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AU Scholars | Spring 2016 Research Courses

Improving the Health of the Community: Evidence-Based Public Health Research

Course Time: T 8:55am -- 11:35am

Is the “Freshmen 15” real, and do students’ food choices change from high school to college?  Should the HPV vaccine be required for incoming students at AU on an opt-out basis?  Do food-stamp recipients use the government-sponsored program as intended?  How can we prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria?  How does media affect stigma regarding mental health?  Does air quality affect walkability and “healthiness” of a city? These are just some of the questions addressed by freshmen in previous semesters of this course.  Come find a question that you’re passionate about!

In this course, students work in groups of 2 to 4 to identify and conduct research on a question of their choosing.  Skills developed depend on the type of research, but include critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and communication. 

Each student group will create a poster presentation to be discuss their research at the Robyn Rafferty Matthias CAS Student Research Conference at the end of March.  Students will also present their research question, methods, results and conclusions at the AU Scholars Research Conference at the end of the spring semester.