The Prevention Research Lab, led by Dr. Keryn E. Pasch in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, is searching for undergraduate research assistants beginning Spring 2021. Undergraduate research assistants (URAs) will work on one of two projects related to the marketing of unhealthy products (fast food, sugar sweetened beverages, and alcohol) during the COVID-19 pandemic. One project will audit the Twitter pages of leading companies that sell these products (e.g., McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Bacardi) with an aim of documenting how social media marketing tactics adapted to the pandemic. Another project will examine television commercials for these products, with the aim of describing how commercial marketing for unhealthy products has changed with the pandemic.
Additional research opportunities such as literature searching, transcribing, and data summaries may be available.
Ability to commit approximately ten hours of work per week during the Spring 2021 semester.
A flexible summer schedule with the ability to commit approximately three hours of work per week during the summer.
Prior research experience is a plus but not necessary.
Applicants who are able to commit to the spring and fall semesters (summer also available) will be given priority. However, if you are graduating in spring or summer 2021, you will still be considered.
Hands-on experience with the research process, with an emphasis on the relationship between advertising and socio-economic disparities.
Bridging Disciplines, Nutrition, or other research credit offered if you qualify – please let us know if you are considering BDP credit or other research credit when you contact us.
If you are interested in joining the Prevention Research Lab as an undergraduate research assistant, please complete the Undergraduate Research Application found online. Please submit a completed application, along with your résumé, to Jacob Thomas at Jacob.Thomas@utexas.edu.