Teen Relationships in Place Project (TRIP)

Join the UB CARE Lab and work on the TRIP Project under the Direction of Dr. Julie Bowker.

New NSF-funded Project on Teenagers' Peer Experiences

Project description

This newly NSF-funded project aims to understand the ways in which teen relationship experiences differ depending on the location and the time they occur. Little is known about the importance of variability in location, as most research in this area focuses exclusively on the school location. Almost no studies have considered peer experiences during the summer months. This longitudinal study will be among the first to evaluate the peer experiences of young adolescents in Grade 6, the summer following Grade 6, and Grade 7. The project will enhance knowledge as well as inform prevention and intervention efforts aimed at teenagers struggling with their peers.

Project outcome

Undergraduate research assistants will be trained on daily diary and survey methods. They will work in a team of undergraduate and graduate students to collect data across three time points from young adolescents in the Greater Buffalo area. There will be opportunities to participate in research conferences, work on honors thesis projects, and receive letters of recommendation from Dr. Bowker.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Year-long (10-12 months)
Start time Fall (August/September)
Spring (January/February)
Summer (May/June)
Most students will begin in the Summer or Fall semester
In-person, remote, or hybrid? In-Person Project
Level of collaboration Large group collaboration (4+ students)
Benefits Research experience
Who is eligible Sophomores enrolled in Psy498JB

Project mentor

Julie Bowker

Associate Professor


Phone: (716) 645-0187

Email: jcbowker@buffalo.edu

Start the project

  1. Ensure you are enrolled in the course for the correct semester.
  2. Click the button to start the digital badge below.

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. 

1. Complete CITI training for research with human subjects
2. Attend laboratory training on project procedures
3. Meet individually with Dr. Bowker


psychology, development, friendships, bullying, adolescence, Psy498JB
, Education, Counseling