Perceptions of College Students Participating in Gender-Typed Activities
My project explores the perceptions people have about gender, masculinity and femininity. I was interested in seeing if perceptions of masculinity and femininity on campus match other research.
M. L. Klotz, associate professor of psychology
There were countless benefits from working with Dr. Klotz. She gave me insight into psychological research and displayed a tremendous amount of support and interest in my education. I feel that I have had a unique experience because many of my friends at larger schools are not able to do research directly with their advisors.
I had to do a lot of background reading in gender studies in order to create my test materials. I took Independent Research last semester and started to collect data using a survey I created with student volunteers from lower-level psychology courses. I was able to test my hypothesis last semester but decided to survey more subjects in the spring. It was a long process, but very interesting and challenging.
I discovered how challenging and exciting research can be. I have a new level of respect for those who study psychology and gender studies. I was also surprised that I was selected to present at The Eastern Psychological Association and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. As a freshman in college, I wondered if I could ever achieve this level of academic success.
I plan to continue working in the helping professions. I would like to work at a domestic violence shelter or other nonprofit organization before deciding if I would like to further my education. I have many interests and I would like to explore the workforce before deciding on a graduate program.