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Kiara Clark

Undergraduate Student Assistant
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Summary

1. What program are you in at KU?

I am a senior within the social sciences and humanities departments. I am double majoring in Psychology and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

 

2. What is your background in research?

I initially got started in research through the McNair Scholars program.  This program supports students like me from underrepresented, first-generation and low-income backgrounds obtain their doctoral degree. I conducted a study over the course of eight months titled, “Determining the Factors that Influence Perceptions of Mental Health Treatment and Care Among African Americans” advised by Dr. Tamara Baker-Thomas in the Psychology department. I have attended two research conferences where I gave a podium talk presenting my project.  I am currently turning my study into a manuscript for publication.

 

3. What do you do at the Center for Undergraduate Research?

I assist other undergraduate students in getting involved with research.  I also assist Dawn with the Research Ambassadors program and general organizational work to ensure the success of the Center for Undergraduate Research.


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