The University of Turku grant for student projects was given to N. Rehnberg’s project for creating an online databank of experiences for transgender people.
The grant for student projects is aimed at Bachelor’s and Master’s level student projects that inspire, create positive outcomes and promote wellbeing and growth at the University of Turku or the wider Turku area. This spring, the grant was awarded for the fourth time. The recipient is a project by N. Rehnberg, who is a chemistry student at the University of Turku. The aim of the project is to create an anonymous online databank of experiences for transgender people. The grant will cover some of the start-up costs of the project.
Rehnberg explains that the purpose of the project is to respond to a need for factual information and shared experiences on the transition process which has been expressed in peer support groups. The databank aims to be a neutral source of information and peer support. The databank will be governed by Transtuki Tratu Ry, an association founded as part of the project.
“This project has taught me a lot about founding an association, marketing and advertising as well as responsibility, obligations, and ethics”, Rehnberg says.
The project is already well on its way. Rehnberg’s team has a clear plan for what the next steps will be. The first experiences will be documented during the summer, and the website should be completed by the end of the year.
Since the autumn of 2019, the grant for student projects has been awarded to six projects. The grant is awarded twice a year, and the next application period is in autumn 2021. Further information will be available for students in the University of Turku intranet and the Entrepreneurial University channels.