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Project Seed at UT Austin

Fall 2020

Position: Research Assistant
Student: Geography & Sustainability Studies Senior

Student Name: Emma Martinez 

Project SEED operates under the direction of ​Dr. Su Yeong Kim, a faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin. This is a research study on Mexican American children and families, with the goal of understanding how children who translate between Spanish and English for their English-limited speaking parents are affected in the areas of: children’s health, academic development and socio-emotional development. I came across a listing for this research project on Handshake.

My position entails working as a research assistant, specifically as an office RA. I help schedule trainings for field RAs, who actually go and interact with the families involved in the study. I coordinate the trainings for both ‘health measurements’ and ‘computer task’ activities. These are duties that the field RAs must know how to do when they go to the families’ homes and collect data.

My favorite thing about this internship has been that Dr. Kim really makes an effort to get to know everyone and teach us what the research is all about. She helps us understand how each of our jobs are valuable to the overall project and how advanced academic research really works. I feel like I know a lot more now about what goes on behind the scenes of large-scale projects like this.


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