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A Letter from the Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Posted: May 23, 2014

Dear Readers,

I am delighted to introduce the third issue of the Community, Environment, and Development Undergraduate Research Journal produced by students in the CED program in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education.

The first issue of a journal is an exciting event, much celebrated, but also with much to prove. The second issue demonstrates commitment to the purpose behind the first issue and that it can be repeated. Both issues one and two exemplified our students' dedication to research and scholarship, and received praise from faculty and staff. The third issue demonstrates that the idea and its execution have staying power; it has become established and flourishes; it has much to say and is here to stay. This journal in its third year brings together research papers, analytical essays, and book reviews to not only highlight research conducted by CED undergraduate students, but also to promote professional writing within the major. Most notably, the CED undergraduate research journal is completely written, edited, and published by our students.

The CED undergraduate research journal provides an opportunity to showcase the exemplary work undergraduate students are performing and producing at University Park. I believe the journal supports and affirms the CED ideals of sustainability and progressive development contributing to the quality of undergraduate education within the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the University as a whole.

Congratulations to the journal editors, contributors, advisors, and all the members of the CED program for the third issue of the journal, and we look forward to many more issues in the years to come.

Ann R. Tickamyer
Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education