Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Developing Social Media to Recruit Research Subjects

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Ellen Levi
Telephone: (206) 616-9081
Email: elevi@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Jessica Sommerville
Professor
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 239
Telephone: (206) 616-3090
Email: sommej@uw.edu

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

Yes
If yes, how often? By appointment. Students are also invited to attend our weekly meetings as their schedule allows.

Direct supervisor of students:

Ellen Levi
Supervisor Title: Manager
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? No

Short Project Description

Effective and efficient recruitment is essential to the success of any research involving human participants. This project will provide you with experience in recruiting participants using social media. Your primary responsibilities will be: 1) to research and recommend ideas for a Facebook page aimed to recruit people who are interested in participating in research, 2) to determine the content and design of this Facebook page, 3) to build out the page, 4) to apply for approval from the UW Institutional Review Board to use the finished product for recruitment purposes, and 4) to maintain the Facebook page once it goes live. There will also be opportunity to research and develop other means of social media for recruiting and contacting participants. You will have weekly or bi-weekly meetings with your supervisor to keep the project on-track and moving forward.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Student must have at least one hour of availability on Wednesdays or Thursdays between 9am-5pm to meet with supervisor. Project work hours are flexible.
Student commitment: 1 quarter commitment required. 2 quarters preferred.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
% data entry % video taping % animal care
% database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    

Other:Responsibilities are outlined above under project Description.

Skills / Experience Preferred

Prefer a responsible, creative and independent individual. Social media experience is a plus, but not required.