Social Work/Psychology – Spencer
Professor Renee Spencer
Options: Volunteer, UROP
Research Assistants are needed to work on an exciting longitudinal study of one-to-one mentoring relationships between youth and adults. The purpose of the study is to learn more about how mentoring relationships develop and what makes them work well. Interviews and surveys have been collected from 67 youth-mentor matches being made through community-based and school-based programs of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Mentors, youth and parents completed surveys and open-ended interviews several times over the course of two (2) years.
This study is among the first to so closely follow the development of mentoring relationships and gather detailed information from the participants‚ own perspectives.
Duties may include the following:
–Engage in transcription of audio files of participant interviews
–Assist with analysis of qualitative data interview, including the development of case studies of each of the mentoring relationships.
About The Position:
Specific duties would be determined by matching student interests and skills with current project needs. Applicants must be able to commit to work at least 5-8 hours a week for a period of at least 4 months during the academic year or 3 months in the summer.
Great opportunity for a student seeking first-hand experience conducting social sciences research or a student with a specific interest in youth mentoring programs (applied or policy work in this field).