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Research project earns CSUB students $5,000 Award

Awarded during a recent Social Science Conference

CSU Bakersfield is proud to announce that two students have been honored with the $5,000 Betty Nesvold Award for best graduate research paper. The award was presented during the annual Social Science Research and Instructional Council (SSRIC) student research conference held this year on May 8th at CSU Fullerton.

Gokh Alshaif (Political Science) and Noor Qwfan (Public Policy and Administration) collaborated in the research and presented their paper “Daughter of Sojourners: Yemeni American Females' Experience in Education,” which was written under the supervision of CSUB Professor Kent Price.

“Both Gokh and Noor worked incredibly hard on crafting this great piece of research. It really makes a significant contribution to the existing scholarly research on contemporary Muslim experiences in the United States,” said Dr. Rhonda E. Dugan, Associate Professor of Sociology at CSUB and campus representative for SSRIC. “I've suggested that they should submit their research to a scholarly journal for publication--and I hope they do.”

The mission of the SSRIC is to foster research in the social sciences by students and faculty throughout the California State University system. For more information on SSRIC, please visit

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