Value of student/faculty collaborative research

Because we are an undergraduate program, our students have opportunities to develop research and statistical skills that can give students a competitive edge for graduate school and professional programs. Our graduates report being better prepared to handle graduate school coursework in theory, methods, and statistics. Having an undergraduate research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor gives students a jump start at experiencing what it is like to be someone who contributes to scientific knowledge and the skills needed to be successful. Students are also given opportunities to present their research in professional venues including regional and national sociology meetings.

“Compromising Law: A Pilot Study of Attorneys’ Attitudes on Immigration Legislation”

Student Researcher: Priscila Barron Sanchez

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker


“Socialization of Youth with Disabilities: Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality”

Student Researcher: Ethan Meyer

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker


 “The Effectiveness of Three Domestic Violence Abuse Shelters”

Student Researcher: Rebecca Kramer
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lisa Waldner


“Reel Views of Nature: An Analysis of Environmental Images and Messages on the Silver Screen”

Student Researcher: Sarah Strain
Faculty Mentor: Dr. William Kinney


 “Hey! That’s My Life! Respecting and Giving Voice to Student’s Experiences and Troubling Issues”

Student Researcher: Sarah Covington
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker


“Analyzing the Use of Heterosexual Perpetration Tactics in Sexually Coercive Undergraduates”

Student Researcher: Kylee Joosten
Faculty Member: Dr. Lisa Waldner


“The Multi-Racial Experience: Identity Formation and the Perception of Prejudice and Discrimination at Predominately White Universities”

Student Researcher: Shanea Turner-Smith
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Buffy Smith


“Education and Poverty: Evaluation Research of National Youth Sports Program”

Student Researcher: Marylovely Ejifor
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Buffy Smith


“Examining Drug Use among American Juveniles”

Student Researcher: Jared Hendler
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lisa Waldner