Lander senior sociology major D.J. Stroud received first place in the Investigative/Textual Research category for his presentation, "The Portrayal of Black Women in American Film," at the eighth annual Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS) held at Liberty University.
Stroud's research analyzed "how sociology pertaining to popular culture influences our perception of the role of the black woman in our society," Stroud said. "I'm extremely thankful for Lander's Honors College and Dr. Lillie Craton for giving me the push I needed to attend the conference."
Other students presenting were: Paige Fowler, of North Augusta; Jeremiah Grooms, of Greenwood; Wesley Hamilton, of Irmo; Maria Morales of, Greenwood; Chase O'Dell, of Batesburg-Leesville; and Aralyn Townsend, of Port Royal.
Held in conjunction with the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), the colleges in the Big South Athletic Conference host regional undergraduate research symposia during times where attending the NCUR would require extensive travel. BigSURS provides undergraduate scholars in all fields a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances and works of art.