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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
Undergraduate Research 101, Issue: 596

Are you interested in making research a part of your Cornell experience?

Attend Undergraduate Research 101. There will be presentations by:
Cornell Faculty
CU Research Board
CU Research Advisors
Engineering Project Teams
The Research Paper
Cornell Abroad

Pizza will be served.


Past Postings
Undergraduate Research 101, Issue: 596

Are you interested in making research a part of your Cornell experience?

Attend Undergraduate Research 101. There will be presentations by:
Cornell Faculty
CU Research Board
CU Research Advisors
Engineering Project Teams
The Research Paper
Cornell Abroad

Pizza will be served.


Political Research Opportunity, Issue: 594
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 Assistants Needed for Paid, Off-Campus Data Collection, Issue: 594

Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed for Paid, Off-Campus Data Collection for Department of Communication Research Project

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 two primary populations: middle schools students and low income adult smokers. This project involves off campus data collection in urban and rural sites within ~5 hours of Ithaca.

Find out more about the projects and how to apply here. Applications are due by Friday, September 16, 2016.


Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Wells Lab, Issue: 594
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.

Political Research Opportunity, Issue: 593
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: 593
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.

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/