Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Kidnect.us: Mapping family and children welfare resources using online services"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
social work, communication, web design, web mapping, GIS
Project Description:
Kidnect.us is a mapping platform for identifying family and children welfare services in the greater Lafayette area. Its main focus is to improve early, targeted interventions to help at risk families, children or their guardians to find the appropriate resources for preventing child abuse, drug abuse, family violence, and poor school performance. The mapping platform helps both ordinary users and service organizations to find and communicate with each other. The discovery and communication process takes place through the site http://kidnect.us. The site is at the prototype stage. We are in the process of building both new functionalities and content.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will work with the project coordinator to identify resources about children and family welfare in Greater Lafayette Area, populate the site kidnect.us with information, and adjust the interface of the site for enhanced usability. The intern will conduct web based research, write short presentation materials, enhance them with pictures, video clips, or maps and will publish them online.
Related Website(s):
kidnect.us
Desired Qualifications:
While some web design experience is desirable, adequate level of computer literacy and familiarity with web technologies is sufficient. Sophomore and Junior status preferred but not mandatory. GPA > 3.0 preferred.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
10
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
Matei, Sorin
Deptartment/College:
communication

Student Supervisor

Name:
Sorin Matei
Title:
Associate Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Jennifer Dobbs-Oates
Deptartment/College:
Consumer and Family Sciences