Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Research Assistants
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Every semester several undergraduates have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of research by helping with studies. Research assistants are an integral part of the lab’s day-to-day operations and assist with exercising dialysis clinic patients, testing study participants, and entering data. The immunizations and training listed below are required for student and patient safety. If you are interested in volunteering with the lab please contact Dr. Ken Wilund.

All requirements must completed prior to starting at the clinic.

Health and Safety Training and Documentation

  • Complete all of the CITI training modules listed below. Go to https://www.citiprogram.org/ and click the gray “Register” button in the Create an account box. Enter the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the organization affiliation.
    • Email the PDF you receive at the end that lists all completed CITI trainings to Sonja at bjelland@illinois.edu.
      • Defining Research with Human Subjects –SBR (ID: 491)
      • Assessing Risk in Social Behavioral Sciences – SBR (ID: 503)
      • Privacy and Confidentiality – SBR (ID: 505)
      • History and Ethical Principles (ID: 498)
      • Informed Consent (ID: 3)
  • Complete all of the following Division of Research Safety training modules. Click on this link http://www.drs.illinois.edu/Training, select Division of Research Safety in the middle drop down menu. Click on the appropriate training module. That will take you to a new page that describes the training and how long it will take. Then click the orange button that states “Take training online.” Once finished, save the page that lists what you’ve accomplished and email that to Sonja at bjelland@illinois.edu.
    • Laboratory Safety Training
    • Understanding Biosafety
    • Awareness Training for the Transport of Hazardous Materials
    • Transportation of Infectious Substances, Category B
    • Safe handling of human cell lines. Click on “Register for live training.” Laboratory Safety Training and Understanding Biosafety are prerequisites. This is a 1 hour, in person course offered most weeks.
  • CPR/First Aid (Optional unless you are working with the Lifetime Fitness Program)
  • FMC Non-Disclosure
  • TB test: Illinois requires annual one-step TB tests for health care. These can be done at McKinley Health Center, the public health department or some stores.
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination: You most likely received this series of vaccines when you were a baby and McKinley will have a copy of these records. Please sign the Hepatitis B Vaccination form and email it with documentation that you have had those vaccinations to Sonja at bjelland@illinois.edu.
  • Flu shot: Flu shots are usually available at McKinley Health Center starting in the end of September. Email documentation showing you received it that includes your name to Sonja at bjelland@illinois.edu. This does not apply to summer-only students.
    • NOTE: If you need a flu shot and a TB test you can do them on the same day. However, if you don’t have them done on the same day you will have to wait one month after getting your Flu shot to have the TB test.
  • Double check if you’ve turned everything you need with this checklist: https://goo.gl/forms/kNKvwXI6iknMjdvE2.