Undergrads Win 2018 Summer Research Grants

Undergrads Win 2018 Summer Research Grants

Etling_CondonSophia Etling and Ryan Condon are among five SESP undergrads to win summer research grants.

Five up-and-coming School of Education and Social Policy researchers have received 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Grants from Northwestern University's  Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) to study everything from pediatric palliative care to the rape culture in the Greek system.

The 2018 grant winners include Lindsay Adamski, Eliza Beth, Ryan Condon, Sophia Etling and Alana Farkas. They’ll receive a $3,500 stipend to cover living and research expenses to pursue their academic and creative ideas for eight weeks under faculty supervision.

Once reserved for faculty and graduate students, research opportunities have changed the nature of the Northwestern undergraduate experience by providing a counterbalance to daily classroom teaching and learning. And they push younger students to think and collaborate in unfamiliar ways in order to make new and meaningful contributions to the worlds of art, humanities, science and well beyond.

Information about grants and deadlines is available on the Undergraduate Research website.

Here’s a closer look at the projects:

Lindsay Adamski, human development and psychological services, junior

Adamski will be working with Lisa VanWagner, assistant professor of medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine, on liver transplant and cardiovascular disease research. Through focus groups, Adamski will assess the barriers to care faced by liver transplant recipients, informal and formal caregivers. Knowing these barriers can help practitioners and those in caregiving roles better provide for patients, she said.

Eliza Beth, human development and psychological services, junior

Beth is studying sexual health education in the U.S. and internationally with a specific focus on how themes of pleasure and power within existing curricula affect sexual health reform. She hopes to illuminate current problematic trends in sex education practices and highlight those curricula and techniques that work well and empower young people with access and control over their own sexual health. 

Ryan Condon, teacher education, junior

Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) provides specialized care and support to children with serious illnesses and their families by addressing the symptoms, pain, and emotional stress. Conlon will interview members of the PPC team at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago and read anthropological literature on the experiences of the dying and their family members—in particular, the parents and siblings of the child with an illness. Conlon will write short fictional stories based on his research to make the academic discussion surrounding the PPC experience accessible to a broader audience.

Sophia Etling, social policy, senior

Queer, trans and gender non-conforming students can have trouble finding appropriate crisis and support resources, says Etling. Following the spirit of other successful grassroots guides that have ushered in change at other universities, Etling will research and create the first-ever comprehensive, multi-format, queer and trans resource guide for Northwestern, with an accessible format that can be easily adapted by peer institutions.

Alana Farkas, human development and psychological services, junior

Farkas is studying the social factors related to rape culture in Greek life by interviewing Northwestern fraternity members about their perspectives relative to masculinity and hookup culture. “Much of what we know about sexual violence on campuses is based in quantitative data about its prevalence,” Farkas said. “I’m taking a qualitative approach to understand the underlying scripts, narratives, and social factors that form a sociocultural context in which these behaviors are normalized and perpetuated.”

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 5/21/18