Students Help Make Sociology Symposium a Success
Lillian Whelan ’23 had already presented her political science thesis, “The Impact of Partisan Control and Religion on Sexual Education in the U.S.,” in front of her classmates.
But when she presented at The (up)Roaring 2020s: Sociology’s Responsibility in Addressing Social Problems conference, there was a special guest in the crowd.
“I looked out into the audience, and I saw President Darren Reisberg,” she said. “I got a little nervous, but he brought up some really good points at the end.”
Whelan didn’t just present at the conference – she, Mickaela Gulla ’23 and Julia Kane ’23 – helped the conference come together.
“I had experience running events and was looking for an internship,” said Whelan. “I reached out to Dr. Elena Chernyak and asked if I could help out.”
And Chernyak, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Human Services, was glad they were ready to assist.
“Planning and running an event like this has a dozen moving parts. So the assistance was greatly appreciated. But more importantly, it allowed me to help students try out - and in some cases, sharpen - their skillset and provide the kind of real-world experience that will come in handy, no matter what field they go into in their future careers.”
Dr. Elena Chernyak
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Human Services