Redefining the Classroom

Sociology student Meighen Havens makes it a three-peat!

Posted: October 27th, 2013

Meighan Havens presents at the annual meeting of the Michigan Sociological Association
Click this link to view her poster

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Once again the Michigan Sociological Association has chosen the research of an undergraduate sociology student at Lake Superior State University for its top student award.

Meighen Havens received an Outstanding Student Paper Award on Oct. 19, during the MSA annual meeting at Saginaw Valley State University. Haven’s research, The Differing Effects of Mandatory and Voluntary Service, found that there were no significant differences in the benefits received by adolescents fulfilling required service obligations and those who volunteered on their own accord.

Haven's work was also her senior thesis topic, a capstone undergraduate research project that is required of LSSU's students. Senior thesis posters, papers, and talks in the arts and sciences are not only presented each semester to the University community, but at conferences throughout Michigan, the Great Lakes region, and North America.

This is the third consecutive year that a student from the LSSU sociology program has received top honors from the Michigan Sociological Association, and the fourth year in a row that the program has been honored at the state level.

Lake State' sociology program has also been honored by the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters with the top award for outstanding undergraduate research.

Dr. R. Kirk Mauldin, who has served as the sociology research adviser since 2009, attributes the success of the program to its focus on building practical research skills and involving undergraduates in research opportunities usually reserved for graduate students.

Havens, from Cheboygan, Mich., is getting a bachelor of Arts in sociology, with a minor (and associate's degree) in social work, this December. She plans to pursue a Master's in social work next year.

Run a Web search on "Lake State sociology" more information about that program at LSSU.


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Kirm Mauldin,College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, e-mail, 635-2123.