Public Health’s Office of Undergraduate Studies plays key role in CREATTE Scholars Program Initiative

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The Office of Undergraduate Studies in the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health is pleased to announce receipt of seven awards for the CREATTE Scholars Program—the most awarded to any other college at the university.  The CREATTE Scholars Program at the University of South Florida is provides faculty funding to support and enhance undergraduate research activities in structured courses.

The USF Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) supports the CREATTE Scholars Program with funding for up to 20 faculty with $1,000 in supplies and 30 hours of graduate student support during the Fall 2012 and/or Spring 2013 semesters.  The OUR is also initiating an Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award for those involved in this initiative that will include travel funds for professional development.

Awardees from the College of Public Health include:

  • Marie Bourgeois, PhD, for ‘K12 Outreach’
  • Alison Oberne, MPH, for ‘Do College Courses Lead to an Improvement in Personal Health?’ and ‘Healthy Campus: A Wellness Approach to USF Student Well-Being’
  • Kay Perrin, PhD, MPH, for ‘Let’s Find Out if All Undergraduate Public Health Degrees and Programs are Similar’ and ‘Compare Public Health in 1922 with 2012: Conducting Qualitative Research Using an Actual 1922 Diary’
  • Rene Salazar, PhD, for ‘Desired Qualifications for Landing an Environmental/Occupational Health Job in Florida‘ and ‘Does Use of Personal Listening Devices During Work Pose Hearing Loss Risks to Workers?‘

A total of 73 undergraduate students were selected to participate with the respective public health faculty, who are currently in the initial planning phases of their work.  The results of the research will be disseminated by various methods, to include presentation at the Annual USF Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium on April 17, 2013.

“We are very pleased that the Office of Undergraduate Studies at the College of Public Health is playing such a vital role in creating meaningful research experiences for undergraduate students, which serve to promote these and future activities within the USF community,” said Kay Perrin, PhD, MPH, associate professor and director, undergraduate studies.

Story by Rene Salazar, PhD, College of Public Health