“Challenges have become fun problem-solving tasks for me rather than frustrations in my research experience.”
Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Keryn Pasch, Kinesiology and Health Education
Briefly describe your research project.
I am currently developing a protocol to classify advertisements and food and beverage items found in Austin middle schools along healthy and unhealthy parameters.
What was the most rewarding part of your research experience?
The most rewarding part of my research experience is figuring out how to overcome some of the dilemmas that arise, such as determining how to decide whether certain items should be considered healthy or unhealthy, because often it is not obvious.
How has participating in research affected your undergraduate experience?
It has made me feel like I am contributing to UT in ways that will benefit more than just me. Also, research gives me an opportunity to really connect with graduate students and my professor to build a different set of relationships that is not possible from just taking classes.
What surprised you during the research process?
What seems like an obvious solution often has multiple layers and requires further assessment. What is even more surprising to me is that those challenges have become fun problem-solving tasks for me rather than frustrations in my research experience.
Do you think getting involved in research will be helpful to you in the future? If so, how?
Research will definitely help me in my future. It has taught me to look at things from different viewpoints. It has also made me more analytical and more patient.
What advice would you give to incoming and current students about getting involved in research?
Seek out professors and seek out different sources to find research. If you do not like a research experience the first time, try another one. I thought that working in a wet lab would be what I liked, given that I am a science student, but instead, I found my passion in research working in a behavioral lab in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.
Research Week showcases the exciting work of undergraduates across campus and highlights opportunities for students interested in getting involved. Co-sponsored by the Senate of College Councils and the School of Undergraduate Studies, Research Week takes place April 15-19 this year. Take a look at the online schedule of events to find out more about Research Week events.