Patricia Wonch Hill
I received my PhD in 2010, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), with a specialization in Health and Research Methods and a Certificate of Specialization in Policy Analysis. I am currently a Research Assistant Professor at UNL working on the Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI) and on Biology of Human, an NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA).
I conduct both applied and basic research that focuses on understanding how people use science to make decisions about their health and how science informs their opinions about health policy. It is very important to me that my research have a social impact in the community. I am particularly passionate about broadening participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and much of my applied work involves creating and evaluating programs to increase STEM participation for both adults and youth who belong to historically underrepresented groups. My work as a postdoctoral research associate on the NSF funded, ADVANCE-Nebraska program, aimed to increase STEM tenure-track women faculty at UNL. My work on the NIH Science Education Partnership Award, Biology of Human, includes creating engaging programs and materials about the human body. I am also currently working on a project that looks at science identity formation in Middle School youth to assess how their friendship networks impact science identity development over time.