Honors Colloquium

A note from Dr. Penny Green, Sociology Honors Head Instructor:

Dear Sociology Majors,

You are invited to the Fall 2018 Honors Colloquium.  The event will be held on Tuesday, December 11th in CLA 1.302D.  Two outstanding Sociology Honors students will present the findings from their thesis research.  We’ll get started at 2:00 and finish up around 3:10.  After the thesis presentations, new members will be inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Honorary Society for Sociology.  The Colloquium is an “open” event in the sense that you can come and go as your schedule permits.  Light refreshments will be served.

The Colloquium schedule is as follows:

2:00  Opening Remarks: Penny Green, Sociology Honors and AKD Advisor

2:05  Emily Brayton

“The Effect of Socioeconomic Status on Depression Rates in the Transition to College”

Although many have tried to explain high depression rates among college students, some causal variables are still unknown. My research examines the role of socioeconomic status (SES) as a causal variable. Using a national data set, students in high school were coded for SES, operationalized as parents’ highest level of education. Students were compared by their self-rated depression scores in 2012, when they were still in high school. These same students were compared again in 2014 at the end of their freshman year of college. Both gender and self-reported levels of anger were used as control variables. The main finding showed that low SES women had the lowest rates of depression and the highest rates of anger after their freshman year in college. The data also showed higher rates of depression in high SES students, as well as similar rates of anger among all students. The null hypothesis was rejected, and the research concluded that socioeconomic status affects rates of depression in college students.

Supervising Professor:  Tetyana Pudrovska, Department of Sociology

Second Reader:  Nina Palmo, Department of Sociology

2:30  Daniel Krasnicki

“Emergent Networks and the Surveillance of Digitally Enabled Social Movements”

Social movements, such as Black Lives Matter and the revolutions comprising the Arab Spring, have utilized digital media to get their messages out. In so doing they have captured the world’s attention. But new developments in surveillance and big data technologies, as well as police and state practices, threaten to turn these tools (e.g. social media, SMS, and email) from resources for activists to potential means of repression. This thesis explores the complex relationships between social networks, data, social movements, and surveillance. It aims toward providing a theoretical framework to better understand how these relationships have developed and changed over time.

Supervising Professor:  Michael Young, Department of Sociology   

Second Reader:  Simone Browne, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies

2:55  Induction of new members into Alpha Kappa Delta

3:05  Closing Remarks:  Megan Conner, Academic Advising Coordinator


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