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Sociology major wins award for paper

May 22, 2014

Cornell junior Rose Reed-Maxfield won the prestigious Manford Kuhn Award for best Junior-Senior paper at the Iowa Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting on April 25.

Rose Reed-Maxfield won the  Manford Kuhn Award for best Junior-Senior paper at the Iowa Sociological Association conference.

Rose Reed-Maxfield won the Manford Kuhn Award for best Junior-Senior paper at the Iowa Sociological Association conference.

This year Cornell had one of its strongest showings at the meetings, with five students presenting their research and another three  in attendance. Senior Ann Marie Garcia presented her paper, “The Value of Parental Engagement: Implications of the COFI Program,” developed from her visit to the organization COFI in Chicago during the course Families and Family Policies.

The other Cornell students presented research stemming from projects they conducted in SOC 387: Research Design and Data Analysis: senior Miguel Ascencio presented a poster  “Assimilation and Success: The Case of 1.5 and 2.0 Generation Mexican Immigrants,” senior Liz Newman Ehman presented her paper, “Sports Participation and Adolescent Drug Use,” junior Katy Krogstad presented her paper, “The Impact of School Climate on Student Outcomes Beyond High School,” and Reed-Maxfield presented “Exploring the Impact of Gender on the Economic Well-Being of Single Parents.”  Cornell students were informally recognized for the depth and development of their research projects, their theoretical framing, and their strong presentation skills.

Reed-Maxfield joins recent Cornell Iowa Sociological Association awardees Liane Olson ’14, Eva Fisk ’12, Annie Schneider ’11, and Orlaith Heymann ’11, many of whom also submitted work from their research methods courses.

Sociology Professor Erin Davis led the trip to the conference, which was held at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The Iowa Sociological Association is an

Eight students, along with sociology professor Erin Davis, attended the Iowa Sociological Association conference at Luther College in April.

Eight students, along with sociology professor Erin Davis, attended the Iowa Sociological Association conference at Luther College in April.

undergraduate-focused academic association that organizes an annual meeting where undergraduate students from community colleges, private colleges, and public universities across Iowa  come together and present their research.

Davis also led a trip that included two senior sociology majors, Chelsea DeLarm and Miguel Ascencio, to the Midwest Sociological Society in Omaha, Neb. in early April. The pair presented their individual research at the annual meeting. Based on research conducted during SOC 387: Research Design and Data Analysis, Asencio presented “Assimilation and Success: The Case of 1.5 and 2.0 Generation Mexican Immigrants” and DeLarm presented “Neighborhood Quality and Its Influence on Child Scholastic Achievement” in the undergraduate poster session.  Davis, Ascencio and DeLarm were among the 737 sociologists from across the United States and around the world, who gathered in Omaha to address the theme of “Left-Behind Sociolgy.”

The Sociology and Anthropology department is committed to providing students with hands-on research and professional development opportunities such as this.  DeLarm and Ascencio also presented at the Cornell Student Symposium.

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