Six students honored by applied social science program
June 10, 2014
The applied social
science undergraduate program at University of Wisconsin-Stout recently honored
six students with year-end awards.
A new award honored
Alec Kirby, a longtime professor in the social science department who died in
January. Shelby Schuppe, of Fond du Lac, received the Alec Kirby Memorial Award
for Leadership in Social Justice.
Schuppe is founder
and president of the Stout Peace Initiatives club and "a passionate promoter of
peace and justice on campus," said Assistant Professor Tina Lee, program
Other award winners
- Chris Galetka, of Colfax, Best Research Day Poster
- Stephanie Hintz, of
Chippewa Falls, Sociology/Anthropology
Student of the Year
- Michael Mataczynski, of
Science Student of the Year
- Hillar Neumann, of Aberdeen,
S.D., Economics Student of the
- Grace Piggott, of
Stillwater, Minn., Best Research
or Service Project
The applied social science program is in its fourth year at
This year, four students presented research at the annual
statewide Posters in the Rotunda in Madison; one presented at a UW System
research symposium; and nine presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate
Research in Kentucky.
In addition, six applied social science students had papers
accepted for publication in the UW-Stout Journal of Student Research; and 21
presented at UW-Stout's annual Research Day.
"The applied social science program is unique in its
approach to interdisciplinary learning. Students are trained with a broad
background in the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, history,
political science and sociology and then choose concentrations in one of these
areas for greater depth," Lee said.
The program emphasizes applied learning with a common
research methods sequence in which students develop skills in both quantitative
and qualitative analysis and build toward a capstone research project.
"This approach gives students a toolkit of critical thinking
and analytical expertise that sets them apart from other majors and allows them
to take their classroom skills in data collection, evaluation and analysis,
presentation and problem solving and apply them to real-world issues," she
For more information, go online to the social
science department, the program's Facebook page or contact Lee.
Top: Alec Kirby
Bottom: Michael Mataczynski explains his research to state Sen.
Sheila Harsdorf, of River Falls, at Posters in the Rotunda at the state Capitol
in March. He is the History/Political Science Student of the Year.