Sociology students invited to honors program

Lycoming College senior sociology students Kelsey Barrett and Michelle Pastrano have been invited to share their capstone research as part of the American Sociological Association's (ASA) Student Honors Program.

The program provides undergraduate sociology students an introduction to the profession as well as networking opportunities. Exceptional students from throughout the U.S. and other nations gather annually for this four-day event.

Barrett's project, titled "Ignorance or Apathy? The Disconnect Between the Marcellus Shale Industry and the Lycoming County Youth," examines how young adults in the Williamsport area view the economic and employment opportunities that have been created by the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.

Pastrano's project is titled "As Long as They're Happy: How Job Opportunities for Children with Intellectual Disabilities Impact their Families." For her research, she interviewed parents of adult children with intellectual disabilities in an effort to understand how the employment status of an intellectually disabled adult impacts the employment of the parents.

"I think the works of Kelsey and Michelle are excellent examples of what sociology has to offer," says Dr. Betty McCall, assistant professor of sociology at Lycoming. "Whether examining issues that are macro-level like labor or micro-level like family relationships, the skills needed to formulate your own research question and conduct an independent study are important transferable skills. That both Michelle and Kelsey were accepted into the ASA Student Honors Program is extremely complementary of their work, and a great accolade for our program and the College."

Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.

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