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Research Assistant: Dubuque Youth and Family Resilience Project

Research Assistant Expectations and Duties
 Dubuque Youth and Family Resilience Project (DYFRP)

DYFRP is currently recruiting undergraduate and graduate research assistants to assist in research-related tasks for the 2022-2023 academic year and summer 2023. 

Project Leads: Jaimie O’Gara, Ph.D., LISW, CADC and Olivia Aspiras, Ph.D (Michigan State University)

Start Date: October 1st 

Time commitment: 5 hours per week

Students must commit to participating in the project for at least one semester with the possibility of remaining on the project for up to two years (Fall 2022- Summer 2024). Students must commit to attending weekly, one-hour research team meetings. Meeting dates TBD.

Compensation: $15/hour plus mileage or course credit if receive department approval

Duties (Students will be trained, if necessary, to complete the below duties) 

Project management: 
  • Collaborating with community (in person, virtually) to recruit participants
  • Directly recruiting participants (in person, phone/text, email)
  • Administering online surveys
  • Co-facilitating interviews with participants (in person, virtually)
  • Documenting participant communication
Data management: 
  • Entering, cleaning, and transcribing data
Analyzing Data
Creating reports and presentations for community partners
Posting to social media to promote the study
Preparing journal articles * Possibility of co-authoring published articles
Preparing presentations for conferences* Possibility of travel to national academic conferences
Other tasks needed by the project leads

This position provides a wonderful opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in conducting research designed to build more resilient youth and families. If you are interested in youth and families, resilience, or research in general, please contact Dr. O’Gara at