Welcome to the Freeman Research Group “Culture Pages”

Guidance in these pages outline practices to help us achieve our goals, promote equity, limit unnecessary struggle and wasted resources, and perform research with public health in mind. We’ll always be improving our approach! If you work here, you can help.


REAL students

  • Hiring Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) students to assist on our projects is a great way to give students opportunities to be involved in our group (as well as help our group be more productive!). Find guidance on hiring a student here. Register your profile on Handshake and request access to join Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University as an employer (confirmation may take a few days). Please make sure to post all positions using the Environmental Health Department division title so others can filter previous job postings specific to our group and use them as a reference as we create a new posting. To see old postings go to the RSPH Handshake page (go to “jobs” and filter “division” to “Environmental Health Department”). Interviewing can be a challenging task. We have come up with a few interviewing guides to help out. Once you find the perfect student, initiate the hiring process on the RSPH Student Hire portal.

MAster’s Theses

  • Matt often serves on the committee of students for their Master’s theses. He has developed some suggestions for thesis writing with our group here. Students are also encouraged to review theses of previous group members.

  • Please note that students are ultimately responsible for ensuring they are meeting the requirements for their degree. The thesis committee will help with the planning, but student should take initiative in scheduling and planning ahead. It is highly recommended that students develop a thesis timeline that they review with their committee. An example can be found here.

Student Meetings with Matt

A special thank you to Sarah Cobey, Ben Lopman, and Brian Graaf. Their “Handbook” and “Culture Book” served as an inspiration and reference for our Culture Pages. These are also great references for general guidance in research and academic settings.

Have suggestions? That’s great! We are continuously trying to improve the way that we work as a group. In addition to more formal reviews of our guidelines and policies during semi-annual group “retreats,” group meetings are a great place to discuss or introduce processes, tools, platforms, etc. that you think the group can benefit from.