Participants of the Honors Program find that they gain an invaluable experience by attending the ASA Annual Meetings. Whether they are attending plenary sessions or networking with other students and sociologists, these students consider the Annual Meetings to be a highlight in their educational and start of their professional careers. Here are what some students had to say about their own experiences:
"Attending the ASA meeting and having the privilege to be selected as an Honors Program student was an experience I will never forget. Not only was this an excellent networking experience for my professional life, it was also incredibly refreshing and beneficial to my personal life. Never have I been more encouraged to continue pursuing my passion in academia. Thank you ASA! "
Julia Mendes, Honors Program Participant 2016
"We attended a workshop on Careers in Sociology with two guest speakers, Dr. Augie Diana, National Institutes of Health, and Earl Babbie, Cengage/Wadsworth. They offered constructive insight on the limitless possibilities of careers in the field of sociology and gave great practical advice on things such as building a resume, marketing your skills and abilities, and using formal and informal networks to find potential career opportunities."
Christine Deutscher, Honors Program Participant 2016
"Participation in the 2016 ASA Honors Program has provided me with critical insight into the current state of the "graduate school game" in addition to the different ways sociologist work at pursuing their own higher education."
Hannah Whitley, Honors Program Participant 2016
"One aspect of the Honors Program which I found extremely beneficial was the discussion tables. I was given the opportunity of presenting my research, while also gaining advice from a faculty member in the field, and listening to other students' presentations."
-Irene Snyder, Honors Program Participant 2016
"The ASA Honors Program facilitated my engagement with contemporary sociologists and the discipline. Learning about the numerous career opportunities as an aspiring sociologist and the various focuses has influenced me to continue in sociology. The graduate school preparation sessions were effective and informative because I am in the process of applying to graduate school"
-Isabel Garcia, Honors Program Participant 2013
“It was awesome to know that everyone was there because they care about sociology and they realize how important it truly is. Being at the conference reaffirmed my decision to continue on with sociology (hopefully for the rest of my life!).”
-Allison Nobles, Honors Program Participant 2013
“I was able to attend two very memorable plenary sessions in which I was able to hear two women speak whom I now consider heroines: Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Gloria Steinem, feminist, activist and darn-good speaker. These amazing women came to speak on the importance of research done by sociologists and the ways in which women have progressed. Needless to say, these women’s speeches were two of my highlights…I could not have been more pleased with my time in Montréal this summer. It was enjoyable, educational and extremely fruitful.”
–Jesse Finch, Honors Program Participant 2006
"I would just like to comment that ASA was one of the best and amazing experiences that I have ever had."
-Delia Kashat, Honors Program Participant 2006
"Professor Scott Sernau, Indiana University-South Bend, in his book Critical Choices, talks of another great divide when he states, 'One of the most difficult tasks facing a sociology instructor is to help students grasp the many links between the private world of their own experience and the social world they inhabit.' By attending the 101st ASA Annual Meeting and participating in its 2006 Honors Program, I crossed that divide. It was an invaluable experience that I will encourage other eager sociology students to seek."
-Ada Sanders, Honors Program Participant 2006