Category: Graduate Students

Ph.D. Candidate Daryl Carr Remembered on WBUR

June 29th, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

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On June 21st, Ph.D. Candidate Daryl Carr was remembered in WBUR’s Remembrance Project, a series on Boston’s NPR News Station which focuses on memorializing “[o]rdinary people who have lived extraordinary lives.” WBUR’s Elissa Ely sat down with Daryl’s loved ones to speak about his life, including an early love of marine biology, his affinities towards languages and musical instruments, and his incredible generosity.

Listen to the entire feature here.

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Ph.D. Candidate Christina Jarymowycz Awarded Fulbright Fellowship to Study in Ukraine

May 27th, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

ChristinaChristina Jarymowycz, a third year Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship to study in the Ukraine. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Christina will conduct her dissertation research there starting in the Fall 2015.

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Ph.D. Candidate Emily Philipp Chosen as one of the 2015 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows

May 26th, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

20141220_211219Emily Philipp, a second year Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, was chosen as one of the 2015 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows. Selected by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, nine outstanding BU graduate students representing six departments across the university will spend ten weeks this summer at the Pardee House. They will be developing research paper to be considered for publication as part of the Pardee Center’s publication series and will participate in special programs designed to advance interdisciplinary research and learning. Emily plans to explore the history of U.S. foundations’ engagement with microfinance efforts to identify the characteristics of early and later financial supporters of this economic and social development strategy.

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Ph.D. Candidate Taylor Cain Awarded Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship

May 26th, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

TaylorCainTaylor Cain, a third year Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, was awarded the Boston University Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship in recognition of the outstanding contributions made by Whitney M. Young, Jr., particularly in the fields of social work, urban studies, and Afro-American Studies.  Chosen on the basis of having displayed academic proficiency in a field related to race relations or urban problems, these awards provide a stipend for living expenses and a full scholarship and fees for a year of study in the BU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Taylor plans to conduct ethnographic research on commercial districts in gentrifying Boston neighborhoods.

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Ph.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber Awarded Two Fellowships

April 23rd, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

RFarberPicPh.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber is the recent recipient of two exciting awards in support of her dissertation work!  She has been awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship from the University of Wisconsin Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the University of Wiconsin’s National Resource Centers, FLAS fellowships assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. Rebecca plans to study Thai.

Additionally, Rebecca has also just been awarded a GRAF Short Term Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship.  Established by the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) and the Humanities Foundation, these fellowships support foreign-based research by doctoral students whose research requires an extended period of residence in another country or countries. Rebecca plans to conduct pilot fieldwork in Thailand over winter break 2015-16.

Congratulations Rebecca!

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Memorial Service Planned for Daryl Carr

April 7th, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

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Please join friends, family, and colleagues for a memorial service for Daryl Carr on Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at 2PM at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel. The service will be approximately an hour long, with a reception to follow.

A beloved member of the sociology community, Daryl received his B.A. in Political Science from Roger Williams University in 2007 and taught English as a Peace Corp volunteer in Jordan for two years before graduating with an M.A. in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. He joined Boston University as a Ph.D. Candidate in the fall of 2013.

Remembered by faculty and students as an exceptionally bright and humble individual, Daryl’s interests focused on issues of national identity, state formation and citizenship laws in the Middle East, specifically Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Daryl passed away in February, 2015. His warmth, compassion and gentle sense of humor are deeply missed.

Directions to Marsh Chapel are available on the Chapel’s website. We ask attendees to please arrive 15-20 minutes prior the start of the ceremony to minimize disruptions. Note also that it is both a Red Sox game day and the day before the Boston Marathon, which make cause travel or parking delays. Parking information is available from the BU parking website.

Collections of letters and notes to the Carr family will be collected at the service, or can be sent to the Department of Sociology, c/o Keryn Egan, 100 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA 02215. Notes, memories, and photographs of Daryl for a memorial book will also be collected at the ceremony, or can be forwarded to the Department of Sociology, c/o Emily Philipp, 100 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA 02215.

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Daryl Carr (1984-2015)

February 23rd, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

daryl11It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Daryl Carr, a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Sociology.  A beloved member of the sociology community here at Boston University, Daryl is remembered by faculty and students as an exceptionally bright and humble individual, with a generous heart and terrific sense of humor.

Daryl received his B.A. in Political Science from Roger Williams University in 2007, after which he taught English for two years as a Peace Corp volunteer in Jordan.  He graduated with an M.A. in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 before joining Boston University in the fall.

Interested in the sociology of the Middle East, Daryl was committed to his research on national identity, state formation and citizenship laws in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. He “hoped to better understand social problems there so he could contribute to the region’s struggles for social justice.” [1].

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Daryl brought such warmth, compassion, and understanding to our department. Ever cheerful, his presence in the offices, classrooms, and halls of the Sociology department will be deeply cherished and terribly missed.

We will miss him greatly.


Memorial services for Daryl have not yet been announced.  Additional information is available from BU Today.

Support is available for students through the Dean of Students Office, 617-353-4126; from Marsh Chapel chaplains, 617-353-3560; from clinicians at Student Health Services Behavioral Medicine, 617-353-3569; and from Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center crisis counselors, 617-353-7277. The Faculty & Staff Assistance Office, 617-353-5381, can provide confidential counseling to faculty, staff, and their families.

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Luncheon Celebrates Achievements, End of 2013-14 Academic Year

May 5th, 2014 in Faculty, Graduate Students, News

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Faculty in Attendance at End of Year Lunch
(from left to right) Back Row: Joseph Harris, David Swartz, John Stone;
Middle Row: Japonica Brown-Saracino, Nancy Ammerman, Alya Guseva, Emily Barman, Ashley Mears;
Front Row: Ruha Benjamin, Nazli Kibria, Patricia Rieker, Susan Eckstein.

2014 Graduate Students

Graduate Students in Attendance at End of Year Lunch
(from left to right) Back Row: Megan O’Leary, Donald Gillis, Sasha White;
Middle Row: Rebecca Farber, Connor Fitzmaurice, Taylor Cain, Pamela Devan, Emily Philipp;
Front Row: Alaz Kilicaslan, Sarah Hosman, Elina Tochilnikova, Christina Jarymowycz;

The Department of Sociology celebrated the end of the 2013-2014 Academic Year on Monday, May 5th with the traditional annual luncheon. Highlights include saying goodbye to Professor Ruha Benjamin, who has accepted a position with Princeton University’s African American Studies Department, wishing our three Graduating Work Study Students well in their future endeavors – Congratulations to Shamoore Simpson, Jackie Robichaud and Jason Balsamo! –  and celebrating the promotions of Professors Japonica Brown-Saracino (to Associate Professor) and Julian Go (to Full Professor).

Have a wonderful summer, everybody!

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Ph.D. Alumna Kiri Gurd joins University of South Florida as Postdoctoral Scholar

April 9th, 2014 in Alumni, Graduate Students, News

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Kiri Gurd (PhD 2013) is joining the University of South Florida as a Postdoctoral Scholar for USF’s program on “Global Change in a Dynamic World.”

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Ph.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber Awarded NSF Fellowship

April 2nd, 2014 in Graduate Students, News

RFarberPicPh.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. This competitive research fellowship supports three years of research and studies and provides international research and professional development opportunities.

Rebecca’s project is titled “Local Impacts of Medical Tourism in Thailand.” Congratulations, Rebecca!

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