On April 28, Pitt Nursing recognized graduating students who have taken part in the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program (URMP) while working towards their BSN.
The URMP offers students the chance to improve their academic performance and develop strong critical thinking abilities by introducing students to research methods and having them engage in faculty-led projects and scholarships.
“I’ve enjoyed my experience in working in URMP,” said graduating student Alexa Lavanchy during Thursday’s recognition event. “My time here has been enjoyable.”
“I loved being on this project and had so much fun,” said graduating student Kiley Roche.
Roche is one of two students who worked with Pitt Nursing faculty member Dr. Sue Wesmiller, RN, FAAN, as their mentor. The students worked on Dr. Wesmiller’s Treatment-Induced Nausea and Vomiting study.
“She was the glue that kept our research together,” said Dr. Wesmiller. “I can’t even tell you how wonderful it’s been to have (Kiley Roche and Danielle Shermock) on our team.”
URMP allows students to undertake research tasks such as data collection and management, abstract/proposal writing, preparation of IRB protocols, and dissemination of results. Mentors help students learn how to define a research question or problem, explore potential solutions, and test the validity of a proposed solution.
“I had a wonderful time and you really pushed me,” Isabelle Tam said about her mentor and Pitt Nursing faculty member, Dr. Betty Braxter, CNM, RN, FAAN. “I look up to you as a mentor and am very thankful for this opportunity.”
In addition, URMP students submit abstracts annually to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
Students who participate in the program for four or more terms are eligible for URMP cords that are worn at commencement.
Since its creation in 2008, the URMP has enrolled hundreds of BSN students, matching them to faculty mentors and projects. For more information: https://www.nursing.pitt.edu/research/undergraduate-research-mentorship-program-urmp