Catherine Hensly ’14 has been named the winner of the 2014 Best Undergraduate Paper Award by the Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA).
The Hollins senior, who is double majoring in economics and business, was honored for her paper, “Higher Education, Higher Cost: An Income-Contingent Approach.”
Hensly and her advisor, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics Deborah Spencer, were recognized at the VSSA’s 87th Annual Meeting, held April 18-19 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The paper was presented at the conference’s panel session, “Health Care, Poverty, and Education in Economic Perspective.”
The VSSA’s goal is to bring together all groups related to the social science disciplines of anthropology, business, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, international relations, political science, psychology, and sociology. The association envisions three main interrelated missions regarding teaching, research, and outreach:
- promoting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work in the social sciences;
- offering students, including undergraduates, opportunities for professional development in presenting their scholarship; and
- bringing together teachers at all levels of education in Virginia.
Photo: Beverly Colwell Adams (left), assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, presents the Best Undergraduate Paper Award to Hensly at the VSSA’s 87th Annual Meeting.