Sociology Senior Wins CSU Student Research Competition for Black Student Experience at SSU

sociologyresearchers.jpgKristal Raheem, senior in Sociology, won first place at the recent CSU Student Research Competition in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Undergraduate category. The award was given for the presentation of her senior project: The Experience: An Analysis of the Retention and Graduation Rate of Black Students at Sonoma State University.

Working with her Sociology program mentor, Assistant Professor Sheila Katz, Raheem assessed the retention and graduation rates of Black students and conducted interviews with a group of black alumni and current students. Raheem is also a McNair NoGAP scholar.

She competed against other outstanding undergraduate students from the other 22 campuses of the CSU at the 28th annual event at CSU East Bay, May 2-3.

SSU sent a team of six students researchers. The others were Olga Alfaro, Spanish BA; Sabrina Hrabe, Kinesiology BS; Brian Lavin, Biology MS; Paul Martinez, Sociology, and Beni Merlin, Sociology.

All three plan to pursue Ph.D.s in Sociology. Martinez starts this fall at UCLA, and Merlin and Raheem are applying this fall.

Raheem and Merlin's presentations will be featured at a special session on Thursday, May 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. about support services for underrepresented students at SSU hosted
by the Advising Subcommittee.

ABOVE: Sociology major Kristal Raheem (holding award) celebrates with her colleagues (left to right) Paul Martinez, Elaine Sundberg (Associate Vice President for Academic Programs), Beni Merlin, and mentor Professor of Sociology Sheila Katz.

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