Monthly Archives: May 2014

Pressure at Penn

On this graduation day, we’re reflecting on all of the hard work and accomplishments of our students. Which makes us wonder about the following question: what comes to mind when you think about “pressure” at the University of Pennsylvania?

Picture1This is one of the topics students in Rosemary Frasso’s qualitative research course set out to explore this semester. An exhibit summarizing their work is currently on display at UPenn’s Weigel Information Commons.

The students used a variety of methods to arrive at their results. In a great write-up of the exhibit at the PennWIC blog, WIC’s Anu Vedatham explains the process:

When I visited Rosie’s class, SW781 Qualitative Research, the students described how they used different qualitative techniques during each step of the process.

First they came to consensus on a topic they wanted to explore using a Nominal Group Technique, and how they began to explore the meaning of pressure among 75 graduate students across campus using Free-Listing. Then, employing snowball sampling they conducted a series of Photo Elicitation Interviews to gain a better understanding of how graduate students experience pressure.

The study protocol used by the class was developed by Carolyn Cannuscio. Below is a visualization of the freelist data collected by the students:



Students receive awards at Public Health Student Poster Day


MPH student Kaitlyn Meirs (center)

This week, 9 students presented posters at The Public Health Student Poster Day hosted by the College of Physicians. The event showcased the work of over 70 students and public health professionals, and we’re proud to announce that our MPH student Jane Seymour’s poster was one of 4 to win an award. Her research was titled “Early-life literacy effects on grand multiparity: A life course assessment.”

In addition, our MPH student Kaitlyn Meirs was named the recipient of the 2014 Public Health Student Recognition Award. The award is given by the The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and attracts dozens of nominees from across the city.

Kati is a full time MPH student and has worked part-time for the Community Outreach and Engagement Core at the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) for the past year. Her public health interests include preventative environmental health focused on maternal and childhood exposures, engaging key stakeholders in environmental health issues and giving the community an active voice in research and policy development.

Congratulations, Jane and Kati!