Potential projects/topics: Our lab uses laser light scattering to detect cholesterol and other lipids for structural biology, biomedical applications, and detection of biosignatures in astrobiology and recently even archaeology. You could get experience with optical spectroscopy measurements, optical microscopy, and simple benchtop sample preparation of lipid mixtures. We routinely have undergraduates working in the lab, including freshman and sophomores. The experience would be good for potential phys/chem/eng majors, but could also benefit geoscience or other majors who want to see how analytical methods work.
Potential skills gained: Raman spectroscopy, optical microscopy, benchtop sample prep.
Required qualifications: Curiosity.
Direct mentor: Faculty/P.I.