Research Assistant Opportunities

Effects of Fitness Training Program to Help Combat Childhood Obesity

Drs. Alexis A. Wright and Jeffrey Taylor in the High Point University Department of Physical Therapy seek to identify 3-4 research assistants to participate in a collaborative research project between the High Point University Department of Physical Therapy and GO FAR (Go Out For A Run), a nonprofit organization designed as a 10-week comprehensive fitness program initiated to help combat childhood obesity (http://www.gofarclub.org)

Students will be given the opportunity to work alongside licensed physical therapists as well as physical education instructors at a local middle school in the High Point area.  Experiences include: educating children on healthy eating habits; supervision of fitness training sessions; educating and demonstrating proper stretching techniques; educating and demonstrating proper warm up techniques; formal testing (Body Mass Index, 1 mile run) both before and after the fitness program to help determine the effectiveness of the fitness program on weight loss and self-esteem. Other experiences include data entry for future data analysis to determine the effects of the fitness program in children and serving as a volunteer at the annual 5k running event. This course is being offered as an elective for 2 credit hours as EXS 4111-01. Limited opportunities are available. This opportunity is available starting Fall 2013.

Effects of Physical Therapy Treatment

Starting right away! Dr. Alexis A. Wright in the High Point University Department of Physical Therapy seeks to identify 3-4 research assistants to participate in a funded research clinical trial examining the effects of physical therapy interventions in patients with femoroacetabular impingement of the hip. The clinical trial will take place at the High Point University Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory and students will be given the opportunity to work alongside licensed physical therapists as they evaluate and treat clinical patients referred from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Students will earn valuable observation hours under a licensed physical therapist and will also implement a pre-defined exercise protocol with patients under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Other experiences include data entry for future data analysis to determine the effects of physical therapy interventions in this patient population. This course is being offered as an elective for 2 credit hours as EXS 4111-02. Limited opportunities are available. The opportunity is available as early as March 11, 2013. This will run through the summer and definitely into Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

Zoo Research

Dr. Joanne Altman, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, and Professor of Psychology, is seeking students who would be interested in getting involved in zoo research. Dr. Altman studies animal cognition and psychological well-being in captive wildlife. Open to all majors and class levels. For more information, contact Dr. Altman at jaltman0@highpoint.edu. Contact Dr. Joanne Altman jaltman0@highpoint.edu

 

Human Health and Athletic Performance

Health and Physical Education department is looking for students to assist in research related to human health and athletic performance. This research will include evaluating the effects of running under different conditions, such as in simulated high altitude and low gravity conditions. There will also be research opportunities in building a database relating athletic performance to lung function. Also, there will be research projects evaluating the effects of training programs, specialized equipment, nutritional supplements, and other interventions on health and human performance. Students participating in the research will be expected to be involved in laboratory data collection on a regular basis and will learn how to use a variety of medical-grade research equipment. Student research participants who make significant contributions to the projects will be given the opportunity to present their data at major conferences and will also be included in peer-reviewed publications which result from these projects. Contact Dr. James Smoliga jsmoliga@highpoint.edu

 

English – Literature Review

Dr. Jacob Paul seeks a volunteer research assistant to collaborate on a paper exploring Milton’s depiction of the War in Heaven in Paradise Lost. The volunteer will be responsible for reading the poem, assisting in interpretive work, developing a literature review of extant criticism and collaborating in the drafting process. The ideal candidate will be familiar with epic verse, having potentially read Paradise Lost, and will have already completed at least one upper division humanities course requiring a longer interpretive paper based on research. In addition to co-authorship on any published/presented products, this research will offer one or two credits (subject to negotiation) of independent study in English. – For more information, contact Contact Dr. Jacob Paul jpaul@highpoint.edu

 

SURVEY RESEARCH CENTER

Get Experience doing survey research which includes phone interviews, focus groups, face-to-face interviews. Can get experience in one of two ways: Survey Research Center Practicum (IDS2255, PSC2055, COM2267) This course is as an interdisciplinary introduction to survey research methodology. Its goal is to provide students with hands-on experience conducting phone-based surveys as interviewers in High Point University’s Survey Research Center. Students will receive training in research ethics, interviewing skills, research design, data collection and analysis. This course is open to all students. SURVEY RESEARCH CENTER also hires - Contact Dr. Martin Kifer mkifer@highpoint.edu

 

SOCIOLOGY

Dr. Paul Namaste in the High Point University Department of Sociology seeks to identify a volunteer research assistant to aid in two projects on the question of the nature of love. The research question, “What is Love?” examines how people have conceptualized the nature of love throughout history and across various cultures. More information …

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