Student Research Projects
Expand your education with a variety of independent research opportunities. Every undergraduate student is guaranteed to participate in or run an actual research project before they graduate. That's real-world, practical experience that will help you start your career, and/or get into the graduate college of your choice.
IPRO Scholars are undergraduate students who are strengthening the InterProfessional Projects program by doing research on how well the program is meeting the overall learning objectives, and assessing the impact of interventions designed to improve the learning experience. The research is guided by Professor Margaret Huyck, Ph.D. (in the College of Psychology) and Daniel Ferguson, MBS (Associate Director of the IPRO Program). IPRO Scholars are selected from outstanding students across majors; several Psychology majors have participated. In addition, graduate students are also involved in the research. For example:
Nishi Gupta, B.S. 2005, was among the first IPRO Scholars to explore strategies for enhancing multidisciplinary teamwork. She did an initial review of research on effective teamwork and analyzed the effects of the first intervention strategy. Nishi is now in medical school.
Michael Cama is a graduate student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. For over a year he has been learning about reflective judgment thinking, and finding ways of helping IPRO students develop this high-level kind of thinking by writing Reflections. He is developing ways of evaluating the level of thinking demonstrated in this work; the next step is to assess strategies for improving the quality of thinking and dealing with unstructured problems. Mike has presented this work at several conferences already.
Megan Mimms, became fascinated with autism spectrum disorders, and has been using her Capstone experience to explore the models used to investigate these disorders. Megan is a senior majoring in psychology, and has now completed a review of existing research on autism and developed a proposal for exploring an excess androgen theory using mouse models. She is anticipating being able to carry out her research design in graduate school. She is working with Professor Margaret Huyck on campus, and consulting with experts from other universities.