Shadd Cabalatungan wins the 2015 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.
Shadd received this award for research projects he completed in sociology and biology. His undergraduate sociology honors thesis, "The Consequences of Alcohol Consumption for Drinking and Non-Drinking Students" was awarded the department's John and Lyn Lofland Undergraduate Research Award. It uses the logic of biological research on the effects of exposure to second-hand smoke to examine the consequences of exposure to the second-hand effects of other students’ alcohol use (e.g., having to “babysit” inebriated students, being assaulted by a drunk student). There is a good body of research on the extent of exposure to alcohol’s second-hand effects but almost no research on the consequences of this exposure. Recognizing the gap, Shadd obtained nationally representative data from a study of college students. He found that exposure was negatively associated with grades and satisfaction with school, and that the latter was particularly intense for abstainers relative to drinkers. His findings have a number of implications for university alcohol policies including the need for more education on the harmful consequences of exposure to alcohol’s second-hand effects and for more alcohol-free spaces and events. A paper based on Shadd's thesis will appear in Explorations, the UC Davis Undergraduate Faculty Vetted Research Journal.