BA Thesis Symposium

Congratulations to the sociology majors of the Class of 2023 on completing their BA theses and on their impending graduations! We celebrated their accomplishments at the BA Thesis Symposium on Friday, May 19th. Students presented their own, original research, which covered a wide range of topics. The quality was outstanding.

After hearing short student presentations, the preceptors announced the winners of our annual BA thesis awards. Natalia Medina won the Goffman Prize for Best Sociology Thesis for "Politics in the Supreme Court: How Popular Framings of DACA Recipients Influenced the Decision in DHS v. Regents." Minghao Sun was awarded the Stone Center Undergraduate Thesis Award for "Reproduction of Elites: Pre-Professional Clubs in Elite Universities."

We concluded the event with a festive reception, catered by Danang Kitchen. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a huge success–BA thesis preceptors and faculty advisors in particular. We are so proud of the achievements of our fourth years and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

Congratulations to our 2023 thesis writers and awardees!

Jacklyn Anuwe, "Black Student Discrimination & Community-Based Intervention"

Eli Bec, "Lechón Asado y El Macho: Exploring the Symbolic Dynamics of Cuban Identity in Miami Through Food Ritual Performance"

Arjun Kilaru, "Faith and Transition: Developmental Effects of Long-Term Missionary Service on Latter-Day Saint Youth"

Claire Keenan-Kurgan, "La Marea Verde: The Personal Significance of Protest Participation on Young Women in Buenos Aires, Argentina"

James Kenniff, "County-Level Immigration Enforcement Activity and Birth Outcomes in the USA, 2014-208: The Generation and Propagation of Health Inequality"

Ziwei Liao, "University Growth and Gentrification: Exploring Rising Rent Burdens in Proximity to Large Universities in Metropolitan America"

Martin Long, "People, Prices, and Punts: Cultural Creation in College Poker Communities"

Watson Lubin, "'She Deserved It': How Incels Talk about Gender-Based Violence"

Natalia Medina, "Politics in the Supreme Court: How Popular Framings of DACA Recipients Influenced the Decision in DHS v. RegentsGoffman Prize for Best Sociology Thesis

Laura Sandino, "Stop General Iron: Environmental Justice in Chicago"

Minghao Sun, "Reproduction of Elites: Pre-Professional Clubs in Elite Universities" Stone Center Undergraduate Thesis Award

Nick Tarr, "Career Ambivalence: Ambiguous Desires and the Elite Path to Finance and Consulting"

Jadyn Tiong, "Deconstructing Narratives to Reconstruct Lives: How Formerly Incarcerated Women Resist Social Stigmatization to Reclaim Agency"