Faculty of Nursing undergraduate student gears up for her research presentation at FURCA2020

Hyelin Sung looks forward to sharing her summer research with peers and faculty at FURCA2020 festival.

21 February 2020

Second-year Nursing student Hyelin Sung is excited to present research she conducted last summer with Dr. Shannon Scott’s research program, translating Evidence in Child Health to Enhance Outcomes (ECHO), at this spring’s Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (FURCA). 

FURCA is the University of Alberta’s annual, campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research, showcasing the research and creative achievements of undergraduate students across all disciplines. Attendees will experience undergraduate students’ research and creative work across all disciplines. 

Why did you decide to pursue an education in nursing?

I decided to pursue nursing because I enjoyed learning about the human body in high school and I have a passion for helping people. I believe an education in nursing is a great way for me to combine my two passions as well as pursue a very rewarding career. 

How did you become involved with ECHO research? 

Having a parent who was involved with research has always inspired me to become involved with research in university. Being interested in the relationship between visual art and health care, I thought ECHO research would be a great opportunity to pursue both interests. When I saw ECHO Research's call for summer student applications for 2019, I jumped at the opportunity. 

Can you give us a sneak peek of your summer research? 

ECHO Research produces arts-based knowledge translation (KT) tools to educate parents on common pediatric acute illnesses, allowing for better health outcomes. My summer research involved conducting usability testing on two KT infographics in two different urban emergency health centers through a parent survey. After the survey, I analyzed the data to see how the infographics were received by parents.

What are you hoping to learn from FURCA? 

By presenting at FURCA I hope to gain valuable public speaking and presentation experience. I believe developing these skills will allow me to become not only a stronger researcher, but a better student nurse as strong communication is an integral aspect of nursing. 

What are your plans for the future? 

I hope to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and become further involved with researching the impacts of visual arts on health. 

Oral presentations at FURCA are on March 10, 2020 from 10AM-3PM in SUB 0-31 and 0-33. Click here if you are interested in attending FURCA2020. Click here to learn more about ECHO Research.