Stephanie Domzalski

1. What is your specific area of research (include the name of your faculty and/or laboratory)?
My current project is in the History Dept with Dr. Alice Fahs. I'm researching the 1896 Utah election in which women were first allowed to vote and run for office after Utah gained statehood. In this election Martha Hughes Cannon, a prominent local physician, became the first female State Senator, and several other women were elected to local office.
2. When and how did you first get involved in research?
I first got involved in research last year, with my paper "Race Relations in Kern County, 1850-1900." I started the project after a UROP Counselor came to one of my classes to discuss the importance of undergraduate research. This research was done under the mentorship of Dr. Dickson Bruce. I've also done a creative research project, "Understanding Cancer" with Professor Mike Davis, and a paper on the fictional depictions of the Mountain Meadows Massacre with Dr. Brook Thomas.
3. How has research enhanced you education?
Research has introduced me to the methods and tools that historians use. I've learned how to do archival work to glean information from historical documents and how to organize my findings to support a research question.
4. What has been you favorite experience with research (include any interesting stories or specific events)?
My favorite experience so far happened just last week. I was at the University of Utah Special Collections and I realized that many of the resources I needed were missing from the library. After speaking to some of the employees, I discovered that the newly-appointed governor of Utah, Olene Walker, had been in the library a week before me to do some very similar research and had borrowed many of the items I was interested in. A few days later I had the opportunity to be in a forum with the Governor where she
spoke of the importance of Utah's early prominent female politicians. Governor Walker plans to incorporate their histories into her upcoming election campaign. It was exciting for me to know that the women I'm researching are also important to current leaders, because it adds validity to my own interest in the legacy of early female politicians.
5. What are your future plans and how has being involved in research helped to prepare you to meet your goals?
I will start a Ph.D. program in History next year with the hopes of eventually becoming a professor at a research university.
6. What advice would you give to a student interested in pursuing a faculty-mentored undergraduate research project or creative activity?
Get started! Find some aspect of your discipline that interests you and then seek out a faculty mentor with a similar interest. Be assertive and don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions.

Past Researchers of the Month

2003
Dec. '03 Jana Remy
Nov. '03 Jacqueline Chattopadhyay
Oct. '03 Anshuman Chadha
Sep. '03 Ted K. Yanagihara
Aug. '03 Stephanie Domzalski
Jul. '03 Susan Milden
Jun. '03 Mai Nguyen
May '03 Chris Smith
Apr. '03 Erin Ramsey
Mar. '03 Michael Williams
Feb. '03 Emily Slusser
Jan. '03 Laleh Boroujerdi-Rad
     
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