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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
No postings appear in the current issue.
 
Past Postings
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.


Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT) , Issue: 580

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: 580

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  


Summer Research Internship Opportunity with Cornell’s Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life, Issue: 578
Cornell’s Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) brings together social and behavioral scientists from the Ithaca campus with clinical researchers at the medical school to conduct cutting edge research on later life pain. TRIPLL offers an eight-week Summer Research Internship (SRI) that provides undergraduate pre-medical students with a multifaceted aging related research experience coupled with exposure to the practice of geriatric medicine. The SRI includes mentorship from Cary Reid, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of TRIPLL and the Office of Geriatric Research; members of Dr. Reid’s research team provide direct supervision of the interns.

The 2016 TRIPLL SRI will focus on two areas:

1) Research: Interns will spend approximately 80% of their time working on an aging-related clinical research project. Interns will contribute by conducting literature reviews, recruiting and interviewing study participants, assisting with data entry and analysis, and contributing to manuscript writing. In the past, interns have worked on projects with and been mentored by faculty and staff members within our Division as well as our collaborators at Cornell University’s Ithaca campus, the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College, and Central Harlem Senior Citizens Coalition. As projects are often launched during the summer (but not completed) it is strongly encouraged that interns continue to be a part of the project (e.g., participating in team-based meetings by phone) through the dissemination phase (i.e., writing up the results for publication) after the summer program is completed.

2) Education and Clinical Observation: Interns will spend approximately 20% of their time engaging in experiential and didactic learning opportunities. Within the Division, interns will
A) participate in Geriatrics-related grand rounds and seminars; in addition to supplementary training sessions regarding best practices when reviewing literature and engaging in qualitative research and
B) acquire knowledge in research design by participating in a semi-structured applied research methods course. Interns will also have the opportunity to shadow Weill Cornell clinicians on New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Palliative Care, House Call and Ambulatory Care Teams.

Other Internship Activities
Interns participate in project meetings and, at the end of the SRI, prepare and deliver a final presentation about their experiences over the summer. In addition, interns are required to complete and submit weekly journal entries to supervising staff.

Qualifications
Pre-med undergraduate; interest in geriatrics and aging

To Apply for the TRIPLL SRI:
Send resume, cover letter, and 2-3 page writing sample to Lauren Meador: lam2030@med.cornell.edu. In your cover letter, make sure to discuss any past experiences in research and the reasons for your interest in the field of aging and pain in later life. Students are issued a $4,000 stipend for the eight-week, 35 hour per week internship.
Students are responsible for securing their own housing. Deadline to submit application materials: March 31, 2016