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Description of Research Project:

This is a qualitative study looking at how parents with a child custody court order share caregiving work. Child custody determines where a child lives and who makes decisions about the child’s well-being. Qualitative data includes open-ended questions that draw out participants’ stories.

For this study, parents are administered a survey that collects demographic information and asks about grooming, education, and health care. They are then interviewed for an hour to two about their parenting relationship before, during, and after their divorce or break up. Both mothers and fathers are being interviewed. The goal is to recruit 50 parents in the State of Michigan. I have interviewed 20 parents so far. First and foremost, I need help organizing, streamlining, and inputting this data. I also need assistance recruiting the rest of my participants. The data needs some preliminary coding and analysis.


Description of Work Involved

The undergraduate student research assistant will work closely with the principal investigator. Some potential tasks include managing and organizing collected data (most precedent), recruiting additional participants, doing preliminary coding, and creating memos about recurring themes. I can envision this taking around 6 hours a week (the equivalent of 2 units). I am happy to serve as a research mentor!

Applying students should have some sociology background. I’m looking for someone passionate about gender, family and family inequality. The ideal candidate will be organized, pay attention to detail, and be reliable/dependable. The selected student is expected to meet with me on a weekly basis and submit progress reports and will be asked to complete the online Program for Education & Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship (PEERS) certification (

Supervising faculty member: Professor Karin Martin


Range of credit hours: 1-3

Average hours of work per week: 3 hours per credit enrolled


Number of positions available: 1



To apply, please fill out the following Google Form:

Principal Investigator: Adriana Ponce (doctoral student)

For questions or more information, email me at or text me at (734) 430-9410

Please note: Position will be filled by January 30th (add/drop deadline)