Working with us

The mission of the Food Lab is to advance research and knowledge in the area of food systems planning, and more broadly in understanding the role of planning in building healthy communities.  The Food Lab team works on a variety of research projects under the direct or indirect supervision of Dr. Samina Raja, the Principal Investigator. Positions in the Food Lab are filled through a competitive application process.  The lab’s operating hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Prerequisites for graduate student research positions:

  • Strong intellectual interest in food systems planning
  • Successful completion of, or enrollment in, at least one course focused on food systems [eligible courses offered in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning include ‘Food Systems Planning’ and ‘Built Environment and Public Health.”]
  • Minimum one-year commitment
  • Ability to commit to a 15-hours per week position during the academic year (including during academic breaks).  [Unless otherwise specified in the position description.]
  • SUNY policy requires a graduate student to either be enrolled for a minimum of nine credit hours or to have full-time certification from the graduate school

 Prerequisites for undergraduate research internships:

  • Minimum one-year commitment
  • Ability to commit to a 10-hour per week position

Please note that our  undergraduate research internships are filled through Spring of 2016.