Undergraduate Research Assistants

Undergraduate Research Assistants participate in a variety of tasks in the lab. Students assist with the development of protocols, recruitment of research participants, run participants through experimental protocols, process and enter data into statistical software, and disseminate research findings through presentations at scientific conferences.

Jeff Martin
  • Jeff Martin
    Jeff Martin Undergraduate Assistant

    Jeff graduated from Hart County High School in Kentucky and is currently a senior honors student completing his senior thesis in the department of psychology. His research is extended work availability-focused and  investigates the relationship between after-work media use, stress, and sleep. Upon graduation, Jeff plans to attend graduate school to further his education.

    “I am thrilled to have been invited to learn and work under the leadership of Dr. Stavrinos and the graduate students of the TRIP Lab. I am hopeful that I will become a treasured asset to the research team, and I am confident that I will leave with invaluable skills that will aid my future coursework and career.”

    Email Jeff: jtmartin@uab.edu 

    JaVarus Humphries
    • JaVarus Humphries
      JaVarus Humphries Undergraduate Assitant

      JaVarus Humphries is a senior Neuroscience major at UAB, who joined the lab spring 2016. Upon joining the lab, he has been primarily tasked with assisting with lab studies, data entry, and working on his honor’s thesis. As a member of the Science and Technology Honors Program JaVarus must complete an honor’s thesis in order to graduate, and has already successfully defended his honors proposal to a committee of experts. Other accomplishments made at the lab are winning 2nd place at the UAB expo, presenting at the 2017 SEPA conference, drafting a first author manuscript, and presenting at the Ost competition. JaVarus hopes to explore both a career as a MD and PhD in his future.

      Email JaVarus: jaehan@uab.edu

      Karan Patel
      • Karan Patel

        A Birmingham-area native, Mr. Karan Patel is a sophomore at UAB majoring in Neuroscience. He was drawn to the TRIP Lab because he wanted to be part of the life-changing research conducted at UAB, and the TRIP Lab stood out as a conductor of such research. Under Dr. Stavrinos’ mentorship, Mr. Patel is eager to be a part of the research process and develop a project of his own. When not being a student, Mr. Patel is a very busy man. Competitive by nature, he enjoys sports of all sorts, is a Resident Assistant in Blazer Hall, is a UAB Ambassador, is a member of the Bham’s Blazin’ Bhangra (a traditional Punjabi dance team), and is in the UAB Cricket Club. Mr. Patel’s future plans include attending medical school and eventually becoming a surgeon.

        “The most exciting part about joining the TRIP Lab was that I would be able to get my hands dirty in the lab from the moment I joined.” — Mr. Karan Patel

        Cierra Hopkins
        • Cierra Hopkins

          An Alabama native, Ms. Cierra Hopkins is a junior at UAB majoring in Psychology and minoring in Forensic Psychology. Ms. Hopkins had no research experience prior to joining the TRIP Lab. Under Dr. Stavrinos’ mentorship, being able to cultivate her research interests has been a transformative experience enabling Ms. Hopkins to develop a more well-rounded perspective of the field of Psychology. Her career aspirations lie with forensics. One day, Ms. Hopkins hopes to work with people in prison or those in mental health facilities. Learning about the complexities of research involving these populations through her TRIP Lab experience is better preparing her for future endeavors. Ms. Hopkins is enthusiastic about her new position with the TRIP Lab and eager for the research opportunities Dr. Stavrinos and the TRIP Lab will provide.

          “Being able to develop my interest in research has been a transformative experience, as I previously did not have research experience in a lab. I have thoroughly enjoyed my work here.” — Ms. Cierra Hopkins

          Heidi Mikell
          • Heidi Mikell

            Heidi Mikell is a undergraduate research assistant.  She works at data scoring and entry.  Heidi is currently a junior here at UAB, majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry.  Heidi is originally from Trussville, AL and is a graduate of Hewitt-Trussville High School.  She is involved in UAB’s Greek life, Blazerthon, Blazer Kitchen, and the Paranormal Research Society.  After graduation, Heidi plans to attend medical school.

            “Being a TRIPster has been such a blessing from the day one.  UAB TRIP Lab allowed me to dive straight into the research process, without any previous experience.  This lab and team of people have helped me grow in my understanding and knowledge of scientific inquiry and research methodology in a nurturing and engaging environment.”

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