UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

WSA Undergraduate Paper Award Winners

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2013
First Place: Samuel Carbajal, Ripon College
Paper Title: Come at Me, Bro! Doing Masculinity Through Player-Identitity Composition, Dominance, and Sexualization in a Magic: The Gathering Gaming Club
Second Place: Jena Roscizewski, Ripon College
Paper Title: Kennel Confessions: The Creation of Fictive Kin Among Animal Shelter Employees
Third Place: Diana Mantey, UW-Whitewater
Paper Title: Shortchanged Boys: Restrictions in Educational Literacy and Its Effects on Young Males

2012
First Place: Kelsea Groves, UW-La Crosse
Paper Title: Graffiti in Hong Kong: Territorially, Claim, and Use of Interactional Space Through Graffiti
Second Place: Timothy O'Keefe, UW-La Crosse
Paper Title: Differential School District Funding and Student Achievement Among Fourth Graders in Wisconsin.
Third Place: Spencer Lameka, Ripon College
Paper Title: Food Pantries: The Stigmatizing Effects of Bureaucracies.

2011
First Place: Ethan Rogers, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Paper Title: Substance Abuse and Risk Behavior among High School Students: A Partial Test of the Ecological Risk
Second Place: Molly Boss, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Paper Title: The Importance of "My Wife and Kids" to the Desistance Process

2010
First Place: Elizabeth Plombon, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Paper Title: Factors Affecting Pro-Environmental Attitudes
Second Place: Colin Pierson, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Paper Title: Gender Difference in Cyberbully Perpetration
Third Place: Maria Katerina Sarantakis, Carthage College
Paper Title: Aging Millennials: Predictions on the Progression of Public Policy Regarding Same-Sex Civil Liberties
Honorable Mention: Kristin Franseen, UW-Whitewater
Gender "Normative" Privilege in Feminist and LGB Communities

2009
First Place: Miguel Alvelo-Rivera, Northland College
Paper Title: Social Movement Spillover: From Puerto Rican Nationalism to the Environmental Movement
Second Place: Daniel Scott, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Paper Title: Firearm Involvement Influences on the Recidivism of Gang Members Compared to Non-Gang Members

2008
First Place: Alex Thompson, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
Paper Title: Your Femme Self: Framing Heterosexual Cross-Dressing
Second Place: Josh Lambert, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Paper Title: Transition Experiences into Graduate School Programs: A Qualitative Study of McNair Scholars Program Alumni
Third Place: Aaron Hoffer, Carroll College
Paper Title: Why the Marxian Revolution Never Came to Fruition: In the United States

2007
Two First Place Winners:
First Place: Carolina Calvillo, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Paper Title: Blocked Social Mobility: Barriers To Job Advancement Among Immigrant Workers In North Carolina's Construction Industry
First Place: Courtney Luedke, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Paper Title: The Human Costs Of Attaining The Emerging Immigrant Dream: A Sociological Analysis Of Immigrant Workers In North Carolina
Second Place: David Haecker, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Paper Title: Crossing the Line Between Entertainment and Reality: A Sociological Analysis of Collective Behavior in Professional Wrestling
Two Third Place Winners:
Third Place : Samantha Raduechel, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Paper Title: Beliefs about Immigrants in Black and White
Third Place:Joel Meehl, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Paper Title: Personal Perspectives of Native Residents of the Fox Valley in Wisconsin are Promoting Tolerance and Togetherness as Racial Diversity Increases

2006
First Place: Justin Ellis, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Paper Title: Neutralization Techniques used by Urban Explorers
Second Place:Emily Norlander, Carthage
Paper Title: Attitudes Toward Women in Leadership Roles in Religion
Third Place:David Haecker, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Paper Title: Crossing the Line between Entertainment and Reality

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