Sociology Student Research Projects

 

 

2014

 

 

SENIOR COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

Kelsey Collins

 

Cooking Meth and Killing Girlfriends:

Audience perception of justifiable crime in the television series Breaking Bad

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Markie Harrison

Putting Blacks Into a Cultural Prison:

An Analysis of the Victims and Criminals in the Television Series Law and Order

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3rd place NCSA Student Paper Competition

 

Sarah Lee

Refashioning the Korean Gender Dichotomy:

Female performance in music videos by K-pop girl groups

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Allison Sheets

Switching the Code:

The complicity of female Twitter users in the preservation of rape culture

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2nd place NCSA Student Paper Competition

2013

SENIOR COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS

 Abigal Madsen 

 Abigal Madsen

Lost Between Two Cultures:

 Construction of Ethnic Identity in Korean Adoptees Adopted Into American Families

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Kaliegh Fields

Perceptions of Sexual Violence:

Views of Sexual Assault on College Campuses

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2012

 


SENIOR COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

Courtney Albrecht

Does Race Matter?:

How Teaching Students of Color Shape White Teachers’ Identities?

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Meghan Dillon

Show Me Your Papers!:

A Content Analysis of Barriers of Anti-Immigration Legislation
in the United States

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Molly Harmon

 

What is Blackness?:

How Race of Ownership Affects BET Programming?

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*The Sociology Award Winner

*NCSA Student Paper Competition, 1st Place


Caitlyn Holman

Real Beauty:An Examination of the Ways that Saint Mary’s College Students View Women in the Media

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Caroline Keep

Homeward Bound:

How the Homeless Construct the Road to Self-Sufficiency?

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Hilary Whitsett

Targeting Women:

Direct Consumer Advertising in Women’s Magazines

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*The Donald N.M. Horning Award Winner

*NCSA Student Paper Competition, 2nd Place

2011

SENIOR COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS

Mariela Aguilera

El Paraiso del Traficante:
A Content Analysis of Music Lyrics in Narcocorridos

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*NCSA Student Paper Competition, 1st Place

Maureen Barrett

Reading Between the Lines:
A Qualitative Analysis of Community Involvement in the ‘Read to a Child’ Program

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Jessica Doherty

Under’grad Depression: How Economic Anxiety Affects the Construction of Young Adult Identity

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Brianna May

Pretty, Pretty Princess:
Race and Gender Role Portrayal inDisney Princess Films

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Caroline Proulx

Made of Awesome:
The Online Culture of Nerdfighteria

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Kelly Reidenbach

Forgive and Forget?:
Religiosity and Perceptions of Ex-Offenders

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*The Sociology Award Winner

 2010

SENIOR COMPREHENSIVE
RESEARCH PROJECTS

Meg Campbell

Uncle Sam Wants You!:
A Content Analysis of Patriotic Symbolism in Military Recruitment Posters

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Josephine Cohen 

Under Oath:
A Content Analysis of Controlled Images of Women in Elkhart, IN Courtrooms

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*NCSA Student Paper Competition, 3rd Place


Melissa Croft

"Other" Accommodations:
A Content Analysis of ADA-Mandated Services for Chronically Ill College Students

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Ashley Feely

Through Amish Eyes:
Examining the Self-Constructed Identities of Amish Women

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Kelcey Lerner

Virtually Perfectt:
Impression Management and Identity Manipulation on Facebook

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Denise Lopez

Quien Soy?:
Identity Construction and Cultural Adaptation in Mexican Immigrants

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Colleen Lowry

Planting Connections:
How Urban Gardens Enhance Community Participation 

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*The Donald N.M. Horning Award Winner


Sarah Mayer

Gods of the Gridiron:
The Racial Characterization of Quarterbacks in Sports Illustrated

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Mara Martinez

Does Race Matter?:
How High School Teachers Perceive Students' Ability and Behavior

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Kelli Minor

"Culture of Thinness:"
An Examination of the Factors That Influence Body Image at an All-Women's College

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*NCSA Student Paper Competition, 1st Place


Mia Van Nostrand

Framing Fathers:
How MTVs 16 & Pregnant Depicts Parental Involvement

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*The Sociology Award Winner


Mary Willkom

Identity on Tap:
Other-directedness in Female Bar and Pub Employees

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2009
SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECTS


Cristen Dalessandro

Is "She Saint Mary's?":

Student Identity Construction Based on Institutional Stereotypes

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Nori Drach

Sports Fan(atic)s:

Observations of Hero Worhsip in College Football

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*The Sociology Award Winner

 
Krista Durski

A Melody of Messages:

An Analysis of Political Content in Modern Music

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Nichole Galullo

A Recipe for Being Italian:

Identity Construction in Chicago

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 Elizabeth Madrigal

Hegemonic Masculinity and the Phoenix Gay Male Subculture:

The Transgression of Boundaries and Dictation of Social Space Production

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*NCSA Student Paper Competition, 3rd Place

 
Meghan McEvoy-Hein

Tweeting an Identity:

A Content Analysis of Twitter Posts by Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS

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Allison Meeks

Ready, Set, Global!:

An Assessment of Globalization in High School Curricula

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Sarah Rompola

ComMANder in Chief:

A Content Analysis of Masculinity in Candidates' Images

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*The Donald N.M. Horning Award Winner

*NCSA Student Paper Competition, 1st Place

 
 Carly Zagaroli

Prada Placement:

A Content Analysis of High Culture Goods in Gossip Girl

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2008
SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

Becki Faunce

 

Incredible Women:

A Feminist Figuration of Women’s Agency Post-Katrina

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Anita Moo

 

What Happened to Ch'l'balil?:

Changing Family relationships and Structure in Ucí, Yucatan?

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*The Donald N.M. Horning Award Winner

Ashley Bruce

 

Going Green or Growing Greed:

A Content Analysis of Green Advertisements in Popular Magazines

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Monica Velarde

 

Behinds the Scrubs:

A Nursing Magazine’s Representation of Race and Gender

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Meg Frechette

 

Cartoon Wars:

An Application of Hall’s Theory to Social Constructs of the Enemy

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Jennifer D'Angelo

 

A Dog’s New BFF:

A Content Analysis of Books about the Human-Canine Relationship

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Amanda Deja

 

Major(s) Attitude(s):

Sexual Values and Behaviors at a Women's College

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2007
SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECTS

Audrey Ballinger

The Corporate “Me:”

How Fortune 500 Companies Represent Diversity in Non-Financial Report

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*The Sociology Award Winner

Irene Bayudan

 

Color Me White:

A Qualitative Analysis of Asian American Women's Experience at a Predominately White College

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Kerri Bowlby

 

“What are you?:”

Interviews with Bi-Racial Adolescents on their Racial Identity Development

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Colleen Courtney

 

Play Like a Champion:

A Content Analysis of Coach Behaviors in Sport Films Since Title IX

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Stella Maris Kunihira

 

Africa in American Media:

A Content Analysis of Newsweek’s Portrayal of Africa, 1988-2006

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Nicole Loughridge

 

Mom, I Want That!:

A Content Analysis of Product Placement in Non-animated Children’s Films

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Nicole Novak

 

Abuse, Murder, and Manslaughter:

Interviews with Women Prisoners on Social Factors Contributing to Their Crime Sentence

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Meggan Patty

 

Run, the Cops Are Here!:

A Content Analysis of Teen Drinking in American Hollywood Films, 1984-2007

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*NCSA Student Paper Competition, 2nd Place

Stephanie Petty

 

Suffering the System:

Professional Dominance, the Uninsured, and Health Care Industry

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Kristina Ramos

 

¿Inglés or Spanish?:

Social Factors that Shape the Language Use of Bilingual Mexican-Americans

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Nikki Witowski

 

On the Rails:

A Content Analysis of Contemporary Hobo “zines

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*The Donald N.M. Horning Award Winner

*NCSA Student Paper Competition, 2nd Place


2006
SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECTS

Jessica Binhack

“Put Me In Coach!:

A Survey of the Impact of Team Sports on Women’s Self-Esteem”

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Lauren Falvey

“There’s No Place Like ‘Home:’

A Qualitative Analysis of Military Brats’ definition of Home”

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Laura Frechette

"Beyond Pro-Life and Pro-Choice:

A Social Constructionist approach to Abortion Attitudes at Saint Mary's College"

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Grace Gordon

"Ouch!:

A Content Analysis of the Racial Gap in Children’s Picture Books Related to Health and Illness”

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Chelsea Gulling

“Working Hard and Hardly Paid:

Interviews with Hourly Wage Workers at a Catholic College”

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Alice Holohan

“The Catholic Cross-Over:

A Case Study of St. Thomas More Parish. 1950-2000”

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*The Sociology Award Winner

*NCSA Student Paper Competition, 1st Place

McKenna Keenan

“Head of the Class:

A Survey of Male Attitudes Toward Teaching in Early Childhood Education”

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Anna Konger

“Players for Sale: A Historical Analysis

of the Commercialization of Professional Baseball, 1869-2006”

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Carolyn Logan

“Infidelity and Betrayal in Marriage:

A Content Analysis of Men Who Cheat in Hollywood Films”

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Maribeth Sarnecki

“Driven Women:

The Twists and Turns of Childbirth on Women’s Career Choices”

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Amanda Shropshire

Being Black & Bleeding Blue:

A Quantitative look at the Experience of African American Alumnae a Predominantly White Institution

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2005
SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECTS

Jasmin Abbatiello

 

Comedy in Black and White:

A Content Analysis of Racial Humor in the Chappelle Show

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Katie Dingerman

 

From War to “Refuge:”

A Case Study of Liberian Refugees Resettled in South Bend, IN

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*The Sociology Award Winner

*NCSA Student Paper Competition, 1st Place

Diane Inlenfeldt

 

Missing Amber:

An Analysis of AMBER Legislation, A State by State Comparison

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Stephanie Lutz

 

The Thin Commandments:

A Content Analysis of Pro-Ana Websites

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Lauren Lydon

 

All Day I Dream About Shopping (ADIDAS):

A Content Analysis of Product Placement in Teen Films

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Sarah (Sam) Medina

 

(Sexual) Minority Report:

A Survey of Student Attitudes Regarding the Social and Cultural Environment for Sexual Minorities

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*The Donald N.M. Horning Award Winner

*NCSA Student Paper Competition, 3rd Place

 

Angie Omanski

 

When Actions Speak Louder Than Words:

A Content Analysis of Health Textbooks Covering Rape Education

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Emily Romano

 

Sentenced to Death:

Demographic Characteristics of Exonerated Individuals

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Stephanie Roth

 

Wo(men) at Work:

Interviews with Women in Business Regarding Gender Inequality

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Jackie Savinon

 

The Laws of Sex:

A Historical-Comparative Analysis of Federal Legislation in India and Thailand Regarding Sexuality

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Natasha Uffner

 

Revenge, Greed, Passion and Murder:

Flilm Representations of Women Who Kill

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Jennifer Witherow

 

Broke with a Bachelors:

Student Perceptions of Tuition Increases in Higher Education

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                                 Putting Blacks Into a Cultural Prison:

An Analysis of the Victims and Criminals in the Television Series Law and Order