Ten highly motivated undergraduate students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing have been selected to engage in research with faculty as part of the new Undergraduate Research Honors Program.
Each is a baccalaureate nursing students in their first year of study who will work with full-time faculty on an ongoing research project in an atmosphere that fosters an appreciation of research and its value to the nursing profession.
The first cohort of students, their mentors, and the studies on which they will work are:
Through their work with a faculty mentor, students will learn about the entire research process - proposal writing, obtaining funding, conducting the project, and reporting the results. "Students will pair with a faculty mentor on a research topic that interests both of them," says Jerilyn Allen, RN, ScD, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research. "The program will benefit both students and faculty alike."
Students will conduct a mini research project to facilitate the development of their research skills, and will be encouraged to develop an application for the Johns Hopkins University Provost's Undergraduate Research Award. They will also participate in a one-credit research elective for three semesters, consisting of topical seminars on nursing research.
"The goal of the program is to promote intellectual growth among a diverse group of highly motivated undergraduate students who aspire to learn more about nursing research," says Allen. "We hope that the program will encourage students to pursue advanced nursing degrees, such as an MSN or PhD, and continue to engage in nursing research and scholarship."