May 20, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Emily Steiner, who graduated from Bucknell on May 17, has received an award for a portion of her honors thesis written during her senior year.

Her thesis, "Identity, Assimilation and Transnationalism in Latino Immigrant Churches: The Case of Recent Immigrants to Central Pennsylvania," was honored with the Texas A&M Award for Outstanding Research in the field of Latino politics.

The award recognizes the winners of an annual national competition through the Project for Equity, Representation and Governance in the department of political science at Texas A&M. The award carries a prize of $500 and is meant to encourage undergraduates to continue their study of Latino politics at the graduate level.

Steiner spent two years researching Latino immigrants in central Pennsylvania to explore the impact that church participation has on their identities and experiences in a rural environment. Her paper is posted online at

Steiner, who graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree and departmental honors in sociology, also received the Bucknell Prize in Sociology, given to the senior demonstrating outstanding academic performance in the study of sociology.

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