The Prevention Research Lab is looking for undergraduate research assistants!
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 22. 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 throughout 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 2022 semester.
Research lab will still be working remotely so ability to work from home. Attendance at virtual lab meetings encouraged but not required if schedule prohibits.
Prior research experience is a plus but not necessary.
Applicants who are able to commit to two semesters will be given priority. However, if you are graduating in Spring 2022, 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.