Spring Research Assistants for the "Youth Relationships Study"
For positions beginning in Spring 2023, we are currently looking for Research Assistants (RAs) to aid in the "Youth Relationships Study" (YRS), at the Institute for Health Research and Policy (IHRP). This study is being led by Dr. David DuBois, a professor in UIC's School of Public Health and a faculty affiliate of the Community & Prevention Research Program in the UIC Department of Psychology.
The study’s purpose is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) community-based mentoring (CBM) program for the prevention of crime and delinquency, including examining impacts on a wide range of risk and protective factors for these outcomes. Participants, youth ages 10-16, were recruited from 16 BBBSA affiliates, located in different regions across the U.S. Enrolled youth were randomly assigned to participate in the CBM program or to a control group. Youth and parents’ completed surveys at both study enrollment and 18 months later. The study is in its fifth year of implementation.
We are looking for RAs who are interested in gaining research experience for course credit/capstone or as a volunteer during the Spring, extending into the Fall semester. (One-year commitment to the study is required)
All RAs will gain on-the-ground research experience that will help in their next steps after graduation. Whether applying to graduate studies or entering the professional world, Dr. DuBois will be available to provide a letter of reference. Those who continue with the project beyond the Spring will have an opportunity to be included as a co-author on a presentation at a professional conference and/or to be supported in completing a research capstone project.
· Data entry and management, using software such as REDCap, Microsoft Excel, and Remark;
· Developing and reviewing study materials;
· Administrative tasks (e.g. using Microsoft Office, scanning and printing study documents)
· Creating daily reports and shift summaries
· Communication with team members, participating programs, and BBBSA; and
· Assisting with logistics (e.g. creating and shipping study items).
· GPA must be a minimum of 3.5;
· Must be able to commit to at least one year on the project
· Willing to travel to IHRP (West Campus);
· Minimum time commitment of 8-10 hours per week (flexible schedule);
· Experience with Microsoft Office (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint etc.).
· Experience with data entry and data management platforms (e.g. Redcap, SPSS, Etc.)
· Junior standing and above
· Conscientiousness, attention to detail, and ability work independently
· Strong interest in gaining practical experience with research.
If interested, please contact the Study Coordinator, Julius Rivera, at Jriver40@uic.edu