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Charleston Flood Map – Entry Level Research Position

WANTED: Research Assistance, NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED – Training Provided

WHY: To study flooding in Charleston. We are creating a detailed flood map of campus, and to do so, we need eyes on the ground at odd hours (YOURS).

WHEN: Whenever it floods!

WHERE: Outside your dorm/house

Minimum obligation: One monthly meeting and uploading photos when you can.

More involvement is welcome!

Email Dr. Erin Beutel:

Info Meetings (SSMB 213): September 16th at 3 pm, September 20th at 3 pm, and September 26th at 5 pm.

You only need to attend one info meeting in order to participate! Take a picture of the QR code above to join!

Posted on September 12, 2019 in Research

Neuroscience of Alcohol Addiction Research Opportunity

A position is available as a volunteer research assistant to work in the addiction neuroscience laboratory of Dr. L. Judson Chandler at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). The Chandler Laboratory is interested in understanding how alcohol effects brain function and behavior. The lab uses state-of-the-art neuroscience techniques (eg, optogenetics, chemogenetics, calcium imaging, electrophysiology, etc.) and rodent (rats, mice) behavioral models to investigate how alcohol alters brain circuitry and behavior and test whether we can prevent/reverse these alterations through various interventions.

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Eligible students must be available for at least 15 hours/week to work in the lab. Background in neuroscience, biology, or psychology is encouraged, but not required (ie, some of our data analysis occurs in Python and MATLAB, which may be of interest to students with computer science/programming backgrounds). Ideal candidates should be in good academic standing, exhibit an interest in learning, possess a strong work ethic, and be able to work independently and communicate with others effectively.

*Following acceptance of this position, self-motivated students who exhibit reliable work performance over time and demonstrate an interest in expanding their initial responsibilities may transition to a paid volunteer status. An additional long-term goal is that exceptional students may have the opportunity to design and perform experiments, under the guidance of Mr. Nentwig and Dr. Chandler, necessary to complete a senior/honors thesis during their time in the lab.

Initial responsibilities will include helping with ongoing experiments and learning basic operating procedures. Based on student interest and performance, they may narrow their focus to learning specific techniques and/or working on specific experiments to achieve a more focused research experience. Below is a list of categories of potential techniques available to learn/perform. Some examples of explicit tasks associated with each technique are listed within each category.

Brain tissue processing: Rodent brain sectioning, performing immunohistochemistry; using fluorescent microscopy to visualize various brain proteins

Behavioral models of alcohol use: Optimizing parameters for a rat model of seeking and consuming alcohol; Handling and habituating rats to experimental environments

Optogenetics/Fiber photometry: Constructing optic fibers ands patch cord cables for optogenetics and fiber photometry studies

Data Analysis: Collecting, recording, and graphing data; Learn basic statistics concepts necessary to analyze data

Literature Review: Reading and summarizing primary research articles related to the scientific research questions and techniques used in our research experiments.

Interested students should contact Todd B. Nentwig at

Posted on September 11, 2019 in Research

Neurobiology of Speech Recognition Research Opportunity

The Hearing Research Program at MUSC is offering a research opportunity for an ongoing research study on the neurobiology of speech recognition in older adults (PI: Kenny Vaden). This opportunity will involve the collection of cognitive and audiological measures, in addition to neuroimaging data, to better understand why older adults experience speech recognition difficulties. Students will have the opportunity to learn about 1) participant recruitment, screening, and informed consent for a neuroimaging study; 2) data collection activities that include behavioral assessment and neuroimaging at the MRI scanner; 3) data organization and quality control; and 4) scientific communication.

Additional information about our research is available here and here. For additional information about this position, please contact Dr. Kenny Vaden at

Posted on August 19, 2019 in Research

Neuroscience of Addiction Research Opportunity

A position is available to study the effects of abused drugs like alcohol and heroin using rodent models. Current projects are investigating the epigenetic mechanisms that underlie stress-induced alcohol drinking and relapse to heroin use. Volunteers will have the chance to learn fluorescent microscopy, immunohistochemistry, brain slicing, data analysis, and more.

For more information, contact Ethan Anderson, Ph.D. via email at

Posted on August 19, 2019 in Research

MUSC – Addiction Sciences Division

Do you want to help conduct cutting-edge neuroscience research? Are you interested in the brain, how alcohol impacts it, and want to help society learn more about how to help people with alcohol use disorder? Do you feel comfortable doing research with animals? Are you up for working as a volunteer or for course credit this coming Fall and Spring semesters and perhaps beyond?

If this sounds like you, apply now to work with Dr. Christina Lebonville, a post-doctoral scholar at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). A detail-oriented, reliable, and organized undergraduate student or recent graduate is needed to help conduct neuroscience research with mice. Dr. Lebonville has several projects ongoing and can provide you with a range of molecular/genetic and behavioral research experience, depending on your goals. Dr. Lebonville loves to teach young scientists, especially ones enthusiastic about the team is working on. If you are interested, please send Dr. Lebonville a brief introduction and your current resume/CV to to start the application process. Interviews will be conducted soon to find the right candidates to join the team!

Posted on July 23, 2019 in Research

Neuroscience Research Volunteer Position at MUSC

A research team at MUSC is looking for an undergraduate student willing to volunteer part-time (15-20 hrs/week) in a drug addiction lab. They use a rodent model of heroin self-administration to study the underlying cell-specific mechanisms of relapse disorder. The candidate has to be willing to work with rats. The team uses software analysis to create 3D reconstructions of cells in the brain. Prior research experience is not required, but it is helpful.

Please contact Vivian Chioma at if you’re interesting in participating in this research opportunity.

Posted on July 10, 2019 in Research

Student Opportunity Center (SOC)

CofC Honors has recently adopted a resource that connects you to over 10,000 conferences, journals, research, and funding opportunities from all over the world. It is free, easy to use, and flexible to your interests. Please take 30 seconds to check it out and discover opportunities to make yourself stand out from the crowd!

Check your emails (and spam folders) for an invitation to join the network. This short video provides more information on how to navigate the new system.

Posted on January 22, 2019 in Internships & Jobs, Research, Scholarships, Grants & Awards

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