After the initial meeting with the participants, the ACEHAP Junior Fellowship Program plan has reached the debriefing and kick-off stage. A webinar on making a research proposal was held on March 20. The speaker, A. Fuady, enlightened the participants on how to dig for their ideas and turn them into a research plan. The presenters discussed how, step by step, preparing a research proposal started from exploring ideas, developing research topics, conducting literature reviews, determining problem statements, formulating goals and hypotheses, and choosing methodological designs.
This activity is also open to students in Indonesia, not only to Fellowship program participants. Ninety-nine participants from various majors attended this webinar. The presenters made this activity quite interactive. This moment was used by participants to simultaneously consult their ideas and research topics to be developed in future fellowship activities.
Details of this webinar can be found on our YouTube channel.
KICK-OFF AND PROGRESS REPORT
In a meeting with research fellows (April 1), participants begin to describe the progress of their research proposals, guided by our mentors. In the mentoring process, the emphasis is on how participants can understand and prepare their research proposals by following the directions given during the briefing. Also, participants can clearly describe the background and problem statements, objectives, benefits of the study, and an overview of the methods to be carried out. At this stage, participants are not advised to rush to conduct their research before thoroughly writing the research proposal. So, not only do fellow participants hear input from mentors, but they may also respond to each other or ask questions of other participants so that learning can be more comprehensive.
At this meeting, the participants started to discuss their research plans. Happy Kusuma (Double Degree Public Health Student of Unair and Medical Student of Udayana) explained his idea about “Social Media Strategies to Engage COVID-19 Awareness of Productive Age Group in Indonesia Through “Honest” or “Satire Content.” Meanwhile, Nur Sahila (Public Health Student of Unair) discussed “Intention to Receive Vaccination and Association Against It.” Last but not least, Niamah (Psychology, UNNES) presented her idea on “The Effect of Negative Information Framing on Generation Z Participation in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Moderated by Gender“.