Project FA14a: Research on hurricane preparation and evacuation intentions

Project FA14a: Research on hurricane preparation and evacuation intentions
Researcher: Chongming Wang cxw960@psu.edu
Position type: Qualitative data analysis
Application deadline: Friday, May 23, 2014

Application URL: http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply

 

Position description    

This research is a mixed-methods study that integrates qualitative and quantitative approaches to identify and analyze the facilitators and impediments of hurricane preparation and evacuation intentions among the elderly in Florida. Priority is placed on the initial phase of qualitative research that explores the phenomenon as to why some are more prepared and willing to evacuate in a storm while others are not. Ph.D. student Chongming Wang is looking for an undergraduate research assistant who can help with coding interview data and validation by doing multiple cross-checking codings.

Desired qualifications 

The candidate will be an ideal fit if he/she has an interest in hazards and vulnerability research and has previous experience doing qualitative research. Familiarity with specific software packages is not required, but knowing Atlas.ti and/or Nvivo is a plus.

Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–120 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 1–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.

To apply

Prospective candidates should submit application to http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014.
A complete application must include:
1. All required fields of online form:
http://www.geog.psu.edu/uroc-apply

2. A one-page cover letter identifying the position for which you're applying and stating your interest in conducting research, your academic preparation, the skills you hope to gain from this experience, and contact information of two references.

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_letterMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_letter0414.pdf)

3. A resume

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_resumeMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_resume0414.pdf)