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Research Assistant Volunteer - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Section on Growth and Obesity (Chief of Section: Jack Yanovski, MD, PhD)

The Section on Growth and Obesity at the National Institutes of Health is seeking 2 highly motivated undergraduate students to assist with two of our studies: The Children’s Growth and Behavior Study (CGB) and the Mobile Attention Retraining in Overweight Female Adolescents (AR).  The CGB study examines how eating behaviors contribute to weight gain and associated health conditions among children and adolescents.  This is a longitudinal study involving observations of eating behaviors, psychiatric and sleep assessments, and cognitive evaluations, among others. The AR study seeks to understand the relationship between eating patterns and the brain’s reactions to different images of food. The purpose is to see if a 2-week smartphone program can help retrain teenage girls’ attention biases away from unhealthy foods towards healthier food. The study involves an MRI scan, several magnetoencephalography scans (MEG), interviews to assess eating behavior, and laboratory test meals.

Responsibilities for both visits include participant recruitment, data collection and entry, and administrative and clerical responsibilities. In addition, highly motivated individuals in this position will have the opportunity to assist with patient visits. This competitive and highly regarded position is ideal for students considering careers in public health, psychology, or medicine. The successful applicant will have a solid academic record and will be extremely detailed-oriented and responsible.

The position would require at least 15 hours per week of dedicated time in the lab, and applicants must be able to commit to a full year (beginning in July 2018 and continuing through the academic semesters to July 2019). If interested, please send a CV or resume and application to Research Coordinator, Manuela Jaramillo (manuela.jaramillo@nih.gov). Please contact Dr. Jaramillo to request the application form.

Internship at the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI)

We are looking for responsible and committed students to assist with research at the ANDI. Student interns can request to receive course credit for interning !
Join our research team and gain hands-on experience with Autism research, in particular with organizing and conducting behavioral and neuroscientific experiments. Student interns will increase their familiarity with individuals with autism, as well as neuroscientific methods, including EEG and fMRI. Weekly hours are flexible.
Applicants must:
- Be able to commit for the duration of a semester
- Have good oral and written communication skills
- Has basic knowledge on research methods
Prior experience with programming/data analysis, conducting research,
or working with children with special needs is welcome but not
required. Please submit a resume and cover letter to the address below.
Contact: Callie Stezar at autism@gwu.edu

We are seeking 2-3 research assistants to work on studies exploring the processes by which humans perceive and mentally represent spatial relationships in the world around them. Research assistants can earn 1-3 hours of credit toward the psychology major under the auspices of the course Psychology 3591. To earn 3 credits we ask that students work 4 hours per week on the project. The work can involve running subjects or higher-level activities such as writing computer code and performing data analysis. We also ask that students attend lab meetings 1-2 times per month. Please contact Dr. Stephen Dopkins (dopkins@gwu.edu) if you are interested or have questions about any of this.

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