Founded in 1999, the Summer Research Initiative (SRI) was created by the Office of the Dean in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and is supported by the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College. The program is designed to encourage and enhance the diversity of scholars working in the social and behavioral science fields. This year, Associate Professors of Sociology Julie Park and Rashawn Ray mentored three students in the program.
Daniel Chen, UMD, with Dr. Rashawn Ray
"Me or the Hoodie? Police Perceptions on Citizen Attire"
Daniel Chen is a senior at the University of Maryland majoring in sociology with a minor in business and sustainability. He is a member of the Honors College and is a recipient of the President’s Scholarship. Recently, Mr. Chen has conducted research on social activism and civic participation, and is also interested in family, race, and social inequality. He plans to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in sociology.
Mirza Azam Baig, UT-Austin, with Dr. Rashawn Ray
"Beyond the Blue Wall: Investigating the Presence of Implicit Racial Biases in Policing
Mirza Azam Baig is a philosophy and African diaspora studies double major at the University of Texas, where he is a Mellon Mays Fellow. Mr. Baig’s interest in the philosophy of race focuses on the treatment of Muslim Americans in the post 9/11 era. Mr. Baig has presented papers on the philosophy of race and continental philosophy at SIUE Edwardsville, Marist College, San Diego State University, and the University of Toronto. His publication “And From Then On They Called Us All Osama” is forthcoming in Polymath.
Katarina Yang, UMD, with Dr. Julie Park
"An Emerging 21st Century Immigrant Gateway: Asian Americans in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area"
Katarina Yang is a junior at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. She is a sociology major with keen interest in social stratification. Recently, she was part of a team of UMD researchers, led by Dr. Dana Fisher, who surveyed participants at the March for Science and People’s Climate March. Katarina hopes that the Summer Research Initiative will provide a rigorous, hands-on research experience that will ultimately prepare her for graduate school. After volunteering with Peace Corps, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in sociology. Katarina’s research interests lie in the process of negotiating identity among second-generation Asian Americans experience. Furthermore, she is interested in how the intersection of race and gender affect future life outcomes.