Spring and Summer 2021 Seed Funding

Date Published: 
June 28, 2021

Seed Funding for Spring and Summer 2021

This summer, the Women + Girls Research Alliance funded the research project entitled, “Developing the “Paper Chase” Virtual Training Model for Research Dissemination.” This research project, which is led by Dr. Jessamyn Bowling and Dr. Alicia A. Dahl, focuses on “developing virtual training modules about the processes of science communication and research dissemination efforts, with an emphasis on gender equity, to be implemented with undergraduate students accepted into the Charlotte Research Scholars (CRS) and Charlotte Community Scholar (CCS) programs offered at UNC Charlotte.” By funding this project, the W+GRA is supporting research that aims to lessen the gender gap in women’s enrollment in STEM programs, research publications, and their future jobs in STEM fields. The “Paper Chase” project will provide efficient and effective dissemination training models for underrepresented students beginning with the undergraduate experience and continuing through research trajectories.

The Alliance has funded Dr. Alicia A. Dahl's research project “Pandemic & Peripartum: Understanding the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Wellbeing of First-Time Moms in North Carolina.” Dr. Dahl's research focuses on the “increased stress associated with the risk of infection and the potential consequences for the mother, her child, and family as a result of the pandemic.” The goal is to understand the experiences of North Carolinian primiparous women who give birth and enter postpartum within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The importance of this work is to identify who is at greatest risk for adverse psychosocial outcomes during a pandemic as a way to inform best practices and policies for addressing the needs of women navigating the peripartum period during a public health crisis.
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