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It was the highlight of my OSU experience

Every term throughout the year, undergraduate students in the College of Health and Human Sciences are working alongside faculty conducting pioneering research, helping to gather and analyze data, and learning research processes. Many say their research experience is the highlight of their undergrad experience – it’s great preparation for graduate school, and key to helping define their career path. All student researchers receive a stipend for their work.

Students are selected as apprentices or researchers in the college’s Undergraduate Research Award Program (URAP). They work alongside faculty on a variety of studies including Controlling Diabetes Through Activity and Nutrition, the Effects of Bioactive Food Components on Disease Prevention, Female ACL Injuries, Investigation of Unsustainable Consumption Behaviors in E-Commerce, Walk 4 Health in Ambulatory Persons with Disabilities, and Kindergarten Readiness.

During OSU’s Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence event in the spring, Leigh McLean MS ’10 and Luke Snelling BS ’10 took top honors and a cash prize for their URAP research projects. They were evaluated on their basic poster presentation, accuracy, content, and presenter interactions.

LIFE scholars are selected for summer internships through the college’s Center for Healthy Aging and assist faculty with research such as evaluating an exercise program that teaches balance, studying the acceptance and use of monitoring technologies that facilitate aging in place, and cognitive behavior in older adults.