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April 26, 2020 at 1:21 pm

Joy Kostansek Awarded Sociology & Anthropology Excellence in Research Award

Joy Kostansek, portrait

Joy Kostansek

Ohio University graduate student Joy Kostansek was awarded the Excellence in Research Award by the Sociology & Anthropology Department.

Kostansek is completing an M.A. in Sociology. She was nominated by Dr. Stephen Scanlan, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Anna Terman, Assistant Professor of Sociology.

“What more can I say?” Scanlan says. “She has truly been an amazing student, and she received notification from TADS that her final thesis was approved!! She did an excellent job on her thesis, and I am excited about both its academic and applied elements regarding the university role as an anchor institution in food procurement policies that improve regional sustainable development.  She is now exploring multiple publication possibilities.

“In addition, she has a number of research accolades and accomplishments. She has a forthcoming book chapter in press based on early conversations of her thesis work. She has multiple presentations including the New England Campus Farmer Summit, the Rural Sociological Society, the New England Farm to Institution Summit, and the Appalachian Studies Association. She received Ohio University’s Presidential Graduate Student Medal for Outstanding Research and served as a graduate research assistant in both Sociology and Food Studies (where she also taught), including work on a Sugar Bush Foundation Grant. And finally, she received last year’s overall gradual student award. She has been one of the best students I have ever had the pleasure to work with,” Scanlan adds.

“I have worked with her several times over the past couple years,” Terman says, “and not only have I been very impressed by her thesis work, she also participated in data collection and analysis with me through the Appalachian Teaching Project, and we presented together at the Rural Sociological Society meeting last summer. Joy is a fantastic student and young professional researcher.”

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