Research Update

For the past few weeks, I have been working with my mentor, Dr. Conklin to continue our research on Child Sexual Abuse by Adolescent Boys: Comparing 3 Prevention Strategies. One difficult part about my research was finding literature focused on adolescent boys who sexually abuse children. I met with a librarian last week and she helped me navigate the library online catalog. The librarian also helped me explore so much more like the Wordcat, E-brary, Database A to Z. Thanks to her help, I was able to FINALLY find one book focused on adolescent boys who sexually abuse children. I was also able to find many other reliable resources.

Finding professionals who work with the adolescents who abuse children sexually was the most difficult part of my research last year. This year, I started working with Mr. Jared Thiemann from the Department of Counseling at Idaho State University. Mr. Thiemann has been doing working with youth who sexually offend for about four years now.  I am honored to have the opportunity to work with an expert on my topic. I plan to schedule an interview with Mr. Theimann to learn more about the behaviors of youth who sexually offend and what has and has not worked for them. I am really looking forward to this interview.

SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) National Science Conference in Seattle, Washington

SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) National Science Conference in Seattle, Washington

Hello Research Rookies!!

This past week Lupe Lopez, Elaine Rodriguez, and I attended SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) National Science Conference in Seattle, Washington. We had the amazing opportunity to present our research projects to scientist, SACNAS staff, PH.D/ MD Doctors, graduate students, undergraduate students, and professors from the top institutions in the United States. This a life changing experience. This conference would not have been possible without the help and support of Dr. Spears, Director of the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning. Thank you Dr. Spears! I would also like to thank everyone else who made this conference possible: Director of the Latino Resource Center, Dr. Emily Prieto, Office Support Associate for the Latino Resource Center, Lisa Vargen, The University Honors Program, The Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Lisa C. Freeman, Office Support Specialist from Human Health and Sciences, Varsie Geisler, and my mentor, Dr. Sally Conklin from the College of Human Health and Sciences, ! Thank you!

Research Approach

This past week my mentor Dr.Conklin and I were unable to meet (we will be meeting this upcoming Tuesday). During our last meeting we discussed the different types of research approaches. The two main research approaches are Quantitative Research and Qualitative Research but there are many more approaches like the Naturalistic Observation approach and Cross Sectional approach. We also discussed the importance of ethical, valid, and reliable research studies. This upcoming week my mentor and I plan to figure out which approach is best our study.