Hiram College

Left to right: Professor Liz Piatt, Teresa Lash Morrison, Elle Rochford, Joshua Turner, Ronda Riggins, LaRe’shea Hunter, Professor Robin Shura

Several Hiram College students were among a select group of undergraduates who presented at the first annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium on March 1, 2014 at Kent State University.

Seniors LaRe’shea Hunter, sociology major from Euclid, Teresa Lash Morrison, biomedical humanities major from Berea, Ronda Riggins, sociology major from Ozan, Ark., and Elle Rochford, art major from Akron, all presented research papers and posters at the conference.

They presented the following topics:

  • “What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Investigating Women’s Fears of Childbirth,” by Teresa Lash Morrison
  • “Recovering from Acquaintance Rape: The Social Factors,” by Elle Rochford
  • “Expressed Learnings in Power: The Effects of Native American Mascot Usage on Other Minority Groups,” by Ronda Riggins
  • “To Be or Not to Be Natural!” by LaRe’shea Hunter

Saturday’s conference attracted student researchers from 27 different campuses, including universities, colleges and community colleges. More than three dozen faculty members also attended, including Hiram College’s Liz Piatt and Robin Shura, assistant professors of sociology. Piatt was part of the planning committee for the event.

“Our students were the stars, as audiences were wowed by the thoughtfulness, creativity and poise in the research presentations,” Shura said.

Students Hunter and Riggins will be presenting the same research at the North Central Sociological Association Conference in Cincinnati next month. This conference brings together sociology faculty, graduate students and a small number of undergraduates from throughout the Midwest.

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