Undergraduate Research Conference Tomorrow!

Post by Brianna Isaacson ’15

Tomorrow, several undergraduates (including myself) will be presenting at SBAI’s undergraduate research conference. There will be six presentations based on undergraduate research, one presentation from the winner of the en(Gendered) juried art show, and four students presenting their experiences with the Rocxxy summer internship program. Undergraduate research topics include:

  • Social Determinants of HIV Contraction in Aboriginal Canadian Women
  • Intersex, Transgender, and Transsexual: A Discussion of Sex and Gender that Begins With The Body
  • Constructions of Gender in Alice Munro’s Boys and Girls, Red Dress – 1946, and The Office
  • The Queer World of Potterheads: Viewing Fandom as a Queer Space
  • Stress As a Contributing Factor to LGBT Health Disparities
  • The Hermaphroditic Angel in the House

The keynote address, Music, Activism, and Social Change: The Possibilities of Undergraduate Research will be given by Jennifer Kyker, Assistant Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology. A former Fulbright Scholar, Professor Kyker has researched audience reception of postcolonial Zimbabwean popular music and has studied the mbira, an instrument played at various rituals in Zimbabwe. She is also the founder of the nonprofit organization Tariro, which works to educate and empower teenaged girls in Zimbabwean communities affected by HIV/AIDS.

Students who participated in the Rocxxy Summer Internship in Feminist Activism and Leadership program will be presenting on their experience at sites including:

  • Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership
  • Girls Rock! Rochester
  • Students Active For Ending Rape
  • New York Civil Liberties Union, Genesee Valley Chapter
  • Planned Parenthood of the Rochester and Syracuse Area

The conference is free and runs from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm tomorrow, 11/22, in the Gamble Room of Rush Rhees Library. Lunch from Open Face Sandwich Eatery will be provided at 12:05, preceding the keynote address. We hope to see you there!


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