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Jennifer Turns

Winter 2023

Examining Engineering Student and Faculty Views of Power Dynamics

Power dynamics are normal parts of interpersonal interactions. Kenya Z. Mejia has been researching how students and faculty in engineering conceptualize and make sense of power dynamics as it relates to equity and inclusion in learning spaces. Join us as we do qualitative coding of data from one study.

In this DRG we will:

  • Reflect on our positionality as researchers
  • Complete training for Human Subjects Research
  • Delve into anonymized data from interviews and reflections. 
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Potential for publishing outside of the DRG time

We are looking for 6 students, either senior undergraduate students or graduate students in HCDE. 

This will be a 2-credit DRG. We will meet for 1.5 hours and expect approximately 3-4 additional hours of engagement each week outside of our meeting times. Meeting times are Tuesdays from 3 - 4:30 p.m. PST.

If interested, please fill out this google form by December 19. DRG decisions will be made by December 28. Decisions on participation will take into account the order in which applicants express interest and diversity of perspectives in the group. 


  • 2-credits
  • Tuesdays from 3 - 4:30 p.m. PST

Autumn 2022

Qualitative Analysis of Design Practice in Wilderness Medicine

DRG led by Alainna Brennan Brown, co-led by Esther Sohn, and advised by Professor Jennifer Turns

Note: This DRG is at capacity for Autumn 2022 and no longer accepting applications.

This DRG will introduce students to qualitative research in medical spaces. We will go through the process of cleaning and analyzing data from a field site in Southeast Alaska related to wilderness medicine practice and education. In parallel, each contributor will have the opportunity to develop personal frameworks for articulating positionality and for communicating in interdisciplinary spaces about qualitative work. No specific research background is required. This project is open to students from any department who would benefit from exploring qualitative work with pre-existing data. This DRG will meet for approximately 2 hours each week on Zoom and will require 2-4 hours of outside work per week (depending on the week).

Note this DRG is at capacity for Autumn 2022 and no longer accepting applications. Please feel free to send questions to Alainna at or on the HCDE Slack. 

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