Teen Eating Behavior Study

teenage boy in baseball cap bites into a burger.

Seeking students to work on a longitudinal research project looking at the factors related to teen eating behavior and body composition. Students must commit to 2 consecutive semesters (or more) of service in the lab.

Project description

Our laboratory studies eating behavior in adults and adolescents. We running a longitudinal research project looking at the factors related to teen eating behavior and body composition. We will only accept dedicated and passionate research assistants who can commit to two consecutive semesters (or more) of service in the lab. 

Duties will include data entry, scheduling participants, as well as, emailing and calling families. Should this intern be a good fit for running participant visits, they will be trained to run research appointments with teens from the community at UB South Campus. This intern will be working in a team of undergraduate interns and graduate research assistants. 

We are looking for individuals with excellent communication and organizational skills, with creative ideas, 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 8-12 hours per week during the school year. The schedule is flexible. 

Project outcome

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

  • Student data project completion
  • Possibility of achieved ability to run research visits autonomously
  • Students may elect to create posters or presentations if they communicate this desire in advance and work with mentor to seek out these opportunities. These advanced outcomes are only applicable to those working with us for 1 year or greater. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Year-long
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Large group collaboration (4+ students)
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer
Who is eligible Students with excellent communication and organizational skills, confidence calling and scheduling families, creative marketing ideas, ability to learn quickly, ability to work independently.
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

Jennifer Temple


Community Health and Health Behavior

Phone: (716) 829-5593

Email: jltemple@buffalo.edu

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. 

  • 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


Exercise and Nutrition Sciences