2021 Sociology Honors Poster Presentation

These students worked diligently from autumn through winter quarter, developing their ideas, conducting a literature review, crafting a proposal, and detailing their study design. Much like a first- or second-year graduate student, honors candidates need to take responsibility for independent learning, lots of initiative, and tremendous perseverance. Faculty and graduate students help them along the way, but this is their project, their ideas, their work, and their product to be proud of!

Despite the interruptions and uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, these students are completing their theses and will graduate with honors. The entire department is immensely proud of them and their sociological imagination!

Each presenting student will be invited to share a brief summary of their research, followed by remarks from their mentor(s). Following this, we invite questions from the audience. We conclude with a “Lightning Round” when the students will tell us briefly about their plans following graduation.

Professor Sara Curran, Sociology Honors Program Director
Steve Karceski, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology Honors Program Instructor

2021 Sociology Honors Students and Faculty Advisors

Komal Ghirnikar - Julie Brines
Thelonious Goerz - Sara Curran
Rachel Kisela - Zack Almquist
Annette Malakoff - Heather Evans


2021 Honors Posters Session Presenters

Komal Ghirnikar
Exploring Cultural Competencies within Ethnically-Defined Alcoholics Anonymous Groups


Thelonious Goerz
Race, Class, and Transit Oriented Development


Rachel Kisela
Who Benefits from Body Positivity?


Annette Malakoff
The Effects of Stigma as Experienced by Vulnerable Populations in Light of the Reclassification of CPTSD and PTSD



Lightning Session

What’s next for our Honors students?