HABITUS Lab Research Application

Thank you for your interest in a research position in the HABITUS lab!

The primary goal is to present research findings at a professional or academic conference and/or publish the results in a peer-reviewed journal in the field. Secondary goals are to gain exposure to multiple phases of the research process, gain a deeper understanding of a specific research topic and associated methodologies, create a new appreciation for and excitement about research, and to learn skills and develop traits that are useful beyond the research lab, such as problem-solving, teamwork, and creativity.

HABITUS Lab Expectations:
I am looking for students who demonstrate quality work, self-motivation (i.e., ability to work and be productive independently and in an unstructured environment), diligence, responsibility, efficiency, problem-solving, and critical-thinking as well as those who know when to seek supervision.

Senior Thesis Expectations:
1. Highly recommend taking my Eating and Weight Disorders Seminar prior to starting thesis.
2. Begin research during summer before senior year.
3. Apply for a Furman Advantage Grant or other funding to support your summer research.
4. Continue to work the following academic year in lab and on senior thesis.

Summer Research Expectations:
1. Apply for Furman Advantage Grant or other funding to support your summer research.
2. Willingness to devote a minimum of 10 weeks to full-time research.
3. Commitment of two semesters of research in addition to summer research (i.e., summer + following academic year OR spring+summer+fall).

Responsibilities Include:
1. Reading relevant primary literature to become familiar with previous research in the area and rationale for current research.
2. Participant Recruitment: Design and place ads/flyers/etc. to publicize the study, email/phone screening potential participants. Briefly explain the study, answer the caller’s questions, and then ask questions to determine eligibility. Schedule eligible participants.
3. Prepare lab equipment for participant lab sessions.
4. Work with participants during lab sessions. Explain study protocol, obtain informed consent, administer questionnaires or interviews, and answer participant questions appropriately.
5. Enter and manage study data in a computerized databases (SPSS, Excel).
6. Analyze and interpret data in collaboration with Dr. Blomquist.
7. Communicate research findings to other students/researchers (e.g., Furman-Davidson Conference and Furman Engaged).
Considering the above expectations and responsibilities, if you are interested in pursuing a research position in the HABITUS lab, please answer the following questions to ensure goodness of fit.