Student NameHannah Fechtel
Faculty Mentor NameKevin Bardosh
CollegeCollege of Liberal Arts and Science
MajorPublic Health and Statistics
Research InterestsEpidemiology of Noncommunicable Diseases, Biostatistics, Community Health Intervention
Academic AwardsOutstanding First Year Leadership Award, 2018, University Scholars Award Recipient, 2019-2020
OrganizationsFreshman Leadership Council, Savant Leadership Honorary, All Kidz,
VolunteeringVolunteer, Child Advocacy Center; Mentor, Terwilliger Elementary School; Development Assistant, Haven Advanced Illness Care
Hobbies and InterestsCooking, Reading, Hand Embroidery, Hiking and Outdoor Activities

Why I got involved in research:

Research is my way of understanding the way the world works. It is integral to everything I do now and how I will apply public health concepts in the future.

Research Project

Media Response to the Zika Virus

This project aims to examine the rhetoric used by major US media sources before, during, and after the height of the Zika epidemic. Zika was declared one of the largest public health threats in 2016, but now it is hardly mentioned in the news. The magnitude of panic surrounding the Zika threat and the quantity of aid administered were vastly disproportionate to what was necessary. This study of news publications gives insight into why Zika misconceptions gained such traction and how public alarm was perpetuated.