Senior Thesis Poster Session

Hi all,

Graduating seniors Hannah Chase, Kristin Kiefer, and Sierra Phillips.

The first annual Comparative Sociology Senior Thesis Poster Presentation was a success. As you probably know, seniors in the Department of Comparative Sociology are required to complete a two-semester senior thesis course. The purpose of that course is to guide students through the process of designing and conducting a research project, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing a substantial piece of scholarship by the conclusion of their time at the University of Puget Sound. For many students, the work they conduct for their senior thesis serves as a springboard to post-graduate careers and graduate studies.

With funding support from the Dean’s office, the Comparative Sociology department was able to host a three-hour poster session for the first time. Hundreds of students and community members attended, giving our seniors the opportunity to discuss their research at length with attendees. Here’s a full list of the thesis titles and seniors:


Brothers from other Mothers: Building Community within the University Greek System
, Peter Cellier

Fear at Five: Television’s Influence on Fear and Perceptions on Crime, Hannah Chase

Would You Look at That: Gendered Viewing of Semi-Nude Images in Print Media, Sophie DeWitt

Consumption: A Comparative Study of Ethical Attitudes and Actual Behavior, Rebecca Foley

Communicating Health: Translating the Practice of Chinese Medicine into an American Landscape, Arista Gates

Urban Harmony: The Role of Gospel Choir in Transforming Inter-racial Understanding, Erin Greenwell

“A Woman’s Place is on Top:” Gender and Risk Behavior in High Alpine Climbing, Caroline Kellough

Public Art Consumption and Community Involvement: A Case Study of Tacoma, WA, Kristin Kiefer

Heterosexual Identity Development among College Aged Women, Skyler Pascall

Celebrating Difference, Finding Similarities: Intergroup Dialogue Creation and Expansion, Sierra Phillips

The Role of the School Nurse for Low SES Children, Aliyah Simcoff

A Case Study of Student Body Attitudes toward Diversity and Multiculturalism, Megan Sykes

The Evolution of Organic: The Importance of Food Labels in Constructing an Ideology, Emily Swisher

The Cohousing Strategy: Lifestyle Politics and Social Change, Adia White

Digital Megaphone: Orchestrating Collective Action in the 21st Century, Dan Actor

FeministActivism: The Role of the Internet in the Democratization and Individualization

of The Feminist Movement, Ruby Aliment

Who is to blame?, Terence Blackburn

Perceptions of Authenticity in Asian Food Acculturation, Mahal Brillantes

Dietary Supplements: University of Puget Sound’s students’ motivations to use or refrain from use as a component of work out habits, Nick Cherniske

Farming in Washington State: Producer Perspectives and the Developmentof Farming Ideologies, Rachel Gnall

Effects of College Social Institutions on Romantic Relationships, Samantha H. Krug

The Effect of Social Perceptions Amongst Students & Collegiate Institutions, Sha’Ran Lowe

Beijing Metal Music and Feelings of Power, Kelsey McCornack

Born to Run? A Study on Marathon, Ultramarathon, and Barefoot Running Culture in the 21st Century, Samantha Ross

‘We Love Boys Love’- Feminine Identified Participants in U.Sian Yaoi and Shonen Ai Fandom, Jeanne Stevens

Congratulations to all our seniors!