On the KevinMD blog today, Samantha Ngooi and Vineet Arora published an article about the TEACH STRIVES program at the University of Chicago, an NIH-funded grant that seeks to use peers to motivate and influence teens through social media and their peers. Nagooi is the project manager for the program, and Arora is one of its principal investigators, along with David Meltzer. Jeanne Farnan, Shannon Martin, and Audrey Tanksley are also faculty members working on the project.
In their post, Ngooi and Arora write about how teens in the program, inspired by Jimmy Kimmel’s man on the street gotcha videos, took to the UChicago campus to ask their peers about what they thought of “research.” As you see in the video above, what they found was both discouraging and hopeful:
Well, not surprisingly term “research” had a largely negative connotation — “lots of paperwork,” “lab rats.” However, our teens went one step further. They found studies that would be of interest to them — about things they cared about, such as teen health with cell phone use. When presented with research that linked cell phone use at night with depression, teens on the street were inspired to learn more.
Their hope is to find ways to interest more people in research careers. the results of a formal study are forthcoming, but the implications are already clear: it can never hurt to share interesting, relevant information with others.