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Anatomical Sciences - posted 8/19/14

The Stony Brook Fossil Preparation Laboratory needs help preparing, CT-scanning, digitizing, molding, casting, and curating dinosaur and other bones for paleontological study by researchers in the Department of Anatomical Sciences.  Interested students may come from any background, but should have interests in the biological sciences, engineering, and/or the arts.  Patience, creativity, problem-solving, and the ability to work in a cooperative setting are desirable attributes.  Multiple opportunities available.  Seeking 5-10 hour weekly commitments for the Fall semester.  All volunteers will get a ground-up perspective on the technical and scientific aspects of vertebrate paleontology, with multiple possibilities for investigating research projects with department faculty and students.  Students should contact the lab manager for more information:

Dr. Sarah Werning seeks 1-2 undergraduates to work with her immediately, this summer, and/or this fall. Students are needed to assist with study and analysis of modern and fossil bone tissue as part of an NSF study on the evolution of growth and metabolism in alligators, crocodiles, and their ancestors. Students will learn the preparation of microscope slides and image analysis using Adobe PhotoShop, as well as the basics of bone tissue and growth description in reptiles. Please contact Dr. Werning directly at for more information. Preference given to students who apply before May 15.

Dr. Michael D'Emic seeks one or more undergraduates to work in his lab to assist with sorting and identifying microfossils, including dinosaur teeth, mammal teeth, crocodile scales and bones, and fish scales. Help is also needed to open, clean, and prepare jackets containing larger dinosaur fossils collected from Cretaceous-aged rocks of Montana and Wyoming. Contact Dr. D'Emic directly at for more information.


Join the Leadership and Creativity Research Lab! Students in The Leadership and Creativity Research Lab run experiments and do qualitative research on effective leadership and innovation in teams. We are looking for motivated undergrad and grad students to run participants, do content analysis of biographies and other sources, and help develop new studies. Research assistants have weekly meetings with the faculty advisor to discuss developmental topics such as professionalism, career planning, and preparation for work and graduate school. They work closely in teams and are encouraged to get to know each other to develop a network of great colleagues. Students from any major and any level are eligible, but preference will be given to students in business and social science majors that have a 3.3 GPA or higher. To send us your application and for more information, visit and go to the “Apply” page. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Posted 3/10/14.

We are seeking a small group of motivated undergraduate students to assist with a National Science Foundation funded research project beginning fall 2013 studying how New York communities have addressed recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Student researchers will assist with a variety of tasks including ground truthing of storm impacts, distributing surveys, attending community meetings, conducting literature reviews, tracking press coverage, and other tasks. Some opportunities will also be available for students to develop and pursue associated independent research projects based on their own interests. Specific tasks will be assigned based on student abilities, interests and schedule flexibility. Students should have an interest in community planning, public policy, disaster recovery, or related issues and should be motivated, responsible and dependable. Students will receive independent research credits for successful completion of this project (EDP 487, 3 credits, S/U grades only). If you are interested, please contact Dr. Donovan Finn in the Stony Brook University Sustainability Studies Program at Please include a short paragraph about why you are interested in the project, any pertinent prior experience, and your major or field of study. Posted 8/7/13


Research Assistant-Volunteer position available at Stony Brook University Medical Center/ Pediatric Pulmonology/Cystic Fibrosis Center. We are seeking a dedicated undergraduate (Freshman or Sophomore) student with year round availability. There is an approximate 10 hour weekly commitment; this may be subject to change as work demands.  The student's primary role will be data management and data entry. Student must have a basic familiarity with Microsoft word, Excel, and Power Point. Students in all academic years are encouraged to apply. 
Please send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to Teresa Carney RNC, PNP. ( 4/3/13

Previous (positions posted below - now closed)

Research Assistant-Volunteer position available at Stony Brook University Medical Center/ Pediatric Pulmonology/Cystic Fibrosis Center. We are seeking a dedicated undergraduate student with year round availability. There is an approximate 10 hour weekly commitment; this may be subject to change as work demands.  The student's primary role will be data management and data entry. Student must have a basic familiarity with Microsoft word, Excel, and Power Point. Students in all academic years are encouraged to apply.
Please send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to Teresa Carney RNC, PNP. (

Openings for research assistants for the summer and fall are available for a study of early child temperament and adjustment in middle childhood.
Posted 3/10/11
We have several openings for this summer and next year for research assistants
for a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study examining the role of temperament
in three-year old children and its effects on later adjustment and functioning. The study includes assessments of psychological adjustment, behavioral and neural responses to emotional information, and biological stress response systems. Research assistants would assist in running children through an extensive laboratory assessment. We are looking for highly dependable individuals who are interested clinical, developmental, and/or personality psychology, pediatrics, or child psychiatry.
Some availability on weekends is important. If you are interested, email

Latino Health Initiative -
We are looking for energetic motivated Bilingual (Spanish) volunteers 18 years and older to assist on a National Institutes of Health community based research study.  Responsibilities will include providing questionnaires to Suffolk County community residents, data entry, and generating reports. Posted 9/7/10.
To apply for this position please send CV and cover letter to:Jewel D. Stafford, Center for Public Health and Health Policy Research
Graduate Program in Public Health
HSC L3 RM 071
Stony Brook University,
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8338
Phone: 631-444-1625
Fax: 631-444-3480

Research Assistant Opportunity at Brookhaven National Laboratory - Dept of Medicine -Our laboratory's main areas of interest are geared towards better understanding the mechanisms of 1) addiction (including: alcohol, drug abuse and obesity) and 2) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Understanding these mechanisms will help us develop better therapeutic tools for addictive disorders that amount to billions of dollars per year in health costs and lost productivity. Based on previous findings at BNL, we focused on the role of the dopamine D2 family of receptors (D2, D3 and D4) in alcohol abuse, by training animals to drink alcohol. Once the animals were trained and displayed a clear preference for ethanol versus water, a viral vector carrying the D2cDNA was strereotaxically microinfused into the brain. This resulted in a significant decrease in alcohol intake to half the initial levels (Thanos et al. 2001). These findings provided evidence that overexpression of D2 receptors reduced alcohol intake, and suggested that high levels of D2 receptors may be protective against alcohol abuse (Thanos et al., 2001). These results were recently supported in Inbred strains of alcohol preferring (P) rats (Thanos et al. 2004) and in D2R transgenic mice (Thanos et al 2004b). Current research is utilizing the latest techniques including: 1) Brain Imaging (microPET, microMRI, autoradiography), 2) Whole Body Imaging (mCT, WBARG), 3) Behavior Analysis, 4) Immunohistochemistry, 5) Gene transfer and Epigenetics, 6) Brain Microdialysis, and 7) Transgenic Mouse Breeding) to examine the neurochemistry, genetics and behavioral aspects of addiction. Ongoing studies will help further elucidate the complex role of dopamine, the D2 family of receptors as well as other neurotransmitters and markers in alcoholism, drug abuse and obesity. Interested students will take advantage of a dynamic and team-oriented environment with opportunities to conduct undergraduate honors research projects in psychology, biology, pharmacology and the WISE program. Previous students have presented their work at national conferences and been coauthors on publications. For more information please contact.Dr. Peter Thanos, Department of Medicine, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Tel. 631-344-7364, Email:, Web Site. Updated 1/2/08.

Are you interested in frogs, snakes, lizards, salamanders, or turtles?
Are you interested in evolutionary biology?

The Wiens lab is seeking motivated undergraduate students to be involved in research projects in our lab. These projects involve using reptiles and amphibians as model systems to help answer fundamental questions in the fields of evolutionary biology and ecology. Some of our current projects include (1) using salamanders to understand the origin of species; (2) using treefrogs to understand the causes of high biodiversity in tropical rainforests; (3) using turtles to understand how organisms adapt to different environments; (4) discovering how lizards gave rise to snakes and how the major lineages of venomous snakes evolved. Much of our work uses molecular phylogenies, and involves gathering and analyzing data from DNA sequences. Other projects involve studies of live or preserved reptiles and amphibians in the field or laboratory. Some previous research projects in the lab have generated publications in major journals with undergraduates as authors. Students may work for research credit, but some funding is also available. Posted 01/04 More detailed information on research in the Wiens lab is available here. Please Contact:John J. Wiens
Department of Ecology and Evolution,
email:, Phone: (631) 632-1101

Department of Ecology & Evolution- Mike Bell's laboratory studies patterns of evolution through time and variation among living populations of the threespine stickleback fish. Undergraduate students have always played an important role in his research. Some have done projects that led to major new research projects in his lab (e.g., brain and behavior evolution). Others have completed honors theses and been coauthors on publications. A number of his undergraduate research students are now biologists at universities and conservation agencies.
Current projects include analysis of patterns of change through time in fossil stickleback from a 10 million-year-old lake deposit in Nevada with annual layers and in annual samples from modern stickleback populations in Alaska. His lab is studying variation in brain structure in relation to spatial learning, feeding in stickleback with contrasting diets, evolution of gene expression and resulting changes in skeletal development, and evolutionary relationships of individuals within and among populations.Most students assist Dr. Bell or his graduate students on their projects by helping feed and maintain live fish, counting and measuring structures under a dissecting microscope, capturing digital images of specimens and digitizing landmarks on those images, maintaining collections of preserved fish, and preparing fossils for collection of data. All students are given reading to orient them to work in the lab. They usually begin by working on an existing project, but as their skills develop, they are encouraged to undertake a project that could become an undergraduate honors thesis (students must meet other academic requirements for an honors degree) or a publication in the scientific literature. Most work is on campus during the academic year, but students who have done well in the lab may be invited to join field projects in Alaska (modern populations, genetics) or Nevada (paleontology). Biology, Biochemistry, Geology, and students in other majors can make important contributions to research in Bell's lab and earn academic credit for their efforts. Please contact Prof. Mike Bell, Email: Phone: (631) 632-8574 (lab), (631) 632-8600 (dept.)Fax: (631) 689-6682