isted below are several research opportunities from within and outside of the department of Sociology.

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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

      The Undergraduate Awards 2017
      Social Sciences: Sociology & Social Policy

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      Earn international recognition for work you’ve already done!
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Sociologists of Minnesota – Call for Organizers and Papers

Theme:  Facts:  The Future of Social Science in the Modern World
October 12th and 13th, 2017
Anoka Ramsey Community College

Our conference theme this year is “Facts: The Future of Social Science in the Modern World”. The focus of the conference will be looking at the direction of the social sciences and its reception from different institutions and its place in the modern world. We seek to create a dialogue on what the social sciences has to offer, as well as looking at all different perspectives in regards to what effect the future is having on diverse and marginalized groups of people. We welcome presentations about practice issues arising from current and future institutional trends as it relates to the social sciences, pedagogical tools in the classroom and research presentations. We welcome presentations from faculty, students, applied sociologists, and those who use sociology in other settings. Be creative and submit a paper or organize a session to
Program Organizer, Jordan Ruble at:

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

Academic Credit is available
Contact: Enid Logan

This interview-based project explores the opinions of young people concerning the ways that race, immigration and gender played into the 2016 presidential election, focusing on the candidacies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  In fall 2016- early spring 2017, we conducted over 120 interviews with undergraduate students in the Twin Cities area.

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 continue to work on the research.  Interested participants will transcribe interviews, write up 1 page analytical memos, and complete a brief (5 page) final paper including reflections on the research and insights from the relevant literature.

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, academic credit may be earned for Summer or Fall term.

A preliminary presentation of findings of the study done at the Humphrey Institute and broadcast on CSPAN in January 2017 is available here-

McNair Achievement Program

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 ( or Eskender Yousuf ( or Amani Berry (, visit us online and on Facebook.

  • Discover UChicago:  Expenses-Paid Visit Program

    The University of Chicago is now accepting applications for our Discover UChicago program, an expenses-paid visit weekend to be held October 26-28, 2017 for candidates traditionally underrepresented in their fields planning to apply to graduate school in the fall of 2017 for matriculation in the fall of 2018. This exciting event combines workshops on applying to graduate school, individual meetings with faculty, and opportunities to connect with current UChicago students, as well as to explore our community and the city of Chicago.

    Students interested in doctoral programs, as well as master’s programs in the majority of our schools and divisions, are encouraged to apply online by August 15, 2017. In particular, students from underrepresented backgrounds, first generation students, women in STEM fields, and undocumented students are invited to apply. A full list of participating programs, as well as application requirements and additional guidance, may be found at

    We hope you will share the attached material with your students and colleagues and encourage them to Discover UChicago. Any questions may be directed to our office at