Elijah D. Slifer, an Eastern Illinois University student from Stewardson, won first place in upper division of the 2013 Illinois Sociological Association Undergraduate Student Paper Competition.
Slifer was one of three students from Eastern who won awards from the competition. Others included Kirsten Taylor, of Sullivan, with first place in the freshman/sophomore division and Sheldon Aaron, of Bloomington, with third place in the freshman/sophomore division.
As a senior geography major at Eastern Illinois University, Slifer entered the competition last year and competed against other students throughout the state from public and private universities.
The requirements for entry included a written paper from an undergraduate sociology course and a word count of 5,000 words or less. Awards for the competition will be handed out at the Illinois Sociological Association’s yearly conference.
The Illinois Sociological Association is a statewide association focused on educating and stimulating research, discussion, interaction and service among students and professors engaged in the sociological study and teaching.