Writing Brief Lay Articles About Colon Cancer

Colon diagram.

Write short lay articles about colon cancer and other lifestyle topics to use in a new measure of health information avoidance.

Project description

About 20% of people say that they avoid information about colon cancer. To develop ways of reducing avoidance, we first need to be able to measure cancer health information avoidance. We are looking for someone who enjoys writing about science for lay audiences (or just wants to practice) to help us write short lay articles about colon cancer and other lifestyle topics to use in a new measure of health information avoidance. You will also take part in pilot testing the measure.

Project outcome

We will create the materials that will be used in a study of health information avoidance. You will generate a portfolio of lay science articles. You will contribute to creating a new measure of health information avoidance.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester (3-5 months)
Start time Spring (January/February)
Level of collaboration Individual student project    
Benefits Academic credit
Who is eligible All undergraduate students
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Project mentor

Heather Orom

Research Assistant/Science Writer

Community Health and Health Behavior

304 Kimball

Phone: (313) 618-6496

Email: horom@buffalo.edu

Preparation

To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

  • Meet with Heather Orom, the project mentor, to discuss the project and create a work plan together