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Seeking Undergraduate Research Assistants

Apply by April 21st!

February 27, 2019 1:13 PM
Dr. Helena Mentis and Dr. Andrea Kleinsmith in the Department of Information Systems are looking for motivated undergraduate students interested in research opportunities over the summer. 

The first research project is to investigate the use of different types of communication technologies in telemedicine. To investigate this, research assistants will learn to use technology such as Microsoft Hololens augmented reality headset, Empatica wristbands that detect physiological signals, and the Tobii eye tracking systems to record nonverbal behaviors. Being situated at hospitals means this research opportunity will enable you to experience and participate in research in the surgery department, medical training center, and much more. The data collection will be conducted at two different locations on-demand; either at the Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Surgical Research Department, located within the James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning (SAIL) Center in Annapolis, Maryland, or at The Johns Hopkins Minimally Invasive Surgical Training and Innovation Center, Blalock Building, 600 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, Maryland. A PhD student involved in the project can give rides from UMBC campus to the research locations, or the assistant can travel by their own means. 

The second research project is to investigate the impact of stress on paramedic trainees during simulation training. For this project, we have lots of data for research assistants to work with, such as physiological data from the Empatica wristband, exciting videos of emergency simulations, and interviews with paramedic trainees. Work on this research project will take place at UMBC in conjunction with faculty from the Department of Emergency Health Services.

For both studies, the undergraduate research assistant will be provided lab space to conduct data analysis and work with the other personnel on the project. Drs. Mentis and Kleinsmith will be co-leading both projects through regular research meetings and study sessions. Each position is for up to 20 hours a week at $12/hr. The positions would ideally start as soon as possible, but absolutely would start by June 1, 2019.

If you are an IS, CS, Psychology or related-discipline major with a GPA of at least 3.0 and interested in technology and verbal/nonverbal behavior, medical training, and/or stress/emotion, please send your application to both Drs. Helena Mentis and Andrea Kleinsmith ( and answering the following questions:

1. Major/minor, year, GPA
2. Any research experience you have had to date
3. Your interest in this opportunity
4. Your plans after graduation
5. Questions you have for us

Deadline to apply is April 21st, 2019.
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