Student Success Stories
Alumna Success Story
MA in Sociology | 2015 | International Center of Xi'an International University
Why did you choose to pursue an MA in Sociology at the U of A?
I received my BA degree with majoring in English in China before I joined the Sociology and Criminology Department at the U of A for higher education. Knowing more about western culture during the undergraduate years sparked my desire to explore more about western culture and the world. And sociology is a perfect choice allowing me to have access to different angles of society and the world such as race, gender, immigration, marriage, social class, etc. The faculty and students in the Sociology and Criminology Department were outstanding with professional knowledge as well as giving me two years' wonderful school life in the US.
What did you do upon graduating from the MA in Sociology program?
I worked at American Vegetable Soybean&Edamame company for about a year after graduated from the U of A. Then, I decided to go back to China since then I have been working on international cooperation at a biology company. A few days ago, I just received a new offer from the international center of Xi'an International University, for which I will be responsible for the cooperation with oversea universities as well as the study abroad program. The reason I choose this job is that I want to share my education at U of A and work experience I gained both at home and abroad to students as a way of giving back to society, which I believe is the real significance of education. Also, as a Chinese with not very good English at first, pursuing sociology is not an easy thing to accomplish; hence there is plenty of reading, and writing needed to be done. However, my degree indicated that impossible could become possible. I wish my experience could encourage students more actively to participate in the oversea study program.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
My greatest professional accomplishment is that I applied what I learned in sociology to my job practice. In 2018, my previous company successfully held an international protein and peptide conference and invited three Nobel Prize winners (Dr. Arieh Warshel, Dr. Avram Hershko, and Dr. Ada Yonath) and some distinguished VPs from Bayer, Sanofi to join. I was so honored to be a part of the conference as a role of interpreting and also setting up the cooperation between our company and those eminent scientists. Thus, I was awarded the Individual Outstanding Contribution by the company because of the dedication during the conference. This may not be a grand prize, but it could inspire me to be better in my career.
How did your education in the MA Sociology Program prepare you for what you are doing today?
Since I am working on international cooperation, there are basically two aspects that education could influence in my career, which is language priority and professional sociological knowledge. Two years' MA program greatly improved my English skill via numerous reading and writing practice, especially my master thesis instructed by Dr. Schwab, Dr. Zajicek, and Dr. Morimoto, and I really appreciate the help they offered for my thesis. Moreover, the knowledge of cultural diversity, different racial characters, human interaction, and globalization that I obtained in sociology are all the basis that is contributing to the progress of my career. The education of my MA sociology program is really a valuable experience that affects my life.
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your field?
The practice is very important and significant. Critical thinking claims that we need to criticize the established theory, why don't you apply these theories into practice, then you will know what is right and what is wrong. No matter it is a research project or an intern job, practice what you learned from books, I believe you will have a better understanding of the knowledge you have gained. Sometimes, you may feel confused about your career, be patient, find something you are really interested in, and the practice will lead you to find your shimmer. In all, knowledge is knowledge of the book, but knowledge is alive when you apply it to practice.
EXCELLENT GRAD STUDENT
Hayden submitted an abstract to the American Society of Criminology for a conference that was scheduled to be held in Washington DC this year. Hayden's abstract was accepted and he 'would have' been able to present had the conference been held.
Areas of Interest : Suicide Terrorism | Transformative Justice | Data Analysis
Bio: Hayden is a second year Graduate/Teaching Assistant pursuing a Master’s in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. He received his B.A. in Criminology, and a minor in Sociology, at the University of Arkansas. His research focuses primarily on criminal law, specifically police policy and restorative justice.
EXCELLENT UNDERGRAD STUDENT
Undergraduate Honors Student
was awarded an Honors Research Grant for project is entitled "From Near and Far: Examining the Effect of Immigration on Community Rates of Crime by Region of Origin.”
Fulbright Prize Scholarship
Criminology, Psychology, and Sociology major
Elaine Ogden McNeil Endowed Scholarship
Sociology major; minor in Biology and Minor in Computer Science
Stephen Stephan Endowed Scholarship Fund for Sociology
Criminology and Sociology double major