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Sociology Undergraduates in the News and Interships

DESRE Application 2015


There is an exciting internship possibility with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition for Democracy Fellows.  More information is at:


In 2011, Ethel Mickey received honorable mention from the Southern Sociological Society in the competition for best undergraduate paper (the Odum Award) for “The Effects of Mass Media on Interpersonal Trust: Newspaper, Television, and Internet,” and also earned the best student paper prize at the Tennessee Undergraduate Social Science Symposium held at Middle Tennessee State University.


In 2006, Melanie Kowalski was awarded a 2006 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program (VUSRP) award. Melanie’s research project is entitled, “Surrogate Consumers and the Production of Meaning: Press Kits and the Radio and Record Industries.” The VUSRP extended from June to August, 2006.  VUSRP students are expected to participate in Fellows meetings and present their research findings.  The 2006 award carried with it a $4,000 stipend.


In 2006, Ari Wisch’s paper on Nashville immigrants, co-authored with sociology professor Dan Cornfield, was accepted for presentation at the convention of the American Sociological Association. The paper is entitled “Settling In: Residential Strategies and Segregation Among African, Asian, Hispanic and Middle Eastern Immigrants in Nashville, Tennessee.”


In 2006, Star Wallin, a double major in sociology and public policy studies, was selected to be a member of USA TODAY’s 2006 All-USA College Academic Team. In 2005, she was honored by being named a Truman Scholar (Harry S. Truman Foundation), a Udall Scholar (Morris K. Udall Foundation), and a winner in Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women Competition. Star also is a Vanderbilt Ingram Scholar and worked with Jane Goodall in the summer of 2005 in Tanzania as a coordinator of a youth empowerment program.


Julianne Johnston, a junior and undergraduate sociology major, had her research paper accepted by the 2004 Honors Program of the American Sociological Association for presentation at the 99th ASA annual meetings in San Francisco.

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