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University Grant for Buttenheim

The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships awards the Summer Undergraduate Research Group Grant (SURGG) to Penn Nursing’s Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health.

Buttenheim was selected by a committee composed of faculty members representing all 12 of Penn’s schools. SURGG will provide grants of as much as $27,500 including $10,000 for research expenses with the rest to cover stipends for teams of as many as five undergraduates. She will lead undergraduates in a study examining the role of financial incentives in smoking cessation programs during pregnancy.

“We already know that financial incentives work to change health behavior,” Buttenheim said. “In this study, we will advance the science of behavior change by figuring out how to design and target financial incentives based on individual ‘behavioral phenotypes.’ The opportunity to include undergraduates in this work is fantastic. They will get to work on every aspect of the study from survey instrument design to data analysis and publication.”