Sharmilee Marie Nyenhuis

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    College: Medicine Department: Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy; Department of Medicine
    Title: Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Office: 312-413-1655
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My overall research interest is in health disparities in asthma. I am currently working on a project to promote community-based physical activity among African American women with asthma.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Looking for a motivated student interested in getting hands-on experience in clinical research. Prefer Psychology or Biologic Sciences major and in the second or third year of college. Prior experience preferred but not required. Minimum GPA 3.5.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    I am looking for a student to assist with the following tasks (either some or all):
    • Manage our Fitbit tracking, including:
    o Checking the online Fitbit profiles of each participant on a weekly basis
    o Send text messages through our online system to remind participants to charge and wear their Fitbit
    • Prepare for our Group Visits
    o Prepare goal sheets based on their last step count on the Fitbit online profile
    • Assist with administrative tasks related to the study in the office (at UIC 840 S. Wood St)
    • Attend our team meetings (if available) with our other team members

    • The intern will get exposed to research with clinic patients and learn about physical activity behavioral interventions.
    Other skills that the RA will learn and can benefit from include:
    o Research tracking using RedCap database
    o How to use the Fitbit with patients and research participants
    o How to educate patient populations on wearable technology, physical activity, and how to motivate patients to increase number of steps for health

    NOTE: This researcher is currently not accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Experience program.

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