Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Food for the Heart"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2012 - DURI
Research area(s):
Human-Computer Interaction, Healthcare
Project Description:
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Preventing CHD or lowering the risk of the disease requires one to eat well-balanced meals. However, selecting well-balanced meals without helps from dietitians may be challenging because a patient should consider multiple nutritional factors. Thus, this study aims to provide a web-based interactive intervention system - which presents nutritional data of food items in a graphical and interactive manner. Using the system, a user will be able to track her meal plans. We would like to have enthusiastic undergraduate researchers to improve the website.
Expected Student Contributions:
I hope that the undergraduate researcher will help graduate students in our lab conduct interview / focus group studies to evaluate the behavioral outcomes resulted from using such website. The undergraduate researcher will also work on upgrading the website based on the feedback from users and patients.
Related Website(s):
Desired Qualifications:
A successful candidate should: - Be interested in how people make decisions - Have strong analytical skills - Enjoy working as a team - Have competency in communicating in spoken/written English - (Optionally) Have experiences in designing and conducting human-subject studies - (Optionally) Have experiences in computer programming (HTML/CSS, Ruby on Rails, PHP, ActionScript, and Object-C) - (Optionally) Have experiences in statistical analysis
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Yi, Ji Soo
industrial engineering

Student Supervisor

Bum chul Kwon
Graduate Research Assistant

Cooperating Faculty

Karen Yahle
School of Nursing