Graduate News

Doctoral candidate, SOC 2160 students partner with #BG4unity

Jessica Finkeldey, PhD student, and her SOC 2160 students recently partnered with #BG4unity to help shatter stereotypes.

PhD Candidate Jessica Finkeldey
PhD candidate Jessica Finkeldey
SOC 2160 students hold signs with statements shattering stereotypes
'Gray divorce' team's research cited in NYT

PhD candidates Matthew R. Wright and Anna M. Hammersmith and professors Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin's research was cited in The New York Times article "The Gray Gender Gap: Older Women Are Likelier to Go It Alone." The study was recently published in...

The Journals of Gerontology
"Later Life Marital Dissolution and Repartnership Status: A National Portrait"

Dennison and Swisher investigate association between education and crime

Christopher Dennison, PhD candidate, and Professor Raymond Swisher find upward educational mobility is associated with a lower likelihood of committing a crime, and downward mobility is linked to a greater likelihood.

Sue Nash (left) accepting research award
Sue Nash presents at research conference, receives award

Doctoral candidate Sue Nash presented "Motherhood, Mattering and Intimate Partner Violence among Young Adults" at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference in Portsmouth, NH, July 10-12. Nash also received the Gerald T. Hotaling Memorial Student Research Award.

Grad students learn how to teach sociology in SOC 6600

Professor Laura Sanchez's Teaching Introductory Sociology course addresses a number of practical skills, such as designing a course, drafting a syllabus, constructing assignments, grading materials, and tailoring lessons to students' needs. Additionally, the course considers multiple ways to communicate an education message, evaluate course content, and develop decision-making and leadership skills.

Students enjoy some summer fun while on break from SOC 6600
Caregivers study published in The Journals of Gerontology

Anna M. Hammersmith, graduate student, and I-Fen Lin's, sociology professor, research, "Evaluative and Experienced Well-being of Caregivers of Parents and Caregivers of Children," was recently published in The Journals of Gerontology.

As for positive experienced well-being, caregivers of children rated caregiving activities as happier (4.89 vs. 4.52) and more meaningful (5.25 vs. 5.06) than caregivers of parents...
Faculty and students attend Add Health Users Conference
Past and present students
Faculty and students attend Add Health Users Conference in Bethesda, MD

The Add Health conference provides researchers who are working with data from Add Health an opportunity to share research goals, experiences, and results. It also provides an opportunity for those interested in working with the data to learn how they are currently being used by others.

  • Christopher Dennison
    • "The Rich get Richer...and So Do the Attractive? Ascribed Socioeconomic Status, Physical Attractiveness, and Achieved SES"
  • Jessica Finkeldey
    • "Parental Incarceration and Neighborhood Attainment"
  • Jessica Ziegler
    • "Trajectories of Criminal Offending: Does Timing of Transition into Parenthood Matter?"
Barbara Prince Elected Graduate Student Member for ASA and AKD

Congratulations to Barbara Prince, BGSU sociology doctoral student. Barbara has been elected Graduate Student Member of the Council for the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Teaching and Learning and was selected for a two-year term as the Graduate Student Representative for Alpha Kappa Delta's Council.

front: Laura Sanchez, Anna Hammersmith, Karen Guzzo. back: Kara Joyner, Wendy Manning, Kelly Balistreri, & Susan Brown
Anna Hammersmith Receives Adamchak Award

Congratulations to Anna M. Hammersmith, BGSU sociology doctoral student, who is the 2016 Adamchak Award recipient. Established by Donald and Susan Adamchak (former recipients of BGSU sociology PhD and Master's degrees, respectively), this award recognizes a graduate student's research excellence in demography.



Recent research presented at PAA...

Students and faculty participate in 7th Annual Charles E. Shanklin Colloquium

Several sociology students, members of the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), assisted with this year's graduate colloquium named in memory of Charles E. Shanklin. The event highlights the significant research of graduate students at BGSU.

  • Graduate Student Judges
    • Marshal Fettro (not pictured), Mallory Minter, & Gwendolyn Zugarek
  • Faculty Judges
    • Meredith Gilbertson & Monica Longmore (neither pictured)
  • Session Chair
    • Mallory Minter
  • Award Nominee
    • Chris Dennison, nominated by Dr. Raymond Swisher for Outstanding Research Assistant
  • Fall 2015 Regalia Award
    • Gwendolyn Zugarek
Chris Dennison, Jessica Finkeldey, Mallory Minter, Ray Swisher, Gwen Zugarek, & Melissa Freitag
Students organize teaching workshop

BGSU sociology graduate students organized a teaching workshop, Friday, April 8, on the BG campus. Dean J. Howard, Butler University, spoke at the one-day event.

The interactive session centered around how to get students engaged in classroom discussion. Howard encouraged graduate students and faculty to brainstorm and share their ideas, while he provided feedback. Additionally, the workshop focused on how to break the classroom norms of civil attention and consolidation of responsibility.

The workshop was organized by members of the Professional Development Committee who are listed below.

Catherine Pape, Chair; Anna Hammersmith, Barbara Prince, Jessica Finkeldey, Jessica Ziegler, Lindsey Cooper, Lydia Anderson, Marshall Neil, Marisa Baumgardner, Mitchell Gresham, and Paul Hemez  
BGSU sociology students create strong presence at PAA annual meeting
Sixteen BGSU graduate students presented research posters and papers at the Population of America (PAA) 2016 annual meeting in Washington, DC, March 31 - April 10. Three of the posters received top honors.
Bart Stykes & Wendy Manning (grad student Gwen Zugarek not pictured) -- Click image to view poster
Huijing Wu & Susan Brown -- Click image to view poster
Sarah Hayford, Karen Guzzo, Vanessa Lang, & Sarah Garver -- Click image to view poster
Graduate students volunteer during MLK Day of Service

Sociology undergrads, graduate students, and faculty joined with students and faculty from the School of Cultural and Critical Studies in an MLK Day of Service activity on Monday. The group gathered at Home Depot to paint bookcases for La Conexion de Wood County, which will donate the furniture along with children’s books to 10 Latino families. This activity is part of La Conexion’s Our Children The Future program, which is supported by the BG Community Foundation and the Bill Rowles Fund. Books were donated by the Wood County District Public Library, Grounds for Thought, and Read for Literacy.

Brown, Lin, & Hammersmith research shows gray divorced women more likely to be poor
New research by Drs. Susan Brown & I-Fen Lin & PhD student Anna Hammersmith finds 27% of gray divorced women are classified as poor.
Finkeldey presents research findings at #ASC2015 in Washington, DC

Jessica Finkeldey, BGSU PhD student, attends American Society of Criminology (ASC) 2015 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, November 18-21. Finkeldey, (with Peggy G. Giordano, Monica A. Longmore, & Wendy D. Manning) will present their research poster, Deviant Identity and Delinquent Behavior.



Eickmeyer finds decline in divorce rate

In her recent Family Profile, Divorce Rate in the U.S.: Geographic Variation, 2014, Kasey J. Eickmeyer, Graduate Research Assistant, finds the divorce rate has dropped 23% in the past 35 years -- the lowest since 1970.


Stykes, Cooper, & Pitt Earn Diplomas

Congratulations, Bart Stykes, PhD; Lindsay Cooper, MA; &  Cassady Pitt, PhD. The trio received their diplomas during graduation ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of BGSU's first commencement.

Lamidi Receives Adamchak Award

Congratulations to Esther Lamidi, recipient of the 2015 Adamchak award. Established by Donald and Susan Adamchak (both who earned graduate degrees in sociology from BGSU), this award recognizes a graduate student's research excellence in demography.

Recent research presented at PAA:

Congratulations Gwen Zugarek
Gwen Zugarek was elected Student Representative of the ASA Sociology of the Family Section. Zugarek is completing her Master's degree and will enter the Doctoral program in the fall.


Several students receive Graduate Student Awards at spring ceremony
Congratulations to the following graduate students for their accomplishments...
  • Andrea Krieg -- Keynote Speaker
  • Julissa Cruz -- Distinguished Thesis Award
  • Jessica Finkeldey -- Research Colloguium Presenter
  • Bill Lally -- Distinguished Disseration Award
  • Jasmine Stewart-Oliver -- 2014-2015 GSS Executive Committee Member

Andrea Krieg (pictured with her mother), 2014 recipient of the Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence and BGSU doctoral candidate, delivers keynote speech for Shanklin Awards ceremony

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More Women Choosing Live-In Relationships Over Marriage
Manning and Stykes research finds almost 70% of women have lived with a cohabiting partner. This number has doubled over the past 25 years.

Knoxville Times

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Share of grandparents residing with a grandchild
Stykes Co-authors Series of Profiles

Doctoral student Bart Stykes, with co-authors Wendy D. Manning and Susan L. Brown, created a series of three Family Profiles focusing on grandparenthood. The profiles document the prevalence of grandparenthood and compare the sociodemographic composition of grandparents based on coresidence of grandchildren.

Family Profiles Series Grandparenthood

Lamidi Participates in Summer Workshop
Graduate student Esther Lamidi recently participated in the Policy Communication Fellows summer workshop with the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, DC. Congratulations, Esther!


Graduates Move Forward

Congratulations to Jennifer Copp, Janelle Eliasson Nannini, Holly Fee, Larry Gibbs, Angela Kaufman, and Unique Shaw-Smith who have recently graduated from the PhD program and moved into new careers...best of luck!

  • Jennifer Copp, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Family and Demographic Research, Bowling Green State University (Giordano)
  • Janelle Eliasson Nannini, Assistant Professor, Social Work Program, University of Washington-Tacoma (Chavez)
  • Holly Fee, Statistician, Associate Director for Demographics Programs, U.S. Census Bureau (Lin)
  • Larry Gibbs, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Manning)
  • Angela Kaufman, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology-Anthropology, Assumption College (DeMaris)
  • Unique Shaw-Smith, Research Specialist II, Department of Public Social Services, Riverside County, CA (Swisher)

Alvira-Hammond Article Appears in Child Trends  

Doctoral student Marta Alivra-Hammond publishes a Child Trends report on immigrant children's well-being. Understanding the Risks to Children Crossing the Border stems from her work as a Summer Research Fellow for the National Center on Hispanic Children and Families.


Stykes Published Paper Selected as "One of the Very Best" by Demographic Research

Congratulations to BGSU doctoral student J. Bart Stykes and Professors Wendy D. Manning, and Susan L. Brown whose paper, Nonresident Fathers and Formal Child Support: Evidence from the CPS, NSFG, and SIPP, has been selected as one of the very best published papers in Volume 29 of Demographic Research. The journal is competitive and rigorously peer-reviewed; only a few papers in each volume receive the "Editor's Choice" designation. The paper is marked with a star on the journal's website and included in the "Editor's Choice" collection.

Alvira-Hammond Receives 2014 Adamchak Award
Congratulations to BGSU doctoral student Marta Alvira-Hammond, recipient of the 2014 Donald J. and Susan E. Adamchak Graduate Student Award in Demography. The Adamchaks (former BGSU graduates in Sociology) established the award in 2003 to recognize a graduate student's research excellence in demography. Alvira- Hammond was recognized for her outstanding research paper, Fertility Differentials Across Race-Ethnicity and Generational Status: Incorporating Non-Hispanic Immigrants.
Alvira-Hammond recently presented her research poster, Adverse Childhood Experiences: Separate and Cumulative Effects on Adolescent Health and Well-Being, at the Population Association of America annual conference.
A Community of Engaged Scholars
Our graduate students are engaged sociologists, routinely receiving recognition for their contributions to their various research, teaching and service enterprises. For example, just in the past 5 years, we have had graduate students serve on the BGSU Board of Trustees, the BGSU HSRB Committee, and host BGSU/OSU Graduate Conferences on Population. They have also won many awards, including those external to our department, such as the Phi Kappa Phi Award, a PAA poster award, the BGSU Presidential Distinguished Service Award, and the BGSU Graduate Student Senate Outstanding International Student Award. And our graduate students are routinely finalists or winners of the Graduate Student Senate Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence. Our students represent the best sort of community of dedicated apprentice scholars.
Sociology Graduate Students Honored at 31st annual Shanklin Graduate Student Awards Ceremony
Marta Alvira-Hammond won the Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Development Fund Award and was a nominee for the Distinguished Thesis Award. April Manalang won the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award an is a nominee for the 2012-2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award which will be selected this summer. Jessica Cohen won the 2011-2012 Disinguished Dissertation Award. Congratulations on you great efforts at teaching and research!
Elliasson-Nannini earns the 2012 Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Development Award and Book Chapter appears in print
Janelle Elliasson-Nannini was selected as a recipient of this year's Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Development Fund Award. This prestigious award promotes academic and professional growth among outstanding graduate students. She will receive her award at the Charles E. Shanklin and Graduate Student Senate Awards Ceremony later this Spring! Also, she appears in print this year with a graduate program alum in a published volume.  Jannelle and Deirdre Sommerlad-Rogers have a chapter called "The Social Construction of Serial Murder Victims:  A Multivariate Level Analysis" in the Harms of Crime and Media:  Essays on the Perpetuation of Racism, Sexism and Class Stereotypes (2012), edited by Denise L. Bissler and Joan L. Conners.  McFarland and Company, Inc.
Shaw earns the 2011 Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award and Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Development Award
Unique Shaw was recognized multiple times this year, earning distinguished university and national honor awards.
Warner receives support from Katzner-University Bookstore Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Endowment
Tara Warner received competitive research support funds to enable her to present her research at this year’s ASA meeting in Las Vegas, NV.