Below are research opportunities from within and outside of the department of Sociology.

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Citizen Science GIS – Undergraduate Researchers

The Community GIS and Citizen Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs, University of Central Florida, invites applications from U.S. undergraduates for NSF-funded paid summer research.
Focus areas:
1. Mapping disparities in flooding & disaster management.
2. Mapping marine debris & mitigating impacts on coastal communities.
3. Mapping island resiliency with drones and spatial storytelling.
Compensation: Each student receives a competitive funding package, meal allowance, free shared housing in Belize and Orlando, travel support to/from the REU Site, post-REU conference travel, and two research methods books.  Apply online. For questions, email:  Timothy Hawthorne (PI, Central Florida) and Christy Visaggi (Co-PI, Georgia State).
Deadline: Fri. March 2, 5:00 pm EST

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Interested in learning how to get started with faculty sponsored research?

“Think like a Researcher” is a series of workshops in late January designed to help you become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities including the UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) and more. Apply today at
Program Dates:

We will be offering workshops in late January 2018. Please complete our short application form to participate. We are offering three options for attending — either:

  • Tues, January 23 (3:00pm to 5:00pm) in Nolte 140 AND Tues, January 30 (3:00pm to 5:00pm) (2 sessions) in Nicholson 115 OR
  • Friday, January 26 from 11:00am to 2:30pm (one long session) in Nolte 140 OR
  • Friday, February 2 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Nolte 140 (one long session).


WorkArt Fellowship Program in Germany – Summer 2018

Application Deadline: Monday, February 26th, 2018 by 4:00 p.m

Apply Here.

More Information: WorkArt Fellowship Program in Germany for summer 2018

Minnesota Sea Grant

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities
Application deadlines in January and February 2018

Make a difference and advance your career
You could work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the EPA, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Great Lakes Commission or help a coastal state with their coastal zone management program. You could be a science expert for a legislator or legislator’s staff.

One of the most effective ways to make a difference in science is through policy and by working with agencies that manage or regulate natural resources. Minnesota Sea Grant has fellowships and scholarships where you can gain on-the-job education and experience working with management agencies on environmental policy to help solve real environmental issues.

Opportunities include:

  • National Marine Fisheries Service – Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and in Marine Resources Economics.
  • Great Lakes Commission – Sea Grant Fellowship on Great Lakes Policy
  • NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Fellowships on national aquatic policy
  • NOAA Coastal Management/Digital Coast Fellowships
  • NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarships for tuition and paid internship

The Ernest F. Hollings scholarship is for undergraduates. The other Sea Grant fellowships are for graduate students (or recent graduates) in the aquatic sciences, natural resources policy and economics, civil engineering, social science, and GIS/landscape ecology, among others.

Application deadlines for most opportunities are in January and February 2018. It’s important to contact the appropriate organization and start work on your application as soon as possible.

Minnesota Sea Grant applicants are often successful. Interested students are encouraged to contact me, Valerie Brady, at Minnesota Sea Grant for more information or assistance in applying.

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Valerie Brady, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Research
University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program

HERA: Humanities Through the Ages


Kids Involvement and Diversity Study (KIDS)

Academic Credit is available
Contact: Alex Manning

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


U of M Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program


  • 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.

For more information contact Anthony Albecker (,  Eskender Yousuf (, or Amani Berry (, visit us online and on Facebook.

Undergraduate Research Assistant Position Opening

A Grand Challenge Research Team mixed methods multidisciplinary project, “Assessing Interventions in Justice and Equity,” invites applications for an undergraduate research assistant. Co-PIs: Christopher Uggen (Sociology) and Myron Orfield (Law).

The position will require an applicant that can dedicate 10-20 hours a week and with access to reliable transportation.  Duties include data entry at an off-campus location, assisting with project management/logistics, and manuscript/report preparation. Training on data entry protocol will be provided by graduate students of the Grand Challenges team. Basic office experience required.

The team recognizes and values diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from students of varying identities and backgrounds. To apply, email CV and cover letter to: Chelsea Carlson – Review of applications will begin on September 29th, 2017.

Grand Challenges Data Entry Position

University of Cincinnati

U of M Undergraduate Sociology alum Dr. Jennifer Mallat (now Associate Dean for Social Sciences at the University of Cincinnati) is inviting undergraduates considering graduate school and are interested in studying social inequality, urban sociology, the sociology of health, race and ethnicity, or gender and family to apply to their graduate program program.

Be sure to review our Guide to Graduate School and our Guide for 1st Generation and Students of Color.

You can view the UC Sociology Brochure and their application deadline and instructions on their website.

University of Wisconsin – Madison

U of WI – Madison is encouraging non-traditional, 1st generation, and students from under-represented communities to apply to their graduate program. Overall, their program has a wide range of substantive interests reflecting disparate kinds of expertise in aging and the life course, class analysis, demography, economic sociology, education, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, family, gender, organizations, political sociology, social psychology, stratification, science and technology, and many other arenas of inquiry.

Be sure to review our Guide to Graduate School and our Guide for 1st Generation and Students of Color.

You can view the UW – Madison program and application materials on their website.

Think like a Researcher Workshops

“Think like a Researcher” is a series of two workshops in mid-September designed to help you become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities including the UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) and more. Apply today at

Quotes from student participants:

  • “It’s quite helpful for learning about the basics of how research works.”
  • “It was definitely worthwhile. Dense package of useful info.”
  • “It provided an easy manner for me to feel like I have one foot in the door already.”
  • “Very clear guide to take a first step for research”

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Peterson,, 612-626-3746.