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Conference sparks sociological research and collaboration

Four CMU students presented their research at the Western Colorado Undergraduate Sociology Conference

Sociology students from four Colorado colleges gathered at Colorado Mesa University's campus to present their research at the Western Colorado Undergraduate Sociology Conference.

"This year brought a particularly high number of participants from the four programs, resulting in an exciting conference sparking new ideas for sociological research, collaboration and outreach," said Assistant Professor of Sociology Megan Henley, PhD.

Student research topics ranged from race and ethnicity to culture and environmentalism.

"The event is not only enjoyable and intellectually stimulating, but also a unique opportunity for students to meet with one another, talk about their work, and gain professional insight and experience," Henley said.

Several students who presented their research at the conference plan to use this research to continue their education after they graduate this spring. Other students plan to enter social work, policing, therapy or teaching.

Four CMU students presented their research at the conference:

  • Gerald Ellis, The Relationship between Religious Service Attendance and Support for Abortion
  • Mikaela Lopez, America's Tale of Minority Racism: How Minorities Face Peril in Urban Spaces
  • Perry Peters, Saving the Garden of Eden: A Study on Religion and Environmental Concern
  • Mackenzie Brown, The Error of Attribution: How Perceptions of Mental Illness Influence Attributions

"The most rewarding aspect of the conference was gathering with other students who share the same passions as me," said senior Mikaela Lopez. "Sure, we all spoke about different topics, but coming together to think sociologically with students from different schools was a refreshing experience."

The conference also included a panel of sociologists who presented and discussed their original research.