2013 Department Award Winners
2011 Department Award Winners
Luann Dummer Center Undergraduate Research Fellowship Congratulations to Kylee Joosten for receiving the 2011-2012 Luann Dummer Center for Women Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship for her project "Analyzing Experiences of Sexually Coercive Behaviors and Instances of Self-Silencing in a Diverse Sample of Female Undergraduates." Dr. Lisa Waldner is her faculty advisor.
for receiving J. Edgar Hoover Memorial scholaships for 2009. These scholarships were funded by the Former Agents of the F.B.I. Foundation, Mr. Jean Gray (UST Alum) and the Graybrier Foundation, and Waypoint, INC. Award Ceremony Photos
Jared Hendler presented his research at the Fall Inquiry session. His project, "Examining Drug Use Among American Juveniles," was a logistic regression using data from the National Youth Survey. Jared's research was funded by the Young Scholar's Program of the Undergraduate Research Collaborative Scholarship Board. His project sponsor was Dr. Lisa Waldner. See Photo
Randy Hade (Dr. Lisa Waldner, faculty advisor). Randy's project is an examination of the impact of a community garden in a St. Paul neighborhood as well as community connectedness and civic engagement.
Katherine Cook (Dr. Lisa Waldner, faculty advisor) Katie's proejct will assist Family and Children's Service in assessing whether their out of school time program, Youth on the Move, is effective and to design better assessment tools. Breanna Alston was selected to participate in the 2010 ASA Honors program in Atlanta Georgia.
In January 2010 two sociology and criminal justice students -- Breanna Alston and Jackie Pavek -- went to Mali with sociology and criminal justice professor Dr. Susan Smith-Cunnien. Their work in Mali was part of a US Department of Agriculture-funded three-year interdisciplinary project matching faculty and scientists at universities in the US and in Mali on a variety of specific endeavors. The University of St. Thomas team included French, business, sociology and engineering faculty and students and we were paired with six plant pathologists, plant propagation experts, and engineering and agricultural economics faculty in Mali who are working together in an enterprise called the Mali Agribusiness Center. This is a center designed to be an agricultural business incubator, assisting farmers and villages to develop enterprises that will contribute to the well-being of Malians through sustainable agricultural improvements and increased incomes.
Last year sociology students went to the village of Borko to see whether the village was a socially suitable site for the development of a new seed potato enterprise. This year our goal was to speak with different groups in the village to ask them how they thought the project was going so far, especially in terms of the training. We also wanted to find out if there were any disruptive effects of the project that could be mitigated and to see what ideas and preferences the villagers had about storing the seed potatoes. We learned that there was a great need for additional training in all areas of the seed potato production process and that the farmers wanted to work on a way to store the seed potatoes in the village itself. This was the challenge the UST engineering students took on -- a difficult task since there is no electricity or running water in the village and the potatoes need to be stored in a cool and humid environment. Mali Photos
Alexandria Law Enforcement Skills Program
Congratulations to the following Sociology & Criminal Justice Majors who successfully completed the Alexandria Law Enforcement Skills Program-Summer 2012. These students are now eligible to take the POST test, the next step to becoming a police officer in Minnesota: