A P-Value Party for the Mentoring Study: The Final Results!

You’ve been with me since I started on this project at the start of the summer and now here’s what we’ve all been waiting for! Let’s dig into some results, shall we?

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The Final Post: Concluding my research, but not my promotion of ecotherapy

Alongside my research with Dr. Ibes at the Parks Research Lab, I have been interning for Wildrock Nature Playscape, a non-profit in Crozet, Virginia. Via this internship, I will be leading an ecotherapy retreat for college students. The goal of this retreat is to teach college students what ecotherapy is, and then help them plan an ecotherapy initiative on their college campus. For more information, please contact me at dcspitz@email.wm.edu, as William & Mary students are welcome on this retreat. Most major schools in Virginia will eventually feature an ecotherapy initiative on their campus. Thus, my research at the Parks Research Lab this summer has aided me in promoting ecotherapy to others.

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The Largest Obstacle: Describing ecotherapy research to peers and professionals

The most difficult part of this summer research has been describing my research to others. Ecotherapy is a generally unheard-of field of research, so most people have no idea what it is and what my research could possibly be about. In this article I will try to explain what my research is about. Before I do so, I would like you to think about what Ecotherapy research could be. Why do you think it is so difficult to describe?

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One Way Mirrors and Full Circles: Finishing Up Work on the Mentoring Study

After performing analyses on the data, closing computer windows, and shutting the lab door behind me, I’ve packed up and left Williamsburg for the rest of the summer. But, readers, as they say in infomercials, that’s not all!

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Exciting Progress and Next Steps in the Mentoring Study!

I’m excited to report that my lab group reached a couple of milestones this week! We finished checking baseline surveys, which involved going back through hundreds of hand-written questionnaires to ensure that the data was entered accurately into the computer.  Additionally, data for all follow ups have been coded and we’re wrapping up checking that information as well!

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