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Graduate Student Association Spotlight: Brittany Kowalski

Brittany Kowlaski, Graduate Research Assistant. White woman with black glasses and mid length brown hair smiling at the camera wearing a blue button up with white seams in front of the mountainlair with two wvu blue and gold flags and a tree
WVU's Sociology and Anthropology GSA congratulates Brittany M. Kowalski
In the 2019-2020 year, Brittany has achieved academically in multiple sectors. Most recently, she has successfully completed her comprehensive exams. She is currently working on her dissertation which focuses on factors that may affect the content and completion of subjective evaluations.

Brittany has an active research agenda and has had several papers published in journals such as Sociology of Religion and Sexuality & Culture. Most recently, the paper entitled "Religion, Family, and Career among Graduate Students in the Sciences" which she co-authored with Dr. Chris Scheitle and graduate students Erin Hudnall and Ellory Dabbs was accepted for publication in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Brittany and Dr. Lisa Dilks have also submitted “Gender Differences in Response to Role Incongruity: The Case of Partner Selection” for publication. Brittany has several other papers in progress which she hopes to submit for publication soon.

At the Sociologists for Women in Society winter 2020 conference in San, Diego, CA, Brittany and Dr. Lisa Dilks gave a round table presentation titled “Sex–based Sexual Practice Differences Among College Students" a paper which they are working on to submit for publication. Brittany and Dr. Lisa Dilks were also accepted for a round table presentation titled  “No Candidate Left Behind: Role Congruity Effects on Perceptions of Political Candidates” for the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco, CA though it was canceled due to COVID-19. The paper entitled "Religion, Family, and Career among Graduate Students in the Sciences" was also accepted to present at the 2020 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association meeting which was also canceled due to COVID-19.

Brittany is currently a Graduate Research Assistant on an NSF funded grant (AGEP EAGER Project #1935469) with Drs. Kasi Jackson and Sharon Bird that is examining the leverage points for enhancing diversity at institutions of higher education. She is also currently serving as the Student Section Chair for the North Central Sociological Association