Students Present Research at Major Sociology Conference

Posted on: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Brent Treash

Six Emory & Henry College students recently attended a major sociology conference, during which they presented research to faculty and students from colleges and universities throughout the south.

The students, five sociology majors and one student of political science, attended the 77th Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociology Society held in Charlotte, N.C. April 2-5. 

The students presented extensions of projects completed for Methods of Social Research with Dr. Julia Wilson and an honors thesis with Dr. Shelley Koch and were well-received by their peers and other professors in the region. They also attended sessions on topics ranging from educational test reform to the significance of WEB DuBois on the origins of scientific sociology.   

E&H students said the conference enabled them to learn more about the field of sociology while engaging others in their research.

Stephanie Buescher, a junior sociology major from Abingdon, Va., said the many hours she spent on her research proved to be valuable. “After presenting my research, I was so grateful I did it and I now have something to show for all my hard work.” 

Junior Jean Jamison, who is majoring in sociology and public policy and community service, was surprised by how comfortable she felt discussing her research with faculty and students from other institutions: “The thing that surprised me the most was how much I actually knew about my topic and about sociological research. Many students and professors at the conference asked me a wide variety of questions about my project and I was surprised at how easily I was able to defend my research. I was not expecting to know as much as I did!” 

John Duggins, a sophomore who expects to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology in the crime and society track, was excited that his research attracted attention from graduate faculty: “What surprised me the most about my experience was having graduate school directors come up and talk to me about my research and tell me how much they liked my poster and my research.” 

Since 2008, 29 students from Emory & Henry's Department of Sociology and other departments in the Division of Social Sciences have presented original research at the SSS Annual Meeting.   Wilson and Koch also presented research on women and work in their paper sessions.

Below is a list of E&H students who presented at the conference and the topics they addressed:

Stephanie Buescher, Abingdon, Va.: “Still a Nation of Immigrants? Americans’ Attitudes Toward Immigrants and Immigration”
John Duggins,  Maiden, N.C.:  “What Influences Americans’ Views on Gun Control”
Jean Jamison, Farragut, Tenn.:   “Religiosity, Spirituality, and Marital Happiness”
Dally Kennedy, Tazewell, Va.“Just Say No? Women’s Support for Women in Politics”
Kaitlyn Parks,  Charlottesville, Va.: “Social Capital and Disaster Recovery: A Case Study of the Glade Spring, Virginia Tornado”
Libby Scales, Saluda, Va.: “American’s Views on Homosexual Relationships”