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Lillian Lin

Lillian Lin
Major: 
Nursing (Honors)

Lillian’s undergraduate research topic is Factors Affecting Weight Management in College Students Living in Dormitories.

“Participating in research has put me into a leadership role amongst the peers in my class.”

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Gayle Timmerman, Nursing

Briefly describe your research project.

My research question focused on what strategies and barriers are used to maintain weight among freshman and sophomore students living in university dorms.

What was the most rewarding part of your research experience?

The most satisfying part of my research experience was the opportunity to conduct and present my own research study, discovering the things that interest me, being innovative about how I wanted to complete my project, and having my research poster hanging on the wall of the Nursing school for all the students and faculty to see.

How has participating in research affected your undergraduate experience?

I have gained a considerable amount of knowledge through my research study. Finding articles for my research study has helped me in writing research papers for my other classes, since I am already familiar with different databases. Participating in research has also put me into a leadership role amongst the peers in my class.

What surprised you during the research process?

What surprised me about the research process was how time-consuming it was. However, seeing how much I have accomplished because of research is something that I will never regret.

Do you think getting involved in research will be helpful to you in the future? If so, how?

Definitely! It will help me when I start working in magnet hospitals that are research-based because I come from a school that uses the most current evidence-based practices in healthcare and will have no trouble implementing and teaching those practices to others.

What advice would you give to incoming and current students about getting involved in research?

Don’t pass up the opportunity! Research is everywhere—it is explored by all fields of study and is ever-present in our daily lives. You have the chance to expand your horizons and find your passion. Not only do you increase your knowledge and skills in the area you choose, but also you gain connections with the people you work with that can help you in the future.

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.