Month: May 2021

Cara Cancelmo: Mentorship Excellence Award

Congratulations to Sociology graduate student Cara Cancelmo, who received a nomination for the Mentorship Excellence Award. In recognition of the critically important role that mentors play in supporting undergraduate research and creative activity, the Office of Undergraduate Research offers two annual awards for outstanding mentorship. Each year, a committee of undergraduate students selects one or two faculty recipients and one graduate student recipient of the Mentorship Excellence Award. 

Jessica Yorks: 2021 Honorable Mention Awardee of the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship

Please join us in congratulating Jessica Yorks, the 2021 Honorable Mention Awardee of the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship. The Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Award was established in 2005 to support first generation college students who began their academic careers in a community college, have faced significant obstacles, are committed to teaching, and mentoring other less privileged students, and exemplify Beth’s commitment to professional service and social justice work through activism. Beth B. Hess was a President of SWS and one of the mentoring award winners; she was also the President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) and Secretary Treasurer of the American Sociological Association (ASA).  These organizations join SWS in supporting the Beth B. Hess Scholar each year. 

The full announcement for 2021 winners can be found here.

Matthew Hughey: For Black Workers, Age Discrimination Strikes Twice

Check out "For Black Workers, Age Discrimination Strikes Twice" in The Washington Post, which cites research by Sociology Professor Matthew Hughey on racism among White people and his analysis of other's research on racism.


When he saw the chart above, University of Connecticut sociologist Matthew Hughey was struck by the steadiness of the trend for Whites, compared to the volatile swoop of the line representing Black workers. It shows hiring managers tend to accept White applicants at face value while subconsciously scrutinizing Black ones, he said.

“Black people have always been more objectified, scrutinized and surveilled than White people,” Hughey said. “Every little thing is nitpicked on a résumé or explained as a possible red flag.”

Kenneth Vaughan: Are We Really Ready to Return to ‘Normal’?

Read Assistant Professor in Residence Kenneth Vaughan's comments on how society will rebound from COVID-19 in "Are We Really Ready to Return to 'Normal'?" published by Fox5  New York.


The University of Connecticut's Dr. Kenneth Vaughan said this involves all of us taking interest in the well-being of others. Vaughan, a sociology professor, admitted to looking forward to a time when he feels comfortable returning to places, participating in events, and seeing people from his pre-pandemic life. But he cautioned us from thinking of the challenges, costs, and benefits of reopening as purely economic.

"What I'm really excited about," he said, "what I'm looking forward to is the return to voluntary associations."

Reopening Our Society: Interview with Kenneth Vaughan

In Memoriam: Christopher Loring (SOCI 2021)

The Sociology Department joins the University in mourning the death of Christopher Loring, a senior Sociology major who passed away on May 7, 2021.

For those wishing to pay their respect to Christopher’s family, calling hours will be on May 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm at DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 North Main Street, Southington, Connecticut. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on May 14, 2021 at 10:00 am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 248 Savage Street, Plantsville, Connecticut. Condolences to the Loring family can be sent to the Dean of Students Office, 233 Glenbrook Road, Unit-4062, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4062.

Please read the University's statement, which includes resources available on campus for students in need of support, here.

Ryan Talbert: Research Funding in Academic Themes

Ryan Talbert (Sociology, PI) and Jolaade Kalinowski (Human Development and Family Sciences, Co-I) have been awarded a grant from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for Research Funding in Academic Themes. Funding is awarded to faculty working together to advance research stemming from a unique junction of their individual programs of scholarship in health, disease, and well-being. Their project will represent one of the first longitudinal assessments of the health impacts of exposure to deadly police encounters. In doing so, the study will examine the degree to which police killings are key to race-gender variation in mental and physical health across time. Congratulations, Ryan and Jolaade!

Candace Tang: Phi Beta Kappa Electee

Please join us in congratulating undergraduate Sociology major Candace Tang, who has been elected to join the UConn chapter of Phi Beta Kappa!

Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most widely-known academic honor society in the United States. Only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher education have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. UConn’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Epsilon of Connecticut, was chartered in 1956.

Each Phi Beta Kappa chapter invites up to 10% of its institution's liberal arts graduates to become lifetime members of Phi Beta Kappa, making this one of the most selective invitation processes in the nation. The ideal Phi Beta Kappa member has demonstrated intellectual integrity, tolerance for other views, and a broad range of academic interests.

Undergraduate Sociology Students Create Academic Journal

Read UConn Today's article on the inaugural edition of The Mirror, the undergraduate Sociology journal. The first edition of The Mirror has six articles selected from approximately 30 submissions, and the plan is to publish a new version each semester.

***Mission Statement***

The mission of The Mirror is to provide undergraduate students a platform to showcase their work and educate the community on sociological issues. We strive to expose students to the process of publication and assist them in reaching their full potential, while also pushing them to engage with critical thinking, creativity, intersectionality, and their sociological imagination. The Mirror aims to create a space where undergraduate students can have their voices heard and to learn from one another