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Student Research Assistants Wanted!
Here are some open positions posted by faculty members looking for student research assistants.
University of Denver Research Coordinator Position Available in Family & Child Neuroscience Lab
The Family and Child Neuroscience Lab at the University of Denver, directed by Dr. Pilyoung Kim, seeks a part-time (25-30 hrs/week) Research Coordinator, beginning in December 2013 for a period of 9-12 months. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on exciting research projects in the areas of developmental affective and social neuroscience. We are currently conducting research investigating the neural embedding of poverty on maternal and child health and development.
• BA or BS degree
• Experience working with infants, children, and/or parents
• Willingness and availability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends to accommodate data collection. Also, having a car and be willing to drive to home/site visits with other research staff
• Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully with both participants and professionals
• Strong organization and administrative skills, detail-orientation and conscientiousness regarding all tasks including: scheduling, data/file management, word processing (MS Word), spreadsheets (Excel), copying, phone skills and data entry
• Critical thinking skills along with the ability to discuss and solve problems and issues that may arise
• Undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience, or related disciplines
• Experience working with low-income families, women and/or young children
• Experience conducting interviews or standard assessments
• Familiarity with basic statistical analyses & software (SPSS)
Project Responsibilities may include:
• Recruiting parents and children for participation in our research
• Conducting home visits and brain scan visits including interviews, assessments, and collecting biological samples & fMRI data
• Data entry, processing, transcribing and, coding of assessments and parent-child interactions
• Assisting with IRB protocol creation and compliance
• Supervising undergraduate research assistants
• Performing general administrative duties, including the maintenance of budgets, lab website updates, and purchasing and maintaining lab equipment
To apply, please send a cover letter describing your research experience, career goals, and your availability (time/day; including evenings and weekends) with your CV/resume (including information for two references) to Dr. Pilyoung Kim (email@example.com). To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 15, 2013. Women, minorities, and other designated classes are encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
If you have questions about the study or the position, please email Dr. Pilyoung Kim, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students Needed for Research Team Studying the Effects of Implicit Biases on the Perceptions of Mental State at the Time of the Crime
Dr. Fondacaro is seeking undergraduate or MA students to join his research team as research assistants. Dr. Fondacaro's team is interested in studying the effects of implicit biases on the perceptions of mental state at the time of the crime. Students will be involved in conducting literature reviews, laying the design and methodological foundation of the study, creating stimulus materials, and collecting data. Position can be voluntary or serve as a course for academic credit.
Applicants should possess good time management skills, be self-motivated and should know how to use different databases. Interested individuals should email (1) a cover letter describing why you are interested in joining our lab; (2) CV or resume; and (3) unofficial transcript to Nikoleta Despodova (email@example.com).
What Hate Crimes Can Tell us About Criminal Justice
The way society understands “justice” is reflected in the public discourse, political debate, and media coverage of crime, particularly crimes that involve assaults on members of minority out-groups—notably, the LGBT community, racial minorities, and non-Christian religious groups. Members of these groups are especially vulnerable to victimization motivated by "hate" or bias. The most recent development in criminal law related to these vulnerable populations is the concept of “hate crimes,” codified under state and federal anti-bias legislation. My project at the New Media Lab is an extension of my dissertation research, which examines the cultural landscape in which the concept of “hate crimes” has emerged. This label is a relatively new term used to describe the same violent behavior against minority populations that occurred before the label existed. The research explores such questions as, Why now? What is new about our understanding of the role of law and the goals of justice that created the backdrop for hate crime legislation? To answer these questions, this project takes an historical comparative look at three paradigmatic types of crime (lynching, rape, and attacks in places of worship) occurring before and after the civil rights era. Using case comparisons, the research attempts to understand the nature of justice by explaining the way we make meaning of violent crime and intolerance, and the legal protections given to individual identity, groups association, and personal freedom. Using a digital timeline to host historical data of text (news reports, congressional records, case transcripts), imagery (archival photos, videos), and sound (archival radio broadcasts), the case-study dyads will be expressed in digital form to track the changes in the public discourse and the larger cultural framework that have contributed to society’s intolerance for violent bias-crime. Interested students should contact Professor Roz Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and a letter of recommendation upon application.
Research assistant wanted for Correctional Incident Database (CID) of Collective Violence, Homicides, Hate Crimes and Escapes
Dr. Jeff Mellow is seeking students to help develop the first nationwide Correctional Incident Database. Under the direction of Dr. Mellow and his research assistants, students will compile information from online media and governmental sources on prison and jail escapes. Training on CID's open-source search protocol and supervision will be provided by Dr. Mellow. This project allows for flexible working hours, with students working six to ten hours a week. If interested, please email resume or CV to Dr. Jeff Mellow (email@example.com). Click here further information on Dr. Mellow and his research.
Student research assistants wanted for the Historical Memory Project (HMP)
The Project documents the history of war, genocide and military-civil dictatorships in the Latin American region. We are seeking bilingual (Spanish-English) students able to read and write in Spanish fluently and with an interest in human rights and/or Latin America. Should be self-motivated, able to multi-task, communicate effectively and meet project deadlines. Students in the following scientific and humanity disciplines are especially encouraged to apply: Sociology, history, political science, law with emphasis in international law, criminology, Latin American Studies.
The student will conduct research about Human Rights crimes, statistics, historical facts and narratives and disseminate findings, search bibliography in Spanish international data search, examine books, journals, newspaper articles and criminal court files, expand relationships and collaborations with local partners in various Latin American countries, perform digitization, transcription, and coding of data, help in the development of new courses related to the project's topics of interest (including but not limited to attending conferences, meetings, helping create syllabi, researching sources for course, etc.), have knowledge of statistical software (SPSS and/or excel), and update website (to be discussed).
We offer: Training on a critical research seeking to understand human rights crimes, opportunity to liaisewith scholars from around the world, opportunities to attend conferences at the United Nations, opportunities for co-publishing, and the possibility of stipend or scholorship support through the Office of Undergraduate Research. Interested students should contact OUR@jjay.cuny.edu to express interest.
Social Justice Sexuality Project
Professor Pastrana's research interests are in the intersections of race, sexuality, human rights, and social movement activism. He is a Co-Investigator of a multi-year, national research endeavor titled Social Justice Sexuality Project, which seeks to understand and build knowledge about the lived experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people of color in the U.S. Throughout, Professor Pastrana has connected with a vast number of leaders, organizations, and groups, and welcomes collaboration with John Jay students as research assistants. Some skills that you will develop include analysis of quantitative data and preparation of reports for various audiences (i.e., community partners, media professionals, as well as academic reviewers). For more information about the project, visit: www.socialjusticesexuality.com and contact Professor Pastrana directly via email.