Highlights of Recent Sociology Majors

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Rebecca Settle (left), Presbyterian College, won the Dr. Joel Thayer Paper Award at the 2013 Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium for the best paper in the student paper competition for “Does Money Truly Buy Happiness? A Study of 157 Countries’ Level of Happiness and Contributing Factors.”  Also shown are the first place poster award winner Chelsea Taylor (right), Newberry College, and Kendia Mitchell, second place poster award winner.

Sociology majors frequently present the results of their research at conferences and symposiums. Here is what sociology majors have done recently.

Six senior sociology majors presented papers at the 2012 Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium held at the University of South Carolina Aiken in April:

  • Blake Studstill, “Education and Religiosity”
  • Demetric Armstead, “The Effects of Religious Faith on Attitudes on Gun Control”
  • Avril Fennell, “Parents’ Influence:  How Do Parents Influence Teenagers’ Sexual Behaviors and Contraceptive Usage?”
  • John Mickelson, “The Political Issue of Abortion”
  • Mary Brown Taylor, “Education and Its Impact on Health and Well-Being”
  • Joshua Johnson, “Single-Parent Households and Their Affects on Academic Performance and Sexual Activity”
  • Maggie Baldwin, “How Race, Education, and Age Affect Marriage”
  • Shaun Nibert, “The Role of Location in Academic Achievement”
  • Courtney Brown, “Attitudes Toward Interracial Relationships and Marriages:  How do Religion and Race Influence Interracial Relationships and Marriages?

Three majors also presented at the Presbyterian College Honors Day Symposium, April 2012:

  • Aaron Preston, “Income and Its Affect on Marriage”
  • Esther Yun, “The Relationship between Religiosity and Family Relationships”
  • Patrick Basinger, “The Influence of Sex on Media Usage”

In previous years students have also presented at these symposiums.

Presented at the Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium at Francis Marion University, April 2011:

  • Ben Littlejohn, “Aged-Based Patterns of Attitudes toward the Elderly: A Look at Government Spending and Family Responsibility”
  • Pierre Miller, “Higher Occupational Status and Gender Role Attitudes”
  • Brian Wilson, “Support and the Military”

Presented at the Presbyterian College Honors Day Symposium, April 2011:

  • Ben Littlejohn, “Aged-Based Patterns of Attitudes toward the Elderly: A Look at Government Spending and Family Responsibility”
  •  Pierre Miller, “Higher Occupational Status and Gender Role Attitudes”
  • Emily Todd, “Gender Differences in Educational Attainment”
  • Lindsey Trombley, “Value of Education to Health”
  • Brian Wilson, “Support and the Military”

Presented papers at the 2010 Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium held at Coastal Carolina University in April:

  • Amber Howard, “News about the News: Social Standards in how Viewers get their News”
  • Ashley Kirkpatrick, “The Impact of Marriage and Children on Work Status of Women”
  • Katie O’Shields, “Economic Influence on Opinions toward Family Disciplinary Styles”
  • Paula Rawls, “The Role of Aging and the Effects on One’s Religiosity”
  • Lea Smith, “The Impact of Age, Education, and Race on Gender Role Attitudes”
  • Katie Whitten, “Working Women and Effects on Mental Health”

Paula Rawls and Lea Smith also presented their papers at the 2010 Honors Day Symposium held on the Presbyterian College campus.  Sociology professor Robert Freymeyer gave the keynote address for this event. The title of his presentation was “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been.”

Presented at the 2009 Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium at the University of South Carolina Aiken:

  • Alex Snoddy, “The Lasting Effects of Disruption on a Child”
  • Elizabeth Rentz, “Attitudes toward Abortion”
  • Tishe Sanders, “Attitudes toward America’s Homeless”
  • Elizabeth Ann McClean, “Variables that Influence the Success of Women in the Workforce”
  • Terrance Butler, “Race and Attitudes toward Integration”;
  • Morgan Bennight, “Declining Marriage Rates”
  • Antoine Carter “Race is an Issue”

Presented at the Presbyterian College Honors Day Symposium, April 2009:

  • Shelby Whitlow, “A Study on the Differences of Risk Taking Behaviors between Males and Females”
  • Haley Harper,  ”Views on Same Sex Relations”
  • Colt Marcengill, “Relationships between Income and Child Abuse”