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BSN Student Receives Research Funding

Alejandra Gonzalez, a second semester nursing student from Denison, Iowa, was recently awarded funding from the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU).

The funding will assist Gonzalez in the completion of her research project titled, “Perception of the College Hookup Culture for Sexual Minority Women.” According to her abstract, “the specific aim for this research is to examine perspectives of women who have sex with women (WSW) on the college hook-up culture, the influence of these norms on sexual minority women, and impact of the hook up cultural norms on risk perceptions.

“Conducting this study will be a step toward addressing the disparity in research that examines sexual health issues specific to sexual minority women. By further investigating contextual and cultural elements that contribute to sexual health risks, behavior and health decisions can be better understood so that interventions can be tailored to meet the needs of sexual minority women.”

Gonzalez is currently an Iowa Bioscience Advantage scholar and an ICRU fellow. She is also an executive member of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Allied Union and president of the Multicultural Greek Council.

“I have known Alejandra since the spring of 2014 when she approached me regarding her interest in my research that centers on sexual and reproductive health risks,” said Melissa Lehan Mackin PhD, RN, assistant professor. “I will be proudly serving as the research mentor and co-investigator for this project.”

Gonzalez will graduate in December 2015 with a joint degree in nursing and psychology. 

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Jan 12th, 2015