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Liza Rovniak

address: 500 University Dr.
location: Penn State Hershey, The College of Medicine
phone: 717-531-8161
e-mail: lrovniak@psu.edu
department: Medicine/Engineering

Projects

DeskCycle

The Rovniak Lab (State College Location with Dr. Andris Freivalds), is now recruiting an undergraduate research assistant with a psychology or health-related background for Spring 2017. The lab focuses on researching physical activity and health behavior change, with the current project based in State College. The current project is investigating the feasibility of accomplishing simultaneous bicycling and office work. The student will be responsible for helping with running the experiments and can receive independent study credit. There may also be opportunities to support a thesis project with the data collected. We require a commitment of approximately 8 to 10 hours per week, but this can be somewhat flexible depending on the student's needs. Candidates should be reliable, responsible and professional. Please visit https://profiles.psu.edu/profiles/display/113591 for a further description of our research. Prospective applicants should send an email (and a brief CV or resume if available) to Dr. Rovniak at lrovniak@hmc.psu.edu. Applicants should apply as soon as possible, and no later than Monday, January 9th.

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Number of undergraduates needed: 2
Minimum qualifications: Conscientious, reliable, and exceptionally detail-oriented.



Increasing Physical Activity using Active Workstations

The Rovniak Lab (Penn State College of Medicine-Hershey location, https://profiles.psu.edu/profiles/display/113591), is now recruiting an undergraduate research assistant for Summer and/or Fall 2017. The lab focuses on engineering environmental and policy change to promote public health. The current project involves assisting with conducting an intervention study to investigate the feasibility of using active workstations (i.e., desk-based pedaling devices) to increase physical activity during sedentary office work. The student will be responsible for helping to assess participants and deliver the intervention. There may also be opportunities to support a thesis project with the data collected. We require a commitment of approximately 8-10 hours per week, but this can be somewhat flexible depending on the student's needs. Candidates should be reliable, responsible and professional. Prospective applicants should send an email (and a brief CV or resume if available) to Dr. Rovniak at lrovniak@hmc.psu.edu.

Website:
Number of undergraduates needed: 2
Minimum qualifications: High detail orientation, conscientious and reliable.



Web Scraping Hospital Sites for Communication Modes Accessible to People with Hearing Losses

The Rovniak Lab (Penn State College of Medicine-Hershey location, https://profiles.psu.edu/profiles/display/113591), is now recruiting an undergraduate research assistant for Summer and/or Fall 2017. The lab focuses on engineering environmental and policy change to promote public health. The current project involves using web scraping technology to search a nationally representative sample of US hospital sites to determine if these sites use communication modes (e.g., email, text messaging, TDD/TTY) that are accessible to patients with hearing losses. The student will be responsible for designing and testing the web scraping protocol, and can receive independent study credit. There may also be opportunities to support a thesis project with the data collected. We require a commitment of approximately 8-10 hours per week, but this can be somewhat flexible depending on the student's needs. Candidates should be reliable, responsible and professional. Prospective applicants should send an email (and a brief CV or resume if available) to Dr. Rovniak at lrovniak@hmc.psu.edu.

Website:
Number of undergraduates needed: 2
Minimum qualifications: We are seeking candidates who are familiar with web scraping, or similar technology, and who are highly detail-oriented.