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Examining Google Search Results To Understand Google's Political And Societal Effects

We are looking for five undergraduate students interested in research to assist us with a research project that examines the political influence of Google. The work will take place in October-November 2016. Our ideal candidates are dependable, good team players, detail-oriented, and interested in research. Candidates must be willing and available to finish both parts of the project (described below) in October-November 2016. Each student will be paid $100 for completing Part 1. Then, three of the five students will be invited to assist us with Part 2 (based on their performance during Part 1), and each of these students will be paid additional $500 for completing Part 2. Part 1. During the first part of the project, students will read various Google political search results, and carefully note how much each search result favors a liberal or a conservative point of view (we will train students to do so efficiently - no prior political knowledge is necessary). This work must be completed within one week after hiring date. Specifically, students will do the following: - Meet 2-3 times as a group to -Discuss specific goals of the project (each meeting will last from 30 to 60 minutes, and will take place on UB-North Campus, Baldy Hall). -Thoroughly understand how content should be coded for the presence of liberal or conservative ideological bias – the researchers will provide detailed instructions. -Be able to reliably and consistently code Google search results for the presence of ideological bias, by using coding rules provided by researchers. - Undergo reliability assessment – analyze (carefully read and document presence of ideological bias in) several dozen Google search results. Part 2. At the end of Part 1 we will carry out reliability assessment to see how consistently and reliably content is coded by the research assistants. Based on the reliability assessment, the three most reliable coders will continue as assistants during Part 2. During this part of the project, each student will code the remaining several hundred Google search results for the presence of ideological bias (procedures and instructions will be the same as during Part 1). Part 2 work can be done from home, library, dorm (no need to meet as a group) and must be completed within four weeks after completing Part 1. How to Apply To apply, please send an email to principal investigator, Dr. Ivan Dylko, at the following address: Include the following into your email: 1. Email subject head: Google study coder position 2. Brief description (100 words) why you think you will be a good candidate for this position. 3. Your current GPA. 4. Your current resume. 5. Three (3) professional/academic references (these can be your professors or people who supervised your work outside of university). Include the following for each reference: a.Reference name b.Reference position c.Organization/company reference is employed by d.Reference contact email e.Reference phone number f.How long he/she has known you

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Psychology, Computer Science, Behavioral Science, Political Communication
Student Skill-Set Needed: Dependable, good team player, detail-oriented, ability to adapt, interested in research, available in October-November 2016
Compensation: Academic Credit, Salary / Stipend, Volunteer
Available: Fall


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Ivan Dylko
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Communication
Office: 307 Baldy Hall