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Sociology Student Spotlight

Based on faculty and instructor nominations to the Undergraduate Studies Committee, each month we choose one major to feature as our “Sociology Student Spotlight.” This program recognizes the extraordinary achievements, accomplishments, and activities of our undergraduate majors.

Current Spotlight Student: Samantha O’Connor!

When asked why she chose sociology as a major, Samantha explained: “I chose sociology initially because of my curiosity in the behavior of the society in which I live.” She has enjoyed her courses at UB, including the opportunity to do a semester-long ethnographic project on dumpster diving.

Samantha is currently studying abroad in Costa Rica. After graduation, she says she would like to work with refugees and asylum-seekers in Buffalo. She explains her plans for the future this way: “Over the past year, I have interned and volunteered with Jewish Family Service’s department of refugee resettlement and the center for survivors of torture. I believe these people could thrive with more assistance and that Buffalo in its entirety would benefit from their success. I am interested in attending UB in order to earn a dual Master of Social Work/ Juris Doctor so that I can assist refugees and asylum-seekers with their legal rights.”

Congratulations Samantha!

Previous spotlight students

October 2017: Victoria Fichter
May 2017: Rylee James
April 2017: Adia Wilson
March 2017: Taylor Brown
February 2017: Richard Patti
December 2016: Julia Schoonover
November 2016: Abigail Squicciarini
October 2016: Natasha Clark
May 2016: Madison Trammell
April 2016: Tom Siskar
March 2016: Laurice Wilbert
February 2016: Charles Decarlo
January 2016: Alejandro Corona Espinosa
December 2015: Katie Flynn
November 2015: Kristin Waldby
October 2015: Bridget Scott
May 2015: Zoe Bandes
April 2015: Emily Schmid
March 2015: Olivia Frank
February 2015: Sarah Hussain
December 2014-January 2015: Brandon Noga
November 2014: Alexandra Fuerch
October 2014: Emma Frieh