Biological Sciences


Dunsworth, Holly

Advisor Department

Sociology and Anthropology




Harassment; Assault; STEM; Women


There are many barriers for women in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and math); one, often untalked about, barrier is the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault. In the summer of 2014 the paper “Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault” by Clancy, et. al. was released and shed light on an issue facing many young women and men in science. According to the SAFE survey, a shocking amount of sexual harassment and assault was experienced by the, primarily female, researchers and very few knew how to report an incidence of assault. With this project I aimed to replicate part of the SAFE survey for URI’s graduate student “STEM” population. The data gathered was used to compare with the SAFE survey as well as gain a greater understanding of the climate experienced by URI’s graduate students. A list of reporting methods and resources was provided for every participant. This survey was distributed through their colleges LISTSERV; flyers and a Facebook group were also made to help advertise the survey. A presentation of the data was created to inform the URI population about this issue, provide resources, and share some of the stories gathered.