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 page.

Research Assistant, University of Miami, Department of Civil, Arch. & Environ. Engineering. Research Mentor: Dr. Sung Hee Joo

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, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.  Research Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Roy Felix.
Project: Pilot evaluation of assessment methods for measuring pain in persons with traumatic brain injury.

Research Assistant, University of Miami, Department of Political Science, Research Mentor: Dr. Sara Jordan
Wanted, 1-2 undergraduate research assistants to work collaboratively with a faculty member on a social science research project entitled, “The Accountability Gap in Global Governance Organizations”.  Student tasks will include internet searches, gathering and coding data from government, web and other documents, and conducting popular media searches on the relevant topics.  An interest in East Asia would be a plus as would an interest in science & technology policy. Students will be given tasks to perform on their own time, but under direction of the researcher through weekly meetings. There are opportunities for co-authorship and mentorship on student’s on going, related projects.

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 Assistants, University of Miami History Department.  Research Mentor: Dr. Gregory Bush
Nature Links for Lifelong Learning is looking for help in developing our curriculum - aimed at young adults with developmental disabilities from age 22 to 30. We are a new non-profit who is partnering with MDCPS and the City of Miami and are located on Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.  We have two programs, a Saturdays By the Bay program and are starting a Five Day a week program as well.  We have organic gardens, a native plant nursery (done with City of Miami naturalist Juan Fernandez); we engage in cooking classes and will be teaching nutrition and health, marine life, weather studies and other educational modules.

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
Responsibilities:
Work in Dr. Ian Hentall’s lab on building and designing microprocessor-based electronic stimulators for use in studies of brain and spinal cord injury in animals. The most suitable person would probably be majoring in an engineering field, such as EE or BME, and have an interest, perhaps as a hobbyist, in practical circuit construction. Volunteer position with possibility of a paid position in future.

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 page.