DEM3 Undergraduate Recipient: Naa Dromo Korley
We are excited to announce that the DEM3 Anthropology Research and Development Fund has awarded the first research grant to an undergraduate student in the OSU Department of Anthropology! The award has gone to Naa Dromo Korley, a fourth-year Medical Anthropology Honors student. A first-generation college student of Ghanaian descent from Columbus, Ohio, Naa's research examines how sexual function in women who have gynecological cancers that are going through radiation has been impacted by their radiation treatments. Various wet lab research studies focus on this topic, however little research has been done in the vaginal microbiome. This is a largely taboo topic, as physicians rarely talk with their patients about both how sexual desire will be altered and how the physical structures in female genitalia will change. This research funding will help Naa continue this research in the form of an honors thesis on this topic, and allow her to present this work at two conference: the Regional Medical Education Conference and the Annual Medical Education Conference, both run by the Student National Medical Association, or SNMA. Naa is also the Pre-medical representative Region V of the SNMA, competes on the OSU club rugby team and has served as The Ohio State Arts and Sciences Honors Ambassador. She has also been featured in the Why Ohio State ad campaign by the Office of Academic Affairs. Please help us congratulate Naa and wish her the best in her future endeavors, including her goal of attending medical school next academic year!!