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Email AddressPhone NumberProject TitleProject DescriptionRecommended MajorsApproximate Time CommitmentPossibility of Co-AuthorshipPaid or UnpaidThe next coloumn (M1), holds the sum of all email addresses for the automatic email script to use. Each new entry must carry a 1 in this coloumn to send the correct amount of emails.34
Prof. Tommy Angelinit.e.angelini@ufl.edu352-392-6438biophysics & biomechanics of the cellStudents will analyze time-lapse images of tissue cell monolayers using MATLAB code. Collective motion will be studied by analyzing velocity fields and individual cell motions. Phase transitions as a function of cell density will be explored and mechanical tests of cell monolayers will be performed to compliment image analysis. Students participating in this research will be included in publications or publish their own papers.Physics and all Engineering majorsminimum of 10 hours per week, the project could take 3 months to a year.YesIf opportunities arise.1
Eakta Jainejain@cise.ufl.edu3525620979Eyetracking Viewers on Comics, Books, PaintingsComputer graphics algorithms create and manipulate images and videos such as comic book images, paintings, movie clips. We want to study where humans look to make these algorithms smarter.

You will learn to use an eye tracking device to collect gaze data. You will then analyze this data, and apply it towards different computer graphics applications.
CSE, ECE10 hrs/ week YesPaid1
Dr. Dennis of College Football and Basketball on Campus CultureThis project will investigate the impact of men's football and men's basketball on campus crime, student engagement, and academic success. Using data from a variety of sourcesEconomics, Business5 hours per weekYesWill submit for undergraduate research support1
Eakta Jainejain@cise.ufl.edu352 562 0979Measuring biosignals to understand how people watch moviesAre you a hands-on programmer who likes to tinker with Arduinos and maker kits? Then this may be the place for you!

We are looking for someone to help develop precisely time synchronized code to measure biosignals such as ECG, EMG, and EDA using a DIY kit. Experience with MATLAB preferred though not necessary.
CS, EE, CEatleast 5 hours/weekYesDepending on experience1
Jiri Hulcr, Assistant 256 1894Insect-fungus symbiosisAre you looking for an awesome undergraduate research project? Are you interested in:
- hands-on organismal biology, specifically working with bugs and fungi
- learning molecular lab skills
- introduction to bioinformatics
- insect symbioses with microbes or fungi

Join our young, dynamic lab ( for a semi-independent research “Relationship between Pygmy Borers (miniature bark beetles) and fungi”. You will be fully paid by the National Science Foundation program Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).
Start: anytime.
Please send your CV and a short introductory letter to Jiri Hulcr Please provide evidence of your ability to get projects done independently.
Biology, Entomology, Microbiology, Plant PathologyHours: flexible, estimated between 5 and 20 per week. At least several months.YesPaid1
Dennis Kramer, [Ph.D.]dkramer@coe.ufl.edu352-273-4315Financial Aid Shopping Lists and the Community CollegesIn 2012, the U.S. Department of Education provide guidance to colleges and universities to develop new mechanisms to deliver financial aid award information to students. The US Department of Education assumes that accessing additional information will increase the ability for students to make a financial sound college choice. This study will implement a randomized control trial within Florida State Colleges to assess the impact of enrollment decisions. Economics, Public Policy, or Political Science (Quantitative Focus) ASAPYesUnpaid1
Cesar Escobar, MPH, 363-4471A Qualitative assessment of the Impact of Depression on the Attitudes and Preferences to Use mHealth Interventions among People Living with HIV in Alachua CountyPhD candidate in Health Services Research is recruiting 2 paid Research Assistants for this summer. I am conducting a study consisting on a series of focus groups in the Gainesville area, examining attitudes and preferences of people living with HIV toward the use of mobile apps to help in managing their health and health care. This study is part of a dissertation research. RAs will work together with the candidate during focus group sessions, and later on to generate focus group transcriptions.

This opportunity will provide HANDS-ON experience in qualitative research (e.g. data collection and data processing). Online HIPAA training is required and it can be completed anytime before or during application process ( To apply: send your résumé or CV and brief statement of intent to Summer A or C students are welcome to apply. IMMEDIATE availability to start is preferred.
Health Science, Health Education and Behavior, Psychology, Sociology, Computer Science, Anthropology. 4-6 hours/weekYesPaid1
Dr. Bill Hoganhoganwr@ufl.edu352-294-4197Making Scientific Knowledge Computable1. Represent the mechanisms of action, intended therapeutic usages, and physiological effects of drugs and their ingredients according to formal ontological principles. The project will focus on a small number of drug classes.
2. Represent molecular interactions of drugs other than the intended mechanism of action, but that nevertheless impact substantially the safety of using the drug, including but not limited to metabolic pathways, cytochrome P450 isoenzyme binding, transport into/out of hepatocytes, and epigenetic activity
3. Evaluate the ontology based representations of drugs and their activity and interactions by creating a small set of data and querying it to ensure the ontology can answer a specific set of competency questions
Computer science, philosophy, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, pharmacy - preprofessional3 hrs/weekYesUnpaid1
Cuong Nguyen, 294-4180Development of an inexpensive pont-of-care for kidney stones diseasesCurrent methods for monitoring oxalate kidney stones disease are complex, labor intensive, and require a colorspectrophotometer or ion chromatograph found only in laboratory settings. With 6-12% of the world's population (including the USA) suffering from kidney stones, together with the rapidly increasing numbers of individuals being identified with hyperoxaluria as a potential cause in a variety of disease as autism and inflammatory bowel disease, the need for regular monitoring of oxalate levels seems vital. Current practice does not make urinary oxalate measurements a cost-effective and timely procedure, generally resulting in such testing performed once post-symptomatic. Thus, the overall goal of this project is to develop a simple, rapid, inexpensive and user-friendly point-of-care monitoring device for measuring oxalate levels in biological fluids on an "as-need-to-know" basis.Biology/Chemistry/Engineering/Biotechnology5 hours a weekYesStudent will be paid if the grant is funded.1
Dr. Robert Guralnickrguralnick@flmnh.ufl.edu3522731980Finding Functional Trait Information in Big Biodiversity DataThe Guralnick Lab -- just transplanted from Boulder, Colorado to Gainesville - is looking for motivated undergraduates who are interested in biodiversity science, museums, and data sciences approaches. Located in the Florida Museum of Natural History, we ask integrative questions that leverage Big Data approaches to understand patterns and processes that drive biodiversity changes. In particular, we are looking for undergraduates who either want to get experience working with molecular genetic and genomic approaches, including sequencing of historical specimens or those who want to work on computational approaches including learning code to automate discovery of functional and biology trait data from large scale assemblage of existing resources. You will work directly with Dr. Guralnick and his current group of postdoctoral students and graduate students. Its a new lab but we are hitting the ground running and looking forward to finding the right folks to complement our growing group. Biology, Computer Scienceflexible, 5-20 hoursYesPaid1
Eleni Bozia & Angelos; angelos@digitalworlds.ufl.edu352 871 7818Digital Epigraphy & Archaeology ProjectComputer Science, Computer Engineer6 hours per week - from 2 to 4 monthsYesUnpaid1
Eleni 352 871 7818Digital Syntactical AnnotationI am working in collaboration with the University of Leipzig on digital, computer-assisted syntactical analysis of Ancient Greek and Latin texts. The idea is to annotate as many as possible in order to compare language, styles, attribute authorship etc. Classics (Ancient Greek and/or Latin)2-3 per week/2-3 monthsYesUnpaid1
Professor Shinichi of cochlear detoxification in age-related hearing lossThe central hypothesis of our research proposal is that the cochlear detoxification system plays an essential role in maintaining inner ear and auditory function by constantly eliminating ototoxic drugs and chemicals throughout the lifespan.To test this hypothesis, we are currently investigating the role of cochlear glutathione transferase detoxification in maintaining auditory function in mice under normal conditions or ototoxic drug treatment across the lifespan.
Biology/Pre-Med track10 hours< per weekYesUnpaid1
Alberto Ortegaaorte013@ufl.edu3054582152State Policies and CrimeWe will attempt to establish causal relationships between different state/local policies and crime rates. I have other potential empirical projects that may be of interest to the student. I may give them options to choose from based on their level of interest. All tasks will involve collecting data (available online) and analyzing this data using statistical software (in particular STATA). Student's knowledge of statistics and statistical software is welcome, but not required.

If it is possible being matched with a first generation student (e.g. Machen Florida Opportunity Scholar) or would be ideal. However, if this is not possible or too tedious of a task I will gladly welcome any student--I need the help!

Thank you
Economics, Statistics, Sociology, political science, applied social science10-15 (I'm flexible) YesUnpaid1
Sara Burke, Ph.D.burkes@ufl.edu352-294-4979Neuroegineering in MemoryThe neuroscience of cognitive aging lab is seeking motivated engineering, computer science or mathematics students to help with ongoing research projects. Often, in order to study neural-behavioral relationships, we need to engineer novel solutions for recording and analyzing experimental parameters. For example, past projects in our lab include a novel gait tracker that illuminates rodent paw prints using frustrated-total internal reflection. The implementation of this maze necessitated the design and construction of the maze, development of computer vision software and an analysis suite. Moreover, we also develop and create novel mazes that dynamically interact with the rat as a function of behavior, often requiring micro controllers (e.g., Arduino/ Raspberri Pi). Example projects may include integrating touch screens in behavioral assays, real-time monitoring of behavior or analyses of neural activity. Engineers interested in biomedical technology, the neurobiology of learning and memory, and the analysis of large datasets are particularly encouraged to apply! Math students will need to have some experience with Matlab and interest in time-frequency, computer science12-20hrs/week until graduationYespossibility of being paid1
Professor Juan C. Ninojnino@ufl.edu352 846 3787BiomaterialsPerform state of the art research in the field of biomaterials including the use of natural fibers for tissue engineering. MSE, BME, MAE, CHE, etc.flexible 8-10 h/weekYesUnpaid until demonstrating progress then paid1
Professor Juan Claudio Ninojnino@ufl.edu3528463787NanocellulosePerform state of the art research on nanocellulose and discover new potential applications for this material in the medical and energy areas.MSE, BME, MAE, CHE, etc.8-10/week, flexibleYesUnpaid until demonstrating outstanding performance, then paid1
Professor Juan Claudio Ninojnino@ufl.edu352 846 3787Advanced functional materialsPerform state of the art research on advanced functional materials for energy, medical, electronic, and chemical applications and devices.MSE, MAE, CHE, etc.8-10/weekYesUnpaid until substantial productivity is demonstrated; then paid1
Ruan Oliveira, Doctoral Candidate, Dr. Maurice Swanson Laboratory.ruan@ufl.edu9493320191Novel Genome Engineering Approaches to Microsatellite Expansion DiseasesThis project aims to develop innovative knock-in mouse models of human neurological disorders, combining the novel CRISPR/Cas system and advanced molecular cloning methodologies. We are seeking a highly motivated sophomore/junior undergraduate student who is interested in joining our research group as a volunteer. Student responsibilities include animal handling following required training and molecular screening of genetically modified mice (20 hours per week). Student benefits include exposure to an exceptional learning environment and possible manuscript co-authorships in high impact journals. Candidates must pursue a life science major and have some prior knowledge on molecular biology. Applicants are required to send their CV, transcripts and a letter of interest (300-500 words) to by November 30, 2015. Pre-selected applicants will be notified by email and interviewed prior to December 10. The selected applicant will be notified by email by December 15. Life Sciences with prior knowledge on molecular biology.20 hours per week. At least 2 years.YesUnpaid1
Dr. Kathryn Story Needs to Be Told? I am looking for an undergraduate student who is interested in children's literature and/or elementary school teaching to help me with a research project. This student will help me collect literature on teachers as writers, current trends in children's literature, and/or other relevant topics. Interested undergraduates should enjoy children's literature, be familiar with campus libraries, and have a desire to research and write annotations. English, Education1-2 hours YesUnpaid1
Dr. Katie Stoferstofer@ufl.edu3522733690General Social Science/Education Research SupportGet an introduction to a variety of social science/education/public engagement research projects by assisting with general "behind the scenes" tasks. In a chemistry lab, you might be washing dishes; for my lab, you might be managing digital and hard-copy data files, updating human subjects consent protocols, and conducting literature reviews (for publication).social sciences, STEM, education, any5-10 hours, flexible, prefer at least 1 semester commitmentYesUnpaid1
Dr. Katie Stoferstofer@ufl.edu3522733690talk science with me - public outreach researchFor a new public outreach program, conduct observations of participants and analyze resulting qualitative data. Must be available Spring and Summer B (or C). Project could continue into Fall 2016. Please submit resume, cover letter, and name and contact info of 2 references. social sciences, STEM, education, any5-10 hours, flexibleYesUnpaid1
Danielle 256-0030Daphnia Behavior StudyCulturing Daphnia, including making media, feeding, change out, counting adults and neonates, tracking data.
Eco-tox work, including making dilutions with various toxicants, loading Daphnia neonates into 50 mL beakers with dilution waters in them. Tracking mortality during a 48 hour acute toxicity screening, recording data, taking water quality data. loading media and Daphnia into behavioral chamber cubes and loading cubes into the behavioral study cabinet. Learn to use the video tracking device and interpret data.
Biology, toxicology, environmental science9-12YesUnpaid1
Cuong Nguyen, PhDnguyenc@ufl.edu954-300-7469Market Analysis of Kidney Stone Disease DiagnosticsIn the US, there are 28-30 million people are affected by urinary stone disease. It is estimated that each year more than 800,000 American suffer from renal stone episodes. In 1994, the reported prevalence of stone disease in the US was only 5.2%. The prevalence has increased to 12% in 2012. With the current rate of increase in the kidney stone incidence from 1960 to 2012, we anticipate to the prevalence of kidney stone disease at 20% by the year 2020. Our research team has developed a point of care device that patients could use to monitor risk factors for kidney stone at the convenience of their homes without going to the doctor office. This device will have significant commercial value in the near future. In order to determine its commercial potential, we must perform market analysis of the product. The objectives of this project are to 1) determine the market potential of the device, 2) perform market analysis, 3) design strategy and implementation, and 4) commercialization plan. At the end of the project, the student will learn how to conceptualize a marketable product, perform market analysis, and implement strategies for commercialization.
Economics, Marketing, Business Adminstration, Finance4 hours a weekYesPossible licensing royalty/equity compensation 1
Dr. Katie Stoferstofer@ufl.edu3522733690Science Identity in Public AudiencesCollect and analyze quantitative data related to science identity among non-professionals. Primarily statistical data analysis (t-tests, ANOVA, etc.). Experience with stats helpful but not required. Statistics, STEM, any8-10 hours/week for the semester, prefer someone who wants to work through summer (do not have to be in residence to do so)YesUnpaid at the moment, potential for future payment1
Lauren Cirinolacirino@ufl.edu703-517-5662Effects of male quality and territory quality on female mate choiceMany females are choosy when it comes to picking their partners. Like moms everywhere, they have a lot to worry about. Do females choose males based on their good looks? Do they choose males based on their bachelor pad? The goal of my research is to separate these two signals and determine female mate preference. This can help us explain how different cues in mate choice can shape the traits of a population over evolutionary time. It is important to understand how populations change in our world because then we can predict what would happen to these populations if the environment changes.

I am looking for an undergraduate who is committed to our lab and has good communication skills. Hard and dedicated work is expected. Feeling comfortable with field work is a must! The successful undergraduate will do some field work, insect rearing in the lab, and perform behavior trials.
Biology, Entomology, Life Science majors30 hours per week and approximately 12 weeksNothis opportunity has the potential of being paid (please email me for more information)1
Daiqing 273-8188Targeting lysine acetyltransferases and deacetylases for cancer therapyProtein lysine acetyltransferases (KATs) catalyze the acetyl attachment to lysine side chains of protein substrates that include histones and many other cellular proteins. Deacetylases (HDACs) catalyze the reverse reaction to remove the attached acetyl group. Acetylation of protein substrates impacts their stability and functions in a variety of cellular pathways such as gene transcription, intracellular trafficking and metabolisms. Both KATs and HDACs are implicated in human diseases and represent rational therapeutic targets. The research in the Liao laboratory focuses on understanding cell-biological functions of these enzymes in virology, epigenetics and cancer biology, as well as on discovery, characterization, and optimization of novel small-molecule inhibitors of these enzymes for cancer therapy. In collaboration with the high-throughput screen facilities at Scripps Florida at Jupiter and the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona, we aim at identifying novel lead KAT and HDAC inhibitors. We use in vitro biochemical as well as cell-based assays to validate their activities. We also collaborate with medicinal chemists to optimize the lead compounds to improve the target potency and specificity as well as drug-like properties of the lead compounds. We use mouse tumor models to determine in vivo anticancer efficacy of the small-molecule inhibitors. Ultimately, our optimized KAT and HDAC inhibitors may lead to novel therapy for treating cancer patients and other human diseases.No specific requirementa few hours per weekYesUnpaid1
Christopher Kriegckrieg@ufl.edu2397766122Evolutionary Plant Physiology and Ecology of Polyploid FernsPolyploidy is widely recognized as an important driver of plant evolution by facilitating diversification, yet the mechanisms behind the ecological success of individual polyploids remain poorly understood. Ferns are an ideal group in which to study polyploidy because over 31% of speciation events in ferns are due to changes in ploidy level, compared to only 15% in angiosperms. The goal of this fieldwork is to determine the effects of polyploidy on adaptations to environmental stress.Botany, Ecology, Biology36 days of fieldworkYessome costs covered1
Danielle Iveydlivey@ufl.edu3522560030Effect of metal mixtures on Daphnia genesWe are examining the genetic effects of metals and metal mixtures on daphnia by running acute exposure assays on daphnia magna and extracting the RNA for PCR. Toxicology, biology, ecology7 - 12 hours per week, indefinitelyYesUnpaid1
Professor Sidney Homanshakes@ufl.edu352-378-9166research/editorial assistant for a book titled All Joking Aside: The Art and Craft of ComedyI am seeking a student as a research/editorial assistant for a book that I am writing for Methuen Drama with my colleague Brian Rhinehart (a New York actor and director) called All Joking Aside: The Art and Craft of Comedy, where we explore the “rules” of comic acting as well as the question of what makes comedy comedy, with many examples (from our own work in the theatre) and exercises for readers. The manuscript is currently being revised for the press.

We need a student skilled with the Internet to research such subjects as: courses in comic acting currently given by Theatre departments as well as organizations devoted to comedy (such as Second City), comments from actors and directors about the subject, and relevant books and articles. The student would also have a hand in revising and preparing the manuscript for publication.

I have worked in the past with Honors students, most recently on a book to be published this May titled Hitler in the Movies: Finding Der Führer on Film.

I am more than happy to give the student course credit for this important work.

If you are interested, please contact me at:

(Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida, the author of some eleven books on Shakespeare and the modern playwrights, and a Member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, as well as being the university’s Teacher/Scholar of the Year (2013-14).

English/Theatre/Computer Science/any university departmentflexible, or 4 hours a weekNoUnpaid1
Natasha Viteknvitek@ufl.edu9192708335Fossil Soft-Shell Turtle DiversityA series of 5 fossilized soft-shelled turtle skulls from the Miocene (23-5 million years ago) of Nebraska could help solve questions of where and when modern North American soft-shelled turtles evolved. The solution will require careful anatomical description and comparison in addition to a morphological phylogenetic analysis. High quality work on the project will provide training in comparative anatomy and phylogenetic analysis and will almost certainly result in a publication.

Interested students should email and include any relevant experience or coursework in anatomy, vertebrate diversity, herpetology, paleontology, and/or phylogenetics. If consistent effort is put into the project, it should take ~1 year to complete. Applicants with some knowledge of phylogenetic methods will be given preference.
Biology/Anatomy/Geology2-8 hours/week, ~52 weeksYesUnpaid1
Akash projectWhen a hate rod become cold with cool water must some hate go another side of cool water that is increasing.This is my questionWith in 2-3weekNoUnpaid
Jacquelyn Walejkojwalejko@ufl.edu6086097615Characterization of C-Peptide During PregnancyDiabetes is a major cause of maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality during pregnancy. The placenta contributes to insulin resistance and makes glycemic control difficult. The studies proposed will establish a role for the placenta in glycemic control through insulin production. The undergraduate will help with placenta and blood collection as well as process the specimens. There is opportunity for undergraduates to publish their work and attend a national meeting to present their research. This is a great opportunity for a student to obtain laboratory and clinical experience in the medical field, working closely with many attending physicians, residents, and PhDs at University of Florida College of Medicine at Shands Hospital. We would prefer a flexible schedule that allows the undergraduate to be in the laboratory whenever our subjects deliver (nights and weekends included). We are looking for somebody to start ASAP. Pre-Medicine15-20 hrs/weekYesUnpaid
Lauren Cirinolacirino@ufl.edu703-517-5662Effects of male quality and territory quality on female mate choiceI am investigating how resources, specifically diet, impact female mate choice in leaf-footed cactus bugs. Males of this species engage in male-male competition for high quality territory and those males that are successful, often are of higher quality. Females use olfactory cues to find food and a mate, but do females choose a mate based on his quality or the quality of the resource that he is living on? My study will utilize these olfactory cues to disentangle mate quality and territory quality of female preference.

I am looking for an undergraduate who is committed to our lab, has good communication skills, and is dexterous. Hard and dedicated work is expected. The successful undergraduate will do insect rearing in the lab, general lab maintenance, and perform behavior trials. Lab training includes taking measurements, general rearing practices, and how to run female mate choice behavior trials in an olfactometer. Students who work for me will work hard, but also have fun learning science practices and skills that will help them in the future!
Entomology, Biology, Psychology, animal sciences, plant sciences, or any other life science major30 hours/weekNoUnpaid
Dr. Katie Stoferstofer@ufl.edu3522733690Perceptions of Science vs tech vs engineering vs agricultureContinuing work on understanding how the terms in STEM (science technology and engineering) are related to each other and to agriculture in the minds of learners (adults and youth). Data analysis and writing, some potential further data collection.
AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY 6/16/16 apply by 6/20/16 for consideration - send resume, cover letter detailing interest, and names and contact for two references.
must be CALS student, Agricultural Education, Agriculture, Extension Educationabout 100 paid hours total this summer - flexible 10-20/weekYesPaid
NameEmail AddressPhone NumberProject TitleProject DescriptionRecommended MajorsApproximate Time CommitmentPossibility of Co-AuthorshipPaid or Unpaid
Adrian Bruijnzeelawbruijn@ufl.edu3522944931Drug abuse / Addiction researchIn our laboratory we use animal models to investigate the development of drug addiction and test new treatments. We mainly study nicotine addiction but we also work on other drugs such as opioids, psychostimulants, and cannabis. New students can help out with behavioral experiments and more experienced students will be able to do surgical procedures. Undergraduate students can gain valuable research experience that will be helpful when applying for medical or graduate school.Biology, Engineering, Psychology, Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience5-10 h per weekYesUnpaid
Denise Tan [PhD student; McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity, FLMNH] barcoding of Hermeuptychia butterfliesDespite being relatively common, taxonomy of genus Hermeuptychia is particularly challenging because these butterflies demonstrate high intra-specific variability in wing patterns and otherwise possess very similar external morphologies. Recent genetic studies have already shown that species diversity is seriously underestimated. In fact, two of the three species that occur in the US were only discovered and described last year.

Using specimens collected from Ecuador (one of the world’s most diverse localities), we explore genetic variation in cytochrome oxidase I (COI; commonly referred to as the barcoding gene) in order to broadly survey diversity. Distinct ‘genetic species-groups’ will be identified for further investigation of morphology and mating behavior.

I am looking for motivated individuals who have experience or are interested in receiving hands-on training in basic molecular techniques (DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing). You will also learn how genetic data is used to infer phylogenetic relationships and species boundaries. Please send an email outlining your interest in the project and a copy of your CV to
Biology, Entomology or any other Life Sciences major6 - 8 hours a week, for the semesterYesUnpaid
Yun Kyoung Kangkangyk@ufl.edu713-201-8334Exercise and AgingUndergraduate Research Opportunities at UF!
Have you ever wondered why all of us age and die? Have you wanted to know how we can live healthy as long as we can? If you are the person asking one of these questions with a strong desire for research, then we have just the perfect positions for you.
We are looking for proactive and ambitious students to join our summer research program.
What we do:
Aging is an inevitable tissue degenerative process which associates with various pathological conditions. Our central question is how we can protect us from age-associated diseases, in particular, Alzheimer’s disease (Learning and Memory), Parkinson’s disease (movement disorder), Diabetes, and Cancer. Recent clinical studies show that physical activities (e.g. exercise) will prevent or delay age-associated diseases. We are currently seeking the messenger molecules that are released from muscle to other tissues in the body upon exercise and protect our body from age-associated diseases.
What you can do:
You have an option to choose one of the followings upon your interest.
C.elegans genetics, Muscle physiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Why you should join?
- Opportunity to earn credits and honors thesis
-Help for application to Medical School or Graduate School
-Participate the UF research Symposium
- Enhance undergraduate research at UF and beyond
- Learn more about the professional research environment within UF
Eligible Students:

Freshmen and Sophomore in college with strong self-motivation
We prefer students who can devote minimum 10 hours per week at the lab.
Interested in learning more? Send your transcript and research statement describing your research interest via email to Yun Kyoung Kang Ph.D at and apply today!
We look forward to seeing your applications!
Pre-Medminimum 10 hours per week at the lab.YesNegotiable
Danielle Iveydlivey@ufl.edu352-256-0030Daphnia behavior and culturingThe project would entail making media, culturing daphnia (a water flea), preparing toxicological exposure test on daphnia, then screening their swimming behavior, heart rates, and health in a behavioral tracking chamber. This project may also include RNA and DNA work. Lab meetings on Wednesday at 10:00 am are also required.Biology, environmental science, toxicology, ecology, molecular biology8 to 12 hours per week minimumYesUnpaid
Stephen Mayorsjmayor@gmail.com352-273-2653Guralnick Lab Research Assistant Opportunity Research Assistant Opportunity:
We are actively recruiting two motivated undergraduate students for research positions on a project to investigate how broad-scale ecology and evolution of neotropical plants (with a focus on Amazonia) may have influenced their present distributions and diversity patterns.

Research assistants will aid in the collection, digitization, and mapping of information on where species are found. Opportunities for developing mentored research or thesis projects within the scope of the larger project are possible. This work is done in the Guralnick lab (, and will primarily take place at Florida Museum of Natural History Research Collections building, Dickinson Hall. Students with experience in basic GIS and database skills are preferred, but training will be provided as needed.

Interested applicants, please send Dr. Stephen Mayor ( an email at Include a CV with your name, major, previous experience, and contact information, as well as a one-page statement of interest.
Jessica Zakrzewski, Graduate Studentjesszakr@ufl.edu352-294-5567Program in Genetic & Epidemiology of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms (PGENeS)PGENeS Lab Undergraduate Research Assistant
This volunteer position will be working closely with Dr. Mathew’s research coordinator on two current studies: Understanding the Causes of Obsessive Compulsive and Tic Spectrum Disorders study and Integrating Pharmacogemonic Testing into a Child Psychiatry Clinic. Research project activities include recruiting participants, obtaining clinical information and blood samples, neuropsychiatric testing, EEG testing, organizing the information by entering it into an Access database, and sending out our de-identified data to experts for best estimate diagnoses. Volunteers for this project will perform various tasks to assist in this project such as entering data into the database, making copies of blank questionnaires, assisting in creating REDCap versions of questionnaires, making copies of de-identified data for best estimation, etc. in addition to helping out with various general lab such as updating the website and other study tasks as needed. Alternative or additional tasks for volunteers may be available based on skills and experience however, volunteers will not have any direct contact with patients. Volunteers in the PGENeS Lab will gain skills in human research and have the opportunity to work with Dr. Mathews on data analysis.
Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience, Genetics, Child, Developmental10-15 hrs per weekYesUnpaid
Jessica Zakrzewski, Graduate Studentjesszakr@ufl.edu352-294-5567Program in Genetic & Epidemiology of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms (PGENeS)OCTS Study EEG/Physiology Undergraduate Research Assistant
This volunteer position will be working closely with Dr. Mathew’s graduate student in psychology in the EEG/Psychophysiology Lab. Volunteers for this project will learn and perform various tasks to assist in collecting, processing and analyzing EEG and physiology data collected in the lab. This position includes, learning how to schedule participants for testing, preparing the lab for participants, assisting in teams running EEG session, cleaning and storing equipment properly post testing session, cleaning the data and data entry. In addition, there will be various other general lab tasks such as helping with other parts of the overall Understanding the Causes of Obsessive Compulsive and Tic Spectrum Disorders study to help it ensure the study is running effectively. Alternative or additional tasks for volunteers may be available based on skills and experience. Volunteers in the PGENeS Lab will gain skills in human research and have the opportunity to work with Dr. Mathews on various data projects if interested.
Psychology, Biology, PreMed, Neuroscience or similar10-15 hrs per weekYesUnpaid
Hugh Fanhfan@ufl.edu352-846-3021Engineering - Fabrication and Testing of Microfluidic DevicesA student in engineering major is preferred, though other majors will be considered. A commitment of 8-10 hours/week and one-year-commitment is required. The summer semester may require 30-40 hours/week. Sophomores and juniors are preferred, though freshmen will be considered. The position is ideal for those students who are interested in graduate studies in the future, with a desire to have a scientific publication. The student should be dependable, hard working, and willing to learn.  After training, the student will be encouraged to participant in University Scholar Program ( or HHMI Undergraduate Research Award ( Check the web for more lab info:, one-year committment. Summer may require 30-40h/weekYesPossibility of salary1
Lisa 505-1589Natural User Interfaces for Children (multiple projects)My lab focuses on advanced interaction technologies such as touch, speech, and gesture, especially for children in the context of educational interfaces. Our projects advance human-computer interaction (HCI) research questions of how users want to interact with these natural modalities, and computer science research questions of how to build recognition algorithms that can understand user input in these ambiguous modalities. Top priorities currently: (a) participatory design activities with children for natural user interfaces; (b) prototyping speech interfaces for children; and (c) user studies evaluating how children interact with different natural interface technologies (tabletop computers, speech, VR/AR, etc.). Projects can be customized for background and interest of the student, pending lab needs at the time. Helpful skills (encouraged but not required) include: programming fundamentals, experimental design, data analysis, experience working with children, good people skills, attention to detail, organization, time management. High-achieving freshman encouraged to apply! Students considering graduate school strongly encouraged to apply!CS, DAS, Psychology, etc.up to 10 hours/weekYes
1st semester, none unless selected for University Scholars; after trial period, $12/hour up to 10 hours per week
Hannah L. 691-7102We are actively recruiting motivated undergraduate students for research positions on a project to investigate the how the broad-scale ecology and evolution of neotropical mammals and birds may have influenced present-day diversity patterns. Research assistants will aid in the collection and collation of geographic information on where species are found. Opportunities for developing mentored projects within the scope of the larger project are possible. This work is done in the Guralnick lab (, and will primarily take place at Florida Museum of Natural History Research Collections building, Dickinson Hall. Students with experience in basic GIS and databasing skills are preferred, but training will be provided as needed. Interested applicants, please send Dr. Hannah Owens an email at Include a CV with your name, major, previous experience, and contact information, as well as a one-page statement of interest."Yesunpaid1
Trevor Caughlintrevor.caughlin@gmail.com352-234-3185Seed dispersal in PanamaWe are researching the movement of tree seeds in a region of Panama undergoing reforestation in abandoned pastures. At University of Florida, the undergraduate will help assemble a database of information on tree species, including whether the tree seeds are dispersed by gravity, wind or animals. Opportunities for travel to and field research in Panama are also possible. This would be a great opportunity for an undergrad interested in tropical ecology, environmental issues or conservationBiology, ForestryOne semester, 4 hrs per weekUnpaid1
Dr. Katie Stoferstofer@ufl.edu3522733690Public Engagement with Geoscience (PEG)Help conduct geoscience education research on global data visualizations with public/adult audiences. Turn that research into outreach products for the Orlando Science Center and other informal science education institutions. Work with a group of Santa Fe College undergraduates on a research team. Please submit resume, cover letter detailing interest in the position and future plans, and contact information for two references. Include in your email times in the two upcoming weeks that you could interview for 30 minutes. Geography, geology, marine science, STEM, agriculture, psychology, education4 hours per weekYesPaid
Jack-Morgan Mizellmxdd8pum3@ufl.edu8634441972The Neural Correlates of Dynamic Decision MakingOur research at Dr. Maurer's Lab seeks to understand how the brain, a densely interconnected set of individual neurons, rapidly translates environmental information into complex representations in support of cognitive function. We address these questions by taking an integrative approach to neuroscience research.

We are seeking a few talented undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to help us with a project looking at dynamic decision-making . Responsibilities will include data collection, organization, and analysis. This position will begin in the Spring, but they should be available for training and paperwork before then. Those interested should send an email to with a short description of their academic interests and their goals.
Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Statistics,At Least Two Semesters, 10 hours a weekYesUnpaid
Dr. Peter 273-3959Plant Molecular NematologyBecome proficient in basic and advanced molecular biology techniques through dissecting the basis of nematode parasitism in plants. Plant parasitic nematodes devastate agriculture and there are little avenues for control. In the DiGennaro lab, we are using genetic and genomic tools to understand the complex and intimate relationship between the obligate nematode parasites and their plant hosts. This knowledge can then be used to inform novel strategies to control nematode disease.Biology, Entomology and Nematology, Microbiology and Cell Science, Plant Science, Horticultural ScienceSemester commitment, 5-10hrs/weekYesResearch Credit
Tuba Yavuz, Assistant Professortyavuz@ufl.edu352 846-0202SMACK GUIWe are looking for motivated students who have exceptional programming skills and significant experience in GUI design. We have a new formal modeling language (State Machines with Callbacks or SMACK for short) for software systems designed in a programming model with callbacks such as the Android framework. This project will involve developing a GUI interface that can help developers visualize and navigate their SMACK models. CISE, CEN, CPE14 weeks, 10 hours/wYesUnpaid
Danielle Iveydlivey@ufl.edu352-256-0030Daphnia magna as Molecular Bio-Sensors in Mine-Impacted Water SystemsThis study includes daphnia culture work, making media and toxicants, performing dose response experiments, RNA extraction PCR and analysis. We are looking for distinctive phenotypic and genetic effects of metal mixtures on daphnia magna.

I specifically need someone who can come in on Tuesdays and Fridays at the minimum.
Biology, environmental science, toxicology, ecology, molecular biology8 - 10 hours per weekYesUnpaid
Rachel Atchisonratchison@ufl.edu561-779-2092Ant-plant interactions: native vs. exotic ants and seed dispersalThe Lucky lab is looking for two undergraduate research assistants to work ~10 hours/week on a project investigating the ecology of native ant-exotic ant and ant-plant interactions. Position is for Spring semester 2017, possibly continuing into Summer and Fall.

Research assistants will assist with ant and plant surveys and field experiments at the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station as well as sample processing on the UF campus.

Qualifications: Valid driver’s license required. Weekly availability of ~10 hrs. Experience with plant or animal fieldwork preferred.
Pay: $10-12/hour.

Email Rachel Atchison at for more information.
To apply send resume, contact information for two references and weekly availability to Rachel Atchison at by January 23rd.
Biology, Entomology, Zoology, Botany10 hours/week for Spring semester, potentially extending into Summer and Fall.NoPaid
Dr. Scott Tibbettsstibbe@ufl.edu3522735628Function of virus-derived noncoding RNAs in virus infection and tumor developmentEpstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) are highly ubiquitous human pathogens that are associated with the development of numerous types of tumors. We use a genetically related mouse virus, MHV68, to determine how these types of viruses are able to evade the immune response, establish lifelong infection, and cause tumors. In particular, we are focused on defining the molecular and immunological function of virus-derived noncoding RNAs in these processes. In addition, we use novel genomics platforms to discover new noncoding RNAs.microbiology, biology, genetics, computer science8 to 20, depending on the studentYesvolunteer, credit, or paid positions available
Brian 294-2086Ontobuilder: Software for ontology development and maintenanceWe seek a motivated undergraduate researcher to assist with developing ontobuilder, a new software system for developing, maintaining, and releasing ontologies. (Ontologies provide the semantic framework for knowledge bases and knowledge representation systems.) Ontobuilder is implemented in Jython and makes heavy use of numerous Python modules and Java libraries. There are multiple opportunities for an undergraduate researcher to contribute to this project, depending on the students' skills and abilities. These opportunities include designing, implementing, and testing new software features; developing end-user documentation; developing and implementing a software website; and developing operating system-specific installer packages. This project will give students ample opportunity to learn new programming tools, sharpen their software development skills, and gain experience with ontology development and knowledge representation technologies. Depending on a student's contributions, there will also be opportunity for publication co-authorship. At least some programming experience is strongly preferred.Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Bioinformaticsvariable; 6 months at 2-10 hours per weekYesUnpaid
Dr. Michael Forthman, Postdoctoral 359-3951Sexual Selection and Evolution in Leaf-footed BugsOur lab studies sexual selection and weapon evolution in a group of insects called leaf-footed bugs. I am seeking several volunteer undergraduate students that can commit 20 hours/week this summer. This position may be counted towards summer credits. This opportunity will be valuable for those interested in doing research during their undergraduate career, as well as those who are interested in graduate or professional school in the near future. Tasks include, but are not limited to, rearing insects, greenhouse maintenance, imaging and measuring specimens, insect collecting in the field (potential for one week trip to South Florida), and others. Weekly lab meetings will be held to discuss scientific publications, and students must present on one scientific publication relevant to the lab's research interest. Please, see to learn more about the lab and our research interest. If interested, send a resume and one-page cover letter to Dr. Forthman at, Biology16 weeks; 20 hours per weekNoUnpaid
Dr. Katie StoferSTOFER@ufl.edu3522733690talk science with me - research on public engagement with scienceHelp a team including other undergraduates analyze transcripts of conversations between scientists and public audiences in everyday spaces. We are writing a paper and working on this project will directly lead to authorship. STEM, science, engineering, education, psychology, all5-10 hours/week, minimum 1 semester (approx 75 hours total), flexibleYesUnpaid
Dr. Katie StoferSTOFER@ufl.edu3522733690Science Education General Research AssistanceAre you interested in research but not sure where you want to start? Do you like working independently and keeping things organized? Our learning in the wild lab is looking for collaborators to assist with literature searching and review writing, and or data management. You would work with multiple projects and learn about the breadth of research going, psychology, engineering, any, allflexible, prefer minimum 1 semester ~5 hours/week (75 hours total)YesUnpaid
Dr. Katie StoferSTOFER@ufl.edu3522733690Designing Food system game educational eventWe are designing a public educational event on the complexity of the food system. This project will involve focus groups over the summer to help design the evening activity to be piloted in fall at the Cade Museum. Also we'll be planning the research data to collect about the event. Tentative activity: Finding Food in the Zombie Apocalypse. science, technology, STEM, engineering, education, psychology, any, allflexible, prefer minimum 75 hour commitment (average 5 hours/week for 15 week semester)YesUnpaid
Margaret Fettis, PhD Production for Applications in Immune ModulationThe Hudalla lab researches to create functional materials for therapeutic or diagnostic applications via molecular self-assembly. More information: We are located in the Biomedical Science Building.
Specifically, I'm looking for a highly motivated student to become proficient in the transferable and marketable techniques of protein expression, protein purification, and genetic engineering techniques. More responsibility and complex tasks will be given as the student progresses.

Required Qualifications
Completion of introductory biology and chemistry courses
Motivated, Reliable, Contentious

Preferred Qualifications
Completion of Biochemistry
Familiarity with aseptic technique and molecular engineering basics is preferred.

Please e-mail with your name, major, an informal letter of interest addressing why you want to get involved with research, and your CV.
Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, 10YesUnpaid
Dr. Michael 359-3951Collection Curation & DigitizationSeeking one undergraduate student to "stack" images of photographed insects, use Photoshop to clean up images, database biological specimen information on a publicly accessible database, and curate a collection of leaf-footed bugs. Weekly lab meetings will be held to discuss primary scientific literature, and the student must present on one scientific paper relevant to the lab's research interests. Please, see to learn more about the research conducted in the lab. If interested, send a resume and one-page cover letter to Dr. Forthman at by April 23 5:00 pm.Any major16 weeks; 20 hours per weekNoUnpaid
Dr. Joni Splettdwojtalewicz@ufl.edu352-294-2769School Mental Health Practice and Research Dr. Splett’s research focuses on the prevention and intervention of emotional and behavioral concerns for youth in schools. She is currently working on projects related to universal mental health screening, child and adolescent mental health service utilization trends in school and community settings, expanding multi-tiered systems of support to be inclusive of mental health promotion, prevention and intervention (Interconnected Systems Framework), and continued development and testing of a cognitive-behavioral, self-regulatory intervention for girls in middle school demonstrating relationally aggressive behaviors and their families called GIRLSS (Growing Interpersonal Relationships through Learning and Systemic Supports).

To participate in this research you will need to sign up for the fall 2017 course EDG 4910, section 125F. Please email to receive an application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, priority will be given to those who submit the application by June 16th, 2017. If there are still spots open, the next wave of applications will be accepted until August 7th, 2017.
Psychology, education, social work, sociology, and other social science fields (including behavioral and cognitive focuses). Students majoring in biology with the hopes of attending medical school have also benefitted from this research course.4+ hours per weekNoUnpaid
Clancy Short, Graduate Studentcashort@ufl.edu5742388045Fly Puberty: How do Caribflies know if they have enough protein for courtship behavior?Animals store up nutrients to make it through hard times and reproduction, when their nutritional needs are greater than their nutritional intake. However, to make the right decision about whether or not to reproduce, an animal must have some measure of how much nutrition it has stored up. My research focuses on how insects, the most numerous and diverse animals on the planet, might measure their stores of protein. The work I need would involve animal care, behavioral observation, and molecular technique training.Entomology, Biology5 hours or moreYesUnpaid
Vijay Chandran, Assistant Professorvijayendran@ufl.edu3522948518Neurobiology related projectsSeveral options. Feel free to get in touch with us. For more about our research see our lab web site:
Biosciences Hours: flexible, estimated between 10 and 20 per week. At least several months.YesUnpaid
Dr. Katie Stofer and Dr. Lisa Anthonystofer@ufl.edu352-273-3690Touch interaction for data science on spheresSeeking a science education research student for this project: This summer, the student will support focus groups for the sphere display and potentially conduct independent research on data visualizations. Position starts June 1 or earlier. Please submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references as well as times available for a 30-min. interview. Position is 40-hrs per week for summer or potentially flexible and continuing into fall. education, science education, agricultural education, science40/week for summer or flexible and continuing into fallYesPaid
Rola Zeidanrzeidan@ufl.edu5102568136Identifying Mitochondria-cell Signaling Networks by Functional ProfilingEven though mitochondria have their own genome, most of the mitochondrial proteins are encoded by the nuclear genome. This necessitates permanent communication between the two organelles, the mitochondria and the nucleus, through tightly regulated signaling pathways so as to synchronize the mitochondrial function with the ever-changing cellular requirements to maintain homeostasis and safe-guard cellular fitness. Mitochondrial biogenesis is influenced by a myriad of factors, intrinsic and extrinsic where a complex network of pathways dictates the cellular response to these factors. Such pathways include the anterograde, nucleus to mitochondria, and the retrograde, mitochondria to nucleus, communications. In our study we aim to explore mitochondrial-nuclear signaling centers using functional profiling on Saccharomyces cerevisiae, in an attempt to identify key-components involved in responding to environmental chemical stressors. We individually targeted the mitochondrial electron transport chain complexes by using different inhibitors. We screened a pool of ~4600 different yeast mutants using the 20% inhibitory concentrations (IC20s) of the mentioned inhibitors. Each yeast mutant is tagged with a unique barcode sequence that can be used to identify and quantify the abundance of the mutant by Next Gen Sequencing. By comparing barcode reads of vehicle controls to treated samples, we identified genes involved in the biological response to the mitochondrial dysfunction that play a major role in the capability of the yeast cell to survive the stress. Our work revealed stressor-specific differences in signaling requirements, suggesting a nuanced response to mitochondrial dysfunction and communication between the mitochondria and the nuclear genome. We are currently at the stage of genetic, biochemical and mechanistic validation of our results. Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology15-20YesUnpaid
Professor Sidney Homanshakes@ufl.edu352-378-9166editorial assistant for a book titled How We Apprach ShakespeareI am working on a book titled How We Approach Shakespeare: Teachers and Directors Reflect on Exploring the Playwright with Their Students, a collection of essays by teachers of Shakespeare in English and Theatre departments about this country and England. I would love to have an Honors student as my assistant editor. Responsibilities would include: serving as an editorial advisor on the proposal to the press; the letter to potential contributors, securing their names, university mailing, and e-mail addresses; and assisting in my correspondence with them. The work would take up the fall semester. I have had the pleasure in the past working with Honors students as research assistants.

I am a professor of English at the University of Florida, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, and the author of some fourteen books on Shakespeare and the modern playwrights.

Please contact me at:

Sidney Homan
English, Theatre, or anyone at home wth the Internet and editorial workfall semester, 4 hours a weekNoButI would be able to write a fantastic letter of recommendaiton for an Honros students and be of any other help.
Dr. Chris Martyniukcmartyn@ufl.edu352-294-4636Molecular and behavior effects of pesticides on zebrafish embryos and larvaeOur research is focused on neuro-toxicology, behavior, genomics, and mitochondrial function. This project aims to understand the effects of environmental chemicals, primarily pesticides and herbicides, on the behavior of zebrafish larvae. We measure endpoints related to anxiety, activity, locomotor performance and others to understand how these chemicals affect the central nervous system of zebrafish. Zebrafish are an exceptional model for human disease and can be used in high throughput whole animal screening assays to detect adverse effects. Our laboratory also employs gene expression analysis to determine the mechanisms of behavior disruptions, for example we can measure whether the dopamine system (an important brain chemical for behavior) is perturbed by certain pesticides and chemicals. The long term goal is to protect wildlife and human health.Biology, Molecular Biology, Biohcemistry, Physiology8 hours per weekYesUnpaid
Lauren 273-3901Adult testes growth over time in the leaf-footed cactus bugTestes are comprised of costly tissues to grow and to maintain, thus males should only grow large testes when they enhance reproductive success. Testes size is plastic and can change in the leaf footed cactus bug. Our lab has already demonstrated that males that lose a hind leg weapon during development grow larger testes. We predicted this pattern because males that lose a hind leg will be less able to successfully defend territories and guard females. They need the larger testes, so that they can make the matings they can achieve “count.” Will the presence of a female increase male testes size? Will the presence of a high quality female increase testes size over a lower quality female? Our project seeks to answer these questions.
Entomology & Nematology, Biology, Plant Sciences, and any other life science major10 hours per weekNoUnpaid, but you have the opportunity to take these research hours for credit
Professor Sidney Homanshakes@ufl.edu352-378-9166research assistantplease note that I now have an Honors research assistant for my project on a book about Teaching Shakespeare. So, please be so good as to delete my request for your listing.

Sidney Homan
Professor of English
see abovesee aboveNosee above
..()undergraduate research assistantposition is filled for time beingBiochemistry,Chemistry8 hours per week for 1.5-2 yearsYesunpaid, but may be paid during summer
Rachel 273-3930Ant-plant & fire interactionsTwo field and lab research positions studying ant community ecology are available with the Lucky Lab within UF’s Entomology and Nematology department. Our project investigates the effects of abiotic factors on the biotic interactions within ant communities. Watch this video ( for more project information.

We are looking for motivated, hardworking individuals with experience in either fieldwork, research and/or outdoor work. Previous work with insects is encouraged, but not required. Fieldwork takes place within longleaf pine habitat at Ordway Swisher Biological Station, and is hot and buggy.

Please apply if you can commit to two field days/week AND at least 1 day/weekend/month. You should be available between 6:45 am and 12:30 pm for fieldwork activities.
Pay: $10-12/hour

To apply, please send your Resume/CV, class schedule and contact information for 2 references to project supervisor, Rachel Atchison at
Deadline to apply is Sept. 1st. Positions will begin in mid-Sept.
Entomology, Biology, Zoology10-15 hours/weekYesPaid
Dr. Michael Forthmanmforthman@ufl.edu6083593951Total sexual selection in leaf-footed bugsStudies of sexual selection typically focus on one of two mechanisms. However, by considering both mechanisms of sexual selection can we gain a more complete understanding of "total sexual selection". Our lab aims to bridge this gap in our knowledge by studying total sexual selection in leaf-footed bugs. I am seeking an undergraduate student to assist our lab with digital imaging of insect specimens and/or measuring morphological structures. Prior entomological experience is not required, but applicants must be comfortable handling insects. This position also requires the student to participate in weekly lab meetings, as well as deliver a presentation on primary scientific literature to the lab. Please, send your resume and cover letter to to be considered for the position.Entomology, Biology, other majors acceptable10–15 hrs/wkNoUnpaid
Wongadamcnwong@ufl.edu3522733977Microbiome, nutrition and behavior in insectsMicrobiome research available:

1. Microbiome and host-pathogen interactions. We will apply culturing techniques to metagenomics to understand microbiota diversity (bacteria, viruses etc) and functions in non-biting midges (chironomids). We will also develop an infection model using chironomid to study pathogenesis and diarrheal pathogen Vibrio Cholera.

2. Genome and microbiome of (tropical) bedbugs. As bedbug is becoming a bigger problem due to pesticide resistance and potentials to transmit diseases, we will conduct microbial diagnosis on bedbugs collected from hospitals, elderly homes, residential, hotels, navy ships. We will also apply transcriptomics to study the genome (and microbiome) of tropical bedbugs and compare with the common bedbug.

3. Drosophila-microbe interactions. We will test the role of gut microbiota on Drosophila suzukii (an important fruit pest) nutrition, physiology and behaviour. We will also use Drosophila melanogaster to study a range of insect pathogens (e.g. bee pathogens) to identify novel colonization and virulence factors.
Biology, Microbiology, Entomology, Genetics9 hours/week, 10-12 weeksYesUnpaid
Sumita Bhaduri-McIntoshsbhadurimcintosh@ufl.edu352-294-8879Discovering therapies through a cancer-causing virusWe study Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the first human cancer-causing virus to be discovered. EBV causes infectious mononucleosis and is causal or linked to a variety of B lymphocyte- and epithelial cell-cancers. Some of our experiments are designed to explore how EBV disturbs and exploits cellular physiology to drive unscheduled cell proliferation, a central feature of cancer. Other experiments are directed at understanding how this virus persists successfully in over 95% of humans. Both lines of investigation have revealed several targets for anti-cancer and anti-viral intervention. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, FlexibleYesfor credit
Dr. Joni Splettdwojtalewicz@ufl.edu3522942769Undergraduate Research in School Mental HealthDr. Splett’s research focuses on the prevention and intervention of emotional and behavioral concerns for youth in schools. She is currently working on projects related to universal mental health screening, child and adolescent mental health service utilization trends in school and community settings, expanding multi-tiered systems of support to be inclusive of mental health promotion, prevention and intervention (Interconnected Systems Framework), and continued development and testing of a cognitive-behavioral, self-regulatory intervention for girls in middle school demonstrating relationally aggressive behaviors and their families called GIRLSS (Growing Interpersonal Relationships through Learning and Systemic Supports).

To participate in this research you will need to sign up for the spring 2018 course EDG 4910. Please email to receive an application. Applications are currently being accepted.
Education, Psychology, Social Work6 hours/wkNoUnpaid
Dr. Michael Forthmanmforthman@ufl.edu6083593951Specimen InformaticsThe Miller Lab of Evolutionary Ecology is interested in sexual selection of the morphologically and ecologically diverse leaf-footed bugs. We have an on-going large cross-species comparative study that investigates how losing a sexually-selected weapon affects the size of insect reproductive organs. For each species, we need to establish colonies from natural populations throughout Florida. We need assistance in expanding limited distributional information and host plant records by scanning scientific literature and visiting the Florida State Collection of Arthropods. Applicants may start their position as early as January 2, 2018, but must start no later than January 8, 2018. If interested, send a one-page cover letter and a resume to Dr. Michael Forthman at by December 26, 2017. Late submissions may be considered but not guaranteed an interview. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit for more information about our lab’s research.Biology, Entomology10 hours per weekNoUnpaid
Dr. Michael Forthmanmforthman@ufl.edu6083593951Host plant rearing for insect comparative studyThe Miller Lab of Evolutionary Ecology is interested in sexual selection of the morphologically and ecologically diverse leaf-footed bugs. We have an on-going large cross-species comparative study that investigates how losing a sexually-selected weapon affects the size of insect reproductive organs. For each species, we need to establish colonies from natural populations throughout Florida. These species feed on a diversity of plants and plant structures. I seek a student familiar or has interest in horticulture to assist with growing host plants. Applicants may start their position as early as January 2, 2018, but must start no later than January 8, 2018. If interested, send a one-page cover letter and a resume to Dr. Michael Forthman at by December 26, 2017. Late submissions may be considered but not guaranteed an interview. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit for more information about our lab’s research.Plant Biology, Horticulture, Biology, Entomology10 hours per weekNoUnpaid
Rachel Atchisonratchison@ufl.edu5617792092Ant Curation and EcologyThe Lucky Lab is hiring undergraduates to begin work Spring 2018. Applicants should be hard-working, independent, inquisitive and interested in specimen sorting, fieldwork, and insect ecology.

Qualifications: Valid driver’s license required. Weekly availability of ~10 hrs.

To apply, send a resume and contact information for 2 references to
Rachel Atchison:, and introduce yourself.

Watch these 2 videos to learn more about our research:
Entomology, Biology, Zoology, Plant Science10/weekNoPaid
Austin 838-6739Research Position in Soft RoboticsProf. Mohseni’s Research Group is looking to hire one or more undergraduate MAE students for work on ongoing soft robotics projects. Applicants should have an interest in robotics, solid mechanics, control, and manufacturing. Primary responsibilities would include fabrication of soft robotic actuators, data collection, machining, and programming (MATLAB, LabVIEW). Research assistants would be able to gain experience with 3D printing, laser cutting, as well as traditional manufacturing equipment. Students who show an aptitude for independent research may be given the opportunity for further work within the group.
Students with a strong background in any or all of the above skills can send their detailed resume (class standing, GPA, publications, projects, any relevant skills) to Mr. Austin Moss ( Mention "Undergraduate position" in the subject of the email. Please also CC Mr. Nicholas Sholl ( Qualified students will be contacted for further interview.
Mechanical Engineering8-10hrs/week for 12 weeksYesDepends on experience.
Lauren Cirinolacirino@ufl.edu703-517-5662The effect of diet switching on female reproductive output, behavior, and longevityPhenotypic plasticity enables organisms to cope with environmental change. However, if the environmental change is too drastic, these organisms may use physiological tradeoffs to survive. Seasonally changing environments are less drastic, so predictive phenotypes may arise before a helpful or harmful environmental factor appears. Seasonally changing food resources may be a reliable and predictive cue that animals can utilize to prepare themselves for future environmental change. To what extent are female life history traits fixed by a natural juvenile diet? Can these life history traits be rescued with adult diet?

Please visit our website for more information about the research we do in our lab:
Entomology & Nematology, Biology, Plant Sciences, all majors will be considered for a position in our lab20 hours per weekNoThis opportunity can be volunteer only or you can take this research opportunity as a class ENY4905.
Daniela 417-9911The Dynamic Effects of Nutrition on Sexually Selected TraitsSexual selection has led to the evolution of a fascinating array of animal weapons and fighting behaviors, but sexual selection also operates on primary sexual traits, such as the testes. This project will investigate how changing nutritional environments can impact the development of sexually selected traits (weapons; testes; fighting behaviors), and how much these traits can grow and change over the span of an individual’s lifetime. We are conducting a large experiment using leaf-footed cactus bugs (Narnia femorata) as a model organism to tackle these questions. I am looking for motivated undergraduates to join the team.
The successful applicant must be dedicated, responsible, and a team player. Tasks will include: insect rearing and help with greenhouse maintenance; data collection; insect behavior observations; and possibly insect imaging, measuring, and dissections.
For more information about the lab, see
Biology; Entomology and Nematology; Animal Sciences; Zoology; Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; Biological Engineering; Nutritional Sciences; Environmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources; Environmental Science; Horticultural Science. All majors will be considered.20-30 hrs/weekNounpaid, volunteer or research credit
Dr. Jonathon Burmanjonathon.burman@ufl.eduNot currently available (brand new lab)Molecular mechanisms underlying selective vulnerability in Parkinson's diseaseThe Burman lab studies mitochondrial biology in order to understand the molecular etiology of age-related neurodegenerative diseases. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn to mine a complete, unpublished, transcriptomic dataset of adult neurons isolated from Drosophila and human cell culture models of Parkinson’s disease. This dataset has revealed exciting new interfaces between mitochondrial quality control and other cellular pathways that may underlie the molecular etiology of Parkinson’s disease. The successful candidate will also have the chance to learn to genetically modify pathways of interest in Drosophila or human cell culture models of neurodegeneration.Either: Biostatistics, Cell Biology, Computer Programming (Big Data), Biochemistry or Genetics6-8 hours/week; As many weeks as possible. YesUnpaid
Dr. Michael Forthmanmforthman@ufl.edu6083593951TOTAL SEXUAL SELECTION: MORPHOMETRIC DATA COLLECTIONResearchers often study the mechanisms (e.g., male-male competition and female mate choice) of sexual selection in isolation. While such studies have advanced the field of sexual selection research, we still lack an understanding of how these mechanisms interact in nature. Our lab has completed a large multi-year project and been collecting morphological measurements for thousands of insect specimens. However, we require additional assistance from candidates that are detail-oriented, engaging, exceptional at data entry in excel during long data collection sessions, and enthusiastic to learn about general insect morphology and digital measurement techniques. Early completion of this work is likely, and assistants will be shifted to other projects as needed; candidates must be comfortable handling live insects and working outside in hot, humidity and in wildlife areas. Assistants are required to participate in one lab meeting per week and present one scientific publication to the lab at the end of the semester.Biology, Entomology20 hours per weekNoUnpaid
Dr. Michael Forthmanmforthman@ufl.edu6083593951HOST PLANT DATA COLLECTIONAs part of an upcoming course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE), I am exploring potential projects that have the promise of authentic research experience in comparative biology and phylogenetics for enrolled students and publishable data. One such potential course project may explore the evolution of host plant use in leaf-footed bugs. Two research assistants will be paired to collect host plant data for 99 species via literature searches. This position may also afford the opportunity to visit the Florida State Collection of Arthropods. If this data is not used for the upcoming CURE course, this data will eventually be used in a systematic publication. Candidates must be able to spend long hours searching through literature sources and enthusiastic to help a small team design a course research project. Assistants are required to participate in one lab meeting per week and present a summary of project findings at the end of the semester.Biology, Entomology, Botany20 hours per weekNoUnpaid
Emily Miller-Cushon, PhDemillerc@ufl.edu352-448-3748Applying localization techniques to quantify social behavior of dairy calvesThis project will involve developing and validating an ultra-wideband position tracking system to monitor movement of animals in a group pen. Location data will be analyzed to determine location and proximity between animals. Experience with UWB systems and simple software development would be required. Engineering - e.g. Computer Science, Agricultural Engineering, Variable, part-time or full-time for summerYesPaid
Danielle L. 256-0030Daphnia magna as Molecular Bio-Sensors in Mine-Impacted Water SystemsThe goal of this ongoing study is to identify a suite of genes in Daphnia magna that can be used as novel bio-monitoring tools in metal-contaminated sites.
We are performing metal mixture toxicity assays similar to conditions found in NFCC using the common bio-indicator species, D. magna. We showed that D. magna exposed to Cd and Zn metal mixtures exhibited distinctive effects in comparison to D. magna exposed to only Cd or Zn. Specifically, daphnia exhibited additive toxicity at low doses and protective (less than additive) toxicity at median doses of Cd mixed with Zn. We used the predicted effects of Cd and Zn mixtures to identify genes via RNAseq for use in bio-monitoring of metal contaminated sites.
Biology, chemistry, environemental science, toxicology10 hours per week or moreYesUnpaid
Eric Vitriolevitriol@ufl.edu352-273-9214Novel mechanisms of actin dynamics underlying cell motility, axon growth, and ALSDetermine the role that regulated polymerization of actin monomers plays in cell motility, motor neuron development, and ALS pathogenesis. See more at, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Neurobiological Sciences, Microbiology and Cell Science 10+ hours per weekYesUnpaid
Reier Lab: Dr. Paul Reier and Dr. Erica 294-8517Tissue Processing / Spinal Cord InjuryOur neuroscience lab is seeking a meticulous volunteer to learn tissue mounting and sectioning. Volunteers may be given additional responsibilities or opportunities to observe other projects depending on time commitment, performance, and gained experience. Applicants may be interested in therapeutic approaches for spinal cord injury or neuroanatomical methods.

Interested applicants: Email your CV to and a paragraph about why you want to work in a lab.
Biology, engineering, neurobiological science, other science/STEM, students interested in graduate school10+ hours per week, multiple semestersYesUnpaid
Dr. Banikalyan Swainswainb@ufl.edu3528705475Edwardsiella Piscicida: A Vaccine Delivery Platform For Multiple Fish PathogensWe have successfully designed and constructed a recombinant attenuated Edwardsiella piscicida vaccine (RAEV) vector system with regulated delayed attenuation and regulated delayed lysis in vivo attributes that synthesizes two Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (Ich) protective antigens to enable vaccination of fresh water fish susceptible to white spot disease. We will continue isolation and characterization of E. piscicida mutant strains with (i) regulated delayed attenuation, (ii) regulated delayed protective antigen synthesis and delivery by improved type 2 secretion that are specified by codon-optimized sequences, and (iii) that exhibit regulated delayed lysis in vivo. These strains, which are completely sensitive to all antibiotics, will be fully characterized for phenotypes including attenuation and immunogenicity when used for bath immersion vaccination of zebrafish and channel catfish. We will continue to improve these RAEV strains for higher levels of synthesis and delivery of Ich surface antigens and will construct regulated delayed lysis vectors with operon fusions encoding two or three Ich surface proteins. We will then validate biosafety and complete biological containment properties. Concomitantly, we will fully evaluate immunogenicity of optimized RAEV-Ich strains and ability to induce protective immunity of long duration to Ich challenge in channel catfish. Ultimately, we will develop this RAEV system as a vaccine vector system to protect teleost fish including catfish, trout, salmon and tilapia against multiple bacterial, viral and parasitic infectious diseases.Microbiology, Biology, 2 yearsYesUnpaid
Kristianna Fredenburg, MD, PhDkfredenburg@ufl.edu3522739519Disparity Studies in Head and Neck CancersOur lab is a translational research lab that utilizes various molecular assays to explore the molecular differences between African American patients and Caucasian patients in head and neck cancers. We are looking for a student to work with our multiple primary cell lines. This would include isolating and culturing cells from tumor tissue, maintaining cell lines, preparing cells for further experimentation, freezing down cells, etc. While cell culture would be the main focus of this researcher, there would be potential for this person to learn and participate in multiple other molecular assays according to the interests of the student. Examples include qPCR, Western Blots, Luciferase Assay, RNA isolation, Protein isolation, etc. Biological Sciences MajorsMin 10hrs/week - duration and time commitment is flexibleYesUnpaid
Dr. Michael Forthmanmforthman@ufl.edu6083593951Insect MorphometricsI seek a couple of students to measure insect traits, including sexually selected weapons, this summer. Students should be highly focused with repetitive tasks on a computer for several hours at a time, detailed-oriented, and exceptional at data entry. Entomology background and prior research experience is not required. Students do not have to handle live insects. To be considered for the position, send a resume/CV and cover letter stating your interest to If you have any prior research experience or measuring with the software ImageJ, please indicate this in your cover letter.Any majors20 hours/weekNoUnpaid
Elias Bassilebassil@ufl.edu7862179289Functional characterization of plant cation proton transportersCharacterize the function of key transporters (called NHX) in the model plant Arabidopsis. NHXs are involved in the regulation of cellular pH and Na+ and K+ homeostasis in different cellular compartments. we are trying to understand how this homeostasis affects plant growth, development and responses to stresses. You will learn fluorescence confocal microscopy, various common molecular techniques, plant transformation and selection, physiological characterization and quantification of cell biological processes.Horticulture, Biology, PMCB2months+YesUnpaid
Rui Xiaorxiao@ufl.edu352-273-9389Cellular metabolism and agingWe are interested in understanding the fundamental biology of the interactions between genetic factors and environmental factors in the process of animal aging. Questions asked in the lab include how do animals perceive and respond to environmental cues throughout their lives? what are the functions of membrane ion channels and receptors in aging? how do aging-related transcription factors integrate distinct sensory inputs? etc. To address these questions, we mainly use the genetic model organism C. elegans because of its short generation period and lifespan as well as powerful genetic tools.
The previous undergraduate students in my lab have graduated and enrolled in medical school. We expect to accept ~2 new students.
Biology or related 10 hours/weekYesUnpaid
Eliza Gordon, MSelwarren.22@phhp.ufl.edu3522735234Relationships between Dietary Changes, Weight Loss, and Food AddictionFood addiction is the compulsive consumption of high-sugar/high-fat foods despite adverse consequences. The current study aims to analyze the effects of a behavioral weight-loss program on changes in food addiction symptoms, identifying the relationships between changes in eating patterns, weight, and food addiction symptoms. We hope our findings will aid the future development of evidence-based treatments for food addiction. Research assistants will code hand-written food records for statistical data analyses of participants' dietary patterns. Dependability and high attention to detail is a must.Nutrition, Psychology, Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, Dietetics, Health Science, Health Education 5+ hours per week, Fall semester 2018YesUnpaid
Rachel Atchisonratchison@ufl.edu3522733930Lucky Lab AntsTwo Research Assistant positions are open for Fall 2018. The project needs students with excellent communication skills and attention to detail. Duties include curating ant specimens, assisting with the School of Ants ( citizen science project, and may also include fieldwork as part of a study evaluating the impacts of invasive ants on native biodiversity in conservation planning. Experience with insect curation is advantageous, but not required! MUST BE AVAILABLE 10-12 hrs/week. Position can be for research credit or payment, depending on qualifications.

The Lucky lab is a motivated and interactive lab group investigating fundamental questions about ant biodiversity and evolution, with a focus on both native and invasive ant species. If you are interested in wildlife, conservation, or just want to gain research experience in biology, you may be a perfect fit.

To apply send your resume with two references to Rachel Atchison ( by August 2nd. Include your contact information and a few sentences describing your interest in this position.
Entomology, Biology10-12 hours per weekYesEither research credit or pay
Vijay Chandranvijayendran@ufl.edu3522948518Bioinformatics project: Gene expression analysis during neural repair.Bioinformatics project. Analysis of gene expression data obtained by RNA sequencing during neuronal injury. Feel free to get in touch with us. For more about our research see our lab web site:
Biosciences. Knowledge or interest in learning computational programming is essential. Hours: flexible, estimated between 10 and 20 per week. At least several months.YesUnpaid
John Bowden, Assistant Professorjohnabowden@gmail.com9417164431Human and Environmental Health Assessments using Mass Spectrometric MethodsMy laboratory is just starting this semester (I don't have a UF webpage yet, see here for my past research, Looking for motivated undergraduates to help set up the lab (instruments, methods, projects) this semester and get training for various workflows and instrumentation. Moving forward, there are plenty of opportunities to work on existing projects and for those who are interested, there are opportunities for independent projects as well. Students can expect to get experience in analytical chemistry, mass spectrometry, chromatography and omics-based methods. Most projects will focus on using mass spectrometry to help better understand health and disease in both humans and wildlife. Chemistry, Biochemistry, EnvironmentalUp to the student, flexible on time commitmentYesUnpaid
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