Bridging Disciplines Programs Opportunities

Fall 2014 Research Assistant Position Examining Food Insecurity and Obesity

April 24, 2014 · No Comments

Looking for an interesting undergraduate research opportunity for Fall?  If you are a Spanish speaker, a junior with a good GPA (3.0 or more), you may qualify to assist with data collection and analysis for a project involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)!

Qualifications:
GPA: 3.0 and above
Ability to speak, read and write Spanish fluently
Junior Year

Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist with data collection and data analysis

Description of Project
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions throughout the world, with the United States (U.S.) reporting the highest rates of obesity among developed nation. Food insecurity is a public health problem that concurs with obesity. Low-income populations are disproportionately burdened by the dual problem of food insecurity and obesity. The Food Stamp Program, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was launched to boost the agricultural economy, and reduce food insecurity in the U.S. In 2012, nearly $74.6 billion were distributed in the form of SNAP benefits to 46.6 million Americans. Allotment of SNAP benefits is based on the Thrifty Food Plan, and the average monthly benefit per person was $133.41 in 2012. Given the vast outreach of the SNAP, its effective use may serve as a centerpiece to help improve nutrition among low-income Americans. An understanding of the dietary behaviors of SNAP participants is required to guide the development of effective policy measures. In order to gain an accurate knowledge of dietary behaviors of SNAP participants, this study will investigate food and nutrient intake of this population over the entire month. Individuals participating in SNAP may face barriers that reduce a healthy eating lifestyle. It is hypothesized that individual, environmental, sectors of influence and social and cultural factors will influence food intake patterns in this population. This hypothesis is based on the social ecological model, which posits that health behavior is determined by an interwoven relationship between the individuals and their environment. No study, till date, has evaluated the effect of social-ecological factors on dietary behaviors of SNAP participants. The primary goal of this project is to enhance the understanding of the role of social-ecological factors on monthly food intake patterns, thereby emphasizing the need to address dietary behaviors of SNAP participants at both an individual and societal level.

To Apply:
If you would like to work as a research assistant for this project, you can contact Namrata Sanjeevi, PhD student in Nutritional Sciences, at namratas@utexas.edu.

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Summer Research Assistant Position Related to Ecology and Climate Change

April 24, 2014 · No Comments

The lab of Dr. Christine Hawkes is seeking a summer undergraduate research assistant. The broad goal of the project is to understand how aspects of the plant microbiome influence carbon cycling in ecosystems, and by extension, climate change. We will be characterizing soil microbial communities from field experiments that were conducted in the Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA. The goal of the experiment is to understand how trees, by associating with mycorrhizal fungi on their roots, affect how much carbon remains in forest soils rather than returning to the atmosphere as CO2.

The person selected will work 10-20 hours a week during the summer, at be paid the standard student employee rate. The student will extract DNA from soils, perform PCR and prepare genomic libraries for Illumina Miseq DNA sequencing. There is the possibility to continue this work for the following two semesters for credit. Ideally the student would become familiar with metagenomic methods and bioinformatics, and then help conduct a literature analysis extracting metagenomic and biogeochemical data from published studies, with the possibility of being included as an author on the manuscript.

Qualifications:
Student should have taken at least one lab class and have be interested in pursuing science as a career.

Project Timeline:
June-September 2014 (dates flexible), with potential to continue in the fall for credit.

Duties:
Student will extract DNA from soils and prepare DNA libraries for metagenomic sequencing on the Illumina Miseq. Other general lab tasks will also be expected of the student such as dish washing, soil processing, making solutions, etc.

To apply:
Applicants should email a resume that includes any relevant experience, and a brief statement about why you are interested in pursuing research as an undergraduate to Colin Averill at colin.averill@utexas.edu.

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Local Political Research Internship through the Political Science Department of Columbia University

April 21, 2014 · No Comments

The Political Science Department of Columbia University is looking for interns to assist on a summer research project studying political opinion among Latinos in Texas. Interns will collect surveys at doors and over the phone in Austin neighborhoods during evening and weekends in June.

The project is part of a broader research effort that is the first of its kind. The project will be supervised by 
Professor Donald Green from the Political Science Department at Columbia University and David Broockman at the University of California-Berkeley.
 
This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience for students who are thinking about working in political campaigns, applying to graduate programs, or learning about statistics or survey methodology. All interns will receive basic training in data gathering,  survey methodology, and research design from Narayani Lasala-Blanco, expert in survey design from the Political Science Department at Columbia University.

 

Details:
- Interns will work approximately 3 hours a day during weeknights and seven hours a day during weekends, for approximately 30 hours a week total.
- Pay will range from $10 to $15 per hour, depending on experience and language skills.
- The internship will last four weeks, from approximately June 1 – June 30, with the potential for extension in August and September.
- Undergraduate and graduate students from all fields and majors are encouraged to apply.

Interested students should email Narayani Lasala (ml2362@columbia.edu). 
 
Emails should include:
1. A CV that includes a brief description of your academic background and GPA.
2. A brief statement of why you are interested in participating.
3. Confirmation of availability during evenings and weekends in late May and June.

3. Specific availability in the next 1-2 weeks for a Skype or phone interview.
4. Whether you own an iPad, tablet, or a smartphone you could use during the project.
5. Whether you have a car or would need transportation to the survey sites. (If you are interested in providing transportation the research team from campus to the neighborhoods, we would reimburse you for the gas and receive additional compensation.)

 

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Mickey Leland Internship – Travis County Conservation Programs

April 15, 2014 · No Comments

Closing Date: 4/30/14

Seeking Applicants for: Mickey Leland Internship for work on Travis County Conservation
Programs
Internship Description:
The Travis County Natural Resources and Environmental Quality Division is seeking one intern to work in our Conservation Programs in Summer 2014. Intern will provide assistance in database management, research on education and outreach materials and may assist in events.

Primary activities include 1) data entry and organization of files, best management conservation practices and facility inspections; 2) researching, evaluating and recommending recycling and energy educational materials such as guidance documents, graphic presentations and videos for broadcast or web application; and 3) researching, evaluating and recommending water quality educational materials such as guidance documents, graphic presentations and videos for broadcast or web application. Activities may also include assisting in distributing conservation
program equipment. These activities will provide an opportunity to see first hand the practical implementation of a recycling program and the value of conservation programs.

Qualifications:
• The Mickey Leland Internship application process is through TCEQ (Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality) but this Internship is for work with “Travis County Environmental Quality Program”. The Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program provides summer internship opportunities for minorities, women, and economically disadvantaged students pursuing environmental, engineering, science-related, and public administration careers
• Applicants should be generally knowledgeable about recycling and solid waste management, such as waste stream analysis, recycling processes, and challenges associated with implementing conservation programs.
• Applicants should have a basic working knowledge of database applications and be proficient in typical Microsoft Office software. Good communication skills are needed, both verbal and written. The person should be in good physical condition as some work will be outdoors in all types of weather and may include extensive periods walking.

Student Learning Opportunities:
The student will have the opportunity to learn all facets of a recycling program from the evaluation, implementation, and performance measures.

Salary, Time Commitment and Work Location:
The salary will be $13.58/hr. and the intern will work from approximately 20 up to a maximum of 40 hours per week starting in June and continuing through August, with exact dates and days and times to be determined up to a maximum of 481 total hours, with work on weekdays (M-F). The primary work location will be in downtown Austin at 700 Lavaca Street suite 500. Travis County does not provide parking for interns.

General Background:
Travis County’s Natural Resources and Environmental Quality Division is tasked with directing the County’s urban storm water management program, implementing regional air quality protection plans, protecting our endangered species and natural areas through management of the 28,000 acre Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, as well as ensuring the environmental health of our community. To this end, we monitor existing and new industrial and commercial activities in the county, provide analysis and review of new and pending environmental legislation and projects.

How to Apply:
For questions, interested students should contact:
Keith Coburn, Project Manager, keith.coburn@co.travis.tx.us at (512) 854-5866 or
Shaun Auckland, of Conservation Program, Shaun.Auckland@co.travis.tx.us at (512) 854-4496.

To apply, fill out an application form on the Mickey Leland Internship website and list “Travis County” as the preferred employer. http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/admin/employ/mickeyleland/index.html

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Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems Hiring Social/Online Media Intern

April 15, 2014 · No Comments

The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems is hiring a summer Social and Online Media Intern. Join the oldest continuously operating nonprofit focused on sustainable planning and design in the United States in sharing the serious commotion it creates.

We are currently seeking a part-time (8-10 hours per week) Social and Online Media intern to manage our social media channels and blog. This is an unpaid internship that provides the opportunity to become involved with an organization that has helped put Austin on the map as a leader in influential green building initiatives. We want to engage the public in our work, both in the Austin community and beyond, and are seeking a talented, effective social media intern to maintain and enhance our online channels of communication. This internship runs from mid-May to mid-August with the possibility of extension.

Responsibilities include:
• Update social and online media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube on a regular basis• Update website blog on a regular basis
• Create compelling social media and blog content, including features on organizational news, relevant local, national, and international news, and ongoing blog series
• Develop and implement strategies to enhance reach and user engagement
• Track and analyze social media and website profile analytics/metrics
• Possibly expand social media channels to include Instagram, Tumblr, and/or others

Job requirements:
• Experience managing multiple online communication channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
• Available 8-10 hours per week; you can work remotely for 6-8 hours per week, but must be able to report to our Austin office for 2-3 hours each week for a check-in with supervisor (required onsite check-in time can be modified over time depending on need)
• Have a flexible schedule that allows for dynamic social media interaction and quick response during normal business hours
• Be an excellent writer and clear communicator

Preferred, but not required:
• Experience in HootSuite
• Experience in marketing, public relations, professional social media
• Knowledge of Drupal

To apply:
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and references (2 minimum) to center@cmpbs.org.

The letter of interest should elaborate upon the candidate’s skills and how these skills may be applied to serve in the above capacities. Candidates with experience in professional social media are encouraged to submit examples of their work (sample posts) and metrics on social media channels they managed.

Candidates should be specific about availability and identify days/times they can work remotely, as well as days/times they can work onsite.

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Theatre for Dialogue Independent Study focusing on Sexual Violence

April 14, 2014 · No Comments

Theatre for Dialogue Independent Study

1-3 credit hours, Fall 2014
Meets twice a week in Winship Drama Building Time and day to be determined
by student availability

Are you an actor, educator or theatre-maker? Are you interested in interactive theatre and social justice?
Then this independent study might be for you!

In this independent study project, undergraduate students will co-create an interactive theatre program for preadolescents to engage in dialogue around issues of sexual violence. Through readings, discussion and devising exercises, students will explore how to use facilitation and performance techniques
to engage in dialogue with young people.

Project Description:

Research has shown that silence helps perpetuate violence.
Theatre for Dialogue gives young people the opportunity to help young characters try out different ways of telling a trusted adult about their victimization.

“Who can I tell? How can I tell them?” are some of the questions this project will create a space for young audiences to explore.

More info:

Come join us as we explore gender justice through socially responsible theatre- making practices in this unique performance opportunity!

The Creative Team Lead for this project is Emily Aguilar Thomas. This project is part of her MFA Thesis in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities.

Interested students should contact Emily at emilyaguilarthomas@utexas.edu to receive more information.

This independent study course is supervised by Katie Dawson and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce.

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Research Assistantship for Spanish Speaker

April 11, 2014 · No Comments

Looking for an interesting undergraduate research opportunity for Fall?  If you are a Spanish speaker, a junior with a good GPA (3.0 or more), you may qualify to assist with data collection and analysis for a project involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)!

Contact: Namrata Sanjeevi

PhD student in Nutritional Sciences

namratas@utexas.edu

Research for Fall Semester

Specifications:

  • GPA: 3.0 and above
  • Ability to speak, read and write Spanish fluently
  • Junior Year
  • Expectation from students: Assist with data collection and data analysis

Description of project

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions throughout the world, with the United States (U.S.) reporting the highest rates of obesity among developed nation. Food insecurity is a public health problem that concurs with obesity. Low-income populations are disproportionately burdened by the dual problem of food insecurity and obesity. The Food Stamp Program, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was launched to boost the agricultural economy, and reduce food insecurity in the U.S. In 2012, nearly $74.6 billion were distributed in the form of SNAP benefits to 46.6 million Americans. Allotment of SNAP benefits is based on the Thrifty Food Plan, and the average monthly benefit per person was $133.41 in 2012. Given the vast outreach of the SNAP, its effective use may serve as a centerpiece to help improve nutrition among low-income Americans. An understanding of the dietary behaviors of SNAP participants is required to guide the development of effective policy measures. In order to gain an accurate knowledge of dietary behaviors of SNAP participants, this study will investigate food and nutrient intake of this population over the entire month. Individuals participating in SNAP may face barriers that reduce a healthy eating lifestyle. It is hypothesized that individual, environmental, sectors of influence and social and cultural factors will influence food intake patterns in this population. This hypothesis is based on the social ecological model, which posits that health behavior is determined by an interwoven relationship between the individuals and their environment. No study, till date, has evaluated the effect of social-ecological factors on dietary behaviors of SNAP participants. The primary goal of this project is to enhance the understanding of the role of social-ecological factors on monthly food intake patterns, thereby emphasizing the need to address dietary behaviors of SNAP participants at both an individual and societal level.

 

If you would like to work as a research assistant for this project, you can contact Namrata Sanjeevi at namratas@utexas.edu 

 

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UT AmeriCorps VISTA Program Opportunities

April 10, 2014 · No Comments

The UT Austin Division of Diversity & Community Engagement (DDCE) AmeriCorps VISTA program is now accepting applications for both Summer Associates positions as well as full-year VISTA positions (starting in July).  The Summer Associates positions are ideal for current college students in need of a summer paid internship and will take place from June 2nd until August 8th and will be in the following organizations:

Austin Area Urban League – 4 positions
Austin Pre Freshman Engineering Program (AusPrEP) at Huston-Tillotson University – 5 positions
Camp Fire – 5 positions
UT Outreach Rio Grande Valley – 2 positions
UT Outreach Houston – 2 positions
UT Outreach Dallas – 2 positions
UT Outreach San Antonio – 1 position

All Summer Associate positions are listed on the Corporation for National & Community Service website (nationalservice.gov) in the opportunity listings under EITHER “UT Austin Summer Associates/Name of Organization” or “UT Austin (DDCE)/Name of Organization.

Applicants must FIRST complete an AmeriCorps profile (the AmeriCorps job application) by going through the following link on the nationalservice.gov website:

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do;jsessionid=n0FMTxGpJfXFRfvlh37TMsQxn6jMYpxlZT09pQVsznPMZWhZgy29!-1738413846

If you have questions about the VISTA experience within the UT VISTA program, visit the UT VISTA website and blog at: http://ddce.utexas.edu/vistas/.

Questions? Contact Cheryl Sawyer at cheryls@austin.utexas.edu.

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Summer Internships with Innovations for Peace and Development and Development Gateway: Deadline April 18th

April 7, 2014 · No Comments

Development Gateway, a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization working on international aid management, and Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD), a research consortium at UT, are seeking part- and full-time summer interns to provide data analysis support on an interdisciplinary project to better track development assistance in partnership with USAID.

Under the direction of Drs. Michael Findley (UT Government Department) and Kate Weaver (LBJ School of Public Affairs), student interns will geo-reference and categorize project-level data provided by aid donor governments. This summer, the project will primarily be focused on geocoding information for Honduras and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Training in GIS systems and coding methodologies will be provided.

Interns will also have the opportunity to learn tools for analyzing foreign aid data in conjunction with a variety of development outcomes including food security, health, climate change, democratization, and conflict. They will also undertake structured research projects under these topics.

Qualified candidates must be current undergraduate or graduate students and should demonstrate interest in geospatial systems, international development, economics, political science or related fields. French and Spanish speakers are highly encouraged to apply as well.

Internships will begin on May 26th, with an orientation week. We ask for a minimum commitment of 8 weeks, with an official ending date of August 15th. These positions are not paid, but successful interns will have the possibility of a continued position with the Innovation for Peace and Development research team in the fall semester. Interns are expected to commit between 20 and 40 hours per week in the summer.

Interested candidates are invited to attend an information session on Friday, April 11th in Student Activities Center, SAC 4.112 (the IPD Lab), from 12:15-1:15 pm. Please contact Ms. Nisha Krishnan (nisha.krishnan1@gmail.com), Dr. Kate Weaver (ceweaver@austin.utexas.edu) or Dr. Michael Findley (mikefindley@austin.utexas.edu) if you have any questions but are unable to attend the meeting.

Please submit the following Application Materials via email to Nisha Krishna (Nisha.krishnan1@gmail.com) by April 18 at 5:00 pm:
1. Cover letter with statement of interest, addressed to Ms. Nisha Krishnan, Innovations for Peace and Development
2. Resume with full contact information
3. Unofficial UT transcript

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Free Grants Workshops – Every Thursday

April 2, 2014 · No Comments

Every Thursday, the Regional Foundation Library holds a free workshop to help individuals obtain grant funding. Look for help with tuition, study abroad, research and artistic projects. This event is held at the Regional Foundation Library, located on the second floor of UT’s Community Engagement Center. Have questions? Email ellenml@austin.utexas.edu.

Time: 3-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Location: Community Engagement Center (CEC) 2nd floor

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