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NEW Opportunity for undergraduate research at SFIS.

SFIS launched an Undergraduate Research Fellows program in Fall 2017, designed to give undergraduate students a chance to engage in research projects on science & society topics, working closely with SFIS faculty mentors.

Engaging in research projects as an undergraduate is a great way to broaden your ASU experience. You’ll get the chance to develop critical skills in how to gather reliable data, how to analyze this information, and how to present your findings to others in a clear and compelling way. These skills can prove very useful in the workplace. Research experience can also help you decide whether you’re interested in graduate school – and, if you are, it can significantly increase your chances of getting accepted.

Students participating in the SFIS undergraduate research program can choose to receive a stipend ($1200 per semester) or to receive research credit (2 credits per semester). You will be expected to spend 5-7 hours per week as a Research Fellow, including attending a weekly meeting with your faculty mentor and a monthly Research Masterclass. You will also be expected to present a research poster at an end-of-semester symposium. Subject to student interest and faculty approval, students may participate in this program over multiple semesters.

We have some additional new projects recruiting students for the Fall 2018 semester!

The second round of applications for the Fall 2018 research program is open from 1-8 August, with a closing date of Wednesday August 8 at 11.59pm. Fall research projects will start the week of August 20th. If you would like to apply for a research position, please complete the online application.

For questions, please contact Elisha Thompson (Elisha.Thompson@asu.edu).

Faculty Advisor

Project Title

Available for Stipend? 

Available for Credit? 

Pre-requisites required?

Dr Kirk Jalbert

Helium Fracking in Arizona: Debates, Transparency, and Participatory Governance

Yes

Yes

None

Dr Nalini Chhetri

Analyzing the Impact of Education Technology in Classrooms Around the World

Yes

Yes

None

Dr Ira Bennett

Claudia ElDib

Shade Shutters

Multi-Disciplinary Research on Dense Urban Environments, for use by the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command

Yes

Yes

None

 


 

Full Project Descriptions

1. Helium Fracking in Arizona: Debates, Transparency, and Participatory Governance

Faculty advisor: Dr Kirk Jalbert, Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Research project overview:

Many future-oriented industries have become dependent on helium, such as for space exploration, making microchips, and running superconductors. Global supplies of this “rare-earth gas” are also in fast decline. Recent discoveries in northeast Arizona have some calling our state the new “Saudi Arabia” of helium, but getting to this helium will require fracking, a process that can pose significant risk to public health and the environment. Meanwhile, new federal rules and limited state resources are restricting how rural communities learn about and participate in decision making processes. Students will help investigate the emerging issue of helium fracking in multiple ways. Students will help with literature reviews to map out key issues, stakeholders, and debates around helium fracking; will perform online research to identify datasets that can inform current debates; and may have the opportunity to work with community partners.

Any pre-requisites needed? None. Some knowledge of energy extraction, environmental justice, community-based research, or data transparency issues is preferred but not required.

Research available for stipend? ($1200/semester): Yes

Research available for course credit? (2 credits/semester): Yes

 


 

2. Analyzing the Impact of Education Technology in Classrooms Around the World

Faculty advisor(s): Dr Nalini Chhetri, School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Sustainability

Research project overview:

Technology plays in an enormous role in providing education, a priority of governments and the public alike. Billions of dollars in funding, time, and human resources have been invested in bringing technology to classrooms around the world, to enhance learning. Technology training for teachers and students alike is becoming the norm, and global trends show that more people are getting educated. However, enormous inequity in access to quality education remains. Can technology help to ensure quality education for all? In this project we will carry out a meta-analysis of literature on current education technologies to explore the complex relationship between technology and education, and the role of technology in providing access to and its impact on education around the globe.

Any pre-requisites needed? None

Research available for stipend? ($1200/semester): Yes

Research available for course credit? (2 credits/semester): Yes

 


 

3. Multi-Disciplinary Research on Dense Urban Environments, for use by the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command

Faculty advisor: Dr Ira Bennett, Clinical Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Claudia ElDib, Logistics Program Manager, ASU Research Enterprises

Shade Shutters, Research Scientist, Global Security Initiative

Research project overview:

ASU and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society have formed a new partnership with the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and are looking for undergraduate researchers to help do current, mission-critical research to support the Security Force Assistance Brigade in providing up-to-date content to forces in the field. Questions and research topics will come directly from the Army and will be turned around in days or weeks as short reports, that will likely include graphics and multimedia content. Students will work alone and in teams with other ASU students, and will be part of a larger online community of researchers at universities around the nation. The Army is working with ASU because of its expertise in Dense Urban Environments (megacities) and much of the work will be in that area, meaning that a broad set of disciplinary perspectives are needed, including but not limited to; geography, anthropology, religious and cultural studies, innovation and technology studies, communication, ICT, computer science, urban planning, and history. Partners in the Army and security researchers at ASU will provide resources and guidance for students as they do their work. The Army seeks to conduct research to support environmental assessment-considerations of current conditions in the environments of interest, and their effects on a specific Foreign Security Force and their capability development. The Army is also interested in exposing students to an array of opportunities that exist within its umbrella organizations, many of which conduct advanced research that is used to assist in a variety of operations in dense urban environments, such as humanitarian assistance conducted on a global scale.

Any pre-requisites needed? None.

Research available for stipend? ($1200/semester): Yes

Research available for course credit? (2 credits/semester): Yes

 


The Center for Engagement and Training in Science and Society (CENTSS) is looking for interns for fall of 2016! You can be an undergraduate or graduate student. Please see the internship form CENTSS INTERNSHIP.

As we become aware of other opportunities, we will be posting them to this page, so check back every so often!