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Senior Thesis by Maddie Frost ’12 Takes First Place

Madeline Frost’s senior thesis has been selected as the first-place winner in the national Alpha Kappa Delta paper competition. Frost, a sociology major who graduated in 2012, will present her paper at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in New York City in August.

Senior Thesis by Maddie Frost ’12 Takes First Place

Madeline Frost’s senior thesis has been selected as the first-place winner in the national Alpha Kappa Delta paper competition. Frost, a sociology major who graduated in 2012, will present her paper at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in New York City in August.

Her paper, titled “Speaking of Women: Gendered Language and Discursive Struggle in Domestic Violence Work,” also is under consideration for publication in AKD’s journal, Sociological Inquiry. The first place award includes a prize of $500, and enrollment in the Honors Program at the 2013 American Sociological Association Conference. AKD is an international Sociology honor society.

Associate Sociology Professor Kathy Giuffre, who served as the advisor for Frost’s paper, says “Part of the reason that Maddie’s thesis was so spectacular was that she combined her personal knowledge from a long-standing volunteer involvement with TESSA with a rigorous academic analysis based on intensive engagement with the sociological literature.  It is certainly one of the best theses I’ve ever advised.”

Since graduation Frost has been working as a research assistant at OMNI Institute in Denver. OMNI is an applied social science research firm, where she works on several research and evaluation projects in the areas of public health and education.

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