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  • Undergraduate research: Coding for microscopy image and data analysis at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 07/31/2020 The Hauf Lab at the Fralin Life Sciences Institute is looking for an undergraduate student with strong programming and quantitative reasoning skills to develop and refine microscopy image analysis pipelines and data analysis pipelines.We are a quantitative cell biology lab interested in the regulation of cell division and cell size, and in single-cell gene expression patterns. We extensively use fluorescence microscopy in our research and the resulting images frequently require complex quantification.Coding for the pipelines will involve Fiji/ImageJ macros, Matlab, and R. You do not (yet) need to be proficient in these languages, but you must have a strong coding background, be good at solving problems independently, and know the basics of good code documentation.This is a great opportunity to participate in cutting-edge quantitative cell biology research, apply your coding skills to important biology research applications, and be an integral member of an enthusiastic and diverse team of scientists. Your work can count as credit hours toward Independent Study or Undergraduate Research. More information here:
  • Undergraduate Researcher at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 08/24/2020 The Robel Lab is looking for undergraduate students to join our lab for the Fall 2020 semester as either volunteers or to receive course credit. Volunteer students must be in the lab for at least 5h/week, for a minimum of 3h/day at a time. Credited students must be in the lab for at least 10h/week, divided up between two days. This equates to 3 credit hours. The Robel Lab is located at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, in Roanoke, VA. There is a free shuttle that runs between our lab and the Virginia Tech campus. We are a fun research team that is focused on helping young scientists grow and reach for excellence. Training with the Robel Research Team has four aspects: hands-on bench work, proper scientific practice, the scientific background of our research work, and personal development work. Please apply if you are (or are seriously working on):• Enthusiastic about hands-on basic research and bench work - a lot of it! • A fast learner• Self-motivated and driven • Able and willing to work independently (but within the context of a fun team) after a training period• Results-driven/outcome oriented• Flexible with your time (within the constraints of your schedule of course)• A critical thinker• An organizational genius and able to maintain high standards in research• An excellent communicator• Open to learning about yourself and your strengths and weaknesses• Ready to hear about and overcome any patterns that interfere with your productivity and growth as a person and scientistPlease refer to our website to learn more about our research focus and our team members:
  • International Research Experience: Bioinspired Autonomy in Natural Environments at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 03/01/2021 Fellowships are available in a new NSF-sponsored program on international research experiences for students (IRES) in Bioinspired Autonomy in Natural Environments. Participating students will study autonomous mobility (sensing, actuation, and control of flying/gliding rainforest animals in the rainforests of Borneo during the summer of 2021. The research will be conducted at 3 partner universities in SE/E Asia: the National University of Singapore (NUS), KAIST in S. Korea, and the University of Brunei (UBD) on the Island of Borneo. Students will participate in an orientation week at Virginia Tech and after that head to either Singapore or South Korea to work with an engineering mentor on their research setup. After that, they will travel on to Borneo, where they will work with a biodiversity mentor to study the animals. Finally, they will return to the US via Singapore or Korea to get advice on how to analyze the data they have obtained. The total duration of the summer program is 13 weeks. Participants will receive a $5,000 fellowship and have all their cost covered. Participation in a project workshop in the US in the fall will also be covered. All participants must be graduate students and US citizens or legal permanent residents.
  • Undergraduate Researchers in Deep Learning & Biomimetic Robotics at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 04/30/2021 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 and schedule an appointment.
  • Undergraduate Researcher at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 05/30/2021 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 and use to schedule an appointment.