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Student Spotlight- Elizabeth Tremmel, Soc. senior

On the Social Science Career Panel
Before the “Translate Your Social Science Degree for Career Success” panel on October 26th, I had quite a few questions regarding my life post-undergrad. The most troubling of these (and hopefully I am not the only one who has had this question!) was, “What kind of jobs are even out there?” I didn’t know what existed, much less what jobs I should be considering for myself. Panelists from the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, Teach for America, the Arc of Minnesota, and an insurance sales company kindly offered guidance. There are researchers for the state, writers for the Historical Society, advocates and organizers in the non-profit sector, and a great many positions in human resources, recruiting, teaching… the list goes on. They had a wealth of tips for networking, interviews (for example: invest in nice thank you cards and send them to professional contacts after interviews, even if they are only informational interviews), and much more. I came out of the event with a renewed sense of direction and was given a chance to network with the panelists as well. Also, there was pizza. -Elizabeth
Elizabeth found out about the event by stopping by and meeting with an adviser here in Sociology. We’re here for you for more than simply planning out your classes!


Upcoming UMSA Events

UMSA speaker- Josh Page
Professor Page will be presenting a talk on how crime is portrayed on TV.
December 3rd from 11-1pm in 915 Social Science Building
December 3rd from 11-1pm in 915 Social Science Building
UMSA social
Join the officers and members of UMSA for a study break with hot cocoa, cider, donuts.
December 14th from 11-1pm in 915 Social Science Building


Sociology Departmental News

Quantitative Data Analysis in the Social Sciences (proposed UM Certificate)
Several social science departments are collaborating to develop a UM Certificate (a credential that goes on your transcript) called “Quantitative Data Analysis in the Social Sciences” or QDASS. As we finalize our proposal, we want feedback from undergraduates.
Skills developed and certified:
  • Can locate social scientific data appropriate for analyzing particular problems or questions.
  • Can competently analyze these data using a variety of quantitative social science techniques and software, and has experience working with at least two of the following: Excel, Stata, R, ArcGIS, SPSS, SAS, UCINET, (others can be added depending on participating departments and courses).
  • Can communicate the results of analysis effectively and can do so for a variety of different audiences.
  • Has experience working in an applied research setting and as part of a research team.
Students complete:
  • 3 upper-division courses focused on quantitative analysis of social science data
  •  Applied experience such as an internship, research assistant position, or UROP
  • Public presentation of research


Internship Opportunity

 Congressional Internship at the Office of Congressman Keith Ellison

Congressman Ellison is looking for smart, hardworking, and passionate individuals for Spring 2016 internship positions in his District Office in North Minneapolis.

Internships are offered for individuals interested in learning the operations of a Congressional office: current events as they relate to Congressional activity, federal legislation and policy issues, constituent services, and events research and planning. Interns are asked to work at least 15 hours per week, and are partnered with supervisors in their areas of interest. Unfortunately, due to House ethics guidelines, we are not able to offer compensation to interns.

People of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and those from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Though this internship demands high-quality work, we are seeking applicants who are passionate about social justice and in need of experience. The deadline for fall internships is December 4, 2015. Materials may be emailed to



Job Opportunity

 Research Fellow, Stanford Law School
Assist with the research of Professors John J. Donohue, Jacob Goldin, Daniel Ho, Daniel Kessler, and Alison Morantz at Stanford Law School. Designed for graduating seniors or recent college graduates, fellowships provide a unique opportunity for those considering graduate school, law school, and/or business school in the future.
Prior Research Fellows have matriculated to Ph.D. programs at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and MIT, and law school at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia. They have been drawn from a variety of undergraduate disciplines, including economics, political science, applied math, public policy, statistics, and computer science.
Successful applicants will be matched with a specific professor based on background and interests. As full-time Stanford University employees, fellows will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, including full medical and dental insurance, access to campus athletic and academic facilities, paid vacation time, professional development funds, and the capacity to audit Stanford courses and attend on-campus lectures and seminars free of charge.
For more information and to apply: Stanford_Law_School_Research_Fellowship (1)


Summer Research Opportunity

Disparities Elimination Summer Research Experience
We’re excited to share with you details about an NIH-funded summer program that we would like to introduce to your students.The initiative is a 6-week summer program at Georgia Southern University hosted by the Rural Health Research Institute in collaboration with the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities at Mercer University.
The initiative, called DESRE (Disparities Elimination Summer Research Experience), is a paid, hands-on research experience for undergraduate and graduate students.  During the program, students engage in cutting-edge rural health disparities research and receive training in the unique factors associated with addressing health disparities. Students work with and learn from a team of experienced faculty researchers from both Georgia Southern University and Mercer  University.
The application deadline is Friday, January 15, 2016.The website to learn more about the program is:
Please email with any questions or for more information about the program.


University of Minnesota News and Events

 Future Doctors Program

The Medical School Office of Admissions Minnesota’s Future Doctors program is now accepting applications. We select 10 students annually to join the Minnesota’s Future Doctors community.  Applications are reviewed holistically, and competitive applicants are invited to interview for this highly selective program.  Please share this information with students who may be interested!

MFD Scholars will participate in:

  • Medical-related and undergraduate research experiences
  • MCAT preparation
  • Proactive advising and workshops focused on preparing and applying to medical school
  • Individual support and development of action plans

Application process:

  • Complete online application – Application Link
  • Academic or professional recommendation – A form will be sent directly to whom you list in your application
  • University and College unofficial transcripts emailed to
  • Minnesota Future Doctors Program will accept applications from October 5, 2015 through November 30, 2015
Independent Variable Newsletter

All students are eligible to receive the quarterly newsletter Independent Variable created especially for undergraduate sociology students. We distribute only 4 issues a year and use the emails for no other purpose.

If you would like to receive the upcoming Fall issue, please send a spreadsheet with their First Name, Last Name and email address to