During the 2011-2012 academic year over 25 social work students were engaged in projects or activities associated with the Urban Studies Program.
Advanced graduate students worked primarily on projects leading to the thesis requirement for graduation. Students, the agencies or organizations, and the titles of theses produced during 2011-2012, include:
- Bouchelle, Anna (Communities in Schools, Abilene, Texas): Attendance and Dropout Rates Among Homeless High School Students. Support provided by McKinney-Vento grant through Region XIV Education Service Center, Abilene, Texas.
- Buchanan, Danielle (Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene, Texas): An Examination Of The Extent To Which Different Barriers Prevent Nurses From Pursuing A Bachelors Of Science In Nursing Degree In West Texas.
- Crossman, Milene (Mesa Springs, Abilene, Texas): An Investigation of Undergraduate and Graduate Social Work Students’ Attitudes Toward the Elderly. Support provided through a grant funded by the Pruett Gerontology Center, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas.
- Hurd, Shanice (Wesley Court): Sensitivity Training as a Tool to Increase Interest in Gerontology. Support provided through a grant funded by the Pruett Gerontology Center, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas.
- McAdams, Amanda (Communities in Schools, Abilene, Texas): High School Absenteeism: Barriers to Hispanic Attendance. Support provided by McKinney-Vento grant through Region XIV Education Service Center, Abilene, Texas.
- Youngblood, Abby (Eternal Threads, Abilene, Texas): Factors That Contribute to Sex Trafficking of Women in Developing Countries.
Foundation Year graduate social work students were involved in projects that developed key data for Urban Studies Program partners. Students and project titles during 2011-2012 include:
- A Profile of the Chronically Homeless Population in Dallas, Texas (Elizabeth Savoy, Christin King, Josh Lopez, and Brandon Morris); research conducted for City Square, Dallas, Texas.
- Demographic Study to Identify, Assess, and Serve the needs of Homeless Students in the Abilene, Texas, Independent School District (Jessica Castillo, Jenny Butler, Michelle Sampaio, Linda Lother, and Nicole Chaffee); research conducted for Abilene Independent School District, Abilene, Texas
Undergraduate social work students were engaged in various projects, including placements for field education experience. These students and their projects included:
- Tina Griego (Communities in Schools, Abilene, Texas); worked with AISD middle school students focusing on barriers to attendance and retention.
- Jonathan Holmes (Pruett Gerontology Center, Abilene, Texas); conducted research related to inter-generational attitudes toward welfare; with his findings he was able to make presentations at several meetings and conferences, including the 2011 McNair Research Conference, Niagara Falls, New York; 2012 Undergraduate Research Festival, Abilene, Texas; 2012 Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors’ Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon; and 2012 National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. Jonathan was also accepted at the Southwestern Social Science Association Social Work Division Annual Conference. His research has been selected for publication at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 2012 proceedings.
- Terra New (Big Country Area Health Education Center, Abilene, Texas); assisted the agency in developing background materials for grant applications by the agency.
- Alvina Scott (Connecting Caring Communities/DaCipher Program, Abilene, Texas); assisted in the development of the volunteer program at DaCipher, including recommendations for policies and procedures for the program.
Previous Student Projects
- Marciniak, Lisa (CenterPeace, Abilene, Texas): Client Perspective and Therapeutic Approaches to Same Sex Attraction. Master’s Thesis, 2011.
- Lieway, J. Garpue (Abilene Housing Authority, Abilene, Texas): Barriers to Refugees’ Assimilation in West Texas: Focused-Ethnographic Study. Master’s Project, 2011. ACU Graduate School Project of the Year.
- Hardegree, Emily (Abilene Housing Authority, Abilene, Texas): Asset-Based Community Development to Study Refugee Wellbeing in Public Housing Communities. Master’s Thesis, 2010.
- McDanel, LaShay (City of Abilene): Fair Housing: Developing a Community Model for Assessing Discrimination and Affordability. Master’s Project, 2010.
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