Mattison – Biology

Siobhan Mattison
smattiso@bu.edu
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

The Mattison lab seeks student volunteers and research assistants to participate in ongoing bio-anthropological, demographic, and public health research. Current projects that could support students include:
1) A survey and meta-analysis of literature regarding breastfeeding duration and its consequences across populations
2) Analysis of historical demographic data addressing issues of how adoption relates to demographic and health outcomes (e.g., fertility, mortality, household composition)
3) Analysis of primary data collected in rural China to explore issues related to the evolution of human behavior, including, but not limited to, influences on fertility, sex-biased parental investment, the influence of material resources on health, etc.

These opportunities may also involve collaboration with colleagues in the Biology and Anthropology departments. Expected time commitments is at least 4 hours per week for volunteers and up to 15 hours per week for UROP trainees or students pursuing research for academic credit.

Preference will be given to advanced undergraduates, especially those with language skills (in Mandarin Chinese) and/or proficiency in SQL, Access, R, SPSS, or related software. Exceptional undergraduates in earlier phases are also encouraged to apply.

Opportunities are available in Fall and Spring of 2014. Select participants may have opportunities to participate in field research abroad during the summer of 2015 pending extramural funding award.

UROP Information

UROP Abstracts are due August 7.

Applications for Fall 2015 funding are due at noon on September 10.

The 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be on Friday, October 16, 2015.