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Martell – Education

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Christopher Martell
Options: Volunteer Basis, Academic Credit

Dr. Christopher Martell of the School of Education has an opportunity available for 2-3 students to help with data processing for three studies. The first study examines how secondary social studies teachers teach about race and ethnicity in their classrooms. The second study examines how elementary teachers learn to teach about race and use historical inquiry with their students. The third study examined how secondary teachers teach about gender. The UROP students would be involved in transcribing data (primarily interviews), where they will listen to an audio file and write down the dialogue as text. This would require about 2-3 hours of work a week. No experience with educational research necessary. However, ability to type relatively quickly is a plus. UROP students may also choose to get credit as a directed study, where they would use the data to create a research paper or! poster. Kaylene Stevens, a doctoral students and graduate research assistant, is also a principal investigator on two of these studies.

Howard – Computer Science/Cognitive Psychology

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Marc Howard
Options: Independent Funding, UROP Funding, Work-Study Funding

Undergraduate research opportunity to help migrate cognitive science experiments to Amazon’s MTurk platform. MTurk allows you to create tasks that can be completed online by anyone with access to a computer. We intend to pilot a couple of cognitive science experiments on this platform to investigate the feasibility of deploying experiments online. The ideal candidate will have experience with JavaScript, CSS, HTML and an interest in cognitive science. There are online tutorials on how to deploy experiments on MTurk. There are also toolkits available for MTurk deployment. The candidate will work independently and try to use these resources to adapt an existing experiment for MTurk. Prior programming experience is necessary. Access to a personal computer/laptop will be helpful. Experience in data analysis is helpful but not necessary.

Hours: A minimum commitment of 4 to 6 hours per week, with the ability to work more up to your student load limit. You will be able to choose your own work schedule.

Contact: If interested, please send a cover letter and resume/CV to Marc Howard at Also mention some times you might be able to meet with us for an interview.

Arunachalam – Japanese/Linguistics/Psychology

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Sudha Arunachalam
Options: Volunteer Basis, Independent Funding Available, UROP Funding, Work-Study Funding, Academic Credit

Have you studied at least 2 semesters worth of Japanese? Get involved with research on cross-cultural differences in how mothers talk to their infants. Must be able to analyze the grammatical structure of romanized Japanese sentences. Native speakers of Japanese are welcome, as long as you have some experience with linguistics or translation. Must be able to work at least 5 hours per week. Send a letter of interest and résumé or CV to the email address above.

Sprague Martinez – Social Work/ Public Health

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Linda Sprague Martinez

Options: Volunteer, UROP, Academic Credit

Aqui La: Transnationalism and Health is a NIH-funded study exploring the relationship between culture and health among transnational communities (Brazilians and Dominicans). Ultimately, the project’s overarching goal is to find a suitable tool to measure culture in order to better inform immigrant health research and practice.

The research assistant assists the project manager and study investigators, as well as community partners in making this project successful. In particular, the responsibilities of such a position include:

• Compile, systematize and analyze qualitative data from interviews and the literature;

• Organize and help run interviews and focus groups;

• Manage the research project’s website by editing it and uploading new content with research updates, including blog entries and news blurbs;

• Participate in meetings;

• Document project activities.

To fulfill these tasks, the ideal research assistant must have the following qualifications:

• Proactive, motivated, organized, analytical and intellectually curious;

• Flexible schedule – able to attend meetings and interviews off-site (Boston University, UMASS Boston, Brighton, Jamaica Plain);

• Fluency in Portuguese and/or Spanish. Fluency in both is a plus;

• Ability to quickly learn how to use research software. Knowledge of EndNote and NVivo is plus;

• Able to commit 8-10 hours per week.

If you are interested please send your resume and a short cover letter to

Groshek – Social Media Analysis

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Jacob Groshek
Options: Volunteer Basis, Independent Funding Available, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

Work with cloud-based Twitter Collection and Analysis Toolset to carry out original research into visualizing users and content on Twitter using algorithmic sorting through open-source software. Please see working examples at Applicable for anyone with an interest in social media, branding, advertising, or marketing more broadly. Can also connect and liaise with interested academic and business parties.

Zang – Cell Biology/Diabetes

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Mengwei Zang
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding

The experience in Dr. Mengwei Zang’s laboratory at Department of Medicine, Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute, Boston University School of Medicine will provide the student(s) with an in-depth understanding of the pathogenesis of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and fatty liver disease. We have been investigating the role of nutrient sensors, such as AMP protein kinase and NAD-dependent deacetylase SIRT1, in regulating cell metabolism, ER stress, and diabetes. Our recent studies have defined AMPK as an key regulator that mediates the ability of polyphenols, like resveratrol, to inhibit high glucose-induced hepatocyte lipid accumulation and diet-induced obesity and type 2 diabetes through phosphorylation and inhibition of SREBP, which were published in Cell Metabolism and FASEB J. Our ongoing research projects will further determine the role of these signaling in the regulation of lipid metabolism, ER stress! , autophagy and insulin signaling in cultured hepatocytes and in type 2 diabetic mouse models by identifying new signaling events. We will utilize knockout mouse models, cultured cell models, molecular biology, and signaling transduction techniques for the ongoing projects. Better understanding of pathological mechanisms of obesity and diabetes will provide a great opportunity for the development of novel therapeutic strategies in metabolic disorders.

Burnham – Maternal and Child Health/Breastfeeding

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Laura Burnham
Options: Volunteer Basis, Independent Funding Available, Potential for UROP Funding

Breastfeeding Center UROP Opportunity:
The Breastfeeding Center is working to promote the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in hospitals serving at risk and underserved populations around the country. WHO and UNICEF developed the BFHI in 1990, as an initiative to “implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding.” Through the BFHI hospitals become Baby-FriendlyTM designated once they adhere to the “10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.” Through grants from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, The Breastfeeding Center developed the Indian Country Breastfeeds project which continues to work with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal hospitals in the Western US and Alaska, helping them to become Baby-Friendly ( We are also beginning work on the CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices) program, a new project which will target hospitals in Mississippi, New Orleans, and Southern Texas. CHAMPS will focus on gaining Baby-Friendly designation for hospitals in disadvantaged communities experiencing the greatest health inequities.

The Breastfeeding Center UROP student will would work on both the Indian Country Breastfeeds and CHAMPS projects. Tasks will include communicating with healthcare facilities and staff to help them to adopt Baby-Friendly practices. The student will also liaise with community groups and breastfeeding coalitions to promote breastfeeding in the greater community. Finally, the student will work closely with the Breastfeeding Center team on their media outlets, developing and maintaining project websites and their presence on various social media sites. Prior research experience and/or work in the field of maternal and child health is preferred. We ask for a commitment of at least 10 hours a week.

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to:
Laura Burnham, MPH
Division of General Pediatrics

Seta – Vascular Biology

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Francesca Seta
Options: Volunteer Basis, Independent Funding Available, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

Our laboratory is in the Department of Medicine, Vascular Biology Section in the BU Medical Campus. We study cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension and diabetic complications. We have two ongoing projects to elucidate: 1) the mechanisms of arterial stiffness, a process by which blood vessels lose their elasticity leading to cardiovascular complications, such as hypertension and stroke; 2) aortic dissection and aneurysm, deadly vascular conditions for which currently there are no therapies. We employ animal models (diet-induced obesity, angiotensin II-induced hypertension) and an array of transgenic mice to assess arterial stiffness in vivo and blood pressure, and to obtain aortic preparations for further analysis (immunostainings, quantitative PCR, Western Blots, etc). If you are interested in getting hands-! on research experience in a cardiovascular lab on a variety of techniques, do not hesitate to contact us. Lab experience is not required if you volunteer or want to get course credit. A small stipend through UROP could be provided if have previous lab experience. Highly reliable and motivated students willing to work also during the summer or longer will be given priority.

Time commitment: flexible but minimum 2-3hrs/day; 3-4days/week.

More info on our lab here:

Feng – Zebrafish Genetics/Cancer Therapeutics

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Hui Feng
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

The laboratory of Zebrafish Genetics and Cancer Therapeutics is seeking for highly motivated students to conduct cutting-edge cancer research. We prefer students who are passionate about cancer research and love to work with zebrafish as an animal model. The 1st or 2nd year students are specially encouraged to apply.

Communication – Shanahan

Friday, September 5th, 2014

James Shanahan
Options: Volunteer Basis

Cultural Indicators is a research project that documents and tracks images and portrayals on US television. The project is a collaboration between BU, the University of Delaware and UMass/Amherst. Student research assistants work on all aspects of the project, including data collection, coding, and presentation. Past students have attended conferences with the principal investigators. This is a useful opportunity for those who would like to gain expertise working in a social science setting, and for those interested in media research.

UROP Information

The UROP Application is now open for Spring 2015 applications

Spring 2015 Funding Applications will be due on December 4th at noon

Spring 2015 UROP applicants will be notified in early January