Get Involved with FRC!


The Family Resiliency Center offers numerous opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral students, including:

  • Engaging in research
  • Joining our Collaboratory
  • Earning certificates
  • Writing training

Reach out to us at familyresiliency@illinois.edu for more information.

View our Postdoctoral Research Associates page.

STRONG Kids Research Course

HDFS 494
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This year-long supervised research course provides students with firsthand experience working as part of a research team with the STRONG Kids Program. Students develop a working knowledge of transdisciplinary research theory and applications and are provided with an overview of research program issues. Course participants also engage in:

  • The development of oral and written communication skills, data management skills, team-building skills, critical-thinking skills, and professional work environment skills 
  • Training in mixed-methods research relevant to factors that contribute to child and family health
  • Identifying opportunities and barriers in transdisciplinary teamwork
  • Preparing a scientific presentation that reflects the knowledge of transdisciplinary science gained through working on actual research projects.

Student Feedback

"Working on STRONG Kids helped me understand some of the material I had been studying in my health statistics class this semester."

HDFS 494 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."

HDFS 494 undergraduate research assistant

"I think that this is great research experience that helps you to develop many skills such as communication, teamwork, flexibility, patience, and critical thinking, among many others."

— HDFS 494 undergraduate research assistant

"I think that anyone, especially if they're planning to go into health care or nutrition, would really gain useful experience, a grasp on medical problems, and realize first-hand how many factors can contribute to one issue, like obesity."

— HDFS 494 undergraduate research assistant

Learn more.

Illinois students present their work at the campus's Undergraduate Research Symposium at the Illini Union

Every year students from the STRONG Kids Research course (HDFS 494) present their research findings at the campus's Undergraduate Research Symposium. This event takes place during Research Week at Illinois and features students studying in varied academic disciplines who share their research through presentations, posters, and performances.

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HDFS 595


A discussion and evaluation of current literature on selected topics in humanity and community development. Learn more.

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More Education and Training at FRC

The Family Resiliency Center offers innovative training opportunities for community members, academics, service providers, policy makers, and students to build their transdisciplinary, participatory, and translational capacity.