Mentor Name:
Claudia Geist

Mentor Position:
Associate Professor

Gender Studies

Cultural & Social Transformation


Project Description:

**This project is a part of the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), which provides undergraduate students with an intensive 10-week research experience under the mentorship of a University of Utah faculty member. SPUR 2022 begins on May 25 and ends on August 4. If you are interested in this project, please review all program information on the SPUR site. If you wish to apply to this project, you must apply using the SPUR 2022 application.**

There is a growing literature that documents the poor health outcomes faced by gender and sexual minority patients. Some of these negative health outcomes can be attributed to societal problems like minority stress caused by homophobia, transphobia within society overall. However, there is also growing evidence about the negative effect of health care providers’ homophobia and transphobia on the health care experiences and access to care for minoritized groups.

The proposed study has two aims: 1) To identify the prevalence of inclusive practices in future health care providers (in their pre-professional activities like internships, shadowing, etc.), i.e. use of correct names and pronouns. 2) to assess fundamental views about gender and sexuality held by future health care providers (i.e. how do participate define gender?)

Understanding these two important components will help us identify interventions aimed at reducing harmful practices and to create a more inclusive health care environment.

Opportunity Type:

This is a paid research position

Student Role:

The SPUR student will work closely with the faculty mentor in analyzing and interpreting findings from a study of attitudes in pre-med students (in the field in fall '21 and spring '22), and recruit additional participants for the study in School of Medicine summer programs for undergraduate students, and assist the mentor in expanding the study to also include medical students. The student will attend meetings with administrators in the school of medicine to gauge interest in their participation in future, larger studies that systematically assess medical students' (and later, school of medicine faculty's) concepts and understanding of gender and sexuality. The SPUR student will attend meetings, analyze data (if able), interpret results, and assist with manuscript preparation. During the summer, preliminary data will be analyzed, and additional data will be collected, and a proposal for future data collection will be developed. This ensures insights into all stages of the research process. The student will be expected to participate in writing editing drafts of scholarly manuscripts for both health sciences and sociology/gender studies audiences. If desired, the student can become a co=author in manuscripts based on work during the summer.

Student Benefits:

- The student will learn with the processes of IRB approval and complete all relevant training. T - The student will become familiar with data management of small/medium size survey-based studies. - The student will gain experience with in-person email recruiting for survey-based studies. - The student will develop critical insights into the difficulties with sample (self-selection) in studies with sensitive topics - The student will gain insights into the grant writing process of the faculty mentor. - The student will experience presenting research to different audiences - The student will gain experience in writing research manuscripts in two different disciplines - The student will make connections with faculty in the School for Cultural and Social - Transformation (in informal settings) and faculty and researchers in the School of Medicine informal settings through participation in meetings with the division of family planning and meetings with the school of medicine administrators.

Project Duration:

35-40 hours per week on research and program-related activities, begins May 25, 2022, and ends August 4, 2022

Minimum Requirements:

Admission to the program is competitive. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria: 1) be a matriculated, degree-seeking undergraduate student in the Fall 2022 semester (beginning or continuing college career in Fall 2022 and not graduating before December 2022; concurrent enrollment while in high school does not meet this eligibility requirement). Applicants do not need to be a University of Utah student. 2) eligible to work in the United States: If you are a University of Utah Dreamer (with or without DACA), you are eligible to participate. U Dreamers with DACA will be hired and paid through U payroll. U Dreamers without DACA who graduated from a Utah high school will be compensated via a different mechanism. If you are a Dreamer from a different institution: If you have DACA, you are eligible to participate and will be hired and paid though U payroll. If you do not have DACA, you are able to participate and gain research experience, but we do not currently have a mechanism that allows us to compensate you. For more information, please contact Megan Shannahan at megan.shannahan@utah.edu or 801-581-2478. If you are an international student or scholar, you must either a) be a degree-seeking undergraduate student at the University of Utah, OR b) possess documentation that establishes your eligibility to work in the United States (if you hold US citizenship, it is likely you have these documents). 3) able to commit to approximately 35-40 hours per week of employment at the University of Utah for the entire duration of the program (May 25-August 4, 2022). 4) at least 18 years old by May 23, 2022 (required if you wish to use on-campus housing; preferred if you will not be using on-campus housing).