Founded in 2014, iSEE pursues actionable research to find solutions for the world’s pressing sustainability, energy, and environmental needs today and tomorrow. iSEE funds and shepherds research projects that will have an immediate and lasting impact in solving global grand challenges. As part of its three-pronged mission, the Institute is also working to make the U of I campus a model of sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental friendliness for the world to emulate — and to educate and prepare students to be leaders in these fields when they leave campus.
Longo (2010) discusses that nurses have been conducting research studies using the internet for at least the last ten years. In a study by Im and Chee (2002), they identify the dramatic increase in using the internet to conduct research. These two nurse researchers conducted studies exploring cancer pain experiences in different genders and ethnic groups. Social workers, Alessi and Martin (2010) discuss that software designed for data collection is easy for even a novice researcher. Examples of software include Survey Monkey ( ), Zoomerang ( ), and Zarca ( ). Using these methods, the researcher can download data onto a spreadsheet format and easily convert it into a statistical program for analysis. However, it is important that when designing surveys for internet research, that the surveys are “participant friendly” and that there is a smooth functional process when completing the survey (Crawford, McCabe & Pope, 2010). As easy as it might be to use software products to collect data, this process does not come without ethical problems.