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Student research accepted to major sociology journal

Faculty | Jan 12, 2012 |

Four members of the Gabelli Class of 2011 have had their student research project accepted for publication by a national-caliber, peer-reviewed academic journal.

Publications such as this sociology journal, Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies, typically feature the work of university professors and experts in a field, so it speaks volumes about the students’ work that their paper was selected. Solange Badano (GSB ’11), Sidney Henne (GSB ’11), Steven Burgermeister (GSB ’11) and Sean Murphy (GSB ’11) completed their research before graduating last May. Congratulations to them and to assistant professor of management Benjamin M. Cole, who advised their work.

Society & Animals will print a manuscript carved out from the student researchers’ larger thesis, which they wrote as the capstone project of their Global Business Honors Program experience. Their paper, titled “Legitimacy Concerns in Animal Advocacy Organizations during the Michael Vick Dogfighting Scandal,” was first submitted to the journal in May 2011, soon after they completed their full thesis. It underwent two double-blind rounds of revisions before being accepted this month.

The four student authors with advisor Ben Cole, center.

Though the four writers are busy establishing themselves in their post-college jobs, they remained actively involved in the first round of reviews — a valuable opportunity for ongoing learning. The quality of their research and their dedication to perfecting the paper stood out to the journal’s staff.

“The authors are to be commended for their careful and detailed responses to the comments from the first round of reviews,” one of the Society & Animals reviewers wrote. “It is clear that they took the reviewers’ comments seriously and did their best to incorporate those comments reasonably.”

In their acceptance letter, the journal’s associate editor said, “You did an outstanding job on the two rounds of revisions, and the final manuscript is methodologically sound and logically argued.”

Professor Cole and the four authors should be extremely proud of this accomplishment, which is exactly the kind of achievement that Dean Rapaccioli and the entire Gabelli faculty hope will emerge from the school’s intensified focus on original student research in business.

“This outcome provides additional evidence that the Gabelli Global Business Honors Program generates high-quality scholarship that can compete with that produced by faculty and students at universities worldwide,” Professor Cole said.

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