SRD: 2007-2008 Awards

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The Vice President's Grant for Student Research In Diversity (SRD)

SRD: 2007-2008 Awards

The Committee for Community and Diversity is pleased to announce the 2007-2008 recipients of the President's Grant for Student Research in Diversity.

The awards provide support for outstanding student research projects related to diversity in research, teaching, learning, or community building. Diversity in the context of this award program is broadly defined and includes the exploration of multiple perspectives involving, for example, culture(s), language(s), gender, sexual orientation, race-ethnicity, disabilities.

The process was extremely competitive, as there were 10 proposals. The Grant Review Committee was uniformly impressed with the high-quality, innovativeness, important questions and relevant topics of the proposals submitted. Spanning a broad spectrum of diversity, the proposals truly attest to the varied and meaningful scholarship on the part of TC students.

Ultimately, two applicants were selected as grant recipients with a $3,000 award and two other applicants received a $1,000 honorable mention award.


Student Name: Sadia R. Chaudhury, M.S.

Faculty Sponsor: Lena Verdeli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

Department: Counseling and Clinical Psychology

Proposal Title: Attitudes towards the Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression among South Asian Muslim Americans

In this exploratory study, a mixed methods approach will be used to study the attitudes towards diagnosis and treatment of major depression in South Asian Muslim Americans, in order to assist mental health professionals better understand the mental health needs and concerns in this growing yet understudied community. In particular, the roles of acculturation, the process by which a person experiences changes in their cultural values and behaviors as they come into firsthand, continuous contact with a dominant host culture (Graves, 1967), and enculturation, the retention of native culture by immigrants while living in a dominant host culture (Cortes, Rogler & Malgady, 1994), on shaping these attitudes will be thoroughly explored. It is hoped that the study’s findings will help the Principal Investigator of this study, who herself is a South Asian Muslim American mental health professional, to develop effectivepsychoeducational tools for members of this underserved community.

Student Name: Julie Schell

Faculty Sponsor: Anna Neumann, Professor of Higher Education

Department: Organization and Leadership

Proposal Title: Evolutionary Teaching: Exploring Pedagogical Change in Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education at Major Research Universities

One of the most significant diversity problems within US science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is the persistent underrepresentation of women, minorities, and the disabled (CEOSE, 2004; COSEPUP, 2007). There is ample debate as to why women, minorities, and the disabled are not a significant part of the STEM demographic. That said, this study focuses upon one theory in particular: that one of the top reasons women and minorities drop out of the STEM fields and thus do not pursue careers in STEM, is ineffective and non-inclusive teaching by STEM faculty members (see Handelsman, 2006; Seymour & Hewitt, 1997). This research is an attempt to address issues of diversity that transcends boundaries and cuts across multiple groups is more important than ever. The dissertation aims to do just that by focusing on a section of higher education where diversity issues affecting women, underrepresented minorities, the disabled, and LGBT individuals are more intractable than in any other academic area education.

Honorable Mention

Student Name: Silvia Mazzula

Faculty Sponsor: Robert T. Carter, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Education

Department: Counseling and Clinical Psychology

Proposal Title: Bicultural Competence: The Role of Acculturation, Collective Self-Esteem and Racial Identity

This study examines whether behavioral acculturation, racial identity and collective self-esteem capture the construct of bicultural competence and its relationship to psychological well-being and distress among 520 Latino(a) adults. A structural equation model (SEM) analysis will be performed to confirm the presence of bicultural competence and establish if bicultural competence results in psychological well-being.

Student Name: Justin Jones, M.A.

Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Education

Department: Counseling and Clinical Psychology

Proposal Title: The Gay Fatherhood Project

This study will examine how a child impacts the commitment to the romantic relationship for self-identified coupled gay men who are raising a child or children, how these men both view their role in the family and how they navigate the day-to-day responsibilities of childcare and housework, and the emotional impact of fatherhood on this population. A sample of at least 65 participants will be asked to complete questionnaires with regard to demographics, commitment in their relationship, degree of endorsement of traditional masculine ideology, sharing of responsibilities related to childcare and household tasks, and level of endorsement of spirituality. The results will be compared to the current understanding of fathers raising children in heterosexual relationships.