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Rural Health Student Volunteers:

The Research Group is committed to the training, support, and development of new and potential researchers and clinicians, thus helping build a workforce well-equipped to address rural health issues. Just like most research groups housed in academic institutions, the Research Group relies on undergraduate and graduate students and other volunteers to help with preparation of project materials, file management, and data entry for our major research projects. Our volunteers, however, are offered a wide variety of experiences beyond these usual research lab tasks. Many are matched with a research mentor to guide their work on an individual research topic, and long-term lab members have the chance to also get involved with data collection, project coordination activities, and community events, thus gaining important exposure to research and rural West Texas communities.

About the Lab Volunteer Role:

The volunteer’s first responsibility will be helping with data entry. Most students who enter the lab are expected to spend at least one semester (or two summer sessions) on data entry before proceeding to other opportunities, such as work on an individual research project or learning to administer the cognitive tests. Some exceptions to this rule include: students brought into the lab to fulfill a specific need and students who have outside funding to work a research project. Some opportunities to get more direct involvement in research, such as helping with literature reviews, may come up in a student’s first semester, but, in general, the students who are able to devote at least a year to the lab gain the most from the experience.

Other Lab Benefits:

Our Research Labs have supported:

Awards granted to our students:

Lab Supervisors:

If you would like some information about our research labs or are interested in volunteering with us, please call
Rhonda Isome at (806) 743-5603 or e-mail her at