Public health undergraduate student Beatrice Abiero received national recognition for her poster presentation highlighting her summer research project at the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in November 2010.
Her project focused on identifying how social support (from parents or peers), psychosocial factors and youth perceptions about physical activity affect physical activity and physical activities outcomes among 7th and 8thgrade students.
She used a data set collected by her Penn State mentors collected from more than 500 students in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Analysis of the data from the project revealed significant correlations between social influences, positive youth perceptions about physical activity and physical activity outcomes with the strongest influence among social influence and psychosocial factors on youth perceptions about physical activity.
I chose the UA because of its public health program it is one of the few in the nation to offer a degree as an undergraduate, she said. She is in the process of developing a full manuscript on her research activities with the aim of getting it published. She graduates in May and will pursue graduate studies in public health policies.
Reported by Rebecca Ruiz-McGill, UA News
Kerton R. Victory, M.S., is the recipient of a $30,000 BioME Graduate Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year. He is a doctoral student in the Environmental Health Sciences program at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
BioME (Biodiversity from Molecules to Ecosystems) is a National Science Foundation-funded GK-12 Education program that places graduate students in K-12 classrooms in order to excite younger students about the life sciences. The program connects graduate students in the sciences with K-12 teachers throughout Tucson to enhance science learning. Graduate students get the opportunity to improve their science communication skills, and teachers benefit from collaborating with an active scientist.