Julie Louangchoumphonh

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Julie Louangchoumphonh

Julie Louangchoumphonh

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Human Development and Family Sciences, Education with an option in Health Teaching
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Hello! My name is Julie Louangchouphonh and I am a second-year student in human development and family sciences, with a concentration in human services. Between 2023-2024, I decided to participate in URSA engagements to further my research endeavors and gain insights into different opportunities available toward my desired passions: Working with diverse perspectives and individuals, where I can learn their narratives and how best to support them.

Undergraduate Research: Analyzing the College Advising Process Toward DACA Students of Rural Communities

My undergraduate research experience was very supportive and insightful, and I was blessed with the opportunity to work with Dr. Ashley Clayton, Dr. Tenisha Tevis, and Ray LaPoint.

Going into this journey, I had no idea the amount of knowledge and new understanding I would learn from the project, and for me, the research opportunity shed light on the still prevalent inequities communities face. Moreover, my outlook on research before participation was all directed toward research that was always done in laboratories and hands-on experience, yet by the end of the project, I grew an understanding of the different types of research and the work that feeds into presenting an informative, knowledgeable project.

The project I worked on was analyzing the college advising process and college knowledge of DACA students. The aim of the study was to identify the limitations of the college advising process, interpret knowledge gaps of advisors, discuss barriers DACA students face, particularly in rural areas, and recognize potential recommendations to better support and advise DACA students.

The methods I incorporated through the three-month period included a literature review from Oregon State University scholarly databases. From that point, I would examine the common denominators between articles, coming to three commonalities: Apparent knowledge gaps, lack of resources available, and internal and external factors affecting the college advising process.


The biggest challenge was balance. It was difficult, for me at least, to find a balance between URSA, school, work and most importantly, self-care. For these scenarios, I found it beneficial to create a schedule of time dedicated to the research process, and I definitely used my Outlook calendar to keep track of my busy schedule.

Future Outlook

Looking beyond college, I hope to work with marginalized communities and interact with diverse perspectives. I am drawn to the work because volunteering at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center and participating in URSA Engage made me realize how much I want to be involved in listening to different narratives, uncovering ways to support people, and helping people overcome barriers, which are rooted in internal, external and environmental factors.

Why did you choose the College of Health at OSU to pursue your studies?

I selected OSU for my studies due to the range of opportunities it provides, a community that feels like home, and a diverse range of majors. Additionally, the university offers numerous avenues to gain research experience and explore various opportunities.

What sparked your interest in health?

Health is a topic that fascinates me due to its multidimensional nature, requiring empathy, understanding and compassion. Having experienced my own mental health challenges, I aim to assist individuals, regardless of their socioeconomic status, in achieving optimal well-being.

Why are you interested in research?

Having the chance to delve into complex and challenging research has equipped me with the ability to think critically, analyze and interpret peer-reviewed studies, and understand the various disparities in communities. Research has been a hidden blessing, allowing me to discover more about myself and my true capabilities through the process.

What research will you be working on and with whom?

Together with Dr. Ashley Clayton and Dr. Tenisha Tevis, my research focuses on counselors' understanding of advising students, with a specific focus on DACA recipients and students from rural communities. This study aims to broaden my understanding of students and advising procedures.

What are your future career and/or academic plans?

My current aspiration is to pursue a career in teaching health or oncology social work. Regardless of the path I choose, I aim to work with adolescents and support them in reaching their full potential.


The Healthy Discoveries undergraduate research program is made possible with the generous support of the Patricia Valian Reser Fund for Experiential Learning.