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Sociology PhD Student Stacia Sydoriak Wins National Paper Competition

Stacia Sydoriak, who is a  Sociology PhD student and a Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) graduate research assistant, recently learned that she was selected as the winner of the of the 2013 Annual Hazards and Disaster Graduate Student Paper Competition.

Stacia’s paper is titled “Women, Men, and the Face of a Colorado Frack Disaster: From Gender-Specific Risks to Gender-Inclusive Solutions.” It explores gendered dynamics surrounding fracking in Colorado, while framing the technical process itself as one which possesses the potentiality of triggering a technological disaster.

Stacia’s paper was described by the selection committee as one that “displayed outstanding originality in data collection and analysis, as well as a well-organized thesis and argument.” In addition, Stacia’s paper was selected by the committee because they deemed it “well-written, interesting,” and said that it made “a significant contribution to the disaster research literature.”

As the graduate winner, Stacia will be awarded $100, and her paper will appear on the Natural Hazards Center website and mentioned in an upcoming issue of the Observer. She will also receive an invitation to the Annual Hazards Research and Application Workshop, in Broomfield, Colorado, where her paper abstract will be included in program booklet.


Stacia joins a growing list of CSU-CDRA students who have taken home this paper competition prize. Jennifer Tobin-Gurley is a past graduate student recipient. Undergraduate students, all Sociology majors, who have won the undergrad division paper award include: Ysaye Zamore, Alex Mitchell, Krista Richardson, and Audrey Matusich.

The Center is very proud of these students and the mark they are making on the hazards and disaster research field. Please congratulate Stacia and the rest of the CDRA team.