The URECA website regularly features students’ perspectives on research and/or creative activities. This month’s student is Qurat-ul-ain Gulamhussein, a senior in the University Scholars program majoring in psychology (honors), with minors in English and Middle Eastern studies. Qurat-ul-ain was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in Fall 2013 to support her studies at the American University in Dubai. This past summer she was awarded Turkish Studies Association Adivar and Turkish Coalition of America scholarships to support her study abroad in Turkey. Qurat-ul-ain was selected as a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic abroad in Summer 2015. She was also one of 14 Stony Brook students who will receive the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at a ceremony in April.
Qurat-ul-ain participates in two different research groups on campus. She works in Roman Kotov’s ADEPT Lab interviewing adolescent females and their parents, and she works with Nicholas Eaton conducting research for her psychology honors thesis, “Explicit Religiosity and Mental Health in Muslim Women.” Qurat-ul-ain will present a poster on her research at the 27th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention in May and you can look for her at URECA’s upcoming campus-wide research symposium on April 29.
Qurat-ul-ain has served as a peer health educator for Student Health Services, a teaching assistant for Health Psychology, a senior academic peer advisor, and a University Scholars and global studies undergraduate fellow. She was invited to participate in the Counseling and Treating People of Color Conference, and the Children’s Defense Fund Conference. She writes for The Torch (University Scholars’ newsletter) and The Minaret (Muslim Student Association’s magazine) and has published poetry through the America Library of Poetry and the Long Island Poetry Archival & Arts Center; she is also a health writer and editorial board member of Insight (a UK magazine).