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Curriculum Vita

Degree & Year in the Program

2nd Year Masters Student

Advisor

Regina Werum

Areas of Specialization

Inequalities within the field of education; specifically race, gender and geographic inequalities; Inequalities within primary, secondary and higher educational institutions. 

About me

I am excited to be pursuing my Masters in Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I earned a BA in Business at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska and took a circuitous route to the field of sociology. After working for multiple educational nonprofits across the country, including City Year New Hampshire and Teach For America in the Mississippi Delta, I developed a passion for identifying and remedying educational inequalities. I chose the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an innovative institution in which to blend my interests in social justice and the social sciences.

I am currently serving as the NASGS (Nebraska Association of Sociology Graduate Students) Secretary and Treasurer. I feel passionately about empowering the next generation of future sociologists, and have attended the 2017 and 2018 NUSS (Nebraska Undergraduate Sociology Symposium) conference as a graduate representative. This past summer (2018) I conducted research with Dr. Regina Werum on a project funded by the National Science Foundation. The primary goal of this study was to determine the extent to which higher education institutions influence the enrollment, persistence and completion of women in STEM majors, specifically in computer science and engineering.

Nebraska is my home state, and I have enjoyed returning home to continue my studies. The UNL Sociology program is outstanding, both inside and outside of the classroom. I believe the key to UNL’s excellence is the high expectations it has of its students coupled with the ingrained support networks of faculty and fellow graduate students. I have also appreciated the holistic educational approach UNL provides: we are encouraged to collaborate within and outside our department, are given weekly opportunities to meet with sociologists across the United States, and we are given tools in which to succeed in both academic and non-academic contexts. And the school spirit is contagious! Go Huskers!

In my free time I enjoy volunteering with Launch Leadership (an educational nonprofit that works with middle school and high school students), running (half) marathons, completing jigsaw puzzles (in marathon time) and listening to more than 14 podcasts a week.

Courses Taught

Recitation instructor for three sections of SOCI 101 (Introduction to Sociology) (Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Fall 2018)

After having taught for two years in the public school system in addition to my work here, I have found teaching to be extremely rewarding.