Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

Research

Learn more about research currently being conducted in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health.

Instructions to students: FMPH 199 applications must be signed by the faculty advisor and submitted to the Public Health Undergraduate Student Affairs office before the end of week one (1) of the quarter you intend to participate. The deadline for Summer Session 199 applications is typically 2 weeks before the start of the first Summer Session. You are encouraged to discuss your interest with faculty the quarter prior to participation in FMPH 199. If you are doing a two quarter commitment, you MUST submit an application for enrollment every quarter. Up to 8 units of FMPH 199 may be used to meet upper division elective requirements. All students participating in an FMPH 199 will be required to complete an online safety and research ethics training.

FMPH 199 Application

FMPH 199 opportunities are listed in alphabetical order by faculty's last name. Questions regarding postings should be addressed to the individual contacts.


Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018 or Spring 2018
Units: 2 units per quarter (6 hours per week)
Contact: waldelaimy@ucsd.edu 
Research Description: 
Data Analyses of tobacco-related topics
Requirements: 
- Has advanced statistical analysis – preferably SAS
- GPA 3.3 or higher
- Contact the Instructor prior to submission of request
Student Responsibilities:
- Commitment to complete an assigned project
- Produce biweekly updates


Dr. Cheryl Anderson

Position(s) Filled through Fall 2017

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018 or Spring 2018
Units: 2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)
Contact: c1anderson@ucsd.edu 
Research Description: 
Studies of nutrition and chronic disease prevention; community interventions focused on lifestyle modification
Requirements: 
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 
- 6-9 hours per week commitment
- Interview required before acceptance
- Willing to work in an on-campus office primarily
Student Responsibilities:
- TBD, and will align with the applicant’s experience and training


Dr. Tarik Benmarhnia

Position(s) Filled

Commitment:  Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018
Units: 2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week) for each project
Contact: tbenmarhnia@ucsd.edu 
Research Description: 
The project aims at understanding the potential impacts of climate change on population health and health disparities in Low and Middle Income countries. The project involves a literature review, the synthesis of epidemiological evidence and some data analyses.
Requirements: 
- Interview required before acceptance
- Interests in research
- Interests in environmental and global health
- Data management
Student Responsibilities:
- Assist with and learn about how to conduct a systematic review about the impact of heat waves on health in Low and Middle Income Countries
- Critically review the existence of public health policies in relation to heat waves in LMICs.
- Conduct some data analyses in relation to climate change and health in LMICs.
- Provide a research report (4-5 pages) at the end of the project.
- Additional responsibilities TBD, and will align with the applicant’s experience, training and needs.

Position(s) Filled

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018
Units: 2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week) for each project
Contact: tbenmarhnia@ucsd.edu  
Research Description: 
The research project is related to understanding the impact of atmospheric pollution on health disparities and understand the drivers of such environmental inequalities.
Requirements: 
- Interview required before acceptance
- Interests in research
- Interests in environmental justice and epidemiology
- Data management and collection
Student Responsibilities:
- Assisting in data collection and management
- Conduct some descriptive data analyses
- Provide a research report (4-5 pages) at the end of the project
- Additional responsibilities TBD, and will align with the applicant’s experience, training and needs.


Dr. Beatrice Alexandra Golomb

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018
Units: 3 or 4 units per quarter (9-12 hours per week)
Contact: bgolomb@ucsd.edu 
Research Description: 
The lab has studies of nutrition (including chocolate!), oxidative-stress related conditions, aging, drug and chemical/environmental side effects, Gulf War illness, predictors of cognition and behavior, alternative medical approaches, and research methods (e.g. Placebos)
Requirements: 
- Enthusiasm, interest in research
- Minimum GPA of 3.7
- Students looking for a longer term laboratory experience especially welcome
Student Responsibilities:
- TBD; will align with the applicant’s experience and training

Dr. Erik Groessl

Position(s) Filled

Commitment: Fall 2017 and Winter 2018, or Winter and Spring 2018
Units: Units: 3 units per quarter (9 hours per week)
Contact: egroessl@ucsd.edu 
Research Description 1: 
Students will assist with and learn about a new NIH-funded research project studying Yoga for Back and Neck Pain in Military Personnel. In addition, students will receive broad training in health services research, including program evaluation for county mental health services and other projects.
Requirements: 
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- 9 hours per week
- 2 quarters minimum commitment 
Student Responsibilities:
- Assist with patient recruitment, screening, and consent. Students will also read the study documents and learn about yoga interventions and the needs of military populations.
- Students will assist with the evaluation of adult mental health services programs including the processing of data from bi-annual surveys, including quality control checks, and creation of reports.


Dr. Linda Hill

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018
Units: 3 or 4 units per quarter (9-12 hours per week)
Contact: dwing@eng.ucsd.edu 
Research Description: 
The Division of Family Medicine is the home of the Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center (EPARC). EPARC provides research support for researchers at UCSD and across the country. EPARC currently supports an NIH funded project to study the effect of exercise on cognitive function. This project is led by Dr. Julie Witherall, Dr. Jeanne Nichols, and David Wing. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in this national, two city study, early in the project, and participate, in recruitment, measures, quality assurance, and early analysis.
Requirements: 
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Ability to work with team, older adults, attention to detail

Position(s) Open

Commitment:  Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018
Units: 3 units per quarter (9 hours per week)
Contact: treds@ucsd.edu 
Research Description: The TREDS (Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety) program is led by Dr. Linda Hill, MD, MPH, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego. Interventions to reduce injury morbidity and mortality on the roadways are delivered to professional groups and the community at large.  Programs focus on safety for aging drivers, distracted driving and defensive walking; survey tools to measure changes in knowledge and behavioral intent are developed and administered.
Requirements:  Minimum GPA of 3.0 - Two quarter minimum commitment - Interview Required.  Excellent oral and written communication skills; attention to detail; motivation to work independently or with a greater team; interest in injury prevention and program development.

Student Responsibilities:
  1. Develop training curriculum and educational materials (e.g., PowerPoint slides, web content and support materials )
  2. Conduct literature reviews and internet searches on roadway safety topics
  3. Assist with writing problem statements for grant submissions
  4. Perform data entry tasks of training evaluations
  5. Assist with other tasks identified by team

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018
Units: 3 - 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)
Contact: amengler@ucsd.edu or llhill@ucsd.edu
Research Description: 
The study will track older drivers and examine issues related to physical and mental impairment, driving habits and patterns as well as circumstances surrounding driving cessation and mobility decisions and options for older Americans who no longer drive. 
Requirements: 
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- 2 quarters minimum commitment
- Interview Required
- Excellent phone and communication skills
- Attention to detail 

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Assist with follow-up year participant surveys
    • Conducting surveys on driving habits and mental health over the phone or in-person
  2. Assisting with medical record reviews and medication reviews
  3. Assisting with GPS datalogger installations and troubleshooting issues
  4. Data Entry
    • Assisting in data tracking and organization
    • Entering data into database
  5. Additional in-office project tasks
    • Assisting with study intervention tasks
    • Scheduling visits, responding to emails

Dr. Suzi Hong

Position(s) Filled

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018 or Spring 2018
Units: 3 or 4 units per quarter (9-12 hours per week)
Location:  ***Hillcrest***
Contact: mpung@ucsd.edu  
Research Description: 
Our current focus is a multidisciplinary investigation examining the mechanisms through which tai chi improves blood pressure in hypertensive older adults.
Requirements: 
- 9-12 hours per week commitment for a minimum of 2 quarters
- Interview required before acceptance
- Enthusiasm, interest in research
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Motivation to work independently or with a greater team
Student Responsibilities:

  1. Data entry
    • Data cleaning, coding and entry
    • Transcription and coding of journals
  2. Assist with participant recruitment
    • Conduct telephone eligibility screening
    • Schedule prospective participants for laboratory testing visits
    • Mail welcome packet, appointment confirmation, driving/parking directions and study overview to scheduled patients
  3. Upon completion of required training, opportunity for hands-on laboratory bench work (cellular immunology and other immunoassays)
    • Assist with human biospecimen processing and cryopreservation
    • Assist with electrophysiological/cardiovascular testing and data processing
  4. Additional in-office project tasks
    • Assist with general study tasks as needed
    • Prepare materials for laboratory testing visits
    • Reminder calls for visit days
    • Assist with literature reviews

Additional responsibilities TBD, and will align with the applicant’s experience, training and commitment to the lab.


Dr. Deborah Kado

Position(s) Open

Lab: EPARC (Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center) http://epidemiology.ucsd.edu/deborah-kado-md.html
Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018
Units: 2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)
Contact: dkado@ucsd.edu 
Research Description: 
Clinical research in age-related diseases and/or conditions. Current ongoing projects involve osteoporosis, falls, breast cancer and hyperkyphosis. Projects may include patient recruitment to participate in clinical studies, mouse measurements of kyphosis, data entry, data cleaning.
Requirements: 
- Interest in research and/or pursuing a MD or advance public health degree 
- Minimum GPA of 3.3
- 2 quarters minimum commitment
- Interview required before acceptance
Student Responsibilities:
- Attend research meetings (1-2 monthly, usually scheduled from 2:00-3:30 PM on Thursday afternoons)
- CITI Training Certificate required (online training program, 2-4 hours)
- Recruitment and telephone contact with study participants
- Help with mailers, data collection, data entry, other study related tasks


Dr. Gene Kallenberg

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018
Units: 3 or 4 units per quarter (9-12 hours per week)
Contact: dacruz@ucsd.edu  
Research Description: 
Students will assist with the recruitment of study participants for our PRIMIER study (Patients Receiving Integrative Medicine Interventions Effectiveness Registry), which aims to evaluate the change in patient-reported outcomes (e.g. quality of life, mood and stress) over time.
Requirements: 
-Interview required before acceptance
-Fluent in the English language, both oral and written
-Reliable transportation and availability to travel to various UCSD Integrative Medicine clinics in San Diego, including La Jolla, Hillcrest and Encinitas during the week  
Student Responsibilities:
-Assist with participant recruitment various UCSD Integrative Medicine offsite clinics in San Diego County
-Discussing and explaining study with patients in primary care settings


Dr. Jacqueline Kerr

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018
Units: 3 or 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)
Contact: Lindsay Dillon (ldillon@ucsd.edu)  
jkerr@ucsd.edu
Research Description: 
We have multiple research studies that relate to physical activity behavior change as well as using objective measures to assess the built environment and its impact on health outcomes.
Requirements: 
- 2 quarters minimum commitment
- 9-12 hours per week
- In-field interns must be available for at least 6-8 hours between 8am-5pm one day a week. Priority will be given to interns who have 6-8 hours of availability on Tuesdays in Fall 2017. In-office interns must be available for 9-12 hours each week between the hours of 7am-5pm.

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Assist with participant recruitment:
    • Conducting in-person or telephone eligibility screening
    • Obtaining informed consent
  2. Assisting with participant measurement
    • Performing physical assessments (blood pressure, walking, and balance tests); cognitive functioning assessments, nutrition assessments, and administering written surveys
    • Describing the proper wear and care of the devices
    • Downloading and screening data for complete wear
    • Assisting participant with review images from SenseCam (person worn camera)
  3. Data Entry
    • Assisting in data tracking and organization
    • Entering data into ACCESS database
  4. Additional in-office project tasks (if applicable)
    • Assisting with study intervention tasks
    • Preparing devices for distribution
    • Data Entry
    • Reminder calls for visit days or device wear

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018 (2 quarter minimum commitment, longer internships available)
Units: 3 - 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)
Contact: sgodbole@ucsd.edu
Research Description: 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a fly on the wall of a strangers’ life? Interested in public health? We have the perfect internship for you!

The Vicon Revue is wearable camera that allows researchers to experience a first person point-of-view of a user’s daily life. The wide-angle camera lens of the Vicon Revue gives us an inside-look into a person’s activities and their surroundings. Analyzing the data collected by this innovative device is a new and exciting way to examine relationships between health, physical activity and the environment.
Requirements: 
- 2 quarter minimum commitment, longer internships available
- 9 -12 hours/week - Ability to work independently with general direction
- Detail oriented, organized, and excellent time management skills
- PC proficiency.
Student Responsibilities:
In this internship, students will review images captured by the Vicon Revue to “tag” specific activities and behaviors that may be related to health.


Dr. Britta Larsen

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018
Units: 3 or 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)
Contact: blarsen@ucsd.edu
Research Description: 
Delivering and testing physical activity interventions in Latino populations using different media technologies; interventions are delivered in the wider community and through primary care settings.
Requirements: 
- Interest in health behavior and disease prevention/management
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- At least a 2-quarter commitment
- Fluent in Spanish
Student Responsibilities:
-Screening and scheduling participant visits
- Conducting orientation sessions
- Modifying and translating intervention materials
- Entering and cleaning participant data
- Attending community events and forging community partnerships
- Publicizing and recruiting for studies
- Discussing studies with patients in primary care settings

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018
Units: 3 units per quarter (9 hours per week)
Contact: Andrea Mendoza (asm017@ucsd.edu) and Dr. Britta Larsen (blarsen@ucsd.edu)
Research Description: 
Our project is a pilot study assessing maintenance of physical activity (and the use of smartphone technology for maintenance) among Latina women who complete a physical activity intervention. Students will have the opportunity to learn about mixed methods research and to be involved with quantitative and qualitative data collection and data entry, transcription and analysis of qualitative interviews, and writing manuscripts to disseminate findings.
Requirements: 
- Interest in physical activity promotion and maintenance research
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- At least a 2-quarter commitment
- Spanish (written and spoken)
- Works well independently
- Interview required
Student Responsibilities:
TBD; may include:
- Assisting with quantitative and qualitative data collection and data entry
- Transcribing qualitative in-depth interviews
- Assisting with the analysis of qualitative data
- Participating in the process of manuscript writing


Dr. Sarah Linke

Position(s) Filled through Fall 2017

Commitment: Winter 2018 and Spring 2018 (must commit to both)
Units: 2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)
Contact: slinke@ucsd.edu
Research Description: 
Students will assist with a project examining the implementation and outcomes of the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) initiative in the primary care clinics at UC San Diego. 
Requirements: 
- 6-9 hours per week commitment for a minimum of 2 quarters
- Interview required before acceptance
- Interest in health behavior and disease prevention/management
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Motivation to work independently and with participants
- Ability to attend offsite activities at the UC San Diego Family Medicine & Internal Medicine Clinics
Student Responsibilities:
-Assist with the development of intervention materials
-Assist with the implementation and evaluation processes
-Assist with participant recruitment and enrollment
-Assist with data collection and analysis


Dr. Rohit Loomba

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 
Units: 3 units per quarter (9 hours per week)
Contact: roloomba@ucsd.edu   
Research Description: 
Our laboratory is interested in all aspects of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the leading cause of chronic liver disease in the United States. Our expertise lies in detailed phenotyping, novel biomarkers and innovations in clinical trial design. We have established one of the largest cohort of patients with biopsy-proven and MR imaging characterized NAFLD in the United States and program is well-funded from diverse sources including NIDDK, NIH. Please visit our website:http://fattyliver.ucsd.edu for further details regarding projects and success of our mentees. 
Requirements: 
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 
- Upper-division standing (junior or senior) 
Student Responsibilities:
- TBD


Dr. Becky Marquez

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018
Units: 2-4 units per quarter (6-12 hours per week)
Contact: bemarquez@ucsd.edu
Research Description: 
Research focuses on understanding how social support networks influence eating and exercise behaviors of Latinos
Requirements: 
- Bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish 
- Able to travel across San Diego County
- Computer skills to perform data entry and use the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Access, PowerPoint), internet and data management software.
- Commit 6-12 hours per week
Student Responsibilities:
- Communicate in English and Spanish both orally and in writing
- Assist with recruitment activities
- Assist with participant measurements and assessments 
- Assist with conduct of oral interviews
- Assist with data entry and interview transcription


Dr. Sara McMenamin

Position(s) Open

Commitment:  Winter and Spring 2018
Units:  2 units per quarter (6 hours per week)
Contact: smcmenamin@ucsd.edu
Research Description: 

Students will be introduced to health policy research through work done by the California Health Benefits Review Program, responding to requests from the California Legislature to provide an independent analysis of the medical, financial, and public health impacts of proposed health insurance benefit legislation.
Requirements: 
Completion of FPMU 120; minimum GPA of 3.0; must commit to both winter and spring quarters
Student Responsibilities:
- Attend regular meetings with instructor
- Participate in project related conference calls
- Critically review legislation related to CHBRP analyses 
- Conduct literature reviews
- Provide summary and analysis of legislation
- Assist with tasks related to report preparation such as writing, proof reading, and reference checking
- Assist with preparation of a manuscript translating legislative analysis for an academic audience.


Dr. Paul Mills

Position(s) Filled

UC San Diego Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health (CERT-IH)

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018 or Spring 2018
Units: 2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)
Contact: mpung@ucsd.edu
Research Description: 
The Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health (CERT-IH) is conducting multiple integrative health projects, with a current, particular focus on the physical and mental health effects of journaling and tai chi in cardiovascular patients.
Please visit our website for additional details.
Requirements: 

- 6-9 hours per week commitment for a minimum of 2 quarters
- Interview required before acceptance
- Enthusiasm, interest in research
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Motivation to work independently or with a greater team
Student Responsibilities:

  1. Data entry
    • Data cleaning, coding and entry
    • Transcription and coding of journals
  2. Assist with recruitment activities
    • Conduct telephone eligibility screening
    • Schedule prospective participants for laboratory testing visits
    • c. Mail welcome packet, appointment confirmation, driving/parking directions and study overview to scheduled patients
  3. Additional in-office project tasks
    • Assist with general study tasks as needed
    • Prepare materials for laboratory testing visits
    • Reminder calls for visit days
    • Assist with literature reviews

Additional responsibilities TBD, and will align with the applicant’s experience, training and commitment to the lab.

Dr. Lori Montross Thomas

Position(s) Filled for Fall 2017

Commitment: Winter 2018 or Spring 2018
Units: 2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)
Contact: lpmontross@ucsd.edu   
Research Description: 
As a member of our “Science With Heart” Research Team, students will have the opportunity to learn about research with older adults, people with cancer, and ways to increase positive care when people are diagnosed with terminal illnesses.
Requirements: 
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Interest in older adult populations
- Interest in psychology and how to improve people’s lives
Student Responsibilities: 
TBD, will align tasks with the students’ strengths and areas of interest 
Student Responsibilities:
- Attend regular meetings with instructor
- Review literature
- Process data
- Projects will be aligned with applicant’s experience, training and interest


Dr. Camille Nebeker

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018
Units: 3 or 4 units (9 or 12 hours per week)
Location: UC San Diego, MTF (Medical Teaching Facility)
Contact: Araceli Lopez-Arenas (lopezara@ucsd.edu), Project Coordinator or
Camille Nebeker (nebeker@ucsd.edu), Principal Investigator 
Research Description: 
- Evaluation of educational interventions designed to improve research capacity and competency in lay research staff 
- Use of learning theory to design instruction in responsible and ethical conduct of research 
- Assess the ethical dimensions of measurement and intervention studies using mobile technology in health research
Requirements: 
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Communicate in English and Spanish both orally and in writing
- Computer skills to perform data entry and use the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Access, PowerPoint), Internet and data management software
- Interest in community health research
- Interest in research ethics 
- Interview required before acceptance 
Student Responsibilities:
1. Assist with participant recruitment
- Conduct in-person or telephone eligibility screening 
- Obtain informed consent 
- Assist with conduct of oral interviews and focus groups 
- Assist with conduct of educational interventions 
2. Data Entry and Analysis
- Entering qualitative and quantitative data
- Transcription of focus group and key informant interviews
- Translating narrative data from Spanish to English 
3. Additional in-office project tasks (if applicable)
- Assisting with study tasks
- Reminder calls for focus groups or trainings
- Assist with literature reviews 


Dr. Kevin Patrick

Position(s) Filled

Commitment: Spring 2018 (possibility to extend)
Units: 2, 3 or 4 units per quarter (6, 9 or 12 hours per week)
Contact:  Gina Merchant (gmerchant@eng.ucsd.edu) – Please send CV if interested
Research Description: 
- This project is testing three different methods to classify text-based social media data in terms of the extent to which they are about health (e.g., diet and exercise) versus not about health. The immediate project needs are to hand code five thousand Facebook posts that came from a randomized clinical weight-loss trial. The hand-coded posts will then be used to train a machine classifier.
Requirements: 
- Interest in health psychology, public health and/or biomedical informatics
- Some qualitative research experience is a plus
- Experience with coding (preferably in R) is a plus
Student Responsibilities:
- Manually code (using an open-source software program called Dedoose) 5,000 Facebook posts in terms of the extent to which they are about health
- Assist with running inter-rater agreement of the manually coding, comparing your work with that of >= 1 other RA
- Additional RA opportunities include assistance with manuscript development, and data analysis, which will be availed based on performance, and interest.


Dr. Michael Pratt

Position(s) Filled

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 or Summer 2018
Units: 3 or 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)
Contact:  Dr. Sharon Thompson (sherithompson@ucsd.edu) – Please send CV if interested
Research Description: 
Students will be working with the UC San Diego Institute for Public Health (IPH).  The IPH supports student involvement in Public Health research, education and clinical practice.  We currently need assistance with our annual Seminar series, Public Health Research Day, and community outreach. 
Requirements: 
- 2 consecutive quarter minimum commitment
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong organizational and self-management skill
- A high level of professionalism
- A desire to promote public health goals within the campus environment and in the outside community
- Public Health majors preferred, but students from other public health-related programs/majors will be considered
Student Responsibilities:
- Assisting with planning and implementation of university and community outreach and educational programs
- Supporting IPH administrative staff and faculty IPH Interest Group activities (Climate Change, Lifestyle and Technology focus areas)
- Assisting with needs analyses and market research
- Working on the expansion of UCSD and external IPH partnerships and services
The position will involve exposure to a variety of faculty members and participation in multiple research and educational events.


Dr. Jose Ricardo Suarez

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017 or Winter 2018
Units: 2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)
Contact: jrsuarez@ucsd.edu   
Research Description: 
1) Pesticide exposure and child development - The Secondary Pesticide Exposure among Children and Adolescents (ESPINA) study. The ESPINA study obtained anthropometric, neurodevelopmental pesticide exposure and geospatial measures of children living in agricultural communities in Ecuador. 2) Persistent organic pollutants in relation to insulin sensitivity and cardiovascular health in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young adults (CARDIA) study. 
Requirements: 
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- 6-9 hours per week commitment
Student Responsibilities:
Students will be trained in the process of preparation of a scientific article including literature reviews, hypothesis generation, data analysis and writing.


Dr. Jennifer Vanos

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017
Units: 3 units per quarter (9 hours per week)
Contact: jkvanos@ucsd.edu   
Research Description: 
Investigation of oppressive extreme heat and the proposed threshold limit of human survivability.
Requirements: 
- Ability to locate, review and critique literature in both books and journal articles
- Ability to synthesize complex and diverse literature into understandable, organized tables
- Interest in the connection between heat and illness/death and their links to climate change
- Understanding of environmental parameters (i.e. temperature, wind speed, radiation) that result in oppressive and dangerous thermos-physiological conditions (i.e. skin temperature, sweat rate problems)
- Interest in physiology a plus (but not required)
Student Responsibilities:
- Complete an assigned project
- Review and synthesize literature – perform a systematic literature review with mathematical support from a thermos-physiological standpoint
- Meet weekly with supervisor


Dr. Lesley Wilkinson

Position(s) Open

Commitment: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, and Spring 2018
Units: 3-4 units per quarter (9-12 hours per week)
Contact: lwilkinson@ucsd.edu 
Requirements: 
 Must own a laptop with wireless internet connection ability
- Fluent in English
- Excellent typing skills
- Junior or senior standing
- 2.5 UC GPA
- Interview required before acceptance
Student Responsibilities:
- Commitment to scribing
- Interest and willingness to become an excellent scribe via training and self-improvement
- Willingness to commit to 3 quarters


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