I am a PhD student with a major in the University of Arizona's School of Geography & Development and a minor in Teaching & Teacher Education through the UA’s College of Education. My ongoing graduate research project asks how the common academic spaces (classrooms, labs, instructors’ offices, and advisors’ offices) encountered by most university students who major in bioscience welcome and support LGBTQ+ students. To that end, I interview LGBTQ+ bioscience students and alumni, both in one-on-one settings and in small focus groups, to understand how their identities are developed, reinforced, changed, or stigmatized in those places; how they respond to and cope with stressors as students who share LGBTQ+ and bioscience identities; and what we can learn about minority stress from LGBTQ+ students’ experiences, both positive and negative, in the spaces of bioscience education.

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