KI Student Research Grants Winners
The Kinsey Institute Student Research Grants are awarded annually to up to six emerging sexology scholars: three at Indiana University, and three at accredited research universities nationwide. Through the Student Research Grants, the Institute seeks to fund significant and innovative research that deals with human sexuality, from a wide array of disciplines and perspectives.
The 2012 grant awardees are:
About Our Awardees:
Elizabeth Pfeiffer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology and the African Studies program at Indiana University. Her research interests are HIV/AIDS, women, marriage, sexuality, and Kenya.
Using intensive ethnographic methods in a small town located along the trans-African highway in western Kenya, Elizabeth’s dissertation research explores shifting gender, marital, and sexual relations within the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. More exactly, she investigate the trajectories through which women come to identify themselves as commercial sex workers (CSWs) and thus, come to experience AIDS-related stigma and discrimination.
Using a cross-sectional survey design, Nicole hopes to gain new knowledge on how infertility and the utilization of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) affect the sexual functioning and relationship dynamics of couples.
Amanda Denes' project explores “pillow talk,” or conversations after sexual activity, by looking at the relationship between physiology and communication. She is interested in whether individuals’ genotypes for a certain oxytocin receptor gene are related to their communication patterns during times when oxytocin is known to increase, such as during sexual activity. “Pillow talk” provides an ideal context for exploring the relationship between communication and the body, and I hope this project will provide valuable insights on the unexplored intersection of sexuality, physiology, and communication.
Amanda is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication at University of California, Santa Barbara with a Feminist Studies Doctoral Emphasis.
Congratulations to all our award winners!
For more information on these students, their research projects, and the Kinsey Institute Student Research Grants, please visit the Kinsey Institute website.