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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Lynrossa Clement
Project L/EARN Alumna - 2013
Lynrossa Clement
Do Socioeconomic Status, Acculturation and Parental Perception Predict Childhood Obesity?
Karen D’Alonzo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Rutgers College of Nursing

Lynrossa Clement is a rising senior from Brooklyn, at the State University of New York, Buffalo where she studies Nursing. Wanting to do something interesting and beneficial this summer, she decided to do Project L/EARN. The most challenging aspect of the program was learning statistics since the only math she learned as a nursing major was medical math. However, the most important thing she learned this summer was to use her resources. Lynrossa says, “We have been provided staff members that are well versed in statistics and are available to help us, as well as been introduced to various individuals to help us reach our goals.”

Lynrossa worked with her mentor, Dr. Karen D’Alonzo on a project exploring how socioeconomic status, acculturation, race, and parental perception affect childhood obesity. She believes that the best part of Project L/EARN was working with her mentor. “It is very inspiring to work with individuals so successful in their field. It is very helpful to work so closely with them and create a bond with them.” She says the best part about working with her mentor was becoming so comfortable with her. Lynrossa says, “Dr. D’Alonzo is a very intelligent and accomplished woman and it was inspiring to work with her. She reminds me that I am capable of attaining those same goals.”

After receiving her Bachelors in Nursing, she is considering graduate school and a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. After her experience in Project L/EARN, a PhD in nursing research has become a serious option for her. Lynrossa advises, “Future interns should know that the program is a commitment. It takes up a lot of your time and in order to do well, you have to be focused. The program is very beneficial if you allow it to be. We are given a lot of resources and introduced to many people who want to help us, so use these resources to your advantage.”

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