Graduate News

BGSU/OSU 12th Annual Research Conference on Population
Twenty-two graduate students (13 from BGSU) participated in the 12th Annual OSU/BGSU Student Conference on Population on Friday, November 2nd at BGSU's Bowen Thompson Student Union. We wish to thank our 12 presenters and all of those who attended the conference and supported our students. Ohio State University will host in 2019. The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University and the Institute for Population Research at The Ohio State University
Paul Hemez, Graduate Research Assistant
Paul Hemez, graduate research assistant, welcomes BGSU/OSU students to 12th annual conference
Nico Pinchak, BGSU undergrad ('17)
Brian Timm
Brian Timm, BGSU grad and undergrad
Future BGSU and OSU Demographers
Introducing our next generation of scholars!
Present BGSU and OSU Demographers
BGSU and OSU demographers nerding out at 12th annual conference
Christopher Dennison earns Distinguished Dissertation Award
Christopher Dennison is the 2018 BGSU Distinguished Dissertation Award recipient for his dissertation, "Educational Mobility and Crime Throughout the Life Course." The annual award honors outstanding research at the doctoral level and promotes excellence in research and dissertation advising. Dr. Christopher Dennison is now an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Buffalo. Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Raymond Swisher was Chris' advisor. Congratulations, Chris!
Incoming cohort class of 2018-19 welcomed
Director of Graduate Studies and Professor Ray Swisher, along with current graduate students, recently welcomed the cohort class of 2018-2019 to the department. The class of 11 students began their fall semester with graduate student orientation. In addition, two of our faculty, Assistant Professors Tom Mowen and John Boman, offered the students an outstanding STATA Boot Camp workshop.
  • Emily Bragg
  • Lisa Carlson
  • Sabrina Forte
  • Ian King
  • Samantha Kopf
  • Cori Pryor
  • Leslie Reynolds
  • Valerie Schweizer
  • David Snoberger
  • Alyssa Vielee
  • Elizabeth Woods
Graduate students earn PhD's
Professor Kara Joyner (left) and Sociology Chair & Distinguished Professor Susan Brown (right) join Drs. Barbara Prince, Anna Hammersmith, and Marshal Fettro after the 292nd commencement ceremony
Three graduate students earned PhDs, during the morning commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 4. Congratulations to (photo left) Anna M. Hammersmith (middle), Marshal N. Fettro (2nd from right), & Barbara Prince (2nd from left).
Barbara Prince and Marshal Fettro flank Susan Brown
Anna Hammersmith (2nd from left) poses with her advisor Professor I-Fen Lin (left); Marshal Fettro and Kei Nomaguchi (advisor) stand in the middle; and Barbara Prince (right) stands beside her advisor Kara Joyner
Introducing our new graduates, Dr. Barbara Prince, Dr. Anna Hammersmith, & Dr. Marshal Fettro
Kasey Eickmeyer, doctoral student, receives Adamchak Award
We are pleased to announce that Kasey Eickmeyer is this year’s winner of the Adamchak Award for graduate student research excellence in demography. She enjoyed lunch with the demography faculty to celebrate her achievements (pictured center). Kasey will spend the summer working at the U.S. Census Bureau. She’s also doing a weeklong internship at Population Reference Bureau in Washington, DC. Way to go, Kasey!
L to R: Laura Sanchez, Kara Joyner, Kelly Balistreri, Kasey Eickmeyer, Susan Brown, Karen Guzzo & Wendy Manning
Huijing Wu's LAT (Living Apart Together) research appears in national media outlets

The Oregonian

Huijing Wu, graduate research assistant, presented an analysis of nearly 7,700 Wisconsin adults aged 50 and older at the Population Association of America 2018 annual meeting. Married couples accounted for 71.5% of that group, single people accounted for 20.5%, and people who were “partnered but unmarried” accounted for 8%. Of the partnered group, 39% were in LAT relationships, according to a more focused definition of this arrangement, compared with 31% who were dating (a less committed, shorter-term relationship) and 30% who were cohabiting.
Distinguished Professor and Chair of Sociology Susan Brown added, “It’s really remarkable that older adults are in the vanguard of family change."
Graduate students show strong presence at #PAA2018
Thirteen graduate students sole-authored or presented collaborative research at oral panels and poster sessions during the Population Association of America (PAA) annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, at the end of April.

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#PAA2018 Presenters


  • Maurice Anyawie
  • Justina Beard
  • Taylor Burroughs
  • Ian Chambers
  • Kasey J. Eickmeyer
  • Marshal Fettro
  • Anna Hammersmith Poster Winner!
  • Paul Hemez
  • Elizabeth S. Howe-Huist
  • Yasamin Kusunoki
  • Marissa Landeis
  • Vanessa Wanner Lang
  • Huijing WuResearch appears in national media outlets!
Eight sociology students inducted in AKD

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the International Sociology Honor Society, inducted six undergraduate students and two graduate students during the 2018 ceremony. AKD Vice President Melinda Messineo delivered the keynote address. The purpose of AKD is to acknowledge excellence in teaching, research, and study of sociology.

Graduate Students
  • Shira S. Smith
  • Brian J. Timm
Undergraduate Students
  • Jenna R. Bartholomew
  • Victoria E. Cope
  • Liam C. Garrett
  • Allison Rodenbucher
  • Cortisha M. Short
  • Soren T. Sondergeld
Graduate students Shira Smith (left) and Brian Timm (to right of Shira) gather for AKD induction ceremony with undergraduate students
Lindsey Cooper receives 2017 Outstanding TI Award
Congratulations to PhD candidate Lindsey Cooper on her selection as recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Associate (TI) Award.   
The purpose of this award is to encourage and reward excellence in undergraduate teaching and to recognize teaching assistants as valued colleagues. As a result, Cooper's nomination puts her in an elite group of teaching associates nominated for this award and even more so as one of our only two award recipients.
PRB invites Kasey Eickmeyer to participate in workshop
Congratulations to PhD student Kasey Eickmeyer who has been selected to participate in the 2018-2019 U.S. Policy Communication Training Program.
Eickmeyer will attend a week-long workshop at Population Reference Bureau (PRB) in Washington, D.C., scheduled for June 4 - 9, 2018. Her training will be followed by a period of practical application and mentoring during the 2018-2019 academic year. Read more...
Paul Hemez selected as first-place winner of ICPSR Research Paper Competition

paul hemez 2017

PhD student Paul Hemez has been selected as the first-place winner of the Master’s category of the 2018 ICPSR Research Paper Competition for his paper  “Military Service and Entry into Marriage: Comparing Service Members to Civilians.”
Hemez receives $1,000, a framed certificate of accomplishment, and his paper has been published in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin and on the ICPSR Paper Competitions website. Congratulations Paul!
Andrea Krieg ('15) appointed to BGSU Young Alumni Council
Andrea Krieg, Assistant Professor at Lewis University, has joined the BGSU Young Alumni Council. The council serves as ambassadors for BGSU to all alumni, friends, family, and members of the BGSU community, but it specifically advocates for the interests of recent alumni (those who graduated within the past 0-10 years). Krieg is excited to offer a graduate student’s perspective to the committee and to give back to BGSU for her life-changing experience.

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Andrea Krieg received an MA in Sociology in '12 and a PhD in Sociology in '15