Undergraduates throughout Temple University are getting an opportunity to imagine and enact their own research with the help of a new program from the College of Public Health (CPH).
Currently in the first phase of a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, the Academic-Community Partnerships to Address Obesity and Health Literacy, led by Alice Hausman, CPH department chair, seeks to “[craft] a long-term research agenda examining health literacy and obesity prevention. “
The program affords students like Robin Hibbard’16 the opportunity to create computer literacy at Advocate Café, a North Philadelphia soup kitchen. This project is just one example of how students are conducting their own original investigations by collaborating with community organizations. “It’s not just research for us – it’s learning on a human level,” said Hibbard.
“These are small and contained projects that will be directly useful for the organizations; the students can do qualitative work they wouldn’t normally have a chance to do as undergraduates,” says Hausman. “The professors can guide students through this process and help them pursue their research interests.”
Hausman continued, “if you want to make an immediate impact, you need to understand the whole picture.”
Read more about the project in Temple's alumni bulletin.