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Now Recruiting Students for Fall 2012/Spring 2013 HDFS 494 Undergraduate Research Course

3/8/2012  8:00 am


The Family Resiliency Center is offering two Undergraduate Research Courses next year, one for the STRONG Kids Program and one for our Food and Family Program.  We are currently recruiting students who will have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing in the Fall '12 to enroll in these courses.  Students may enroll in 2-3 hours of credit for these courses.   For more information visit  


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 transdisciplinary research used to guide the specific research program.


 Students will:


·         Be provided with an overview of the Research Program issues;


·         Be trained to conduct and carryout field research and data collection on one or more projects;


·         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;


·         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 2013.



 Additional information about these research courses, as well as a downloadable application can be found on our website at:  Please contact: Jen Themanson, Coordinator, 217-244-5119 or  if you have any questions.