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How Undergraduate Research Became More Than a Resumé Enhancement

Olivia Means

The 2012 Summer Research Institute at the Florida Mental Health Research Institute (SRI@FMHI) was my introduction to the research process. The most exciting thing about this experience was the opportunity to develop my own research study. I really had to spend time thinking about what I was interested in researching. I thought about my past experiences and I realized I was interested in how people access health care services and how certain barriers prevent people from gaining adequate care.

What I enjoyed most about my project, Barriers to Seeking Help for Mental Health Issues in Women Ages 22 – 64, was the opportunity to speak with women about their mental health issues, hiding symptoms and difficulties accessing care. I remember spending a lot of time at the homeless facility where I recruited one group of participants. Many of the women were uncomfortable sharing their mental health diagnosis or needed help filling out the questionnaire, so I talked with them and waited patiently until they were ready to share. After completing the questionnaire, one woman thanked me. I thought she was referring to the compensation, but then she said, "It’s just nice to know that someone is asking these questions." Another woman from my University sample group commented that she learned so much about herself by participating in my study. I was so pleased to hear comments like these.

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Writing a Great Research Paper

Caitlyn Reese

Research papers aren’t easy. There’s so much work that goes into writing one, and doubly so if you want it to be a reliable paper. It may seem like you’re standing in front of an insurmountable cliff, but I have a few tips that can help you be the best research writer you can be, without driving yourself crazy! Plus, believe it or not, you may be able to turn what you think is just another paper, you trudged through for your composition class, into a publishable work of art. That is exactly what I decided to do with my final research paper for my sophomore writing class, and through perseverance and help from a great teacher, it was published in the URJHS. Here are some tips for you that will help, right from the start:

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School Bullying Hurts: Evidence of Psychological and Academic Challenges among Students with Bullying Histories.

Amanda Brandt, Krishny Zaveri, Ketty Fernandez, Lauraine Jondoh,
Evelyn Duran, Lindsey Bell, Jennifer Gutierrez, Nicole Benna, Daniel Cruz, Ph.D.*,
Caldwell College

Full text: www.kon.org/urc/v11/bullying/brandt.html

Part of the URJHS Special Edition on School Bullying

Abstract: Bullying carries a lifelong series of emotional scars that permanently affect children into adulthood. Bullying is associated with depression, anxiety, and poor school performance. Yet, despite considerable evidence, the effectiveness of bullying programs remains questionable. The current study examined the impact of bullying on the psychological well-being of students and on academic achievement, specifically in the area of reading comprehension. Results indicated that bullying was strongly associated with increased psychological problems and with poor reading comprehension performance. These results suggest that bullying results in student low academic achievement and implies that bullying programs must be monitored for effectiveness and anti-bullying enforced.

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Special Edition: School Bullying

Special Edition of the
Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences

Topic: School Bullying

Undergraduate students are eligible to submit papers on the theme of School Bullying for publication in the online Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human SciencesPapers submitted for consideration may describe student projects from research awards, seminars, independent studies, service-learning projects, or class projects in the student’s major. There are no deadlines; manuscripts are posted as they are approved for publication. The page, Bullying Research Ideas  (http://chapters.kon.org/bullying-research/research-ideas), may provide a starting point for research.

About the Journal: The Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences is an online national journal dedicated to the publication of undergraduate student research. The twofold purpose of the journal is to foster and reward the scholarly efforts of undergraduate human sciences students as well as to provide a valuable learning experience. The articles represent primarily the work of the undergraduate student(s). Faculty members, who deserve recognition, are identified by an asterisk next to their names. Undergraduate research not only bridges the gap between knowledge and experience but has the benefit of laying the groundwork for career exploration and development. The opportunity for undergraduates to publish in a national journal is an added value to the overall educational experience and to the process of self-discovery. The articles published in this journal will reflect appropriate scope and complexity for excellent undergraduate work. The basis for accepting papers for publication is the agreement among reviewers that the project and design are strong representatives of introductory level research.

Objectives: This theme serves one or more of these purposes: (a) assesses the impacts of bullying in the school setting; (b) evaluates action taken by individuals, families, schools, and communities that contributes to and/or ameliorates school bullying; (c) considers the place of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender in relation to school bullying; (d) examines action taken by families and schools that prevents cyberbullying; and (e) proposes courses of action to bring an end to school bullying.

Overview: Kappa Omicron Nu launched the Bullying – Service Learning Initiative in August 2012 as part of its Social Responsibility theme. The Bullying Service-Learning Initiative Website provides background information and resources for service-learning programs and research related to the problem of bullying as it exists in schools throughout the United States. Kappa Omicron Nu chapters and other student and community groups are invited to use this Website.

Because society is transformed most productively from the bottom up in the spheres of environmental, social, and economic change, Kappa Omicron Nu chapters and other student groups have an opportunity to make an impact in the larger community. The objective of this Bullying Initiative is to create conditions that make it possible for all individuals to get along and function better in or out of the school setting.

Call for Papers: URJHS Special Edition on School Bullying

Call for Undergraduate Research Papers
for Publication in a Special Edition of the
Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences
Topic: School Bullying


Undergraduate students are eligible to submit papers on the theme of School Bullying for publication in the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences (and on the Website described below). Papers submitted for consideration may describe student projects from research awards, seminars, independent studies, service-learning projects, or class projects in the student’s major.
Objectives: This theme serves one or more of these purposes: (a) assesses the impacts of bullying in the school setting; (b) evaluates action taken by individuals, families, schools, and communities that contributes to and/or ameliorates school bullying; (c) considers the place of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender in relation to school bullying; (d) examines action taken by families and schools that prevents cyberbullying; and (e) proposes courses of action to bring an end to school bullying.
Read more at http://chapters.kon.org/bullying/call-for-papers-urjhs