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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.  The project will begin Fall 2013 and run through Spring 2013. Open to all majors and class levels. Students must be willing to complete IRB training. For more information, please contact: snielsen@highpoint.edu


Effects of Fitness Training Program to Help Combat Childhood Obesity

Drs. Alexis A. Wright and Jeffrey Taylor in the High Point University Department of Physical Therapy seek to identify 3-4 research assistants to participate in a collaborative research project between the High Point University Department of Physical Therapy and GO FAR (Go Out For A Run), a nonprofit organization designed as a 10-week comprehensive fitness program initiated to help combat childhood obesity (http://www.gofarclub.org)

Students will be given the opportunity to work alongside licensed physical therapists as well as physical education instructors at a local middle school in the High Point area.  Experiences include: educating children on healthy eating habits; supervision of fitness training sessions; educating and demonstrating proper stretching techniques; educating and demonstrating proper warm up techniques; formal testing (Body Mass Index, 1 mile run) both before and after the fitness program to help determine the effectiveness of the fitness program on weight loss and self-esteem. Other experiences include data entry for future data analysis to determine the effects of the fitness program in children and serving as a volunteer at the annual 5k running event. This course is being offered as an elective for 2 credit hours as EXS 4111-01. Limited opportunities are available. This opportunity is available starting Fall 2013.


Effects of Physical Therapy Treatment

Starting right away! Dr. Alexis A. Wright in the High Point University Department of Physical Therapy seeks to identify 3-4 research assistants to participate in a funded research clinical trial examining the effects of physical therapy interventions in patients with femoroacetabular impingement of the hip. The clinical trial will take place at the High Point University Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory and students will be given the opportunity to work alongside licensed physical therapists as they evaluate and treat clinical patients referred from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Students will earn valuable observation hours under a licensed physical therapist and will also implement a pre-defined exercise protocol with patients under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Other experiences include data entry for future data analysis to determine the effects of physical therapy interventions in this patient population. This course is being offered as an elective for 2 credit hours as EXS 4111-02. Limited opportunities are available. The opportunity is available as early as March 11, 2013. This will run through the summer and definitely into Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.


Zoo Research

Dr. Joanne Altman, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, and Professor of Psychology, is seeking 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 we are looking for dedicated students who might like to get involved in cognitive research with gibbons or a project on wellness and dog personality. Open to all majors and class levels. For more information, contact Dr. Altman at jaltman0@highpoint.edu. Contact Dr. Joanne Altman jaltman0@highpoint.edu


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 jsmoliga@highpoint.edu


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 mkifer@highpoint.edu

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

Phone: 336-841-9613
Email: urcw@highpoint.edu

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