College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Congratulations to Y. Zhang for Winning the First Place of the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award

Posted on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Congratulations to our recent MA graduate - Yiyi Zhange (class of 2019) - for her thesis work which has been selected to receive the First Place of the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award at the University of Northern Iowa. Titled “Evaluating Livelihood Vulnerability of Farming Communities to Winter Storms in Iowa”, the research focused on an important yet timely subject on human’s resilience to winter storms, which has been reported as the second-most frequent catastrophe in the Midwest of the US. Yiyi framed the topic in the context of rural environment that dominates with agricultural activities and thus highly relies on climatic-sensitive resources and activities. The result is an impressive piece of research that provides key points for policy-making and real-world practice.