If interested in applying to any of the following research opportunities, apply online and indicate the position of interest in the Research Interests area of the online application.
Please note these are not the only positions available, these are positions that our office has been asked to advertise. To view a partial list of our current mentors and their projects, visit the Undergraduate Research Mentors by Area (A - H) or the Undergraduate Research Mentors by Area (L-Z) pages.
Research Assistant, University of Miami, Department of Civil, Arch. & Environ. Engineering
Research Mentor: Dr. Sung Hee Joo
New Project for Spring 2016 and ongoing for Summer 2016:
Dr. Joo (CAE Dept. at UM) is seeking highly motivated undergraduate students to perform research in the area of fate, bioavailability, exposure pathways and toxicity assessment of nanomaterials; environmental nanotechnology (i.e., applications of nanomaterials for degradation of contaminants) in collaboration with the U.S. EPA and the School of Medicine at UM. Selected students will be placed in the Dr. Joo’s Nanotech Lab and US EPA during summer 2016 (paid by EPA).
The selected students are expected to work with Dr. Joo’s current group members (both undergraduate research assistants and graduate students). Interested, dedicated, and qualified candidates should apply online at www.miami.edu/ugr and indicate this project as your area of interest to be referred.
Environmental Nanotechnology Projects (all require a minimum of one year commitment):
1. Physical-chemical properties of metal oxides in consumer products: Physical-chemical properties of metal oxides (TiO2, ZnO) used in consumer products (sunscreens) are investigated and the effect of contaminants on metal oxide nanoparticles in sunscreens will be studied. Various factors such as pH, the presence of organic matter, and oxidants attribute to aggregation property, which influences toxicity. The research findings could assist toxicological evaluation of metal oxides residuals due to potential effect of mutation of cells.
2. Fate and transport of nanoparticles in the environment: This project are to quantify fate of nanoparticles (NPs) in aquifers under various environmental factors, determine governing factors on changes in transport properties/behavior of NPs, and assess the impact of hydrodynamic conditions, natural organic matter, ionic strength on the fate of NPs residues.
3. Transformation of aquatic organisms by uptake of nanoparticles: This project involves investigating transformation mechanism using novel approaches, effect of adsorbed ENPs on algae in the absence and presence of contaminants, influence of aggregation on ecotoxicity of ENPs to algae, effect of ROS production on algae under dark and sunlight conditions, and bioavailability of ENPs in different types of water.
4. Application of green nano-catalysts for degradation of emerging organic contaminants : This research includes developing variety of synthesis methods of nanoparticles using greener approaches, environmentally benign reducing as well as capping agents, lab bench/column studies based on lab treatability work plan, evaluating technology viability and factors affecting effectiveness of nanomaterials, and determining pollutant removal efficiency, delineating mechanism. Results from this work will aid in the fundamental understanding of how these useful nanoparticles behave in real environmental conditions.
5. Advanced oxidation technology for the degradation of EOCs: Advanced oxidation technology such as Fenton reaction or modified Fenton process is used for degrading recalcitrant organics. This project entails investigating degradation of emerging contaminants of concern (i.e. EOCs) and identifying transformation mechanism responsible for the treatment of emerging organic contaminants
6. Application of membrane technologies for water reuse: Membrane technology has been widely as advanced wastewater treatment and reuse. This project aims to develop and apply novel adsorbed and biocide nanomaterials to membranes, evaluate the technology viability vs. conventional treatment, and demonstrate efficient disinfection with minimum disinfection byproducts formation. The work includes qualitative and quantitative determination of DBPs formed from the new treatment technology at typical treatment conditions and pilot-testing / field study applying the treatment option.
Research Assistant, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Medicine
Research Mentor: Dr. Erin Marcus
Student volunteer needed to develop educational tools for patients. Background in film making and web design desired.
Research Assistant, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular
Research Mentor: Dr. Juan Viles Gonzalez
Looking for a volunteer for a short project that will result in a publication and an abstract as a coauthor.
Must be proficient in STATA and/or SAS.
Research Assistants, University of Miami School of Engineering Click here for School of Engineering Research Opportunities To apply, complete our online application and indicate your position of interest in the “Research Areas of Interest” section of the application.
Research Assistant, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Research Mentor: Dr. Ian Hentall
“We study traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, trying to improve outcomes in experimental animals by means of electrical stimulation in the brain for a few days early after an injury. Methods that we use include electronics design and fabrication (we make our own devices), animal surgery, animal behavioral testing, electrophysiology, tissue chemistry (proteins etc.), and quantitative histology (e.g., staining with antibodies). We are a small group with limited openings, but welcome disciplined, hard-working students who have background coursework in some of these areas.”
If interested in applying to any of the above research opportunities, apply online and indicate the position of interest in the Research Interests area of the online application. Please note these are not the only positions available, these are positions that our office has been asked to advertise. To view a partial list of our current mentors and their projects, visit the Undergraduate Research Mentors by Area (A - H) or the Undergraduate Research Mentors by Area (L-Z) pages.