Students Present Research at the Honors College

Junior communication major Mariam Abdelwahab and senior communication major Nick Goodfellow presented research at a panel hosted by the University Honors College (UHC) on December 9, 2015. As UHC Community Based Research Fellows, Abdelwahab and Goodfellow worked during the 2015 Fall Term to execute projects that applied rigorous research approaches to investigate questions of importance to the local community.

“Nick utilized his double major in Communication and Urban Studies to investigate gender-based discrimination and struggles of bar staff at nightlife venues in the South Side, while Mariam drew from her Communication major to learn more about at-risk girls in Pittsburgh through her focus groups at Gwen's Girls, a local after-school program,” says Holly Hickling, UHC Academic Community Engagement Advisor.

The UHC Fellowship program pairs undergraduate students with faculty mentors, who supervise and guide their research projects that are undertaken in cooperation with local community partners. Associate Professor Sara Goodkind, from Pitt’s School of Social Work, mentored Abdelwahab’s project; while Goodfellow’s research was supervised by Michael Glass, faculty member in Pitt’s Urban studies program.

In addition to providing individual fellows an $800 stipend, the UHC program also brings together the interdisciplinary group of student fellows to learn from each other and mutually inform their research. “As communication majors, Mariam and Nick brought useful skill sets to their community-based research projects and also enhanced the multidisciplinary group, which included people studying Engineering, Neuroscience, Writing, Urban Studies, and French,” noted Hickling.

Students wishing to explore the possibility of pursuing community-based research through the UHC can find information here or contact Holly Hickling.