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Undergraduate Professional Development Endowed Fund

March 29, 2013

The Department of Sociology is committed to creating an endowed Undergraduate Professional Development Fund which will enable the department to provide support to our undergraduate students in the form of scholarships, conferences, study abroad, and research opportunities. As of this writing, just over $5,000 has been raised toward a goal of $30,000.

Promotions

March 29, 2013

In 2012 the department celebrated the promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Drs. Zhenmei Zhang and Sandra Marquart-Pyatt.  Drs. Zhang and Marquart-Pyatt are part of an impressive cohort of young scholars who will be the foundation of the department’s academic excellence for years to come.

Undergraduate Student Spotlight

Undergraduate Student Spotlight

March 29, 2013

Undergraduate Sociology Major Brette Fischer recently had the opportunity to interview city officials and others making decisions about public art in New Orleans and Montreal.

Graduate Student Spotlight

Graduate Student Spotlight

March 29, 2013

Dilshani Sarathchandra is a PhD candidate whose research focuses on Science and Technology Studies and Risk Communication. Currently Dilshani is working on her dissertation titled "University Bio-Scientists Risk Epistemologies and Research Choices."

The Graduate Collective

March 29, 2013

The Sociology Collective’s main focus this year is to engage with the Department as it prepares for it’s upcoming External Review. This includes integrating graduate student perspectives into the department self-study and conducting the second annual sociology graduate student survey.

Elyse Packard is our new Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor

Elyse Packard is our new Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor

March 28, 2013

Elyse studied Sociology as an undergrad at Central Michigan University and finished her Masters Degree at CMU in Professional Counseling in May 2012. Elyse helps our undergraduate students plan their courses, explore minors, specializations, internships and post-graduate plans. Elyse is also the faculty advisor to the Undergraduate Sociology Association, which has participated in multiple volunteer events this year. Elyse (packard@msu.edu) would love to hear from alumni regarding suggestions for improving the undergraduate program, including internship and other opportunities for students.

Faculty Retirements

Faculty Retirements

March 28, 2013

A major change took place in the Department of Sociology with the retirement of four of its most eminent faculty. At the end of the spring 2012, a grand retirement reception was held for Drs. Janet Bokemeier, Stan Kaplowitz, Thomas Conner and Harry Perlstadt, who together contributed more than 150 years of service to MSU and the Department of Sociology.

 

Gelbard Wins TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Fellowship

Gelbard Wins TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Fellowship

March 28, 2013

The Ruth Simms Hamilton Fellowship honors the memory and work of former Sociology Professor Ruth Hamilton and supports cutting-edge, graduate-level research that futhers the study of African Diaspora.  The Sociology Department is honored to announce that one of this year’s recipients is Alexandra P. Gelbard.  Ms. Gelbard is a Ph.D. candidate who is examining the social function of music within African Diaspora communities.

First John and Ruth Useem Endowment Awarded

First John and Ruth Useem Endowment Awarded

March 28, 2013

One of the most exciting Departmental accomplishments in 2012 was the successful establishment of an endowment that recognizes the contributions and legacy of former department faculty John and Ruth Useem.  More than fifty former students, colleagues and family members made contributions to the endowment. Dr. Ann Cottrell, who received her Ph.D. from MSU in 1970 and who is a Professor Emerita at San Diego State University, played a crucial leadership role in moving the endowment forward by giving her own gift and encouraging others to do so.  The Department was pleased to host Dr. Cottrell last year when she gave an outstanding presentation on “John and Ruth Hill Useem: The Sociologists and their Third Culture Legacy.”
 

Dr. Hui Liu’s study on same-sex cohabitation and health receives media attention

Dr. Hui Liu’s study on same-sex cohabitation and health receives media attention

March 4, 2013

Same-sex cohabitors report poorer health than their different-sex married counterparts at the same levels of socioeconomic status—according to a new national study led by Dr. Hui Liu.

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