When Caitlin Turner ‘23 realized the research opportunities offered at UNH, she made the connection between a UNH degree and her future.
“The undergraduate research prospects are phenomenal. And UNH has fantastic alumni and networking opportunities,” Turner says. “I recognized that a degree from this university would lead to fascinating possibilities.” But before deciding for certain, she did her homework.
“I conducted a few interviews to try and gather firsthand information about the professors, the courses, the college culture and everything else,” Turner says. “I was persuaded to apply to this university through what they said about the leadership of the institution, the student organizations, the relationships between teachers and students, and the caliber of the lectures.”
Turner is a dual major in sociology and women’s and gender studies.
“Sociology is unique in that it analyzes social life, community welfare, social hierarchy and the determinants and consequences of human behavior in a multitude of social contexts utilizing theoretical frameworks and empirical research methodologies,” Turner says. Of women’s and gender studies, she says, “When attempting to bring about social change, I believe it is crucial to have an intersectional perspective.”
Last year, working with the Social Justice Leadership Cohort, which is part of the women’s and gender studies major, Turner conducted research on minority representation and tokenism in UNH marketing and media. The findings were presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference. This year’s research looked at how students feel supported regarding the mental health resources offered on campus. Turner also did a summer internship with Black Lives Matter Seacoast, thanks to being selected to participate in the Summer Institute in Public Humanities.
“Both opportunities have opened the door to being involved in the public sector, which is something I am highly interested in,” Turner says. Last year she received a Judge William W. Treat Fellowship, based in the Carsey School of Public Policy.
Of being a COLA student, she says, “You will undoubtedly find a family in the College of Liberal Arts, regardless of the discipline you choose to study. I love being a part of COLA because of the welcoming environment that surrounds you; the professors are excellent, and the students are delightful.”