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Three Hampton University Department of Sociology Students Accepted into Top Research Summer Programs and Law School
01/07/2020 - #143

HAMPTON, Va. (January 7, 2020) – The Hampton University Department of Sociology is celebrating three of its students as they recently received acceptances into prestigious summer research programs and law school.

Martine Augustin, criminal justice senior, recently received her first acceptance to George Washington School of Law with a partial scholarship. Criminal justice juniors, Ericka Stansbury and Sominishia Wright have been accepted into the first cohort of the Berkeley Sociology Summer Research Program on Race. The program will run from June 8th, 2020 until August 1st, 2020, and they have been paired with a faculty mentor to conduct research studies on race. Program participation comes with a $5K summer stipend room and board, office space in the department, and a travel stipend to support their trip to California, with a post-summer trip back to Berkeley to facilitate further research collaboration.

“These young ladies are perfect examples of the best and the brightest students that we have here at Hampton University. We hope they continue to show great character and excellence in all that they do,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President.

Martine Augustin, criminal justice major, is also a sociology minor on the Pre-Law Track from Philadelphia with a 3.75 cumulative GPA. She is active and involved on campus, and serves as the Vice President of Pre Law Society, and Miss of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Last summer, Augustin studied abroad in London and interned at Nike World Headquarters as a Jordan Brand Global Digital Marketing and Legal Intern. She wants to empower, influence, and change policies through law, with her ultimate goal of becoming a Supreme Court Justice.

Ericka Stansbury is from Wilmington, DE and is a member of several honor societies, including the Golden Key International Honour Society. She has been awarded merit-based scholarships and holds a 3.62 GPA and is currently working as a research assistant for Dr. Zina McGee, conducting research on maternal incarceration and childhood outcomes. She is passionate about juvenile justice studies, and will use her opportunity at Berkeley to conduct research on the sociological factors that lead to childhood adversity. She has also worked in the community as a peer advisor, and plans to obtain a Ph.D. in her field.

Sominishia Wright is also a sociology minor from Dorchester, MA. She has participated in two summer internships at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department House of Correction, and is currently working as a research assistant for Dr. Zina McGee, conducting research on juvenile victimization and coping mechanisms and childhood outcomes. She has a 4.0 GPA and has received merit-based scholarships. Wright holds membership in the Freddye T. Davy Honors College, Golden Key International Honour Society, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. Upon graduation, she will be studying incarceration and recidivism in a Ph.D. program.

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