Writing Brief Lay Articles About Colon Cancer

Colon diagram.

Write short lay articles about colon cancer and other lifestyle topics to use in a new measure of health information avoidance.

Project description

About 20% of people say that they avoid information about colon cancer. To develop ways of reducing avoidance, we first need to be able to measure cancer health information avoidance. We are looking for someone who enjoys writing about science for lay audiences (or just wants to practice) to help us write short lay articles about colon cancer and other lifestyle topics to use in a new measure of health information avoidance. You will also take part in pilot testing the measure.

Project outcome

We will create the materials that will be used in a study of health information avoidance. You will generate a portfolio of lay science articles. You will contribute to creating a new measure of health information avoidance.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester (3-5 months)
Start time Spring (January/February)
Level of collaboration Individual student project    
Benefits Academic credit
Who is eligible All undergraduate students
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Project mentor

Heather Orom

Research Assistant/Science Writer

Community Health and Health Behavior

304 Kimball

Phone: (313) 618-6496

Email: horom@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 series. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge series.) 
Fulfilling Academic Major/Minor Requirements

If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project. 

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. 

  • Meet with Heather Orom, the project mentor, to discuss the project and create a work plan together