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Undergraduate Research Assistantship Request Professor Name: Michele Walsh, Ph.D Project Title and Description: Research assistants may have the opportunity to work on several ongoing projects depending on skills and interests. All research assistants can expect to do substantive work on the following project: 2012 First Things First Needs and Asset Reports In a partnership with nine First Things First Regional Partnership Councils, we are developing Needs and Assets reports for four tribal and five county-based regional partnership councils in Arizona. Through the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods, this project will provide data that will inform important decisions about future programs for Arizona families with children 0-5. Each of the nine reports will cover six First Things First goal areas: -Quality and access to early care and education -Health -Professional development and early care of teachers and workers -Family support -Communication -Coordination among early childhood programs and services Additional focus areas include collecting information about the needs of and supports for grandparents parenting children for the Gila River Indian Community, developing a system of accessing local data online for the Yavapai region, and describing the resources and needs of rural communities for the La Paz / Mohave region. Description of RA duties: Research assistants will be responsible for assisting with data entry, administrative office tasks, and project-related research. Additional tasks may be assigned based on individual skills and interests. # Hours/Week (45 per unit): 2 units (6 hours/week) or 3 units (9 hours/week) Start/End Dates: Starting immediately. Preference will be given to applicants available to work through spring or summer of 2012. Schedule: Hours are flexible, although most work will occur in our office between 9am and 5pm. Research assistants will be asked to commit to a regular weekly schedule. Type of course: FSHD 492 Student characteristics: Students must be reliable, dedicated, and should possess strong communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is required. How to apply Please email a resume and letter of interest to Deanna Kaplan at