4 Nutrition and Nutrition Science Research Projects

Faculty Information

Faculty Name: Virginia Carraway-Stage, PhD, RDN, LDN

Department: Nutrition Science, College of Allied Health Sciences

Contact Information: carrawaystagev@ecu.edu, Center for Pediatric Healthy Weight, Warren Life Science Building 189


Research Description

There are currently 4 research projects ongoing in my research lab with potential for student engagement:

  1. Meal Creation Tool: A study aimed at developing and evaluating a pictorial tool to assess preschool children’s ability to build healthy and unhealthy meals.
  2. Smarter Mealtime Environments: A plate waste study examining factors related to increased food cost in the Head Start preschool setting.
  3. Understanding Childhood Obesity Prevention Practices in Head Start: A mixed methods (quantitative/qualitative) study assessing understanding and application of childhood obesity prevention practice in North Carolina Head Start (preschool) organizations.
  4. Writing Apprehension Among Undergraduate Students: A mixed methods (quantitative/qualitative) study assessing undergraduate Nutrition Science students’ fear of writing.


Student roles may vary from data collector to engagement with conceptualization and implementation of research methods. Specific role would be determined between student and faculty based on interest and availability. Project engagement may lead to a future senior honors thesis.



Requirements: Students are expected to commit for a period of at least 1 year (fall and spring)

Class or level of student sought: Sophomore or Junior preferred

Needed skills:

  • Detail-orientation
  • Basic understanding of the research process

Preferences: Student with interest in nutrition and/or related health field


Time Commitment 

Time commitment per week: 5-10 hours depending on study and/or role in project

Start Date: Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 (depending on study of interest)



Student may receive Independent Study course credit through this opportunity.

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