Office of Undergraduate Research

U_REACH Undergraduate Research Experiences in Adolescent and Child Health

The U-REACH program is accepting applications from UWM undergraduate students to work alongside faculty members who are conducting research on a variety of topics in child and adolescent health. This program is focused on exposing students to research methods across the broad range of child health issues. U-REACH is ideal for students planning on attending graduate school, medical school, or professional school after graduation. U-REACH is made possible through funding provided by the UWM Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). Areas of Focus: You may apply with an identified mentor, or apply without one and we will match you up. Because this is a transdisciplinary program, you may be matched with a mentor outside you own department or college. We have potential mentors across the UWM campus and at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and we define child health broadly. Some examples of research conducted by our mentors include: coping with pediatric chronic illness, family effects of parental substance abuse, health literacy, childrens feeding problems, genetic disorders, autism, fetal and infant growth, self-management of chronic conditions, breastfeeding, pharmacogenomics, regimen adherence, child maltreatment, social policy, childrens development of motor control, transitions to young adulthood, attachment, multicultural development and identity, yoga, quality of life, parenting practices, special needs adoption, parental incarceration, early language development, poverty, acupuncture, adolescent risk-taking, and environmental effects on development. Paid Research Experience: Participants can be paid for 10 hours/week during the academic year and 20 hours/week during the summer. (Pay ranges from $9-11/hr depending on project, experience and/or number of academic credits completed to date. Other Program Components: In addition to time spent with their research mentor(s), participants attend seminars focused on child and adolescent health research across disciplines and research presentations outside their home department. Senior Projects: Seniors in the program may work toward completion of a senior thesis or similar project under the direction of their mentor.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Student tasks and responsibilities will vary by project . In addition to time spent with their research mentor(s), participants attend seminars focused on child and adolescent health research across disciplines and research presentations outside their home department.