2019-2020 College Undergraduate Research Work-Study PILOT Program

For Academic Year 08/11/2019 – 05/09/2020

The College Research Office and IU’s Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) have established a pilot Federal Work Study (FWS)-eligible Undergraduate Research Assistant position. If FWS is part of your financial-aid packages to attend college and if you are conducting research under the guidance and mentorship of faculty, you may now use that work as a qualifying work-study position. It is anticipated that there will be up to ten positions available for the academic year 2019-20 pilot program.

Click here for full details, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.


Interested in MATLAB? Fall Elective Opportunity–PSY-P 457

P457: Implementing Computer-Controlled Behavioral Experiments in Psychological Science

Fall Semester, 2019

Mondays & Wednesdays 12:45 – 2:00, Room 286

Dr. Jason M. Gold, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Are you an undergraduate working in a lab that runs computer-based experiments?   Do you see yourself going on to pursue an academic career in psychological science? If so, having the ability to control a computer through programming is an invaluable skill, as it has become a critical part of being able to carry out most aspects of behavioral experiments, including presenting stimuli, collecting data from subjects, implementing models, running simulations and analyzing data.

During the Fall semester of 2019, I will be teaching a P457 Topics Course on how to program behavioral experiments using MATLAB. MATLAB is a computer programming environment that is commonly used in all areas of science, including psychological science. In this course, you will get hands-on experience learning the basic skills of how to use MATLAB, with a focus on how to carry out your own experiments. The core skills you learn during this course will extend to virtually any other programming language that you may wish to pick up in the future.

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Undergrad research position available in Rosvall lab – apply by August 1!

Dr. Kim Rosvall’s lab (https://rosvall.lab.indiana.edu/) has a research position available via the CEW&T Emerging Scholars Research Experience for Undergraduate Women on the genomic basis of female aggression in birds, supervised by postdoctoral researcher Dr. Sara Lipshutz. Timeframe for the position is October 17th 2019 – May 8th 2020. 1st years and sophomores who identify as women are encouraged to apply. All majors welcome – may be of special interest to those in Animal Behavior. Applications are due August 1st, 2019. Apply here: REU Student Application 2019-20


Project Description:
What makes some individuals more aggressive than others? This project examines the genetic basis of aggressive behavior in birds, with a focus on sex differences across species.

Technological or Computational Component:
The project involves neuroscience and molecular techniques including cryostat sectioning of neural tissue (brains), RNA extraction, and quantitative PCR (to measure gene expression), along with data analysis.

Careful attention to detail (e.g. following laboratory protocols and keeping a well maintained lab notebook), willingness to learn new techniques, and open communication (e.g. asking for help when needed).

HON-X 298 (1 cr.) — Applying for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

HON-X 298 (Section 36971): Applying for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

First 8-week course (1 credit), meeting Tuesdays 5:30-7:10p, beginning August 27, 2019.

Hutton Honors College 108

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) generously funds graduate study in a variety of disciplines, ranging from chemistry and life sciences to social sciences and education. (Also see the NSF GRFP FAQ Page.) This 8-week course is designed to help students prepare applications for the 2019 deadlines and is most appropriate for seniors who plan to begin graduate study by fall 2020.

In this 8-week course, students will walk step-by-step through the process of constructing an application for the NSF GRFP in preparation for the October deadlines.

Please contact Kody Steffy, Director of Undergraduate Research, with questions or to request permission to enroll: ksteffy@indiana.edu


Seeking Student Helper in Electric Fish Lab

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Biology laboratory that studies South American electric fish is seeking a part-time (10-15 hours/week, possibly more in the summer) student helper.  The fish studied in the lab are not dangerous and produce very weak electrical fields to navigate and to communicate.  We study the mechanisms of generating and detecting electrical communication signals.  Duties will include helping to maintain large, multi-tank aquarium systems and general lab maintenance (glassware washing, chemical inventories, maintaining laboratory equipment, etc.).  There may also be opportunities for interested students to become involved in research projects in the lab.

Send an E-mail message to the Smith Lab (troy.smith.lab@gmail.com) for more details or to apply for the job.

Call for posters on climate change research – Poster session July 10

The IU / WonderLab Summer Science Institute on Teaching Climate Change – Call for Posters


Calling early-career researchers studying environmental change: Register now to present at a lunchtime poster session for Indiana K-12 teachers and high school students participating in the IU / WonderLab Summer Science Institute on teaching climate change. This is a great opportunity to practice translating your research into a publicly-accessible message.


Additional details: As part of the IU “Prepared for Environmental Change” Grand Challenge, WonderLab and IU faculty are teaming up to hold a three-day, hands-on workshop for 40 teachers from across Indiana from both elementary (K-6) and secondary (7-12) schools. The poster session is additionally sponsored by the IU Integrated Program in the Environment (IPE).


We’re asking three big questions together:

  • How do we know our environment is changing — and how do we know humans are causing the change?
  • What are the impacts (effects) of environmental change?
  • What do we need to do?


We’re excited to share research and work-in-progress that addresses one or more of these questions.  Our goal is to show our teachers the power and breadth of environmental science and policy research right here in Indiana.


WHERE: The big atrium in the north side of Jordan Hall.


WHEN: July 10th, 2019. Set up and in place by 11:15 am, pack up around 1:15 pm.


A NOTE ON EQUITY AND INCLUSION: We actively encourage presenters who come from many different disciplines as well as backgrounds and personal identities.  Please let us know on the presenter form if you will need physical support (for example, in pinning up your poster or finding a chair for presenting).


OUR SUGGESTED POSTER FORMAT is simple, and it won’t take you much time to set up! Your audience will not be an academic one, and your poster will describe your research in very general terms. See a template here. ​


WANT MORE HELP OR HAVE QUESTIONS? On the morning of June 24th, one of the Summer Science Institute’s resident teachers, Dr. Kirstin Milks of Bloomington High School South, will be running a “cookie chat” to help students craft and hone their message. She will be assisted by O’Neill SPEA Phd Program Director Dr. Kim Novick. More details about this session will be forthcoming.


If you have additional questions, email Kirstin directly at kmilks@mccsc.edu from your IU address (so the school system’s spam filter is less likely to block your message!) or email Kim at knovick@indiana.edu.