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

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Summer Institute for Student on Climate change and Genocide

World Without Genocide, a human rights organization at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, will host the annual Summer Institute for High School and College Students. This year’s topic is Climate Change and Genocide: Sexual Violence and Disaster.

Climate change causes floods, droughts, hurricanes, and tsunamis that devastate our most critical resources: food and water. Women and girls, the disabled, elderly, and other vulnerable populations face the most serious dangers. Likewise, a shaky government can blame vulnerable populations for tragic circumstances and incite others to commit atrocities.

The Summer Institute will explore climate change as a factor that precipitates genocide. Students will learn about the role of climate change in conflicts in Rwanda, Darfur, Burma, and Syria, participate in a mock trial, and learn skills to become human rights leaders.

The Institute will be held Tuesday through Thursday, July 31-August 2, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota. The Institute is open to all current high school and college students. Registration and information about scholarships are available at

The annual Institute received the Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award in recognition of excellent programming to develop young leaders. World Without Genocide promotes education and action to protect innocent people, prevent genocide, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those affected by genocide.

Visit or contact 651-695-7621 for more information

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.

Visual Resources Association Foundation

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to invite applications for the sixth VRAF Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This internship is generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The VRAF Internship Award provides financial support for graduate students and recent graduates preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $3,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts. It also provides $1,000 for professional development, and a one-year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.

Candidates should apply after developing a project with a specific collection and prospective supervisor. Priority will be given to applicants who submit projects that support art historical or related visual cultural heritage research and scholarship. The VRAF Internship Award Committee favors opportunities in which the intern may integrate skills acquired during the course of his or her academic training to manage a project from beginning to end, with the host institution receiving needed help in making valuable but hidden cultural collections visible. Projects that would not occur without funding for an intern may be given special consideration. A complete description of the internship and application instructions are available at:

Applications are due by August 6, 2018. The award recipient for 2018-2019 will be announced on August 27, 2018.

Elaine Paul
Chair, VRA Foundation

Visual Resources Specialist
Department of Art and Art History
University of Colorado Boulder

Social Media Writing Styles Study Opportunity

This study is interested in the non-standard writing styles typically used on social media sites such as Twitter. Punctuation (ex: what?????), capitalization (ex: oH mY gOD) and spelling (ex: I’m sooooo hungry) have all taken on new rules and meanings, and this study aims to test whether this phenomenon is an attempt to imitate features of speech which aren’t usually present in writing.
• Must be at least 18 years old
• Must be a fluent speaker and reader of English

What will you be asked to do?

• Participate in an approximately 1-hour recording

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• Read a series of tweets out loud to be recorded
• Complete a short demographic survey
• Complete a short opinion survey response to the recording session
Study location
• Elliott Hall or Ford Hall, UMN East Bank Campus
• Participants will be compensated $15.00 in the form of an Amazon gift card
If you have any questions, or if you are interested in participating, please contact

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Maria Heath at

. This study will run until the end of August, 2018. ​