Saturday, April 4, 2009

2009 Baltimore ESS Conference Experience

I collaborated with a professor and another student on a paper that was presented at a round table session. While we were extremely nervous at first, the round table setting is quite informal and made me much more comfortable about presenting what we worked so hard on. This was my first time preparing a paper like this, and also my first time at a conference, so it was quite an experience! I thoroughly enjoyed it, though, and look forward to attending more in the future.
It was exciting to be in a setting surrounded by professionals and experts in a field I have so much interest in. It guided me to the realization that while I may have only gotten my feet wet thus far in my education in sociology, there are so many options and so many different ways I can utilize what I already have under my belt.
Maureen Brophy
Southern Connecticut State University

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ESS Conference 2009

On March 19, four students, including myself, attended the ESS Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.  Traveling from Connecticut, we had a group of both students and faculty who were presenting at the Conference.  The ESS Conference was a great experience.  I was able to experience the Conference and some of the presentations, as well as Baltimore.  This Conference was my first and I look forward to attending many more.  After presenting the collaborated paper, I have a better understanding of how conferences unfold.  Going for the first time was intimidating, but allows me to know what to expect for future conferences.  Attending the ESS Conference in Baltimore was a great learning experience.  Listening to other presentations and having others have insight to yours was truly rewarding.   I look forward to going again in the future.  

Monday, March 30, 2009

Skidmore goes to ESS!

Dear fellow AKD bloggers,

Over the weekend of March 20th to Baltimore we did go
To a meeting of scholars, high and low!
Presenting our research -- it was a blast
The weekend, oh it went by so fast!

The articles, the knowledge, the posters galore
We even got to look at the sociology bookstore!
To the harbor was just a short walk
Even better, we got to hear renowned scholars talk!

William Julius Wilson, he was the keynote
He was modest, well-spoken, he didn't gloat.
Subway and Dunkin', and many a store
a full sociology weekend we had in Baltimore!

High fives all around,

Skidmore College Sociology Majors 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

another welcome to the AKD student blog

Dear Bloggers:

Let me add my welcome to all AKD student bloggers.

One request: if you don't mind, put your name or some identifying information (like a screen name if you prefer) at the end of each post so we can continue to have conversations with each other.

Thanks for reading and writing and feel free to contact us at to let us know how we can serve you better.

Jeff Chin, AKD Secretary-Treasurer

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Insightful ESS conference

I was among one of the many poster presenters at the ESS Conference 2009 from Randolph College. It was a great platform to share my findings with other scholars, students and to get suggestions regarding what can be done to improve my current study. Moreover, it was a great place to network with people associated in similar field. There were lots of opportunities for undergraduate students to get exposed to graduate level research. The themes for roundtables and papers were diverse whether it was in the field of international development, sociological research methods, or job prospects for sociology students. I particularly enjoyed interacting with peers of different colleges.
There were other things for students to do like going to great restaurants, malls, etc. due to the proximity of Inner Harbor. On the whole, I feel that I gained alot from this conference and this kind of program is a good way of having intellectual discussions and networking.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hello and welcome to the AKD student conference goers blog!

Here you will find the perspectives and experiences of sociology students from around the country. These students will be traveling to anywhere from New York City to Houston. As they explore these cities, they will also explore the professional academic world of sociology and what it is like to momentarily be a part of this. Enjoy!