The Freudenreich lab studies genome instability: how DNA breaks occur, how they are repaired, and how these processes contribute to human genetic disease, including repeat expansion diseases (like Huntington's disease) and cancer. We use baker's yeast as a model organism to address these questions. The course prerequisite is Genetics; additionally a course in Molecular Biology is preferred.
Students working in the McVey lab will utilize the model eukaryote Drosophila melanogaster to investigate processes of DNA repair and recombination relevant to human disease. The research requires a working knowledge of genetic principles (Bio41 is highly recommended), attention to experimental detail, and an ability to work both independently and with a team.
My group's research is in the field of chemistry education. Together, we will perform educational research to understand the different ways of how and why teaching and learning of chemistry at the university level works or does not work. You will learn how to collect video data of classroom practices, how to conduct qualitative research interviews, and how to analyze video and audio data to answer research questions that identify different ways of learning and teaching in chemistry . You do not need to be familiar with chemistry education research, but you should bring fascination for listening to and understanding different ways of reasoning about chemistry. Engaging in chemistry education research will strengthen your research and teaching skills.
John Wade Professor of Chemistry
The Sykes group utilizes state of the art scanning probes and surface science instrumentation to study technologically important systems. For example, scanning tunneling microscopy enables visualization of the geometric and electronic properties of catalytically relevant metal alloy surfaces at the nanoscale.
My lab works on large ~1,000,000 dollar microscopes and other complex apparatus so students would need to work alongside a senior graduate student, aid them with their measurements, and depending on what data is collected do some analysis of images etc.
Child Study and Human Development
Evans Family Assistant Professor
Students can work on one of several research projects on the topic of how adolescents and young adults make decisions about whether and how to be civically engaged. Tasks include data collection (e.g., sending recruitment emails), data analysis (both interviews and surveys), and writing scientific reports (articles and presentations). Prior coursework in human development, developmental psychology, civic engagement, and/or social science research methods is helpful.
The VERSE student will conduct research and provide material for the Tomorrow’s Earth Stewards (TES) online web magazine, a magazine devoted to helping those working with children and youth to nourish their development as 'earth stewards'–those who will work to heal our planet now and in the future. Working on TES will provide the VERSE student with ample opportunity to contribute to TES and, in the process, develop life-long skills for writing and communicating in ways that inform and inspire others to act in more helpful ways.
The project involves encoding and pursuing research on Greek mythology for the Digital Glossary of Greek Birds. Students should be familiar with either Greek or Latin and will gain experience with Digital Humanities and research methods in classical studies. In summer 2021, in addition to encoding, students will have the opportunity to participate in data analysis and publication of results.
There are two groups of projects for undergraduate students. The first group of projects is centered on the theory of frame theory in finite-dimensional Euclidean spaces. Frames are spanning sets for these spaces and have some very interesting properties and applications. The second group of problems is related to developing a theory of calculus on fractals, such as the Sierpinski triangle. We are interested in defining functions such as polynomials, sine, and cosine, and to explore their properties.
Robinson Professor of Mathematics
I am excited to work with VERSE students this summer on my research on tomography (the math behind X-ray CT scanners, radar, and other cool technologies). We will focus on limited data tomography—when some data are missing. During our research project, I will first teach you about the field and the underlying math. Then, you will program an algorithm that I would describe to you. You will test it and evaluate the performance of the algorithm—how well it images the object. You will evaluate strengths and limitations of the algorithm and make conjectures on how to improve it, and you will learn the mathematics that explains strengths and limitations of limited data tomography. You will investigate limited data problems for either Compton tomography, Photoacoustic tomography, or Radar. Calculus plus some knowledge of Matlab or a high-level computer language are recommended.
Physics and Astronomy
The student will engage in research in the field of theoretical physics, including cosmology. Topics can include dark matter, quantum gravity, and connections to particle physics. The student will perform comparisons between theoretical predictions and data. Prerequisites include some background in math and physics and preferably some computing experience.
Students will participate in research in quantum information focussed on the use of quantum computers for the simulation of problems in physics and chemistry. Completion of a course in linear algebra and a course in quantum mechanics is preferred. Familiarity with programming in python, mathematica is also desirable.
The student will engage in research in the field of astronomy. Topics can include formation and evolution of galaxies and actively accreting super-massive black holes. Prerequisites: any prior programming experience, with basic knowledge of Python or IDL, preferably; some background in math and science.
Stibel Family Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science
Our group investigates how we combine information from the different senses with prior knowledge into a coherent representation of ourselves, our bodies, and the world. To scrutinize the underlying processes, we conduct experiments that test perception with one or multiple senses and compare the observed data with predictions from mathematical models of these processes. Students are welcome to work on experimental questions, modeling, or both. However, the possibility to conduct experimental work which involves contact with other humans will depend on the public health situation.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts
Professor of the Practice, Drawing and Painting
Mary Ellen Strom
Professor of the Practice, Media Arts
The VERSE student will conduct research and assist in public art production for the Neuro-Art Lab, an interdisciplinary project that studies how new forms of public artworks that seek community participation and commitment to place can advance art’s ability to make social and environmental change. The student will assist in developing the public artwork Visible Actions: Bright Ecologies during summer 2021. The Neuro-Art Lab will study the emotional, physiological, and social impacts of this public artworks on its participants and audiences.
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
This project will explore different dimensions of affordable housing. Topics may include mixed-income housing development, measures of housing affordability, the effects of inclusionary zoning, and the dynamics of homelessness.