Research Opportunites Open New Doors for Bowling Green State University Scholar

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Adeya Pinnix, a fourth-year psychology major and women’s studies minor, didn’t see herself as a research scholar when she began her undergraduate studies at BGSU. Now, with support from the McNair Scholars Program and faculty from Women’s Studies and psychology, she has already presented at a national research conference and is planning on pursuing graduate and doctoral studies.

Last week, Pinnix presented “The Truth behind closed doors: A Qualitative and Quantitative investigation of Black heterosexual romantic relationships” at the Annual National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, National Association of Native American Studies and the International Association of Asian Studies Conference.

“The project made me very passionate about research. Academically, I definitely learned a lot, particularly about how to conduct research,” Pinnix says. “I also learned how much I enjoy doing research, and how little research has been done on blacks and other minority relationships.”

This is just the kind of statement that Sidney Childs, director of TRIO Programs which includes the McNair Scholars Program, loves to hear. “We see so much promise in our students when they begin their studies at BGSU. However, since our scholars are first-generation students or from populations underrepresented at the doctoral level, they often don’t see the same potential in themselves,” he says. “It is wonderful to see Adeya presenting at a national conference and to hear about her plans for further academic pursuits.”

Pinnix credits the McNair Scholars Program with setting her on a successful research path. She says, “Research is emphasized early in your studies. McNair Scholars attend an intensive 200-hour summer research institute and several national research conferences. We also participate in courses for GRE and graduate studies preparation. Additionally, faculty in both the psychology and women’s studies programs have been tremendously encouraging about pursuing research and developing appropriate methodologies.”

“Adeya is such an insightful and engaged young scholar,” says Susana Peña, School of Cultural and Critical Studies director. “As a teacher, it is wonderful to watch her develop new ideas and insights and I look forward to her future academic achievements and contributions.”

– Article originally posted on the Bowling Green State University website.

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