Spit for Science Research Assistants 

Join the Spit for Science team and be involved in recruitment, marketing, data collection and analysis, and other research activities! As a research assistant for the Spit for Science project you will work in teams to develop research questions, analyze Spit for Science data and collaborate with different faculty involved in the project. Applications for Fall 2018 have closed. Check back in the fall for applications for Spring 2019!

We hope that this project will engage students in dialogue about the substance use and emotional health, the role of genetics and the environment in health and behavior, the promise and challenge associated with genetic research, and the ethical issues surrounding human research projects. The topic is rich for many different discussion directions to engage VCU students with the possibility to integrate into themes across the curricula in departments ranging from the sciences to the arts. We hope that faculty across many departments will consider incorporating themes from the Spit for Science project into their courses, as appropriate.

Below you’ll find examples of ways VCU faculty and staff from numerous departments have incorporated the Spit for Science project into educational opportunities. If you would like to talk to someone about partnering with us, would like someone from our team to guest lecture, are interested in using data in your class, etc., please e-mail us at spit4science@vcu.edu.

Finally, we encourage you to check out the innovative coursework and translational research activities of our partner organization, the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute.

  1. In partnership with Dr. Abigail Conley, graduate students in VCU’s Counseling Psychology program partnered with the Spit for Science undergraduate research class to get practical experience in how to help organize and oversee educational events related to Spit for Science in VCU residence halls.

  2. Students in the Dept. of Communication Arts, with guidance from Assistant Professor Sarah Farris, created infographics using Spit for Science project data.

Keep in Touch!

Have you incorporated themes related to Spit for Science into your classroom? Are there other ways that you would like to incorporate Spit for Science into your classroom? Have you come across any interesting or relevant articles on topics pertaining to Spit for Science? Please, let us know! We would like to use this website to disseminate educational materials and ideas, and we would love your input!