Maria-Leticia Gomez, SOCY Class of 1993
Although she’s worked as a broadcast journalist for more than two decades, Maria-Leticia Gomez (SOCY ’93) has always considered herself a sociologist at heart.
“Once you study a social science, you just see the world differently,” said Gomez, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and evening anchor for Univision affiliate KDTV in San Francisco. “You bring more depth to whatever work you do. You have a skill that I think sets you ahead from the rest in the way you perceive things.”
The Department of Sociology invites you to the 3rd Annual Parren Mitchell Symposium on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in the Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union.
The first panel, "Health Outcomes: For Better or Worse," will begin at 11:00am and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes (Northwestern University).
The second panel, "Health Strategies: From This Day Forward," will begin at 2pm and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Joe Richardson (University of Maryland, College Park).
The reception will begin at 5pm in the Colony Ballroom in the Stamp Student Union.
Every year, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) recognizes faculty, staff, and students for their contributions to the college and the department. This year, BSOS has selected four Sociology members to recognize at their spring awards ceremony on April 12.
Dr. Jeff Lucas- Excellence in Research Award
Dr. Rashawn Ray- Excellence in Teaching Award in the Tenure-Track Faculty Category
Joey Brown, PhD Student- Excellence in Teaching Award in the Graduate Teaching Assistant Category
Dr. Feinan Chen- Outstanding Development/Administration Award
Dr. Linda Moghadam- Excellence in Service Award
Congratulations to first year gradaute students Amanda Dewey and Rose Weingartner for receiving Honorable Mentions from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)!
We would also like to congratulate PhD Candidate, Wendy Laybourn, for receiving an Honorable Mention from the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship!
Congratulations to Dr. Kris Marsh for being selected as a Fulbright Award Recipient! Dr. Marsh will be conducting research in South Africa as part of her award.
Drs. Ruth Zambrana and Rashawn Ray's co-authored article (along with fellow co-authors), "'Don't Leave Us Behind': The Importance of Mentoring for Underrepresented Minority Faculty" was the third most read article in the American Education Research Journal (AERJ).
Meredith Kleykamp & Tom Crosbie Receive Grant from Army Research Institute to Study Evolution of U.S. Military Professionalism
The Army Research Institute has awarded the University of Maryland’s Center for Research on Military Organization (CRMO) an $810,000 grant to conduct a comprehensive study on what it means to be a military professional in the modern century. It will be the first study of its kind on the subject in more than 60 years.
Dariya Brown is a junior Sociology and Government and Politics double major, from Prince Georges County, who won the Melvin C. High Scholarship in 2013 before matriculating to UMD. She also won the Melvin C. High Scholarship in 2013, and was selected by Bishop McNamara and the Prince George's County Kiwanis Club for "Citizenship Awards" for her outstanding service to the community. She was selected for this award because Dariya collected school supplies to help students in need at District Heights Elementary School. Dariya is one of our department’s most talented students, who has also worked as a student orientation advisor at UMD.
R. Gordon Rinderknecht started his undergraduate career as an English major at the University of Iowa. However, he soon realized that so far, his life had left him with little to write about. Sociology offered recourse, and he has yet to run out of subject matter.
Gordon’s earliest research consisted of interviews with young-earth creationists about the nature of their beliefs and political views. This project pushed him to expand his knowledge of science and scientific reasoning, which inspired him to continue conducting research and eventually pursue graduate school at UMD, where he is now a third year graduate student with a focus in social psychology.