Three Students Honored as Mary Gates Research Scholars

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Myai Nguyen, Anna Howard and Casey Wagner will each receive $5,000 to support their work on community health centers (Nguyen and Howard) and FBI files (Wagner).

Three UW Tacoma students have been selected as Mary Gates Research Scholars for winter quarter 2020. This $5,000 UW scholarship is designed to encourage undergraduate students to become independent learners and community leaders through research and leadership opportunities. It is open to students doing research in any academic field.

Approximately 160 Mary Gates Research Scholarships are awarded to UW undergraduates annually.

Myai Nguyen, senior, UW Tacoma Nursing & Healthcare Leadership

Myai Nguyen (Healthcare Leadership, BA ’20)
Nguyen’s research explores access to healthcare for low-income communities. The research team, led by Dr. Sharon Laing, addresses healthcare decision-making and system-level support for safety-net patients and is part of a larger study of Western Washington low-income patients and their perception and assessment of services received at community health centers.

Anna Howard, senior, UW Tacoma Nursing & Healthcare Leadership

Anna Howard (Healthcare Leadership, BA ’20)
Howard will be continuing research on healthcare delivery for marginalized patients in safety-net clinics located in Washington, DC. The aim of this research, guided by Dr. Sharon Laing, is to better understand which needs of safety-net patients are not currently being supported by community health clinics so that they can be considered and implemented in future healthcare frameworks.

Casey Wagner, pre-major, UW Tacoma

Casey Wagner (pre-major, ’22)
Wagner’s research includes the parsing, annotation and citation of FBI files related to a book project currently being undertaken by his advisor, Dr. Michael Honey. The compilation of a rudimentary guide on proper citation practice in regard to FBI files is also in process. The project has been underway for one quarter already, and will continue for at least another two. Casey is a sophomore at UW Tacoma currently aiming to dual-major in computer science and history.

Written by: 
Brian Anderson / April 17, 2020
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