In this edition of the UO Undergraduate Research Opportunity Highlight we look at the NIDA Summer Research Internship in the College of Education & Prevention Science Institute.

Overview: The NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Summer Research Program for
Underrepresented Students at the University of Oregon is interested in the ways that families contribute to their children’s healthy and successful development. We do this by studying the associations between aspects of child development (including peer relations, school behavior, problem behavior, and social skills) and aspects of the family (including parenting practices, martial relationships, economic resources, and substance use in the family). In this study, we are interviewing 215 families across the United States who are currently parenting a biological child who is 7 years old. We conduct telephone interviews with the parents, and will also visit families in their homes to record some of their family interactions on digital media. We also have data on the child’s biological sibling, and a goal of the study is to see how similar or different the two siblings are and how any differences relate to the parenting they receive.

Benefits: All students receive up to $12 per hour for a maximum stipend of $3,840 for 8 weeks.

Program Dates: TBD


        • Undergraduate student who will continue to be enrolled in Fall 2015
        • From a racial/ethnic group that is nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands)
        • Strong interest in research related to the prevention of drug use

Application Deadline:

        • February 13, 2015