Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August Prompt

Has your involvement this summer in community-based work impacted your motivation to engage further in community issues, research or service?

Absolutely! I know understand and appreciate the real world of research. I have gotten a better perspective by working in the community how important it is to ask the people that live there what they want, what they need instead of assuming that outsiders know what is best. For example I hypothesized that lack of transportation would be a barrier for teen mothers to achieve their educational goals, but none of the participants I have talked to even mentioned that as being an issue. What seems to be most important to them is to have some one help them to learn what options they have that will fit their personal situations best in order to achieve their educational goals.

What assistance will be most helpful to you in the fall semester in wrapping up your Bryan fellowship?

Nothing that I can think of at the moment.

Please share recommendations you would have for future Bryan Fellows knowing what you know now.

Make sure you have a good faculty mentor and community partner that a interested in your project being a success. Most importantly if you have a project that will need IRB approval, get help and over estimate the time it will take to go through that process.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What is the current status of your project?

My project has finally taken off! I have met with my community parnters, I have interviewed some teen mothers and some community experts.

How does your fellowship experience compare to your initial expectations?

My experience so far has been different from my initial expectations because things are so different when you are actually doing them versus writing it down on paper. Fortunately things are different for me in a good way, I am learning a lot more about the community than I thought I would.

What has been the most rewarding and challenging aspect of working with your community partner?

The most rewarding aspect of working with my community partner is their willingness to help me recruit participants and give me space to do the interviews. So far there have been no challenging aspects working with my community partner, they are always there to help.

What role has your faculty mentor played in guiding your work and helping you to address any problems that you have faced?

My faculty mentor has been the biggest help! She has referred me to some experts to help me through every step of the way. Her guidance is priceless and I take her suggestions to heart and trust her advice.

In what ways have you needed to be flexible?
I have needed to be flexible on timining of so many different things, like timining issues and determining what to do with the data that I am collecting.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

June Prompt


Well, I can't say that I thought the IRB process would be easy, but I didn't think it would take so much time either. It only took one week to get notice back from the IRB about my initial submission, but it took me so long to prepare the application and study materials. I hope to be making a revised submission tomorrow! While it has been a challenging process, I feel like I have learned a lot and commited to memory every single detail of my study. My initial submission including the application, consent forms, fact sheets, flyer and scripts was over 60 pages. My revised submission has added at least another 10 pages to the pile.

I have been fortunate to have a great faculty mentor who has gotten me in touch with some very helpful people throughout the process. I am so excited to finally get started with my interviews in Columbus County.


So far my scope has not shifted I still think I can accomplish what I intended to at the time of my initial proposal. However, anymore delays with the IRB process and I will have to adjust something. The core parts of my project is the focus group and the individual interviews with the teen mothers. My sample size of 10 is so small, I am hoping this works in my favor. Once I can actually start recruiting participants, I will post an update of how it is all going.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I did it!

I don't really know what I am doing, but I got this blog thing started :) It's just the small things you know...