Brodbeck, Dzgoeva named Sociology Students of the Year

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Kelli Brodbeck ’14 and Laura Dzgoeva ’14 have been named top students in the Sociology Program for 2014.

Brodbeck, a Sociology major from North Attleboro, Mass., and Dzgoeva, a Psychology and Sociology double major from Acton, Mass., have demonstrated a commitment to scholarship that exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.

Kelli Brodbeck ’14

Department faculty celebrate Brodbeck’s real talent for investigating the connections between sociological theory and everyday life. “We’ve all been impressed with the seriousness of her academic pursuits,” says Christopher Wetzel, associate professor of Sociology and Criminology.

On her postgraduate plans, Brodbeck says, “I will be pursuing my Ph.D. in sociology following graduation.”

Selected Activities & Achievements

  • SURE 2012 Scholar
  • SURE 2013 Scholar
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Editor of Prints, Stonehill's sociology and criminology undergraduate journal
  • "Patrolling Borders: Symbolic Boundaries and the Culture of Campus Policing," forthcoming article in Sociological Insight, a peer-reviewed undergraduate sociology journal at University of Texas, Austin
  • Member of Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society
  • Participant in the 2013 American Sociological Association's undergraduate honors program

Laura Dzgoeva ’14

Dzgoeva has taken full advantage of the many opportunities that have been made available to her at Stonehill. “Our faculty describe Laura as a passionate, versatile and creative scholar,” says Wetzel.

On her postgraduate plans, Dzgoeva says, “I am planning to work for a year or two as a research assistant in psychology, and then apply for Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology with a concentration in military psychology.”

Selected Activities & Achievements

  • Two internships at the Brockton Department of Veteran’s Affairs hospital
  • Internship at the Providence Department of Veteran’s Affairs hospital
  • Currently writing a thesis on the legitimization of eSports
  • Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience project on Veterans Courts
  • Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience project translating Russian poetry
  • Writer and editor for The Thalamus, the Psychology Department’s newsletter
  • Taught a course called "Nerd Culture: The Historical and Sociological Relevance of Comics and Video Games" as part of the IDEAS (Integrating Democratic Education At Stonehill) program with Professor Christopher Wetzel
  • Teaching Assistant