The Sociology Department is Celebrating Black History Month with a Series of Events.

One of the Many Events is:

In Search of Equity in Education

Attorney Joy Anderson (Civil Rights & Trust Law)
Professor Keith Mayes (African Am & African Studies)
Dr. Naomi Taylor (Director of Teaching & Learning Minneapolis Public Schools)
Professor Myron Orfield (UMN School of Law)
Dr. Nimo Abdi (Post-Doctoral Associate, CEHD)

Friday, February 10
12:30 – 2 pm
Hanson Hall 1-109


Spring 2017 Groups and Workshops

About our groups and workshops:
Each semester Student Counseling Services (SCS) offers counseling groups and workshops, in which students share difficulties, learn new skills and strategies, practice new behaviors, and get feedback in a safe, supportive environment. Some groups and workshops meet for a semester, others for 3 weeks, and some are continuing.

Summer 2017 – Courses

The Soc Dept is offering ten courses over the summer of 2017. You can plan out your summer schedule now! –> Click Here

We want to highlight out two ONLINE courses!

  • Soc 1001 – Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc 4246 – Sociology of Health & Illness


Child Care Assistance for Undergraduates

We are sending out our term by term reminder regarding the wide range of assistance programs available to undergraduate U of M students who are pregnant or parenting children. These include: our PASS parenting support group, emergency assistance grants, dedicated study space and computer lab, family friendly events and most importantly CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE.
It is absolutely critical for advisors, faculty and other staff to refer pregnant and parenting undergrads to the Student Parent HELP Center as soon as you aware of their pregnancy or parenting status. We offer a large number of financial and community building programs to assure these students do not withdraw due to pregnancies, or the cost of child care and other economic barriers faced by students raising children.
One very important offering is the POST SECONDARY CHILD CARE GRANT,  a state sponsored child care assistance grant for which the SPHC is the campus screening and application portal. This can mean as much as $5125 per term, per child in $$$ assistance directly to the student, and each term they do not get through our door means money lost.
Due to the greatly increased traffic we experienced last term, we are now filtering all UNDERGRADUATES directly through our Student Parent Counselor, Melanie Soland. If you have any currently pregnant, parenting students, adoptive student parents, or students who have legal custody of sibs, please encourage them to call and make an intake and grant screening appt with Melanie ASAP.
That number is: 612-626-0824

Undergraduate Position open in Pediatric BMT

Per our phone conversation, we have positions open in our division for undergraduates who are interested in Public Health.  The position involves data extraction and data entry for inherited metabolic diseases in the REDCap database.  We are looking for students to commit to a set schedule of a minimum of 15 hours per week.  There are a couple of required trainings that students would need to be available for. This position would provide several networking opportunities and would be a great addition to resumes.

Kayla Lemke

2017 Welcome Week Leader (WWL)

If you are looking for a unique opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills, gain 100+ volunteer hours, and help create a seamless transition for the Class of 2021, please consider becoming a 2017 Welcome Week Leader (WWL)!

What will you get out of it?

  • Deepen awareness of your own strengths and leadership style

  • Practice inclusive communication and facilitation strategies for building connections and community

  • Increase mindfulness and appreciation of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, philosophies, and cultures

  • Develop tolerance of ambiguity and critical decision making ability in a complex environment

  • Explore new knowledge about the University campus, community, and resources

Other Benefits:

  • Meals provided during August training sessions and throughout Welcome Week

  • Parking covered during spring and August training and throughout Welcome Week for students living more than a mile off-campus

  • T-shirts and other freebies provided during Welcome Week

Interested in learning more about the position? Get out of the cold and enjoy some hot chocolate and Insomnia Cookies on us at the Welcome Week Warm Up! Stop by Coffman room 303 Thursday, February 9 between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

More information about the WWL position and application can be found at The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 15.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

We are now accepting applications for the Sociology Capstone Award

The Sociology Undergraduate Capstone Research Award provides funding for senior sociology majors who are conducting original research as part of their major project. Many sociology students would like to take advantage of an intensive research experience, but are often unable to do so without additional financial support. Through the generous support of an anonymous donor, the University of Minnesota Department of Sociology will be awarding undergraduate research awards of up to $500.

Eligibility: You must be a declared sociology major, a senior in good academic standing, and enrolled for credit in SOC 4966W Major Project Seminar, SOC 4977V or 4978V Proseminar I or II, or an independent study arrangement under the supervision of a sociology faculty member (usually SOC 4094W Directed Research).

Apply: Submit the PDF icon capstone_award_application_spring_2017.pdf to the Department of Sociology at 909 Social Sciences Building.

Deadline: Applications are due at Noon on Friday, Feb. 3rd, 2017 in 909 Social Sciences Building

You can get the PDF application from our website:

Good luck and we hope you’ll consider applying!

The WorkArt Fellowship Program

The Center for German & European Studies would like to inform you and your students of a fellowship opportunity for summer 2017. The WorkArt Fellowship program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with a strong interest in art to gather valuable work experience in the nonprofit sector at one of Germany’s community-based nonprofit art associations and galleries (Kunstvereine). Selected fellows will receive a $350 travel stipend.
Attached are flyers for posting and distribution regarding the WorkArt Fellowship. Applications are submitted online and via email, and can be accessed here. The due date is Monday, February 27. We hope you’ll share with your students.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is an outstanding opportunity that is valued highly by students.

Students submit their electronic applications at:

The due date for proposals for research and creative activities in Summer or Fall 2017 is February 27, 2017.

Wendy Nicholson-Kotas, who coordinates the Individualized Degree Programs, also serves as a resource for CLA students and faculty who have questions about the UROP program. Please contact Wendy if you would like to meet with her or arrange for her to meet with students or faculty in your department. She can be contacted at or 612-624-4368 to set up that opportunity.


Event Specialist with Renewal by Andersen

Soc Alumi Mellissa Solin (BA Soc LCD 2003) is open to hire Soc Student for a part-time job at Andersen Windows where she works as a Marketing Director. Mellissa would be happy to talk to you about the position if you have any questions (EMAIL)

Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN
$10 – $12 an hour – Part-time

Do you love talking to people in a super, fun environment? Are you looking for part-time flexible hours? Looking to gain entry level sales, marketing, or event experience? Do you look good in a RbA polo shirt? Then this opportunity is for you! We are seeking dependable, professional and results-oriented Event Staff to represent the company at home shows, trade shows, craft festivals, and more around a 40 mile radiues of the Twin Cities. Training will be provided, but must be a “people-person” and be OK with standing up to six hours. We are looking for people that are able to work weekends.


  • Assist with set up, execution, and break down of event
  • Provide manager with consumer feedback and info for recaps
  • Knowledgeable of key all brand info, brand points and educate consumers of product
  • Maintain professionalism at all times
  • Maintain proper channels of communication

Apply Here

Scholarship Deadlines

Deadlines for study abroad scholarships are coming up, and the Learning Abroad Center is offering several info sessions about national study abroad scholarships in the coming weeks.  Thanks in advance for helping to get the word out to students.

You CAN Afford to Study Abroad: Info Sessions about Scholarships & Financial Aid

Do some of your students want to study abroad but aren’t sure how to afford it? Encourage them to attend one of our very popular information sessions about a variety of scholarships and financial aid options that will help them make their dream a reality.

Thursday, February 9, 2–3 p.m.230 Heller Hall
Friday, March 3112–1 p.m.150 Blegen Hall

Environmental Career Fair

Career to Protect the Environment 

To learn more, visit our table on Feb. 8th at the UMN Environmental Career and Internship Fair on the St. Paul Campus – in the North Star Ballroom. Or Apply Online!

We’re looking for smart, hard-working seniors and recent alumni who work well in a team and are eager to make real change after graduation. The Fund for the Public Interest (­“the Fund”) partners with leading nonprofit groups from around the country, providing the kind of people power it takes to build organizations for the long-term, win hard-fought campaigns, and make real change on some of the most important issues of our day. And we’re hiring!

Specifically, we’re hiring Citizen Outreach Directors to run our grassroots campaign offices across the country this fall and spring — working on behalf of groups like Environment America and US PIRG.  Apply to direct a campaign for the environment.

Our Campaigns

  • We’re working to protect bees from toxics: This winter, we’ve been campaigning to convince the Environmental Protection Agency to ban a class of insecticide called neonicotinoids (neonics) that is 6,000 times more toxic than DDT. Beekeepers report they’re losing on average of 30% of all honeybee colonies each winter. It’s time to act. No bees, no food.
  • We’re doing our part to stop global warming: We took a big step this summer President Obama passed the Clean Power Plan, which is the strongest action taken to stop global warming by any president. The Clean Power Plan sets standards that cut carbon pollution from power plants, the nation’s largest contributors to global warming pollution. This historic step won’t be enough to fully solve the problem, but it’ll be an important start. But standing in the way, at every step, is one of the most powerful special interests in the world: the fossil fuel industry. That’s where we come in. We’re working to rally millions of American citizens, along with local elected officials and other powerful voices to back the President’s plan.
  • We’re making sure we don’t frack our future: Dirty and dangerous fracking could soon put some of America’s most spectacular places at risk. And we know that this especially destructive method of drilling for gas contaminates water and turns forests and rural landscapes into industrial zones – making nearby families sick and contributing significantly to global warming as well. We’re working to offset the outsized influence of the oil and gas industry and keep our remarkable special places protected.

Could you see yourself working to tackle these issues? Apply to Canvass Direct.

We are looking for smart, motivated students who want to get their hands dirty and make a real impact on some of the most critical issues facing our society.

Visit our table at the UMN Environmental Career and Internship Fair on the St. Paul Campus – in the North Star Ballroom. Or Apply Online!

Paid Summer Internship with Prof. Zack Almquist

Scalable Temporal Network Models with Population Dynamics: Estimation, Simulation, and Prediction”: Student firstly will be data coding from primary texts of the geographic and temporal information relating to activities of radical environmental groups; and secondly, developing simple predictive models in R for these actions over time. Applicants must submit a short writing sample, 2 letters of reference, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA

Zack Almquist is recruiting 1-3 undergraduates for a paid summer internship through the URAP/HRAP ARO/ARL program pending availability of funds. You can apply directly to me and through the URAP/HRAP system (I recommend doing both). Details can be found at the following links: || ||

ASA Methodology Midyear Meeting, Co-located with PAA – Prof. Almquist Accepting Abstracts/Papers

If you are going to PAA, Zack Almquist encourages you to considering submitting an abstract to the ASA Methods midyear meeting (

Leadership in South Africa: From Townships to Urban Centers


Spend May Term in South Africa’s coastal city of Cape Town, renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Using Cape Town as your classroom, you’ll investigate different theories of leadership and see how different types of leaders, from politicians to ordinary citizens, play an important role in helping the city and the country to continue the process of integration and unification post-apartheid. Reflect on your own leadership style and consider how you can create social change. Learn through visits to museums and historic sites, such as Robben Island, become immersed in the Gugulethu township, guest lectures and cultural activities. Apply by March 1.

For more information, contact Erica Qualheim in the Learning Abroad Center ( or visit:

Careers in Law Fair

The Careers in Law Fair will be held on Wednesday March 1st from 11am-2pm in the Willey Hall atrium on West Bank.