Julie Kientz Research Group

Autumn 2019

Designing a childhood asthma symptom tracker

Note: this DRG is at capacity for Autumn 2019

Asthma is the most common chronic condition of childhood, affecting nearly 10% of US children.  During the school years (7-11 years), parents and children struggle to share asthma management responsibility.  Over the past year we have used HCD to co-design a shared asthma management solution for parents and kids that includes a wearable for kids and companion mobile web app.  In this DRG, we will build on our prior work to develop the design specifications for the mobile web app in anticipation of a full-scale build (by professional developer) in Winter 2020.  Activities will include review of relevant literature (both technology and health-related), co-design sessions and with parents and kids, and revising based on feedback. 

Specifically, we are looking for motivated students who have experience with 1) working with children (may include teaching, coaching, child care, etc.) or a desire to learn, 2) UX design, and 3) an interest in family informatics. We will meet Wednesday afternoons (approximately 3-4 p.m.) in Sieg Hall.

This research group will be led by Assistant Professor Jennifer Sonney (Nursing), with guidance from Professor Julie Kientz (HCDE).

Autumn 2019

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application Writing Support Group

This research group is for graduate and undergraduate students who will be applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in Fall 2019. In this group, we will discuss how to write personal statements and research proposals, review successful application examples, discuss tips for making applications stronger and who to ask for letters of recommendation, and conduct peer review of each other’s writing.

To learn more about who is eligible to apply for the NSF graduate fellowship (undergrads, first and second year grad students who want to pursue a PhD, US citizens or permanent residents), please see the NSF website.

Because of the NSF deadline being in mid-October, this DRG will be front-loaded in the quarter and be more work for the first 4 weeks and will not meet after the deadline (except for 1 brief meeting after submitting to debrief about the process). Likewise, depending on people’s availability, we may start meeting a few weeks before the quarter begins to get a head start on things. If you’re not around in person this summer, we could allow people to join via Google Hangouts for the first few meetings. 

Meetings during the Autumn 2019 quarter will be on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 – pre-quarter meetings will be scheduled via a Doodle poll after August 23rd once we have a sense of who all will be participating.

If you’re interested, please email Julie Kientz at for an add code.

Autumn 2019-Winter 2020

Co-design with older adults and designers

Note: this DRG is at capacity for Autumn 2019

We are looking for students interested in helping us plan and conduct a study that focuses on understanding and exploring collaboration between older adults and designers in co-design sessions. This DRG will span two quarters, Fall 2019 and Winter 2020. In the Fall, we will plan the study, including reviewing the literature and determining session activities. In Winter, we will carry out the study and analyze the data.  

  • This DRG is open to students who will be able to participate in both Fall 2019 and Winter 2020
  • Able to participate in study sessions in Winter 2020
  • Students will be asked to register between 2-3 credits of HCDE 496/596
  • We will meet on Wednesdays from 1 - 2 p.m. 

This research group will be led by PhD student Dawn Sakaguchi-Tang, with guidance from Professor Julie Kientz (HCDE).

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