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Student Scholars & Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Students

Duties at ACORN Center: Assisting Dr. Corbett in projects and participating as a research subject when encessary, contributing to data collection and discussion of projects. 

Research Focus: Projects involving geriatric populations and nursing technology that may aide in higher quality of life. 

What do you enjoy working with ACORN Center research? The ACORN center is full of talented people to learn from, great ongoing projects, and passionate teams of people ready to change lives. It makes me excited to be part of that team. 

 

Duties at ACORN Center: My role within the ACORN center is to aid my research mentor Dr. Wright with duties such as conducting literature reviews and preforming data analysis, as well as becoming a researcher on my own personal projects.

Research Focus: My research focus is on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and the experiences and struggles of those affected. Currently, my research mentor and I are conducting research to aid in the development of a digital platform for care and support for this chronic condition on multiple different levels such as exercise, social support, and symptom management. I personally am focusing on the link between PCOS, mental health issues, and physical activity, and how it impacts the lives of women who suffer from this condition.

What do you enjoy working with ACORN Center research? I have loved working at the ACORN center, as it allows me to feel like I am supporting women with a common yet underrepresented chronic condition and getting to learn many fundamental aspects of scientific research all at the same time. This opportunity has allowed me to take my personal interests and turn it into something that I can further explore in my research and learning pursuits. I have also greatly enjoyed getting to establish new relationships with faculty and learn more about all of the opportunities for research and exploration within the College of Nursing. I am so grateful for the opportunity to develop my abilities overcoming challenges and constant learning, all while continuing to foster my passions in research!

 

Duties at ACORN Center: At the ACORN center, I work on inputting data, writing papers and abstracts, transcribing interviews and coding different aspects of the projects I work on. Project topics: medication adherence, patient-provider communication, medicine-focused AI research, perceptions of COVID-19 among uninsured populations. 

Research Focus: My research focus is on patient-provider relationships, specifically what factors impact trust and how this varies across income levels. 

What do you enjoy working with ACORN Center research? I've learned mor ethan I could have ever imagined working at the ACORN center, finding interests and passions I didn't even know I had! All the faculty at the ACORN Center is extremely friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable. It is not only a great work environment but also an amazing learning environment. 

Duties at the ACORN Center: My duties at the ACORN Center include assisting with data collection, contributing to academic  journal publication, and conducting research for my Honors College thesis with the help of Dr. Cindy Corbett, my thesis director and the director of the ACORN Center. 

Research Focus: My research focuses on chronic conditions; one specific focus is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). 

Why I enjoy working for the ACORN center:  As a person living with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, helping others with chronic conditions, as well as improving our understanding of these conditions, is important to me. I love working at the ACORN Center because it allows me to conduct research that will better the lives of people and truly make a difference. 

 

Duties at the ACORN Center: My duties at the ACORN center include serving as principal investigator on my own projects with the help of my research mentors!

Research Focus: My research focus in on the military population, specifically military children with TRICARE coverage. My research is mostly qualitative and examines the experiences patients have. I also focus on continuity of care and how it affects health outcomes for those with chronic disease. 

Why I enjoy working for the ACORN center: I love working at the ACORN center because it allows me to feel that I am making a tangible contribution to the field of research in an area that I am truly passionate about. I am able to take my personal passions and experiences and use them to guide my research. I also enjoy being able to make connections with such educated and respected faculty. It is truly a privilege!

 

Graduate Students

Duties at ACORN Center: My duties at the ACORN center include serving as principal investigator on my own projects with the help of my research mentors!

Research Focus: My research focus is on the military population, specifically military children with TRICARE coverage. My research is mostly qualitative and examines the experiences patients have. I also focus on continuity of care and how it affects health outcomes for those with chronic disease. 

What do you enjoy working with ACORN Center research? I love working at the ACORN center because it allows me to feel that I am making a tangible contribution to the field of research in an area that I am truly passionate about. I am able to take my personal passions an dexperiences and use them to guide my research. I also enjoy being able to make conections with such educated and repected faculty. It is truly a privilege!

 

Duties at ACORN Center: Development and customization of data collection and processing software tools, training of new users on the tools, user support, data analysis, neural network training, process documentation, manuscript preparation.

Research Focus: AI, Machine Learning Applications of wearable sensors.

What do you enjoy working with ACORN Center research? I enjoy working with a diverse talented self-driven team, bringing on board a wide knowledge-base. Importantly, our study seeks to address a major common challenge of poor medication adherence.

 

Recent Graduates

Duties at the ACORN Center: Assisting Dr. Corbett and Lizzy Combs, the project coordinator, in enrolling patients in studies, doing data analysis and data entry, working to help PhD students with any research they need done and literature reviews to help with grant writing.

Research Focus: So far most of the focus has been with smart technology and aging populations, though we also helped with some work focused on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Why I enjoy working for the ACORN center:  The ACORN Center provided me with my first research experience and showed me how much of an impact I can make in the community. I'm interested in the intersection of research and hands-on patient and/or participant experience which I get both of at ACORN. My clinical interests can be matched with innovative ideas about taking care of others through research opportunities at ACORN.

 


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