Current Opportunities

Please scroll down to see which opportunities are compatible with your major, field of interest, or future career objectives, then contact Dr. Capilouto for an appointment.

Opportunities below are open to all majors!


Title of Opportunity: Balance and Postural Control in Adults with Degenerative Neurological Disease

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Geetanjali Gera

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Physical Therapy

Position Type: Academic Credit

Position Availability: Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

Description

Many adult degenerative neurological diseases manifest with challenges in balance and postural control including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease. In our lab, we are studying issues of balance and postural control in multiple ways. Selected students will assist with motion analyses, balance assessment, and neuroimaging to better understand the impact of neurological disease on function.

Prerequisites

  • Minimum GPA 3.4
  • Must be available to work two consecutive semesters (Fall 2018, Spring 2019)
  • Responsible, dependable and excellent attention to detail

Posted: 9/28/18


Title of Opportunity: Prevalence of Opioid Prescription for Isolated Ankle Sprain FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Phillip Gribble

Graduate Student Mentor: Kyle Kosik

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Athletic Training

Position Type: Academic Credit

Position Availability: Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

Description

In the United States, nearly 1 million people seek care annually for ankle sprains at Emergency Departments (ED). The current standard of care for an acute ankle sprain includes rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) combined with either supervised physical rehabilitation or home-based exercises to restore proper ankle function. However, some patients may utilize additional pharmacological treatment to assist in reducing their pain. A preliminary inquiry by our investigative team suggests the common CNS analgesic (>45%) prescribed for an isolated ankle sprain is Hydro/Oxycodone-Acetaminophen. This high prevalence rate of is a significant concern given the well-known consequences associated with the use of opioids in the United States. The purpose of this project is to perform a retrospective chart review to describe the outpatient prescribing habits for patients presenting to the ED with an acute ankle sprain. Selected students will complete the necessary paperwork for 'read only' access to electronic medical records and perform PI directed review of ER charts.

Prerequisites

  • GPA 3.0 or better
  • Preference given to students who commit to successive semesters
  • Minimum sophomore standing
  • Available ~2-3 hours per week.
  • Attention to detail.

Posted: 9/26/18


Title of Opportunity: Clinical Research Experience Focusing on Shoulder Outcomes

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Tim Uhl

Graduate Student Mentor: Nicole Cascia

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Athletic Training, Rehabilitation Sciences

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring 2019

Description

Our research team, TRUEblue (Treatment and Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity), is interested in understanding and assessing shoulder girdle kinetics and kinematics in people with and without shoulder pathologies. We acquire data from laboratory and clinical environments to help encompasses knowledge that is well-rounded. We are mainly focused on capturing objective data on the scapula and glenohumeral joint along with patient-reported outcomes/surveys to determine differences that exist in healthy versus unhealthy patients. Students will work in the Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI) using the 3D motion capture system and have the opportunity to gain research experience by assisting with data collection, data processing, and data analysis. Students will also experience working in the UK Orthopaedic Outpatient Clinic capturing clinic data on pathological patients. Work will begin in the spring; however, we are interviewing students this fall for selection.

Prerequisites

  • Minimal GPA 3.0
  • Flexible hours (possible evenings or weekend work) but must be available for at least half day on Monday (mornings or afternoons)
  • Minimum 8-10 hours per week
  • Organized, responsible and accountable, eager to learn, outstanding attention to detail, strong work ethic and communication skills
  • Preference will be given to students who can commit to multiple semesters, including summer
  • Individual has a car to transport themselves to and from UKSM at Turfland clinic on Harrodsburg Road

Posted: 9/13/18


Title of Opportunity: Health Improvement Activities in U.S. Communities

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Shana Moore, Rachel Hogg-Graham

Affiliation: Systems for Action National Coordinating Center, UK College of Public Health

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2018

Description

Since 1998, the National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems (NLSPHS, as of 2018 NALSYS) has followed a nationally representative cohort of U.S. communities in order to study the implementation and impact of multi‐sector population health activities. The survey captures information about the types of health improvement activities that are implemented in U.S. communities, and the array of organizations that contribute to these activities. By collecting this information consistently in more than 500 U.S. communities over a span of 20 years, the NALSYS has become the nation’s only national, longitudinal source of information about the actions that local communities undertake to protect and improve the health status of their residents. Students will have the opportunity to assist with data collection by participating in phone survey research. Phone calls are made from the survey’s management center, the Systems for Action National Coordinating Office, located in Suite 201 in the College of Public Health Building on the University of Kentucky Campus, 111 Washington Avenue. Training, support, and a script will be provided. Opportunities for post data collection activities such as data analyses and scholarly dissemination activities are also possible for select students.

Prerequisites

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Minimum sophomore status
  • Available September 15th‐October 31st, 2018
  • Availability Monday‐Friday, between the hours of 11am‐4pm; specific days, times, hours negotiated for each student

Posted: 9/10/18


Title of Opportunity: Social Communication Assessment for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Peter Meulenbroek

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Position Type: Academic Credit

Position Availability: Fall 2018/Spring 2019

Description

This project focuses on the development of a social communication assessment examining spoken communication patterns in adults with traumatic brain injury and healthy adult controls without history of brain injury. Student applicants will assist in 1) developing scenarios to prompt language samples and 2) assist with identifying possible approaches to measuring language samples.

Prerequisites

  • GPA 3.0 or better
  • Interest in applied linguistics, medical speech-language pathology, and/or traumatic brain injury a plus
  • Preference to students in Communication Disorders or Linguistics
  • Preference to students who can commit multiple semesters

Posted: 9/06/18


Title of Opportunity: Diaphragm muscle growth in mice with and without satellite cells FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Esther Dupont-Versteegden

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Physical Therapy/Center for Muscle Biology

Position Type: Academic Credit

Position Availability: Fall 2018/Spring 2019

Description

In our lab we are interested in learning whether diaphragm muscle grows in response to testosterone equally well in mice with and without satellite cells. Satellite cells are muscle stem cells hypothesized to be necessary for muscle growth in response to testosterone in female mice. We will test our question of interest using genetically engineered mice who are lacking satellite cells. Students will be responsible for sectioning diaphragm muscle and staining for dystrophin (cell membrane component) to count cell nuclei and measure cell size. Opportunities for presentations and other scholarly products as well as participation in science forums will be available.

Prerequisites

  • 3.5 GPA
  • Preference given to students who can commit multiple semesters
  • Excellent attention to detail

Posted: 8/30/18


Title of Opportunity: Analyzing human tissue in health and disease FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Kate Kosmac

Division: Center for Muscle Biology

Position Type: Academic Credit, Paid Position, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2018

Description

In this lab, we are studying muscle adaptation to diseases including osteoarthritis, peripheral artery disease, and sarcopenia. The qualified student will be sectioning muscles tissue, staining muscle tissue and imaging muscle tissue. Opportunities for presentations at professional meetings and co authorship on peer-reviewed publications.

Prerequisites

  • Student must be available between Noon and 5 weekdays
  • Preference will be given to students who can commit to multiple semesters
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel) a plus
  • Responsible and eager to learn
  • Outstanding attention to detail

Posted: 8/21/18


Title of Opportunity: Increasing Communication Output in the Classroom Setting FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Aimee Sayre

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2018

Description

In this project the student will work in a classroom in Jessamine Co. from 2-4 hours per week. The student will support a child with motor and speech deficits to fully participate in his classroom curriculum with his peers. Specific programming, data collection, data analysis and weekly meeting with mentor will be completed.

This project can be for either 1 or 2 credits depending on the amount of time the student spends on the project. Time commitment will be 1 or two mornings per week in a Jessamine County middle school. Travel time is roughly 1/2 hour each way. Time in the classroom will be 11/2 - 2 hours per visit

Prerequisites

  • CSD Major -Junior or Senior
  • GPA 3.7 or better
  • Interest in pediatric communication intervention
  • Highly reliable and detail oriented
  • Own transportation

Posted: 8/14/18


Title of Opportunity: Understanding the Pathogenesis of Periodontal Disease

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Octavio Gonzalez 

Division: College of Dentistry

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2018

Description

Our group is interested in identifying the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease, particularly associated with: 1) the role of host-bacteria interactions and 2) the effects of aging on the gingival innate immune responses. These studies seek to identify new molecular pathways that would provide the foundation to prevent/treat periodontal disease, which is still affecting 50% of the US adult population. For this, we use in vitro (cell cultures) and animal models combined with several molecular techniques.

Previous undergraduate students have had very productive experiences in our group with the opportunity to present the main findings at local scientific meetings as well as co-authoring publications in top dental and immunological journals.

Prerequisites

  • GPA 3.5 or better
  • Availability for lab work at least 6-8h/week for at least 1-2 years
  • Complete UK online training (4 courses) for working in the lab
  • Preference will be given to students with excellent academic performance, interested in pursuing dental education and involved in the research certificate program from UKCHS

Posted: 7/09/18


Title of Opportunity: Return to competition following knee surgery FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Brian Noehren

Graduate Student Mentor: Chelsey Roe

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Physical Therapy

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2018, Spring 2019

Description

We are focused on understanding the factors that contribute to an individual's ability to return to competition over the first year of recovery following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. We use a variety of methods to assess individuals such as strength measurements and functional testing. Students working with us will gain an understanding of anatomy and common clinical testing techniques with young active individuals. Students will be able to assist in data collections and interact with patients, athletic trainers, and other health care providers. We are looking for motivated students who have good attention to detail, strong work ethic, are interested in a career in the medical field, and enjoy working in a team environment.

Prerequisites

  • Minimum GPA 3.2
  • Must be willing to work multiple semesters
  • Must be available Monday afternoons and/or Wednesday mornings
  • Must have own transportation
  • Preference will be given to students with interest in human movement science

Posted: 7/09/18


Title of Opportunity: Concussion Recovery and Musculoskeletal Injury Risk in Athletes FULL 

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Matthew Hoch, PhD, ATC; Nicholas Heebner, PhD, ATC 

Graduate Student Mentor: Carolina Quintana, MA, ATC

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Sports Medicine Research Institute

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

Description

We are focused on understanding recovery following sports-related concussion and determining why athletes have an increased risk of musculoskeletal injury after return to participation from these injuries. To understand concussion recovery, we use a variety of methods which examine walking and landing biomechanics, balance, reaction time, and cognition. Students on this project will work in the Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI) and have the opportunity to gain research experience by assisting with data collection, data processing, and data analysis. Students that work in the SMRI for an extended period of time may also have the opportunity to present research at university sponsored conferences.

Prerequisites

  • Minimal GPA 3.0
  • Flexible hours (possible evenings or weekend work)
  • Minimum 4-6 hours per week
  • Responsible, eager to learn, outstanding attention to detail, and strong work ethic
  • Willing to participate in dissemination activities in collaboration with mentors
  • Preference will be given to students who can commit to multiple semesters, including summer

Posted: 5/14/18


Title of Opportunity: Effects of Service Delivery Models on Instructional Verb Learning in Elementary School FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentor: Joneen Lowman

Graduate Student Mentor: Laura Stone

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2018, Fall 2018

Description

According to the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), speech-language pathologists in elementary schools primarily use a traditional service delivery model, where children are ‘pulled out’ from their classrooms to receive services. However, in recent years, there has been a push to provide speech and hearing services in the classroom environment through collaboration with teachers and/or aides. The objectives of this project are to determine the efficacy of different service delivery models for teaching instructional verbs to young elementary school children. Students selected to work on the project will participate in pre- and post-testing of participants, data collection, data transcription, and data management. Students will receive the necessary training and must demonstrate competency before beginning.

Prerequisites

  • Preference given to students pursuing a future in communication sciences and disorders
  • Must be available during some part of the elementary school day (7:30 am 2:30 pm)
  • Must have own transportation and willingness to drive to Georgetown, KY
  • Must be well-organized with an attention to detail

Posted: 4/11/18


Title of Opportunity: Knee and hip injury biomechanics FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentor: Brian Noehren

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Physical Therapy

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Ongoing

Description

We are focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms in several common injuries that occur in the lower extremity. We use a variety of methods to answer our questions such as 3D motion capture, strength assessment and clinical measurements. We also use and develop computer code to process and analyze the data we collect. Students working in our lab serve in a variety of capacities such as observing clinical evaluations, assisting in data collections and processing data. The undergraduate students working in our lab gain an understanding of anatomy, common clinical assessment techniques, and joint mechanics. Students also have an opportunity to assist physical therapists in research treatment studies ongoing in the laboratory. Students that work in the laboratory for an extended period of time also have the opportunity to present research at national conferences. Leadership opportunities also exist for students who return for a second semester to help train and supervise newer students. We are looking for students who have a good attention to detail, strong work ethic, are interested in a future career in a medical field and enjoy working in a team environment.

Prerequisites

  • Must be current sophomore or junior
  • Must commit minimum of 8 hours per week (fall/spring) on the project
  • Must commit to multiple semester
  • Minimum GPA 3.4-3.5 GPA
  • Preference given to pre-PT students

Posted: 3/29/18


Title of Opportunity: Testing a smartphone application to enhance voice therapy adherence FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Vrushali Angadi, Ming-Yuan Chih

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Summer 2018 (both sessions), Fall 2018

Description

Lack of adherence to voice therapy is a well-established barrier to success in voice rehabilitation. Research has demonstrated that of patients who initiate voice therapy, 47% do not complete the program, thus significantly reducing the effectiveness of treatment. In an attempt to improve adherence to voice therapy, a study by Van Leer and Connor (2012) demonstrated that use of mobile phone based treatment videos increased adherence to voice therapy. Though not specific to voice therapy, previous studies have demonstrated that using mobile information and communication technologies to deliver evidence-based care (called mHealth) has been shown to improve patient adherence and clinically meaningful outcomes in fields, like , addiction and cancer. To this end, the objective of the proposed project is to investigate the influence of an mhealth based smartphone App on adherence to an evidence-based voice therapy approach. This project, a phase 1 study, will beta-test a newly developed smartphone application that is designed to deliver a prescriptive voice therapy program, Vocal Function Exercises (VFEs). The app also contains a user friendly interface to track progress on VFEs and record the number of sessions performed by the client for home practice. VFEs were chosen for the current study as it is a highly prescriptive and strongly evidence-based voice therapy program. Due to its prescriptive nature, it is easy to monitor progress and adherence on the VFE program. To date, there are 28 outcome studies supporting VFE efficacy in improving normal, disordered, and well-trained voices. Selected students will assist the faculty mentor with participant recruitment, data collection (voice instrumentation and therapy data), data management, voice therapy delivery and preparing research presentations related to research study.

Prerequisites

  • Must have evening availability 5-8 pm during the week.
  • Preference will be given to students trained in voice therapy (specifically Vocal Function Exercises), experience with REDCap use and MSExcel
  • Willing to participate in dissemination activities in collaboration with mentors
  • Must have great attention to detail

Posted: 3/29/18


Title of Opportunity: Impact of lifelong exercise on mice with and without muscle stem cells FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentor: Charlotte Peterson

Graduate Student Mentor: Davis Englund

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Center for Muscle Biology

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring 2018 / Summer 2018

Description

In this study, mice with and without stem cells have been subjected to daily exercise since adulthood. The questions of interest is what happens to hind leg muscle properties in the presence of muscle stems cells versus the absence of muscle stem cells. The qualified student will be sectioning muscles tissue, staining muscle tissue and imaging muscle tissue. Depending on interest level, the student might also be engaged in animal care and assisting in surgical procedures.

Prerequisites

  • Minimal GPA 3.0
  • Responsible and eager to learn
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Preference will be given to students who can commit to multiple semesters, including summer

Posted: 1/4/18


Title of Opportunity: Needs assessment of cancer patients and their family caregivers

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentor: Ming-Yuan Chih, PhD

Department: Clinical Sciences

Division: Health Sciences Education and Research

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring 2018 / Fall 2018

Description

Cancer patients and their family caregivers, especially from rural areas, have huge unmet needs. We are conducting needs assessment to understand these needs. As a student researcher, you will work with the Dr. Chih and other student researchers to discover these needs through coding their interviews and focus group recordings. You will be able to understand the experiences of patients and their families going through cancer treatment and recovery. You may also have the opportunities to sit in the interviews and focus group meetings. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the development of information technology-based intervention for cancer patients and their family caregivers.

Prerequisites

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Reliable, independent, and dependable
  • Flexible hours
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn new skills and tools

Posted: 3/1/18
 


Title of Opportunity: Lower Extremity Movement Analysis After an Ankle Sprain FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentor: Phillip Gribble, Kyle Kosik​

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Division: Athletic Training

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Winter 2017/Spring 2018

Description

Ankle sprains commonly occur when participating in physical activity. An unintended consequence after an ankle sprain is abnormal movement patterns, particularly during walking and activities that require jump-landing. The purpose of this research project is to compare movement patterns between people with and without a history of an ankle sprain. Students involved in this project will be engaged in data collection, data analysis, and have the opportunity to learn about research through lab meetings. Students will be expected to present findings at local conferences/meetings.

Prerequisites

Minimum GPA of 3.0 
Reliable, independent, and dependable 
Flexible hours
Attention to detail
Open to all majors

Posted: 11/07/17


 

 

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