Adult Eating Behavior Lab Assistant

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Seeking Research Assistants to support a new longitudinal research project examining the factors related to eating behavior in pregnancy.

Project description

We are looking for 1-2 committed Research Assistants for the Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory (Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, School of Public Health and Health Professions). Our laboratory studies eating behavior in adults and adolescents. We are beginning a longitudinal research project looking at the factors related to eating behavior in pregnancy ("Snacking for 2"). Duties will include data entry management, food preparation, scheduling and recruitment and working in a team of graduate research assistants. With experience, you may be trained to run laboratory studies with pregnant women.

We are looking for individuals who are eager to learn, with great interpersonal and organizational skills. Applicants should be those that are engaged, who learn quickly, and are able to work independently. Previous research experience is not required, but is a plus. Each position requires a commitment of at least 2 semesters. The Laboratory Assistant position is flexible requiring 6-15 hours per week, during the hours of 10am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Interested individuals should send a COVER LETTER, RESUME, and SCHEDULE of availability to Amanda Ziegler (nhrlab@gmail.com).

Project outcome

  • Completion of data entry project
  • Ability to run study appointment independently after training period

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Other (6-12 months)
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration Small group project (2-3 students)
Benefits Academic Credit, Work Study
Who is eligible Individuals who are eager to learn, with great interpersonal and organizational skills. Applicants should be those that are engaged, who learn quickly, and are able to work independently. Previous research experience is not required, but is a plus.
Goldwater and the National Science Foundation

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Amanda Ziegler

Researcher

Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

62 Farber Hall, South Campus

Phone: (716) 829-2022

Email: nhrlab@gmail.com

Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
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Fulfilling Academic Major/Minor Requirements

If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project. 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  • Development of a resume
  • Development of a cover letter reflecting your interest and ability to work in health related research at UB.
  • Familiarizing yourself with Dr. Temple's previous work through literature searches and visiting our website