Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (NEOUSS)

The Seventh Annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (NEOUSS) has been canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  At this time, no other information is available for its rescheduling

Members of the NEOUSS steering committee come from many institutions in Northeast Ohio including: Lakeland Community College, Hiram College, Oberlin College, Slippery Rock University, Kent State University, Cuyahoga Community College, and University of Akron.

The conference provides students with an opportunity to present their work through a poster, a panel session, or a roundtable sessions. We are dedicated to providing a friendly and supportive forum and the opportunity to network with faculty and students from over seventy invited colleges and universities.

2018-2019 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARS (Sociology and Criminology & Justice Studies):

  • Tristan Davis

               “Police Cadet Preparedness of Ability to Cope with the Nature of the Job: An Assessment”

                 (mentor: Dick Adams)

               “Is this Lady Like?: Portrayals of Single, Career Based Women’s Relationship with Food

                 in American Sitcoms"

                (mentor: Sue Roxburgh)*

  • ​Oliva Pilon

               “Age, Cohort, and Period Effects in Use of Yoga”

                (mentor: Manacy Pai)*

  • Johnathan Markle

              “Care and the White Coat: Perceptions of Clinical Empathy Among Pre-Med Students”

               (mentor: Clare Stacey)*

  • Natasha Gaj

             “KSU/Stonewall +50 LGBTQ+ Oral History”

              (mentor: Molly Merryman)

  • Robert Lagunovich

             “Does Outlook Towards the Future Influence An Adolescent’s Ability to Work?”

               (mentor: Sue Kunkle)

  • Haley Warden

             “Hitting the Fun Button: Dimensions in Sensation Seeking”

              (mentor: Tim Owens)

  • Michaela Broadnax

           “Grassroots Organization’s Efforts to Combat Violence”

            (mentor: Julie Globokar)


Previous Winners of Paper and Poster Competition: 
2017 Award Winners

Paper Competition

  • First Place: Khue Hoang (College of Wooster), Beyond an Uncertain Future: Vietnamese Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their Needs for Social Support
  • Second Place: MaryTherese Escueta (Case Western University), I Do Wanna Dance: The Lived Experiences of Professional Dancers of Color
  • Third Place: Emily Ann Dellinger (Grove City College), Who is Lovin' You? Social Definitions of the Situation between Escort and Cuddling Websites

Poster Competition

  • First Place: Emma Thomas (Grove City College), The Socialization of Environmental Views: A Study on How Environmentally Friendly Behaviors Are Formed
  • Second Place: Charissa Mikoski (Westminster College), The Art of Balance: Influential Factors on Work-Life Balance Stress among Presbyterian Church (USA) Clergywomen
  • Third Place: Bianca Vega, Nicole Wegman, Rebecca Fitzgerald, and Rochelle Bees (All from U Akron), Partner Preferences of Heterosexual Individuals by Age

2016 Award Winners

Paper Competition

  • First place: Hannah Kelling (Kent State University), An Exploratory Analysis of Youth Development at a Colorado Residential Camp
  • Second place: Christina and Julia Watson (Cuyahoga Community College), The Development of Self with Regard to Education, Family Bonds, and Religion
  • Third place: Emily Anne Dellinger (Grove City College), Sleeping with the Fishes: A Structural Analysis of Seasonal Work in Naknek Alaska

Poster Competition

  • First place - Nico Pinchak (Bowling Green State University), The Relationship between Teacher Regard and Expectations for College Attendance: Social Class and Racial-Ethnic Differences
  • Second place - Emily Clark (Westminster College), Muslim-American Identity Construction in a Small Northeastern City
  • Third place - Iniah Dunbar (Kent State University), The Black Swan: The Social Trials of a Black Ballerina