apply to the sNapp lab

The SNaPP Lab is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. You should consider applying to work in the lab if:
•    You are interested in the research currently being conducted by the lab
•    You are interested in doing independent research in the future and want to learn more about the research process
•    You are motivated, responsible, inquisitive, and analytical
•    You can commit to regularly attending weekly lab meetings on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Open Lab Positions - Volunteer
If you are interested in being part of the SNaPP Lab, but you're not yet sure what your level of commitment to the lab will be, the best approach is the spend a semester as a volunteer Lab Intern. The requirements for being a Lab Intern are to:
•    Attend most weekly lab meetings
•    Meet with Professor Settle once during the semester to talk about your research interests
•    Make a concerted effort to identify areas of lab research that are interesting to you
•    Volunteer, as needed, for research tasks

Lab Interns (2): Lab interns serve multiple roles within the SNaPP lab and volunteer for tasks, as needed, that sound interesting and related to the intern's interest. These tasks may include literature review, research design, data coding, or helping with the administration of lab experiments.


Open Lab Positions - Research Credit
The Government Department recently initiated a new course called Directed Research (GOVT 394.) The description for 394 reads: “Students will work individually or in teams under the supervision of a faculty member.  They will develop important research skills that are difficult to acquire in a traditional classroom setting.  Examples include coding data, creating and modifying databases, reviewing manuscripts for publication, writing grant proposals, and conducting experiments.  Students may not receive academic credit for this work if they are also being paid for it.” In the SNaPP Lab, you can take up to three credits of 394 each semester, with the expectation that students:
•    Regularly attend weekly lab meetings
•    Post on the lab research blog each semester (the number of posts depends on the number of credits)
•    Present to the lab at least once during the course of the semester
•    Complete the work agreed upon at the beginning of the term in a contract with Professor Settle. Each 394 credit hour requires approximately 50 hours of substantive work during the semester.

Lab Assistants (3): Lab assistants are an integral part of the operations of the lab. They will help administer experiments, while learning about the data analysis procedures used in the lab. Lab assistants can be a part of the lab either for pay or for Directed Research credit. In addition to the weekly lab meeting, the approximate time commitment is approximately 100 hours during the semester, greatly concentrated during October and November.

News Media Data Acquisition Coordinator (1):During the fall of 2013, we will be engaged in an intensive data collection and coding effort for media coverage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during the summer and fall of 2009. The coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the data collection effort, designing the coding procedure, and recuiting and hiring data coders.

Open Lab Positions - Paid
Students who apply for a paid position are expected to have a high level of commitment to work in the lab and must:
•    Regularly attend weekly lab meetings
•    Post on the lab research blog twice each semester
•    Present to the lab at least once during the course of the semester
•    Complete the work agreed upon at the beginning of the term in a contract with Professor Settle

Note: Working as a research assistant for pay is an option only for those students who have spent at least one year volunteering or participating in the SNaPP Lab for Directed Research 394 credit.

Assistant Lab Director: The assistant lab director works in conjunction with the lab director (Taylor Feenstra) and the Omnibus Project Director (Meg Schwenzfeier) to facilitate lab operations. Previous experience as a lab assistant is preferred, but not required. The assistant lab director works for pay; in addition to the weekly lab meeting, the approximate time commitment per week is 10 hours.

Lab Assistants (3): Lab assistants are an integral part of the operations of the lab. They will help administer experiments, and learn about the data analysis procedures used in the lab. Lab assistants can be a part of the lab either for pay or for Directed Research credit. In addition to the weekly lab meeting, the approximate time commitment is approximately 100 hours during the semester, greatly concentrated during October and November.