They arrived knowing next to nothing about literature reviews, databases, EPIC, Excel and PowerPoint, but by summer’s end, the School of Nursing’s latest crop of summer research interns emerged with a boatload of know-how after eight weeks working alongside faculty scholars tackling everything from perceptions about the HPV vaccine to analyses of the link between stress, geography and cancer.
Chosen from among dozens of applicants, the ten interns worked 40 hours a week in one of UVA’s few paid summer research internships. Mentored individually by faculty researchers and collectively by Linda Bullock, associate dean for research, and Beth Hundt, a PhD nursing student, the interns developed number crunching, spreadsheet, poster and presentation skills as well as those of the softer variety, like what it means to dress “business casual” and shared kitchen etiquette. They convened over lunch each week to hear from a roster of speakers who lent broader perspective on research and all that an RN can do.
“This group was heads down, working hard,” said Bullock, “and I can only imagine what kind of nurses they’re going to be. Their work propels our research agenda and really helps push us along, giving us the hand that we all really need.”
So what did they do this summer? Read on. >>