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Graduate Student, Bec Stargel, Wins 2024 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ Master’s Thesis Award

Bec Stargel, a NCSU Graduate student in Sociology, is the recipient of the 2024 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ (CSGS) Master’s Thesis Award. Bec’s thesis, “Pathways of Survival and Resistance: How Trans People Navigate Healthcare Barriers,” was selected in the “Social Sciences / Business / Education” award category. The thesis committee includes: Dr. Jessica Pfaffendorf (chair), Dr. Sarah Bowen, and Dr. April Fernandes.

In order to be selected for this prestigious award, each CSGS member institution may nominate one thesis in each category. Once nominated, each submission will be “evaluated on the basis of clarity of style and presentation, scholarship, research methodology, and contributions to the field or discipline.”

Bec will formally accept this honor at the CSGS Annual Meeting in Greenville, South Carolina on March 15. Congratulations, Bec, on your outstanding work!

The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ “purpose is to consider topics relating to graduate study and research which are of mutual interest and concern to the member institutions. In addition, dissemination of information, promotion of standards, encouragement of research, and assistance to institutions starting graduate programs are important functions of the organization.”