Community Nutrition Graduate Student Research Assistantship
The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science at Utah State University is looking to hire a Ph.D., MS, or MPH student with a focus in community nutrition. This student would be employed for two years through a USDA Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program grant, titled Connecting low-income/at-risk and ethnic/minority populations to Utah direct market farmers and farmers markets. Year two is contingent upon satisfactory job performance in year one. Further funding for additional years of study may be available through other jobs or teaching assistantships.
Start Date: January 2019
- $15,000/year for a 12-month appointment
- Full graduate tuition ($14,000+ value for in-state, the student would be responsible for any class/student fees)
- Subsidized health insurance
Primary job duties:
- Conducting a needs assessment to guide the design of a statewide marketing and outreach campaign targeted to low-income/at-risk and ethnic minority populations across the state regarding where to find farmers markets/direct market farmers that accept SNAP.
- Writing a best-practices guide for marketing to the lower-income consumer and at risk and ethnic minority populations
- Developing evaluation procedures and tools
- Collecting data in person, online, and over the telephone
- Analyzing data
- Developing reports
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university
- Enrollment in Utah State University Graduate Studies Program (MS, MPH, or Ph.D. in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences) at the Logan, UT campus.
- Must have a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credit hours and
- Must have a score of at least the 40th percentile on the GRE
- Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics, public health, or a related field.
- Previous experience with (or knowledge of) conducting a community needs assessment.
- Previous experience with (or knowledge of) conducting quantitative survey research.
- Previous experience with (or knowledge of) conducting qualitative data collection and/or analysis.
- Drivers license and insurance.
Percent of Time or Hours per Week: 20 hours per week (in addition to time needed for your academics, including your thesis, dissertation, or final project).
- Cover Letter (please include:
- Information about how you meet the minimum requirements
- Information about how you meet the preferred qualifications (if you do, don’t worry if you don’t meet all or any of these)
- Information about any relevant previous job or academic experience (see Primary job duties above, and don’t worry if you don’t have previous experience, you will be trained and work as part of a team).
- Why you want to get a graduate degree
- Why you are interested in Community Nutrition
- What you want to do when you are done with your degree
- Names and contact information of 3 references
- Writing sample
More information is available at https://mph.usu.edu/assistantship/