Date of Defense

Spring 4-22-1997



First Advisor

Susan Fox, Communication

Second Advisor

James Petersen, Sociology

Third Advisor

William Post, Sociology


In this study, four concepts were looked at including responsibility and trust, recognition and verbal praise, material items, and altruistic reasons. These four variables were compared to demographic variables to find out what the most common form of recognition is preferred among college students. The purpose of this study was to discover what makes college students continue to volunteer. 204 college students participated in this study by filling out surveys after they volunteered for a half day experience. The surveys were then analyzed to discover which type of recognition was most preferred by which students. This study suggests that older, off-campus, natural science major volunteers require more recognition and praise than do other students. All students reported that they required some type of praise to keep them satisfied in their volunteer experience.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only