While at Villanova, Teresa Yang ’15 CON took an interest in promoting safety for college students—an issue of growing concern at universities nationwide. As one of two inaugural Davis Undergraduate Summer Nursing Scholars, Teresa spent the summer of 2014 researching an app called “Circle of 6” and how it can influence safety behaviors among college women. Her research was conducted under the direction of Villanova faculty member Elizabeth Dowdell, PhD, RN, FAAN.
Teresa’s study found that the “Circle of 6” app helped participants feel safer when it was installed on their phones and that they would recommend it to others. Based on the quality and relevance of her analysis, Teresa was selected by the College of Nursing to represent the undergraduate nursing program at the Eastern Nursing Research Society’s 27th Annual Scientific Sessions in April 2015 in Washington, D.C. She also won a 2015 Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Award through the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at the Villanova School of Business for innovative thought in the delivery of health promotion services.
“I was incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to learn more about the research process through the Davis Scholarship. I have also enjoyed working with my faculty mentor Dr. Dowdell and I could not have done this research without her support,” Teresa said. “I have learned that a lot of time and energy has to go into the research process, but it is very rewarding.”
Since graduation, Teresa has passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam to become a licensed Registered Nurse. She has her sights set on a career in pediatrics, particularly in intensive care. Teresa is working with Dr. Dowdell to submit her research for publication—an opportunity typically reserved for graduate studies at other universities, but one that Villanova promotes among all students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates.
Faculty-mentored research like Teresa’s study is a priority at the College of Nursing and across Villanova University. Donor support covers research needs, including conference fees and travel so students can share their insights with the world.