Student Interest

This year the RSS Council has authorized the use of Endowment funds to support Master’s theses, Ph.D. dissertations, and Early Career Research awards to support research activities conducted during the 2019-2020 fiscal/academic year. Proposals are invited to conduct research on all topics encompassed by the field of rural sociology. The awards are designed to stimulate research that will help develop the careers of future rural sociologists and support the broader mission of the Rural Sociological Society. Award winners are strongly encouraged to submit papers based on their research to future RSS Annual Meetings. The RSS Endowment Committee will oversee the awards process. NOTE:  Application dates for these awards have changed.

2020 Revised Dissertation and Early Career Awards Information
 

This year the RSS Council has authorized the use of Endowment funds to support the Lawrence Busch Award for Graduate Student Research on Food and Agriculture conducted during the 2019-2020 fiscal/academic year. Proposals are invited to conduct research with a focus on food and agriculture.The award is designed to stimulate research that will help develop the careers of future rural sociologists and support the broader mission of the Rural Sociological Society. Award winners are strongly encouraged to submit papers based on their research at future RSS Annual Meetings. The RSS Awards and Endowment Committee will oversee the awards process.

2020 RSS Lawrence Busch Award for Graduate Student Research on Food and Agriculture

 

The Department of Sociology, Social Work, & Anthropology at Utah State University invites applications for a PhD-level graduate research assistantship to assist in the role of external evaluator for a 5 year, $10 million dollar, USDA-NIFA Sustainable Agricultural Systems grant titled “Thriving Agricultural Systems in Urbanized Landscapes.”  The overarching goal of this transdisciplinary grant is to create economically thriving and environmentally beneficial agricultural systems in urbanized landscapes using the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as a case study translatable to other urbanized landscapes.  The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Assist with designing, collecting, and analyzing data from a survey of agricultural producers and other stakeholder groups in the case study Chesapeake Bay Watershed at the beginning and end of the project to assess project impact including attitudes and behaviors longitudinally.
  • Assist with designing, conducting, and analyzing yearly online surveys and interviews/focus groups with team members to assess the research teams’ organizational efficacy and interdisciplinary team collaboration.
  • Assist with writing, presenting, and disseminating research findings.
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