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Undergraduate Research Assistants

We are dedicated to providing Penn State undergraduate students with hands-on experiences with a range of research methodologies and projects. Our current and past undergraduate research assistants have helped us with everything from literature reviews to running participants and analyzing data. Our current project exploring barriers to smoking cessation among cancer patients will have research assistants recruiting, calling and conducting one-on-one structured interviews with participants. There is also a potential for undergraduates to be trained to collect blood samples and monitor and record physiological data for our genetic expression and nicotine withdrawal study. Although there are also some more mundane research-related tasks to be done in the lab from time to time, we strive to provide research assistants with numerous relevant experiences, support, and training to help them meet their future educational and career goals. Last year the work of two of our undergraduate research assistants resulted in a first- and second-authored presentation at a national conference, and a research award for one of them to pay for travel to the conference. This year, we are again planning for our undergraduate students to take the lead on at least two national conference presentations.


If you are interested in applying to work with us in the Smoking and Health Behavior Research Lab, please complete the Smoking and Health Behavior Lab application.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.