Two Sociology PhD Students Recognized for Excellence in Research, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at CSU’s Fall 2017 GradShow

Sociology PhD students Sneha Kadyan and Hannah Love received awards in CSU’s 2017 Graduate Showcase. The GradShow awards recognize excellence in research, creativity and entrepreneurship in a variety of categories. The 2017 winners were announced by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research Nov. 9 at a reception that followed a day of presentations and professional development.

Hannah was named a Research Top Scholar for the Undergraduate Choice Award from the Graduate School and the Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry. 

Sneha was named a Top Scholar for the Global Impact: Global Research Award from the Office of International Programs.

Hannah’s and Sneha’s posters and abstracts will be in the CSU Digital Repository, a service of Colorado State University Libraries, providing online access to the research and scholarship of CSU’s faculty, students, and staff.

“What an inspiring day! Thank you for your willingness to share your work and engage with judges. The session was full of conversation, energy and new connections.”  – Dr. Jodie Redditti Hanzlik, Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School

Click here for additional information and a video of the GradShow.

Sociology Professors and Their Teams Win Highly Competitive Research Awards

Drs. Michael Carolan and Jeni Cross are Co-PIs of two winning Catalyst for Innovative Partnerships (CIP) teams sponsored by the Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR). These highly competitive research awards of $200,000 each for three years were presented to five interdisciplinary teams of researchers from across the colleges of CSU. Click here to read more about the awards or on the titles below for details on the projects.


Dr. Michael Carolan, Co-PI Dr. Becca Jablonski (Agricultural and Resource Economics, Food Systems Extension) and their research team project seek to understand how food system strategies can contribute to social, cultural, human, political, physical, natural, and financial capital in rural communities.


Dr. Jeni Cross, PI Dr. Deana Davos (Psychology) and Co-PIs Agniescza Z. Burzynska (Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences), Dr. Laura Malinin (Design & Merchandising), Dr. Lindsey Wilhelm (Music, Theatre and Dance) and Dr. Wendy Wood (Occupational Therapy) are expanding their team’s B Sharp research program. B Sharp is a highly-innovative interdisciplinary, community-initiated program research effort designed to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers.

SIP talk, Dr. Janis Johnston, Friday April 21

Dr. Janis Johnson, Social Analyst with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service in Washington, D.C. (and a CSU Sociology PhD graduate), will be giving a Sociology-in-Progress (SIP) colloquium on Friday April 21 at noon in Lory Student Center Rm. 372-7

New Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Brad Woods, to give SiP symposium, Feb 24th.

Our new faculty affiliate, Dr. Brad Woods, has agreed to provide us with a Sociology-in-Progress Symposium, February 24 at 12:00 P.M. in LSC 376.

“The responsible conduct of research and perspectives from a social scientist working in a compliance world”

Social scientists often find themselves placed in the unenviable position of trying to navigate institutional compliance policies related to the study of human subjects, which can introduce additional obstacles when trying to capture rich, unbiased data from certain study populations. This discussion will center on the experiences and perspectives of a mixed-methods social scientist who has faced these challenges as an investigator and now works in the compliance arena. One of the many questions we will discuss is: How do we conduct research responsibly and ethically while also avoiding the bureaucratic pitfalls frequently associated with institutional compliance? To contextualize this discussion, Dr. Woods will provide examples from his research with communities impacted by the controversial coal mining method known as “mountaintop removal.”

We look forward to seeing you there!

Professor Prabha Unnithan Presents Workshop to Royal Malaysia Police

prabha-awardProfessor Prahba Unnithan presented a workshop in December to 30 senior officials of the Royal Malaysia Police on the future of policing along with Dr. Cheah Phaik Kin of Tunku Abdul Rahman University (or UTAR; the university in Malaysia which organized our workshop). The topics dealt with were four: policing and globalization, police and community, police professionalization, and civilianization of police functions.

Follow the following link for UTAR’s press release:


B Sharp Study Recognized in National News!

'Sociology professor Jennifer Cross is leading the study'A study led by Professor Jeni Cross has been acknowledged in the Huffington Post.

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