URSA Engage Program 2013
Position Descriptions for Students to Apply For


Faculty Name & Department/School: Dr. Siew Sun Wong  |  Nutrition Health Sciences/School of Biological and Population Health Sciences


Research Project Title: Better Eating Starts Today (B.E.S.T.) Project – My Food Phone App


Project Overview
The B.E.S.T. Project aims to measure short-term and longer-term impacts of HHS231, Lifetime Fitness for Health, on college students’ lifestyle, mainly, diet quality and physical activity adequacy.  Intervention terms occurred in Fall-2012 (n=287) and Winter-2013 (n~250) where learning enhancements are used.  Control terms occur in Winter-2013 and Spring-2013 (n~2,400).  This USRA-ENGAGE project will evaluate the effectiveness and impact of a smartphone app developed through this project in improving intervention groups’ intakes of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables (compared to tracking food intake using a paper log and a website).  Findings will contribute to a larger 5-yr USDA project.



What skills will students obtain in this project? 

  1. Project coordination and implementation.
  2. Data management: data collection (consent; qualitative and quantitative), double data entry, coding, cleaning, analyses, and reporting.
  3. Technical writing.

Student research tasks

  1. Complete CITI/NIH human subject research ethics training.
  2. Work with student research team to implement project according to its timeline.
  3. Manage data.
  4. Analyze Winter-2013 and Spring-2013 data.
  5. Prepare reports with mentor.
  6. Present findings to peer via oral/poster presentation and/or peer-reviewed publications.


Period of work - Spring and Fall


Number of hours per week expected of student:    5-6 hours


Preferred Faculty Contact Information: Siewsun.wong@oregonstate.edu  |  Tel: 541-737-5855 (note - applications are NOT sent to mentors - see instructions)


X Yes    q  No:   Human Subjects

q Yes    X  No:   Live Vertebrate Animals

q Yes    X  No:   Recombinant DNA Molecules Transgenic Plants or Animal, and/or Infectious Agents of Plants, Animals, or Humans

q Yes    X  No:   Ionizing Radiation

q Yes    X  No:   Chemical Carcinogens

q Yes    X  No:   Scuba Diving, Free Diving

q Yes    X  No:   Small Boating Operations


Approval Number(s) from above, if relevant Approved IRB Protocol #5396


If you are interested in applying for this position, you MUST complete the student application HERE and email it to Dr. Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu

Do NOT email your application to the faculty mentor.