Teen Language and Ethnic Identity Research Assistant

Faculty Name:
Marianna Di Paolo


Faculty College:
Social & Behavioral Science


Project Description:

Two undergraduate researchers are needed to assist with a PhD student’s dissertation project. The purpose of the study is to examine how teens in local high schools construct identity using language in combination with other behaviors and style choices. The primary focus of the study is on Pacific Islander teens, but participants will be drawn from other groups as well.

Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis; Earn independent study credit

Student Role:

Possible duties: transcription of recorded interviews; setup/operation of recording equipment; and conducting on-site interviews with teens in Salt Lake County high schools.

Student Benefits:

Learn about use of language in identity construction; and new skills: making good speech recordings, using ELAN to transcribe, conducting interviews & research ethics.

Project Duration:

Fall 2017 - Summer 2018. Hours negotiable.

Minimum Requirements:

Attention to detail. Experience in anthropology or linguistics courses preferred. Familiarity with ELAN software appreciated. Pacific Islander students encouraged to apply