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.
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

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. 

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:

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