The following note is from an engineering education researcher at Virginia Tech. Her research group is looking for civil engineering students who have or experience disabilities (physical or invisible, like learning disabilities). Details on participation follows below.
Subject: Seeking students to participate in nationwide study
Our research team, the majority of whom identify as people with various disabilities, is seeking volunteers to participate in a series of 60-90 minute interviews for a nationwide study exploring the professional identity formation of undergraduate civil engineering students who experience disabilities. In particular, we want to further understand how your experiences, skills, activities, values, and inter-personal relationships contribute to your career goals and how they shift over time. The results of this study will be used to enhance the educational policies and experiences of students with disabilities in civil engineering and in other engineering disciplines, more broadly.
Do I qualify to participate? You are eligible to participate in this study if you:
- are 18 years old or older
- are enrolled in (or intending to enroll in) a civil engineering program
- experience some form of a disability such as learning disabilities, physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, or developmental disabilities
Individuals who experience disabilities may participate in this study. Your disability does not need to have been officially diagnosed by a healthcare professional; documentation from your doctor and reporting your disability to your institution are NOT required. Disabilities include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Visual Differences (e.g., Stargardt’s Disease, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, and other forms of complete or partial blindness)
- Hearing Differences (e.g., chronic buzzing or ringing in ears, deafness in one or both ears, and other forms of complete or partial hearing loss or difference)
- Learning or Developmental Differences (e.g., autism, asperger’s, obsessive compulsive disorder, dyslexia, or other forms or learning or developmental differences)
- Auto-Immune Disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, lyme disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), type I diabetes, or other auto-immune diseases)
- Limb Differences (e.g., limb amputee or born without a limb)
- Mobility Differences (e.g., needing a walker, wheelchair, cane, or crutches or experiences difficulty walking or lifting/moving objects due to paralysis, stamina limitations, cerebral palsy, or other neuromuscular or orthopedic reasons)
I’m interested, so what do I need to do? If you are interested in participating in this study, please fill out and submit the following survey: http://bit.ly/2ylSic9 or visit our website at blogs.lt.vt.edu/exploringidentity/. Participation in the survey is voluntary and confidential; your responses may be used in research published in professional journal articles, but your identity will not be revealed to anyone outside of the research team.
If you have questions about the study or your eligibility for participation, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.