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Jamie K

- Research Program Mentor

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Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Linguistics, American Sign Language, Biology, Chemistry, Writing

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Ethnographical Approach to Health: A Photography Exhibit

Modeled after LaToya Ruby Frazier’s The Notion of Family, this project involves the student venturing into their own community to photographically document and narrate an important health issue. The student can compile their artwork, along with any interviews, recordings, and commentary, into a virtual exhibit or blog.

Virtual Shadowing Blog

Given the circumstances of Covid-19, many physicians have generously offered to mentor high school students and allow them to virtually shadow their day-to-day lives as physicians. The student will participate in one of the organized virtual shadowing programs (most of which are gratuitous) or individually reach out to local physicians. After each shadowing session, the student is encouraged to reflect upon what they learned about working in a healthcare setting and compile these reflections into an organized blog website.

American Sign Language Healthcare Dictionary

There are so many American Sign Language (ASL) dictionaries available on the web, which includes videos of each particular sign for a word. Students interested in healthcare will be encouraged to brainstorm a master list of all of the relevant words in regards to healthcare/medicine/science. Building off this base, the students can film themselves signing the words and build their own “ASL healthcare” encyclopedia. During this project, it would be beneficial for the students to conduct research on Deaf culture.

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