Research Projects by Subject

Note: Each research project will involve background reading for the interns provided by their mentors. Each research project will involve a final presentation by the interns.

Interns are expected to work collaboratively on the same project and/or data set. This may preclude rising seniors from submitting papers based on such projects to the Intel Science Talent Search competition.

Psychology

Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-01 Title: Forgetting and Reminding in Autobiographical Memory through Social Media
Primary mentor: Julia Soares
Faculty advisor: Prof. Ben Storm
Other mentors: Annie Ditta
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 2

Project description: Forgetting is a necessary aspect of human memory that helps bias our memory in useful ways. One such bias is the positivity bias, which is the finding that people report more positive events in their past than negative. This bias can help us maintain a generally positive outlook. Social media can disrupt forgetting of aspects of our past by providing (sometimes intrusive) reminders of past events. The mentor is interested in how reminding (like the reminding that occurs through social media) might change how memory is biased over time. The mentor is also interested in the mechanisms by which humans forget, and how memory becomes reliably biased over time.

Tasks: SIP interns will run participants in psychological experiments (supervised), code data, and run statistical analyses on quantitative data collected from human subjects. They will also be asked to do literature review on current work in human memory and read and discuss assigned journal articles. Interns will be asked to write up brief reports about research they have learned and will be instructed on APA-style writing. They will also have the opportunity to propose a research project and refine it in order to collect pilot data on a research project related to memory. Interns will have the opportunity to learn how to run psychology experiments using the e-Prime studio and will gain hands-on experience working in Excel, SPSS, and possibly R with datasets.

URL: https://people.ucsc.edu/~bcstorm/research.html
Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Lab work; statistical data analysis
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: ON REM REM ON ON ON ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-02 Title: Is It a Big Deal to Copy from Others? Variability in Students’ Judgments About Cheating
Primary mentor: Talia Waltzer
Faculty advisor: Prof. Audun Dahl
Location: Other
Number of interns: 2

Project description: Academic cheating is on the rise in schools all over the country. Over the decades, research has striven to answer: who cheats, and in what situations, and what kinds of cheating are most common? The goal of this research project is to answer a different question: why do students cheat? Through interviews with students and analyses of their narratives and justifications, we aim to shed light on this question. This research will further our understanding of the differences in peoples’ perceptions of cheating, the sources of ambiguity about what counts as cheating, and ultimately how to provide better information to both students and educators. *Note: this project will take place both on-campus (at UCSC in Santa Cruz) and off-campus in the Bay Area.

Tasks: SIP interns will have the opportunity to be engaged in all stages of the scientific process. Interns will be involved in literature review, research design, development of experiments, data collection, and data analysis. There will be weekly lab meetings in which we discuss theory, literature and ultimate applications of the research. Interns will gain experience with field work, interviews, transcribing, coding, and analyzing responses from interviews. *Project location: UCSC Silicon Valley Extension (Santa Clara). Interns must be able to meet at this location regularly. There will be occasional trips to UCSC main campus and field work in San Jose, Fremont and Berkeley. The research mentor is willing to provide transportation to UCSC main campus and field work sites.

URL: http://esil.ucsc.edu
Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: Highly preferred: an interest in policy, education, moral development, and/or cultural diversity
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Statistical data analysis; field work
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: ON REM OFF REM ON ON ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-03 Title: Gender in Television and Media
Primary mentor: Abigail Walsh
Faculty advisor: Prof. Campbell Leaper
Other mentors: Barrett Anderson, Katherine Green
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 3

Project description: This summer research consists of a primary project and a secondary project. This goal is to give interns experience with different types of social science studies and methodologies.  The primary project is about assessing gender stereotypes in children's media. This project will consist of two parts. The first part will assess these stereotyped messages through a detailed content analysis. This analysis will focus on identifying gender-typed language and gender-pronouns based on the language used in the shows and gender identity of different characters in the shows. We will conduct statistical analyses to determine how stereotyped these shows are. After completing this analysis, the research team will conduct an experiment with undergraduate participants measuring how exposure to differently stereotyped shows affects participants gender-stereotyped attitudes.  The secondary project is a continuation of our work in gender stereotyped media from the SIP program last summer. Interns will work with the research team to create an interactive video game that presents different types of gender stereotypes. This game will be used to manipulate undergraduate participants' gender-stereotype attitudes and beliefs. 

Tasks: Interns will become familiar with background literature and content analyses methodologies. They will learn about different analysis methods and techniques. Interns will learn about reliability and validity in these aspects. They will help create and adapt a coding scheme, gain reliability as coders, and code the selected shows. For the second aspect of this project, interns will learn about data collection from adult participants. They will learn the ethics, protocols, and procedures of doing social science research with human participants. Additionally, interns will learn game design skills for the secondary project. 

Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Computer programming; lab work; statistical data analysis
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: ON REM ON ON ON ON ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-04 Title: Memory and Education
Primary mentor: Kelsey James
Faculty advisor: Prof. Ben Storm
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 2

Project description: Memory is an essential part of who we are as human beings. It is part of how we form our identities, how we communicate, and how we view the world. This research project involves memory as it pertains to education. The mentor's current line of research looks at how tests can improve our learning capabilities and under what circumstances testing can actually be harmful. This can also give us information about how the human memory system works. 

Tasks: SIP interns will learn about psychology as a science and specifically about memory as it relates to education. They will run participants in psychological experiments (with supervision) and learn how to organize and interpret data. As required in all SIP research projects, the interns will be expected to read academic articles pertaining to this research. Interns will be encouraged to develop their own research proposal for future work. 

URL: https://people.ucsc.edu/~bcstorm/research.html
Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Statistical data analysis
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: ON ON OFF ON ON ON ON OFF ON ON

Special age requirement: The applicant must be 16 years old by June 12, 2017.

Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-05 Title: Exploring Helping and Hindering Behavior in the Infant Lab
Primary mentor: Elizabeth Goldman
Faculty advisor: Prof. Su-hua Wang
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 2

Project description: This research project examines young children's understanding of helping and hindering behavior. Specifically, our research team will investigate 16-18-month-olds abilities to form an expectation about a social partner's future behavior. In the study, we are trying to identify how children form opinions of those around them. We will also investigate if children expect a person to continue to behave in the same way. For example, if Sally always helps Jack, will young children be surprised if Sally suddenly decides to no longer help Jack? SIP interns will also investigate the differences between helping and hindering behavior. Past research suggests that helping can be defined as two or more people working toward a shared goal or outcome. In contrast, there is no standard definition for hindering that is widely accepted and agreed upon by the psychology community. Hindering is often considered more complex and harder to identify as there are multiple ways in which to hinder another person. Our research team will work together to add cues that make hindering behavior easier for these young children to identify. For example, such a cue could include a facial expression or a verbal response. SIP interns will have the opportunity to assist with data collection and may also work on other projects the mentor is currently working on. 

Tasks:  Although SIP interns will be primarily working with the mentor on the project described above, they will also be involved in other ongoing research projects in the mentor's lab. This includes working together as a team with other SIP interns and mentors that are interested in child development. Specifically, interns will examine topics such as parent-child interaction, perspective taking, perceptual development, helping/hindering behavior, and technology use in children from 6- months to 5-years of age. 

URL: https://suhua.sites.ucsc.edu/contact/
Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Lab work; statistical data analysis
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: ON ON ON ON OFF ON ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-06 Title: Latina/o Children, Mural Making, Sense of Belonging, and Empowerment
Primary mentor: David Gordon
Faculty advisor: Prof. Regina Langhout
Location: Other
Number of interns: 2

Project description: Our research team teaches 4th and 5th grade students how to conduct social science research to create change in their school and ommunity. In the past, the students have decided to focus on creating a stronger connection between the school and community by collecting community stories, analyzing the stories, and creating murals that represent the thems and stories. This summer, the students will be developing a new problem definition that they would like to research going forward through the completion and analysis of a Photovoice project. In addition to guiding the students, our research team studies how the students move through this process, in terms of their literacy development, empowerment, and connections to the people in the school and community.

Tasks: In June, the SIP interns will meet weekly with their mentor to read studies and receive instruction on field notes. In July, the interns will participate in the program, including instructing 4th and 5th graders and taking field notes. The summer program runs Mon–Thu from 8:30–11:30 am at Live Oak Elementary School (exact dates being determined). In August, SIP interns will meet weekly to learn to analyze their field notes. Statistical analyses (e.g., t-tests, ANOVAs) are possible. SIP interns need not have experience with art or murals.

URL: http://people.ucsc.edu/~langhout/cprat/Research.html
Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: Comfortable working with children in a flexible environment; Spanish language skills recommended, but not required
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Field work
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: OFF REM ON ON ON ON ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-07 Title: Learning from Games
Primary mentor: Barrett Anderson
Faculty advisor: Prof. Travis Seymour
Other mentors: Katherine Green, Abigail Walsh
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 2

Project description: Recently the idea of learning from video games has been met with a great deal of excitement, but the enthusiasm has often outpaced the evidence.  We are currently interested in investigating the educational value of some of the unique properties of games as compared to other media: creating a feeling of agency, consequences for player actions, and relationships that can only be discovered through interaction.  We are exploring factors that influence the transfer of information from these mechanical/procedural aspects of games, with an interest in comparing the effectiveness of learning from game mechanics with learning from other information channels.  The current project builds on the work of interns in the past year, and involves designing a game designed to educate about a particular social issue (gender stereotypes, media literacy, etc.) and evaluating its effectiveness in doing so. This work can inform the design of more engaging and effective educational games.

Tasks: The SIP interns will work as part of a larger lab group to develop a game designed to communicate a specific idea and to test its effectiveness and psychological impact.  This will involve learning a variety of psychology research methods skills, including conducting some literature review, designing an experiment, collecting data from participants, conducting statistical analyses (using R or SPSS), and communicating research findings orally and in writing (APA style).  The game development portion may include the opportunity to learn additional game design and coding skills (Unity, Python, etc).  The interns may also have the opportunity to assist in some content analysis for a secondary project.  The interns will be involved in ongoing discussions about what conclusions can be drawn from existing work and plans for future research.

Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Computer programming; statistical data analysis
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: OFF OFF ON ON ON ON ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-08 Title: Metaphorical Game Studies
Primary mentor: Christopher Karzmark
Faculty advisor: Prof. Raymond Gibbs
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 3

Project description: The mentor's general research is focused on how people think metaphorically and how that can be reflected in media, especially video games. Mentor is considering three projects for the summer, two experiments and one interview study. The first experiment will involve participants playing an isolating video game with different introductions, then testing whether participants feel feel physically cold. The second experiment will involve participants playing a Mario game or a control activity, then testing their perception of time. The interview study is more open ended, participants will play an especially metaphorical game and then be given a structured interview to determine how they perceived the game. The SIP interns will have some input in which of these projects receives more focus. The interns will need to take online CITI training in order to work with human subjects.

Tasks: The SIP interns will learn about expanding psychological theories, including embodiment theory and conceptual metaphor theory. The interns will aid in some initial planning of one or both projects. During project work, the SIP interns will run participants through studies (with supervision) and analyze responses to interviews. During analysis, the interns may will use video analysis software such as ELAN. During preparation, the SIP interns may also use game editing software, such as Super Mario Maker.

Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Lab work
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: ON ON ON ON ON OFF ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-09 Title: Developing Culturally-grounded, Growth Mindset Interventions in STEM
Primary mentor: Giselle Laiduc
Faculty advisor: Prof. Rebecca Covarrubias
Other mentors: Ibette Valle
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 2

Project description: As the demographic landscape of America rapidly changes, college campuses have failed to reflect this diversity. Researched-based interventions are vital in understanding how universities can mend the “leaky pipeline,” and recruit/retain diverse student populations in STEM. We will investigate the role of culture and mindsets in relation to students’ feelings of belonging and performance in the classroom. For example, students may have fixed (e.g., intelligence is static) or incremental (e.g., intelligence can be developed) mindsets that impact their performance. Studies have shown that classrooms and academic environments can endorse different mindsets too. This project will examine how classroom cultures and norms relate to student’s mindsets and academic achievement.

Tasks: Interns will be exposed to a variety of tasks related to the research process. These tasks include (but are not limited to) conducting an extensive literature review, critically analyzing research articles, identifying limitations from past studies, and building upon the literature by designing research-based interventions. Interns will also learn how to develop surveys, enter data, and analyze data. Interns will be exposed to both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Interns will learn how to work collaboratively on projects with other interns and graduate students in a pre-established lab that examines issues of identity, culture, and equity in educational contexts. Students will be exposed to the process of bridging the gap between theory and application to directly serve the needs of diverse students.

URL: https://rcovarrubias.sites.ucsc.edu/
Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Statistical data analysis
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: ON OFF REM ON ON ON ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-10 Title: Exploring 3–5 Year Old's Experience With Touchscreens
Primary mentor: Nick Antrilli
Faculty advisor: Prof. Su-hua Wang
Other mentors: Elizabeth Goldman
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 2

Project description: Young children's access to technology as a medium for play has grown substantially over the past decade, yet very little research has systematically examined the impact that this might have on development. The mentor's research examines how 3 to 5 year olds' use of touchscreens effect different aspects of cognition. Interns will have the opportunity to work on two projects. The first project is ongoing and focusses on how different types of play (touchscreen vs. traditional) are related to executive function (i.e. inhibition and working memory). The second project examines differences in how children play spatial games (like tangrams) on touchscreens and compares them to playing the physical versions. This study will look at differences in object manipulation as well as differences in the type of langauge that parents use while playing with their child. 

Tasks: Although SIP interns will be primarily working with the mentor on the projects described above, they will also be involved in other ongoing projects in the mentor's lab. This includes working together as a team with other interns and mentors that are interested in child development. Specifically, interns will examine topics such as parent-child interaction, perspective taking, perceptual development, helping/hindering behavior, and technology use in children from 6-months to 5-years-old. Interns will be involved in participant recruitment, data collection, data entry, and video coding. Interns will also be mentored on how to present scientific information to public audiences.  

Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Lab work; statistical data analysis
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: REM OFF ON ON ON ON ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-11 Title: Do I Belong? STEM Identity and Motivation Among High School Students in the Science Internship Program
Primary mentor: Christy Starr
Faculty advisor: Prof. Campbell Leaper
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 2

Project description: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers are some of the most well paid and widely available in the U.S., and the need for STEM professionals is expected to grow in the next decade (NSF, 2015). However, many qualified individuals do not pursue STEM for a variety of reasons, including feeling that they don’t belong in STEM fields. Summer programs like the Science Internship Program may help students feel that they belong in STEM, and increase their motivation to pursue them in the future. We will be investigating the effect the SIP has on high school students in the program. Specifically, we will be investigating if SIP increases science/STEM identity among high schoolers, growth mindset, and future motivation to pursue STEM fields. 

Tasks: SIP interns will help create survey questions to ask other interns. They will then interview other SIP students, both via surveys and through face-to-face interviews. Finally, they will analyze the data they gather. The SIP interns may also be involved in other, smaller projects about STEM motivation (e.g., among undergraduates). 

URL: http://psychology.ucsc.edu/about/people/singleton.php?&singleton=true&cruz_id=cestarr
Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Statistical data analysis; field work
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: ON ON ON OFF REM ON ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-12 Title: Does Overt Action Influence Illusory Apparent Motion?
Primary mentor: Allison Allen
Faculty advisor: Prof. Nicolas Davidenko
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 2

Project description: Why do we experience illusions? For psychologists, studying illusions helps to reveal some of the properties and quirks of perception. One such illusion is Illusory Apparent Motion (IAM) where ambiguous apparent motion is elicited by randomly refreshing pixel textures. Previous research using other apparent motion illusions has found that motion ambiguity can be resolved in favor of the direction of a performed action (for example, moving one's finger up may cause an ambiguous motion signal to be seen as moving up). The mentor's line of research explores whether IAM is similarly susceptible to disambiguation by overt action, and we are running and designing experiments to measure this in the lab.

Tasks: SIP interns will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of illusions and what each illusion reveals about the nature of the human sensory system. This will be done by reading scientific articles each week and discussing them with the mentor. Interns will learn how to conduct a literature review based on the experiment topics (i.e., apparent motion and action) and, in doing so, will learn about these topics in depth. Finally, interns will learn about research methods in psychology, both through instruction and hands on experience. They will learn how to run participants (supervised) in a laboratory experiment and will learn how to analyze data using Excel, SPSS, and/or Matlab.

URL: https://davidenko.sites.ucsc.edu
Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Computer programming; lab work; statistical data analysis
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: ON ON ON ON ON ON ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-13 Title: It Wasn’t OK But I Did it Anyways: Understanding Moral Principles and Action
Primary mentor: Charles Baxley
Faculty advisor: Prof. Audun Dahl
Other mentors: Talia Waltzer
Location: Other
Number of interns: 2

Project description: Why do people do things they generally think they should not (i.e., cheating in class) and what does this tell us about our moral reasoning? What do we mean when we say something is not OK? In this project, we seek to study people’s moral principles and their understanding of permissibility and how they are applied in concrete scenarios. We will do so by conducting in-depth interviews and engaging participants in immersive hypothetical situations. This research can inform our understanding of the relationship between people’s principles and their decision making, particularly in concrete, real-life applications such as in academic integrity. (*Note: this project will take place both on-campus and off-campus in the Bay Area.)

Tasks: SIP interns will engage in multiple aspects of the research process. Interns will take part in research design by creating immersive hypothetical scenarios and other materials used in experiments. Interns will also be asked to enter data obtained from interviews. There will be weekly team meetings where we will discuss past literature related to the project and overarching theory.   —— Project location: UCSC Silicon Valley Extension and UCSC main campus. Interns must be able to meet at the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension location regularly. There will be occasional trips to UCSC main campus and field work in San Jose, Fremont and Berkeley. The research mentor is willing to provide transportation to UCSC main campus and field work sites.  

Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Statistical data analysis
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: ON ON ON ON ON ON ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-14 Title: Exploring the Cultural Transition of First-Generation College Students
Primary mentor: Ibette Valle
Faculty advisor: Prof. Rebecca Covarrubias
Other mentors: Giselle Laiduc
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 2

Project description: As the first in their families to attend college, first-generation college (FGC) students, particularly from Latino backgrounds, confront a disparity in opportunities available to them and to their non-educated family members. According to culture mismatching theory, when FGC students transition from their homes to the university, they may experience a mismatch in cultural norms between these contexts that hinder psychological and academic functioning. Indeed, as a result of this cultural transition, past work has found that Latino FGC students report experiencing family achievement guilt—an emotion tied to having more educational opportunities and success than family members. Consequently, this guilt is related to higher depression. This project examines the psychological factors that shape FGC student’s college experience and, ultimately, retention. 

Tasks: The SIP interns will be part of a collaborative lab that will meet weekly to provide project check ins as well as cover a variety of training in data coding, survey creation, resume writing, and college application prep. The interns will perform a variety of tasks including immersing themselves in literature in the fields of psychology, sociology, and education to investigate cultural norms, social class, and other factors influencing first-generation college students transition to college. Through this process, the interns will learn how to efficiently and concisely read and interpret academic articles, annotate articles, and analyze article limitations to inform research questions. Interns will participate in data analysis tasks that may include data input, interview transcriptions, theme coding, and statistical analyses using a statistical package (SPSS). 

URL: http://rcovarrubias.sites.ucsc.edu/
Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Statistical data analysis
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: ON OFF OFF ON ON ON REM ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-15 Title: Creativity and Memory
Primary mentor: Annie Ditta
Faculty advisor: Prof. Benjamin Storm
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 3

Project description: The ability to be creative is not something that only a few individuals possess – things we do in our everyday lives such as problem-solving, imagining the future, and designing new objects are also creative. The mentor is interested in the processes that underlie our ability to be creative on a daily basis; in particular, she is interested in incubation effects.  Such effects are well-documented in the literature, and refer to the experience of being able to solve a problem after taking a break from the problem, rather than continuing to work on the problem.  The mentor is interested in what cognitive mechanisms underlie such incubation effects when people try to solve problems; specifically, how remembering and forgetting play a role in such effects.

Tasks: SIP interns working on this project will learn how to run human participants (with supervision) in behavioral psychology studies in a lab setting.  Additionally, they will be asked to read and discuss scholarly articles on topics related to memory and creativity, to develop a strong theoretical background in the topics they are working on.  Occasionally, they may be asked to enter data into a spreadsheet for analysis, and will learn the basics of SPSS for statistical analysis on the data they help collect.  Their participation with the mentor's project will ultimately inform their ability to develop their own research project for which they can collect, analyze, and present data at the final SIP presentation.  Throughout the development of the mentorship, they will learn APA formatting, research method design, and how to write academic papers.

URL: http://people.ucsc.edu/~bcstorm/research.html
Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Computer programming; lab work; statistical data analysis
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: REM REM ON ON ON ON ON ON ON ON


Code Research Project Descriptions
PSY-16 Title: Expressing Personality Through Social Media
Primary mentor: Lee Taber
Faculty advisor: Prof. Steve Whittaker
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 2

Project description: Online communication, especially through social media, is becoming more and more ubiquitous and important to study. This research project is interested in examining and measuring how people might present themselves in different ways depending on what social media they are using. The mentor is currently interviewing and surveying UCSC students who use Snapchat and Facebook to see if they show different aspects of their personality on different social media. The end goal for this project is to pair survey data with information from interviews in order to gain a better understanding of how, why, and in what ways people are expressing different aspects of personality on different social media.

Tasks: The SIP interns will: (1) transcribe interviews from audio files; (2) qualitatively code transcribed interviews, looking for important themes; and (3) use SPSS or Excel for descriptive statistics on frequency of coded themes. The SIP interns may also, depending on their comfort level, have the opportunity to assist in collecting data from research participants. The interns will also be involved in ongoing discussions about creating/refining themes, conclusions about what can be drawn from work, and plans for future research.

Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Lab work; statistical data analysis; field work
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: REM ON ON ON ON REM ON ON ON ON

Special age requirement: The applicant must be 16 years old by June 12, 2017.