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STI Grant Recipients Embark on their Master’s in Social Science Research at UNAV.

30 Sep 2016
Nine students from Spain, Puerto Rico and El Salvador have been admitted to this new program. Four of them received Social Trends Institute grants, which promote research on fashion, globalization, family policies, or care professions.

The class of 2016-2017 has begun the new Master’s program in Social Science Research (MSSR) at the University of Navarra. The program, accredited by ANECA (Spanish Acronym for the National Quality Assessment and Accreditation Agency), is coordinated by the Institute for Culture and Society with the direct collaboration of the departments of Communication, Law, Education and Psychology, Nursing, and Philosophy.

Four of the students embark on the Master’s thanks to grants from the Social Trends Institute. STI established the grants to support young researchers in areas of particular interest to STI: fashion studies; the cultural impact of globalization; family policies; and care professions. Two other students received Incentive grants from the University of Navarra, and another a University Scholarship from Navarra-Grupo Santander.

The MSSR is offered as a first step for students who want to take up interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. Their program of studies offers concentrations in six fields: Communication, Geography, Linguistics, Education, Law and Nursing.

María José Benítez, a law graduate from El Salvador, has chosen the education and psychology concentration, where she will pursue studies related to family policies. She explains that as a lawyer, she has worked on issues related to protection of children and protection from violence, and will focus her thesis in this area. “I want to learn qualitative and quantitative tools. My goal is to be able to collect data that can be used to develop public policy based on evidence,” she elaborates.

Another STI grant recipient, Pablo Quiñonero, chose the communications concentration. As a graduate in Audiovisual Communication, he is interested in the cultural impact of globalization. He hopes to acquire the research skills he needs to apply his music studies to the field of communication.

The other two students who received financial support from STI, Maria Fernanda Novoa and Marta Castillo, are both Journalism graduates interested in directing their studies towards family policies.

Specifically, Novoa plans to analyze the influence of communication media in the configuration of family life by studying the representation of family members in fictional audiovisual content. She has embarked on the MSSR because “learning the methods and tools necessary to delve into research is indispensable as well as exciting for anyone who seeks to expand her knowledge and prepare herself professionally.”

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