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  • CALL FOR UNDERGRAD VOLUNTEERS _ ANIMAL WELFARE AND BEHAVIOR LAB at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 09/20/2021 Opportunities in the lab:Meat quality assessment for pasture-raised poultryVideo-based data collection of behavioral repertoire of broilers in enriched housing systemsPhoto-based data collection of range use in pasture-based broilersAssist with daily care of a broiler chicken flockRequired:Availability for at least 4h/ week during fall 2021 semesterWork on campus or remotelyAPSC undergraduate students only
  • Undergraduate Researcher - High-order Harmonic generation from divalent atoms at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 05/30/2022 Dr. Topcu at the Mathematics Department is looking for an undergraduate researcher to work on high-order harmonic generation from a helium atom trapped inside a fullerene molecule such as $C_{60}$ for credit. It has been computationally demonstrated that in such systems, the high-order harmonic photon emission can dramatically increase. More intense broadband generated in this way can be used to compose more intense ultra-short pulses (such as attosecond pulses) to study/manipulate electronic motion inside atoms in real-time.This is a computational project, and the PI will provide existing codes. However, the student will need to modify some parts of the code as directed by the PI. The prospective student should have some experience in C/C++ programming and parallel computing. Previous exposure to quantum mechanics will be necessary. 
  • Undergraduate Researcher - Rydberg atoms in optical lattices at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 05/30/2022 Dr. Topcu at the Mathematics Department is looking for an undergraduate researcher who will work on simulating time-dependent dynamics of Rydberg atoms trapped in optical lattices for credit. Specifically, we will study multiphoton excitations between Ry states of opposite-field seeking character in optical lattices with wavelengths ranging from infrared to the microwave region. Multiphoton transitions between Ry states can be well simulated using classical physics, and we will focus on the classical phase space picture of the excitation dynamics by numerically solving the classical equations of motion. The PI will provide existing codes, however, the student will need to modify some parts of the code as directed by the PI. These codes will help us investigate the non-perturbative dynamics of Ry atoms in an optical lattice which can provide insight into how such processes can be used to improve quantum gate protocols in quantum information processing using neutral cold atoms.This is a computational project, and the prospective student should have some experience in C/C++ programming. Previous exposure to classical/quantum mechanics is helpful but not critically essential. 
  • Undergraduate Researcher (w/Credit) in Stem Cell and Rodent Disease Model at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 12/31/2030 Dr. He Lab at the College of Veterinary Medicine is looking for undergraduate student researcher with strong interests in the research projects associated with stem cell, biomaterials, and rodent models of cardiovascular diseases. Students with previous biological reserach experience and basic wet-lab skills (e.g., PCR, Western blot, cell culture, and/or rodent handling) are highly desired. Students should be self-motivated, and willing to learn new experimental skills and working individually and collaboratively in a friendly working environment. 
  • Communications Assistant at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 10/01/2021 The Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Trans-European Space Studies (CEUTTSS) at Virginia Tech is looking for a student interested in communications and design to help develop our brand.Founded in 2020, the Center promotes excellence in research as well as in teaching and learning in European Studies, the European Union, and Transatlantic Studies. We aim to bring together university experts to create links among the various disciplines and resources in European and Transatlantic Studies at Virginia Tech, while cultivating connections with academic institutions both in Europe and the United States. CEUTTSS also pursues outreach and engagement activities aiming to foster a dialogue between the academic world and policymakers, in particular with the goal of enhancing the EU’s relations with the United States. In addition, CEUTTSS seeks to play a key role in reaching out to students and educators associated with secondary education, students of continuing and professional education, lifelong learning, the institutions of civil society, and the general public at large.The Communications Assistant will work with faculty to advertise the Center and our events. Candidates MUST be willing and able to:engage in an iterative design process to create visually compelling promotional materialscollaborate with faculty and staff in a professional manner, including regular and responsive communicationnavigate social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and InstagramCandidates MAY be interested inparticipating in the organization and administration of virtual (Zoom) or in-person events (on VT campus)developing our YouTube channelother duties defined in consultation between the candidate and the Center.Qualifications: The successful candidate will be interested in design, self-motivated, and a good communicator. The candidate will be proficient with Google Workspace (Drive, Sheets, Forms, Gmail, Calendar); have some experience with graphic design tools such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, or equivalent; be familiar with the principles of good design.Apply: Please send resume, a brief (one-page) letter of interest outlining your interests and any previous experience and a transcript at your earliest convenience. Review of applications will begin on August 23 and continue until the position is filled. This is an unpaid opportunity, but students may use hours towards Independent Study or Undergraduate Research credits, depending on the student's preference. Expectations: Teamwork with other members of the Center, clear communication on a regular basis whether in person, over email or Slack, accountability that tasks will be completed, active participation in developing project goals, and enthusiasm for learning and being challenged.
  • Undergraduate Researchers in Deep Learning & Biomimetic Robotics at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 05/31/2022 Research assistantships for undergraduate students from CS, ECE, and ME are available in a research project sponsored by the Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC). The project ("Bioinspired Physical Deep Learning Paradigm for Sonar Sensing in Cluttered Environments") seeks to integrate deep neural networks with a bat robot to reproduce the superior navigation abilities of bats that live in dense forests. The project has computational, electronic, as well as mechanical components and individual projects can be defined to match the interests of the respective undergraduate researcher. Projects can be carried out on an hourly wage basis ($13.33/h, 300 hours per semester maximum) or for credit in the form of undergraduate research. Undergraduate students at all levels, i.e., freshmen through senior, will be considered for the positions. Projects to work for credit are available to all students irrespective of citizenship status. Projects performed on a wage-basis are for US citizens only. US citizens working on the project will also have the opportunity to present their work at annual meetings at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport RI or another Navy R&D site and can receive help with finding internships and jobs in the Navy's R&D enterprise. Interested applicants should send their CV and unoffical transcript to Dr. Rolf Mueller at rolf.mueller@vt.edu and schedule an appointment.
  • Undergraduate Researcher at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 05/30/2023 The Terrestrial Robotics and Engineering Controls (TREC) Lab at Virginia Tech is looking for Undergraduate Students from ME, ECE, CPE, and CS interested in working on the numerous ongoing projects which include Humanoid Robots, Exoskeletons, Robotic Manipulation, and Autonomous Vehicles, just to mention a few. The lab will provide a collaborative environment where students from different disciplines will be working together towards a common goal and learning from each other. Working on any of these projects can result in credit hours toward Independent Studies, Undergraduate Research, or Senior Design Projects, depending upon the student's preference. Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students will be considered and project assignments will be tailored to the expertise already available, or that the student is seeking to develop.Interested applicants should send their CV to Dr. Leonessa at aleoness@vt.edu and use https://doodle.com/mm/alexanderleonessa/book-a-time to schedule an appointment.