Battlefield Stressors Undergraduate Research
The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) is one of six research laboratories within the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command of the U.S. Army Medicine Command. The Institute is the Army's lead research laboratory for improving the care of combat casualties. The mission of the Institute is to "Optimize Combat Casualty Care". This opportunity is located in San Antonio, TX. For more information about USAISR: https://www.usaisr.amedd.army.mil.
This opportunity will evaluate compensatory reserve measurements in humans during physiological stressors relevant to the battlefield. Some physiological stressors relevant to the battlefield that will be evaluated are reductions in central blood volume similar to hemorrhage simulated by exposure to lower body negative pressure and physical exercise to assess combat readiness. This experience, paired with the mentor’s guidance, will offer knowledge and understanding to the participant in the field of human response. The participant will learn how to collect physiological data during laboratory experiments and analysis as well as extract the data generated from previous investigations. With close guidance and supervision from the mentor, the participant will also learn to develop testable hypotheses, interpret experimental results, and write scientific manuscripts for submission for publication in scientific journals.
This appointment is an eleven week research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.
Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by USAISR. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
- Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
- Relocation Allowance
- Training and Travel Allowance
Nature of Appointment
The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.
Undergraduate student interested in research into the effects of battlefield stressors on Army soldiers and how it affects their combat readiness.