Patricia Hershberger

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    College: Nursing Department: Health Systems Science
    Title: Associate Professor
    Phone: 312-996-1305
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Dr. Hershberger’s research aims to assist patients and families as they make decisions that involve the use of advanced reproductive or genomic biotechnologies. For example, one of Dr. Hershberger's research projects is developing a tool to aid parents' decisions about informing their children about their donor-conception origins. Another of Dr. Hershberger's studies examines how genetically at-risk couples decide whether to use preimplantation genetic diagnosis to prevent the transmission of known genetic disorders to their future child(ren). More information about Dr. Hershberger and her research can be found at:

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Students that are highly organized, dependable, motivated, and able to work well independently would most enjoy their research experience on my team. Computer skills are needed as many activities related to my research are computer based. Excellent communication skills (e.g., oral, written) are always in demand. Respect for each member of the team - regardless of their position on the team or their background - is essential.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Days and hours can be flexible but students must be able to complete activities on-time. Research activities may include: assisting with the recruitment of subjects, performing library and electronic literature searches, data entry, following-up with research related phone calls or email messages, or other study activities as directed by Dr. Hershberger. Please know that many activities will require use of a computer/laptop.

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