**This project is a part of the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), which provides undergraduate students with an intensive 10-week research experience under the mentorship of a University of Utah faculty member. SPUR 2023 begins on May 24 and ends on August 3. If you are interested in this project, please review all program information on the SPUR site. **
Foot and ankle function is a complex kinematic system that requires advanced medical imaging to evaluate the movement of each bone independent of skin motion. Furthermore, when patients present with foot deformities and pathologies, detailed investigation of what is causing foot function decline is critical for improved clinical care. Even further complications arise when patients have neuromuscular impairment such as cerebral palsy. The objective of this project is to evaluate foot and ankle function with biplane fluoroscopy (i.e. Video x-ray) to measure in vivo kinematics of patients with cerebral palsy following a foot reconstruction surgery. This research will guide surgeons on the long-term outcomes of foot reconstruction surgery in patients with cerebral palsy.
- be a matriculated, degree-seeking undergraduate student in the Fall 2023 semester (beginning or continuing college career in Fall 2023 and not graduating before December 2023; concurrent enrollment while in high school does not meet this eligibility requirement). Applicants do not need to be a University of Utah student.
- eligible to work in the United States:
- If your status prevents you from working, you may still be eligible to participate. If you are a University of Utah student, a University of Utah student who graduated from a Utah high school, or a graduating last year undergraduate student, the OUR will pursue a partnership to support undergraduate researchers through opportunities with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for the experience. If you have questions, please contact Megan Shannahan at 801-581-2478. Students with DACA Employment Authorization Documents will be hired and paid through U payroll.
- If you are an international student or scholar, you must either a) be a degree-seeking undergraduate student at the University of Utah, OR b) possess documentation that establishes your eligibility to work in the United States (if you hold US citizenship, it is likely you have these documents). Click here to view list of acceptable documents.
- able to commit to approximately 35-40 hours per week of employment at the University of Utah for the entire duration of the program (May 24-August 3, 2023)
- at least 18 years old by May 22, 2023 (required if you wish to use on-campus housing; preferred if you will not be using on-campus housing)