Hallman Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Health Promotion - Spring 2022

Kate Flanagan

FRESH: Food-Related Education for Seniors’ Health

I was able to develop skills in creating and communicating age-specific, interactive, and user-friendly nutrition content from this experience. I gained a better understanding of how knowledge translation can be implemented into care practices and its potential benefit to older adults. Moving forward, my goal is to evaluate our educational tool kits, receiving feedback from residents and providers on their acceptability and effectiveness. The end aim is that these tool kits can be expanded beyond exclusive use in retirement living and become accessible to more independent living older adults, such as those living in supported living seniors apartment complexes or naturally occuring retirement communities.

Supervisor: Heather Keller

Shifra Fern-Weinbren

Feminist Theory in Tourism and Leisure Studies: A Scoping Review

“This fellowship has helped me expand my research experience, given me a lead author opportunity and has prompted a further interest in pursuing research and graduate school. The research skills I have gained through conducting this scoping review are highly transferable and can be applied to other areas of research and other methodologies. For example, reviewing scholarly publications is a crucial skill for researchers as it helps build on existing literature and helps identify gaps in the research that need to be addressed.”

Supervisor: Karla Boluk

Stephanie Steh

The Bitove Method: The Experiences of Transitioning Relational Caring Principles to an On-Line Platform

Many of the skills and the knowledge I gained through the Hallman Fellowship opportunity were rooted in growing my experience with the research processes. Dr. Dupuis provided me with countless opportunities to learn more about research methods, such as data collection procedures (research conversations, observations); the analysis and organization of anonymous data and transcripts; how to engage in participant interviews; as well as how to engage in the process of Critical Hermeneutic Creative Analysis – an analysis model that utilizes creative presentations to lay the grounds for delving more deeply into, and developing, the themes of the research data. Lastly, following engagement with these research processes, I had the opportunity to assist in developing a literature review on previous research on virtual programming, virtual art-based programming, and programming for those living with dementia, providing me with an understanding of the beginning stages of research writing.

Ultimately through participating in this process and engaging with the findings, I was able to reflect on my future research goals, focusing in on the possible altruistic values that could inspire them. In engaging with The Bitove Method Team, I was moved by the impact that their leisure programming and the application of relational caring had on their participants. As a result, this has inspired me to explore working on research which investigates leisure programming and/or relationality and how both or either of these subjects help to empower marginalized populations globally.

Supervisor: Sherry Dupuis

Huda Nasir

Dementia Resources for Eating, Activity and Meaningful Inclusion (DREAM) project

Supervisor: Laura Middleton