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Students Attend SOAN Conferences

Department of Sociology/Anthropology News


Students Win Awards at Sociological Association Conference

In February, five Sociology/Anthropology majors - Evan Parker, Nile Patterson, Beth Smith, Kailey Rocker, and Amanda Cloyd - presented papers at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association Conference.  All of the prizes for the Undergraduate Session were awarded to Millsaps students.

Evan parker, a junior, was awarded first place for his paper, "The Legitimacy of Attainment in American Society."  Evan is an anthropology major and is currently working on his honors project - which looks at developing models of abandonment at the Stairway to Heaven at Kiuic - under Dr. Bey. 

Nile Patterson was presented with second place for his paper, "The Color-Coated Income Gap," which deals with the inequality of income between black and white Americans.  He is a junior. 

Beth Smith, a sophomore, was awarded third place for her paper, "Gender Gap in Pay, Education and Occupational Sex Segregation:  A Sociological Analysis."  Kailey Rocker and Amanda Cloyd also presented their papers at the conference.  The department is very proud of everyone who presented at the MS-AL Sociological Conference, as well as Nadia Al Hashimi, who presented at the Southern Anthropological Society Conference in Savannah, GA. 

Nadia's paper "Keepers of the Pass: Women's Gender Roles in Northern Albania" examines how the rapid sociopolitical shift in Albania has affected women's spaces and places in strong patriarchal familial systems in the northern Albanian village of Theth.  Nadia is a senior and majoring in Anthropology.