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Valente Center Health TLN Sponsored Undergraduate Researchers

Each year, the Valente Center for Arts & Science sponsors undergraduate research positions for students to pursue an independent arts and sciences-focused research projects. Research fellowships include periodic milestones to track progress and culminate in a manuscript and an oral presentation at the spring Undergraduate Research Showcase.

Undergraduate Researchers are required to have a faculty mentor to provide guidance over the course of the year as the student independently undertakes their project.

The Health TLN sponsors a Valente UG Researcher whose research proposal will be related to health. We define health very broadly and would consider topics including, but not limited to, healthcare systems and administration, health-related technology and innovation, patient experience and healthcare information and how biological, psychological and social factors impact health.

2020-2021 Researcher

Travis Sroczenski

A newborn baby’s weight is one of the most informative and significant indicators of health. A myriad of factors contributes to affecting weight and can determine the livelihood of baby before it is even born. I plan to research the most important drivers that affect a baby’s weight, and conclude which factors are the most prevalent. I plan to build an econometric model to be able to accurately predict each variable’s effect on weight to help demonstrate and display my findings. I have gathered fifteen potential independent variables that I plan to research in greater depth and intend on researching how each variable affects the outcome individually, as well as in combination with others.

Mentor: Professor Dhaval Dave

Travis Sroczenski, Bentley Health TLN Student Researcher
2019-2020 Researcher
Gianni Polhemus, Bentley Health TLN Student Researcher

Gianni Polhemus

The purpose of this study is to better understand the effects of brand self-identity among college-age nicotine vape users. To this point, research has involved social and internal perceptions of vaping itself, however, have not considered the impact of brand on self-identity. E-cigarettes, vaping, or Juuling are forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), products sold alongside traditional tobacco products that provide users nicotine. In the age demographic of 18-25 year olds, ENDS are a growing first time use alternative to traditional tobacco products, such as, combustible tobacco and “chewed” tobacco. In 2012, the United States Food and Drug Administration deemed ENDS as meeting the definition of a tobacco product; however, a study showed 33% of sampled vape users aged 18-24 began using ENDS due to perceived health benefits over combustible tobacco products. Therefore, our study is looking to better understand psychological reasons for young adults consuming increased amount of nicotine vape products. From inquiry into research literature, gaps in research are evident surrounding how users brand identity influences emotional expectancies. Furthermore, we will explore how insights into brand identity may help influence future public health messaging.

Mentor: Professor Laurel Steinfield

2018-2019 Researchers

Aaron Aronshtein

Comparing Healthcare Systems Through Acuity-adjusted Data and their Incentive Structures

My research will primarily focus on the financial sustainability of the private market for long-term eldercare, specifically in New York state. Long-term eldercare consists of services to assist the elderly with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or eating. Some such services include Home Health care and Nursing homes. In addition, there exists a portion of the elder populace I term “the forgotten”, these people were hard working tax payers all their lives but never purchased the long-term health insurance necessary for daily long-term care. Because they worked, they were not eligible for Medicaid, but they also could not afford to pay expensive long-term care insurance. These people live very tough lives, some give up pension benefits or illegally hide assets to qualify for Medicaid. How will these people affect Medicaid’s sustainability? These questions need to be answered if us as a populace hopes to have a secure future, I aim to answer them through my research.

Mentor: Professor Juliet Gainsborough

Zhe (Kitty) Li

Sugar Relationship with Health Diseases

After coming to America, I found that the diet habits here are really different from the diet habits in China. Food in America has so much sugar in it. Desserts, soft drinks, and even dairies like milk and yogurt, are all sweeter than what we have in China. Also, diseases like obesity and diabetes are more common to see in American than in China. Therefore, I think there might be some relationship between sugar intake and certain health issues. Besides the added sugar, another fact also interests me, is sugar substitute. Some foods, in order to keep the same sweet taste, use sugar substitutes like stevia and xylitol. Will having too much sugar substitutes also cause health side effects? I want to deeply research sugar in order to make people aware of any health issues related to sugar and help people find healthy diet habits.

Mentor: Professor Onur Altindag

Tatiana Naclerio

Estradiol Contaminants in Groundwater and the Potential Effects on Human Health

I am studying the potential interactions between estradiol and microplastic particles typically found in the environment, specifically groundwater. Microplastic particles are found in water due to plastic being disposed near waterways, oceans, and other bodies of water. I want to see how much estradiol is able to absorb to microplastic particles over time, as well as how long they stay on the plastic. This will help to mimic how likely estradiols are to bind to microplastic contaminants, as well as how long it might stay once the two contaminants are bound together. From there, I am hoping to analyze the potential impact on human health by looking at the release of the estradiol from the plastic in solutions of varying pH. The pH levels I am most interested in looking at are those found within the human body, such as the pH of blood, the stomach, and the small intestine. If the estradiol releases from the plastic particles and goes into the pH solution, this would suggest that any microplastics contaminants with bound estradiol might release that estradiol in the stomach, which can lead to negative effects on human health.

Mentor: Professor Zoë Wagner

Former Valente Center Health TLN Researchers

Health TLN Research Assistant Opportunities

Interested in gaining health-related experience with the Health Thought Leadership Network? We are looking to hire motivated students as research assistants and interns. 

Contact Danielle Hartigan for more information.

The Jeanne & Dan Valente Center for Arts & Sciences

Since 2006, The Valente Center has been dedicated to merging the arts & sciences into the educational, scholarly, and cultural life at Bentley. The Valente Center hosts a variety of programs aimed at supporting the School's core mission through diverse and creative A&S-related research, teaching, and learning. We work with students and faculty through fellowships, seminars, research opportunities and more.

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Center for Integration of Science and Industry

The Center for Integration of Science and Industry brings together teams of faculty, students, post-doctoral fellows, and Executives in Residence to better understand, and advance, the path by which scientific discoveries are translated into public value in the form of innovative treatments for disease, improved health outcomes, and successful companies. Our work spans the natural sciences, business, “big data” analytics, and public policy.

Students can work as undergraduate researchers or work to complete the Honors Capstone or LSM Culminating Experience projects with our team. Through these opportunities, students make valuable contributions to our work, learn advanced analytical skills, and gain significant experience working as a team member with scientists, faculty, and senior industry executives.

Undergraduate research positions are available both during the academic year and through the summer.

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I had never heard of the Health Thought Leadership Network prior to this presentation, yet I am glad I attended, as it introduced me to another side of the business world - one that Bentley doesn't usually focus on.
Natasha Bajaj '21

Study Health at Bentley

Health & Industry Degree

An undergraduate academic concentration, students explore human biology, psychology, health and disease related to personal development, health, and overall wellness issues. This concentration prepares students for jobs in biopharmaceutical development, health care product or service marketing, health plan or benefit administration, and management of health care providers and institutions.

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Health Studies Degree

Bentley's undergraduate students can obtain a major in Health Studies that integrates the Natural and Applied Sciences health and psychology curricula with core business programs. The Health Studies major seeks to equip students with skills in account biology, technology, society, and business; a mix of skills for effectively solving health-care related problems. The goal of the program is to prepare students to help organizations acquire, convert and translate the latest scientific, psychological and business perspectives into more effective health care delivery.

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Find a Career in Health

Health Career Connections

Posting your health-related positions with Bentley is a simple process that can generate results:

  1. Complete our Job and Internship Posting Form.

  2. Once our office receives your submitted job form, we will advertise the position, prompting eligible candidates to submit their resume via our Handshake portal through which you will apply for employment opportunities, attract employers your profile, schedule career coaching sessions, and find relevant career events. our online recruiting system.

  3. Once you identify a strong candidate for your opening, you may contact the individual directly and schedule an interview at your place of employment.

Thank you for your interest in hiring our students. We look forward to working with you in the near future.

For more information, contact Jen Graham, Senior Assistant Director, Pulsifer Undergraduate Career Development Center.

Heathcare/Biotech/Pharma Bentley Career Community

Bentley's Office of Career Development Support assists students with creating a customized career development plan during their time at Bentley.

Specifically focusing on the business of healthcare, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies, the Healthcare/Biotech/Pharma Career Community exposes students to functional roles and career paths within a variety of companies across a variety of industries.

There are many events open to students in the Health and Industry Career Community via the Undergraduate Career Services website. Check out upcoming events.

Contact Jen Graham, Senior Assistant Director, Pulsifer Undergraduate Career Development Center, for more information on the Healthcare/Biotech/Pharma Career Community.

MassBio Career Center

Bentley faculty, staff, and students can sign up for an account on MassBio Career Center's website and upload your resume, search for jobs, and create job alerts. Unlike some of the larger job search engines, jobs posted on MassBio's Career Center have to be submitted by a member company and are primarily in health-related industries.