Current Research

Abrana Watts

Abrana Watts presents "Bake Sale Sagas and Spaghetti Dinner Dilemmas: Traditional vs. Food Enforcement of Non-Profit and Charitable Organization"

All students in the department complete a two-semester research methodology sequence of courses which culminates in the completion of an independent empirical research project. Recent projects have included:

  • "T.M.I. – Too Much Information? A Content Analysis of Facebook Profiles" by Tamah Amrom
  • "The Impact of Religiosity on Female Body Image: A Quantitative Study" by Jessica Chance
  • "I Don't Know What I've Been Told: Assessing Civilian Student Knowledge of Military Issues" by Kaitlin Deptula
  • "Courage, Confidence, and Character: Learning Through Girl Scout Handbooks" by Amanda Finley
  • "'Hyphenated' America: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Immigration" by Amilcar Guzman and Tiffany Zappulla
  • "Stranger Danger! Perceived Trust Based Upon Dress" by Jessica Guzzardo
  • "The Human Situation as Chance or Design: Religious Participation and Belief in Human Origins" by Kyle Hickman
  • "Building Homes and Affecting Lives: A Program Analysis of Habitat for Humanity" by Jennifer Hoffman
  • "How Can You Believe That? The Role of Social Factors in the Acquisition of Religious Beliefes" by Brian W. Johnson
  • "Effectiveness of a Community-Based AIDS Agency" by Deanna Lear
  • "They are Still Going Strong: How the Elderly in Williamsport Stay Mobile" by Meaghan Roberts
  • "Not Only Skin Deep: A Study of Young Women and Tattooing" by Mike Shulski
  • "Bake Sale Sagas and Spaghetti Dinner Dilemmas: Traditional vs. Food Enforcement of Non-Profit and Charitable Organization" by Abrana Watts
  • "Opening Communication Lines: The Dilemma of Overwhelmed Parents when their Developmentally Disabled Son/Daughter 'Ages Out' of the Public School System" by Abbey K. Whittaker

At the end of their second research methodology course (senior capstone course), the students present their research findings to the campus community during an open poster session. Below are some photos from various poster sessions over the past couple of years:

Abbey Whittaker

Abbey Whittaker presents "Opening Communication Lines: The Dilemma of Overwhelmed Parents when their Developmentally Disabled Son/Daughter 'Ages Out' of the Public School System"

Kyle Hickman

Kyle Hickman presents "The Human Situation as Chance or Design: Religious Participation and Belief in Human Origins"


Mike Shulski

Mike Shulski presents "Not Only Skin Deep: A Study of Young Women and Tattooing"



Eastern Sociological Society Undergraduate Poster Competition Participation

Students completing an outstanding senior project are invited to attend the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting (held in either Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Washington, DC) and participate in the Society's Undergraduate Poster Competition. Below is competition award-winning recipient Deanna Lear.

Deanna Lear

Deanna Lear presents "Effectiveness of a Community-Based AIDS Agency" at the Eastern Sociological Society Meeting in Philadelphia, PA

Deanna Lear with other Eastern Sociological Society Award Recipients

Deanna Lear with other Eastern Sociological Society Award Recipients


Amanda Finley, Jennifer Hoffman, and Dr. Ross

Amanda Finley and Jennifer Hoffman, pictured with Dr. Ross, present their research at the Eastern Sociological Society meeting in Boston, MA