Hi Soc Students!

Can you believe it? We zipped past the first half of the semester! Stay strong! Stay focus! and Stay Healthy! Remember, your health is always the priority.
De-Stress with Boynton Health Services!

Spring break is just around the corner, March 13 – March 17.
Classes will resume on March 20th.

Spring 2017 Barbara Newsome Internship Winners!
$2000 award each!!

Mckenzie T.
Ashley D.
Erika L.
Natalya P.


Scholarships & Awards

Special Note about Summer and Fall 2017 Major Project Classes

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.  If you have already done so, no need to write again.  socadvis@umn.edu

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

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.

The Undergraduate Awards 2017
Social Sciences: Sociology & Social Policy

Have a piece of coursework that you’re proud of?
Sad to see it sitting on a shelf gathering dust?
Submit to The Undergraduate Awards to earn international recognition for your work!

What is The Undergraduate Awards?
The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest academic awards programme. Our aim is to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide.
Why should I apply?
Earn international recognition for work you’ve already done!
Receive access to the exclusive UA Alumni Portal
Win a trip to the UA Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland
Get your work profiled in The Undergraduate Journal 2017
Submitting is free and easy, just follow these steps to #awardyourwork! 
Interested, but not ready to submit just yet? Not a problem!
Just register online to reserve your place in the competition
Read our Alumni Testimonials to see how UA has helped people like you!

 Library Research Help

Is it research paper time?? The U Libraries are here to help students with their academic research– from first year students to seniors working on capstones or theses projects. Please share and recommend the following services with students (in your one-on-ones, newsletters, emails, etc.) as it makes sense to do so.  Here are some of our tools and services for undergraduates:
1.) Peer Research Consultants (PRCs) (a.k.a Library research tutors) are now available on East Bank (Walter SMART, Bio-Med) and West Bank (ISSS office and Wilson SMART). PRCs provide one-on-one assistance (drop-in or appointment) to help students develop research strategies, narrow or expand their topics, find scholarly or academic articles, and critically evaluate the information they find (no #fakenews). More information is below – including a slide you can insert into a PPT presentation.
2.) The Library Course Pages are a great place for students to start research on course research topics– we have a page for every course with useful tools to find academic articles and more.
3.) The Assignment Calculator can help students figure out the steps for a big project and stay on track (students can sign up for email reminders) like a research paper, video project, etc.
4.) Tools like Zotoro and Mendeley are better than EastBib! These tools help students organize their PDFs then automatically insert the in-text citations and create a bibliography in seconds in APA, MLA and thousands of other citation styles.
5.) *new* We now have 40+ group study rooms that can be reserved by students for group projects. We also have four 1:Button studios to easily record or practice speeches or presentations.
6.) Students can get help in person at any of our 12 on-campus libraries, or by email, by phone or anytime 24/7 by Chat with a Librarian. Students can also set up an in-depth consultation with our team of subject librarians.


The U of M Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is now accepting applications for summer 2017. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, ideally as soon as possible, until spots fill.. Below is key information about the McNair program. Additionally, I encourage you to check out the McNair website for more information, and encourage interested students to contact the McNair Team (see below) to answer questions about the program and application process and provide feedback on your personal statements.

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: Hurry as rolling admissions until all spots fill. (Please let Anthony Albecker and Eskender Yousuf know if you are planning to apply). Scholars in STEM fields strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information contact Anthony Albecker (albecker@umn.edu) or Eskender Yousuf (yousu014@umn.edu) or Amani Berry (stum2012@umn.edu), visit us online and on Facebook.

Fulbright Fair, March 22

Fulbright Fair
Wednesday, March 22
240 Northrop
Chelsea Cervantes de Blois, Ph.D.
candidate in Geography Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Azerbaijan, 2014-15
Colleen Bertsch, Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology Fulbright Grant for study of Transylvanian folk violin in Romania, 2015-16
Rachel Schaff, Ph.D., Cultural Studies Fulbright Grant for study of mid-century film in the Czech Republic, 2015-16

Teaching & Education Programs Information Session

Did you know that Asian American students make up a large portion of the student population in Minnesota urban school districts?  But only 2.5% of teachers in Minnesota are Asian AmericanThere is a need for more Asian American teachers to represent and educate Asian American students! The Asian American community is the fastest growing population in Minnesota!  Learn more here: http://caalmn.org/act/education/.

If you ever thought about teaching, now is the opportunity to make a difference! Attend the Teaching & Education Program Info Session to learn how.


Walk-in is welcomed, but RSVP HERE to ensure your lunch!

Like and follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AACEproject/

Presented by:
Asian American College Excellence Project
DirecTrack to Teaching
Elementary Teacher Education
Educational Psychology-Special Education

The Diversity Fellowship at Minnesota Population Center

The Diversity Fellowship at Minnesota Population Center (www.pop.umn.edu) at the University of Minnesota is recruiting four undergraduate and four graduate students to work on its MPC data projects or with MPC Member Faculty for the summer of 2017. Openings include: IPUMS-DHS & IPUMS-International, and faculty-led research projects with Dr. Sam Myers, with Dr. Michelle Phelps, and with Dr. Eric Shook. You may find more information about MPC projects at popdata.org. For information about faculty members we have provided links to Faculty profile pages Dr. Meyers’ profile, Dr. Phelps’ profile, and Dr. Shook’s profile.

Deadline: March 15th, 2017

Students should self-identify with a historically underrepresented group which includes, but is not limited to: African Americans, American Indians, Hispanic/Latino/a Americans, Asian Americans. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Minnesota. Students must have: excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent computer skills and ability to work in a technical environment, good interpersonal skills, reliability and attention to detail, and the ability to act independently and as part of a diverse team environment. Knowledge of a major statistical packages (Stata, SAS, R, or SPSS), experience analyzing census or survey microdata, experience with HTML, Unix, and XML metadata, and/or use and knowledge of ArcGIS or other GIS software packages are helpful.

Program Details
A graduate and undergraduate Fellow will work together on an assigned project. The Fellow will be paired with two mentors for the duration of the fellowship. The fellowship begins June 5th and ends August 11th. Fellows are encouraged to participate in professional developments during the summer. Weekly cohort meetings. Paid summer stipend. Graduate students: 10 weeks, 20 hours per week, $22.50/hr. Undergraduate students: 8 weeks, 20 hours per week, $10.50/hr.

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV. Within the cover letter the applicant should clearly describe the project(s) that the applicant is interested in as well as their interest in working with the MPC. Interviews will take place in March.  Applicants should send materials to mpc-jobs@umn.edu.

Applicants will be notified of selection or non-selection on or before April 14, 2017. Application deadline March 15, 2017.

Project Descriptions:

IPUMS-International (international.ipums.org) & IPUMS-DHS (idhsdata.org):
Fellows will use the free online data in IPUMS-International and IPUMS-DHS to develop hands-on exercises designed for statistics educators to use with students. We have learned there is high demand for exercises teaching statistical concepts using real-world data. Statistics educators are eager to have students work with real data, like the free online data in IPUMS-International and IPUMS-DHS.  Fellows may work with statistical software (SPSS, Stata, or SAS) and video editing software to develop these exercises and tutorials. Final exercises will be disseminated in multiple formats including online, presentation, and reports.

Ethnic Disparities in Drowning Rates with Dr. Sam Myers (Myers Profile):
Fellows will work with Professor Myers to analyze the effect of labor markets discrimination in the lifeguard sector and how this discrimination results in higher drowning rates for African Americans. Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death among African American males 5-14 years of age. Fellows will perform econometric analyses between lifeguard employment rates and drowning rates by race and gender. Prior evidence indicates an inverse relationship between drowning and life guard employment rates. Fellows will be collecting, cleaning, and validating data, merging, synchronizing data sets, and working with statistical software.

Police Force Size and Fiscal Austerity with Dr. Michelle Phelps (Phelps Profile):
Fellows will work with Professor Phelps to examine how places (defined as cities, states, regions, and municipalities) responded to the great recession by either reducing police forces versus building up police forces to serve as revenue extractors. Recently, the US Department of Justice found that the police were being used to extract resources from poor communities of color and deliver them to municipal coffers. Fellows will analyze why such practices have emerged, how they function today, and what they reveal about the changing nature of citizenship. Fellows link FBI data on police force size with the American Community Survey data on places and sub-county units. Fellows will be cleaning, processing datasets, analyzing trends across cities, and using statistical and GIS software.

Transforming the Geocomputational Capabilities of IPUMS-TERRA with Dr. Eric Shook (Shook Profile):
Fellows will work with Professor Shook to lay the foundation for transforming the geocomputing capabilities in IPUMS-Terra (terrapop.org). Fellows in this project will learn and apply advanced geo-computing techniques on big spatial data. Fellows will work with advanced cyberinfrastrucure, cutting-edge supercomputers, and computational notebooks to process big spatial data in parallel. Fellows will learn to use parallel computation techniques on big spatial data. The use of these techniques will address current performance bottlenecks with IPUMS-Terra.

Explore a Career as an Interpreter:  

Earn a certificate in interpreting at the University of Minnesota while you complete your undergraduate degree
What: This session will describe courses at the University of Minnesota to prepare you to enter the field of interpreting.  Find out about professional opportunities for interpreters, the courses required to earn a certificate in interpreting, what it is like to work as an interpreter, and available resources to enhance your foreign or second language training.
When: March 8, from 12-1 pm
Where: Nicholson Hall 12
Who should come:
  • Students studying foreign languages
  • Bilingual students
  • Students returning from or planning to study abroad
Pizza will be provided! 
Questions?  Contact the Hosts: Scott Homler (homle003@umn.edu), Director of the Program in Translation and Interpreting and Sao Yang (yangx530@umn.edu), PTI Student Services Administration.

Asian American College Excellence (AACE) Project

Need tutoring support?
Want to build your mentoring and leadership skills?
Looking for a space to socialize?
The AACE Project is an initiative to support Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) students in their academic, personal, and professional growth through college and provide advocacy for AAPI student voices at the University of Minnesota. 
Some of the services and activities AACE will be providing include:
  • Dedicated AAPI resource center at Wulling Hall 430
  • Math, science, and writing support
  • AAPI Peer mentoring
  • Career prep and networking opportunities with AAPI professionals
  • Workshops and events related to AAPI identity, community, and current issues
  • And much more!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Kong Her, Program Director at kher@umn.edu or Peter Limthongviratn, Program Coordinator at slimthon@umn.edu.
Like us on Facebook for up to date information: https://www.facebook.com/AACEproject/

Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation – Hennepin County

The Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR) is seeking interns to work in the Adult Probation area. Internships with DOCCR are a way to learn in an environment that is diverse and offers the opportunity to work with the best professionals in the field.

Interns will receive hands-on professional experience by assisting staff in providing a variety of functions. Adult Probation provides services to the courts in a variety of ways including assessing defendants booked into jail, conducting pre-sentencing investigations, and supervising offenders in the community.

These internships are unpaid and can be completed for college credit or work experience. They will be for the duration of May 2017 through September 2017 with an opportunity to extend into the Fall of 2017. There is a minimum requirement of 400 hours to be completed (working a minimum of 20 hours a week). Work hours will be between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. DOCCR envisions a safe environment where children and adults are responsible, law-abiding, and add value to our community; and communities demonstrate the capacity for reconciliation, encouragement, and full incorporation of all our people. The mission of the DOCCR is to promote community safety, community restoration, and reduce the risk of re-offense.

For More Information – Check out the Flyer

Big Questions: How can college campuses fight sexual violence effectively?

Monday, March 6 |  3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Big Questions, hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and MPR News, is a series that fosters thoughtful discussion through a liberal arts lens. Join us as we discuss how to create an environment where all students can receive an education free from fear.

Learn more about this event and register for free!

Fund for The Public Interest is partnering with Environment Minnesota

Right now, the Fund for The Public Interest is partnering with Environment Minnesota to work on environmental campaigns in and around the Twin Cities. We are currently looking to recruit students interested in nonprofit work for paid part-time or full-time campaign positions, as well as unpaid internships. In order to accomplish the campaign goals we have set out for ourselves, our office is always looking for ways to build our staff with more hardworking and politically involved individuals.

Job application link: Application
Website link: www.environmentminnesota.org