Sumru Erkut Projects

    • Adolescent Mixed-Ancestry Identity: A Measurement Pilot

      2006 - 2009

      Racial/ethnic self-identification can vary over time and place, in other words, some adolescents of mixed ancestry report different single-race or mixed-race identifications at different times and in different situations.This report seeks to explore whether adolescents of mixed-ancestryhave particularstrengths or weaknesses compared within their single-race-reporting peers.

    • Analysis of Adolescent Family Life

      2008 - 2011

      This project surveyed and assessed Title XX Adolescent Family Life (AFL)-funded research to assist in developing a new AFL research agenda that is applicable to prevention and care demonstration projects.

    • An in-depth look at teen/parent sexual communication

      2016 - 2017

      This project was an in-depth qualitative investigation of teen/parent communication about sex and relationships, which provides an in-depth look at families participating in the evaluation of middle school education program. It included interviews with 32 teen/parent pairs who are participants in the Get Real middle school sex education program.

    • Critical Mass Project

      2006 - 2008

      Researchers will interview women board members and men who have served on boards with women among Fortune 1000 companies to determine how a critical mass of women serving on a board affects corporate governance.

    • Exploratory Study of Same-Sex Marriage

      Completed in 2005

      Researchers examined the ways in which same-sex couples in Massachusetts perceived marriage.

    • Hear Our Voices: Evaluation Project

      2004 - 2005

      This project was an evaluation of an all-girls program that provides technology resources, female mentors, and a learning environment to improve girls' attitudes toward and understanding of computers.

    • Measuring the Impact of a Middle School Comprehensive Sex Education Curriculum

      2011 - 2014

      This project was a multi-faceted engagement with Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts to conduct an evaluation of the Get Real middle school sexual education curriculum.

    • Normative Development of Puerto Rican Adolescents

      1997 - 1999

      This longitudinal study on Puerto Rican adolescents found youth to be well-adjusted and close to their families, not prone (as previously assumed) to risky behavior.

    • Oral Storytelling in Math: Evaluation Project

      1998 - 2001

      This was an evaluation of materials/programs to help educators teach spatial relations and geometry through the use of storytelling, and its benefits for girls and boys.

    • Puerto Rican Young Fathers' Involvement with Their Children

      1999 - 2003

      This study utilized the data from interviews to determine what factors permeated the experiences of young Puerto Rican fathers.

    • SCOPE: Evaluation project

      1999 - 2000

      This three-year evaluation project was designed to measure the outcome of SCOPE, an inquiry-based science enrichment program for upper-elementary and middle-school aged girls.

    • Social Context Of Puerto Rican Children's Health And Growth

      1994 - 1997

      This study sought to determine levels of healthy development of Puerto Rican children living in the U.S. mainland, and took into account family variables, perceived discrimination, and geographic location.

    • Sports as Protective of Girls' High-Risk Sexual Behavior

      2000 - 2005

      This study sought to clarify the links and benefits between sports and high-risk sexual behavior among high-school girls.

    • The Audit Study: Do Some College Activities Boost Chances of Entry to Corporate Careers?

      2011 - 2013

      This study looks at what influence college activities have on recruiters considering people for corporate leadership positions.

    • WEEA: Review Project


      This long-term project was designed to assess gender equity educational materials which were created in relation to the development of Title IX.

    • Women's Leadership in Resident Theaters

      2013 - 2018

      The Wellesley Centers for Women partnered with American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) to study gender equity in leadership opportunities in the nonprofit American theater.

    • Women in Development IQC: Gender Matters

      2002 - 2008

      This project was active from 2002-2005 and 2007-2008. Through this project, a review was developed to identify, annotate, and synthesize research studies and projects/interventions addressing primary and secondary school-related gender-based violence in developing countries.

    • Women in Engineering: Evaluation Project

      2003 - 2005

      This was an evaluation of a program that aimed to increase the number of middle school girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    • Women Leaders

      2000 - 2000

      This project examined the experiences of women leaders in varying fields, in order to teach other women how to advance in similar ways and overcome barriers.

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