Eric Thornton, a recent Purchase graduate, received an Outstanding Student Research Paper Award from the New York State Sociological Association and was invited to present his paper at the 58th annual Meeting this October. Click for details.
The 2010 sociology graduate was Professor Veronica Perera’s advisee and wrote a senior thesis titled, “Symbolic Violence in the Dinner rush: Ethno-Racial Domination in the American Restaurant Industry.” He was one of two undergraduates to win this honor and be invited to present his thesis at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Sociological Association this October.
The organization is dedicated to providing opportunities for sociologists and those interested in sociology to present their work and exchange ideas. Besides the annual meeting, they sponsor and an on-line journal The New York Sociologist. Annually they provide an award for research and writing to an undergraduate and a graduate student. This year there were two undergraduate winners.
The conference was titled Taking It Big and offered a forum for a full range of inquiry from auto-ethnographic studies to conceptual and empirical analyses of globalization, development, war, and natural disasters.
“This is quite a prestigious honor,” said Professor Chrys Ingraham. “It reminds us all of the effect senior projects can have. Congratulations to Eric Thornton for his many contributions to sociology and to Professor Veronica Perera for this exceptional achievement.”
Mr. Thornton is currently applying to graduate schools for a PhD in Sociology, Berkeley is among the schools.