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Sandoval’s research has allowed them to move beyond a single area focus to a cross-discipline effort.
“The best thing about being a philosophy major is the way philosophy requires you to become acquainted with various subjects or fields,” explains Sandoval. “Lots of my own research does not stem specifically from philosophy but rather history, religion, science, gender studies, etc. Philosophy requires you to understand the imaginations of others which requires knowledge on a whole range of things for psychic liberation.”
Among Sandoval’s mentors is Associate Professor of Religion Rosemary P. Carbine. “She truly decolonizes your mind, especially in regard to any prejudices held against any religion."
Sandoval’s research has also been supported by the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, which not only provides financial support, but mentorship to students from underrepresented groups who want to enter the professoriate. According to Sandoval, her MMUF work entailed doing personal research as much as academic.
“The lesson I have learned is to simply have faith in yourself. Imposter syndrome can be detrimental, and it is important to hold onto your beliefs and argument in front of others as well as yourself,” said Sandoval.
Fittingly, Sandoval’s interdisciplinary work has been recognized across departments on campus. During the Spring 2022 Honors Convocation, Sandoval received the C. Milo Connick Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Religious Studies, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Gender Studies, and the Outstanding Academic Achievement in Philosophy.
After graduation Sandoval plans to continue her MMUF research and apply to graduate programs in gender studies.
“I hope to become a professor and continue doing research in decolonial feminist philosophy as well as queer and transgender studies. Perhaps even theology,” added Sandoval.