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Student Receives Grant for Undergraduate Research Presentation

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Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Westminster College Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning awarded an undergraduate research grant to Bethany South, a senior sociology major, to present her research at the Eastern Sociological Society conference Feb. 22-24 in New York.

South is a daughter of Sandra South of Bradford and a graduate of Bradford Area High School. She will present "The Effects of First-Year Program and Dormitory Type on Undergraduates' Social Capital."

"Bethany's research on social capital among college students is a real contribution to our understanding of the student experience. I'm very glad that she's sharing this research with a broader audience," said Dr. Virginia Tomlinson, Westminster College associate professor of sociology and director of the Drinko Center.

Tomlinson and Dr. Kristin Park, Westminster associate professor of sociology, are South's faculty advisers.

"Enhancing opportunities for undergraduate research is an important component of the work of the Drinko Center in enriching undergraduate education," Tomlinson said. "The Undergraduate Research Initiative provides funding for students to conduct research and to present their research at regional and national conferences. So far this year 65 students have been awarded grants to conduct and present research."

All grant recipients are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium held on campus April 19.

Contact Tomlinson at (724) 946-6033 or e-mail or visit for additional information.