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Human Relations: Psychological Impact of high- and low-power posing on self-perceptions.

Immediate opportunity! Dr. Sarah Nielsen, Assistant Professor of Human Relations, is seeking 1-2 students to serve as research assistants on a project investigating the psychological impact of high- and low-power posing on self-perception. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience in survey design, data entry and coding, running experimental subject groups, writing literature reviews, and more.  Open to all majors and class levels. Students must be willing to complete IRB training. For more information, please contact:

Zoo Research

Dr. Joanne Altman, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, and Professor of Psychology, is seeking two dedicated students who would be interested in getting involved in zoo research. Dr. Altman studies animal cognition and psychological well-being in captive wildlife. Right now Dr. Altman is cognitive testing lemurs at the Greensboro Science Center.   Students  are expected to go to the zoo on a regular schedule and work with the lemurs. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience in research methods, animal behavior and training, writing  a literature review, and more. Volunteers will have to do IACUC training and get tested for TB. Open to all majors and class levels.  Contact Dr. Joanne Altman:

Human Health and Athletic Performance

Department of Physical Education 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

 Body Composition Analysis in Humans and Animals

Description:  Dr. James Smoliga is researching how body composition scoring (BCS) is used in humans and in animals.  Body composition involves measuring or estimating levels of body fat, muscle, bone, and other tissue through various techniques.  For the human aspect of the research, students can gain experience related to the use dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), how it relates to visual BCS, and how these measures relate to athletic performance.  For the animal aspect of the research, students will relate methods of body composition assessment in animals (both companion and wildlife) to those methods used in human research, with the goal of developing better methods of body composition evaluation and relating BCS to health outcomes. This is open to all majors and all levels.  The end product of this research will be publication in peer-reviewed journals.



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

Contact Us

Dr. Joanne Altman, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works

Phone: 336-841-9613

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