Opportunities for Involvement

As a volunteer research assistant, you will have many opportunities available to get involved in our current project. Research assistants typically work on screening potential research participants, data entry, preparation of study materials, and participant assessment visits. You will get the opportunity to see research “behind the scenes” and to have direct participant contact. Note: We expect volunteer research assistants to commit to at least 6 hours per week for at least one semester (usually in 2 or 3 weekly shifts). We will ask you to keep a relatively consistent set of scheduled hours.

Interested in volunteering for the UF Weight Management Lab? E-mail our Lab Manager, Nicole Davila, at ndavila@phhp.ufl.edu with a resume and a cover letter containing basic information about yourself (e.g., student status, whether you are planning to volunteer for course credit, the hours you are available, and why you are interested in working in our lab).

Assessment Visits

Research assistants who work with our assessment team typically commit to one or more days per week and must be available from 6 AM – 2 PM. The assessment team works directly in the rural communities in northern Florida to screen potential and current participants. Interest in face-to-face contact with participants and a professional demeanor are a must! Training is provided for anyone who is interested.

Data Entry

Research assistants who are organized and detail oriented are invited to become part of our data entry team. Research assistants in this position take paper copies of participants’ daily food diaries and enter them into our database system. Training is provided for anyone who is interested.

Phone Screening

Research assistants also play a vital role in our current research projects by managing intial phone screens with individuals interested in participating in our studies. After extensive training and role playing, research assistants in this role will keep busy by screening potential participants, scheduling in-person assessments, and entering screening information into our database.