UROP 2016

FSU's Undergraduate Research Symposium

Hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE), the Symposium is an annual showcase for undergraduate student researchers from across campus to present their work to the university community.

Presenters:
Samantha Rohrbaugh

Samantha Rohrbaugh

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Florida State University
Bailey Brogdon

Bailey Brogdon

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Florida State University
Steven Dawson

Steven Dawson

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Florida State University

Samantha’s study will create a database for students and parents to find universities across the United States, as well as support structures available to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The database will provide information including a brief description of the program, staff members, cost, and any eligibility requirement for the programs at each institution. This information will be gathered from a website provided by the university or via email directly from the director of the disability office at the university. As more students with Autism Spectrum Disorder enroll in places of higher education, so too will the need for academic and social supports. This database should prove to be helpful for these students and their parents.

Research supporting the College Autism Network focuses on the student well being, educational achievement, and institutional responsiveness. Bailey and Steven’s project strives to help students with autism to feel confident that they have the personal qualities and institutional support necessary to succeed in college. Our work allows students with autism to voice their struggles and successes throughout the process, thereby guiding researchers and educators toward initiatives that help create an effective higher education experience. We hope that our results will help our university, as well as other post secondary educational institutions, benefit students with ASD, and aid them in their pursuit of higher education.

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