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Paper Competition and MFP Winners

:2019 Paper Competition Winners

Undergraduate Student Paper Competition Winners

First Place: Fatema Kamal, Purchase College
Paper Title:
"Taste of Home: A Sociocultural Exploration of Food Habits and Health Among Bangladeshi Immigrants in New York City"

Second Place: Samantha Pentecost,
Southwestern University
Paper Title: "Gendering the Boy Scouts: Examining Hegemonic Masculinity at a Co-Ed Backpacking Camp

Third Place: Veronica Ciotti, Southwestern University
Paper Title: “The Classroom is Sacred: Academic Masculinity as a Response to the Campus Carry Law in Texas"

Graduate Student Paper Competition Winners

First Place: Frankie Frank, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Paper Title: “Queering Menstruation: Trans and Genderqueer Identity and Body Politics” 

Second Place: Jared Joseph, University of California - Davis
Paper Title: “The Ties that Bribe: State Capital in Organized Crime”

Third Place: Srijana Karki, Oklahoma State
Paper Title:
Nepali and Indian Media Coverage of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake”


Congratulations to:
Kelly Marie Ward

Kelly Marie Ward is a first-generation, transfer student and a current PhD candidate at the University of California, Irvine. Her interests are centered in medical sociology, reproductive healthcare, and the role of institutions and organizations in shaping people’s experiences and perceptions of social life. Her dissertation, an  ethnographic account of an abortion clinic, explores the intersections of medicalization, organizational priorities, and occupational hierarchies within the context of politicized healthcare. Through participant observation and interviews with clinic staff, she documents the unique strategies and processes involved in providing abortion care and highlights the role of stratification in shaping providers’ approaches to care. She is also collaborating on a study with nurses and doctors, exploring labor and delivery nurses’ approaches to caring for patients who are experiencing perinatal loss. Her long-term research agenda includes examining healthcare with regard to a wide range of pregnancy outcomes. Kelly’s earlier research focused on racial/ethnic diversity in higher education and she continues this work through participation in programs supporting UCI’s students of color. Her commitment to innovative and inclusive teaching was recognized by receiving UCI’s Pedagogical Fellowship. Prior to graduate school, Kelly worked in the nonprofit  sector on programs and initiatives related to poverty policy, youth violence prevention, and anti-racism social service provision.