Mary Farley, a senior majoring in social work, received the Alpha Eta Student Research Presentation Award for her study “Access Barriers to Long-term Healthcare for Female Sexual Assault Survivors.” Farley was honored at the Alpha Eta annual meeting on Nov. 4 and received a $1,000 award and a plaque. The award is given annually by the Alpha Eta Society, a national honor society for allied health students.
“It means a great deal to me to receive this award,” says Farley. “Not only does it give me an important opportunity to present my research, I’m hopeful that it will also bring awareness to the taboo topic of sexual assault which affects 1 in 3 women globally.”
“I started the study independently this past January under the supervision of my research chair, Dr. Kim Anderson, and completed it in July,” says Farley. “While the research process was challenging and tedious at times, it was definitely worth it. Dr. Anderson’s expertise, guidance and support were instrumental in the success of the study. My committee member Dr. Julia O’Connor was also a key factor in completing this endeavor successfully.”