Undergraduate Research Activities in Child and Family Studies

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

A. Faculty Mentor for Research Grants Funded by Weber State University Office of Undergraduate Research

Chris, Andrew & Burton, Michelle (2010).  The impact of religiosity on blended family 
dynamics as moderated by dyadic adjustment (funded).  Paul Schvaneveldt, Faculty Mentor

Parker, Tracylynn (2007).  Family dynamics and coping of parents with an Autistic child (funded).  Paul Schvaneveldt, Faculty Mentor

Mellor, Cassidy (2005).  National Council on Family Relations Association of Affiliates Study (funded).  Paul Schvaneveldt, Faculty Mentor

Bright, Jeffrey, (2004).  Grandparents raising grandchildren: Affects on physical and mental health (funded). Paul Schvaneveldt, Faculty Mentor

Students in Child and Family Studies have the opportunity to be involved in research learning activities. Students can be involved by doing original research projects. Students also have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Office of Undergraduate Research to support their research project. To be involved please contact the CHF Faculty Member in your area of interest.

Four separate student projects have won national awards for their research activities and dozens have presented their projects at academic conferences. Students in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2011 won the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper awarded by the National Council on Family Relations.

2011 National Council on Family Relations Winners of the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper - Andrew Chris and Michelle Burton.

2006 National Council on Family Relations Winners of the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper

From Left to Right: Jacob Priest, Misty Burnett, Rachel Thompson, & Ann Vogal

Benefits of Undergraduate Research Involvement

  • Preparation for graduate school
  • Opportunity to travel and present research findings at conference
  • Contributing to our knowledge and understanding of families and children
  • Excellent qualifications for graduate school or employment
  • Deeper learning and understanding


Dr. Paul Schvaneveldt as Faculty Member Research Grants Funded by Weber State University Office of Undergraduate Research

Chris, Andrew & Burton, Michelle (2010). The impact of religiosity on blended family dynamics as moderated
       by dyadic adjustment (funded). Paul Schvaneveldt, Faculty Mentor

Parker, Tracylynn (2007).  Family dynamics and coping of parents with an Autistic child (funded).  
       Paul Schvaneveldt, Faculty Mentor

Mellor, Cassidy (2005).  National Council on Family Relations Association of Affiliates Study (funded).  
       Paul Schvaneveldt, Faculty Mentor

Bright, Jeffrey, (2004).  Grandparents raising grandchildren: Affects on physical and mental health (funded).
       Paul Schvaneveldt, Faculty Mentor

Dr. Paul Schvaneveldt as Faculty Member for Research Papers Presented at National and Regional Academic Conferences (selected)

Busk, P. & Schvaneveldt, P.L. (2012).  Parental influences on adolescent social 
competence among Bolivian youth.  Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.  
Busk, P. & Schvaneveldt, P.L. (2012).  Parental influences on adolescent social 
competence among Bolivian youth.  Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.  
Chris, A., & Burton, M. (November, 2011).  The impact of religiosity on step-family 
dynamics as moderated by dyadic adjustment.  Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.  Winner of the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper awarded by NCFR.
Malan, H., Westergard, S. (April, 2010). Influences that Affect Family Meal Frequency: 
A Study on Reasons for Family Meals.  Paper presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Logan, UT.
Caulford, N. (February, 2010).  The preferences and practices of couple formation in 
Guatemala City and San Pedro Guatemala.  Paper presented at the Weber State University Day at the Capitol, Salt Lake City, UT.
Schvaneveldt, P.L., & *Caulford, N. (2010, November).  Couple formation practices 
and preference in two Guatemalan populations.  Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
Mercado, J., Nash, E., Shekarfaroosh, C., & Stratton, L. (March, 2009).  Forgiveness 
in relation to marital satisfaction.  Paper presented at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration, Weber State University, Ogden, UT.
Stringham, M. (March, 2009).  Can’t buy me love: A test of Chapman’s love language 
theory.  Paper presented at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Celebration, Weber State University, Ogden, UT.
Anderson, R., Beus, M., Petersen, B. (March, 2009).  She loves me, she loves me not.  
Paper presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Provo, UT.

Busk, P. & Schvaneveldt, P.L. (2012). Parental influences on adolescent social competence among
       Bolovian youth.
Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting,
       Phoenix, AZ.

Chris, A., & Burton, M. (November, 2011).  The impact of religiosity on step-family dynamics as moderated by
      dyadic adjustment.
  Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Orlando,
       FL. 
Winner of the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper awarded by NCFR.

Malan, H., Westergard, S. (April, 2010). Influences that Affect Family Meal Frequency: 
A Study on Reasons for Family Meals.  Paper presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Logan, UT.
Malan, H., Westergard, S. (April, 2010). Influences that affect family meal frequency: A study on
      reasons
 for family meals. Paper presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations Annual Conference,
      Logan, UT

Dr. Wei Qiu as Faculty Mentor of Student Conference Presentations

Wei Qiu as Faculty Mentor of Student Conference Presentations  

National

Qiu, W., Hicks, T., Harper, J., & Cassel, C. (2012, November). Developmentally appropriate use of iPads in an early childhood program. 1 ½-hour session presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Harper, J., & Qiu, W. (2012, March). Parenting attitudes and practices of American parents with young children. Poster presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Ogden, Utah.

Spencer, T., Allen, A., Collings, A., Chris, N., & Smith, M. (2012, March). A comparative study of youth and parent/guardian perceptions of risk factors. Oral session presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Ogden, Utah.

Carboni, C., Qiu, W., & Kwok, A. (2011, April). Helping children “move” away from childhood obesity.  One-hour session presented at the 2011 the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, San Diego, California. 

Qiu, W., Carboni, C., & Kwok, A. (2010, November). Helping Children “Move” away from Childhood Obesity:  An intervention program in Head Start. One-hour session presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Anaheim, California.

Kwok, A. (not accepted). Moving away from childhood obesity: A multidimensional intervention program in Head Start. Submitted to the 14th Annual Posters on the Hill 2010, Washington, DC.

State

Morgan, P., Washburn, M., Buck, D., Garrett, K., & Baggs, K. (April 5, 2013). The effects of employment on college students' academic performance. Poster presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Orem, Utah.

Grange, J. Y., Eaglehorn, A., Willford, L., & Zimmerman, J. (April 5, 2013). In what ways do college students cope with the stress of balancing multiple responsibilities. Poster presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Orem, Utah.

Van Patten, B., Frandsen, S., Anderson, S., Knight, T., & Harmon, R. (February 7, 2013). Technology: For better or worse? Poster presented on WSU Day at the Capitol, Salt Lake City, Utah.   

McFarlane, D., Camarella, J., Melotti, N., Freeland, B., & Montierth, A. (April, 2012). Protecting against adolescent substance use. Poster presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
Barth, K., Brown, M., Deru, M., Howell, J., & Jolly, R.  (April, 2012). Are adolescent curfews effective? A study of how curfews effect risky behavior. Paper presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Spencer, T., Allen, A., Collings, A., Chris, N., & Smith, M. (April, 2012). Parent and youth perceptions of risk factors that lead to juvenile delinquency.  Paper presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Wallace, J., Savage, S., & Weaver, J.  (April, 2012). Impacts of being a married college student. Paper presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Budd, D., Dille, D., Dille, E., & Qiu, W. (April 1, 2011). Student associations: Hidden treasure in the university landscape. Paper presented at the 2011 Utah Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Ogden, Utah.

Budd, D., Dille, D., & Dille, E. (February, 2011). An evaluation of the WSU CFSSA:  Examining the motivating and discouraging factors which influence student involvement. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, Ogden, Utah.

Local

Karlsen, A. (March 25, 2013). College tennis players: Pressure, abuse, support, and involvement from parents. Poster presented at the WSU 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Ogden, Utah. 

Spencer, T. (March 25, 2013). A comparative study of youth and parent/guardian perceptions of risk factors that lead to adolescent delinquency. Oral presentation made at the WSU 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Ogden, Utah.   

Van Patten, B., Frandsen, S., Anderson, S., Knight, T., & Harmon, R. (March 25, 2013). Technology: For better or worse? Poster presented at the WSU 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Ogden, Utah.   

Washburn, M., Morgan, P., Buck, D., Garrett, K., & Baggs, K. (March 25, 2013). The effects of employment on college students' academic performance. Oral presentation made at the WSU 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Ogden, Utah.   

Harper, J., Harper, A., Hoog, D., Viall, C., & Ward, A. (March 28, 2011). Displays and views of affection in adulthood as influenced by childhood environment. Oral presentation made at the WSU 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Ogden, Utah.   

Dawson, M., Palick, T., & Thompson, C. (March 28, 2011). Undergraduate students' changing their academic majors. Poster presented at the WSU 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Ogden, Utah.   

Kwok, A., & Taylor, D. (March, 2010). Moving away from childhood obesity. Poster presented at the WSU 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Ogden, Utah. 

Qiu, W., Hicks, T., Harper, J., & Cassel, C. (2012, November). Developmentally appropriate use of iPads in an
     early childhood program
. 1 ½-hour session presented at the National Association for the Education of Young
     Children Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Harper, J., & Qiu, W. (2012, March). Parenting attitudes and practices of American parents with young
     children. Poster presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Ogden, Utah.

Spencer, T., Allen, A., Collings, A., Chris, N., & Smith, M. (2012, March). A comparative study of youth and
     parent/guardian perceptions of risk factors
. Oral session presented at the National Conference on
     Undergraduate Research, Ogden, Utah.

Carboni, C., Qiu, W., & Kwok, A. (2011, April). Helping children “move” away from childhood obesity.  One-hour
     session presented at the 2011 the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
     Convention, San Diego, California.

Qiu, W., Carboni, C., & Kwok, A. (2010, November). Helping Children “Move” away from Childhood Obesity:  An
      intervention program in Head Start
. One-hour session presented at the National Association for the Education
      of Young Children Annual Conference, Anaheim, California.

Morgan, P., Washburn, M., Buck, D., Garrett, K., & Baggs, K. (April 5, 2013). The effects of employment on
     college students' academic performance
. Poster presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations Annual
     Conference, Orem, Utah.

Grange, J. Y., Eaglehorn, A., Willford, L., & Zimmerman, J. (April 5, 2013). In what ways do college students cope
     with the stress of balancing multiple responsibilities
. Poster presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations
     Annual Conference, Orem, Utah.

Van Patten, B., Frandsen, S., Anderson, S., Knight, T., & Harmon, R. (February 7, 2013). Technology: For better or
     worse?
Poster presented on WSU Day at the Capitol, Salt Lake City, Utah.   

Barth, K., Brown, M., Deru, M., Howell, J., & Jolly, R.  (April, 2012). Are adolescent curfews effective? A study

     of how curfews effect risky behavior. Paper presented at the Utah Council on Family Relations Annual
     Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Harper, J., Harper, A., Hoog, D., Viall, C., & Ward, A. (March 28, 2011). Displays and views of affection in
    adulthood as influenced by childhood environment
. Oral presentation made at the WSU 8th Annual
    Undergraduate Research Symposium, Ogden, Utah.   

Dawson, M., Palick, T., & Thompson, C. (March 28, 2011). Undergraduate students' changing their academic
    majors.
Poster presented at the WSU 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Ogden, Utah.   


Dr. Daniel Hubler as Faculty Mentor of Student Research

Age At First Marriage Project--Dr. Pamela Payne, Colby Pomeroy, Chelsey Mayer, David Dille, and I are designing two surveys exploring unique moderators and mediators to associations between a person's age at first marriage and his/her relationship outcomes (marital satisfaction and stability).

Shared vs. Unshared Media Usage and Relationship Outcomes--Dr. Pamela Payne, Kendall Ence, Stephanie Ence, Preston Morgan, and I are currently collecting data to explore how various dimensions of electronic media (i.e., facebook, twitter, and video games) associate with relationship outcomes.

Predictors of Romantic Relationship Readiness--Duke Buck, Dr. Brandon Burr (University of Central Oklahoma), and I are presenting a research poster at the upcoming NCFR conference exploring how various dimensions such as relationship status influence a partner's potential for readiness for a romantic relationship.

Age At First Marriage Project--Dr. Pamela Payne, Colby Pomeroy, Chelsey Mayer, David Dille, and Dr. Dan Hubler are designing two surveys exploring unique moderators and mediators to associations between a person's age at first marriage and his/her relationship outcomes (marital satisfaction and stability).

Shared vs. Unshared Media Usage and Relationship Outcomes--Dr. Pamela Payne, Kendall Ence, Stephanie Ence, Preston Morgan, and Dr. Dan Hubler are currently collecting data to explore how various dimensions of electronic media (i.e., facebook, twitter, and video games) associate with relationship outcomes.

Predictors of Romantic Relationship Readiness--Duke Buck, Dr. Brandon Burr (University of Central Oklahoma), and Dr. Dan Hubler are presenting a research poster at the upcoming NCFR conference exploring how various dimensions such as relationship status influence a partner's potential for readiness for a romantic relationship.

Dr. Pamela Payne as Faculty Mentor of Student Research

Age At First Marriage Project--Dr. Pamela Payne, Colby Pomeroy, Chelsey Mayer, David Dille, and Dr. Dan Hubler are designing two surveys exploring unique moderators and mediators to associations between a person's age at first marriage and his/her relationship outcomes (marital satisfaction and stability).

Shared vs. Unshared Media Usage and Relationship Outcomes--Dr. Pamela Payne, Kendall Ence, Stephanie Ence, Preston Morgan, and Dr. Dan Hubler are currently collecting data to explore how various dimensions of electronic media (i.e., facebook, twitter, and video games) associate with relationship outcomes.


Busk, P. & Schvaneveldt, P.L. (2012).  Parental influences on adolescent social 
competence among Bolivian youth.  Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.  
Busk, P. & Schvaneveldt, P.L. (2012).  Parental influences on adolescent social 
competence among Bolivian youth.  Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.  

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