Sociology undergraduates future is bright

Mackenzie Griffith

Mackenzie Griffith graduated with majors in sociology and global studies, and minors inmackenzie griffithSpanish and theatre (May 2019).  During Mackenzie’s time at Nebraska, she had the opportunity to be a part of the departmental USTAR and university-wide UCARE programs that support student involvement in research and teaching. As a USTAR student, Mackenzie assisted Dr. Werum with an NSF-funded project on the effects of military service on educational and occupational outcomes. In addition, Mackenzie served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Gender in Contemporary Society, and as a tutor for Sociology Research II. As a junior, Mackenzie participated in a study abroad program that took her to Spain and changed her long-term career goals. Her senior thesis submitted to the College of Arts and Sciences, for which she earned highest distinction, was supported by the university-wide UCARE program and focused on the complex relationship between military service, mental health stigma, and hiring outcomes. She presented findings from her research at conferences such as the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Association and the Nebraska Undergraduate Sociology Symposium. In addition, Mackenzie was selected to represent the university at West Point Military Academy, during the McDonald’s Conference of Leaders of Character.  As a graduating senior, Mackenzie received the Alan P. Bates Outstanding Undergraduate Award. Mackenzie’s long term career plans are focused on working in the global development sector, which will likely take her abroad (again) and/or lead her to the Washington (D.C.) area, which she calls home.

Katie Batenhorst

Katie Batenhorst graduated in December 2018 with a double major in sociology and global katie batenhorststudies and minors in Spanish, women’s and gender studies, and business. During her time at Nebraska, Katie had the opportunity to participate in the USTARS program, as a research assistant on a project related to religiosity and mental health. Katie also received the Vanetta Aaron Outstanding Undergraduate Student Paper Competition in Race, Class, and Gender for her Sociology capstone paper “Sexual Victimization among College Students by Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation.” Since graduating from Nebraska, Katie has begun serving with AmeriCorps NCCC. Her team is currently working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to conduct prescribed fires in the Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests. Katie’s most recently earned distinction involves being selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s distinguished Fulbright Scholarship Program. Starting in January 2019, Katie will serve as an English teaching assistant in Malaysia, through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Jayden Barth

Jayden Barth is graduating with a major in sociology and minors in political science, jayden barthnational security, and environmental studies in May 2019. During Jayden's time at Nebraska, Jayden had many amazing opportunities and experiences, such as participating in both the USTARs and UCARE research experiences with Dr. Kort-Butler regarding the effects of education and educational programming in the Nebraska prison system. Jayden was the recipient of the Alice Lou Crank Award Undergraduate Scholarship in Sociology and is now receiving the Alan P. Bates Outstanding Undergraduate Award. She is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Chapter at the university. Starting in the fall of 2019, Jayden will attend the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Hannah Dickson

Hannah Dickson graduated with a major in sociology and a minor in anthropology in May Hannah Dickson2019. During her time at Nebraska, Hannah served as a peer mentor for the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community and volunteered with various organizations. Hannah was the recipient of the Vanetta Aaron Outstanding Undergraduate Student Paper Competition: Race, Class, and Gender. Immediately following graduation, Hannah will work for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Conference Services. Starting in the Fall of 2019, Hannah will serve as a volunteer with the program City Year in Buffalo, New York. With this program, she will serve as a tutor and mentor at a public school, working alongside a teacher to support student success. After her year of service, Hannah plans to attend graduate school, pursuing a social work or anthropology degree.

Hunter Traynor

Hunter Traynor graduated May 2019 with a degree in political science and minors in hunter traynorsociology and human rights and humanitarian affairs. During his time at Nebraska, Hunter served as the president of ASUN Student Government and as the university's student regent. He was selected as a member The Innocents Society, which is the Chancellor’s Senior Honorary Society, whose members are selected on the basis of “superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service to the university and community.” In his final semester, Hunter was also recognized as one of the university’s Luminary Students, selected for their leadership and commitment to campus and community. One example of his extraordinary community involvement included his service as the internal vice president of Nebraska's Dance Marathon organization, the university's largest student-run philanthropy. Additionally, Hunter relished recruiting others to the university in his role as an orientation leader for Nebraska's New Student Enrollment program. Fall 2019, Hunter will begin his graduate training at the University of Nebraska College of Law. 

Sofia Cranley

Sofia Cranley is graduating with majors in sociology, Spanish and global studies in May. sofia cranleyDuring Sofia’s time at Nebraska, she has been a recipient of the Ed Muñoz Latina/o Sociology Excellence Award as well as a teaching assistant for the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (SOC217). Sofia has been awarded a Fulbright award and will be moving to Colombia beginning in August.

Luke Novack

Luke Novack (’19) graduated with a double major in sociology and biological sciences.  luke novackDuring his time at Nebraska, Luke selected to participate in several endeavors that have shaped is long-term goals.  For instance, he worked as an undergraduate research assistant on two separate research projects: with Dr. Julia McQuillan on science knowledge/interest among middle schoolers, and with Dr. Kirk Dombrowski on rural drug use, both of which were supported with funding from the departmental USTAR program.  Luke also received the College of Arts and Sciences Ovation Award for his excellent work as a member of the REACH Lab team (October 2018).  Starting in the Fall of 2019, Luke plans to start graduate school in Sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder.