The Family Resiliency Center recognizes that today's students are tomorrow's practitioners, educators, and researchers. Both graduate and undergraduate students are provided with opportunities to interact with faculty from a broad range of disciplines for hands-on involvement with research projects and the chance to work with our community partners in public engagement efforts, as well as to work with fellow students studying in other fields.
For more information on the new PhD/MPH degree program focused on childhood obesity, I-TOPP click here.
HDFS 494 Undergraduate Research Courses
The purpose of these two-semester year-long supervised research courses is to provide students with a first-hand experience working as part of a research team as well as to help them develop a working knowledge of the theory and applications of trans-disciplinary research used to guide the specific research program. Students will
- be provided with an overview of the Research Program issues;
- develop oral and written communication skills, data management skills, team building skills, critical thinking skills, and professional work environment skills;
- be trained in mixed methods relevant to factors that contribute to child and family health;
- identify opportunities and barriers in transdisciplinary team work; and
- prepare a scientific presentation that reflects the students' knowledge of Transdisciplinary science gained through working on one of the program subprojects. The presentation will be given at a scientific conference held in the Spring.
Additional information about the specific sections are available here:
What Students Are Saying
"Working on STRONG Kids helped me understand some of the material I had been studying in my health statistics class this semester." STRONG Kids Undergraduate Research Assistant
"STRONG Kids gave me the opportunity to build relationships with faculty and students from multiple disciplines and to be involved in vital comprehensive research." STRONG Kids Undergraduate Research Assistant
"I think that this is a great research experience that helps you to develop many skills such as communication, team work, flexibility, patience, and critical thinking, among many others.
"I think that anyone, especially planning to go into health care or nutrition, would really gain useful experience, a grasp on medical problems, and realize first-hand how many facators can contribute to one issue, like obesity."
FRC Student Work Featured at Undergraduate Research Symposium
8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium - Thursday, April 23, 2015, Illini Union
Breastfeeding Duration and BMI: A Study of the Relationship Between Breast Milk Exposure and Healthy Development
Breastfeeding vs Formula Feeding: Does Breastfeeding have a Preventative Effect on Obesity in Children
Child Obesity: Can Healthcare Provders Aid Parents in Prevention?
Correlation Between Bodyweight and Polymorphisms in AHSG in Children of the STRONG Kids 1 Cohort
Early Nutrition But Not Delivery Mode Impact on the Colonization of Gut Microbiota
Endocrine Disruptors in Plastics: What Do Child Care Providers Know and What Are They Doing to Limit Young Children's Exposure?
"My research focused on current child care provider knowledge of harmful chemicals found in plastics, especially when heated up in the microwave. This event was an excellent way to learn from other researchers and gain constructive feedback from University of Illinois faculty and staff, all while providing me with the opportunity to present in a professional setting."
— Carly Buetow
Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Body Mass Index of Children
"I had the opportunity to present my collaborative research project, which explored the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and child BMI at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Preparation for the event included hands on data collection and analysis, taught me about the research process, while the presentation at the symposium sparked a great deal of enthusiasm for future endeavors."
— Samantha Addante
Screen Time and Sleep Duration Increase a Child's BMI
"My experience at the Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) was very positive. My poster centered around sleep duration, screen time, and body mass index, and it was interesting having the chance to explore different correlations between these categories. I had the chance to explain these findings while at the URS, so something I learned was how to present research in an organized and understandable way to others who do not know what it is about. The URS also provided me with the chance to professionally communicate with others and present this information in a new way."
— Jordyn Fishman
TV Time and Sugary Drinks: They Are Making Your Child Obese