Announcing IAAR’s 2018 Graduate Student Summer Research Grant Recipients

The recipients are:

Claire Chipman: Sociology
Claire Chipman is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on social organization of American religion, history of social thought, social stratification, and approaches to the study of American religion.  As a GSSRG awardee, this summer Chipman will pursue an ethnographic study, “The Choices and Burdens of Diverse Spaces: An Ethnographic Analysis,” which focuses on African American participation in a multiracial congregation undergoing a leadership transition.  Chipman expects to identify the costs and benefits that African American participants identify regarding their involvement in a multiracial church, as well as its sustainability and effects.
Brionca Taylor: Sociology

A graduate student in the Department of Sociology, Brionca Taylor studies race and ethnicity, stratification, comparative/historical social movements, and collective action. Through the GSSRG award, IAAR is supporting Taylor’s project, “Publicly Pushed Out: Race and Disability in Alternative Schools for Suspended Students.”  The study looks at the prevalent dynamic of Black students being more likely to be diagnosed with learning disabilities and disproportionately more likely to be suspended from school. Conducting interviews with teachers, school administrators, and staff, Taylor will gather data about school personnel’s work experience and perceptions of the alternative school’s work with a predominantly Black student population.
Henry Willis: Psychology & Neuroscience – Clinical Psychology

Henry Willis is a graduate student in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience.  Willis’s project, “Developing a Mobile Mental Health Application for African American Young Adults”, will use client-centered research methods to inform the design of a mental health mobile application for treating African Americans with anxiety and/or depression.  According to Willis, data show that African American young adults suffer from negative mental health symptoms at similar and greater rates than that of White counterparts, but are more likely not to have access to or receive effective treatment.  The GSSRG award will support his data collection, and the results will be disseminated through journal publications and presentations.