by joining 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 environmental sustainability. RA's work in teams and individually. You may assist with planning research, pilot testing methods, data collection, data entry, data coding, citation management. 2-3 credits.  

Background / interests in health, psychology, environmental sustainability, design & environmental analysis and other fields welcome. Prior experience on a research team or a research methods course is an asset, but not essential.  Excellent writing and organizational skills. 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.
Summer Research Opportunity, Issue: 552
If you are interested in pursuing a career in mental health, a project description and application are attached.

click on: cdb2_Camp RA Application 2015_ FINAL (4) (2).pdf
Summer Research Opportunity, Issue: 551
If you are interested in pursuing a career in mental health, a project description and application are attached.

click on: cdb2_Camp RA Application 2015_ FINAL (4) (2).pdf
Summer Research Opportunity, Issue: 550
If you are interested in pursuing a career in mental health, a project description and application are attached.

click on: cdb2_Camp RA Application 2015_ FINAL (4) (2).pdf
Human Ecology Spring 2015 Research Symposium Accepting Abstracts, Issue: 549
The Human Ecology Research Committee as part of the Dean's Undergraduate Advisory Council is now accepting abstracts for the Human Ecology Spring 2015 Research Symposium. The symposium will be held in the Human Ecology Commons on April 30th and showcases all the cutting edge research conducted in Human Ecology by undergraduate students.

Abstracts must be submitted by April 23rd using this submission form. This event is open to all Human Ecology students and any students outside of Human Ecology who work in Human Ecology research laboratories. This will be a catered event and is a great way to learn about research done in Human Ecology. Any questions can be directed towards research.ugac@gmail.com

Summer Research Opportunities, Issue: 549
Undergraduate research assistants are needed during the summer to work on projects relating to development of autobiographical memory, self conceptualization and emotion knowledge in the cultural contexts. Undergraduates who are Chinese-proficient are preferred, but all are encouraged to apply.

If interested, please contact Jessie Koh at bk94@cornell.edu