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Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UH

Research Opportunities with UH Faculty
Below is a limited listing of UH faculty members who often seek talented undergraduate students to participate in their ongoing research. More details regarding these opportunities may be obtained by contacting the faculty member directly. It is also recommended that students review the faculty profiles on their departmental websites to learn more about research in their field.

When you contact faculty from this page, please acknowledge that inclusion on this list does not indicate that these faculty are currently seeking undergraduate research assistants. This is not an exhaustive list of potential research mentors at the University of Houston and some opportunities may be on a rotating basis, or not offered at the time you inquire.

You may subscribe to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards weekly emails by emailing your name and preferred email address to undergrad-research@uh.edu. Our office adds opportunities, events, and deadlines to these weekly announcements. 

You are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty to ask what research opportunities are available in their departments. Our office staff is available to help you get in contact with faculty and identify opportunities to get involved with research.

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Other Research Program Opportunities at UH
Below are links to and information on undergraduate research programs sponsored and coordinated by other colleges and departments at the University of Houston. Students seeking specific research opportunities are encouraged to review the following programs.


Architecture

  • Dr. Ross Wienart, Department of Architecture, is interested in sustainable architecture, materials, public interest design, humanism, experiential architecture. Students who wish to work with Dr. Wienart may email rgwienert@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, and Mellon Research Scholars.

  • Dr. Donna Kacmar, Department of Architecture, is interested in houses, small houses, hotel design, materials, low carbon design. Students who wish to work with Dr. Kacmar may email dkacmar@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Jeff Feng, Department of Industrial Design, has research interests in accessible and affordable prosthetics design for users in underserved communities and body balance assessment through Intel I Sense camera system. Students interested in working with Dr. Feng may email ffeng@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.


College of the Arts

  • Dr. Rachel Bush, School of Theatre and Dance, has research interests in stage management (theatre, opera, entertainment industry, events, etc.) and production Management (theatre). Students who wish to work with Dr. Bush may email rrbush@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF.

  • Dr. Stephen Hillerbrand, Department of Photography/Digital Media, is interested in photography, video, film, and performance. Students who would like to work with Dr. Hillerbrand may email schillerbrand@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, and Senior Honors Thesis.

Business

  • Dr. James Hughes, Department of Finance, is interested in research pertaining to insurance, risk management, arbitration, mediation, energy, and community involvement. Students who wish to work with Dr. Hughes may email jfhughes@bauer.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, and Senior Honors Thesis.
  • Dr. Emese Felvegi, Department of Decision and Information Sciences, is interested in open data, open educational resources, electronic text, mixed methods & qualitative research. Students interested in working with Dr. Felvegi may email efelvegi@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and ARC.

  • Dr. Raul Susmel, Department of Finance, has research interests in international finance and investments. Students who wish to work with Dr. Susmel may email rsusmel@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, Senior Honors Thesis, and Mellon Research Scholars.

  • Dr. Partha Krishnamurthy, Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship asks, "How do people choose between attractive products, and how does it differ from choosing between unattractive products? Does having a mental quota for a behavior actually affect one's actual behavior (e.g., I should eat no more than two desserts every week)? What influences the happiness people derive from consuming products?" If you are curious about questions such as these that focus on consumers and their behavior, and wish to work on research projects, please contact Dr. Krishnamurthy at partha@uh.edu, 713-743-4576.


Education

  • Dr. Rosenda Murillo, Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences Department, is interested in physical activity, Latino health, health disparities. If you have similar research interests and would like to work with Dr. Murillo, please email rmurillo3@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.

  • Dr. Virginia Rangel, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, is interested inK-16 STEM education pipeline, educational experiences of youth at-risk of involvement with or already involved in juvenile justice system. Students interested in working with Dr. Rangel may email vrangel4@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Leslie Frankel, from Human Development and Family Studies program in the Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences Department, is recruiting undergraduate research assistants for The Parent-Child Interaction Lab. The Parent-Child Lab conducts research in the areas of parenting in general as well as in the context of feeding.  The Undergraduate research assistant’s primary role is recruitment of parents and childcare providers for studies. Other responsibilities include (but are not limited to): 1) organization of the lab, 2) data entry, 3) coding, and 4) assisting with IRB submissions, grant proposals and manuscript preparation. Research assistants are required to commit 10-15 hours per week for at least one year. While this is a one-year, unpaid position, there is the possibility for renewal based on productivity and performance. Unpaid internships are available and qualifying students may pursue independent study for course credit or PURS or SURF based on competitive application and research-interest fit within the lab. Minimum GPA of 3.2 required. Please send a cover letter and resume to Leslie Frankel at lafrankel@uh.edu.


Cullen College of Engineering

  • Dr. Nikolaos Malamataris, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has research interests in parallel programming techniques (domain decomposition) and design of computational meshes for numerical experiments in fluid mechanics. Students interested in working with Dr. Malamataris may email Nmalamataris@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for PURS and Senior Honors Thesis.
  • Dr. Debora Rodrigues, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has research interests in environmental microbiology, drug delivery, self-healing concrete, and water treatment. Students who wish to work with Dr. Rodrigues may email dfrigirodrigues@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Vedhus Hoskere, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interested in artificial intelligence, computer vision, structural engineering, structural health monitoring, bobotics, deep learning, and finite element analysis. Students who wish to work with Dr. Hoskere may email vhoskere@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Patrick Cirino, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, is interested in protein engineering, gene cloning, bacteria culture, and sterile technique. Students interested in working with Dr. Cirino should email pccirino@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.

  • Dr. Dimitrios Kalliontzis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has research interests in the areas of infrastructure resilience, structural testing, civil structures, and extreme events such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Students interested in working with Dr. Kalliontzis may email dkallion@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF.

  • Dr. Hyongki Lee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is interested in researching satellite remote sensing for hydrology/water resources management. Students interested in working with Dr. Lee may email hlee45@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Jiming Bao, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interested in researching nanogenerators and triboelectrics. Students interested in these areas should email jbao@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.

  • Dr. Rose Faghih, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interested in researching medical cyber-physical systems; biomedical and neural signal processing; physiological modeling; wearable computing. Students interested in working with Dr. Faghih should email rtfaghih@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Rohith Reddy, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interested in researching machine learning, biomedical imaging; medical devices; optics and photonics; image processing; biomedical instrumentation. Students interested in these areas should email rkreddy@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Badri Roysam, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interested in bio-image analytics. Students interested in working with Dr. Roysam may email broysam@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Aaron Becker, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interested in researching adding pitot tubes and microcontroller measurements to underwater ROV so that it can measure velocity. Students interested in working with Dr. Becker may email atbecker@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Rodolfo Ostilla-Mónico, Department of Mechanical Engineering, is interested in using computer simulations of fluid dynamics to uncover fundamental physics. Students who would like to work with Dr. Ostilla-Mónico may email rostilla@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.

  • Dr. Pradeep Sharma, Department of Mechanical Engineering, is interested in the application of data sciences and machine learning to engineering problems. Students interested in working with Dr. Sharma may email psharma@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Haleh Ardebili, Department of Mechanical Engineering, is interested in researching experimental work on materials for energy storage-specifically batteries. Students interested in working with Dr. Ardebili may email hardebili@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Lori Hathon, Department of Petroleum Engineering, is interested in image analysis applications to modeling petrophysical properties of hydrocarbon reservoirs. Students who would like to work with Dr. Hathon may email lahathon@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.

  • Professor Yan Yao, Director of the Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials and Devices in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Texas Center of Superconductor at UH, offers research opportunities for undergraduate students (summer, semester or academic year) in the areas of 1) advanced battery electrodes and 2) smart grid energy storage. Students can receive credit for an Independent Study or can apply for the SURF-UH program. This research effort will expose the students to state-of-the-art energy conversion and storage technologies, and will potentially result in high impact journal publications and conference presentation. Candidates should have strong motivation to apply textbook knowledge to solve practical energy challenges. In addition, career-mentoring activities will be offered by PI, such as recommendations for jobs in the energy industry and graduate fellowships. Applicants should email Prof. Yan Yao, yyao4@uh.edu, a copy of their resume and GPA, and a letter of interest regarding the position.

  • Dr. Saurabh Prasad, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interested in hosting undergraduate researchers in the area of image processing and pattern recognition for hyperspectral image analysis, and multi-sensor data fusion. He is seeking students with an interest in image processing as applied to challenging high dimensional problems resulting from cutting-edge sensing modalities. This research effort will expose the students to state-of-the-art sensors, image processing and analysis approaches, and will potentially result in a conference publication. This research area has promising career prospects. In addition to opportunities in the industry, several prestigious national labs and agencies have an active interest in such capabilities to support their research and programs. Please visit Dr. Prasad’s web-page to learn more about his research and contact Dr. Saurabh Prasad for more information.
  • Professor Jose L Contreras-Vidal, Director of the Laboratory for Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers research experiences for undergraduate students (summer, semester or academic year) in the areas of 1) brain-machine interfaces, 2) assistive robotics, 3) neuroprosthetics and 4) research at the interface of science and the arts. Students can receive credit for Independent Study or can apply for paid internships through the UH SURF program, the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (URAP) program, or the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior undergraduate internships have led to peer-reviewed journal publications, conference presentations and awards by undergraduate researchers. If interested, please send your resume and GPA to Prof. Contreras-Vidal

  • Dr. Kirill Larin, from the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is offering an opportunity for undergraduate students to join The Biomedical Optics Laboratory (BOL) at the University of Houston and work on several exciting research projects in the area of optical high-resolution imaging and sensing in live sciences. The Laboratory is focused on developing new noninvasive methods and techniques used for imaging and biosensing of tissues and cells. Currently, there are a wide range of projects being offered in the lab which involve the use of a new noninvasive imaging technique, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). This technique is emerging as an imaging modality because of its ability to image millimeters into tissue and still maintains a high spatial resolution (5-20 microns), which is not like other imaging techniques commonly used today. The increase in resolution allows the tracking of the functional and structural development in mammalian embryos, which creates a better understanding of the development of the heart and vascular system. In addition, the lab focuses on the noninvasive optical sensing of micro-retroreflectors in turbid media and tissue, which leads to the possibility of being able to monitor glucose in-vivo. The BOL lab is also working on the assessment of drug diffusion in ocular and vascular tissues in order to enhance the understanding of topical drug delivery and create the possibility of novel therapeutic agents and drug-delivery techniques. We have developed a noninvasive OCT-based Biometric System that would be able to reliably identify the presence of artificial materials commonly used for spoofing fingerprint devices. Furthermore, we use OCT to image tumor boundaries that might help surgeons to guide their surgical interventions in Operating Rooms. We have strong research collaborations with several groups at Texas Medical Center including Baylor College of Medicine. Methodist Hospital, and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.  For details please visit BOL webpage at http://www.egr.uh.edu/bol/. This research project is also an opportunity for students to conduct a senior honors thesis. Students who will be seniors may be able to secure six hours of credit to conduct a thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Larin. If interested, please send your resume and GPA to Dr. Kirill Larin at klarin@uh.edu
  • Dr. Bhavin R. Sheth, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, welcomes highly motivated UH undergraduate students and offers research opportunities for undergraduate students (summer, semester or academic year). He is seeking students with an interest in working on the human nervous system, and in recording brain waves using non-invasive neuroimaging and biological recording/stimulation techniques such as magnetoencephaolography (MEG), electroencephoalography (EEG), electrocardiography (ECG), impedance cardiography (ICG), eye monitoring, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The work may involve doing experiments with cutting-edge recording technology and the use of time-series signal processing, image processing, and machine learning techniques for data analysis. There are several different questions being asked in the lab, with research ranging from the function of sleep, understanding the brains of individuals with autism, studies of the bidirectional interaction between mind and body (in scientific lingo, the interaction between the central and autonomic nervous systems), human intuition about statistics, studies of human consciousness (sensory awareness) and others. Please visit our webpage at http://ShethLab.egr.uh.edu for more information. Students can also receive credit for an Independent Study or can apply for the SURF-UH program or the PURS-UH program. A technical background (engineering/ mathematics/physics) would be a plus but is not required. In the past, students in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, psychology, biology and neuroscience from UH and other schools all have worked successfully in the laboratory on various projects. A high GPA will enhance the possibility of obtaining a SURF/PURS award—and is welcomed—but otherwise bears weak correlation with research potential, motivation, and skill. Please contact Dr. Sheth (713-743-4935, brsheth@uh.edu) with your resume if interested. 

Technology

  • Dr. Tamika Greer, from the Department of Human Development & Consumer Sciences, has research interests in women/gender, race and ethnicity, careers, work-life balance, career transitions, and career development. Students interested in working with Dr. Greer may email twgreer@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, Mellon Research Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.
  • Dr. Anima Bose, Director of the Sustainable Energy Conversion and Storage Laboratory in the Department of Engineering Technology of the College of Technology and member of the Texas Center of Superconductivity at UH, is offering research opportunities for undergraduate students during all semesters in the areas of low and high temperature fuel cell research. Students are encouraged to apply to the SURF-UH program to potentially receive compensation during the research period over the summer. Students are also eligible to receive credit for Independent Study and after approval by the PI. This research will engage students with state-of-art fuel cell technologies that are currently marketed to solve energy related problems in the field. Students should have a strong desire to learn more about energy sustainability and plan to be directly involved in a variety of research projects that focus on electrochemical performance and improving the durability of fuel cells, improving the latest manufacturing methods of fuel cells, and/ or designing characterization techniques for evaluating fuel cells and the manufacturing of fuel cells. Applicants should contact Dr. Anima Bose, abbose@central.uh.edu, and provide a copy of their resume as well as a letter addressing his/her interests regarding this opportunity.

  • Dr. Farrokh Attarzadeh, from Computer Engineering Technology (CETE) program, Department of Engineering Technology, is seeking a qualified and interested undergraduate junior or senior student who has a keen interest in robotics. In particular, the student will assemble, program and test several different robots with multiple sensors. Feasibility of incorporating some of these robots into a curriculum will be studied. Students who have embedded systems hardware and software backgrounds may use the knowledge gained and expand it for their senior capstone project in the CETE program. Interested students please submit a one page summary of how they can benefit from this project and how they will apply it to their senior project course, relevant courses taken with grades, prior experience with robotic projects, cumulative GPA, and their anticipated date of graduation to fattarzadeh@uh.edu.

Health and Human Performance

  • Dr. Pranav Parikh, from the Department of Health and Human Performance, is interested in working with highly motivated undergraduate students with a keen interest in studying human motor control and learning. Current research in the laboratory is directed at (a) determining the role of different brain areas in grasp force control for dexterous object manipulation and (b) understanding the mechanisms underlying poor balance control in stroke patients. He uses a wide range of approaches including motion tracking, kinetic measurements, surface electromyography, electroencephalography, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and transcranial direct current stimulation. For more information, please visit the lab’s website. Please contact Dr. Parikh at pjparikh2@uh.edu with your CV if interested.
  • Dr. Joyce Ogunrinde, Department of Health and Human Performance, has is interested in researching Black women in sport, sport for development, student-athlete wellbeing, sport coaching, culturally responsive sport and physical activity programming. Students who wish to work with Dr. Ogunrinde may email joolusho@Central.UH.EDU. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, and Senior Honors Thesis.

Humanities

  • Dr. Nancy Young, Department of History, has research interests surrounding gender and political activism in the 1970s. Students who wish to work with Dr. Young may email nyoung@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, Mellon Research Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.
  • Dr. Kelley Littlepage, Department of Political Science, has research interests in law (international, comparative, American constitutional law), Western European politics, EU politics, and judicial institutions. Students who would like to work with Dr. Littlepage may email kglittle@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for PURS, ARC, Mellon Research Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Jeremy Bailey, Department of Political Science, is interested in the American founding, executive power, the presidency, and American political thought. Students who wish to work with Dr. Bailey may email jbailey2@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Lauren Zentz, Department of English/Department of Anthropology, has research interests in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, politics, activism, nationalism, identity, narrative, language socialization. Students interested in working with Dr. Zentz may email lrzentz@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Mellon Research Scholars, ARC, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Leandra Zarnow, Department of History and affiliate faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Jewish Studies, is interested in US history; women's history; political history; legal history; women, gender, and sexuality studies; public policy; public history; digital history; Jewish Studies. Students who wish to work with Dr. Zarnow may email lrzarnow@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Mellon Research Scholars, ARC, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Francesca Behr, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, is interested in areas such as the Classics (Roman and Greek), reception of Classical Literature, the Italian Renaissance, gender, and women in literature. Students interested in working with Dr. Behr may email fbehr@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Mellon Research Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Terry Hallmark, of the Honors College, is interested in researching political philosophy, American politics and political thought, international relations, and American foreign policy. Students who wish to work with Dr. Hallmark may email tlhallma@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, Mellon Research Scholars, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Based in M.D. Anderson Library, the Digital Research Commons (DRC) encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary research at University of Houston. DRC staff work with researchers at all levels, consulting on digitally based projects, research data management practices, publication preparation and reuse, and other key aspects of research design and process. In addition to expert assistance, the DRC offers a flexible physical space for team collaboration, equipped with an 18-foot visualization wall powered by a high-end PC as well as a Mac Pro and two additional high-performance stations, each featuring enhanced visualization capabilities and software, among other technological services. Projects are ongoing, and opportunities for undergraduates are available. Contact: drc@uh.edu. Web: drc.lib.uh.edu.


Hotel and Restaurant Management

  • Dr. Jaewook Kim, Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management, is interested in small and medium size firms' strategic management and entrepreneurship. Students interested in working with Dr. Kim may email jkim65@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.

Natural Science and Mathematics

  • Dr. Aron Laszka, Department of Computer Science, is interested in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, cyber-physical systems, machine learning, and computational optimization. Students who wish to work with Dr. Laszka may email alaszka@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.
  • Dr. Thomas Teets, Department of Chemistry, is interested in researching synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, photochemistry, optoelectronics materials, and photocatalysis. Students who wish to work with Dr. Teets may email tteets@uh.edu if interested in an undergraduate research position. Positions are normally on a volunteer basis at first, with the possibility of a paid position during the summer months. Due to space constraints, Dr. Teets can only hire chemistry majors as undergraduate research assistants, and preference will be given to those who have an interest in pursuing graduate studies in chemistry. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.
  • Dr. Mehmet Sen, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, is interested in researching the biological chemistry of proteins and their molecular interactions. Students who wish to work with Dr. Sen may email msen2@cougarnet.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Dan Graur, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, is interested in computational biology, molecular evolution, computational genomics, bioinformatics, history of genetics, and genetic racism. Dr. Graur seeks (1) students with some computational skills (e.g., Phyton, C++, Matlab) that are interested in applying their skills to evolutionary and biological questions; and (2) students who would like to complete an undergraduate thesis on a topic related to the History of Genetics, with special emphasis on Genetic Racism. None of the position is paid and work can be done remotely. Students interested in working with Dr. Graur may email dgraur@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Marc Hanke, with the University of Houston Honors College and Department of Biology and Biochemistry, is seeking a student to conduct targeted, investigatory research related to Galveston Bay Foundation’s (GBF) Water Monitoring Program (www.galvbay.org/watermonitors). The GBF science water monitoring team samples sites around Galveston Bay each month for general water quality parameters. One site has recently shown high levels of fecal indicator bacteria. During the summer of 2018, weekly targeted sampling occurred for five weeks to better determine the potential sources of these bacteria. The undergraduate researcher will build upon this work, conduct more targeted sampling at this location, and synthesize findings into more concrete conclusions.This student will develop their own independent research project informed by existing data findings. Interested students should contact Dr. Marc Hanke (mhhanke@uh.edu) for more information.
  • The Crawford Lab in the Department of Biology & Biochemistry is accepting applications for undergraduate research positions. The Crawford lab studies plant community ecology. Projects include understanding the importance of intraspecific diversity in plant communities, evaluating the role plant-microbe interactions play in structuring plant communities, and elucidating how plants and microbes influence ecosystem development. These positions are open to students majoring in all fields, but biology majors and students interested in ecology and environmental sciences are especially encouraged to apply. No prior experience is necessary. Student researchers will assist with sample analysis, data collection, data entry, and literature searchers. There are also opportunities for motivated students to conduct independent research. Students will receive compensation for their time in the form of research credits or payment. More information can be found on our website: http://thecrawfordlab.com. For more information or to apply with your resume, please contact Dr. Kerri Crawford (kmcrawford3@uh.edu).

  • Dr. Steven Pennings, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, is interested in plant ecology and salt marsh ecology. Students interested in working with Dr. Pennings may email spennings@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF. Apply for additional research with Dr. Pennings at http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/employment/summer_internships_2021.asp

  • Dr. Bernhard Rappenglueck, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, has research interests in the areas of air quality, air chemistry, meteorology, and climate change. Students interested in working with Dr. Rappenglueck may email brappenglueck@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Alan Haynes, Department of Mathematics, is interested in sphere packing, Diophantine approximation, and number theory. Students who wish to work with Dr. Haynes may email haynes@math.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Andreas Mang, Department of Mathematics, has research interests in the areas of computational mathematics, numerical optimization, machine learning, optimal control, and data science. Students who wish to work with Dr. Mang may email andreas@math.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Eric Bittner, Moores Professor of Chemical Physics in the Department of Chemistry, is recruiting a Physics student interested in pursuing a theory project for SURF or PURS. Interested students may email ebittner@central.uh.edu.
  • Dr. Claudia Ratti, of the Physics Department, is recruiting research assistants for state-of-the-art theoretical research in fundamental physics. Ordinary hadronic matter is expected to undergo a phase transition to the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP) in extreme conditions of temperature or density. This transition, predicted by the fundamental theory of strong interactions (QCD), is now being realized in heavy ion collisions at the Relativistic Hadron Collider (RHIC) in Brookhaven and at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva. The aim of the group’s research is to achieve a microscopic understanding of the QGP properties near the transition. They extract from first principles the temperatures and densities at which hadrons (protons, pions, kaons, etc) are formed, and they simulate several observables which can be directly compared to the experimental measurement. This comparison can be made today for the first time, thanks to the precision that they reach in their results. They plan to extend their analysis to large densities, thus reaching the lower collision energies of the RHIC beam energy scan and the future FAIR facility in Germany. The research involves production and interpretation of first principle results, by means of numerical simulations and phenomenological models. Interested applicants should be physics majors and have a basic knowledge of Mathematica. They should contact Dr. Ratti at cratti@uh.edu.  

  • Dr. Ioannis A. Kakadiaris, from the Department of Computer Science, is offering an opportunity for undergraduate students to join the Computational Biomedicine Laboratory (CBL) at the University of Houston and work on several exciting research projects in the area of image analysis, computer vision, pattern recognition and machine learning. Research in the CBL is motivated by fundamental open problems, with an emphasis on applications that address some of society's greatest challenges. Application domains include face recognition, non-verbal human behavior understanding, cardiovascular informatics, and neuro-informatics. CBL's 3D-3D face recognition software ranked first in the 3D-shape section of the 2007 Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) organized by NIST, while our 3D-2D method outperforms the state of the art 2D face recognition methods. Our efforts towards non-verbal human behavior understanding include facial expression analysis and human-activity recognition. In cardiovascular informatics, we seek to develop a new scoring paradigm that will capture the individuals that are risk of having a heart attack in the next 12 months. Finally, understanding how neurons work requires fundamental understanding of their structure. In all these application domains there is a critical need for new methods to extract useful information from the data. CBL provides a unique interdisciplinary research environment with internationally recognized collaborators from Medicine, Biology, Mathematics, and Engineering. The student will benefit from mentorship of a diverse research team and will be exposed to cutting-edge technology. For details please visit the CBL webpage. Students will have the opportunity to continue their research as part of their senior honors thesis. If interested, please apply to http://www.cbl.uh.edu/opportunities.
  • Dr. Margaret Cheung, from the Department of Physics, is currently seeking undergraduates who are interested in gaining research experience in biological physics. Specifically this student will help in programming of the software packages as well as data analysis from the computer simulations of biomolecules. For more information, visit www.phys.uh.edu/%7emscheung and contact Dr. Cheung at mscheung@uh.edu.
  • Dr. Bernhard Rappenglueck, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is interested in hosting undergraduate researchers in his UH-Atmospheric Science group. He is seeking students with an interest in working with air pollution instruments and/or analyzing air quality and meteorological data. Students who have a background in natural sciences or mechanical/environmental engineering are eligible to apply. Please contact Dr. Rappenglueck 713-743-2469, brappenglueck@uh.edu for more information.
  • Dr. Eric Bittner, from the Chemistry Department, is interested in hosting an undergrad researcher in his group this summer. He is seeking a student with a strong math or physics background and who is interested in condensed matter physics. However, a chemistry student with a strong physics/math background is eligible to apply. Contact Dr. Bittner at 832-842-8849 or at bittner@uh.edu.

Medicine

  • Dr. Ben King, from the Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences, is interested in epidemiologic methods; quantitative statistical methods with clinical databases; psychometrics/measurement theory; evaluation of primary care programs; connections between homelessness/extreme poverty and health outcomes - eg. deaths, violent deaths, cardiovascular disease; and "vulnerability" measures housing prioritization. Students interested in conducting research with Dr. King may email kingb@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

Nursing

  • Dr. Carol Dwyer, from the College of Nursing, has research interests in healthy weight management in primary care. Students interested in working with Dr. Dwyer may email cadwyer@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF.

Optometry

  • Dr. Vivien Coulson-Thomas, Department of Optometry, is interested in researching the extracellular matrix, stem cells, hyaluronan and ocular surface. Students interested in working with Dr. Coulson-Thomas may email vjcoulso@Central.UH.EDU. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, ARC, and Senior Honors Thesis.

Pharmacy

  • Dr. Sai Koka, from the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is currently recruiting undergraduate students to work on projects related to gut microbial metabolites and their effect on cardiovascular health. These projects involve investigating the signaling mechanisms of microbial metabolites in endothelial cells, podocytes and coronary arteries. Motivated students with strong background in biology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or pharmacology are encouraged to apply. They will be supported by NIH and AHA grants. For more information, contact Dr. Sai Koka at 713-743-1086 or at sskoka@uh.edu
  • Dr. Gregory Cuny, from the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is recruiting undergraduate students to work on medicinal chemistry with a focus on an infectious disease project and on the synthesis and evaluation of natural products. Motivated students with a strong background and interest in organic chemistry and the biological applications of chemistry are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Dr. Cuny at 713-743-1274, gdcuny@central.uh.edu.
  • Dr. Joydip Das, from the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is currently recruiting undergraduate students to study the actions of small molecule drugs on presynaptic and signaling proteins. The objective is to understand the molecular mechanism of drug’s action with a long term goal of developing more potent drugs. Only sincere and motivated students with a strong background in biochemistry/molecular biology/organic chemistry are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Dr. Das at 713-743-1708, jdas@uh.edu.
  • Dr. Bradley McConnell, from the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is currently recruiting undergraduate students to work on exciting new projects related to the genetics and physiology of heart disease; by investigating mechanisms and strategies to improve heart function. Motivated students with a strong background in biology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or pharmacology are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Dr. McConnell at 713-743-1218 or at bkmcconn@central.uh.edu.
  • Dr. Romi Ghose, from the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is currently seeking students interested in biopharmaceutical research in drug metabolism and toxicity. There are several ongoing projects in inflammation, obesity, cancer and infectious diseases. Students with strong backgrounds in biochemistry, biology and chemistry are encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact Dr. Ghose at 713-795-8343 or rghose@uh.edu.
  • Dr. Vincent Tam, from the College of Pharmacy, is currently recruiting students for his research in infectious diseases and anti-infective pharmacology. Students should have prior microbiology (or molecular microbiology) lab experience and a strong background in mathematics. Students interested in pursuing graduate school are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact Dr. Tam at 832-842-8316 or at vtam@uh.edu.

Social Sciences

  • Dr. Beau Alward, Department of Psychology/Department of Biology and Biochemistry, is interested in researching behavioral neuroscience, social neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, and molecular genetics. Students interested in working with Dr. Alward may email balward@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Islam Rizvanoghlu, Department of Economics, is interested in the areas of energy economics, macroeconomics, and quantitative finance. Students interested in working with Dr. Rizvanoghlu may email irizvanoghlu@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF and PURS.

  • Dr. Kei-Mu Yi, Department of Economics, has research interests in international economics, growth and development, and macroeconomics. Students interested in working with Dr. Yi may email kyi3@central.uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Christopher Clarke, Department of Economics, has research interests in infrastructure, income inequality, public policy, taxation, and public finance. Students who wish to work with Dr. Clarke may email caclarke@uh.edu. Open to mentoring for SURF, PURS, and Senior Honors Thesis.

  • Dr. Leslie Frankel, from Human Development and Family Studies program in the Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences Department, is recruiting undergraduate research assistants for The Parent-Child Interaction Lab. The Parent-Child Lab conducts research in the areas of parenting in general as well as in the context of feeding. Current and upcoming studies investigate parental perceptions of infant and child behavior and how parenting influences children’s self-regulatory abilities in general and specifically in the context of eating. The Undergraduate research assistant’s primary role is recruitment of parents and childcare providers for studies. Other responsibilities include (but are not limited to): 1) the maintenance of the day-to-day functioning of the lab, 2) organization of the lab, 3) data entry, 4) coding, and 5) assisting with IRB submissions, grant proposals and manuscript preparation. Research assistants are required to commit 10-15 hours per week for at least one year. While this is a one-year, unpaid position, there is the possibility for renewal based on productivity and performance. Unpaid internships are available and qualifying students may pursue independent study for course credit or PURS or SURF based on competitive application and research-interest fit within the lab. Minimum GPA of 3.2 required. Please send a cover letter and CV to Leslie Frankel at Lafrankel@uh.edu

  • Dr. Christiane Spitzmuller, from Industrial and Organizational Psychology, is accepting applications for students who are interested in I/O psychology. The project involves examining health and well-being outcomes for women who return to work after they have children. They are conducting several survey-based studies and are interested in having undergraduates join their group. This opportunity offers students to be part of a research project from beginning to end; involvement in all parts of the research process (study design, data collection, data analysis, write-up of conference presentations, potential involvement in publications); exposure to content domains of I/O Psychology; and a realistic preview of what being a graduate student will feel like. Candidates must be interested in graduate school in I/O Psychology; motivated, enjoy writing and are conscientious; have a least a 3.5 gap; willing to commit at least 5 hours of time per week to working on our project; and excited about research and interested in discussions surrounding topics such as work-family conflict and job stress. If interested, please contact Dr. Spitzmuller
  • Dr. Hanako Yoshida, from the Cognitive Development Laboratory, is routinely accepts applications for undergraduate research assistants interested in the mechanisms of early cognitive processes, particularly word learning, in infants and children 3 months to 10 years old from a wide range of backgrounds including a variety of SES backgrounds and cultures, those with autism, and typically developing. Studies examine such topics as the cognitive effects of bilingualism, children's attentional development and the relation to language learning. Undergraduate research assistants of this lab are given the opportunity to participate fully in the research process by recruiting subjects, reading and presenting relevant research articles, coding and analyzing data, and creating and altering stimuli. The lab is very active -- always developing new studies and modifying old ones—and undergraduates are encouraged to participate in this process. Additionally, the experience gained in the lab has helped students earn the Provost Undergraduate Research Scholarship, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and the Undergraduate Research Travel Fellowship. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in national and international conferences. If interested, contact the Cognitive Development Laboratory at cogdev@central.uh.edu or 713-743-4876. Please visit http://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/dcbn/research/cognitive-development/students/ for more information and the link to the online application (posted near the end of each semester for the subsequent semester positions).
  • Dr. Michael Zvolensky, from the Psychology Department, is recruiting volunteer research assistants for the Anxiety & Health Research Laboratory/Substance Use Treatment Clinic (AHRL-SUTC). His research team is currently conducting several trandiagnostic intervention studies as well as laboratory-based studies on anxiety and smoking. Research assistants are required to commit 10 hours per week for at least one year. For a complete list of current studies, please visit www.uh.edu/ahrl-sutc. Responsibilities for projects include (but are not limited to): 1) helping to develop questionnaires 2) conducting telephone screenings and scheduling participants, 2) administering questionnaires and interviewing participants, 3) data entry and data coding, 4) organizing and managing data files, 5) conducting literature searches for relevant articles to assist with project conduct and presentation of results, and 6) daily office tasks. Bilingual skills (English and Spanish) are desired, but not required. If you are interested in volunteering at the AHRL-SUTC, please contact Pamela Nizio.
  • Dr. Anjali Kanojia, in the department of India Studies, in conjunction with College of Education team, is currently accepting applicants for an undergraduate research assistant position for the 2017-2018 academic year. The research assistant will help with various, ongoing research project(s) about yoga and mindfulness interventions for college students.  The position requires a 5-7 hour commitment each week. Responsibilities include: 1) Literature reviews related to yoga and mindfulness topics; 2) Assisting with classroom observations at multiple campuses (UH-Main, UH-Sugar Land) for behavioral research. Preferred applicants have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0. This is an unpaid volunteer experience, however, the research assistant is encouraged to apply for the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS). Interested applicants should send their CV and statement of interest in health policy/yoga to Dr. Kanojia, akanojia@uh.edu.

Community Partners & Texas Medical Center

  • The Department of Health Disparities Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center is offering research opportunities for motivated undergraduate (rising juniors or seniors) students enrolled in a science, psycholhealth related degree program. Opportunities in research related activities may include (1) collecting, entering and managing research data; (2) disseminating health information to participants; (3) scheduling participants for study visits; (4) preparing study materials for visits; (5) and assisting with physical health assessments, (6) and developing health education and intervention materials. Students with excellent interpersonal skills, strong organizational and independent working abilities, and interest in cancer prevention research, physical activity or community health research are encouraged to apply. Ability to complete tasks as assigned in a timely and accurate manner; at peak periods may be working under short timelines and stressful conditions. Hours range from 10-20 hours per week and may include evening and weekend hours. This is an unpaid internship opportunity. Applicants should submit their resume and one-page statement of interest to Alba Calzada at ACCalzada@mdanderson.org.

  • Dr. Annemieke Kavelaars, from the Department of Symptom Research at UT MD Anderson, is currently recruiting undergraduates to serve as research volunteers. Her research team explores how brain-immune interactions mediate behavior, such as neuropathic pain and cognitive dysfunction, primarily through the use of mouse models. Qualified students will receive training from postdocs and graduate students, and will perform research under their supervision, including animal behavior testing, animal breeding, genotyping, qPCR, other molecular biological testing and STAT analyzing. Interested students should contact Dr. Kavelaars with their CV at AKavelaars@mdanderson.org.

Updated March 23, 2021