Eating Behavior Among Children

young girl makes a cake.

Students will support ongoing research related to eating behaviors and risk factors for obesity among parents and children, assisting with scheduling and running participant appointments, entering, analyzing and possibly presenting data.

Project description

The Eating Behavior Research Laboratory is looking for research assistants. We study eating behaviors and risk factors for obesity among parents and children. Qualified students will be involved in scheduling and running participant appointments, entering data, and may have the opportunity to analyze and present data.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Year-long
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Small group project
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer
Who is eligible Students who are motivated to learn and succeed, have experience with/enthusiasm for working with children, strong customer service skills, maturity and professionalism, and are detailed-oriented.
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Project mentor

Katherine Balantekin

Assistant Professor

Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

10A and 12 Sherman Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2428



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

  1. Guide you in setting your goals and intentions as well as gaining additional context,
  2. Enhance your collaboration with your mentor/partner,
  3. Support your reflection and help you integrate your learning with your academic and professional goals.

All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.

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:

  • Reading seminal articles or books related to the topic
  • CITI training