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WAGSFP Summer Fellows

The community of scholars who participate in Women and Gender Summer Fellowship Program will also engage in programming throughout the summer in addition to their research. Students will participate in seminars to learn more about current and emerging research in women and gender studies, read and share articles related to research in women and gender studies, learn how to publish their research and engage in other professional development activities. 

2021 Summer Fellows


Adrian Beyer

Why did you choose to get into research?

I originally started research with SURO through the Sociology Department because I wanted to broaden my intellectual horizons and further my passion for Gender and Sexuality Studies outside of the classroom. Through that research experience, I discovered I really enjoyed working as a research assistant, and wanted to pursue more opportunities that would enable me to contribute to the growing field of Gender and Sexuality Studies. I'm thrilled to be able to do just that this summer through WAGSFP!

Leilani Fonseca

Why did you choose to get into research?

I choose to get into research because it was something that was very new to me. As a first-generation college student, I thought research was a great opportunity to learn more about my passions and interests. Through UROP I have been able to learn a lot about why research is important and how it is applicable to my field of study. I specifically wanted to do WAGSFP because of my goal to become a sexual assault attorney. I am really looking forward to doing research on sexual assault at the University of Michigan.

Freda Frimpong

Why did you choose to get into research?

Research is still widely based on the androcentric model, ignoring the struggles of women and other marginalized communities. Black women are often overlooked in research, and the stories of black women's experiences are hidden. I chose to get into research because I wanted to help rewrite the narrative to include Black women and marginalized voices. Additionally, research is fascinating. It is the foundation of how we accurately support our conclusions on the world. I wanted to acquire knowledge on how this process operates and become part of something meaningful.

Claire Goods

Why did you choose to get into research?

Research is fundamental to science and our understanding!!

Olive Jayakar

Why did you choose to get into research?

I chose to get involved in research excited for a new way of learning. After my first experience in UROP I realized this is something I am passionate about and I am excited to gain more experience with WAGSFP. These experiences allow me to be involved with meaningful work which will hopefully one day create necessary social change.

Greta Kruse

Why did you choose to get into research?

I chose to explore research because through research I am able to develop multiple skillsets while being engaged with meaningful work. Before college, I had a very narrow understanding of what "research" meant. Through UROP's programs I've learned how expansive the possibilities are, and I've found personal strengths I don't think I would've otherwise!

Maya Millette

Why did you choose to get into research?

I love learning through curiosity. Working on research topics and questions that I am passionate about has motivated me to seek ways in which research can uplift underserved communities. Research is such an important tool to tell the truths of science. I got into research to give voice to those who cannot cannot advocate for themselves.

Udoka Nwansi

Why did you choose to get into research?

I've never done research before and I thought doing UROP would be a great way to learn about the research process and be able to experience it firsthand. In joining the Women and Gender section of UROP, I wanted to do join a project involving the experiences of women in the STEM field and I knew that I would be able to do meaningful work and answer thought provoking questions about the subject through research.


To learn more about the WAGSFP summer fellowship, please check out the WAGSFP Blog.