Opportunity for Undergraduates for a Project on Learning in Online Labor Markets

The Tech4Good Lab is seeking 3 undergraduate students to assist a PhD student on various aspects of a developing research project in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Social Computing. Undergraduate students will be working on various tasks as need, including but not limited to, testing the study design, and reading and summarizing relevant literature. No experience necessary to apply, just an interest in the project topic, ability to work independently, and eagerness to learn. This is a great opportunity if you've ever been curious about HCI research. Expected time commitment is 10hrs/week. If interested please submit a statement of interest (1 paragraph is enough) and optional resume or CV. Please submit application materials and questions to Veronica Rivera (veariver@ucsc.edu). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so please apply ASAP. Project summary below: 

The advance of technology and the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in an increase of workers who are turning to working on gig platforms to make ends meet. However, working conditions on various gig platforms are poor, and workers do not receive the support they need. One of these challenges is supporting workers’ learning and career goals. The goal of our project is to understand how social learning may help gig workers transition from lower-skilled platform like Amazon Mechanical Turk to higher skilled platforms like Upwork.