Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (NEOUSS)

The Sixth annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (NEOUSS) will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Oberlin College, in Oberlin, OH.

Abstract submission deadline is February 22, 2019.

NOTE: Details about the Symposium can be found on Facebook and Eventbrite . If you have questions about the next NEOUSS at Oberlin College, please contact Dean Daphne John

Goals of Symposium:

Specific goals of the symposium include:

  • Promote professionalism within the discipline

  • Encourage close collaborations between students and faculty

  • Provide networking opportunities for students with other undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty from the region

NEOUSS aims to provide students from two-year institutions, community colleges, and four-year institutions an opportunity to talk with and work with students from a variety of institutions.

Members of the NEOUSS steering committee come from many institutions in Northeast Ohio including: Lakeland Community College, Hiram College, Oberlin College, Slippery Rock University, Kent State University, Cuyahoga Community College, and University of Akron.

The conference provides students with an opportunity to present their work through a poster, a panel session, or a roundtable sessions. We are dedicated to providing a friendly and supportive forum and the opportunity to network with faculty and students from over seventy invited colleges and universities.

Past Symposium

The fourth annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (NEOUSS), held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, show cased the scholarly work of undergraduates from across the region who have interests in sociology, criminology/criminal justice, gender studies, LGBTQ studies, black studies/Pan-African studies, and interdisciplinary work within the broad field of the social sciences. Questions? Please visit the College of Wooster's NEOUSS website for more information on last year's Symposium. If you have questions about the conference, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Anne Nurse

Previous Winners of Paper and Poster Competition: 
2017 Award Winners

Paper Competition

  • First Place: Khue Hoang (College of Wooster), Beyond an Uncertain Future: Vietnamese Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their Needs for Social Support
  • Second Place: MaryTherese Escueta (Case Western University), I Do Wanna Dance: The Lived Experiences of Professional Dancers of Color
  • Third Place: Emily Ann Dellinger (Grove City College), Who is Lovin' You? Social Definitions of the Situation between Escort and Cuddling Websites

Poster Competition

  • First Place: Emma Thomas (Grove City College),

    The Socialization of Environmental Views: A Study on How Environmentally Friendly Behaviors Are Formed
  • Second Place: Charissa Mikoski (Westminster College),

    The Art of Balance: Influential Factors on Work-Life Balance Stress among Presbyterian Church (USA) Clergywomen
  • Third Place: Bianca Vega, Nicole Wegman, Rebecca Fitzgerald, and Rochelle Bees (All from U Akron), Partner Preferences of Heterosexual Individuals by Age

2016 Award Winners

Paper Competition

  • First place: Hannah Kelling (Kent State University), An Exploratory Analysis of Youth Development at a Colorado Residential Camp
  • Second place: Christina and Julia Watson (Cuyahoga Community College), The Development of Self with Regard to Education, Family Bonds, and Religion
  • Third place: Emily Anne Dellinger (Grove City College), Sleeping with the Fishes: A Structural Analysis of Seasonal Work in Naknek Alaska

Poster Competition

  • First place - Nico Pinchak (Bowling Green State University), The Relationship between Teacher Regard and Expectations for College Attendance: Social Class and Racial-Ethnic Differences
  • Second place - Emily Clark (Westminster College), Muslim-American Identity Construction in a Small Northeastern City
  • Third place - Iniah Dunbar (Kent State University), The Black Swan: The Social Trials of a Black Ballerina