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: Feasibility and Efficacy of Two Methods of Delivering Voice Therapy FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Vrushali Angadi, Ming-Yuan Chih

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Position Type: Academic Credit

Position Availability: Summer 2019, Fall  2019, Spring 2020

Description

Maximizing effectiveness of evidence based voice therapies is the next step in the evolution of voice rehabilitation. With a lifetime prevalence of 29.9% and a point prevalence of 6.6%1 of the US population, voice disorders have a deleterious effect on both employment and social-emotional well-being. The intent of the current project is to enhance the delivery of voice therapy by using a smartphone application. This study will be implemented with patients who currently suffer from a voice disorder and have been recommended to undergo voice therapy. Selected students will be involved with data entry, voice therapy observations, patient check-ins and analysis of patient videos for usability assessment.

Prerequisites

  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Detail oriented, motivated and punctual
  • Will be required to complete HIPAA and CITI training
  • Preference given to students who can commit multiple semesters

Posted: 4/24/19


Title of Opportunity: Validity and Reliability of an Online Assessment for Traumatic Brain Injury FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Peter Meulenbroek

Graduate Mentor: Carly Weiglein

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Position Type: Academic Credit

Position Availability: Summer 2019

Description

We are recruiting students to assist with a study on the validity and reliability of two online web apps designed to assess social communication in persons with TBI. The study will be recruiting twenty persons with TBI and twenty controls for multiple visits to the Social Communication and Cognitive Abilities (SCCA) Lab. The SCCA Lab is located in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinic housed in the Wethington Building. Students will be expected to work with participants to administer the web apps and provide information, coordinate visits, escort participants to and from the lab, collect and organize research data, and complete required readings on the topic of communication after brain injuries.

Prerequisites

  • CSD Major preferred
  • Must work weekdays during regular office hours
  • Flexibility in scheduling participants as needed

Posted: 4/19/19


Title of Opportunity: Qualitative Research Study of Cultural Awareness

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Remer

Graduate Mentor: Carolyn Meiller

Department: Clinical Sciences

Division: Office of Student Affairs

Position Type: Academic Credit

Position Availability: 2019 Spring, Summer, and Fall

Description

Looking to gain research experience? The College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs is looking for a few high-achieving and motivated students to help with a qualitative research study related to cultural awareness. Students will be provided with training on the importance of qualitative research, how to conduct qualitative research, and how to engage in qualitative analysis through coding and thematic definition.

Prerequisites

  • 3.0 GPA or above required
  • CV and statement of interest

Posted: 3/26/19


Title of Opportunity: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Risk Level Assessment of College Students

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Remer, Dr. White & Dr. Skaff

Department: Clinical Sciences

Division: Health Sciences, Education & Research

Position Type: Academic Credit & Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring 2019; Summer 2019

Description

This research opportunity focuses on assisting with the analysis of the raw data of a web-based survey that assesses the perceptions of HPV among college students. Students will also have an opportunity to collaborate with the co-PIs on the development of future research questions and efforts toward grant development. 

Prerequisites

  • GPA 2.8 or greater
  • Preference given to HHS and CLM majors
  • Knowledge of data management using Excel is required

Posted: 2/12/19


Title of Opportunity: Exploring Adult Hearing Loss and Social Cognition FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Anne Olson

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Position Type: Academic Credit

Position Availability: Summer 2019, Fall 2019, possibly Spring 2020

Description

The purpose of this research program is to examine the relationship between hearing loss and social cognition in adults. Hearing loss is currently the most common sensory deficit in aging adults; it is becoming more than just a chronic health issue, but a social issue as well. Multiple studies have also revealed a correlation between hearing loss and loss of cognitive function and performance. Social cognition refers to the brain’s processing of social information, such as the ability to determine others’ emotions and how to respond to those emotions appropriately. While hearing loss is known to increase social isolation and create daily communication issues, it is unknown if social cognition is another cognitive domain affected by hearing loss. There is a critical need to fully explore the effects that hearing loss may have on all of the domains of cognitive function, especially given the impact that hearing loss has on everyday communication and interactions.

Selected students will gain knowledge in management of both quantitative and qualitative data related to this topic. 

Prerequisites

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Strong work ethic
  • Sophomore or Junior status
  • Ability to begin in the summer semester 2019 and commit to more than one semester
  • Preference for individual with strong computer skills (i.e. word processing, excel) and ability to work with new platforms (i.e. Redcap) 

Posted: 1/17/19


Title of Opportunity: Feasibility of App Based Monitoring to Improve Physical Activity FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Ming-Yuan Chih, PhD

Department: Clinical Sciences

Division: Health Sciences Education and Research

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring, Summer, and Fall 2019

Description

This research focuses on developing and evaluating the feasibility of an Apple Watch-based system to monitor and improve physical activity and other patient reported outcomes of bone marrow transplant patients. Selected students will gain hands-on research experience including intervention development and data collection. Students will have the opportunity to interact with patients, their families, and healthcare providers.

Prerequisites

  • GPA: 3.5 or higher
  • High level of responsibility and professionalism.
  • Preference will be given to students who can commit to multiple semesters

Posted: 1/15/19


Title of Opportunity: Muscle dysfunction and functional outcomes for survivors of critical illness FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Esther Dupont-Versteegden

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Division: Physical Therapy

Position Type: Academic Credit

Position Availability: Spring 2019, Summer 2019

Description

This project tracks how muscles change following stays in the intensive care unit and the impact that intervention such as PT, OT, and nursing mobility can have on preventing those changes. We are analyzing muscle size and muscle quality using ultrasound and we want to correlate those results with physical function such as gait speed, cognitive testing, anxiety and depression (resulting from hospital stays). Students selected for this research experience will assist with data collection, data input, and potentially data analysis of the ultrasound results.

Prerequisites

  • Minimal GPA 3.0
  • Junior or senior with pre-med, pre PT or pre PA concentration
  • Preference given to students who can commit multiple semester (including summer). 
  • Dependable, organized, attention to detail

Posted: 12/17/18


Title of Opportunity: Investigating High BMI and Co-Morbidity in Pediatrics FULL 

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Aurelia Radulescu

Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics- Kentucky Clinic

Position Type: Academic Credit

Position Availability: Summer 2019, Fall 2019 

Description

Obesity in children is associated with multiple co-morbidities and places them at risk of developing serious conditions in adulthood like cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Fatty Liver, Cancer. Our role at the pediatric BMI clinic is to evaluate these kids for potential comorbid conditions and treat them when diagnosed. We do this through comprehensive physical exam, laboratory screening, nutritional counseling, and multiple visits per year to properly monitor these patients. We also work closely with other pediatric specialties at UK to assist in treating the co-morbidities associated with obesity. Our BMI team (physician, two physician assistants, dietician, and CST) has recently joined in a research registry with 30+ sites nationwide to evaluate the data surrounding this patient population. This study seeks to capture anthropometric measurements, laboratory results, diagnoses, and medications. Selected students will be responsible for consenting patients to participate in this registry. Along with this, he/she will spend time each week assisting with data entry into an online software program used in this multi-site trial. This data entry consists of demographic information, clinical laboratory results, medications, diagnoses, etc. This is a great opportunity for a student looking to gain clinical experience and be involved in research. Students may have the opportunity to prepare and present a poster at a local or regional conference.

Prerequisites

  • Minimum GPA 3.2 and sophomore status
  • Preference given to students who can commit multiple semesters
  • Available M/W afternoon; TR morning/afternoon; PIs will accommodate any combination of these options
  • Preference to Pre-Med/Pre-PA students or students with interest in medicine or nutrition
  • Organized, attention to detail, good communication skills; team player 

Posted: 03/27/19


Title of Opportunity: Exploring The Female Patient Experience FULL

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Jami Warren

Department: Clinical Sciences

Division: Health Sciences, Education, & Research

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring 2019

Description

This research opportunity focuses on gathering preliminary information necessary to study the patient experience from a female perspective. Selected students will assist in a guided literature review around the topic while learning a valuable process that can be applied to future professional and clinical work. Students will also have an opportunity to collaborate with the PI on development of research questions and hypotheses.

Prerequisites

  • GPA 3.5 or greater
  • Preference given to students who can commit multiple semesters
  • Preference given to HHS majors
  • Knowledge of library databases and literature searches a plus

Posted: 10/23/18


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: Summer 2019 & Fall 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 (Summer 2019; Fall 2019)
  • Responsible, dependable and excellent attention to detail

Posted: 04/22/19


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 FULL

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: 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

Position Availability: 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 morning, Monday afternoon, and/or Wednesday mornings
  • Must have own transportation
  • Preference will be given to students with interest in human movement science

Posted: 11/15/18


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: Knee and hip injury biomechanics 

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: 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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