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Social Sciences - After School Anti-obesity Project in Schools
Principal Investigator: Rajeeb L Das

For an anti-obesity initiative in local schools, this project involves developing fun after school activities with interdisciplinary UF graduate and undergraduate students. Work with students 2x – 4x a month at schools. Obtain baseline and periodic measures of health. Analyze data.

Requirements: STA2023 or high school statistics.

Time Commitment: 10 hours / week

Independent Study: Not Available
Work Study: Not Available
Salary: Not Available
Volunteer: Available
Social Sciences - Global Issues In Science Education
Principal Investigator: Bailey P John

Coding and analyzing researcher of teaching knowledge of global science issues and the extent to which they are incorporated into curriculum and pedagogy.

Requirements: Knowledge of SPSSX, Excel and data analysis.

Time Commitment: Project should take four weeks/on and offsite.

Independent Study: Available
Work Study: Not Available
Salary: Not Available
Volunteer: Available
Social Sciences - Magazine Portrayals of Tanning
Principal Investigator: Kim Walsh-Childers

Research shows that although most women are aware of the potential dangers of tanning, they still prefer to be tan and engage in behaviors designed to achieve a tanned appearance (e.g. use of sun-tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.)This study evalutes the extent to which images of women in popular consumer magazines equate a tanned appearance with beauty. The primary question is what level of tan is most common among Caucasian models in the images (editorial and advertising) in women's magazines.

Requirements: Students must be able to judge somewhat subtle differences in tan levels.

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per week for perhaps 1-2 months

Independent Study: Available
Work Study: Not Available
Salary: Not Available
Volunteer: Available
Social Sciences - Understanding Lives of Youth with Chronic Illness
Principal Investigator: Susan C. Horky

The purpose of this study is to learn from youth with chronic illness what their lives are like, the role of their illness in their lives, attitudes toward self care and bases on which healthcare decisions are made. Additional themes in the lives of youth with chronic illness will evolve from qualitative analysis of the data. Participants between the ages of 12 – 18 in the Pediatric Pulmonary Clinic who are interested in participating will be loaned videocameras for 6-12 weeks and asked to make a video diary of their lives. Each participant will be asked to complete two questionnaires (measuring “Quality of Life” and “Self Efficacy”) prior to the loan of the video camera and again after the video camera is returned. The participant will also be asked to complete an opinion survey of the video camera process upon returning the video camera. This research protocol is based on training received by the PI in the Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) approach, developed at Boston Children’s Hospital (http://www.viaproject.org/home/ ) and generally follows the protocols used by this group.

Requirements: Juniors or Seniors preferred. Assistant will help with enrolling subjects, meeting with subjects every two-three weeks, assisting in administrative aspects of project and transcribing tapes. Access to a car and willingness to meet with subjects at home a plus. Flexible hours.

Time Commitment:

Independent Study: Available
Work Study: Not Available
Salary: Not Available
Volunteer: Available
Social Sciences - Florida National Scenic Trail Visitor Assessment
Principal Investigator: Taylor V Stein

The purpose of this project is to generate use estimates of hikers on the Florida National Scenic Trail. The trail extends 1300 miles from Gulf Islands National Seashore to Big Cypress National Preserve. Hiker estimates are generated at specified locations from observation periods and mechanical pedestrian counters. On-site interviews are also conducted to better understand hiker characteristics and experiences. Students will conduct on-site interviews with visitors, maintain and collect data from mechanical pedestrian counters, enter data, and conduct data analysis.

Requirements: Applicants must be comfortable in natural settings, have strong communication skills, and be willing to travel.

Time Commitment:

Independent Study: Available
Work Study: Not Available
Salary: Available
Volunteer: Available
Social Sciences - Research on how people learn science
Principal Investigator: Troy D Sadler

My research agenda relates to understanding how people learn science and what approaches to teaching facilitate learning. I have an ongoing project related to student discourse and argumentation in classrooms. We will be investigating how students learn about science and technology through the social negotiation of experiments and their findings.

Requirements: Ability and willingness to collect field notes and other forms of data in middle and high school science classrooms.

Time Commitment: Varies based on student interests

Independent Study: Available
Work Study: Not Available
Salary: Not Available
Volunteer: Available
Social Sciences - Everyday Memory and Aging
Principal Investigator: Robin L West

Several projects are being conducted to examine age differences in everyday memory performance and factors that affect these age differences, such as motivation, goal-setting, memory training, self-confidence, etc. Valuable research training will be provided. For each project, students would be trained to serve as interviewers and collect data and/or score data that has already been collected.

Requirements: psychology background preferred, interest in older adults preferred

Time Commitment: 3-6 hours per week

Independent Study: Available
Work Study: Not Available
Salary: Available
Volunteer: Available
Social Sciences - Memory and Language Processes in Old Age
Principal Investigator: Lise Abrams

In my Cognition and Aging Laboratory, we study memory and language processes and the effects of aging on these processes. Current studies are investigating: (1) memory retrieval failures such as the tip-of-the-tongue states, which are naturally-occurring retrieval failures that are characterized by a temporary inability to recall a known word; and (2) language errors such as the production of spelling errors and the detection of spelling errors during reading. The general goals of my research are to understand the causes of these cognitive failures as well as to explain why certain aspects of language and memory functioning are impaired in old age while others are spared.

Requirements: I am looking for committed, responsible people who have an interest in my work and in learning about the psychological research process. Research assistants will be exposed to multiple aspects of research, including literature review, project development, creation of stimuli, data collection from college students as well as older adults, data entry and coding, statistical analysis, and method and results write-ups. In terms of completed coursework, General Psychology (PSY 2012) and Cognitive Psychology (EXP 3604) are preferred. To request an application, please email Dr. Abrams at abrams@ufl.edu.

Time Commitment: Two semesters, 6 hours per week

Independent Study: Available
Work Study: Not Available
Salary: Not Available
Volunteer: Available
Social Sciences - Video Games to improve cognition
Principal Investigator: Marsiske Michael

We have one major study for which we are recruiting students.

1. "Video Games to improve cognition" study: (belchior@phhp.ufl.edu) or (ayam@phhp.ufl.edu). We are conducting a study that examines whether training older adults to play a particular class of action video games will improve everyday functioning. Participants will be randomized to one of several groups across studies: A "gold-standard" visual attention program, Crazy Taxi, control group. After orientation sessions at UF, the main intervention occurs in participants own homes over several months, as they engage in sixty hours of game play. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether increases in mental activity (as measured by gaming logs) improves cognition, as well several secondary outcomes.

Requirements: Anyone can apply. Preference for students with: - previous General Psychology (PSY 2012/PSY 2013) and research/statistics coursework; GPA of 3.25 or higher strongly preferred - an interest in research and statistics - an interest in cognitive aging, especially (a) the “everyday” consequences of late life mental changes, and (b) strategies to improve or intervene in late life cognition - a willingness to commit to 2 semesters in our lab; this will facilitate better learning and research skill development, and will also maximize you as an asset in our lab (we won’t lose you right after we get you trained) - a willingness to attend and participate in a one-hour weekly lab meeting - a commitment to reliability, openness to new experiences, willingness to figure things out on their own and present their solutions to the team, good social skills

Time Commitment: 3 hrs/credit, min 2 credits/semest & min 2 semest

Independent Study: Available
Work Study: Not Available
Salary: Not Available
Volunteer: Available
Social Sciences - Sport Law and Risk Management Research
Principal Investigator: Dan P Connaughton

Projects may include assisting with various aspects of: (1) survey research on risk management practices in sport, recreation and physical activity programs; and (2) case law (judicial opinions) research pertaining to the field of sport management. Experiences may involve literature searches and reviews, and data collection and entry. NOTE: Assistants may be eligible to be named on published articles and/or presentations.

Requirements: Dependable students interested in legal-related research pertaining to the sport and/or recreation industry; able to work with minimal supervision; good research and communication skills.

Time Commitment: varies

Independent Study: Available
Work Study: Not Available
Salary: Not Available
Volunteer: Available