Kaitlyn Jenkins and Stephanie Koo

Congratulations to English majors Kaitlyn Jenkins and Stephanie Koo, UCONN IDEA grant award recipients.

Kaitlin Jenkins ’17 (Elementary Education, ED; English)

Empathy in Young Adult versus Classical Literature: An Analysis of Teachers’ Choices

Kaitlin’s project will explore teachers’ choice of classroom literature (classical versus young adult literature) and the types of empathetic responses they want to elicit from their students. The project comprises an empirical research study, a literary analysis, and an original curriculum guide.

Stephanie Koo ’17 (English & Biological Sciences)

Where My Family Calls Home: A Novel Exploring Chinese Diasporas through Family History

After investigating her family history and traveling abroad in Malaysia and Singapore, Stephanie will write a novel that discusses the Chinese diaspora and its influence on her family. A website and travelogue will accompany the novel to reach a broader audience.

The UConn IDEA Grant program awards funding to support self-designed projects including artistic endeavors, community service initiatives, traditional research projects, entrepreneurial ventures, and other creative and innovative projects. Undergraduates in all majors at all UConn campuses can apply. Applications are accepted twice per year from individuals and from small groups who plan to work collaboratively on a project.

The next application deadline will be in December 2016.

More information on the UConn IDEA Grant program can be found at http://ugradresearch.uconn.edu/IDEA.