Two-year Graduate Research Assistantship Mentee (GRAM)

Graduate Assistantship


Overview of Position:
Two-year Graduate Research Assistantship Mentee (GRAM). The GRAM award pays 14K per year for two years (Fall 2022 - Spring 2024) in exchange for 20 hours/week of work engaging in research activities. For this assistantship, the primary research study will examine physical activity (PA) levels throughout the school day and teachers', parents', and students' perceptions of outdoor PA. The site for this study will be The Academy at Middle Fork, Winston-Salem, NC. Some travel (a total of 5 -10 days during the project) will be required for training days and data collection.


  • Engage in interdisciplinary research through a research project with The Academy @ Middle Fork.
  • Develop and facilitate training for elementary teachers
  • Learn and utilize physical activity devices and software
  • Collect, manage, and analyze data
  • Engage in academic writing and presenting
  • Participate in regular Health Outdoor Play and Exercise (HOPE) Lab Team meetings

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Regular (unconditional) admission to a main campus graduate program degree program at Appalachian;
  • Full-time enrollment of 9-12 hours (no exceptions);
  • Preference for admission credentials with a minimum of 3.5 undergraduate
  • GPA and 50th percentile on standardized test score (where applicable).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education, exercise science, or related field
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Highly motivated
  • Interest in research, physical activity promotion, and working with teachers, children, and families
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience with statistical software (i.e., SPSS)

Please submit a statement of interest/cover letter and resume if applying. Review of materials and interviews will begin mid-May.


Contact Name: 
Brooke Towner
Contact Email: 
Expiration Date: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2022