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Office of Undergraduate Research

 

Current Opportunities:

Please scroll down to see which opportunities are compatible with your major, field of interest, or future career objectives, then contact Dr. Capilouto for an appointment.

Opportunities below are open to all majors!

Title of Opportunity: Exploring International Service Learning and Interprofessional Education in Ecuador

Division / Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Audrey Johnson/Dr. Dana Howell

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2014

Description: This qualitative research study is designed to explore the shared experience of health professional students collaborating and working together to treat Ecuadorian patients as part of the University of Kentucky’s Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG) Centro Medico clinic. The project involves interviewing health professional students who have participated in the 2014 health brigades in Ecuador. This experience will allow a student or students to learn about qualitative research, assist in data collection and transcription of interviews, and assist with the data analysis process. The student may also be asked to participate in the organization of data, themes and analysis using qualitative data management software. The primary investigator welcomes students with prior research experience but it is not necessary. Additionally, this research experience will allow the student an opportunity to share authorship in the future. 

Prerequisite:

Date Posted: 8/28/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Supporting college students with intellectual disabilities

Division / Department: Human Development Institute

Faculty Mentor: Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Ph.D.

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Description: UK/HDI’s Supported Higher Education Project (SHEP) supports students with intellectual disabilities (ID) attending colleges and universities across the state through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Direct supports are provided to students through peer mentoring. Peer mentors attend classes with students with ID and provide tutoring and other supports determined through person-centered planning. Student(s) involved in this project will assist in recruiting and training peer mentors. Students will also provide direct mentoring supports to at least one student at BCTC campus in Lexington. The student will gain experience in working with young adults who have developmental disabilities as well as background in Social Role Valorization theory and training protocols. Students will participate in research activities including providing intervention activities, evaluation, and data entry.

Prerequisite:

Date Posted: 6/13/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Understanding the experience of driving with a passenger with aphasia

Division / Department: Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Ryan Husak/Dr. Robert Marshall

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2014

Description: The objective of this research opportunity is to introduce an undergraduate student to the process of conducting qualitative research in communication sciences and disorders. The student will learn how to transcribe and code interview data, assess data for intercoder reliability, and develop themes. The student will demonstrate competence in managing and analyzing data. From this experience, the student will:

1. Develop a deeper understanding of living and communicating with a person with an acquired communication disorder
2. Gain experience in qualitative research methodology
3. Develop skills for data management, analysis, and interpretation

Prerequisite: Student in good standing. CSD Major. To be completed Summer Session II 2104

Date Posted: 5/27/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Understanding the factors that predict success in professional PA and PT programs

Division / Department: Office of Student Affairs, College of Health Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Randa Remer-Eskridge

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Description: The purpose of this study is to investigate the factors the predict academic success in PA and PT professional programs. Factors could include, but not be limited to, rural versus urban educational setting, grade point average, leadership activities etc. The student assisting with the research will be responsible for entering and analyzing data as directed by the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. Experience with data packages such as Excel are preferred will train as needed.

Prerequisite: Health Sciences Major preferred. Preference given to applicants who can participate in two successive semesters. Student in good standing.

Date Posted: 5/27/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Overhead Arm Volume in Collegiate Volleyball Players

Division / Department: Division of Athletic Training

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tim Uhl

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2014, Fall 2014

Description: This research opportunity focuses on the volume of overhead hitting in volleyball athletes. Students would be assisting faculty in collecting serve volume data, managing data and other activities related to the research project.

Prerequisite: Student in good standing.

Date Posted: 5/13/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Teaching Age-Appropriate Academic Learning via Communication (TAALC)

Division / Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jane Kleinert / Dr. Judy Page

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2014, Fall 2014

Description: Children in the public schools who have significant intellectual disabilities often lack adequate communication systems. TAALC is a state-funded training project intended to develop and evaluate training to teams of teachers and speech-language pathologists who work with these students. As part of the project we collect pre- and post video samples from each participating team for project assessment and training. Students in this research opportunity will assist with editing and organizing video data for analysis

Prerequisite: Video editing experience preferred, but will train. Minimum grade point average 3.5. CSD major preferred, but not required.

Date Posted: 5/09/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Contribution of the subsystems of voice production

Division / Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Mr. Dan Croake/Dr. Joseph Stemple

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Description: Healthy voicing is thought to be dependent on a relative balance among the vocal subsystems of respiration, phonation, and resonance. This series of projects in the Laryngeal and Speech Dynamics Lab will measure respiratory kinematics (movement), aerodynamics (air pressures/flows), and acoustic properties (vowel formants/intensities) during voice production in healthy participants and also after a temporary vocal fold paralysis. Students will be able to learn the different types of instrumentation and analysis tools necessary for data collection and analysis of voice production.

Prerequisite: Students should have an interest in speech/voice science.
CSD Major, rising senior. Minimum two semester commitment to the project

Date Posted: 5/06/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Global Coherence in Narrative Discourse Following Right Hemisphere Stroke

Division / Department: Rehabilitation Sciences/Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Katie Maddy/Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Contact: Katie Maddy/Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Description: Discourse is a highly complex task requiring a speaker to organize units of information into a coherent manner to communicate a message to a listener. Global coherence refers to the manner in which discourse is organized with respect to an overall goal, plan, theme or topic and is based on the listener’s perception of the discourse. Studies that have examined global coherence following right hemisphere stroke have been equivocal. This study will examine global coherence in the discourse of individuals following right hemisphere stroke. The student will assist in the transcription and global coherence scoring of discourse samples as well as help to establish inter- and intra- rater reliability. The student may also assist in scoring various cognitive assessments. Skills obtained will prepare the student for discourse analyses in the clinical setting.

Prerequisite: Communication Sciences and Disorders major preferred but not required.

Date Posted: 3/19/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Research assistant

Division / Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Stemple

Contact: jcstem2@uky.edu

Position Type: Volunteer

Position Availability: Full (please check back)

Description: The volunteer will be helping Vrushali Angadi, who is a Ph.D student conducting her research under the guidance of Dr.Joseph Stemple. Her present study involves studying voice characteristics in patients who have received radiation therapy for early vocal fold cancers. Data from various sources will be collected for the study. Research activities for the volunteer will involve data organization, data entry and collecting articles for literature review specific to the present research topic.

Prerequisite: None

Date Posted: 5/06/2014

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Title of Opportunity: Understanding how mentoring can help young adults with special health care needs transition from pediatric to adult health care

Division / Department: Human Development Institute

Faculty Mentor: Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Ph.D.

Contact: Kathleen.sheppard-jones@uky.edu

Position Type: Academic Credit (1-3 hours) or Volunteer

Position Availability: Full for Spring, please check back

Description: Transition from adolescence to the adult world is a complex and daunting process for any young adult. This process is more difficult for young adults with special health care needs. They have to transition from a system where they were entitled to services to a system where they have to strongly advocate for services. The Human Development Institute (HDI), in collaboration with the KY Commission for Children of Special Health Care Needs, is creating a youth mentoring forum for young adults with special health care needs focusing on transition issues. Young adults will be matched with adults with special health care needs who have successfully transitioned from high school to the adult world. HDI will provide both the mentors and mentees a variety of supports. As a part of the project, ongoing data will be collected from both mentors and mentees through a variety of instruments. We are looking for a student who will help us in the data collection, analysis and reporting. The student will specifically help us examine data related to how the mentoring process helped the mentee navigate the complex world of adult health care.
HDI The qualifying student must be willing and able to 1) complete the mandatory IRB training which is available on-line for free, 2) be available to meet with the Faculty mentor weekly and attend project staff meetings 3) have access to a computer and internet. 4) be available to attend all key project activities

Prerequisite: None

Last Updated: 12/05/2013

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Title of Opportunity: Quality of Life Outcomes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Division / Department: Human Development Institute

Faculty Mentor: Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Ph.D.

Contact: Kathleen.sheppard-jones@uky.edu

Position Type: Academic Credit (1-3 hours) or Volunteer

Position Availability: Full for Spring, please check back

Description: Description: Service quality can be measured in a variety of ways. In this ongoing effort, quality of services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is assessed using a participant-driven model. This project conducts interviews with individuals receiving services and people who know them well. Items reflect various domains, including relationships, access to services, community participation, choice, rights, satisfaction, employment and health and wellness. Student(s) involved in this project will receive interviewer training and conduct consumer interviews. Students may also enter project data and participate in data analysis.

Prerequisite: Open to HHS & CSD majors

Last Updated: 12/05/2013

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Title of Opportunity: Cellular Mechanisms of Lymphedema

Division / Department: Physical Therapy / Rehab Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Deborah G. Kelly / Esther Dupont

Contact: (859)218-0592

Position Type: Academic Credit or Volunteer

Position Availability: Currently no opportunities, please check back. 

Description: Lymphedema is a condition that is most often associated in the Western world with cancer treatment. The condition includes swelling of the affected limb(s). The condition is chronic and permanent but with the correct treatment, can be managed like other chronic diseases. Current treatment includes light manual techniques and the cellular mechanisms behind the success of the treatment are not well understood. We are currently developing an animal model for mimicking the manual treatment of lymphedema. Students participating in this project will learn about cellular responses involved in the application of manual techniques used to treat lymphedema.

Prerequisite: None

Last Updated: 12/05/2013

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Title of Opportunity: Patient Outcomes Following Orthopedic Knee Surgery

Division/Department: Rehabilitation Sciences / Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Howard, PhD, ATC or office (859) 218-0839

Position Type:  Academic Credit or Volunteer

Position Availability:

       Full for Spring, please check back

Description: Patient centered outcomes are becoming increasingly valued for the practice of evidence based medicine, and as a result the need for clinical research that includes the patient perspective is growing. We have an ongoing patient outcomes database that is a collaboration between the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Health Sciences and the UK Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. We are looking to expand our data collection to an additional sports medicine physician and to use previously collected data for the development of patient education materials. Students will have the potential to be involved in active data collection at our outpatient sports medicine clinic, and will interact with physicians, patients, athletic trainers, and other clinic staff.

Prerequisites:

Any in major in good standing with a minimum of a 3.25 GPA. Must have dependable transportation to travel to off campus clinic (just outside of New Circle). Ideal students will have the ability to commit at least 1 regularly scheduled half day a week to collect data in the clinic.

Last Updated: 12/05/13

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Title of Opportunity: Clinical Nutrition Volunteer Research Opportunity

Division/Department: Clinical Nutrition/Clinical Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Travis Thomas, PhD, RD or office (859) 218-0863

Position Type:  Academic Credit or Volunteer

Position Availability:

       2 openings in Fall 2014

Description: Volunteer Opportunity to Assist with Clinical Nutrition Research Assist graduate student coordinators with data entry, filing and assist with misc. research tasks. Please inquire for more details.

Prerequisites:

At least 3.0 GPA; prefer health related major.

Last Updated: 8/11/14

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Title of Opportunity: Cellular mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy

Division/Department: Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Esther Dupont-Versteegden, Ph.D., (859) 218-0592

Position Type:  Academic Credit or Volunteer

Position Availability:

      Full for Spring, please check back

Description: Skeletal muscle atrophy is a condition that is associated with aging, muscle diseases, disuse and various other ailments and directly affects the quality of life of afflicted individuals. In my laboratory we study the cellular and molecular mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy and the recovery from atrophy after a period of disuse. Students will be able to learn different cellular pathways involved in muscle atrophy and growth and will measure different components of molecules involved.

Last Updated: 12/05/2013

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Title of Opportunity: Response of aging intrinsic laryngeal muscles to chronic electrical stimulation.

Division/Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders/Dept. of Rehab Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph C. Stemple, joseph.stemple@uky.edu

Position Type:  Academic Credit or Volunteer

Position Availability:

       Spring 2014

Description:

In older individuals, changes in the laryngeal muscles may compromise voice quality, impairing the ability to communicate and diminishing the ability to remain socially active and engaged. This project examines the muscle biophysiological changes that occur as a function of exercise and training using a well-accepted animal model for aging. We are using chronic electrical stimulation as a fictive endurance "exercise" program in aging rat laryngeal muscle to characterize the morphological, metabolic, and functional changes consequent to the fictive exercise model. Students will acquire experience in various aspects of the research process including, but not limited to, experimental procedures, data collection, data analysis, and data interpretation. Students will be trained to run the daily experimental protocol (morning/afternoon) and will help with data processing and analysis (histology, histochemistry, and immunohistochemistry).

Prerequisites:

Student must be able to commit 5-8 hours per week. Any major in good standing with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

Last Updated: 12/05/2013

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Knee and hip injury biomechanics

 

Division/Department: Physical Therapy/Dept of Rehab Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Brian Noehren, PhD

Phone: 859-218-0581

Position Type:  Academic Credit

Position Availability: Full for Spring, please check back

Description:

We are focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms  in several common injuries that occur in the lower extremity.  We use a variety of methods to answer our questions such as 3D motion capture, strength assessment and clinical measurements.  We also use and develop computer code to process and analyze the data we collect. Students working in our lab serve in a variety of capacities such as observing clinical evaluations, assisting in data collections and processing data.  The undergraduate students working in our lab gain an understanding of anatomy, common clinical assessment techniques, and  joint mechanics. Leadership opportunities also exist for students who return for a second semester to develop and present an abstract at a regional or national conference and to help train and supervise newer students.  We are looking for students who have a good attention to detail, strong work ethic, are interested in a future career in a medical field and enjoy working in a team environment.


Prerequisite: Must be current Junior or Sophomore with at least a 3.4-3.5 GPA; prefer students interested in PT school, but open to any post professional med desires.
Last Updated
: 12/05/13   

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Questions about a specific opportunity?

Feel free to contact:

Dr. Gilson Capilouto
859-218-0555
gjcapi2@uky.edu

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