Students play an active role in the work of the Institute. There are opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students to be research trainees. Visit our site on a regular basis to keep abreast of upcoming student opportunities such as research assistant positions, summer research internships and postdoctoral fellowships.
Benefits of being a student associated with the Institute include the following opportunities:
Erin Ptolemy is a Master's student in Social Work at UBC Okanagan. She has been involved with the Institute since its inception as a Research Assistant, and is currently working on a number of projects that are supported by the Institute. As Erin explains:
"Involvement with the Institute has been greatly beneficial to my academic career. It has allowed me to network with UBC faculty members and other researchers, attend workshops sponsored by the Institute, develop and refine my research skills in a supportive environment, and work with and be mentored by leading researchers in the field of chronic disease prevention.
Through my involvement in the Institute, I have developed my thesis topic and supervisory committee, and have received CIHR funding for the past two years as a result of my mentorship with Joan Bottorff. I am fortunate that my thesis work has spun out of an Institute project that I had previously been involved with- Smoking and Breast Cancer Messages for Young Women."
Erin is doing an analysis of an online survey examining young women's responses to information about tobacco exposure as a risk factor for premenopausal breast cancer, and developing recommendations for age and gender-sensitive messaging to young women (aged 15-24) about tobacco and breast cancer risk reduction.
Anna Chan graduated from UBC's Faculty of Science and is currently in the Dietetics program at UBC. She is a research assistant working with Joan Bottorff on the FACET 2 (A Gender Analysis of Tobacco Use in Families During Pregnancy, Postpartum and Early Childhood) and FACET 3 (Translating Knowledge into Tailored Interventions for Women and Men to Address Tobacco Use During Pregnancy and Postpartum) projects. She is also working on the iTAG (Investigating Tobacco and Gender) research team. Anna commented:
"Working on these projects has been empowering. I have excellent support from team members who continually challenge me to take on new tasks and work beyond the scope of my field."
The IHLCDP is pleased to welcome our Fall 2010 Students, Adam Fulton and Katie Lewall.
Our 2010 Summer Students were Kaitlin Lee-Bun and Karly Drabot.
Kayla MacKinnon is about to start her fourth and final year of the Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies Program offered through the Faculty of Health and Social Development at UBC Okanagan. She has spent the summer working in the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention with Dr. Joan Bottorff as a Student Intern for the BC Child and Youth Health Research Network. She is doing research related to teen/youth pregnancy, alcohol and tobacco, and intervention programs that target this population. Her research interests are in addictions and mental health in young women. After completing her Bachelor's degree, Kayla plans include a year of travel in Europe and then returning to graduate school in Canada.
Kelly Brennan is a fourth year Bachelor of Social Work student at UBCO and has a previous BA in psychology with a minor in French and Women's Studies. She is conducting systematic literature reviews for Dr. Peter Hutchinson, postdoctoral fellow at the IHLCDP, on library databases. Dr. Hutchinson is researching the health benefits of harvesting among the Metis First Nations in the Okanagan. As Kelly describes her association with the Institute:
"Being a student associated with the Institute has taught me much about the research process and has provided me with a great experience that will be beneficial when I take my Masters of Social Work. I was surprised how applicable this summer position is to my area of study because it is allowing me to learn more about the Metis population, which will be beneficial in my social work practice. I appreciate working with someone as knowledgeable and understanding as Peter. He is always available for me to ask questions and I feel as though I learn something new each time I meet with him to discuss the work that I have done. The institute has provided me with the kind of work environment that fits best for me, which is supportive yet flexible."
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