Student NameGabrielle Gibb
Faculty Mentor NameDr. Marit Østebø
CollegeUniversity of Florida
MajorPsychology with an emphasis in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Research InterestsAs someone who is pursuing a future career in medicine, specifically osteopathic medicine, I am interested in understanding the holistic health experience. That said, I value the hard physical sciences but also the interpersonal and intrapersonal subjects such as anthropology, psychology, and political science.
Academic AwardsRegional Stockholm Junior Water Prize, 2018 AP Scholar with Designation, 2018 Rotary Oratory Scholarship Winner, 2018 Fernandina Beach Rotary Scholarship recipient, 2018 Nassau Sport Fishing Club Scholarship recipient, 2018 American Business Women's Association Scholarship recipient, 2018-present John Vrabec Shadow Scholarship recipient, 2018-present Florida Academic Scholars Bright Futures recipient, 2020 Emerging Scholar
OrganizationsFreshman Year: Career Success Institute, Staff for Model United Nations Sophomore Year/Continuous: American Medical Student Association, Young Life, Gatorship participant, Leader in training for Center for Outdoor Recreation and Education, Counselor for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.
Hobbies and InterestsDance, Travel, Journaling

Why I got involved with research

My spirit of inquiry was fueled by the classes “Culture and Medicine” and “International Human Rights” where I discovered the relationships of health and environment, whether that be cultural or political. The more I dove into the readings, the more I found the material genuinely interesting and applicable. I started asking questions. With the help of my incredible mentors, Rebecca Henderson and Dr. Østebø, I was able to channel that curiosity into research.

Research Project

The Apolitical Health Researcher: Assumption or Reality?

From its long history as a site of aid and development to recent gains in the global sphere, Ethiopia has long been a focus for health researchers. Despite a plethora of health research, the intersection between politics and health seems to be left out of the ever growing conversation within and outside of state borders. While the political context and political culture surely have an impact on health interventions and research, this is seldom discussed in scholarly publications. This research study aims to investigate why there is a lack of political context in health related research specific to Ethiopia. However, it is important to note that this trend of disregarding a seemingly common sense relationship is not limited to Ethiopia. Globally, there is a practice of depoliticizing health research, especially in contexts where gaining access is politically difficult.