Family Resiliency Center | Illinois



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.

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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:

HDFS 494 STRONG Kids - FRC Supervised Undergraduate Research Program - Fall 2014/Spring 2015

HDFS 494 Food and Family- FRC Supervised Undergraduate Research Program - Fall 2014/Spring 2015


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Internship Opportunities


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Employment Opportunities


Family Resiliency Center Student Journalism/Communications Internship


The Family Resiliency Center is seeking a creative and skilled communications intern to work 8-10 hours per week. Responsibilities include: generating and maintaining website content (writing student and staff profiles, updating research project pages, etc.), developing story ideas, generating and posting material on social media, taking photographs at FRC events, and monitoring other relevant social media sites.

The intern will work closely with the FRC communications manager and other staff. The intern is expected to work during normal business hours; he/she will be paid $10/hour. Start date is as soon as possible, with the potential for summer work.

Applicants must be a University of Illinois undergraduate or graduate student in journalism, health communications, public relations, or related field. Prefer a student with experience using Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office software.

To apply:
Interested individuals should e-mail the following to Laura Schmitt, FRC communications manager, at
•           2 writing samples, including one social media post
•           Cover letter and resume
•           2 references

The Family Resiliency Center (FRC) advances knowledge and practices that strengthen families’ abilities to meet life’s challenges and thrive. The Center accomplishes this through transdisciplinary research, education, and outreach collaborations with researchers on campus and community partners. Research projects at FRC aim to understand the ecological, economic, cultural and family level factors that promote health and wellbeing for children and families. Our research is focused on topics such as childhood obesity prevention, quality child care, positive youth and teen development, food insecurity, and immigrant families.

What Students Are Saying


FRC Connections: WellsUniversity of Illinois Senior Wells Ling describes his research experience at the Family Resiliency Center

Student researchers discuss what they learned through the STRONG Kids Program

STRONG Kids student researchers discuss policy implications of their findings. Part 1 | Part 2

The Autism Program (TAP) Student Interns share some insight about their work. Adrienne | Katherine | Kim

"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

5th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium - Wednesday, April 11, 2012, Illini Union

Click here for a complete schedule and abstracts.

Oral Presentation - 3rd Annual Research Symposium

9:45-10:00 a.m.,  Illini Room C

Alyssa Morris, Health Administration, AHS
Beverly Allen, Senior, Health Administration, AHS
Erik Lorek, Senior, Community Health, AHS
“An ecological analysis of food environments in the United States”
STRONG Kids Program

Poster Presentation

10:00-11:15 a.m., Pine Room

Terra Kern, Human Development and Family Studies, ACES
“BackPack program evaluation”
Food and Family: BackPack Program Evaluation

Dontina Corpus, Human Development and Family Studies, ACES
“Mealtime behavioral control level in relationship to child body mass index”
STRONG Kids Program

1:30-2:45 a.m., Pine Room

Jessica Dosik, Human Development and Family Studies, ACES
“Family mealtimes:  An observational study of parental prompts and its influence on child compliance to eat”
STRONG Kids Program

Lisa Ann Pearson, Community Health, AHS
“Childhood obesity:  Children’s fruit and vegetable intake in relation to parents’ income and consideration of price when buying food”
STRONG Kids Program


Hannah Roosevelt, Dietetics, ACES
“BMI distribution of Cohort 1a”
STRONG Kids Program

Dennise Staab, Community Health, AHS
"Complementary feeding practices among low-income mothers"
STRONG Kids Program

3:15-4:30 p.m., Pine Room

Jill Jozefowicz, Human Nutrition, ACES
Anthony Wang,
Nutritional Sciences, ACES
Yingying Wang, Nutritional Sciences, ACES
“Optimization of DNA extraction and collection in STRONG Kids Project”
STRONG Kids Program