Undergraduate Student Spotlight

Our undergraduate student spotlight for 2018-19 is on Emma Fenstermaker. In May, Fenstermaker will complete a Bachelor of Arts in both Sociology and English/Creative Writing, with a Minor in French. She has made the President’s List for 3 semesters and has been awarded the UI National Scholars Award, the Presidential Scholarship, the Stanley Merit Scholarship, and an ICRU (the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates) Fellowship.

In the Department of Sociology, Emma has been an active undergraduate research assistant for The Center for the Study of Group Processes for four years. Currently, she is the undergraduate lab manager, and has completed her scholarship project for ICRU using The Center’s resources. This project explores the intersections of race/ethnicity and gender on group structure and dynamics. For this study, she helped with the training of new undergraduate research assistants and oversaw lab operations.

Along with her many activities within the Department of Sociology, Emma has also been a writing tutor for The University of Iowa’s Writing Center; a writing fellow for two courses in the Rhetoric Department; and a community organizer for NextGen America in Iowa City. Taking advantage of UIowa’s excellent Study Abroad program, Emma completed an internship in Berlin, Germany during her junior year. Emma plans on a future career with a PhD in Sociology. She will be missed, but what a wonderful college experience Emma has had in the Department of Sociology!

Emma Fenstermaker


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