Have a Great Four Day Weekend Soc Students!

Featured Soc Student

Ever wonder what types of internships your fellow Soc majors get?  We’d love to feature you!  If you’d like to share your internship please feel free to contact us!

This week we’d like to feature Brenda, who is a Junior pursing our Soc LCD BA .  Thanks for sharing, Brenda!

“My name is Brenda and I am a Congressional Intern for Congressman Keith Ellison. I am responsible for administrative duties along with working on projects such as memos, writing letters, setting up for events, and etc. What makes this internship great is that it introduces me to the many wonderful organizations that are present in my district and in this state. My position allows me to attend meetings with the Congressman and the office staffers. This is my most favorite part about the internship since I get to learn about a variety of issues that are present in our district and how people are trying to address it.”

We’re back with more opportunities for soc students! Check out some scholarships, fellowships, and courses being offered Spring 2017.

Check Out More Opportunities Here

Trying to comprehend the recent election and the ramifications of Trump’s impending presidency? 

This isn’t an easy task and I’m sure we will all be working to understand this all for many years to come….however, to help you understand the basics of our constitutional structure – and past controversial elections and presidencies I’ve created a brief guide @ https://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=5400


Online Libraries Group Study Space reservation system goes live TODAY

The Libraries have just launched an online space reservation service for library users. Students, staff and faculty may now reserve group study spaces in Wilson, Walter, Magrath and the Bio-Medical Libraries. We hope to expand the reach of this pilot in the near future, as well.

For more information about the service, including reservation instructions and links, room use guidelines and the Online Room Reservation Group’s final report, please visit the Online Room Reservation Group staff site.

So, for anyone needing a small group study space, you can reserve these areas using this system!  It is the Libraries’ intention to offer more of these, especially for Wilson Library, as our renovation plans unfold!
Take a look at the website and give this new system a try!

State Department Fellowship

Anne Crowell of The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars will be on campus after Thanksgiving.  She will hold an information session on the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship at 12:30, Tuesday, November 29 in 106 Northrop.

The Thomas Pickering Fellowship is one of the State Department’s premier recruitment programs aimed at increasing diversity among U.S. Foreign Service officers.  Apply as a junior or senior for an award that pays up to $37,500 annually to support two years of undergraduate and/or graduate study.  The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.  Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Global Issues on Children and Youth in Society
2:30 – 3:45
Bruininks Hall 131A
Ann Masten, Ph.D.

This three credit course will explore the contemporary society issues facing children and youth around the world including poverty, war, political conflict, and Internet screen time. This course will also explore how developmental research informs policy and practice. It will also fulfill the Civic Life and Ethics Theme.


The Virginia Undergraduate Law Review (VULR) is now accepting articles by undergraduate students for our Spring edition

Past submissions have included papers from a variety of disciplines, including Politics, History, and Philosophy. Essays on any legal topic or the law more broadly (involving theory, history, or the philosophy of law) are encouraged.

The deadline for submissions is January 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM.
Papers between 10-20 pages (double spaced), along with a 150 word abstract, should be emailed to submissions.vulr.uva@gmail.com.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at vulr.uva@gmail.com.

The Andover Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) – Info Session

The Andover Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) is hosting an info session for promising undergraduates interested in pursuing the teaching profession.

The IRT addresses the lack of diversity in the nation’s teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity,
counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study.

An informal informational session will be held
DECEMBER 2, at 4:30 PM, in the Northrop Crosby seminar room (2nd floor)
refreshments will be served

Since 1990, the IRT has built a national consortium of 39 colleges and universities that are eager to enroll IRT students to diversify their graduate student bodies and to expand the pipeline of educators to teach, counsel, and administrate in American schools, colleges, and universities.

From early September through mid-November, all IRT participants receive the FREE following support throughout the graduate school application process:

1. Individualized support and extensive counseling as fellows choose graduate programs and apply to a renowned consortium of graduate schools across the country
2. Application fee waivers for up to 12 consortium schools
3. One-on-one assistance in fine-tuning statements of purpose, resumes, and writing samples

The IRT does astoundingly good work in working with the highest-achieving scholars to support their graduate school applications. We counsel students with backgrounds in arts, humanities, and social sciences. More information can be found on our website at http://irt.andover.edu.

*Note that “committed to diversity” includes not only racial diversity, but also those whose work focuses on eradicating barriers of access, as well as sexual/gender (LGBTQ) diversity, dis/abilities, first-generation college students, and more– in fact, anyone who has traditionally been barred from reaching these education leadership roles.




Apply by: Wednesday, December 14th

$5,000 Internship Award for CLA Students — CLA Career Services introduces the Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity will combine the hands-on experience of a summer internship with an internship reflection course, enhanced career coaching and alumni mentoring opportunities.

Scholarship Eligibility
– Degree-seeking CLA undergraduate
– Rising sophomore, junior, or senior (i.e. graduating May 2018 or later)
– Have not previously received this scholarship

Application deadline is Wednesday, December 14.

For more information and to apply, visit cla.umn.edu/leadership-scholarship

Soc 3511 – World Population Problems

Sociology is excited to once again offer Soc 3511 – World Population Problems for Spring 2017.  This course counts as a Soc elective (for our majors or minors) AND it can count as a Public Health Minor elective as well (for the CLA section of the minor).

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays with Prof. Ann Meier.

Course Description:
Over the next century the population is projected to increase from 7 to 12 billion. Growth will not be homogenous around the world. In 2000, Japan and Nigeria had similarly sized populations; by 2050 the population of Japan is expected to shrink by a fifth and the population of Nigeria is expected to double. Over the same period in the United States, the Asian and Hispanic-origin populations will triple in size, the median age will increase to nearly 40, and the proportion of residents living in rural areas will decline to one in ten.

This class is an introduction to the contemporary issues that accompany such dramatic population change, including fertility change, disease experiences, migration as opportunity and challenge and human-environment conflict. Further, we will examine the roles of global organizations, national governments, and culture in shaping and reshaping populations.

GCC 3014/5014 The Future of Life and Work in the 21st Century

Sociology is again proud to offer a Grand Challenges Curriculum (GCC) course that will count as a Soc elective (either for the major or the minor) for Spring 2017.

This course seeks solutions to the technological, demographic, and economic forces that challenge taken-for-granted mindsets and existing policies around work, careers, and life. Students will consider positive and negative impacts of the forces that render the conventional education/work/retirement lockstep obsolete. What do these changes mean for men and women of different ages and backgrounds? What are alternative, sustainable ways of working and living in the 21st century?

These questions reflect global challenges that touch the lives of people everywhere. Students will work in teams to begin to address these realities and formulate innovative solutions to better transform learning, working, caring, and community-building in the 21st century.

This course won’t auto-populate as a Soc elective on your APAS report, so be sure to email me so that I can make the update.

Phyllis Moen, Sociology – McKnight Endowed Presidential Chair
Steven Ruggles, History – Regents Professor


U of M Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

The U of M Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is now accepting applications for summer 2017. The application deadline is January 23, 2017. Below is key information about the McNair program. Additionally, I encourage you to check out the McNair website for more information. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the program and application process and provide feedback on your personal statements. Click here (right toolbar) to view/register for upcoming information sessions.

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McNair Program at-a-glance

The goal of McNair Scholars is to give undergraduate students intensive, faculty-driven research experiences and prepare students for entry into graduate school.

During the the 10-week summer research program students:
–Develop a great relationship with a professor that is essential for applying to graduate school
–Receive a $3,500 stipend
–Conduct research with a professor
–Develop a quality research paper
–Receive guidance through the graduate school process (e.g. identify graduate programs, write a personal statement, create a curriculum vitae, etc.)
–Present research at poster sessions held on campus

–First generation college student and low income, or from an underrepresented group
–GPA of 2.75 and above
–Full-time sophomore or junior and a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
–Students with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) focus are strongly encouraged to apply to the McNair Scholars Program, as are student veterans.

Application deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017

For more information contact Anthony Albecker (albecker@umn.edu) or Shade’ Osifuye (osif0003@umn.edu) or Amani Berry (stum2012@umn.edu), visit us online and on Facebook.


Summer Fellowship Opportunity in Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts

About the program:

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) invites applications for a ten-week paid summer research internship for undergraduate students (rising juniors or seniors) in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. The program will be held from May 21 to July 27, 2017 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. MURAP seeks to prepare talented and motivated underrepresented students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, or those with a proven commitment to diversity and to eradicating racial disparities in graduate school and the academy, for graduate study in fields in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. The program provides students with a rigorous research experience under the guidance of a UNC faculty mentor.

Each participant will receive:
-Generous stipend
-Campus housing
-Meal allowance
-Writing, Communication Skills and Professional Development workshops
-GRE prep course (and all necessary materials)
-Paid domestic travel expenses to and from Chapel Hill

The student application is available online and the application deadline is February 10, 2017. For more details about the program, please see the attached announcement. To access an application, or for additional information about MURAP, please visit our website at http://www.murap.unc.edu or contact Ashley Lee, Program Coordinator, at murap@unc.edu.


Kids Involvement and Diversity Study (KIDS)

Academic Credit is available
Contact: Alex Manning manni224@umn.edu

This is a new, ongoing, and collaborative research project that investigates youth activities, social inequality, and associated development outcomes. The project will explore how out-of-school activities are perceived and experienced by parents and children from diverse and under-represented social backgrounds.

There are multiple opportunities for undergraduates to get involved and gain research experience. Possible opportunities include:

  • Interview Recruitment, Interview Transcription, Arrangement, and Prep Content Analysis of Interviews/ Focus Groups
  • Gather data about participation rates in Minnesota
  • Field Scouting activity availability and offerings in specific neighborhoods
  • Preliminary Ethnographic work of specific activities
  • Assisting with developing a map of activities in the Twin Cities Metro
  • Analyze and summarize data collected from Activities History Calendar

Check Out More Opportunities Here