Published on November 4, 2019 by Sean Flynt  
Brooke Perez-Bissell and Allison Ambler
Brooke Perez-Bissell and Allison Ambler

Samford sociology students Allison Ambler and Brooke Perez-Bissell tied for second place in the undergraduate paper session at the Mid-South Sociological Association conference Oct. 24-26. Ambler presented original research on The Influence of Religiosity on the Opinion of Prayer in Public School. Perez-Bissell presented original research on Choice and the Church.

“When my students win a competitive award like this, it is just icing on the cake of an overall amazing experience for them,” said Theresa Davidson, director of Samford’s sociology program. “They get to network with other sociology students, sociology faculty, and they are always excited to learn about the varied research that is happening in the discipline.”

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.