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2020-2022 Fellows

Dym, Kikut, Maddocks

Abigail Dym, Ava Kikut, and Sophie Maddocks

The recipients of the 2020-2022 Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement Fellowship at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships (PGAEF @ NC):

Abigail Dym, SAS (Political Science) and GSE (Education Policy)

Ava Kikut, Annenberg (Health Communications)

Sophie Maddocks, Annenberg (Communications)

Abigail Dym, a doctoral student in political science and education policy, hopes to collaborate with Philadelphia and Penn students to study and co-produce a survey related to youth political knowledge and civic engagement. Together they will aim to foster mutual growth of content knowledge in politics and civic education, research experience in survey design and implementation, and student self-awareness of and self-confidence in their essential role as civic agents in Philadelphia and beyond. Abigail’s PGAEF faculty advisor is Michael Delli Carpini.

Ava Kikut is a doctoral student at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication. She is interested in youth-driven health campaigns, and their role in facilitating youth advocacy, empowerment, and health. Through this fellowship, Ava will collaborate with middle and high school students, along with Penn undergraduates, to develop media messages pertaining to health needs and inequalities in Philadelphia. Ava’s PGAEF faculty advisor is Robert Hornik.

Sophie Maddocks, also a doctoral student at the Annenberg School, intends to pilot a program of teaching and research that addresses the issue of digital abuse. Through an ABCS course, she hopes to co-develop with students a collection of ‘digital rights’ resources advocating for young peoples’ prosocial, safe, and critical engagement online. Through participatory research, Sophie seeks to investigate alongside students their lived experiences of digital abuse precarity and their reception of existing e-safety guidance. Sophie’s PGAEF faculty advisor is Julia Ticona.