The Falvey Scholars Program is an annual program established by Falvey Library to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. Now in its 20th year, the program is a collective initiative of the Library, Honors Program, and the Center for Research and Fellowships. The recipients of this award are selected from a pool of candidates nominated by Villanova faculty and reviewed by Library staff and faculty.
This year, eight students received awards, their work reflecting the breadth and depth of undergraduate research at the University as well as the support the Library, its resources and staff, provide student-scholars.
This blog is the first of seven installments, which will introduce our scholars and cover their research in their own words. Look for additional coverage of the Falvey Scholars in the fall issue of Mosaic.
Congratulations to all of our Falvey Scholars, past and present!
Nadjulia Constant (NC) ’22 CON
Hometown: Orange, NJ
Other honors: Villanova University Presidential Scholarship and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
Daryl Jucar (DJ) ’22 CON
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Other honors: Villanova University Presidential Scholarship, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, and 2021 Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship grantee
Project: “Minority Stress and Effects on Cardiovascular Health in African Americans”
Faculty Mentor: Theresa Capriotti, DO, MSN, RN, CRNP. Clinical Professor
Research, in brief: Nadjulia and Daryl conducted a literature review focused on how minority stress affects cardiovascular health outcomes in African Americans within the Black community. Their research adds to the growing literature showing the tangible impacts of racism on health care disparities in the Black community.
How did the Library’s staff impact your research and academic experience?
NC: While we used the online Library resources to conduct this research, whenever I visited the Library for other academic needs, the staff has always been helpful. You can tell they genuinely love lending a hand and never mind answering questions.
DJ: I took advantage of Library tools, such as the Nursing Subject Guide, meeting with the Nursing Subject Librarian Sarah Hughes, and Citation Resources. The staff has always been willing to assist me with my research and academic endeavors.
How did Falvey’s resources and databases impact your research?
Utilizing the Nursing databases CINAHL and PubMed, over 40 different scholarly articles pertaining to the project were reviewed. We found articles over-viewing the phenomenon of minority stress as it affects marginalized persons across many identities (i.e. ethnic, gender, sexual orientation); however, due to the extensive results, we narrowed down a review of the literature to the effects of minority stress as it specifically relates to African Americans in the Black community. We integrated findings and summaries from the articles we found to create an outline and subsequently the manuscript.
What’s next for you both?
NC: On Undergraduate Nursing Scholar’s Day, I presented scholarly work on The Use of Social Marketing Theory to Increase the Consumption of Vegetables Among College Students. In May, I traveled with the Global Medical Brigade to do volunteer work in Panama. After graduation, I will be working as a New Grad Nurse Resident at Children’s National Hospital in the Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center.
DJ: I will be a Nurse Resident at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. on a Medical/Surgical Intermediate Care Unit.
Will you continue this research direction or has it inspired you to new research interests?
NC: I am really interested in clean eating and I know that many Black communities do not have the same access to healthier foods as other communities. This is largely due to economic disparities and food deserts. So, this research experience has inspired me to investigate what research is out there about the contributing factors and what interventions are currently being used to combat this.
DJ: Our manuscript is slated to be published in a nursing journal this fall, so we are very excited for that. This work showed me how I can utilize nursing research to highlight persisting inequities within healthcare in a concrete manner, and I now want to pursue a career in research in the future to ensure the quality of healthcare is sufficient for all.