Undergraduate Research

The Family and Consumer Sciences Department continuously offers experiential learning opportunities for students to work with FCS faculty mentors as well as local organizations on research and service projects. For example, FCS Dietetic major Sarah Wagner (’18) is collaborating with Family House, a Peoria Healthcare Hospitality Home, to evaluate the organization’s Meal Program, which Sarah helped streamline.

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Two FCS students, Aimee Moy and Jenny Miller, are assisting the Child Life Specialist at Children’s Hospital of Illinois in an effort to reduce children’s worry, and assess the effectiveness of their program. These students are joining other FCS majors in submitting their work to the Bradley Student Scholarship EXPO, conferences, and journals.

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For example, FCS Dietetic major Kaela Giles’ research manuscript entitled Influence of gender and social setting on college student food choices was published in the December 2016 issue of the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences.

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Recent FCS Student Accomplishments

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Abigail Craft, ’16, FCS Hospitality Leadership
Assessing the motivations and barriers of special event volunteers, Best Poster Award at the Conference of the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE), 2015; Bradley Student Scholarship EXPO Poster Presentation, Winner OSP Award for Multidisciplinary Research, 2016.

Annie Drummond, ’16, FCS Retail Merchandising Bradley University Tartan Plaid Design Competition and Merchandising Plan. Resulted in tartan products sold at the Bradley Bookstore; profit toward FCS student scholarship.

Kaela Giles, ’16, FCS Dietetics
Influence of gender and social setting on college student food choices. Bradley Student Scholarship EXPO Poster Presentation. Published in the December 2016 issue of the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences.

Julia Kulik & Emily Foss, ’16, FCS Dietetics
Acute effects of high protein compared to high carbohydrate breakfasts on resting energy expenditure, glucose concentrations, satiety, and subsequent caloric consumption. Bradley Student Scholarship EXPO Poster Presentation, Winner College Award. Poster Presentation, Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE®), 2016.

Megan Price, ’17, FCS Dietetics
Calories or protein - which matters more for injury prevention in Bradley Athletes? Bradley Student Scholarship EXPO Poster Presentation, 2016. Submitted to Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences.

Genevieve Prushinski, ’17, FCS Dietetics
“The Freshman 15”: Prevalence and predictors of weight gain among college freshmen students. Bradley Student Scholarship EXPO Poster Presentation, Winner Provost’s Award, 2016. Poster Presentation, Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE®), 2017. Accepted for presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association’s 2017 meeting.

Carolyn Stewart, ’17, FCS Hospitality Leadership
Investigating factors affecting food neophobia, ISTTE Conference Poster Presentation, 2015.