Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Comparing Nursing and Engineering Education"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
Nursing and Engineering
Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to better understand how nursing and engineering students are similar and different in, for example, how they select their respective fields, are taught to critically think, collaborate with others, and gain their professional identities. What we learn will help us to share best practices across the two professional fields, and also, provide insight into how we might best incorporate systems engineering concepts into the nursing curriculum. Our research approach will be to collect data through (1) surveys that capture perceptions about identify and learning experiences, (2) reviews of student portfolios to assess the types of homework and exams the students are given, and (3) experiments to assess critical thinking and collaboration skills.
Expected Student Contributions:
Our team is at the very beginning of the research process on this project. We are excited about adding undergraduate research interns to our team because they will have domain expertise about the learning processes of nursing and engineering students. This expertise will make them integral members of our team. We also believe that the interns will have an opportunity to learn the research process as they help us develop our data collection tools and experimental designs, prepare our application materials to get permission to study human subjects, carryout the data collection activities , conduct analyses, and disseminate the results. In other words, interns working with us will have the chance to work on all aspects of the research and function as active members of our research team.
Related Website(s):
None
Desired Qualifications:
- Good course grades/strong academic standing (required) - Strong interest in research (required) - Reliable, organized, strong work ethics, strong communication skills (required) - Experience in either engineering and/or nursing (desired) - Prior research experience (desired)
Estimated Weekly Hours:
6
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
McComb, Sara
Deptartment/College:
Nursing/HHS and Industrial Engineering/Engineering

Student Supervisor

Name:
Sara McComb
Title:
Associate Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Senay Purzer
Deptartment/College:
Engineering Education/Engineering
Name:
Jane Kirkpatrick
Deptartment/College:
Nursing/HHS