Hello Students

Capstone Award Winners

Julia B.
Laurel R.
Erica V.


UMSA Pizza Social

Tuesday, Feb 21, 4-5 pm
131A Bruininks Hall
Pizza and beverages will be served, we will have coloring sheets,
music, and the chance to meet the UMSA board.

AACE Project

With support from Prof. Teresa Swartz (Sociology & Asian American Studies) and Prof. Josephine Lee and Prof. Bic Ngo (Asian American Studies) we’re please to announce The AACCE Project.
The AACE Project is a student support initiative from the new Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant that the of U of M recently received from the US Department of Education.  The AANAPISI grant provides federal funding for resources and support with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student success on campus.
The AACE Project just launched this semester and we have a range of resources, programs, and activities aimed at fostering academic success, personal and professional growth, and providing advocacy for AAPI student voices at the U of M.
We are currently implementing our support programs out of our new center located in room 430 Wulling Hall on the East Bank.
We have Math and Science SMART Commons Peer Learning Consultants in our center, Mon-Thur; from 10:15am-2pm.
We also have Writing Consultants in our center, Tue-Thurs; from 2:30-4:30.

Senior Project Note


Special Note about Summer and Fall 2017 Major Project Classes

We’ve completed our initial review of students who have indicated plans to take Soc 4966W Major Project in Summer and Fall and so far we have only 27 people cleared between both terms.  We should have close to 90!

So, if you are planning on taking the Major Project in Summer or Fall, can you please write back to us and we’ll review you and add you to the clearance list (assuming you meet the pre-reqs)?

We need to know how many students are taking the Major Project so that we can line up the right number of Faculty and Graduate Students for TA support as well as secure a classroom of appropriate size.  We will be making those offers and requests in the next month, so we need to know how many students to expect in Soc 4966W.

If you are hoping to take the Major Project in Summer or Fall 2017 please write back to us right away, we’ll complete the Major Project review by the middle of next week.

Pre-reqs for the Major Project are enforced, so it would be helpful to review the Major Project Guide first.

Again, if you’re hoping to take the Major Project in Summer or Fall 2017 please write back to us to let us know – socadvis@umn.edu

Related item:  Registration for the Major Project course must be completed within the first two weeks of the start of registration.  We expect seniors to register in a timely manner.  Please review the Major Project Guide for details on how to get a permission number.

Fulbright Fair

Wednesday, March 22 2017
4:00-5:00 pm
240 Northrop


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 (qual0080@umn.edu) or visit: https://umabroad.umn.edu/programs/africa/south-africa-leadership/


The Undergraduate Awards 2016 | Social Sciences Category


Deadline Extended
Deadline: 14th June 2016
In case you didn’t know…
Cited as the ultimate champion for high-potential undergraduates, The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s only pan-discipline academic awards programme, identifying leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework. UA also has 24 additional categories into which essays may be submitted, please have a look to see if you have work for other categories too.

WHY should I apply?
As a winner, you are recognized as one of the most impressive students in your field; you become part of a network of outstanding Undergraduate Award Winners from around the world; your winning paper is published in our academic journal, and you receive a ticket to the exclusive UA Global Summit in Dublin. Shortlisted students who are in the top 10% of all submissions are also recognised for their excellence, receiving a Highly Commended certificate which can be a significant catalyst when pursuing further studies or your chosen career. Find out more about the prize here.

What to look out for

  • Anonymity: The Undergraduate Awards prides itself on awarding academic work without bias and the entire judging process is anonymous. It is very important that your submission does not include your name, student number, or your institution/lecturer’s name anywhere.
  • The Abstract should be between 100-300 words. Your abstract is the first thing judges will read so please make sure it is a good overview of your work.
  • Paper Uploads: Please make sure you upload your paper in doc.x or pdf. format
Please read more about the Submission Criteria on our website before you submit.
For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on info@undergraduateawards.com

Good luck!

RIGS Health Justice Kick Off Partyrigs-event

You are invited to the RIGS Health Justice Kick Off Party.  This event is for undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers or have interest in health justice.  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd at 5:00PM in Humphrey 50B.
Students will meet faculty, community members, and graduate students who are passionate about health justice and are working to advance health justice in their respective areas.  Come learn about research opportunities and other leadership opportunities.  Ask about grad school and health professional programs!
Free Afro Deli will be provided.  RSVP here by Friday, February 17th, 2017. Questions?  Contact Sara Cronquist at cron0158@umn.edu.
Majors and minors in the following areas will be prioritized: African American Studies, Asian American Studies, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Chicano Studies, and Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies.

New Food Bank Pilot for Food Insecure Students

After a year of planning and networking, a student group on campus, headed by U of M student Rebecca Leighton, is now piloting a food pantry event for food insecure students.
Their first pilot food distribution event will be this month. This is a true pilot to see the student turnout rate. There is no pre-screening for income. Students just need to attend the event on the scheduled dates.
Students, remember to not be embarrassed if you are experiencing food insecurity. There are many people to help and attending this Food Bank Pilot will benefit your health and wellbeing.
February 21 – February 23
Appleby Hall Room 135

Perspectives on the 2016 Presidential Election:  Race, Immigration & Gender

Academic Credit is available
Contact: Enid Logan elogan@umn.edu

This interview-based project explores the opinions of young people concerning the ways that race, immigration and gender played into the 2016 presidential election, and beyond, focusing on the candidacies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  We are in the final phases of data collection, and have conducted interviews with college students at the University of Minnesota, and at a Midwestern evangelical Christian College.

We have a large and active research team, and our interviews are producing rich and fascinating data, shedding light on the major cultural and political currents shaping the U.S. at present.


We are actively seeking undergraduates to transcribe the interviews and write up brief (1 page) analyses and summaries.  Students may sign up for 1 credit (averaging 3 hours a week), 2 credits (6 hours a week) or 3 credits (average 9 hours of work a week).  You may also participate on a volunteer basis, with no academic credit assigned.  We are signing up participants now, and will actively start transcription in early March.


ASA Presents the 6th Webinar in the
2016-2017 Department Affiliates Webinar Series

Building Your Career with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology

Monday February 27, 2016
3:00-4:00 pm EST
Click here to register

In this webinar two young professionals who majored in sociology will share how a degree in sociology shaped their career paths and how sociological principles are employed in their positions on a daily basis. Their comments and advice to sociology students will be supplemented by Dr. Teresa Ciabattari, Associate Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University who will be presenting data on the kinds of skills that employers are looking for and how sociology majors are using their skills in the workplace. She will also discuss how sociology programs can support the career readiness of their students.

We encourage you to bring students together as a group for viewing. Last year we held a similar webinar and some departments chose to either gather in a computer lab with each attendee registering individually, or to bring a group together in more of a classroom setting using one computer, a projector and a speakerphone.

Webinar Leaders 

3Presenter – Kiara Nicholson is a prevention educator at Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center in San Marcos, Texas. She works to end interpersonal violence by engaging youth and adults in conversations related to gender equity, advocacy, and healthy relationships. Kiara obtained a B.A. degree in applied sociology from Texas State University and has been with HCWC since 2013.

4Presenter – Bao-Tram Do started as a young grantmaker serving on a youth grantmaking board in high school. Bao-Tram received her B.A. in sociology at Whitman College and is a Gates Millennium Scholar. She is on the board of directors for Summer Search Seattle and APACEvotes. She has been working at Seattle Foundation since 2013.


Presenter – Teresa Ciabattari is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at Pacific Lutheran University. As a member of the ASA Task Force on Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major, she served on the subcommittee focusing on employment outcomes for sociology students. Ciabattari is a teacher-scholar who has published and presented on topics including teaching writing to sociology majors, using quantitative data in the classroom, and assessment of student learning. She is an active member of the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning. She is also the author of Sociology of Families: Change, Continuity, and Diversity, published by SAGE in 2016.


Moderator – Jaime Hecht is the program coordinator for the Academic and Professional Affairs Department and the managing editor of TRAILS at the ASA. Jaime holds a B.S. in sociology from Florida State University and an M.A. in applied sociology from the University of Central Florida. She has been with ASA since 2013.