Dr. Larry Hill Research Opportunity -- Graduate College of Social Work

Available Position to Apply for

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – SURF-UH

$3,500 (10-week program)

Larry E. Hill, Ph.D.; M.S.W.; Research Professor; Graduate College of Social Work

Dr. Hill is seeking to fill two potential SURF-UH positions for Summer 2012. A mentoring agenda was created that will help fellows develop a robust quantitative research skill set for the social sciences including: IRB application writing, SPSS database development, data collection and management, quantitative data collection and analysis, and community-based participatory research techniques. Fellows will accomplish two main tangible outcomes that will build their resume and Curriculum Vitae at the end of the 10 week fellowship: 1) submission of a co-authored empirical manuscript to a peer-review journal and 2) professional poster presentation. The 10 week mentoring agenda can also be modified to meet the specific training needs of the fellows. Applicants best fit for the positions are intrinsically-motivated, innovative, and willing to move between the desk and the field. 

  GENERAL TRAINING SCHEDULE

Week 1   Orientation to Research Project (e.g. field tours, literature reviews, networking)

Week 2   IRB Application Writing

Week 3   SPSS Database Development and Analysis

Week 4   Data Collection Methods

Week 5   Conduct Research

Week 6   Conduct Research

Week 7   Conduct Research

Week 8   Publication Writing with mentor(s)

Week 9   Publication Writing with mentor(s)

Week 10   Submit Publication and/or presentation 

 

Green Collar Jobs Research Fellowship

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The Green Collar Jobs Research Fellowship is centered on Employment Research. Governments around the world allocated approximately $445 billion of stimulus funding on green investments during the 2009-2010 global recession. The United States alone allocated 12% of its $786 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on green investments.  Research is lacking which indicates whether low-income families are entering these job types. The Green Collar Jobs Research Fellow will perform an empirical evaluation of a Green Collar Jobs program that was funded by the Department of Labor. Specifically, they will answer the following research question: “What are the main predictors of low-income clients’ employment in green jobs after being enrolled in an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded green jobs training program?”  Findings will be among the first in this area of research. The fellow is expected to work with Dr. Hill anda local organization to conduct empirical research, co-author a manuscript, and submit their findings to a professional conference. Interested candidates may contact Dr. Hill at lehill@central.uh.edu or 713-743-0989 for more information. 

 

University-Community Engagement Fellowship 

The University of Houston’s (UH) historical foundations are rooted in the economic development of Houston during the Great Depression era. UH directly contributed to its community through job creation and preparing students for the emerging workforce.  Today UH is a nationally recognized comprehensive research and teaching institution offering almost 40,000 students high quality education.  Growing in its influence in the community, it is steadily enhancing its role as the “City’s University.”  Community service is an indistinguishable element in its pursuit of excellence. This is evidenced by Carnegie’s Community Engagement and Tier One Public University classifications.  The unique combination of accolades is found only in 40 universities across the nation—the only one in Texas.

CougarPAWSThe University-Community Engagement Fellowship is centered on assisting in the development of the Cougar Projects Around the World System (CougarP.A.W.S.).  Dr. Hill and a talented interdisciplinary work group are in the developmental phases of creating a portal of all university-community engagement projects at the University of Houston.  CougarP.A.W.S is a GIS mapping and reporting system that will be a portal for more than 100 programmatic community advisory boards, 150 summer programs, 229 community research awards, 330 service-learning courses, and 350 community programs at the University of Houston.  The University-Community Engagement Fellow will answer two questions: 1) What “in the world” is University of Houston doing? and 2) What are the value-adding features of CougarP.A.W.S. to the university and community? Answering these questions will increase our reputation as a Tier One Public University and tell others that the University of Houston is leaving an imprint within our local, region, and global communities. The fellow is expected to work with Dr. Hill and the interdisciplinary team to conduct research on the data collection process, co-author a short manuscript, and submit their findings to a professional conference. Students majoring in Technology, Social Sciences, and Business are encouraged to apply. Priority may be given students with a background in Avatar Development. Interested candidates may contact Dr. Hill at lehill@central.uh.edu or 713-743-0989 for more information.