Sajni Kumpuris, a UA Little Rock graduate student in Applied Communication, received the 2019 Karen Russ Memorial Award for Excellence in Research for her study, “Combating the Opioid Crisis: A comparative study of opioid education for older adults in medically under served communities.” Dr. April Chatham-Carpenter, Applied Communications Department Chair, served as the faculty mentor for the research project.
Kumpuris’ on-going research project compares two delivery methods of health education, face-to-face and online. An education program on opioids will be provided to two groups in Arkansas with a pre and post test used to evaluate knowledge gained.
The Karen Russ Memorial Award of $500 is awarded each spring to the UA Little Rock student who best utilizes, applies, and visualizes government data in his/her research. Government sources used by Kumpuris include data and other information from the U.S. Census Bureau, National Institute of Health (NIH), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Arkansas Department of Health (ADH).
Kumpuris presented her research at the 2019 Student Research and Creative Works Expo on the UA Little Rock campus on April 18. The Expo was the largest in the history of UA Little Rock with 206 students presenting research in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts.
Awards were announced at an awards ceremony on May 2. In addition to the Karen Russ Memorial Award, Kumpuris also received a first place Expo award for graduate research in the social sciences.
For more information on the award, visit the Karen M. Russ Memorial Award page.