14 April 2023 Sandoval ’25 to Study Family Planning in Rwanda

Through the Research Experience for Undergraduates program, Natalie Sandoval ’25 will study in Rwanda this summer.

Sociology major Natalie Sandoval ’25 will explore family planning and contraception discontinuation in Rwanda this summer as part of research work through the Research Experience for Undergraduates program.  

Sandoval, a sociology major, learned of the opportunity through Associate Professor of Sociology James Sutton, who assisted her in application and interview preparation. The opportunity will be led by Western Washington University Professors Seth Feinberg and Hilary Schwandt.

The program will begin at Western Washington University, located in Bellingham, Wash., where Sandoval will complete two weeks of coursework in preparation for the research. Sandoval will then travel to Rwanda, where she will spend four weeks collecting data and collaborating with local colleagues at partner universities. Following her time in Rwanda, she will return to Western Washington University for another two weeks to engage in analysis and manuscript preparation.

A pre-med student, Sandoval has also completed an independent study with Professor of Geoscience Nan Crystal Arens on “Gender Representation in Paleobiology Authorship.” On campus, Sandoval is a member of Posse, a STEM Scholar, the Latin American Student Organization and Theta Phi Alpha sorority. Additionally, she served as the Hospital Relations Chair for HWS Dance Marathon. This spring, she participated in the alternative spring break experience at the Rural and Migrant Ministry’s Western NY [pictured above].

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