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MURI Project Research Assistant (paid position)

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We are seeking IUPUI/IU students who will engage with faculty and staff mentors in the fields of psychology and biostatistics across the 2018-2019 academic year. Students will have an opportunity to engage in various facets of research design, analyses and dissemination, in the area of program and measure evaluation and validation as it pertains to changes in knowledge, skill, and implementation of evidence-based practices in working with and supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities.

The unique service, training, and research environment within HANDS is supported by a tiered combination of aculty, trainers, support staff, students, and community volunteers.

Application Requirements:

  • IU or IUPUI student
  • Currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Not participating in any other CRL program

Required skills

Critical thinking, analytical skills, time management, organization, attention to detail, oral communication, written communication, familiarity with Excel

Desired Disciplines/Major Area of Study

Biology, psychology, pre-medicine, pre-nursing, education, social work, health sciences, applied statistics, public health, informatics and new media, philanthropy, healthcare management, business, marketing

Expectations

  • 25 hours monthly service contribution
  • Must maintain 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Work is based at the HANDS in Autism® office on the IUPUI campus
  • Commitment to service contribution through both the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters

PEER Potential™ Program Service Learning Assistant (SLA) Position

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The HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training & Resource Center is seeking a self-motivated, action-oriented student who is interested in being a foundational part of the development and coordination of the PEER Potential™ program. PEER Potential™ is an IUPUI campus-based peer-to-peer program developed to foster increased opportunity for skills teaching and social networking for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities. Students will work closely with HANDS administration and project teams to review and coordinate with current campus programs in establishment of the PEER Potential™ program structure on the IUPUI campus. Additionally, this position will be critical in informing areas of focus, development of curriculum, and disseminating areas of success and program design locally and more broadly. Activities related to this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Media and promotion: Support promotion efforts related to the HANDSmade™ program, as well as working with HANDSmade™ sites and other partnerships for the following:

  • Record success stories of current HANDSmade™ interns and mentors.
  • Conduct informational interviews with stakeholders.
  • Collect video clips of interns on the job.
  • Collect video samples of jobs for initial evaluations and previews by current or potential interns.

PEER potential program development: Support efforts related to the launching, coordination and communications of the PEER Potential program, including assistance in the following:

  • Planning for initial launch and recruitment efforts.
  • Coordinating activities and communications across campus and school groups to build and sustain initial and ongoing engagement of members
  • Mobilization of additional opportunities for student learning, training and support options as they pertain to job exploration, work-based learning, workplace readiness training (e.g., social skills, independent living), and self-advocacy.
  • Development of a curriculum and ongoing monitoring system that is informed and led by peers with and without disabilities, to ensure content is apprised of current social considerations, with oversight by content experts to foster sustainability of curriculum and monitoring amidst ever-changing social circumstances.
  • Development of a cadre of community-engaged scholars as part of the HANDSmade™ program to inform the needs, opportunities, and outcomes of HANDSmade™ interns, mentors and staff.

Application Requirements:

Ideal candidates will be actively engaged on the IUPUI campus and community, have experience or interest in engaging in scholarly activity across a range of contacts, and be aware of or able to assist in identifying local resources and supports available to students. Additional requirements for this position include:

  • IUPUI or IUPUC Undergraduate student
  • Minimun GPA: 2.75
  • Completed at least 15 credit hours prior to application
  • Enrolled in at least 9 credit hours at IUPUI in the 2019 semesters

Desired Skills:

CCritical thinking, analytical skills, time management, organization skills, attention to detail, good oral and written communication, familiarity with Excel and ability to work positively with others

Desired Disciplines/Major Area of Study Considered

Biology, psychology, pre-medicine, pre-nursing, education, social work, health sciences, applied statistics, public health, informatics and new media, philanthropy, healthcare management, business or marketing

Expectations

  • 12-15 hours weekly service contribution
  • Work is based out of the HANDS in Autism® office in Fesler Hall on the IUPUI campus
  • Required work commitment through Spring 2019 semester

Funding Opportunity:

This scholarship funded position is made possible through a Service Learning Assistant (SLA) Scholars opportunity supported by the Center for Service & Learning (CSL). This is a scholarship opportunity. The total amount of the scholarship is $2,250 per Semester. These funds will be distributed to your Bursar account at the start of each semester once you have completed the required online orientation and letter of agreement. Additional information about the SLA Scholars program can be found at https://csl.iupui.edu/programs/scholarships/service-learning-assistants.html.

Apply Today:

Apply for this position online at http://handsinautism.volunteerapplication.sgizmo.com/s3/. Direct your questions about the position to HANDS@iupui.edu.


Student Research Opportunities

Research opportunities may include studies centered on the psychometrics of implementation measures, community needs assessments and evaluation, program evaluation, implementation research on evidence-based practices and comprehensive programs, and/or behavioral coding related to a parent training intervention study.

Basic Qualifications/Requirements:

  • High personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation
  • Ability to take responsibility in meeting deadlines and making progress without direct supervision
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills to communicate within and outside of the team
  • Capacity and willingness to learn new software, research methods, and routines quickly, under the mentorship of the HANDS in Autism® staff
  • Flexibility in responding to new research opportunities as they arise
  • Motivation to engage in and manage a wide range of intellectual work, ranging from data entry to data form distribution to data collection, analysis, and audio transcription.
  • Academic and/or work experience related to the field of research and applied sciences (psychology, social studies, education, public health, biostatistics)
  • Satisfactory academic progress

Preferred additional qualities:

  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Access), SPSS statistical software, and general Internet and electronic communications
  • Interest and ability to learn and help develop relational databases
  • Skill or experience in conducting literature searches, reviewing scientific literature, and maintaining references in bibliographic software (i.e., EndNote, Zotero)
  • Knowledge of APA style
  • Interest in professional development in current or future graduate studies or employment in advanced social and behavioral research
  • Junior, senior, or graduate school standing
  • Effective communication skills to assist with interviews, focus groups, and qualitative research

PR/Marketing Opportunities for Students

We are looking for students interested in gaining PR/Marketing experience and/or course credits as part of a practicum, independent study, externship, or internship experience. Such opportunities may include projects centered on development of marketing plans, development of new and maintenance of current networking and relations with diverse communities working with individuals with ASD and related developmental disabilities, promotional and marketing of current endeavors, fundraising and philanthropic activities. Prospective students will be working on a degree in marketing, communications, public relations, or journalism.

General Role Description

  • Creation of a national contact database across systems and professions
  • Entry, analysis, and representation of data related to service, public interest, private sector, and philanthropic groups
  • Design and development of general marketing materials targeted towards specific activities
  • Modification of existing materials to support individual organizations in their service and support of individuals with ASD
  • Design, development, and implementation of contests and activities across schools and departments to generate innovative concepts in supporting individuals with ASD
  • Identification of means for advertising and recruiting highly qualified students and individuals for intern, elective, and volunteer experiences
  • Content design for website updates to support Local Community Cadres statewide and globally
  • Contribution of innovate ideas to foster continued outreach and communication across consumers and providers
  • Creation of press materials and presentations
  • Brainstorming/Development of public relations concepts to meet objectives specific to Center activities, programs, and services
  • Organization of special events
  • Monitoring third-party social media sites
  • Support of media outreach

Basic Qualifications/Requirements:

  • High personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation
  • Ability to take responsibility in meeting deadlines and making progress without daily direct supervision
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills to communicate within and outside of the team
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Capacity and willingness to learn routines quickly, under the mentorship of the HANDS in Autism® staff
  • Flexibility in responding to new opportunities as they arise
  • Motivation to engage in and manage a wide range of intellectual work.
  • Academic and/or work experience related to the role (e.g., marketing, communications, public relations, journalism)
  • Evidence of satisfactory academic progress

Preferred additional qualities:

  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Access), publication design and production software (e.g., Adobe InDesign) and general Internet and electronic communications
  • Interest and ability to learn and help develop relational databases
  • Skill or experience in conducting literature searches using library databases and general search engines
  • Junior, senior, or graduate school standing
  • Effective communication skills to assist with interviews, focus groups, and qualitative research

Informatics and New Media Opportunities for Students

We are looking for students interested in gaining informatics/new media experience and/or course credits as part of a practicum, independent study, externship, or internship experience.

General Role Description

  • Collaboration with IU Communications and HANDS in Autism® Staff to support website transition to WordPress (or similar Content Management Systems)
  • Support of ongoing website development and management
  • Support of the development of new content (i.e., learning modules, handouts, flyers, etc.) for the active HANDS in Autism® website dependent upon existing skills
  • Contribution of innovative ideas for encouraging greater interactivity on the HANDS in Autism® website
  • Creation of opportunities to encourage Communities of Practice among groups involved with HANDS in Autism® trainings, services, activities, and efforts
  • Cataloging videos taken in vivo during trainings, service, and activities
  • Editing videos based upon training needs, audiences, and constructs in collaboration with HANDS in Autism® staff

Basic Qualifications/Requirements:

  • High personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation
  • Ability to take responsibility in meeting deadlines and making progress without direct daily supervision
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills to communicate within and outside of the team
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Capacity and willingness to learn routines quickly, under the mentorship of the HANDS in Autism® staff
  • Flexibility in responding to new opportunities as they arise
  • Motivation to engage in and manage a wide range of intellectual work.
  • Academic and/or work experience related to the role (e.g., computer informatics, new media, health informatics, and related fields)
  • Evidence of satisfactory academic progress

Preferred additional qualities:

  • Knowledge of HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript
  • Graphic design skills
  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Access), publication design and production software (e.g., Adobe InDesign) and general Internet and electronic communications
  • Junior, senior, or graduate school standing
  • Effective communication skills to assist with quantitative and qualitative research




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