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: Lower Extremity Movement Analysis After an Ankle Sprain

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


Title of Opportunity: Undergraduate Research Opportunity to Study Skeletal Muscle Biology and Adaptation

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentor: Charlotte Peterson, Cory Dungan

Graduate Student Mentor: N/A

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Affiliation: N/A

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Description: 

We are looking for an undergraduate student that is interested in learning about research, particularly skeletal muscle research. The project has two main elements: 1) cellular senescence during aging and obesity (humans) and 2) skeletal muscle hypertrophy using a novel exercise model (mouse). In addition to learning about skeletal muscle biology, this is a great opportunity for an undergraduate student to gain valuable laboratory experience.The selected applicant would learn how to section skeletal muscle, immunohistochemistry, light and fluorescent microscopy, image analysis, and data quantification. There will also be opportunities to learn Western blotting and qPCR. 

Prerequisites: 

Minimum GPA of 3.0
Previous laboratory experience preferred but is not a requirement
Students from physical and life sciences are encouraged to apply

Posted: 9/25/17


Title of Opportunity: Movement analyses in neurologically impaired individuals

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentor: Geetanjali Gera, PhD, PT

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Affiliation: N/A

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2017

Description

We are focused on understanding the functional organization of movements, especially balance control, in order to improve rehab intervention. Our laboratory involves research on elderly and neurologically impaired individuals including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. We use variety of tools to quantify movement deficits including 3D motion analysis, inertial sensor measurement, force platform measurements, electromyography and clinical assessment. Students will be involved in testing the newly developing study designs, collecting and analyzing data. Students working in the lab will get an opportunity to be involved in data collections, data analysis (signal processing) and learn to understand research through discussions in lab meetings and potential local presentations. 
We are looking for students who are hardworking, highly motivated, have curiosity to learn and contribute towards collaborative science. Preference will be given to individuals who are considering a future career in Physical Therapy or a medical field. 

Prerequisites

Must be current Junior or Sophomore with at least a 3.4-3.5 GPA;  prefer students interested in PT or Medical school, but open to any post professional med desires.

Posted: 10/04/17


Title of Opportunity: Development of a Self-Efficacy Scale for Home Exercise Programs

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentor: Tim Uhl

Graduate Student Mentor: Kelsey Picha

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Affiliation: N/A

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Description

Musculoskeletal injuries requiring rehabilitation affect a large portion of the population every year. Although these injuries may be debilitating, researchers suggest patients frequently do not adhere to their rehabilitation programs and the situation is even worse with respect to home exercise programs. A barrier to rehabilitation adherence is when patients have low self-efficacy. The purpose of this project is to determine the reliability and validity of a newly developed questionnaire to assess self-efficacy for home exercise programs in a patient population. 

Prerequisites

GPA 3.0 or above
Reliable, independent, and dependable
Must be available 5-10 hours per week, times are flexible during business hours 
May need to have transportation to the Turfland Sports Physical Therapy clinic

Posted: 9/18/17


Title of Opportunity: Evaluating Workplace Talk in Traumatic Brain Injury

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentor: Peter Meulenbroek

Graduate Student Mentor: N/A

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Affiliation: N/A

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Description

Social communication abilities are frequently impaired after traumatic brain injury (TBI) leading to problems with socializing with friends, family, and co-workers. Social communication turns out to have direct effects on employment as an outcome. Dr. Meulenbroek's Social Cognition and Communication Lab (SCCA Lab) developed an assessment of speech patterns. Performance on this measure can predict employment outcomes - but how does performance predict how regular people feel socially when listening to the speech samples? Is this measure really measuring social communication? This research opportunity is a small study with UK students to support a larger national study. It will be an online survey study, so familiarity with Qualtrics or other survey software is a plus. Responsibilities will involve data entry, creating a survey in Qualtrics, assigned readings on survey research, and assigned readings on traumatic brain injury.

Prerequisites

Any major is welcome (linguistics, communication disorders, or computer science are ideal)
Working knowledge of Excel software
Ability to learn new software skills
Ability to work with colleagues amiably and professionally
Must be interested in at least two semesters of work in this lab

Posted: 9/18/17


Title of Opportunity: Mimicing Exercise In Vitro

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentor: Charlotte Peterson

Graduate Student Mentor: Bailey Peck

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Affiliation: Center for Muscle Biology

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Description

The purpose of this research project is to induce muscle growth in human satellite cells. Students involved with the project will have a number of research learning opportunities from assisting with data collection to learning techniques for the analysis of various in vitro human cell culture treatments related to skeletal muscle physiology and aging.

Prerequisites

  • GPA 3.00 or better
  • Preference to students with interest in Human health Sciences and/or muscle biology/physiology
  • Preference given to junior/senior class standing

Posted: 9/14/17


Title of Opportunity: Establishing Normative Data for Standardized Testing

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentors: Rhonda Caldwell, Gilson Capilouto

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Description

Children at risk for developmental delay are frequently evaluated using standardized testing such as the Bayley Scales of Infant Development. Normative data is frequently based on national samples which may not always transfer from one area of the country to another. In this study, typically developing children from Kentucky are being tested to serve as a normative sample for this region of the country. For this experience, the student will facilitate with scheduling participants as part of the KCH NICU Graduate Health Clinic. The student will also have the opportunity to engage and interact with an interprofessional team serving children Birth to three at risk for developmental delay.

Prerequisites

  • Open to all majors
  • Interest in heath care, specifically pediatrics
  • Strong communication skills
  • Own transportation
  • Availability during daytime hours 1-3 hours per week

Posted: 9/07/17


Title of Opportunity: Dietary effects of resistance exercise training combined with Metformin

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charlotte Peterson

Project Mentor: Doug Long, Grace Walton

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Academic Credit

Position Availability: Winter 2017-2018 Intersession, Spring 2018

Description

In elderly populations, resistance exercise confers multiple health benefits. These benefits include maintenance of muscle mass and physical function. This study seeks to determine whether the anti-diabetic drug Metformin enhances the effects of resistance exercise. The student will be responsible for processing and analyzing dietary records using the Nutrition Data System for Research software. These data will be used to determine whether diet effects the patient response to resistance exercise and Metformin.

Prerequisites

  • Attention to detail
  • Health Sciences or Dietetics & Human Nutrition majors preferred
  • Needed weekdays, flexible hours

Posted: 9/07/17


Title of Opportunity: Preparation of a self-paced educational resource compilation for personal trainers

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentors: Patrick Kitzman, Kara Lee

Graduate Student Mentor: Tori Evans

Division: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Description

This research opportunity focuses on the development of a website with the goal to aggregate information on exercise with/for persons with spinal cord injury. As part of this experience, the student will assist in the design of the website and well as building the website. The selected student will gain valuable knowledge regarding exercise for individuals with spinal cord injury as well as learn methods for distributing and disseminating clinically important information for rehabilitation populations in general and individuals with spinal cord injury specifically. The selected student will also gain knowledge regarding how researchers and clinicians assess gains in clinical knowledge via development and distribution of pre/post test measures to professionals in the field. Student will work under the joint supervision of a graduate PT student and a faculty member in the Division of Physical Therapy.

Prerequisites

  • Must be willing to commit 2 semesters
  • Web design experience preferred
  • Comfort with computer skills necessary
  • Strong communication abilities and organizational skills necessary
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher

Posted: 9/07/17


Title of Opportunity: Clinical Assistant in CD Therapy

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentor: Jane Kleinert

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2017

Description

This activity involves attending a weekly therapy session for a child with a motor-speech disorder and reading comprehension and AAC needs. Sessions are from 4-5 PM every Monday afternoon in the CSD academic clinic in the Wethington Bld. Responsibilities include: coming to the session at least 15 minutes before it begins, collecting data during the session, computing data averages, assisting the Graduate Student Therapist in fabricating materials outside the session time, meeting with the faculty mentor immediately after the therapy session for approximately 20 minutes.

Prerequisites

  • CSD Major- junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.7 or greater 
  • Highly responsible and detail oriented
  • Evidence of completion of CITI training

Posted: 9/05/17


Title of Opportunity: Increasing Communication Output in the Classroom Setting

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentor: Jane Kleinert

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2017

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 full 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. Time commitment will be 1 or two mornings per week in a Jessamine co. elementary 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: 9/05/17


Title of Opportunity: Research Assistant for a Study of Voice Production

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentor: Joseph Stemple

Graduate Student Mentor: Maria Bane

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Description

Researchers in the College of Health Sciences are conducting an intervention outcome study with a voice exercise program. Students involved in this research will gain knowledge and experience with research methodology and with Vocal Function Exercises (VFEs) as a type of physiologic voice exercise program. Students will be trained by a speech-language pathologist to perform and teach the VFE exercise program, complete vocal hygiene counseling, recruit and consent research participants, collect, calculate, and organize data, and administer validated self-assessment questionnaires. Some students will have the opportunity to assist in data input and preparation of scholarly products. 

A total of 4-6 RAs will be accepted after initial interviews, and all will attend a total of 3 training sessions. RAs are expected to interact with study participants in the University of Kentucky Academic Clinic a total of 7 Fridays from October 6th through November 17th, and these sessions will be monitored by a speech-language pathologist. Additional time for data organization and entry can be completed on a flexible, individualized basis during the semester. RAs would be registered to receive academic credit in the Fall or Spring semester, or they may volunteer their time.

Prerequisites

  1. Human Health Science or Communication Sciences and Disorders student
  2. Available Fridays with occasional availability on other weekdays during the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 semester for approximately 5 hours a week
  3. Pass initial screening for pitch matching
  4. Complete CITI and project-specific training with mentor by 9/30/17 (for Fall semester) or 1/31/18 (for Spring semester)
  5. Excellent organizational skills
  6. Highly dependable and punctual 

Posted: 8/30/17


Title of Opportunity: Research and Publication Writing Internship

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentors: Kathleen Sheppard-Jones, Malachy Bishop

Affiliation: Human Development Institute 

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Description

The Human Development Institute is Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service. We work on improving lifelong opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities, their families, and the community. The Human Development Institute is looking for a research intern. The internship experience will include working with researchers and practitioners in the publication of scholarly manuscripts in academic journals and technical briefs. The intern will have an opportunity to be a co-author on a technical publication. This is a flexible position and work can be done virtually.

Prerequisites

We are in need of 2 Senior CSD students with the following qualifications:

  • Experience in Microsoft Office
  • Strong writing skills a must with ability to:
    1. Organize references as per APA style
    2. Proof read for typographical errors
    3. Conduct research literature reviews
    4. Synthesize information in a succinct and clear manner

Posted: 8/17/17


Title of Opportunity: Assessment of Feeding Disorders in Children

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Jane Kleinert

Graduate Student Mentor: Liesel Norris

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Description

This position involves assisting with data collection for a Masters Thesis focused on pediatric feeding assessments. Activities will include training in video data collection, and collection during feeding assessment at two possible locations across campus; downloading and organizing video and developing narrative description of video content. Online HIPPA training and CITI training will be required before June 15. Time commitment is vital and student must be available to collect data at a minimum of 4-6 occasions during the fall semester.

Prerequisites

We are in need of 2 Senior CSD students with the following qualifications:

  • Highly responsible 
  • Detail oriented
  • Preference will be given to students who can commit to the project for multiple semesters
  • Available for a two hour block during the school week each week for a period of 6-8 weeks during the Fall semester 
  • Available for a 1-hour meeting once a week if required 
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.75 , or 3.8 in CSD classes
  • Must have reliable transportation to locations on campus 
  • An interview is required and will need to take place before the summer begins if possible 

Posted: 4/14/17


Title of Opportunity: Manuscript Preparation- The Final Frontier!!!!

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentors: Anne Olson

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Academic Credit, Paid Position

Position Availability: Summer 2017- possible, Fall 2017

Description

Students involved in this research experience will gain advanced knowledge and skills in publication of scholarly manuscripts for research dissemination. Students will assist faculty with manuscript preparation of peer reviewed articles for publication in an academic journal focused in the field of Audiology. Articles include research focused on aural rehabilitation (interventions designed to improve the negative effects of hearing loss in children and adults). Time commitment will vary week to week so good deal of flexibility as long as the work gets done!

Prerequisites

Experience in Microsoft Publisher or other desktop publishing system preferred. 
Strong writing skills a must with ability to:
1) Review proofs for readability and offer suggestions for improvement so that manuscript is clear and consistent, 
2) Attention to detail to detect errors such as punctuation, spelling or grammar and 
3) Review of manuscript references for consistency of citation according to journal guidelines

Posted: 3/13/17


Title of Opportunity: A Study of Two Exercises for Improving Voice

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentor: Joseph Stemple

Graduate Student Mentor: JoAnna Sloggy

Division: Communication Sciences & Disorders

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring 2017, Summer 2017

Description

This study examines the effect of voice exercises in individuals over the age of 60. Participants are randomly assigned to one of two groups, Exercise A or Exercise B. The full protocol consists of the initial evaluation with the introduction of the exercises, 6 weekly therapy sessions, a post-therapy evaluation at week 6, and a one-month evaluation. All sessions will take place during the evening or weekends. 

Selected students will assist in participant scheduling, data collection (as appropriate - training will be provided), data organization and analysis.

Prerequisites

Students must have availability on evenings and weekends. 
Preference given to students who can commit for both spring and summer semesters. 
Students must have good organization skills and be dependable. 

Posted: 2/14/17


Title of Opportunity: Annotated Bibliography for a Physical Rehabilitation Text

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Debbie Kelly

Division: Physical Therapy

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring 2017

Description

Students engaged in this project will develop skill in seeking and identifying clinically relevant literature around physical rehabilitation topics such as wound care, lymphedema, and venus insufficiency, among others. Students will work closely with PT faculty to update references related to these practice topics.

Prerequisites

Preference given to pre PT students.
Must have experience with literature searches.
Minimal GPA 3.5
Must be available a minimum of 2 hours per week.
Familiarity with Google docs

Posted: 2/14/17


Title of Opportunity: Support for Hearing Loss Association of America - Lexington Chapter

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentor: Anne Olson

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Volunteer, Academic Credit

Position Availability: Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Description

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is an adult support group for persons with hearing loss. The Lexington Chapter meets 9 months per year and is need of students who could; 1) meet with current HLAA officers as needed for meeting preparation, 2) assist with set-up for monthly meetings, 3) provide "technical" support during meetings and 4) provide administrative assistance with creating and distributing PR materials in between meetings. Meetings are Thursday evenings (the first Thursday of each month) from 6:30-8:30 pm and take place at the Lexington Public Library - Eastside (off Man O War).

Prerequisites

  • Interest in working with adults with hearing loss 
  • Completion of CSD 277 - preferred 
  • Preference given to students who can commit for multiple semesters
  • Technical support at meetings would require experience such as monitoring adequacy of sound from PA system provided at the library, connecting laptop computer to projector, familiarity with "office" products.
  • Availability for the majority of meeting times (Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar, April, May and June (optional depedning on availability) 

Posted: 2/01/17


Title of Opportunity: Data Collection in the Therapy Setting

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jane Kleinert

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring 2017

Description: The qualified student will record specific client data during a therapy session with a 9 year old child with a motor speech disorder. Data will include: a running list of the child's utterances during the session; serving as an unfamiliar listener for intelligibility rating; interacting with child in activities when needed. Data collected must be clear, accurate (training is provided).

Prerequisites

  • Junior or Senior in CSD undergraduate program who is highly responsible and a strong student with interest in pediatric therapy.
  • Consistent attendance
  • Good paperwork skills
  • Learns quickly and can work with minimal guidance after training
  • Available from 3:45 to 5:15 on Monday afternoons
  • Completed HIPPA training

Posted: 2/01/17


Title of Opportunity: Establishing Normative Data for Dynamic Balance

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Phillip Gribble

Division: Athletic Training

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Volunteer/Academic Credit

Position Availability: Spring 2017

Description: For this activity, the student will learn a technique for assessing dynamic postural control from a functional clinical balance test and help organize existing databases to create normative performance benchmarks.

Prerequisites: 

  1. Must be familiar with and competent in advanced Excel spreadsheet management
  2. GPA 3.0
  3. Must have good organizational skills and be dependable

Posted: 1/18/17


Title of Opportunity: Discourse Production Following Stroke

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto 

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Gilson Capilouto/Katherine Maddy, RHB Doctoral Candidate

Division/Dept: CSD/Rehabilitation Sciences 

Position Type: Volunteer/Academic

Credit Availability: Spring 2017

Description: Discourse is a highly complex task requiring a speaker to organize units of information into a coherent manner to communicate a message to a listener. Global coherence refers to the manner in which discourse is organized with respect to an overall goal, plan, theme or topic and is based on the listener’s perception of the discourse. Studies that have examined global coherence following right hemisphere stroke have been equivocal. This study will examine global coherence in the discourse of individuals following right hemisphere stroke. This is a unique opportunity for students to gain experience working with a clinical population in the collection & analysis of language samples. The student will also assist in the transcription and global coherence scoring of discourse samples as well as help to establish inter- and intra- rater reliability. Skills obtained will prepare the student for discourse analyses in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: Must be able to work 6-8 hours a week

Posted: 1/10/17


Title of Opportunity: Aphasia and Collaborative Problem-Solving in Married Couples

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Marshall

Graduate Student Mentor: Ryan Husak

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders 

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Credit Availability: Spring 2017

Description: Students participating in this research project will learn how older adults with and without aphasia collaboratively solve problems with their significant others. Students will assist the researcher in transcribing, coding, and organizing data from a variety of collaborative problem-solving tasks performed by the participants. Students will learn about mixed research methodologies and enhance their knowledge about the impact of stroke on the communicative interactions between married couples.

Prerequisites

1. Interest in learning about research methods. 
2. Interest in learning how acquired communication impairments affect daily living.
3. Must be dependable, motivated, and reliable.
4. Must be available 4-6 hours per week.
5. Must attend bi-monthly meetings with the researcher throughout semester. 

Posted: 1/03/17


Title of Opportunity: User Experience of Operating a Computer-based Training Program Designed for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury 

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peter Meulenbroek 

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders 

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Credit Availability: Spring 2017

Description: Students involved in this opportunity will gain knowledge about the cognitive and social communication associated with traumatic brain injury. Students will be expected to examine written transcripts from interviews with users and identify themes. 

Prerequisites

1. Complete assigned readings and attend bi-monthly meetings as directed
2. Should have specific interest in individuals with traumatic brain injury
3. Willingness to work on the project over multiple semesters

Posted: 11/17/16


Title of Opportunity: Book Reading Delivered Via Telepractice for Increasing Children's Lexicons 

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Joneen Lowman, Sarah Campbell 

Division: Communication Sciences and Disorders 

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Position Type: Academic Credit, Paid Position

Credit Availability: Spring/Summer/Fall 2017

Description: This pilot study seeks to determine the utility of book reading delivered via telepractice for increasing the lexicons of children with language impairments.
Up to 4 student research assistants (RA) are need. One RA will assist with the development of research materials, recruitment of subjects, and data management. Three RAs will deliver the intervention. Intervention will consist of assessing participating children's knowledge of pre-identified words and delivering book reading intervention using telepractice to children during two 30 minute sessions a week until children have completed the intervention cycle (approximately 15 weeks). All intervention will be delivered from the CSD telepractice suite located in 120C CTW. All RAs must be able to meet with Dr. Lowman and or Ms. Campbell weekly. A small stipend will be paid upon completion of all work.

Prerequisites

Junior in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Strong interest in working with children
Comfortable using technology including troubleshooting and problem solving
Able to commit to the project from January 2017 - December 2017
Available at least 2 nights a week for 3 hours between 4 - 9 pm
Must be dependable

Posted: 11/16/16


Title of Opportunity: Mobility BOOST

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Esther Dupont-Versteegden

Graduate Student Mentor: Audrey M. Johnson

Division: Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Position Type: Volunteer

Credit Availability: Spring 2017

Description: Mobility BOOST is a quality improvement (QI) project currently ongoing at Good Samaritan hospital. A physical therapist has been added to a hospital readmission prevention team to track mobility and functional status of adult inpatients admitted to the hospital and to promote mobilization of adult patients. The UGR student will be asked to assist with the qualitative portion of this mixed methods QI project. Patients, patient family members and staff participating in this project are beginning to be interviewed about their experience. The student volunteer will gain knowledge and skills related to qualitative research data management including data transcription, data analysis and formulation of qualitative themes. This research has the potential to result in scholarly product for the student. 

Prerequisites: Interest in qualitative research, 2-4 hour per week availability, and effective time management skills

Posted: 9/29/16


Title of Opportunity: Supporting Children with Special Needs in the Classroom Setting

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Jane Kleinert, Jane Kleinert

Division/Dept: CSD

Position Type: Volunteer

Credit Availability: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Description: We have received a request from a 4th grade teacher who has a "collaborative" classroom including children with and without special needs for up to 5 extremely reliable undergraduate students to work for 1-2 hours on one or two days per week assisting with small group activities. The successful applicant will support a child with a special needs to complete small group or individual activities and to participate in classroom activities. The classroom teacher will provide specific directions and activities. Dr. Kleinert will coordinate the undergraduate students scheduling. If case of absence, the student MUST email the teacher to notify her ASAP. This position could move to a for credit position next semester.

Open hours include: 8-10 AM any day of the week
11-12:30 any day of the week (most needed time)
1:30-2:45 any day of the week

Prerequisites

Junior in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Strong interest in working with children with disabilities
Extremely reliable and responsible undergraduate student
Able to travel to an elementary school in Jess. Co. one to two days per week
Good interactions skills with children 
Able to work respectfully with the classroom teacher and take direction
Adaptable to changing schedules in the classroom

Posted: 9/29/16


Title of Opportunity: Advancing Online Support for Bone Marrow Transplantation Patients

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Ming-Yuan Chih

Division/Dept: Health Sciences Education & Research

Position Type: Volunteer

Credit Availability: Spring 2017

Description: This is a pilot study to conduct a needs assessment of bone marrow transplantation patients/caregivers in order to develop a smartphone-based online support intervention to meet their needs. The student researcher will work with Dr. Chih and his team in conducting and analyzing results from surveys, interviews, and usability testing.

Prerequisites:

 Required: GPA 3.0 and up

Preferred: Taking a research methods course currently or before

Posted: 9/29/16


Title of Opportunity: Literature Review of late onset hearing loss in children and hearing screening procedures

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentor: Anne Olson, PhD , Richard Andreatta, PhD

Divison: CSD

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Position Type: Volunteer

Credit Availability: Fall 2016, Spring 2017

Description: The purpose of this research is to identify the current state of the literature on late onset hearing loss (HL) in children, in relation to current hearing screening procedures. Currently, most babies at birth present with normal hearing and pass a hearing screening before discharge from the hospital. Hearing is typically not screened again until age 5 or before entering kindergarten unless the parent reports concerns about hearing. Some children who are at risk for late onset HL (specifically those with genetic mutation) may benefit from a more rigorous hearing screening protocol. Findings from this literature review will help identify the need for alternative hearing screening schedules for children.

Prerequisites: CSD UG preferred, but other students with an interest in hearing loss in children may apply.

Posted: 9/29/16


Title of Opportunity: Vocal Function Exercises for Normal Voice: with and without a semi-occluded vocal tract.

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Joseph Stemple, Dr. Richard Andreatta

Graduate Student Mentor: Megan Brown

Division/Dept: CSD/Rehabilitation Sciences

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Credit Availability: Fall 2016 will begin recruiting in Summer 2016

Description: Vocal Function Exercises (VFEs) are a physiologic approach to voice therapy designed to strengthen and rebalance laryngeal musculature and balance airflow with muscular effort. Studies have found that VFEs can enhance the normal voice, improve disordered voices in both young and aging adults, and also improve the voices of trained singers. Many studies have demonstrated that VFEs are effective in remediating voice problems; however the manner of positive changes that result from VFE are poorly understood. VFEs make use of a semi-occluded vocal tract posture, which has been thought to be a key causal component of these exercises; however it is not known if the exercises are more effective because of semi-occluded vocal tract occlusion, or if use of an open/o/ posture would accomplish similar results. This study will seek to answer this question with participants presenting with normal voice.

We are seeking five research assistants for this project. RAs will be trained in Vocal Function Exercises for the purpose of training and monitoring participants throughout a 6-week voice therapy program.

Prerequisites: RAs will need to be available Friday mornings throughout Fall semester 2016. They will also need to be able to match pitch to a pitch pipe. Experience with entering data would be helpful, but not necessary as you will be trained. Dependability is a MUST!

Posted: 5/04/16


Title of Opportunity: Increasing Social Interactions and School Performance for Young Students Who Use AAC

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Jane Kleinert

Division/Dept: CSD/Rehabilitation Sciences

Position Type: Academic Credit

Credit Availability: Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Description: This position can accommodate 2 or 3 Undergraduate Researcher Students. Activities include: going to a 4th grade classroom in a Jess. Co. School District and working 1-2 mornings every week for 2 hours each day with a student who uses AAC for social and academic interactions. The UGR students will need to learn to use AAC and techniques to increase our young student's use of AAC in small group and large group academic settings. Consistent data collection is necessary. There will be a weekly meeting with Dr. Kleinert. The UGR students will interact regularly with classroom personnel as well.

Successful applicants must be extremely reliable and conscientious.

Prerequisites:

  • Minimun GPA 3.2
  • Have own transportation
  • Preference for CSD Seniors
  • Must be available for 3.5 hours twice per week (2 hours at the school and approximately 30-45 minutes commute each way).
  • Availability two days per week in the mornings for conference is preferred, however one day per week may be considered.

Posted: 5/03/16


Title of Opportunity: Acute Stroke, Music Therapy, and Mood

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Gilson Capilouto
Graduate Student Advisor: Jessy Rushing

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Position Type: Academic Credit or volunteer

Description: Students participating in this research project will learn about the use of music therapy for patients who have experience stroke. Students will assist the researcher in conducting a study evaluating the effects of active music therapy interventions on mood for patients on an acute care unit. Students will learn how to conduct patient chart review, interact with patients’ families, and medical staff, and conduct patient recruitment.

Prerequisites:

Posted: 4/25/2016


Title of Opportunity: Strategies for Recruiting Minority/Underserved Students into the Health Professions

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anne Olson

Contact:  Dr. Gilson Capilouto

CHS Department: Rehabilitation Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring 2016, Summer 2016

Description: In general, the allied health professions attract limited numbers of minority and underserved students, especially here in Kentucky. As part of this research experience, the student will assist in seeking information related to successful strategies for increasing diversity in the health care professions. This opportunity has the potential to result in scholarly activity including: professional poster, manuscript co-authorship and/or experience seeking extramural funding.

Prerequisites:

Posted: 11/17/2015


Title of Opportunity: Understanding the Relationship Between Cardiovascular Health and Hearing

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anne Olson

Contact:  Dr. Gilson Capilouto

CHS Department: Rehabilitation Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring 2016, Summer 2016

Description: For this research experience, students with work with a faculty member to collect and analyze evidence-based research describing the relationship between cardiovascular health and hearing. Students will develop critical thinking skills and clinical process skills and become proficient in the use of the tools necessary for life-long learning in the healthcare fields.

Prerequisites:

Posted: 11/17/2015


Title of Opportunity: Investigating the Role of Patient-centered Care in Communication Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anne Olson

Contact:  Dr. Gilson Capilouto

CHS Department: Rehabilitation Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring 2016, Summer 2016

Description: As part of this research experience, students will investigate the role of patient-centered care in communication disorders. Students will learn valuable skills related to answering clinical questions that will translate to evidence-based practice as they pursue a profession in healthcare.

Prerequisites:

Posted: 11/17/2015


Title of Opportunity: A Study of Two Exercises for Improving Voice 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Stemple

Graduate Student Mentor (if applicable): JoAnna Sloggy

Contact:  Dr. Gilson Capilouto

CHS Department: Rehabilitation Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders 

Position Type: Academic Credit

Position Availability: Fall 2015, Spring 2016

Description: Aging changes occur in all of the three subsystems of the voice producing mechanisms of respiration, phonation, and resonance.  Age-related voice changes, known as presbyphonia, can lead to vocal problems that are sufficient to significantly alter communication capacity and negatively affect quality of life.  In this study we are studying the effectiveness of the Vocal Function Exercises (a series of voice manipulations designed to strengthen and balance the laryngeal muscles leading to an enhanced relationship of respiration, phonation, and resonance, thus improving vocal efficiency and voice quality) on presbyphonia.  Students volunteering to assist with this study will have the opportunity to participate with data collection, organization, and analysis.  The opportunity will also provide knowledge and understanding of the VFEs and gain experience providing voice therapy for participants.  Students will also have the opportunity to review diagnostic components of a voice evaluation (including stroboscopy) during data analysis.

Prerequisites: Students must have weekend availability.


Title of Opportunity: Distance Science Learning for Middle/High Schools

Division/Dept: Rehabilitation Sciences

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Faculty Mentors: Robin Cooper, Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic credit 

Availability: Fall 2016

Description: In this research experience, UK undergraduate students will work in pairs to mentor and engage in scientific dialogue with groups of middle & high school students and their respective science teachers.  The goal of this initiative is to develop effective scientific critical thinking, analysis, presentation, and discussion skills for middle and high school students and university science majors by exploring various topics across the science and health science disciplines. UK undergraduaes work in interdisciplinary pairs mentoring 5 to 6 middle/high school students as a mini-class; dialogue is weekly via blog and/or video streams.  

Prerequisites: Must be available for weekly meetings. Open to all majors.

Posted: 7/8/15


Title of Opportunity: Involvement of muscle stem cells in diaphragm muscle

Division / Department: Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Esther Dupont-Versteegden

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Ongoing

Description: Skeletal muscle stem cells, or satellite cells, are important for muscle repair and regeneration, but it is currently unknown what their function is in the diaphragm muscle which very rarely undergoes muscle damage and repair. With a genetic mouse model we investigate the function of these stem cells in diaphragm muscle of mice which have undergone running activity or hypoxia.

Prerequisite: Required: a general cell biology background.

Updated: 2/3/15


Title of Opportunity: Understanding the factors that predict success in professional PA and PT programs

Division / Department: Office of Student Affairs, College of Health Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Randa Remer-Eskridge

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Spring and Summer 2016

Description: The purpose of this study is to investigate the factors the predict academic success in PA and PT professional programs. Factors could include, but not be limited to, rural versus urban educational setting, grade point average, leadership activities etc. The student assisting with the research will be responsible for entering and analyzing data as directed by the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. Experience with data packages such as Excel are preferred will train as needed.

Prerequisite: Health Sciences Major preferred. Preference given to applicants who can participate in two successive semesters. Student in good standing.

Updated: 2/3/15


Title of Opportunity: Teaching Age-Appropriate Academic Learning via Communication

Division / Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jane Kleinert / Dr. Judy Page

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

Position Type: Academic Credit, Volunteer

Position Availability: Ongoing

Description: Children in the public schools who have significant intellectual disabilities often lack adequate communication systems. TAALC is a state-funded training project intended to develop and evaluate training to teams of teachers and speech-language pathologists who work with these students. As part of the project we collect pre- and post video samples from each participating team for project assessment and training. Students in this research opportunity will assist with editing and organizing video data for analysis.

Prerequisite: Video editing experience preferred, but will train. Minimum grade point average 3.5. CSD major preferred, but not required.

Updated: 2/10/15


Title of Opportunity: Knee and hip injury biomechanics

Division/Department: Physical Therapy/Dept of Rehab Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Brian Noehren, PhD

Contact: Dr. Gilson Capilouto

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. Leadership opportunities also exist for students who return for a second semester to develop and present an abstract at a regional or national conference and 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.

Prerequisite: Must be current Junior or Sophomore with at least a 3.4-3.5 GPA; prefer students interested in PT school, but open to any post professional med desires.
Updated: 2/3/15

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