FRE faculty member receives a UF research award and grant

Dr. Gülcan Önel receives UF Research Opportunity Seed Fund Award to assess implications of shifting non-Hispanic migration for Florida farm communities.

May 1, 2018

Dr. Gülcan Önel, FRE assistant professor, was one of 16 recipients of the 2018 Research Opportunity Seed Fund Awards, a University-wide competitive award and grant funded by the UF Office of Research.  The award targets interdisciplinary, faculty-initiated research initiatives with high potential for extramural support.  Dr. Önel is the first FRE principal investigator to receive this award in more than a decade.  

The composition of immigrants in the United States is currently changing with recent sharp declines in Mexican newcomers and steadily increasing Caribbean and Central American migrants. Dr. Önel received the award for her project titled, "Implications of Shifting Migration Trends: Comparative Assessment of Social Networks, Health Status, and Productivity of Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Migrant Farm Workers."  The goal of the project is to establish a new and comprehensive rural-wellbeing framework for migrant farm workers from Hispanic and non-Hispanic ethnic backgrounds utilizing multicultural research strategies and social network analysis.  In addition, the data and the knowledge gained from the project has the potential to lead to added applications across non-farm sectors (such as construction and services), guide policymakers during future shifts in immigrant populations and workforce, and help promote overall rural prosperity in Florida and in the United States.

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