|Student Spotlight, Stringer|
Dr. Brian Noe, Dean of Graduate Studies
Dr. William C. Cockerham, Department of Sociology, Chair Dr. Patricia Drentea, Director of Graduate Studies
I am pleased to announce that Ms. Kristi Stringer, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alabama – Birmingham, was recently awarded the 2012 Stanford M. Lyman Memorial Scholarship Award by the Mid-South Sociological Association. The one thousand dollar award was presented to Ms. Stringer during the banquet ceremonies at this year’s annual conference, which was held in Mobile, Alabama. Ms. Stringer was presented this award for her proposed dissertation research, “Motherhood Stigma and Illicit Substance Use: The Impact of Socially Constructed Ideas of Motherhood on Treatment Seeking among Substance Using Women,” and she had an opportunity to present a synopsis of the project at the banquet when receiving the award.
The Stanford M. Lyman Memorial Scholarship Award was established through a generous donation by Dr. Lyman following his death in 2003. Dr. Lyman, a world renowned scholar, is often credited with initiating the development of Asian-American Studies in the US and published over two dozen books and hundreds of articles and reports over a nearly 50 year career. An early member and Past President of the MSSA, Dr. Lyman maintained a strong presence in the organization and never missed the annual conference. Dr. Lyman felt that MSSA provided more opportunities than nearly any other sociological organization to work closely with young scholars as they developed academic skills and professional identities.
Following the expressed wishes of Dr. Lyman and his family, the yearly scholarship winner is selected from a national pool of applicants working on research in one or more of Dr. Lyman’s primary areas: theory, symbolic interaction, race relations, law or ethics. Scholarship award winners display not only an interest in these areas, but also reflect the Lyman tradition of rigorous research, inspiring ideas, and a commitment to critical explorations of under-served populations.
Ms. Stringer and her work are a credit to your university and to the Department of Sociology. We are pleased to support her scholarship through the Stanford M. Lyman Scholarship Award and look forward to seeing more in the coming years.
Earl Wright II, Ph.D.
President, Association of Black Sociologists President, Mid-South Sociological Association Department of Africana Studies University of Cincinnati