Students in the News

Students in the News

Morgan Carlton (’16) published her research, “First Generation Students and Post-Graduate Aspirations,” in the journal SAGE Open.

Meagan Robichaud (’16) published her research, “The Effects of Racial Self-Identity on College GPA and Student Satisfaction at Very Selective Colleges and Universities,” (co-authored with Dr. Joseph Soares) in the International Journal of Educational Studies.

Cherina McKnight (’16) won the American Ethnic Studies Outstanding Essay Award for her paper, “Connecting History and Biography: Discrimination, Social Mobility, and a Family Work History in North Carolina.”

Sociology alum, Nancy Aguillon Diaz (’13), won a 2015 Fulbright to Mexico.

Dianne Uwayo (’15) won the 2015 Elizabeth Phillips Award for Best Essay in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies by an Undergrad Student for her honors thesis, “Perceptions about the Causes of Intimate Partner Violence in Kisumu, Kenya.”

Kristen Bryant (’12), who works for a non-profit organization called Doorways to Dreams, was featured in the WFU Magazine’s Alumni Spotlight for Summer 2015 for her work with Boston alumni network.

Leigh Winters (’15), a sociology major, was profiled in the Old Gold and Black.

Megan Jarrell (’15) presented her research on “Parental Perceptions of Neighborhood Safety and Children’s Mental Health” at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in New York, NY.

Sociology majors Brittany Vasquez (’15), Dianne Uwayo (’15), and Bryson Rominger (’15) presented research at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in March.

Sociology major Bryson Rominger (’15) was profiled in the Old Gold and Black.

Congratulations to Colt Mienke (’16) who won $5,000 from the DoSomething Challenge to support his project to food insecurity in northwest North Carolina.  Mienke plans to use the award to partner with local restaurants to raise awareness of the issue. He proposes that restaurants encourage their customers to add $1 to their check, which would enable Second Harvest Food Bank to provide seven more meals for those in need.  His proposal not only received funds from the challenge; he received a matching grant of $5,000 from Melissa Harris-Perry.

Victoria Lawton (’15) was profiled in Inside WFU for her participation in Wake Forest’s Nonprofit Immersion Program.

Dorronda Bordley (’14) and Sammie Herrick (’14) received Fulbright Scholarships to spend the 2014-2015 year abroad. 

Le’Ron Byrd (’14) was named the 2014-2015 Wake Forest Fellow for Z. Smith Reynolds Library. 

Erin Hellman’s (’14) volunteer efforts were featured in WFU News.

Le’Ron Byrd’s (’14) work on hunger issues in the community was featured in WFU News.

Christina Mayse (’15), a sociology major, was selected for the American Sociological Association’s Honors Program and will attend the upcoming ASA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA to present her research.

Sociology majors, Ann Hollingsworth and Victoria Lawton, were selected for the 2014 Non-Profit Summer Immersion Program sponsored by the WFU Institute for Public Engagement.

Sociology majors Erin Hellman, Dorronda Bordley, and Shannon Ciprut presented the results of their honors theses at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC.

Mimi Bergman, a sociology student, won the Himes Award from the North Carolina Sociological Association for the best undergraduate paper in the state of North Carolina.

The Institute for Public Engagement named sociology majors Callie Cleckner and Brittany Vasquez to the 2014 class of Public Engagement Fellows.

Sociology major, Brittany Vasquez, presented a poster at the NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, detailing her research project: “Mickey Drexler’s Brand Engineering of J. Crew: A Sociological Case Study.”  She began the project in her SOC 316 class.

Senior sociology major and honors student, Chloe Potash, was accepted to the highly competitive Match Program, a Boston-area Teaching for America style program.

Senior sociology minor, Natalie Ferstenstock, was recently accepted to Teach For America in Richmond, CA.

Senior major, Danielle Ambrogio (’14) was quoted in a Winston-Salem Chronicle article about a campus talk by Dr. Rashawn Ray on the sociology of race and exercise.

Marshall Shaffer (’15) published an article with WFU News on his two summer internships with the Cannes Film Festival.

Nancy Aguillon (‘13) and Kelly Chervin (‘13) were profiled by the WFU News Center as exemplary members of the Class of 2013.

Jessica Smith (’13) participated WFU’s Big Tent event to bring awareness of diversity issues to campus.

Abbey Keener (’12) won the North Carolina Sociological Association’s Himes Best Paper Award for her honors thesis, “More Parties, More Problems: Evaluating Party Conflict and Recession Legislation in Eighteen Western Democracies from 1971-2010.”

Erin Hellman (’14) was accepted to Teach for America in Phoenix, starting in Fall 2014.

Aaron Colston (’14) was featured in a news article on Wake Forest’s Magnolia Scholars Program.

Erin Hellman (’14) won a Richter Scholarship to study gender and family life in South Korea.  Dr. Simon is her research mentor.

Janak Padhiar (’13) won a Richter Scholarship to conduct a socio-architectural analysis of Paris’ banlieues and their invisible boundaries.  He is working under the mentorship of Dr. Wahl.

Gurdeep Singh (’14), Le’Ron Byrd (’14), Kelly Watson (’14), Jana Fritz (’13), Blair Bryce (’13), and Mathew Mancuso (’13) were recently named as Public Engagement Fellows at Wake Forest’s Institute for Public Engagement.

Danielle Gallant (’13) traveled to India during the winter break to lead a group of 10 students volunteering in the University’s City of Joy program.  Gallant shares her reasons for returning to India for a second time and what she learned from working with the late Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Nancy Aguillon (’13) was awarded the student Martin Luther King Building the Dream AwardNicole Little (’13) was finalist for this award as well.

J’Taime Lyons (’13), was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service.

Gurdeep Singh (’14) won a Wake Forest Research Fellowship for his project, “Politicizing the Poor: Analyzing Political Party Affiliation and Blameworthiness of Poverty by Presidential Candidates in the 2012 Election.”

Sociology minor Amy Liang (‘12) was profiled in the Winston-Salem Journal and on Wake Forest News Center for her path breaking work in the local homeless community.  Amy was one of twenty young leaders from across the state to receive the Community Impact Student Awardfrom North Carolina Governor’s Office in recognition of her service work.  Additionally, Amy was one of four students to receive a US Student Fulbright Scholarship and will be working in Korea for a year starting in June.

Sociology minor Brandon Turner (’12) received the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University.

Jessica Armstrong (’10) and Trayonna Floyd (’09) were featured in a Winston-Salem Journal article on Wake Forest’s Community Engagement Internship program. Jessica’s work was also noted on Window on Wake Forest.

Brittney Bogues (’09) was highlighted in the Window on Wake Forest coverage of the 2009 Commencement Ceremony.

Trayonna Floyd (’09) won the 2009 WFU/WSSU MLK Building the Dream Award

Lauren Wright (’10) was profiled on Window on Wake Forest for her internship at CBS News’ “Face the Nation” with host Bob Schieffer through the WAKE Washington program.

Benny Cooper (’08) was highlighted in the Window on Wake Forest coverage of the 2008 Commencement Ceremony, as well as in a story on News 14 Carolina.