Hereford Scholars Research Program

The Hereford Scholars Research Program introduces students to academic research through a two-part approach: hands-on research with a faculty Fellow and classroom instruction. For the duration of one semester, students work between 3-5 hours per week with a faculty Fellow on research tasks related to the Fellow's current research project. Students simultaneously enroll in a one-credit "Discovering Academic Research" course at Hereford College covering such topics as searching library databases; reading scholarly journal articles; writing research questions; research ethics; and communicating research. The program is open to first, second, and third year Hereford members who are enrolled full-time at UVa. Application information will be available here later in the Fall semester.

2016 Hereford Research Program 

Project Descriptions: 

Learning How to Design  
Faculty: Reid Bailey 
Department: Systems and Information Engineering
Research Focus: Research will be focused on identifying how to best educate students to learn effective design behaviors, with a particular focus on engineering design and interdisciplinary teamwork on design teams. 
Job Description: Students will interview several students as a follow up to a study1 done over the past few years.  In the study, we demonstrated that a certain way of teaching engineering design shows giant gains in learning compared to other ways of teaching engineering design.  The interviews would be aimed at engaging students in the class to describe what about the class was most influential in their learning. No prior experience with educational research methods (e.g., interviewing) is necessary.  The ideal candidate would be detail-oriented with strong organizational skills and good communication skills.
 
Oral Histories of Resurrection City 
Faculty: John Alexander 
Department: SHANTI Sciences, Humanities
Research Focus: Students will aid in working on developing oral histories for an on going project of the Resurrection City: http://bit.ly/ResurrectionCityResearch
 
History of Observatory Mountain
Faculty: Nancy Takahashi
Department: Landscape Architecture
Specialization: landscape design and technology; school gardens and food communities; design/build projects 
Research Focus: I am working on a project to create a history of Observatory Mountain (a.k.a. Mt. Jefferson) at U.Va. (and where Hereford College happens to sit!)
Job Description: The student will work with university archival materials in the Special Collection Library and other pertinent local resources to piece together a historical narrative on the hill and its relationships to the founding and development of the university Grounds. There will be a particular focus on the history of water supply and dumping waste on the hill. Students will learn valuable skills in doing primary research in the library and also spend time on Observatory Mountain to correlate the information found in the library with field conditions.
 
Brides of Christ: The Making of a Metaphor in Late Antiquity 
Faculty: Karl Shuve 
Department: Religious Studies
Research Focus: It might seem to us to be a provocative idea that Jesus was married, but Christians in the ancient and medieval worlds regularly spoke of Jesus as having not just one bride, but many. They asserted that Jesus was married to the church (ie., the global community of Christians), as well as to each person who showed exceptional commitment to religious practice, especially nuns (ie., celibate women), who were said to have Jesus as a husband instead of an ordinary man. Where did this curious idea come from and how has it shaped Western culture? That is the question that I am answering in this book project through an analysis of a wide range of ancient texts and material evidence (such as art and architecture). The Hereford Research Scholar will have an opportunity to learn about religion, gender, and culture in the ancient world and their resonances in the modern world, as well as the basic principles of research in the humanities (how to read documents closely, find and assess scholarly resources, and put them together into a broader argument). No knowledge of Christianity or coursework in Religious Studies is necessary. 
 
HIV Research 
Faculty: Rebecca Dillingham 
Department: Global Health
Research Focus: Students will aid in analysis of data in relation to HIV research in the Global Health Department. Analysis of survey data will encompass a number of topics such as perceptions of HIV providers of the Affordable Care Act. More specifically how perceptions of the opportunity to enroll in insurance by providers may influence their willingness to recommend it to their patients. Students can also be review data on health outcomes of people living with HIV in Virginia or meta-data collected through an app for people living with HIV and how stress and/or mood is related to health outcomes. 
 
Mobile Learning with Student Athletes
Faculty:  Paul Harris 
Department: Education
Research Focus: Students will be focusing on how mobile learning can be used with student athletes in high school and college settings. 
 
Biobanking Survey - Cancer Center
Faculty: Wendy Cohn & Jake Boyd 
Department: Public Health Sciences
Research Focus: Students will be assisting with a brief, Cancer Center pilot survey on biobanking, genetic analysis, and research consent. We will be approaching roughly 35-40 people in the waiting rooms of five ambulatory clinics of the health system and asking them to participate in a brief, semi-structured interview. This semi-structured interview will be facilitated by a seven-question survey, which I have prepared. 
Job Description: The students will be responsible for identifying interviewees in the ambulatory clinic, approaching them, engaging them with the survey questions in order to facilitate discussion, and recording their responses as best as possible with pen and paper. Students will be prepped with background information about biobanking, genetic analysis, research consent, and hospital etiquette/policies prior to “sending them out” into the clinics.