Collaboration, Ingenuity, Fortitude: Sociology Students Present Research

May 07, 2018


professor and two studentsRandolph-Macon College students Novella Ogunshina '18 and Savannah Parsons '18 presented their joint research paper, "Food for Thought: The Effect on Food Waste on the Perceptions of Environmental Change," at the Southern Sociological Society's annual meeting, which took place this spring in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The research paper stemmed from work both students completed as part of their senior capstone course, Environmental Sociology.

Sociology Professor Sarah E. Cribbs oversaw the project and attended the meeting with the students.

"Novella and Savannah went above and beyond all expectations for their capstone projects, working together to craft a unique and relevant project with real-world application," says Cribbs. It's rare for undergraduate students to have their papers accepted for this type of presentation and they both did a fantastic job. They truly exemplify the Yellow Jacket spirit of collaboration, ingenuity and fortitude."

Firsthand Experience
"Attending the sociology conference was such a wonderful experience," says Ogunshina, a sociology major and Spanish minor. "Food waste is an environmental and economic social problem that affects us all, and it's not something we address as often as we should. It was exciting to use a sociological approach to understand this problem. That is the beauty of sociology to me: it can be used to address any social phenomena in a methodologically sound way."

Parsons, a sociology major, found it exciting to present at the conference.

"Novella and I were able to examine the various impacts of food waste through a sociological lens that will hopefully develop positive change to the R-MC community and beyond," says Parsons, who graduated in February and is currently working as a clinical allergy specialist. "We are so thankful to have the support from faculty and staff who believed in our ideas and made it possible for us to present our research at a national conference."