R2D2 Center Visiting Scholars Program
R2D2 offers a wide variety of unique projects and experiences related to universal design, assistive/adaptive technologies, and community accessibility that will challenge and enhance the skillsets of visiting scholars and those wishing to complete a capstone project. R2D2’s focus on universal design, assistive technology, and community accessibility have provided past scholars with the opportunity to engage in projects and tasks such as…
- Working with current center data to create a research project implemented with schools close to home
- Engaging in teaching experiences
- Creating grant proposals that went on to receive funding (I-Corps & IMPACT, HESTIA, MyAccessCoach, etc.)
- Conducting app development for accessibility apps (AccessRatings for Buildings)
- Presenting at state and national conferences (such as through the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association, and the AOTA Education Summit)
- Creating critical center-based taxonomies
- Participating in the IMPACT program
- And more!
Past visiting scholars have been involved in following ways:
- OTD capstone projects
- PhD dissertation scholars
- MSOT third fieldwork rotations
If Interested: Please email the R2D2 Program Center Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with your C.V. and a letter of interest.
R2D2 Center Graduate Student Assistantships
Our graduate student assistantships provide R2D2Center program and project support. Some provide general support and some work in specific funded projects. Most student tasks revolve around core research, development, or training teams and performing activities related to technology and disability. Duties include assisting faculty and academic staff with preparing proposals, reports, manuscripts, informational products, presentations, and dissemination efforts that may include web postings and formal print publications. Often duties also include tasks related to data collection and data management.
Graduate Assistantships in Mobility Lab
Students also work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Mobility Lab at the Innovation campus. Please see the accompanying information for details.
Undergraduate and Graduate Student Hourly Employees
The R2D2 frequently employs undergraduate students to work part-time on our teams. If you have an interest in our projects and are studying in a related field where we need your skills (e.g. rehabilitation professions, biomedical engineering, computer science, graphic design, architectural design) consider checking in with us about open or future positions.
“Not only does work at R2D2 fit my schedule as a student, but it also reinforces concepts learned in the MSOT curriculum and facilitates my interest in universal design and assistive technology as a future occupational therapist. I have learned valuable skills in research and design as well as gotten the opportunity to work with and learn from other students and professionals.” – Ellison Brooks, UWM MSOT Student
“Working at R2D2 was a great decision I made at the beginning of my MSOT program at UWM because it provided a paid position to not only expand my knowledge on the research process and collaborate with, in my opinion, some of the greatest minds in OT, but also helped me grow as a scholarly practitioner. You take what you want from your experiences! From my perspective, R2D2 has a lot to offer to anyone who is even just slightly interested in research, AT, community health, and more.” – Kassandra Bauman, UWM MSOT Graduate
“Especially getting the chance to work on the Access-Ratings for Buildings project has been a wonderful experience; I’m very passionate about the work that R2D2 is doing to create comprehensive public building accessibility rating applications to improve the quality of participation in community-based occupations for individuals with disabilities. I’ve learned so much about the complexity of this issue through getting to participate in community engagement event organization, interviewing individuals with disabilities to assess the current need for a project like ARB, taxonomy troubleshooting for AccessTools, AccessTools, MiniTools, and AccessPlace app testing, and even co-writing a manuscript examining the user perspectives and validity of AccessTools.” – Stephanie Tkaczyk, UWM MSOT Graduate
“The staff has also been great to work with, as someone who started with no research experience, they made me feel welcomed and helped me gain new skills. Thankful to be a part of this great team!” – Kaylee Schweitzer, UWM MSOT Student
“Working in the R2D2 center has been a great experience as an MSOT student. This center brings context to many of the topics we discuss in our classes; from accessibility to assistive technology, to research methods, these concepts and more are conceptualized and brought to life through our work and research.” – Emily Olejniczak, UWM MSOT Student