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Thomas Lab Research Team: National WIN Conference & Call for Membership!

Student Researchers 2013

Undergraduate student members of Dr. Jenifer Thomas' research team (l-r), Madison Struble (junior), Christin Brillinger (pre-nursing), Talisha Hobbs (junior), and Terra Harvey (junior) display their research poster that was presented at the national Western Institute of Nursing Conference in Anaheim, California this April. (Not pictured: Tori Emerson, senior).

Thomas Lab Team Travels to National Conference with Research Poster 

Christin Brillinger, Tori Emerson, Terra Harvey, and Madison Struble attended the Western Institute of Nursing Conference (WIN) in Anaheim, California in April and presented their research poster titled “Diet and Physical Activity among College Students with Type 1 Diabetes”. During the conference they attended many sessions, including those regarding the caring environment, evidence based practice, nursing education, mental health, and physical activity. The students discussed their project with attendees during their poster session, and received wonderful feedback and ideas. In fact, many of the professionals who spoke with them were impressed with their involvement in research!

Student quotes about their experience on the project and hopes for WIN:

  • I've loved working with this research team and it's really opened up my eyes to all that research has to offer, especially to the nursing field.  We have some pretty cool things to present at WIN, and I'm looking forward to hearing about other research projects! I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to attend!
    Tori Emerson, Senior

  • I have had such a great experience working with the UW nursing research team! I have been able to explore a new side of nursing and through our work this year; I have been able to see how research can help nurses learn about new ways to better help their patients. I hope that WIN will not only be an opportunity for me to learn more about research done in the field of nursing to help me in my future career as a nurse, but that the other students and nurses there will be able to learn from our research and be able to apply it to their careers as well.
    Christin Brillinger, Pre-Nursing

  • The research team has been working on a poster about physical activity in college students with type 1 diabetes for this year’s WIN conference.  In regards to this project I have helped with constructing the research question, literature searches, analyzing data, and creating the poster.  I had an amazing experience last year working with the team to create another poster and then presenting it at the WIN conference for the first time. I am also very excited about continuing to work on the manuscript we started at the beginning of the year regarding our prediabetes research. I never could have imagined that being a research assistant would come with so many wonderful learning opportunities. This year at WIN, my goal is for our team to be able to influence professionals in the nursing field about the importance of focusing on helping college students with type 1 diabetes manage their disease while still being able to enjoy all aspects of college. I look forward to learning about other cutting-edge research that is taking place in the nursing field. I also plan to enjoy the beautiful weather that California has to offer this time of year!
    Terra Harvey, Junior

  • Being a part of this research team has expanded my horizons, it has taught me true teamwork, brought new meaning to critical thinking, and has expanded my knowledge when looking at a patient holistically. This team takes each stage of the research process and collaborates on it together; this allows for insightful input, thinking outside-of-the box, and building evidence-based practice skills. Being a part of research as allowed me to pull knowledge from all aspects of my life to come together and create a whole picture.
    Madison Struble, Junior

Call for Pre-Nursing, Junior, and Senior Nursing Students for Thomas Lab Team Membership 

We plan to conduct interviews between May 1 and May 7. If you are interested in this opportunity or have questions, please contact Dr. Jenifer Thomas at jthoma41@uwyo.edu. Thank you for considering this opportunity in nursing research. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

We are researchers at the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing and are excited to offer 2-4 research positions in our lab for undergraduate students. Students can volunteer or receive research credit for conducting research and performing research-related activities during the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters. If you are a nursing student who is interested in the research-practice connection or is thinking about pursuing a graduate degree, this is a great opportunity to obtain experience in research and improve your personal curriculum vitae.

Broadly, our projects investigate the psychosocial influences and individual perceptions related to health behaviors associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Our most recent projects investigated: reasons for adherence to recommendations for type 2 diabetes risk reduction; relationship between diet and physical activity among college students with type 1 diabetes; and relationship between stress, coping, and diabetes self-care activities. These projects were presented at two national conferences (Society of Behavioral Medicine, Western Institute of Nursing) by members of the research team. Check out the pictures and updates on Facebook!  (search “University of Wyoming Thomas Research Lab and Courses”)

We are looking for students who can be available for 3-6 hours per week (volunteer or enroll for Independent Study (1-2 credits) under Dr. Jenifer Thomas). The student should be able to:

  •     Have flexible hours

  •     Provide schedule of availability in order to coordinate meetings

  •     Attend weekly research meetings

  •     Be reliable and self-motivating

  •     Work independently



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