Student Interest

The following RSS Student Members have received an award at the the 2018 Annual Meeting:

2018 RSS Endowment Award Recipients

Master’s Thesis Award

Megan Griffin, The Pennsylvania State University - Seed Saving of Maya Corn in the Yucatan Region of Mexico from a Gender Perspective

Lindy Olive, Auburn University - Better than Blue Apron: Creating a Community-based Meal Kit

James Patterson III, Auburn University - Heir Property in the South: A Case Study of a Resettlement Community

Doctoral Dissertation Awards

Laura Bray, North Carolina State University - Dividing the San Juan: Water Inequality in the Southwest

Robert Francis, Johns Hopkins University - Where have the Workers Gone? Declining Labor Force Participation among Prime-Age, Working Class Men in Rural America

Anne Junod, Ohio State University - Processes of Public Risk: Foucauldian Discourses, Social Amplification, and Civic and Policy Responses in Energy Transportation Communities

Shannon Westlake, Mississippi State University - Attributes Affecting Adoption of Pollinator Conservation Practices



The Rural Sociology Graduate Association (RSGA) at Penn State will be hosting their 6th Annual Rural Studies Student Conference this fall!

This year’s conference, “Insurgent Sociology: Public Social Science Research in the 21st Century,” will take place in University Park, Pennsylvania, on November 2, 2018, with a pre-conference speaker on the afternoon of November 1.  

We look forward to welcoming this year’s keynote speakers:
    Dr. Alfonso Morales (Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, UW- Madison)
    Dr. Lisa Pruitt (Professor of Law, UC Davis)

Friday, September 28th, is the abstract submission deadline for this year’s Rural Studies Student Conference. Students interested in presenting are asked to submit a 250-300 word abstract of their work to [email protected] by September 28th.

We invite students from all disciplines and at all levels to present their work! Abstracts may reflect thesis and dissertation work, as well as term papers or other research projects. Works from all stages of the research process are welcomed and encouraged for submission. This is a great opportunity to receive feedback on research (at any stage of development and from any discipline or department) from your student peers.  

Conference registration is free, but required. Please visit  to confirm your attendance.

You do not need to submit an abstract in order to attend!
Information on lodging and transportation can be found at  
In an effort to increase the participation of students from other universities, we would like to offer the opportunity for traveling students to be housed by Penn State grad students. Those interested should contact Paloma Frumento as soon as possible at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you at Penn State!

Rural Studies Student Conference Committee
Rural Sociology Graduate Association
The Pennsylvania State University
[email protected]

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MU Extension Offers Innovative Online Program: Leadership Online for Today Beginning January 21, 2019.

University of Missouri Extension has developed an innovative online program with the focus on building better leaders beginning January 21, 2019 and ending April 8, 2019.  Registration deadline is Monday, January 7, 2019.

Leadership Online For Today is an interactive program that allows participants to improve communication skills, build relationships and networks, and develop a collaborative project to benefit a community or organization.

Leadership Online For Today includes 11 sessions. Each session will have a specific focus. All sessions will be accessed online.

“Participants have the ability to work at their convenience within the week’s timeframe,” Johanna Reed Adams Ph.D. MU Extension State Community Development Specialist said. “Leadership coaches and members of the program will use VoiceThread or VoiceThread-Mobile. VoiceThread is a cloud-based, asynchronous media platform that allows for sharing videos, audio recordings, text, photographs or images. Electronic communications will complement the curriculum.”

Strengths of the curriculum include convenience and flexibility to help meet the scheduling and learning needs of millennials. Although this class is online, participants will build trust and develop a sense of community with other participants as well as their leadership coach as they interact online.

Experienced leadership coaches guide the learning process by posing questions and helping members make progress toward their goals.

While the program is targeted at the millennial generation, anyone is able to apply for the program. There is a $225 registration fee and, once the program is completed, participants will receive a certificate of completion and 1.1 continuing education units. There is a fee reduction for 3 or more participants from the same organization.

Leadership Online For Today was developed with the intent to prepare emerging leaders to affect positive community change. This innovative online program allows participants to develop leadership skills at their own convenience. The program provides a unique experience for participants that will help prepare them for other leadership opportunities within the community.

For more information about the program, contact Johanna Reed Adams, Ph.D., at [email protected] Follow them on Facebook at Leadership Online For Today.

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