This summer, 10 Stephens students completed research projects in their fields of study, culminating in presentations delivered via Zoom. 

Psychology major Kaitlyn Ritchie ’21 completed a research project titled “Gender Expression and Self-Objectification Among Sexual Minority Women.” 

“One of my greatest takeaways from this experience is that even as one researcher, you can make an impact in your field,” Ritchie said. “If you have a niche interest, go for it, because there will always be at least one person out there grateful to see themselves represented through your research.”

Rachel Paul ’21 researched “The Impact of Empathy in a Multicultural Counseling Course: a Comparative Study,” with Dr. Debolina Ghosh. Paul is a human development major with an emphasis in child study and minor in psychology.

“I enjoyed the experience of being involved in an official study, and I know that it will help me in the future,” Paul said. 

After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master of Social Work after graduation and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is especially interested in working with troubled adolescents.

The eight other students who conducted research projects this summer are Gracie Call, Carissa Stevens, Taylor Mansour, Megan Everhart, MacKenzie Christensen, Saffron Lancaster, Rebecca Sturgess and Lydia Mueller.

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