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Alexandra Abigail Woodside

Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education

McNair Mentor:
Dr. S. Kent Butler, College of Education

Future Plans: Counselor Education Program

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Alexandra Abigail Woodside

Alexandra Abigail Woodside was born in Sarasota, Florida where she graduated in the top 4% of her class. Her research interests include communication sciences and disorders and the effects it has on students' academics. Abigail is involved with Golden Key International Honors society at the University of Central Florida. She is also a Step Captain for the Disciples of Christ step team in conjunction with University Christian Fellowship. Abigail is on the executive board for Woman's Prayer Band (a campus organization). She wishes to pursue a graduate education in Communication Sciences as well as Educational Leadership. The following is an abstract of research Abigail completed as an undergraduate at UCF:

Title: Sexual Abuse as Potential Hindrance to Academic Achievement: A Study of Perception

Conducted at the University of Central Florida as part of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program.

Mentor: Dr. S. Kent Butler, College of Education

Abstract: This study investigated the perception of sexual abuse and its correlation to academic achievement. Sexual abuse may be seen as extremely negative within society. Are there possible consequences from experiencing this traumatic event that are evident in the process of leaning? A survey (NSSE 2009) will measure the perception of this particular relationship. The significance of this research is to bring a greater awareness of the relationship between sexual victimization and academic success and provide instructors with valuable insight on how to best instruct these students. This may stimulate academic support systems for victims of sexual abuse in educational institutions.