Katherine Rudolph's Undergrad Research Resources*

Former Students

*Please note that the following information pertains to *** Dr. Rudolph's Lab ONLY***. We try to keep the information up to date but students are urged to get more information on the Undergraduate Research Program Web Site (link is below) or from Dr. John Scholz (e-mail: jpscholz@udel.edu; phone 302-831-6281), who coordinates Undergrad Research in the PT Department.

Link to Undergraduate Research Web Site: http://www.urp.udel.edu/

Areas of Research:

The main focus of my research is in analysis of walking function. I study 2 popluations (1) people with knee osteoarthritis and (2) people with hemiparesis after stroke. The research activities include anything from finding and reading research articles, to graphing data in Excel or other graphics programs, to collecting and processing data with a 3D mtion capture system and determining what all of the data mean!

Types of Research Involvement:

Undergraduate students can be involved in my research at many levels from observing or participating in several data collections, to participating on a regular basis as a volunteer or for academic credit or 10-week summer Research Fellowships followed by work for credit.

The research work resembles work done in an independent study or special problems course in that it must be worthy of academic credit, which is awarded for learning accomplished by the student.  In rare circumstances, students may work for a stipend if funding is available. Students generally can not receive both full credit and full salary, in some cases a combination of credit and pay may be worked out.  Three different possible arrangements are outlined below.  Actual terms are worked out between individual students and their faculty sponsors.

Volunteer:  It is common for students to volunteer in the lab before making the committment to undertake a formal committment to research. Volunteers do not receive pay or credit, but can pick up pointers from graduate students and older undergraduates, sleuth in the library, learn where equipment is kept, how to use some of the computer programs, machinery, etc., while reading about the subject being investigated.  Volunteer research is also an alternative for students who have no need of credit and are involved in a research project that is not funded.  The terms of a volunteer commitment are qualitatively the same as those of an undergraduate research commitment recognized by credit or funding.

Credit:  Students can earn academic credit for their research assistance, from one to six or more credits per semester depending upon the amount of work agreed upon by the student and the professor.  Some curricula limit the number of independent research credits that will count toward a degree so you should check with your academic advisor to find out the requirements for your program. The work committments are as follows:

Fall and Spring Semesters:

Winter and Summer Sessions: at least double the above hours/week.

The course that students register for is PHYT466 - Independent Study and students generally register for Pass/Fail grading. When registering, students may also submit a titling form, obtainable from the Student Services Office, that will distinguish research from “special problems” on the transcript.

Salary/Stipend:  In rare circumstances, funding is available for students, but this is generally available for more advanced students with lab experience. If you have a work-study grant then you may be hired to work in the lab for your work study hours for which 75% of your salary comes from work study and 25% from the advisor's research funds. Please let Dr. Rudolph know if you are eligible for work study so that the possibilities can be explored.

Summer Research Fellowships: (see Undergraduate Research Program web site for more information)

The UD Undergrad Research program offers many opportunities for students. The students who get involved in research in physical therapy for the 10 week summer research experiences generally apply for one of the following 3 experiences through a common online application:

Science and Engineering Scholars: (common online application)

This program is for Sophmore students who wish to do the 10 week research fellowship between their sophmore and junior years. The 10 week summer experience is accompanied by part time involvement (the equivalent of 12 hours per week for one semester) during the student's junior year. Applications are due March 1 and there is a common online application for all programs that can be found on the URP web site.

Peter White Scholars for Juniors who ARE BIOLOGY MAJORS: (online application- use Life Sciences application)

This program is for Juniors who are Biology Majors who wish to do the 10 week research fellowship between their junior and senior years. The 10 week summer experience is accompanied by part time involvement (the equivalent of 12 hours per week for one semester) during the student's senior year. Applications are due March 1 and there is a common online application for all programs that can be found on the URP web site.

Peter White Scholars for Juniors who are NOT BIOLOGY MAJORS: (use Paper Application usually due March 1)

This program is for Juniors who are NOT Biology Majors who wish to do the 10 week research fellowship between their junior and senior years. The 10 week summer experience is accompanied by part time involvement (the equivalent of 12 hours per week for one semester) during the student's senior year. Students apply directly through the PT department via a paper application. Questions about this application should be directed to Dr. John Scholz (302) 831-6281 or e-mail: jpscholz@udel.edu

Applications for the 2008 Peter White Fellowships through the PT department are due (TBA) and should be sent to:

Karen Setting
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Delaware
301 McKinly Lab. 
Newark, DE 19716 
office: (302) 831-8521

Former Students

Peter White Undergraduate Research Fellows:
2008-09 Jason Schoenfeld Muscle adaptation during walking in young healthy individuals. Honors Degree with Distinction
2007-08

Julie Wagner The Effect of an unlocked KAFO on walking in young healthy subjects

2006-07 Christopher Wagner Senior Thesis for Degree with Distinction and UD Peter White Undergraduate Research Fellowship Effect of velocity on walking patterns in a person with hemiparesis.
2006-07 Lisa Weiss Smart Knee Brace
2003-04 Jessica McPoland UD Peter White Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The Effect of Randomization on Perturbed Walking
2002-03 Rebecca Bates Independent Study: Effect of Velocity on Walking Patterns
2000-01

Diego Vicente High School Senior Thesis Advisor, Charter School of Wilmington , DE

   
Science and Engineering Fellows:
2007-08 Jessica Kelly Effect of FES assisted fast walking – a case report
2007-08 Jason Schoenfeld Muscle adaptation during walking in young healthy individuals
2004-05 Christopher Wagner Energy costs and gait patterns associated with walking speeds