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NEW Opportunity for undergraduate research at SFIS.

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

日本一本道a不卡免费Engaging in research projects as an undergraduate is a great way to broaden your ASU experience. You’ll get the chance to develop critical skills in how to gather reliable data, how to analyze this information, and how to present your findings to others in a clear and compelling way. These skills can prove very useful in the workplace. Research experience can also help you decide whether you’re interested in graduate school – and, if you are, it can significantly increase your chances of getting accepted.

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

Applications  for the Spring 2020 research program will be open from December 9th, with a closing date of Monday December 16th at 11.59 p.m.日本一本道a不卡免费. Spring research projects will start the week of January 13th, 2020. If you would like to apply for a research position, please complete the .

For questions, please contact Elisha Thompson

Faculty Advisor

Project Title

Available for Stipend? 

Available for Credit? 

Pre-requisites required?

Dr Marta Berbés-Blázquez

日本一本道a不卡免费with mentoring from Stephen Elser (PhD candidate, School of Life Sciences)

The Future of Urban Ecosystem Services

Yes

Yes

See below

Dr Marta Berbés-Blázquez

日本一本道a不卡免费 with mentoring from Jorge Morales-Guerrero (PhD student, SFIS)

An Action Research Approach to Understanding Access and Benefits to Urban Parks in Disadvantaged Communities

Yes

Yes

See below

Professor Sasha Barab

Dr Anna Arici

ThriveCast: Platform innovations to unlock human potential in vulnerable populations

Yes

Yes

See below

日本一本道a不卡免费Dr Laura Hosman

With technical mentoring from Bruce Baikie, Adjunct Faculty, SFIS

SolarSPELL BMET Library: Strengthening BMET content in an offline library

Yes

Yes None

Dr Faheem Hussain

Rethinking death in the digital era: What happens to your digital self after you die? No Yes None

Dr Kirk Jalbert

Helium Extraction in Arizona Film Project Yes Yes see below

Dr Kirk Jalbert

Studying the Technical Practices of Activists in Engagements Around Oil and Gas Pipelines Yes Yes See below

日本一本道a不卡免费Dr Lauren Withycombe Keeler

日本一本道a不卡免费Dr Arnim Wiek, Professor, School of Sustainability

Sustainable Urban Food Futures Yes Yes See below

日本一本道a不卡免费Dr Heather Ross

Gender Bias in Cardiology Speaker Introductions No Yes None

日本一本道a不卡免费Dr Heather Ross

With additional mentoring from Dawn Augusta (Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation) and Natasha Mendoza (Watts College School of Social Work and Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy) With mentoring from Annie Hammang (PhD student, SFIS)

Mapping First Responder Stories Yes Yes None

日本一本道a不卡免费Dr Lindsay Smith

Child Migrants: Human Rights and DNA Testing of Vulnerable Communities Yes Yes None

Full Project Descriptions

 

1. The Future of Urban Ecosystem Services

Faculty advisor:
Dr Marta Berbés-Blázquez, Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
with mentoring from Stephen Elser (PhD candidate, School of Life Sciences)

Research project overview:

The Urban Resilience to Extreme Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) is an international network of over 100 practitioners and researchers to support urban planning and development that promotes resilience to climate events, such as floods, extreme heat, and droughts. The UREx SRN has conducted nine workshops in cities in the United States and Latin America, where we co-produced positive scenario visions of the future of those cities. In these scenario visions, ecosystem services are an integral part of the future of the city. Urban ecosystems provide services appear in the form of urban gardens, green flood infrastructure, transportation corridors, heat mitigation infrastructure, greenspace for recreation and community-building, and more.
We are looking for a student interested in analyzing our scenario visions to understand how people envision the future of urban ecosystem services, the ecosystem services that are prioritized, and the benefits that participants foresee..

Any pre-requisites needed? Must be fluent in Spanish and English. Familiarity with the ecosystem services framework, and experience coding qualitative data are desirable. Students will need to complete online CITI training for research ethics and compliance (not needed at the time of application).

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

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

Research opportunity available to ASU Online students? Yes

 


 

2. An Action Research Approach to Understanding Access and Benefits to Urban Parks in Disadvantaged Communities 

Faculty advisor:
Dr Marta Berbés-Blázquez, Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

日本一本道a不卡免费with mentoring from Jorge Morales-Guerrero (PhD student, SFIS

Research project overview:

日本一本道a不卡免费Urban greenspace offers a broad variety of benefits to city residents. Parks, gardens, and other green areas can be used for recreation, heat mitigation, and food production, among other activities. However, access to greenspace in the city is unevenly distributed. In a pattern that replicates itself all over the country, greenspace is more abundant in economically advantaged neighborhoods. Poorer and racialized communities often enjoy fewer parks in their neighborhoods, and those parks are of lower quality. In this research project we are pairing up with a Latinx environmental justice organization (Chispa AZ) and a charter school in Phoenix Central City (La Academia del Pueblo), to examine how youth access and use urban parks. Our approach is based on participatory action research and we aim to co-create knowledge and empower participants through our work. We will use a mixed methods approach that combines visual methods (photovoice), storytelling, and asset mapping.

Any pre-requisites needed?日本一本道a不卡免费  Must be fluent in Spanish and English. Familiarity with the ecosystem services framework, and experience coding qualitative data are desirable. Students will need to complete online CITI training for research ethics and compliance (not needed at the time of application).

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

Research available for course credit?日本一本道a不卡免费 (2 credits/semester): Yes

Research opportunity available to ASU Online students? Yes


 

3. ThriveCast: Platform Innovations to Unlock Human Potential in Vulnerable Populations

Faculty advisor:
Professor Sasha Barab, School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers’ College

Dr Anna Arici日本一本道a不卡免费, Assistant Research Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Research project overview:

While people naturally aspire to great things, many of us lack the resources, motivation or support to sustain change in our lives. Some look to technology to ‘fix’ us, but we see the true power of innovation as a way to augment and support our own inner capabilities. To this end, the Center for Games & Impact has created ThriveCast, an innovative connected growth platform for unlocking human potential, powered by innovation, supported by community, and driven by people’s desire to do great things.
The Center for Games & Impact aims to create innovations to help solve societal problems, especially for disadvantaged groups and meaningful causes. We work with these groups to identify their needs and aspirations, then design growth platforms and games to help them achieve their goals, and research the impact within these groups, to learn more about how innovation can better bring about positive change. Over the semester, our undergraduate researchers will grow, cultivate, and test hypotheses about how to unlock human potential through these platforms and 3D immersive games. Our current projects include:

  • Positive Change for Youth in Detention Facilities (Juvie)
  • Innovating Teacher Recruitment & Retention (Both a Platform and 3D Immersive Game)
  • Parenting Skills for Expecting Teens & Young Parents
  • Helping Youth Lead Flourishing Lives (Building Character, Creating Value, & Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset)
  • Human Trafficking Curriculum for Educators
  • Helping adults lead purposeful lives (living with Purpose, happiness and life satisfaction, close social relationships, ect.)
  • Sobriety & Recovery, stress management
  • STEM Career Pathways for Youth

Any pre-requisites needed?日本一本道a不卡免费Previous research or design experience is awesome but not required. Desired skills include being responsible, good with people, comfortable interviewing people, able to think logically yet creatively, and empathetic to a diversity of needs and approaches. Students will be supported in learning anything they need for engaging in these innovations and the research process, and will gain both design and research experience for their CVs and future goals.

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

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

 Research opportunity available to ASU Online students? No


 

4. SolarSPELL BMET Library: Strengthening BMET Content in an Offline Library 

Faculty advisor(s):
Dr Laura Hosman, Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Polytechnic School 

日本一本道a不卡免费With technical mentoring from Bruce Baikie, Adjunct Faculty, School for the Future of Innovation in Society 


Research project overview:

Across the developing world, clinics and hospitals are the recipients of donated medical equipment. Though perhaps well-intentioned, this equipment rarely comes with user or repair manuals, resulting in equipment that is unusable in places that most need functional equipment. The SolarSPELL is an offline digital library that can provide a curated set of information to any location around the world, because of its extreme portability, use of existing smartphones to access the library’s content, and the fact that it is solar powered. This semester, students will build upon an existing SolarSPELL library for Biomedical Equipment Technicians (BMET), containing user manuals, repair guides, and more, for biomedical equipment. This may involve contacting BMET-producing companies to secure permission to use this content. The opportunity to implement the SolarSPELL BMET library in Uganda has arisen, so planning out 1) training of future partners/users, 2) short-term partnership building and a longer-term partnership relationship, and 3) impact evaluation will also be activities of student team members.
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Any pre-requisites needed? Basic familiarity with biomedical engineering devices is a plus.

Research available for stipend? ($1200/semester): Potentially for FSE majors

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

Research opportunity available to ASU Online students? No

 


 

5. Rethinking Death in the Digital Era: What Happens to Your Digital Self After You Die?

Faculty advisor:
Dr Faheem Hussain, Clinical Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society 

Research project overview:

We have so many types of digital assets: social media profiles, email archives, digital music and video purchases, image galleries, web browsing histories, online subscriptions, etc. How to deal with these assets after we die has become a critical consideration as more and more of our lives take place online. Global companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon all have their own protocols for managing the digital assets of their deceased users. However, until now, there has been no significant participation in such processes from any user groups or policymakers (either within or outside the United States).
This project focuses on the need to rethink postmortem design for digital products and platforms. Students will undertake a comparative analysis of the Digital Afterlife policies of Facebook and Google, will perform in-depth literature reviews on existing Digital Afterliferelated challenges and innovations for users within and outside the USA, and will develop a repository of existing government policies and regulations relating to Digital Afterlife.

Any pre-requisites needed? None

Research available for stipend? ($1200/semester): No

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

Research opportunity available to ASU Online students? Yes


 

6. Helium Extraction in Arizona Film Project 

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

Research project overview:

Many future-oriented industries are dependent on helium, such as for space exploration and microchip manufacturing. However, global supplies of this rare-earth element are also in fast decline. Recent discoveries in northeast Arizona have some calling our state the “Saudi Arabia” of helium as private investors actively apply for drilling permits. Some who live in these areas feel helium extraction poses a risk to the environment and public health. Others believe helium extraction is a boon for rural economic development. This ongoing film project seeks to document current discussions related to helium extraction in Arizona. The first chapter, produced in 2018, highlighted the concerns of residents living near an extraction site. The project is now being expanded to include perspectives from regulatory agencies and industry in service of producing a longer documentary and an online digital storytelling series.
Students will participate in developing interview questions, assisting with filming of research interviews (depending on availability), analyzing filmed material using logging and coding techniques, shaping the film’s narrative and storytelling components, and participating in lab meetings to share ideas and develop research strategies. This study is run through the SFIS Civic Science for Environmental Futures Collaborative (CivicFutures.org).

Any pre-requisites needed? The ideal student will have an interest in environmental governance and natural resource management. The research team is particularly interested in recruiting a student who has some experience in media production, filming, editing and/or digital storytelling (or has some basic experience and interest in learning these skills). 

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

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

Research opportunity available to ASU Online students? No


 

7. Studying the Technical Practices of Activists in Engagements Around Oil and Gas Pipelines 

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

Research project overview:

Critiques of oil and gas pipelines are central to environmental movements bringing attention to the impacts of petrochemical industries. While attention is often paid to the legal and political campaigns of advocacy coalitions, a great deal of scientific and technical work is also being done within these campaigns, such as data transparency efforts, ‘critical’ GIS mapping, and citizen science projects. These activities also assist groups in better understanding how pipelines are built, regulated, and operated. The purpose of this study is to investigate the technical practices of environmental coalitions that emerge around pipeline debates and how their use shape approaches to pipeline advocacy work.
日本一本道a不卡免费Students will conduct background research on pipelines; assist in designing, deploying and analyzing a survey of advocacy organizations; and evaluate the relative technical merits of projects used by advocacy coalitions. This study is run through the SFIS Civic Science for Environmental Futures Collaborative (CivicFutures.org).

Any pre-requisites needed?日本一本道a不卡免费  The ideal student will have an interest in environmental governance, advocacy movements, and community-based research (broadly defined). The research team is particularly interested in recruiting students who have a relevant background for evaluating the technical dimensions of data transparency, data dashboard, data mapping, and citizen science projects. We are also interested in students with GIS expertise. 

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

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

Research opportunity available to ASU Online students? No


 

8. Sustainable Urban Food Futures 

Faculty advisor:

Dr Lauren Withycombe Keeler,日本一本道a不卡免费 Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


Dr Arnim Wiek, Professor, School of Sustainability

Research project overview:

日本一本道a不卡免费The Sustainable Urban Food Futures undergraduate research will focus on how food enterprises in Phoenix can improve their sustainability, particularly their water and energy use. Students selected as part of this project will investigate:

日本一本道a不卡免费(i) Sustainable agricultural practices that can be used to establish criteria for a sustainable urban land trust;

(ii) Urban land trusts in the US with a focus on best practices in using land trust to secure land for urban farming;

(iii) Policies and policy barriers to address food loss and food waste, improving food distribution for local farms and indigenous growers through distribution co-ops, establishing food hubs, and food processing;

日本一本道a不卡免费(iv) Sustainable brewing practices, auditing local breweries to determine opportunities for improving the sustainability of the brewing process and supply chain.

This project is part of the GLOCULL: Global to Local Urban Living Labs project funded by the National Science Foundation. Research in this project will be conducted in collaboration with City of Phoenix, City of Tempe and Local First Arizona Foundation, who co-lead the project with Arizona State University.

Any pre-requisites needed? Prior coursework in sustainability (SOS) or innovation in society (FIS) is strongly preferred, as is experience with projects or internships that include community groups or city administrations. 

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

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

Research opportunity available to ASU Online students? No


 

9. Gender Bias in Cardiology Speaker Introductions 

Faculty advisor:
Dr Heather Ross, Clinical Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society ]

Research project overview:
日本一本道a不卡免费 This project is part of a larger, interdisciplinary scientific project focused on building synthetic cells able to show ‘smart’ or learning behaviors (like Pavlovian conditioning). As part of this project, we will develop a small set of hands-on activities designed for engaging public audiences around basic concepts relating to learning behaviors and synthetic biology. In Fall 2019, students will undertake a review of existing hands-on activities around the science of learning and of synthetic biology, and will help to develop learning objectives for our activities. In Spring 2020, students will develop and prototype a small set of activities, in collaboration with the broader project team.

Any pre-requisites needed? None. However, prior coding research experience is a plus. 

Research available for stipend? ($1200/semester): No

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

Research opportunity available to ASU Online students? Yes


 

10. Mapping First Responder Stories 

Faculty advisor:

Dr Heather Ross, Clinical Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
日本一本道a不卡免费With additional mentoring from Dawn Augusta (Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation) and Natasha Mendoza (Watts College School of Social Work and Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy)

Research project overview:

日本一本道a不卡免费Behavioral health and public safety are critical challenges facing first responders in many municipalities, including Phoenix, Arizona. This project has two integrated components: 1) creating a functional and geographic map of behavioral health agencies in Maricopa county, and 2) capturing stories from first responders about experiences with the behavioral health system. We will use the qualitative data from first responders to identify strengths and gaps in the local behavioral health system to guide policy recommendations for public safety agencies in the City of Phoenix. The clinical project site is the Mayor’s Office, City of Phoenix. Project work will take place in and around downtown Phoenix.

Any pre-requisites needed? None. However, prior qualitative research experience is a plus, as are knowledge of mindmapping and geomapping techniques. 

Research available for stipend? ($1200/semester): No

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

Research opportunity available to ASU Online students? Yes, if you are physically located in metro Phoenix.


 

11. Child Migrants: Human Rights and DNA Testing of Vulnerable Vommunities

Project advisors:

Dr Lindsay Smith, Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Research project overview:

As conflict and environmental change is driving increased human displacement, more people are on the move, including children. For example, thousands of children have crossed the USMexico borderlands to avoid violence in their home communities. Similarly, tens of thousands of Syrians and North African children have crossed the Mediterranean to resettle in refugee camps in southern Europe and Turkey. With children on the move, aid agencies and governments have begun to draw on DNA testing to try and identify these young people with the ultimate goal of family reunification. This project looks at the practices and politics of this new form of DNA testing to better understand the impact this kind of data collection has on the wellbeing of migrant children.
Student members of the research team will be responsible for data collection where they will identify and compile sources of data about child migration and DNA testing to create a comprehensive database of cases and the rules that govern this form of testing. Each student will be responsible for an analysis of one to two case studies of child migrant DNA testing.

Any pre-requisites needed?日本一本道a不卡免费 None. However, skills in Spanish or Arabic would be very helpful.

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

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

Research opportunity available to ASU Online students? Yes