Research Institute

The Research Institute at the Women’s Success Center was formed to address the glaring disparity between the number of male and female tenured faculty. We strive to embed scholars at UVU in a culture of support that enables them to flourish and build connections. We work to give faculty the support needed to increase their scholarship and tenure portfolios while creating connections with other faculty members. We seek to amplify research done by, for, and about women through fellowships and marketing efforts.

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Faculty Highlight

The Research Institute is always looking to amplify the faculty work being done by, for, and about women at UVU. We highlight this work in the Faculty Newsletter, Women's Council Newsletter, and here on the Research Institute website. If you would like to be featured, submit your work in progress, presentation, poster, exhibit, or paper. Your submission will help with faculty Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (FTR).

Submit Your Research To Be Highlighted

Current Faculty Highlight


Breanna Lambert, Priscilla Villaseñor-Navarro, and Addison Hansen recently competed in the University of Oxford’s Map the System research competition hosted by the Skoll Centre of Social Entrepreneurship. This research competition encourages student leaders to develop deep understanding of the unjust systems they attempt to dismantle.

The UVU student team researched “The Lack of Comprehensive Sex Education for Utah Youth.” Their research took an equity-centered system-thinking approach and highlighted some of the primary health and safety concerns prevalent throughout the state of Utah. The Saïd Business School of Oxford awarded the UVU team with the Underrepresented Community Voices Award for their efforts to highlight how local communities have been affected.


Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill Endowed Fellowship

The Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill Endowed Fellowship (BBSEF) aims to support women scholars and their collaborators, scholars of any gender who mentor women students, and scholars of any gender whose work focuses on women. The BBSEF provides up to $10,000 in scholarship funding to selected applicants.

Bonnie-Ballif-Spanvill, Ph.D. is a Professor Emerita of Psychology at Brigham Young University, where she was the Director of the Women’s Research Institute for sixteen years. Previously, she served 25 years as a professor and department chair in the Graduate School of Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City. Her professional accomplishments earned her Fellow status in both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

Learn More the Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill Endowed Fellowship

Current Fellows

Students of the Research Institute

Students with the Research Institute are hired by the Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill endowed fellows to enhance their research . They have the opportunity to work closely with professors, gain research experience, and build problems solving, critical thinking and career readiness skills.

The students are currently working on The Gender Pay Gap in FinTech: An Analysis of Women’s Compensation in the Industry.

Upcoming Events

Research Institute Events

Winter Semester 2024

Please check back soon for information about our winter semester, 2024 events.

UWHEN Events

UWHEN UVU Chapter Events

UWHEN - UVU Chapter is an employee organization committed to advancing women’s equity and leadership in higher education. 

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Annual Events




Scholarships By, For, and About Women

The Research Institute at the Women’s Success Center holds annual events to uplift scholarship by, for, and about women.


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