Jill M. Trumbell
Jill M. Trumbell is an assistant professor in the human development and family studies department and began working at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in the fall of 2015. Her area of teaching specialization is child development and building strong connections between schools and families. Dr. Trumbell frequently works with undergraduate researchers and supports students interested in completing intercollege (INCO) research credits or volunteering in her research lab, with three to eight students earning research credit or volunteering in her lab each semester. In her time at UNH, she has mentored two other students’ honors theses, but had not mentored an Inquiry author until this year. Because much of Dr. Trumbell’s research is conducted in person, it has been incredibly difficult to advance projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. A unique challenge presented by the pandemic is that as a mentor, she had to conduct all training remotely on Zoom for her research assistants. On a positive note, Dr. Trumbell found it incredibly rewarding to mentor Jennika, whose Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) award allowed for a more intensive mentorship experience. She believes that writing for the broader Inquiry audience allows students to understand that research can take many different forms, and is a great way for students to think about the applied nature of research in their field.