Research Assistants in the Child Health and Behavior Lab

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The Child Health and Behavior Lab (HABLAB) at the University of Buffalo is looking for undergraduate students to assist with research studies during fall 2021 and spring 2022.

Project description

The Child Health and Behavior Lab (HABLAB) at the University of Buffalo is looking for undergraduate students to assist with research studies during fall 2021 and spring 2022. (Our team is currently full for summer 2021.) We anticipate having positions for several new research assistants in fall 2021 and beyond and anticipate a return to in-person research in our lab in the coming academic year.

These research experiences will be under the leadership of Dr. Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, who conducts laboratory- and community-based studies in the area of children's eating behavior and obesity prevention. More information about this work is available on the mentor's department website and laboratory website

Ongoing studies include our Restaurant Study, which involves research with children and families dining in local restaurants; the Play With Me Study, which involves interacting with 4-to-5-year-old children in our research lab; and the INSIGHT Study, which involves behavioral coding of video recorded data of parents and children completing various study tasks.

Student research assistants typically work directly with study participants, including parents and children, in the laboratory and/or community. At this time, we have remote activities occurring and are actively planning to restart our in-person research. Besides data collection, other lab activities include assisting with participant recruitment, materials preparation, and data entry or coding. All incoming research assistants must be able to commit to at least 10 hours of research per week, with preference typically given to students who can commit to at least two semesters.

Interested students can apply by submitting an application and a resume to, using "Student research assistant application 2021" as the subject of the email. Please visit the HABLAB website to download the application.

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 Commitments are semester-long, but we give preference to students who are interested in doing research for two or more semesters.
Start time We are looking for students for fall 2021 and beyond 
Level of collaboration We have smaller individual projects and group work. Most students are exposed to both.
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer
Who is eligible Attention to detail; professional; reliable; communication skills; able to work independently and collaboratively; enthusiasm for working with children, learning about research, and promoting health 
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

Stephanie Anzman-Frasca

Assistant Professor


G56 Farber Hall, South Campus

Phone: (716) 829-6692


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.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

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. 

  • Before starting with us, students must complete onboarding activities from our semester onboarding list. These vary a bit semester to semester but generally include: 
    • CITI training to work with human subjects
    • A background check 
    • Child protection training 
    • Reading our lab's policies & procedures 
    • Signing up for (and eventually completing) CPR/first aid training 
    • Completing a research contract 
  • HABLAB staff provide a semester-specific onboarding list via email before the start of each semester.