Department of Sociology

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Sociology major accepted for Columbia summer fellowship

Columbia University has accepted Sociology major, Deborah Paul, for its Summer Medical And Dental Program. Students in the program take two classes. They also shadow a primary care physician and two sub-specialists at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

"Medical schools want future doctors to understand the social determinants of health disparities," said Sociology Chair Mitra Das, "so it not surprising that acceptance rate for social science majors match those of traditional science majors." The program provides tuition, room and board for accepted fellows.

Sociology Major Makes a Splash!

Analissa Iversen ’12 was honored with a Splash! Award at the Gathering at the Well Forum on April 12, 2012. The theme of the Forum this year – presented by the Center for Women & Work and the Gender Studies program and co-sponsored by the Sociology Department – was “The F Word How Feminism Fits.” About one hundred faculty, staff, students and community members gathered to listen to speakers and engage in discussion about the role of feminism in the twenty-first century. 

The Splash! Awards were presented to leaders who have worked to advance women’s rights and feminist values. Ana was nominated by Susan Pulido (Health Services) in recognition of her pioneering work on campus to raise awareness of and provide support for survivors of sexual assault. In addition to founding a student organization dedicated to this work, Ana also organized a Candlelight Vigil that has become an annual tradition. Ana has also been a leader in Residential Life and in the Gender Studies program, and has brought her commitment to women’s equality and passion for change to all of her work. Congratulations Ana!!

Sociology Department Makes an Impact at ESS

The UMass Lowell Sociology Department was well-represented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in New York City in February 2012. Professors Charlotte Ryan and Robert Grantham presented their work as part of a Roundtable session on “Social Movement Counter-Narratives,” Professor Das’ research on the immigrant experience was featured in a roundtable on “Personal Narratives,” for which Prof. Das also served as presider. Prof. Mignon Duffy’s book "Making Care Count: A Century of Gender, Race and Paid Care" was the subject of an Author-Meets-Critics panel. And two of our students – Analissa Iversen ’12 and Danielle Cole ’12 – presented as part of the undergraduate research poster session. Congratulations all!