Women In (Sex) Science – Kinsey Style

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A week ago a few Kinsey Institute interns and research assistants participated in Indiana University's Women in Science Program's annual research conference.

Kinsey Institute Students at WISP

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    Photo: Jennifer Bass

    Kinsey research assistant Amanda Walner shows off her colorful poster about gender-role attitudes within the GLBT community.

  • Milana Page at WISP

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    Kinsey research assistant Milana Page discussing Kinsey research on facial features and transgender passability.

  • Jessica Zurwell at WISP

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    Jessica Zurwell presented on breast cancer and sexuality. Seen here talking with Health, Physical Education and Recreation professor, Cecilia Obeng.

  • Dayna Henry at WISP

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    Photo: Natalie Ingraham

    Dayna Henry (Fischtein), a PhD student in Applied Health Science, presented early work on her dissertation which focuses on the impact of human sexuality classes on relationships.

  • Natalie Ingraham at WISP

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    Natalie Ingraham presenting her master's thesis research.

A week ago Friday, a few Kinsey Institute interns and research assistants participated in Indiana University’s Women in Science Program’s annual research conference. According to the WISP website,

The Women in Science Research Conference is an annual spring event held in conjunction with Women’s History Month. Undergraduate and Graduate women give poster presentations about their research and compete for the Women in Science Outstanding Research Award. Cash prizes are awarded for best poster presentations in each of the following categories: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Technology. This is a fantastic opportunity for professional development in a familiar setting which will enhance students’ graduate school and employment opportunities.

Research assistants in the Kinsey Institute lab presented current and planned research projects ranging from factors associated with sex-risk taking behavior to a planned study about gender role attitudes within the GLBT community.

The conference is a great way for women participating in science to gain important presentation experience and to learn how to present research to others outside of the sexuality field, who might not be familiar with our buzz words or terminology, like the judges of the WISP conference who were predominately female faculty from across the Indiana University campus.

The conference also allows students to get feedback from professionals about their poster design, presentation skills, and suggestions for how to improve their study’s methodology or data analysis. This was especially useful for me personally, as I was presenting my own research I’m currently working on my for my master’s thesis in public health.

I’d like to encourage our readers interested in sexuality research to check out the WISP website but more broadly, to get their work out there. Apply to present at local, national or international conferences to meet others in the field. Network to form professional relationships that can lead to better research in the future.

There are a million questions to answer about sex and sexuality – and we’re just the people to do it!

Check out our awesome Kinsey Institute staffers and others studying sexuality at the conference in the slideshow.

Natalie Ingraham (M.P.H.)

is a recent graduate of Indiana University and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology at University of California San Francisco.
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