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

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2018 Boren Awards

For: Undergraduates and Graduates

What:  Funding to study in regions of critical U.S. Languages and Underrepresented in Study Abroad

Scholarships: $8,000-20,000

Deadline: November 20, 2017

Boren Award Info Letter 2017

Apply Here

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.