October 20th, 2017

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On behalf of the Sociology Department, we hope you have a grand homecoming weekend! Below we’ve highlighted significant dates, opportunities and events for you.

Spring Registration

Registration dates for Spring Semester classes will be posted soon. Be sure to check your registration time at myu under academics.

Here are a few classes within the Sociology Department to start exploring!

Soc 3412 – Social Networking

  • An introduction to Social Network Analysis. This course will cover basic methods for collecting, modeling and visualizing human social connections, including applications to social media, public health and politics. (Fulfill Data Analysis for BS)


Soc 3452 – Education and Society

  • This course challenges and expands on what “education” is and how it works, covering why some people go farther in school than others, why some people learn more than others, and what creates systematic group differences in educational outcomes.


Soc 3511 – World Population Problems

  •  This class introduces you to the dramatic changes in world population in the recent past, and the continuing demographic change occurring in the United States and around the world. You will learn about the fundamental demographic processes of mortality, fertility, migration, population, and aging.


Soc 4104 – Crime and Human Rights

  • This course addresses serious violations of humanitarian and human rights law, efforts to criminalize those violations, and consequences of these efforts. Examples are crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide.


Soc 4190 – Topics in LCD: Gangs & Youth Violence Around the World

  • The course is aimed at exploring the subject of youth violence in a global dimension. It will help students in becoming familiar with this cross-national social phenomenon and in critically understanding it as not only a crime issue, but as an expression of social change and of cultural resistance.

Complete List of Spring 2018 Sociology Classes

Course List with Schedule Times, Classrooms, and Instructor(s)

Detailed Class Descriptions

University of Minnesota Sociological Association (UMSA)


Stay tuned for upcoming UMSA events

Sociology’s student organization:

  • provides a voice for the needs of sociology majors and minors on campus
  • organizes programs of interest to sociology students
  • facilitates understanding and interactions among undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty
  • is committed to valuing a diversity of viewpoints and experiences

The best way to get involved in our student group is to attend the events organized by UMSA officers. If you are interested in helping to plan events, email our officers at umsa@umn.edu. We also post our upcoming events on Facebook and in the sociology department’s e-newsletter. Attending events regularly constitutes membership of UMSA, and all events are open to all sociology majors and minors. There is no application or fee to join.


  • Tutors Needed for the McNamara Academic Center for Student Athletes

    Adam Demchak, the Tutor Coordinator for the McNamara Academic Center for Student Athletes needs Sociology Major Specific students to help tutor

  • Pay: Undergraduates $11/hour.  Graduate students $14/hour
  • To apply, you must do the following two things:
    1) Fill out the online application.
  • 2) Email to mdemchak@umn.edu the following three items:
    -Resume, Copy of Transcript (unofficial is fine), Cover Letter
  • Subject Tutor Information Sheet 2017


University of Michigan Summer Enrichment Program

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UM SEP | Contact: um.sep@umich.edu (734) 936-3296 |



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


Upcoming Events:

Interested in Becoming a K-12 Teacher?

What: DirecTrack to Teaching is a program (not a major or minor) for undergraduate students interested in the teaching profession.
When: November 3rd @ 11:30-1PM
Where: Peik Hall, Room 355

Free lunch provided!

Students can RSVP here.

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You can also visit the DirecTrack to Teaching website.


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Event:  Career Panel and Networking event focused on Corporate Diversity and Inclusion
Date: Nov. 2nd, 20147

Time: 11:45am to 1:30pm in room 402 Walter Library –

Our schedule for this event is as follows:

  • 12:00pm – 12:45pm – Career Panel

  • 12:45pm – 1:00pm – Mini-Networking Workshop for students and Practice

  • 1:00pm – 1:30pm – Open Networking

Our confirmed panelists are:
1) Dr. Sylvia Bartley, Global Director at Medtronic Philanthropy and Coordinator for Economic Development partnerships with North Minneapolis and Cedar Riverside communities
2) LaChelle Drayton, College Recruiting Diversity Sourcing & Marketing Lead at UnitedHealthGroup
3) Luis Moreno, Co-Founder of The Twin Cities Business Peer Network
4) Uzoma Obasi, President, Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce



Master of Human Rights Degree at The Humphrey School of Public Affairs

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is recruiting new students for the 2018 academic year. Each cohort brings a diversity of experiences and interests all ready to take advantage of a wide variety of course offerings and experiential learning opportunities available here at the University of Minnesota.

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Here is some key information:

  • This page will provide some basic information on the Master of Human Rights.
  • The priority deadline is December 15, 2017. Students need to apply by this date to be eligible for University of Minnesota merit based aid.
  • Students who apply by January 15, 2018 are eligible for some merit based aid.
  • The final application deadline is April 1, 2018.
  • For information on how to apply please visit this page.
  • We have an informational webinar scheduled for October 23 from 5:00- 6:00pm.  Go here to register.
  • Email us at mhr@umn.edu to learn more about the program.

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University of Cincinnati Sociology PhD Program

Considering grad school? 

A former undergraduate student, Jennifer Malat, from the Sociology Department here at the U is the Associate Dean for Social Science at the University of Cincinnati. She is interested in recruiting undergrads from our program to their Ph.D. program in Sociology. A brochure is available down below!

UC Sociology Brochure

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University is ranked in the top 20 nationally by the National Research Council with concentrations within the PhD program of: Criminology, Demography, Family Studies, and Social Psychology.  Students entering the doctoral program without an MA will complete one along the way.

More information here.



Sociology Department Newsletter

Good Evening Student, 

Listed below are events and opportunities to develop your skills and experiences as you enter the real world. 

Best of luck on midterms! 



Upcoming Drop-In Hours can be found on our website here. Appointments are also available by calling 612-624-4300.


Friday, October 13th, 2017
Atrium, Carlson School of Management
Cost: FREE
Connect with startup, early-stage, and small companies seeking talent to grow their businesses. Informal gathering of Twin Cities startup companies and students from across the University and other local colleges. Make connections, get career advice and learn about the needs, opportunities and recruiting practices of leading Minnesota startups.
For more information, search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS (ID# 3465).

Meet University of Michigan and University of Chicago Law School Admission Deans

When: Wednesday, October 11th 5:30-7:30pm
Where: B85 Tate

Join Ann Killian Perry and Sarah Zearfoss, the law school admission deans from the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan, for a realistic look at the process of admissions at selective law schools. With almost four decades of combined experience, these admissions deans will provide invaluable insight into factors to take into account in applying to and choosing among law schools, as well as how to best present your experience in your application materials.

Tutors Needed for the McNamara Academic Center for Student Athletes

Adam Demchak, the Tutor Coordinator for the McNamara Academic Center for Student Athletes needs Sociology Major Specific students to help tutor.

Pay: Undergraduates $11/hour.  Graduate students $14/hour
To apply, you must do the following two things:
1) Fill out the online application.
2) Email to mdemchak@umn.edu the following three items:
-Resume, Copy of Transcript (unofficial is fine), Cover Letter

Subject Tutor Information Sheet 2017

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Oct 9th-13th has been named National Transfer Student Week by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students!

How are we Celebrating our Transfer Students? 
  • In order to celebrate and acknowledge all of the contributions transfer students make to our campus,  U of M maroon and gold “Transfer” computer stickers will be delivered to the Student Services/advising offices for staff to use and to give to the transfer students you encounter. Please keep an eye out for these and disseminate! Let me know if you need more.
  • In addition, OFYP and OUE are collaborating on a social media campaign aimed at our students. We will be asking them to share their stories on the U of M Transfer Student Facebook Page and other social media accounts using the hashtag #UMNtransfers.
Transfer Student Facts
I also wanted to share a few quick facts about our transfer students and the resources available to transfers on our campus.
  • On average, 30% of our incoming student class every fall are transfer students (this is somewhere between 2,110-,2300 students, depending on the year).
  • Approximately 39% of our transfer students are first-generation college students.
  • Approximately 33% transfer from a MNSCU 2-year school.
  • 16% of incoming transfers are international students (compared to 6% of our freshmen class).
  • Transfer students are excited to take advantage of all the resources the U of M has to offer:
    • 55% of incoming transfer students state they intend to pursue a research project while at the U of M.
    • 71% of incoming transfers plan to pursue an internship while at the U of M.
    • 64% of incoming transfers plan to get involved in a U of M student organization.
 (This info was taken from the Office of Undergraduate Education Transfer Student Profile and the OFYP pre-orientation Tell Us About Yourself survey, given to all incoming transfer students)
Transfer Student Resources:
In addition to all of the great work being done to support our transfers in the colleges/ student support units across campus, I wanted to remind you of the central resources we have for our current transfer students, including:
As always, there is also the Google Group  UMNTC Transfer Student Experience. A  forum for U of M faculty and staff to discuss issues and resources related to transfer students.

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Saturday, October 14 *   Last Chance to Register!

Join your fellow Gophers, family and friends for U of M Day of Service on October 14 by registering today. Registration closes on October 11th. Gophers in Minnesota, across the US and internationally will come together in the spirit of maroon and gold to serve side by side in their communities. It’s one big day of service and gratitude!

Alumni and friends in Minnesota there are more than a dozen locations from which to choose. Check them out and register today! More Info




Student Parent HELP Center

Students with children are an often invisible and ignored population of students on college campuses nation wide. Historically under-represented and under-served, student parent numbers have rapidly increased across higher education in recent years.
The Student Parent HELP Center has been serving students with children on our campus for decades and longer than any other program in the US.
In honor of our 50th anniversary, please join us on October 16th for an informative, in-depth discussion on college access and success for low income students with children, featuring Reps Ilhan Omar and Rena Moran.
This will not only be informative for all staff and faculty but due to the social justice and policy issues addressed, would also make an excellent event for any student or class activity. Full details provided in the link below. This is a FREE but ticketed event and registration is required.

Explore more opportunities on our website!

Greetings, Sociology Students!

We hope you are enjoying your classes! Keep exercising your sociological imagination everywhere you are! See the strange in the familiar… 

Below we have some potentially intriguing opportunities for you:

B-Term Course Announcement

EDHD 3300: Urban Policing in Context (3 cr.)

Fall 2017  B-Term (Oct. 25 thru Dec. 13)
Time: M/W 4:40 – 7:15 pm
Location: Folwell Hall Rm 28 (East Bank)

The class will explore police-work in the context of the American criminal justice system and the role policing has played within the fabric of American social history. Recent history and current events will be major focal points, along with an exploration of the opportunities for higher education to play a larger role in police training, recruitment, leadership development, and law enforcement reform.

This class WILL count towards the BS Sub Plans of Policy Analysis and Organization, Business, and Non-Profit. Bobby will need to do a by-hand APAS update so ensure to let him know of your enrollment.

Class Description

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 – carl4970@umn.edu. Review of applications will begin on September 29th, 2017.

Grand Challenges Data Entry Position

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Link: Public Service Scholarships Information

The link above contains nine Nationally Competitive Public Service Scholarships. Don’t miss out on these grand opportunities towards your education!

Interested in Grad School?

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.

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.

Upcoming Law School Events and Resources on Campus

UMN Law Tours and Info Sessions – Information sessions begin at noon in the Law School foyer and conclude at 3:00 pm.

Pre-Law Planning Guide

Pre-Law Society:

Email prelaw@umn.edu to be added to their email list or join the Facebook Group.

PreLaw Workshops
All locations will be in Bruininks Hall – check in at 411. 
Applying to Law School
This workshop is for students who know they’re going to law school and would like guidance about the application process. We’ll discuss application materials and deadlines, and how to prepare your application materials so that you’re the best law school applicant you can be. This workshop is open to all U of M students.  Monday, October 23rd12-1pm
Should I Go to Law School?
Are you thinking about going to law school? This workshop is for any U of M student considering it. We’ll talk about the skills you need, and how to decide if law school’s a good fit for you. We’ll also provide basic tips about getting into law school, and what you can do to prepare.                                                                                                                      Tuesday, November 7th4-5pm
Friday, December 8th2:30-3:30pm

Pre-Law Society Events:

George Washington Law, UMN Law, and UCLA Law Mock Admissions
Wednesday 9/20  5:30 -7:30   B85 Tate

Matthew Dillard, the Assistant Director of Admissions at George Washington University Law, Kate Snowdon, Associate Director of Admissions at Minnesota Law and Danae McElroy, the Director of Admissions at UCLA Law, will be conducting a mock law school application review workshop. Students will have the opportunity to read actual law school applications, debate the merits of the applications, vote on whom to admit, and see what it’s like to assess law school applications from inside the minds of admissions committee members. **Pizza will be provided!**

PreLaw Internship Workshop

Wednesday, October 4th  5:30-7:30   144 Bruininks Hall 

Want to get practical experience in law as an undergrad? This meeting features a workshop facilitated by Erin Reichelt, PreLaw Advisor and CLA Career Counselor. She will give you insider information on how to find internships and volunteer experiences relevant to your prelaw interests.

This event will also help to prepare for the Government & Nonprofit Career Fair later in October, and will help you feel confident when talking to employers and law school admission counselors at many future events. Bring your resume to receive a short review prior at the meeting, time permitting.

University of Michigan Law School
Wednesday, October 11th  5:30-7:30   B85 Tate 
Pre-Law Society is happy to have the Dean of Admissions from University of Michigan Law School, Sarah Zearfoss, presenting extremely valuable information about what law admissions are looking for in law school applications, so even if you don’t plan on applying to Michiganthis meeting is still incredibly useful in helping you create a successful application!

Government and Nonprofit Career Fair
Friday, October 20th, 10am – 3pm 
Coffman Great Hall
No registration required!

Recommended Course:

Explore the field of law, get application help, tour local law schools, professional panels, and LSAT prep all in ID 3205: Law School Exploration (2cr.) 

You are encouraged to register this Spring! There are 25 seats and the course has capped the last 5 years.


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 (albecker@umn.edu),  Eskender Yousuf (yousu014@umn.edu), or Amani Berry (stum2012@umn.edu), visit us online and on Facebook.

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Want to fight climate change? Check out this national nonprofit that runs grassroots campaigns for some of the nation’s leading environmental and social change nonprofits.   Fund for Public Interest is hiring college graduates to run campaign offices across the country.

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Apply for the AANAPISI Scholarship!

The AANAPISI Scholarship supports Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) students to complete their college education. Seven U of M AAPI students will be awarded up to $2,500 from the As

We can help!                                                                                                                                     Get help with applying and writing your scholarship essay by visiting the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) in Wulling Halll 430. SWS Writing Consultants in APARC can work with you from the beginning to the end of your scholarship essay.

To apply and get more info!                                                                          Visit bit.ly/AANAPISI17 or come chat with us at the Asian Pacific American Resource Center in Wulling Hall 430.

Scholarship Criteria:

Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census.

Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.

Be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree-seeking undergraduate program during the 2018 spring semester.

Scholarship timeline:
Application deadline is Nov. 2, 2017.
Finalists will be notified Dec. 2017.
Funds will be awarded Jan. 2018 for the spring semester.


Follow APARC @ facebook.com/aparcumn

Visit us @ aparc.umn.edu

Minneapolis Idealist Grad Fair

Where:  University of Minnesota – Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55455

When: Wednesday, October 4

Time:  5 – 8 PM

Register: https://idealistminn2017.eventbrite.com/?aff=HumphreySPA

More Information:
The Minneapolis Idealist Grad Fair, hosted at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is free to attend, and perfect for anyone looking to pursue a socially-conscious career path, or advance their skills in the nonprofit and social impact sectors.
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Hello Sociology Students!

Welcome back!

My name is Jason Chang and I am the new Peer Adviser here at the Sociology Department.  I get to write the Sociology Newsletter to share important announcements as well as opportunities for you. In the near future, I will have Drop-In hours and appointments available. Bobby is of course also available!

A small introduction about me: I am a senior graduating this Spring with a B.S. Degree and a major in Sociology: Law, Criminology, and Deviance. My sub-plan is Policy Analysis. You may recognize me from working the past two years at the front desk in the Sociology Department. I look forward to meeting you in the future and best of luck with the semester. Week one down!

Here are some important dates and deadlines:
September 11 – Last day to add classes without instructor approval
September 18 – Last day to cancel classes and not receive a “W”
September 18 – Last day to change grade basis (A-F or S/N)
September 18 – Last day to add classes without college approval
September 19 – Last day to apply for undergraduate graduation for the upcoming semester
November 14 – Registration begins for next semester (One Stop will email you with your assigned registration date)
November 13 – Last day to cancel classes without college approval online
December 13 – Last day of instruction for classes
December 13 – Last day to use One Time Only Late Withdrawal for regular term courses with a final during finals week
December 15 – December 21 – Final Examinations

Check out below for some new opportunities!

Interested in working in Law Enforcement?

Representatives from Minnesota’s Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) board are coming to talk about the upcoming application deadline, their program, and more!  UMSA is sponsoring the event and we’ll have lots of pizza.

When:  Tuesday September 19th at 5 PM
Where:  TBD but we’ll have it in Social Sciences Building – check the UMSA Facebook page closer to the event

Sociology has dozens of alums in law enforcement in a variety of positions.  If you’re interested in police, probation, security, county or state work this event is for you!  Questions? Contact Bobby for further details.

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Make a difference on issues that matter with the Fund for the Public Interest!

Do you want to make a real difference, working to protect the environment or public health? Do you want to gain real-world experience and pick up valuable skills? Do you want to make good money?

Apply for a job with the Fund this fall, and you could get all of that and more. We’re a national, non-profit organization that builds the people power for America’s leading environmental and social change organizations.

We’re hiring for both full-time and part-time positions this fall. You can make $450-$650 per week while doing something you actually believe in—all while gaining the skills and experience you need to help you succeed in the future.

This is not your typical job, but if you’re looking for a great experience where you can make a real difference, and work with some great people along the way, then apply today for a job with The Fund.

To apply, please visit our site or call 612-331-8400.

Special (OUTSIDE of Sociology) Course Announcement


EDHD is offering a topics course for B term (2nd half of the semester) that we think may interest many Sociology majors and minors.

EDHD 3300:  Urban Policing in Context – The class will explore police-work in the context of the American criminal justice system and the role policing has played within the fabric of American social history. Recent history and current events will be major focal points, along with an exploration of the opportunities for higher education to play a larger role in police training, recruitment, leadership development, and law enforcement reform.

Instructor Bill Woodson is a Ph.D candidate in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan, a Masters from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and thirty years of experience spanning corporate America, public service, academia, and management consulting.

In the summer of 2014, following the tragic deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Woodson turned his Ph. D. research focus to the crisis of public confidence in law enforcement; its root causes, and potential solutions. This course will feature guest speakers from law enforcement, community leaders, and academics.

This course will NOT count toward Soc majors or minors, since it is taught by another department in another college, but will count toward your degree and frankly may be of interest to Sociology and Soc LCD majors and minors a like.  We hope you’ll consider registering for it!


Sociologist of Minnesota Conference

Sociologists of MN annual conference, “Facts: The Future of Social Science in the Modern World,” Oct. 12-13, Anoka Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus.

In the News

We have two new faculty members!

Prof. Hassan Abdel Salam joined us over the summer. He specializes in Law; Religion; Culture; Global Sociology; Comparative and Historical Sociology.

Prof. Michael L. Walker also joined us over the summer. He specializes in Social Control; Stratification; Inequality; Criminal Justice.

Look for future events featuring them from UMSA. You can read all of our faculty bios and profiles here.


Professor Phyllis Moen has been recognized by AARP Minnesota and Pollen Midwest as one of 2017’s “50 over 50”, a list comprised of fifty of the most “inspiring and accomplished leaders from across Minnesota”. Congratulations, Prof. Moen!


Upcoming Drop-In Hours can be found on our website here and appointments are also available.

Graduate Scohol Resources for 1st Generation, Students of Color, and Under-Represented Communities

The purpose of this page is to give students who might not consider applying to graduate school or those who have no idea where to begin to access resources both here at the U and outside of it. Many 1st Generation college students, students of color, as well as other traditionally under-represented populations face additional challenges and hurdles when putting together a competitive graduate school application. This site will help you face those challenges, but remember much of this is done via multiple and meaningful conversations with advisors, professors, graduate students, family, and others.

Why should you consider graduate school?

First, please understand that graduate school refers to both academic programs, such as a PhD in Sociology, and professional programs, such as a Masters of Social Work. While both are graduate programs, they have very different outcomes and requirements. If you want to work in academia (like your professors) or conduct research, an academic program might be of interest. If you want to work in a specific sector of the economy (like business), than a professional graduate program is probably the besto choice to obtain the credentials that you need (in this case, a Masters of Business Administration). Further exploration of the differences between the two types and what might be the best fit for you can be had through in-person conversations with your advisors, TA’s, professors, and career services. Your first step should be to talk with your CLA advisor and the Sociology advisor.

Second, a graduate degree can greatly enhance your earning potential and possibilities for your career. That said, you should not feel that a graduate degree is required simply to get a job, or that having a four-year degree isn’t sufficient. Plenty of our alums are in high positions and do not have graduate degrees. However, some professions require a graduate degree-like teaching (a Masters in Education).

Perhaps the best resources for students to take advantage of here at the U of M Twin Cities is at the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE). 

The Offcie for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE), located in 333 Johnston Hall, coordinates activities relating to underrepresented graduate students. It assits directors of graduate studies with recruitment, retention, and funding of underrepresented graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permentent residents. The office provides students with strategies for clarifying goals, selecting a graduate program, preparing the best possible graduate school application, and funding graduate work through assistantships and fellowships.

Please take time exploring their website. They would really love to meet with you. More information can be found at: https://diversity.umn.edu/gradeducation/services

Outside the U Resources 

The Idealist Grad School Resource Center is the homepage for all things related to grad school! Here, you’ll find a collection of articles tailored to help with your search for the right graduate program as well as information about the upcoming Idealist Grad Fairs, hosted each year.


RISE has many great resources available as well. RISE for Boys and Men of Color is a $10 million field advancement effort that aims to better understand and strategically improve the lives, experiences, and outcomes of boys and men of color in the United States. RISE spans five fields (education; health; human services and social policy; juvenille and criminal justice; and workforce development) and focuses on four populations (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; Blacks; Latinos; and Native Americans).


The ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline (Pipeline Council) works to improve diversity in the educational pipeline to legal profession. Our charge is to increase the number of people of color who are on track to becoming lawyers.


The McNair Program-named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, one of the astronauts who perished with the Challenger mission, this national TRIO Program (https://www2.ed.gov/programs/triomcnair/index.html) assists eligible first-generation undergraduate students from low-income families to prepare to enter graduate programs leading to a PhD. Participants include academically talented low-income, first-generation students and students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate programs.


Affordable Colleges Online-Prospective students who require a flexible schedule while persuing their Master’s degree may consider enrolling in an online graduate program. In this highly competitive job marketplace, an online degree can set students apart and allow for greater personal, professional, and financial opportunities in their chosen field.




Professor Cottom’s Graduate School Guidance

This some-what-tongue-in-cheek document is a reasonably succinct outline for graduate school-from applying, to funding, and more. We encourage you to read this document a couple of times before talking with your professors and TA’s to help you ask the right questions.

This may be especially helpful advice for perspective/beginning grad students who do not have strong networks or socialization in higher education already.


April 20th, 2017

Hi Soc Students! 

The Soc Scene is early! Tomorrow is Sociology Research Institue (SRI) and the Department of Sociology will be staffing the event. For more information about SRI, check it out here!

2017 President’s Student Leadership and Service Awards Recipients

Congratulations to Prashasti, Tiffany, and Enoch on being names a President’s Student Leadership and Service Awards Recipients!

The President’s Student Leadership & Service Award (PSLSA) recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. It is presented to approximately one-half of one percent of the student body for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community.

Outcomes Survey 

The College of Liberal Arts is very interested to know what your plans are after graduation. Please take ten minutes to complete The Outcomes Survey, at z.umn.edu/outcomessurvey. In CLA, we use the data to deepen our understanding of the career fields our students enter, the employers who hire them, the number of students who enroll in graduate or professional programs, and to capture advice that recent graduates have for our current students. So when a student asks us, “what can I do with a CLA degree?” we have some concrete information to share with them.

If you’re still figuring out your plans, remember that all resources in the CLA Career Services office are accessible to you for the first year after your graduation.

“Practice” Focus Groups

Penny Edgell and a few graduate students are working on a focus group project over the summer, and are looking to set up a few “practice” focus groups for some of the grads on the project to practice on before going out to do the real focus groups.

We can offer $10 and some snacks for participation.

The focus groups are an extension of the Talking About Social Controversies study that Penny and Kathy Hull did a few years back. Participants will be asked to read a vignette about a social controversy and discuss potential perspectives and solutions. The three vignette topics include: prison ministries, sanctuary churches, and parental religious freedoms. The practice groups will be pre-test to the vignettes and a way to practice running focus groups before the study is launch in June.

Saturday May 13, 10am-12pm
Monday May 15, 6-9:30 pm
Tuesday May 16, 12-1:30 pm
Friday May 19, 9-11 am

Edgell – Recruiting Handout

Major Project for Summer 2017 // Fall 2017

You can view all our Fall courses, meeting times, enrollment as of 24 hours ago, and locations here.

New courses include Soc 3246 Disease, Disasters, and Other Killers, Soc 3215 Supercapitalism in the Global Economy, and Soc 4090 Topics:  Black to the Future Race and Visions of Tomorrow.

Fall Major Project – If you’re hoping to take the Major Project this Fall but didn’t get an email on the clearance list with instructions on how to get a permission number, write back to socadvis@umn.edu and we can review you and add you to Clearance List so that you can pick up your permission number.

Major Project registration must occur within 2 weeks (this is for all terms) of the start of registration.

Questions about the Major Project?  Please review the Guide first.

Global Health Leadership Internship Unpaid internship in New Haven, CT with Unite For Sight

The Global Health Leadership Internship provides outstanding undergraduate, public health, medical, and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, with an opportunity to engage in high impact front-line global health delivery programs. This internship has a minimum of a full-time 4 week commitment, but at least an 8-12 week commitment is preferable. A minimum of a 6 week commitment is required during the summer months. The internship opportunity is available year-round. In this position, the Intern will work closely with Unite For Sight’s Core Management Team on global health programming. Interns work from our New Haven office that overlooks the Yale campus.  Review complete details and application instructions.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (0.25) for College of Liberal Arts President’s Emerging Scholars Program

The College of Liberal Arts President’s Emerging Scholars Program (CLA PES) is seeking current University of Minnesota graduate students to serve as teaching assistants for fall semester 2017.

Typical teaching assistant duties include: Attending and/or contributing to one lecture section per week. Facilitating one discussion session per week of CLA1005 – Introduction to Liberal Arts Learning during fall semester. Attending weekly teaching team meetings. Assisting the Instructor with course design. Assembling materials. Creating and grading assignments. Holding office hours. Assisting individual students with course and university-related questions.

Appointment is 25%; average 10 hour/week.

  • Must be enrolled in a graduate or graduate professional degree program at the University of Minnesota for Fall 2017.
  • Graduate students who have taken graduate-level courses in Liberal Arts, Education, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Work, or related fields are encouraged to apply.
  • Previous teaching experience is preferred, but not required. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, intercultural, and multicultural education, including the ability to work effectively with underrepresented and first generation students is also strongly preferred. Candidate must be highly organized with strong analytical, writing and communication skills.
  • All nonnative English speaking TAs must take the Spoken English Test for Teaching Assistants (SETTA) at beginning their duties as a TA.  All applicants must register for coursework in a U of Minnesota graduate or professional degree program for duration of appointment.

Application Link:
Please attach a cover letter, CV, and three professional references.  Documents may be attached after filling out the online application, by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.If you are not a current University of Minnesota employee, please use the click here.

If you are a current University of Minnesota employee, please use the following here instead.

Questions – Contact Leah Milojevic – wood0522@umn.edu

Fall 2017 Peer Research Consultants

The University of Minnesota Libraries are now accepting students applications for the Fall 2017 Peer Research Consultants (library research tutors). There are two openings for these paid positions.

Please refer eligible students to the position listing on the UMN Job Site. Alternately, the position is posted on the Libraries’ Site. If possible, post to your area’s newsletters, social media, etc. The success of this program depends on the excellent applicants referred by you all – thank you!

Position Requirements:
Effective communication & interpersonal skills
Experience working in a diverse setting
Effective communication skills and interpersonal skills as relevant to working with individuals and small groups in academic support at the University of Minnesota
Must have successfully completed Writing 1301/1401 or equivalent with a B or higher grade

Acceptance and current enrollment at the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate student with sophomore standing or higher.
The application deadline is end-of-day Friday, April 28th. Please contact me with questions, etc.


Join us for a free conversation about student loan management and how refinancing can affect your credit, mortgage, and other parts of your everyday life. Presented by Credible.

Noon-1 p.m. (CDT)
Thursday, April 27
About our sponsor: Credible makes it quick and easy for you to save on your student loans. Credible’s founding principle is to provide borrowers with the level of transparency they deserve. As a multi-lender marketplace that allows borrowers to receive competitive loan offers from its vetted lenders, Credible empowers consumers to take control of their financial futures. Borrowers can fill out one form, then receive and compare personalized offers from numerous lenders and choose which best serves their individual needs.  Learn more about what Credible can offer here.


“Social Justice Through Collaborative Artistic Expression: The State of Iberoamerican Studies Series: Human Rights Across the Disciplines and Voice to Vision Project.”

LUIS A. RAMOS-GARCIA, Spanish and Portuguese Studies. DAVID FEINBERG, Department of Art.

Sponsored by a University of Minnesota Grand Challenge Research Award, this art exhibition focuses on how visually rich are political human conflicts and how intellectual, theater, and artistic groups actively respond to violence and its fractured memories.

“Resilience and resistance” + Journey to Nowhere”: The Boat People of Vietnam and Voice to Vision: Latin American Theater Directors and Human Rights Activists


Tubman have recently posted a number of intern and volunteer summer opportunities for Soc students.  We believe that these positions directly align with the development and educational goals in several of your graduate programs. Soc students will have the opportunity to gain real experience in their field while doing meaningful work that will have a substantial impact on someone’s life. These opportunities have been made available through the University database, Volunteer Match, and Hands On.

Interning and volunteering with Tubman is a unique and rewarding experience. There are many opportunities within our various service areas including shelter services, legal services, counseling and support services, children and youth programs, and much more.

Stacy Krier
Recruitment Intern       skrier@tubman.org
Crisis: 612.825.0000      www.tubman.org

CLAGENCY is Hiring


We are looking for an undergraduate student in their freshman or sophomore year to work for CLAgency, a student-run PR agency promoting CLA starting next fall. We are looking for recommendations you have of students who stand out within your department.

We are hoping you can help identify students from your department who may be interested in and a good fit for this position for a department within CLA. Opportunities for the student include:

  • Paid “account executive” position: 10-20 hours per week, flexible hours. (Must be available midday Friday for group lab)
  • Workplan:  Student meets and interviews faculty, grad students, and fellow undergrads and writes three articles per semester (the “workplan”). Their work is published on the department’s website, shared with thousands of alumni as part of an e-newsletter, and possibly repurposed through other University communication channels. They may also help the department with other communications projects as availability permits and as directed by the department.
  • Professional development:  During Friday labs, CLAgency account executives come together to learn communications best practices, share their progress on their workplan, and peer edit each other’s stories. Labs may also include guest speakers from the marketing/communications field or field trips to nearby agencies for tours. (The skills they develop in CLAgency transfer to professions beyond the marketing/communications field.)
  • Project groups and creative activities:  Account executives can opt-in to project groups and creative activities (creative direction, strategy, and maintenance of the CLAgency website & social media channels; writing reflective/funny/informative blog posts; marketing the agency to other CLA students, etc.)

Strongly preferred:

  • Strong interviewer and writer: Can draft an engaging story for a broad audience
  • Curious: Desire and personality to connect with the department/subject to learn more
  • Time management skills: Can meet agency deadlines on top of their academic assignments
  • Freshmen/Sophomores: We prefer students early in their academic career so that they can (ideally) stay on with the department and CLAgency for several semesters.

You may view this job description with more information and application instructions if you wish to forward this email to students you would recommend. If you have questions please contact Managing Directors Lauren Myhra (myhra013@umn.edu) and Andrew Swisher (swish029@umn.edu), and feel free to direct students’ questions to us as well.

Multicultural Career Fair

Saturday, April 22nd 2-3:30pm
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Unition
Free to all UMN students
No pre-registration
40 + companies in attendance, including: FBI, City of St. Paul, MN Department of Health, Office of Congressman Keith Ellison, Land O’Lakes *for a full list visit: career-summit.umn.edu/career-fair


Tuesday, April 25
2:00pm – 4:30pm
RecWell Center, 2nd Floor
Cost: FREE! Registration encouraged on GoldPASS!

This event provides University of Minnesota undergraduate-level, graduating seniors (12/2016-8/2017) the opportunity to explore job opportunities and learn creative job search strategies directly from staffing agency employers. Connect with 25+ representatives from a variety of staffing agencies looking to hire U of M graduating seniors, and learn creative job search tips from the panelist. Registration appreciated, Walk-ins Welcome. Business casual attire required. For more information, search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS (ID#3316).


Thursday, April 27
10:00am – 3:00pm
Room 200, Minneapolis Convention Center

Cost: FREE! Register for the career fair through this link!

Candidates of Color — register today for the People of Color Career Fair! It’s FREE but we must have your resume for entry and your free headshot! Plus we will send your resume to employers in advance! There is also a FREE-ride pass on the Metro Transit on our website. Email your resume to info@peopleofcolorcareerfair.com. For more information, search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS (ID#3347).

 AmeriCorps Opportunities in Restorative Justice for Next Year

Want to increase youth voice, build bridges between schools and their communities, and help drain the national school to prison pipeline?

Join our team to make restorative systems-level change in one of Minneapolis’ most diverse high schools!

If you’re looking for a job, an experience, something to do for a year (+) that acknowledges and even embraces the challenge and urgency of the current political reality—IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING—consider applying for these AmeriCorps positions.Roosevelt High School is one of the most ethnically diverse schools in Minnesota, and our school is innovating and exploring new ways to restructure our community and support students. Get in on the ground level and add your voice!

The VISTA position is capacity-building, indirect service. If you would prefer to serve in a more direct capacity with youth, we are hiring four AmeriCorps Promise Fellows. This cohort will work directly with youth marginalized by our society and by our educational system. We are starting a restorative space and a new whole-student model that should directly counter the school to prison pipeline in our community.

All positions will be working at the intersection of multiple communities, identities, and oppressions—and there is a lot of opportunity for your voice to shape your role. These are great opportunities for folks interested in education, social work, community organizing—or anyone interested in making our education system more accessible, equitable, and just.

Apply here for the AmeriCorps Promise Fellow position–under MPS Check & Connect.

Info for the AmeriCorps VISTA position.

Direct Link for Roosevelt VISTA.

Priority Deadline is April 30th. Apply ASAP or reach out with any questions!

April 7th, 2017

Hello Students!

Registration is Around the Corner

Next week is the first week of Registration! You can find your registration date and time on myu.umn.edu under the Academics, then Registration tabs. Use these website to help plan your classes.

  1.  Schedule Builder
  2. Class Search Tool
  3. Graduation Planner
  4. Class Info

Registration dates for fall 2017 classes

Stage Status Date
Stage 1 Graduate/professional students and undergraduates with 90+ cumulative credits April 13-20
Stage 2 Undergraduates with 60+ cumulative credits April 21-26
Stage 3 Undergraduates with 30+ cumulative credits April 26 – May 1
Stage 4 Undergraduates with fewer than 30 cumulative credits May 1-4
Stage 5 Open enrollment (non-degree, senior citizens, and visiting students) May 5

The SURF (Sociology Undergraduate Research Fellowship) is now accepting applications. 

Due date is 4 PM on Monday April 17th, 2017.

This fellowship is intended for Sociology majors who are conducting or proposing to conduct research on social problems or solutions to social problems. This is an award for up to $500 to be applied toward books and tuition during Summer or Fall 2017. Award is contingent upon Summer or Fall 2017 registration and course completion (which we will verify).

You can review the application here:

Let me know if you have any questions and good luck in applying: socadvis@umn.edu 

“Thank a Teacher” Project

The Center for Educational Innovation is a program that helps students express their gratitude to professors, instructors or TAs who have made a difference in their education.

We call it the “Thank a Teacher” project and it’s easy. Students go to the website, write a note of thanks and we take it from there. Students can say what they like and choose to be anonymous, if they prefer. All notes are reviewed before being printed and sent to instructors.

The Thank a Teacher project is a great way for students to express their gratitude for their instruction, and teachers at the University really appreciate hearing these unsolicited comments. The project has been around since around 1998.

Thank a Teacher Flyer

Conversations with Current Aspiring Teachers of Color

Register Now : http://z.umn.edu/1dwh
Tuesday, April 18,  5:00 – 7:00
Presidents Room, Coffman Student Union

teachers of color

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

When: Tuesday April 25th from 4 PM to 6 PM
Where:  Room 609 of Social Sciences Building.

The Rothenberger Institute is now hiring Teaching Assistants/Peer Educators

The Rothenberger Institute is now hiring Teaching Assistants/Peer Educators for all our courses for Fall 2017. If you have taken an RI course (PubH 1001: Success Over Stress; PubH 1003: Alcohol & College Life; PubH 1004: Sexuality Matters; or PubH 1005: Sleep, Eat & Exercise) and are interested in working as a Teaching Assistant/Peer Educator, please read the job description and information on applying. Contact our TA supervisor, Laurie Lucachick, if you have any questions.

Interviews start April 13th, so get your application in soon!


The Association for Black Economic Power (ABEP)

The Association for Black Economic Power (ABEP) has recently formed an Executive Committee to establish a Black-Led Credit Union in North Minneapolis. This is a historic opportunity to support the formation of the proposed credit union through Internships for college students in the following areas: Social Media/Marketing, Community Engagement, Office Management & Operational Support.

Preferred fields of study are Communications, Journalism, Sociology, Political Science, Marketing, Non-Profit Management, and Cooperative Management; however, if you believe you have the skills, please don’t hesitate to apply.

Attached is a document that goes into detail about the internship program.
Please send a Cover Letter & Resume to Me’Lea Connelly at melea@abepmn.org, Subject: Internship Program.


Internship Opportunities at Caponi Art Park

2017 Event Intern

Internship Summary: This 3-5 month internship is ideal for an individual interested in the arts and event management. Intern will have the opportunity to assist in presenting arts and cultural events in a one-of-a-kind park, including the Summer Performance Series programs in the Theater in the Woods and Family Fun Tuesdays programs in the Sculpture Garden. Working alongside the Program and Volunteer Coordinator, interns will assist with the task of coordinating each event over a 60-acre outdoor space, including managing volunteers, working with artists, equipment set-up and tear-down, assisting patrons, etc.

Details: Start date: May 2017 (Orientation/Training in April)
Duration: May – October
Hours: Schedule based on park events: 3 – 9hrs/week (week and weekend hours)
Type: Stipend, $200 completion bonus for contract completion
**If you are only available June-August, please still apply**

How to apply: Email cover letter, resume, and 1 professional reference to Brighton McCormick: brighton@caponiartpark.org, call 763-228-3507 with questions
Please check out caponiartpark.org to learn more about the park before applying

The John Hudson Internship Program

The John Hudson Internship Program is a paid summer internship program in Fairfax County Government agencies for college students and recent graduates with disabilities.

Application materials are due on April 17, 2017.
Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/disabilities/internprogram.htm for position descriptions and application materials.

For more information, contact Jill Clark at jill.clark@fairfaxcounty.gov

Hiring Peer Advisors – Bruininks Hall

Please encourage those students to apply for the positions in Bruininks Hall. Priority deadline is March 31st, but we will accept applications the first week of April as well.  We plan to hire 3 students to work nearly full-time in the summer and continue on part-time in fall and spring.

Job ID: 316190

This position could be particularly great for anyone pursuing a helping field and/or interested in a career in education, higher ed, or health, but ALL are welcome.

Students are welcome to email aniskode@umn.edu with questions.


Tuesday, April 25th
2:00pm – 4:30pm
RecWell Center, 2nd Floor
Cost: FREE! Registration encouraged on GoldPASS!

This event provides University of Minnesota undergraduate-level, graduating seniors (12/2016-8/2017) the opportunity to explore job opportunities and learn creative job search strategies directly from staffing agency employers. Connect with 25+ representatives from a variety of staffing agencies looking to hire U of M graduating seniors, and learn creative job search tips from the panelist. Registration appreciated, Walk-ins Welcome. Business casual attire required.

For more information, search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS (ID#3316).

March 24th

Welcome Back Students! We hope you enjoyed your Spring Break!

Just eight more weeks until the semester is over and the lovely spring weather is coming our way, not to mention all these opportunities that are coming your way!

Check Them Out!

Schedule Builder – New class search available

A new class search feature is now available in Schedule Builder. This collaborative project between Academic Support Resources and CLA-Office of Application Development offers a new way to search for classes, focuses on better usability, and provides an alternative to the existing functionality of PeopleSoft’s delivered Class Search.
Key improvements:

  • Users can search for classes that meet multiple liberal education requirements.
  • Searching for online classes is easier and more streamlined.
  • Departments will be able to share links to class information.
  • User-friendly search parameters and terminology (i.e., moving away from PeopleSoft language).
  • Ability to view a more compact version of all class offerings and sections using the “Show All Sections” feature.

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the new search features and share it with your students. We encourage you to use this feedback form to let us know what you think. You can also access this form directly within Schedule Builder.

Registration dates for fall 2017 classes

Stage Status Date
Stage 1 Graduate/professional students and undergraduates with 90+ cumulative credits April 13-20
Stage 2 Undergraduates with 60+ cumulative credits April 21-26
Stage 3 Undergraduates with 30+ cumulative credits April 26 – May 1
Stage 4 Undergraduates with fewer than 30 cumulative credits May 1-4
Stage 5 Open enrollment (non-degree, senior citizens, and visiting students) May 5

The Minnesota Daily is hiring!

The University of Minnesota’s award-winning, student-run newspaper — the Minnesota Daily — is hiring for the summer and 2017-18 school year. We’re looking to hire undergraduate and graduate students from across programs and departments to write about local news, campus life, science, student issues, business, art and more. Not a writer? We are hiring in other areas of journalism, too!

More Info —> HERE <—

Unlike many other college newspapers, we pay our employees

Applications are open now. Apply at http://www.mndaily.com/page/jobs.

SMART Learning Commons

SMART Learning Commons is now accepting student applications for Fall 2017 Peer Learning Consultants (peer tutors), both paid positions and volunteers.

Application instructions on our website.
More Info —> HERE <—

The priority application deadline is Friday, April 7th at 4:30PM.  Applications submitted after that deadline will be considered on an as-needed basis (if all positions are not filled or in the event of a vacancy).

Jobs with Impact

Our mission is to create the grassroots action, energy and power it takes to make an impact on issues that matter. We’re expanding our campaign organizer team, so we’re hiring graduating seniors and recent college graduates for two-year commitments beginning in the fall of 2017.

Click here, to apply to Impact today. Our Spring Application deadline is coming up on April 2nd. More Info —> HERE <—

If you have questions please contact Sarah Lukins (slukins@weareimpact.org) or send an email to jobs@weareimpact.org

2017 Children of Incarcerated Caregivers Paid Internship

Children of Incarcerated Caregivers (CIC) is seeking a team of interdisciplinary students from the University of Minnesota and Macalester College for a paid, part-time, three-month summer internship, from May 30 to August 25, 2017.  Founded in 2014, CIC is a Minneapolis-based non-profit dedicated to researching and advocating for policies and programs that improve the lives of children whose caregivers are affected by the criminal justice system in the United States and abroad.  There are four positions available:

Research Intern (1 position): More Info —> HERE <—
Community Engagement Interns (3 positions): More Info —> HERE <—

Application deadline: March 31, 2017.  Applicants should email their résumé and cover letter to Rochelle Hammer (hamm0229@umn.edu).  If applying for the Research Intern position, please include a 5-10 page writing sample with your application.

Commitment: 20 hours per week, May 30 – August 25, 2017, plus September 2017 public presentation (date TBD).

A Public Lecture

dr. shannon speedMonday, April 10th, 2017
Walter Library, 402
Coffee, Conversation, Pastries, and Refreshments

Join the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, U of MN, the Department of American Indian Studies – University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative – RIGS UMN in welcoming Dr. Shannon Speed to the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Shannon Speed, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, will be delivering a public lecture on her work on state violence, displacement, and indigenous women migrants in Mexico. More Info —> HERE <—

Sponsored by: the RIGS Initiative
RSVP on our FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/768500346641551/

AAPI Youth Summit: AAPI Student Leadership & Unity

April 1st, 2017
10AM – 3PM
Rapson Hall, Main Courtyard

Please join the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) for the first-ever AAPI Youth Summit at the University of Minnesota! This year’s theme is “AAPI Student Leadership and Unity”, and seeks to bring together AAPI students from across campus to discuss what Pan-AAPI solidarity can look like at the University of Minnesota. This event is geared towards students of all leadership experiences, whether they are currently serving on a student organization board, considering running for a board position, or are just interested in learning more about leadership. This year’s summit will include opportunities for networking and workshops on issues including: leadership, Pan-AAPI organizing, storytelling as a tool for social justice, self-care for ourselves and our community, and more!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/587142068153023/
Lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to all students.
QUESTIONS? yang1712@umn.edu / Ariana Yang



Campus Climate: Resilience, Radical Self-Care and Inclusive Community

Wednesday, April 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
Beacon Room, Recreation and Wellness Center
Morning beverages and lunch with be provided.
All faculty, staff and students are welcome!

Please join us for a half-day workshop led by Dr. Joi Lewis, CEO and Founder of Joi Unlimited and a person grounded in the deep concept of Healing Justice. This workshop will create a space for individuals to embrace self-care to build resilience for themselves and for our campus community.

More Info —> HERE <—
More information can be found here.
Register today!

2 Paid Student Employee Opportunities With De-Stress Student Group

Boynton’s de-stress student group is hiring: we are seeking 2 new student coordinators to promote healthy stress management for students. One of the positions will focus on Community Outreach and one will focus on Program Development. It is our hope that the two new employees will be able to participate in 6 hours of training at the end of this semester, and then begin their regular 8 hours/week for the fall semester.

de-stressCoordinatorJobDescriptionprogramdevelopmentfocus.docx (1)
de-stressCoordinatorJobDescriptionCommunityOutreach.docx (1)

Volunteers Wanted for Mock Interview with High School Students

The College of Liberal Arts actively supports the work of AchieveMpls to ensure that every student in Minneapolis is college and career ready. They are seeking volunteers to provide mock interviews for more than 1,600 high school students. The students will be completing summer internships in companies and organizations in the Twin Cities, including the University of Minnesota, through the Step-Up Program.

Volunteers are needed on April 10, 11, 12, and/or 13, between 4:45 and 6:15.
To register or for more information click here.

Health Interprofessional School Fair

healthAre you a pre-health student? Interested in speaking to admissions reps from health professional schools, in person? You’re in luck! Health professional schools from around the country will be on campus for the Health Interprofessional School Fair, and are eager to talk to 👉 YOU! 👈

Health Interprofessional School Fair
Monday, March 27
10am – 2pm
Coffman Great Hall

Learn more about their programs, ask good questions, and start building your network. There are over 35 programs registered, representing twelve states. No advance registration is required, student sign-in will take place at the door. If you want a reminder, RSVP to the HISF facebook event to get notified on the day of.

Don’t miss Nicholas Kristof at next week’s Ford Lecture

I hope you will join us for this year’s Guy Stanton Ford Memorial Lecture, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. His lecture, “Reporting Sex Trafficking, Genocide, & Other Truths of the World,” will be held on Tuesday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m. at Northrop.
More Info —> HERE <—
Please consider attending this important public event. The Ford Lecture is free and open to the public, so bring your friends and colleagues with you. If you are unable to make it to campus, you can watch online via live-stream on the day of the event.

Hello from The Black Sheep!

My name is Luke and I am the Recruitment Manager for The Black Sheep.

If you are unfamiliar with our company The Black Sheep is a hybrid comedy media & marketing company with student-run branches at over 60 college campuses across the US. Currently we are looking for students to fill the role of Guerrilla Marketing Managers at your University. This is a PAID position. More Info —> HERE <—

It’s a great opportunity for anyone seeking amazing experience in the media industry. If you’d like any further information or have any questions about the opportunity, you can contact me at this e-mail address| luke@theblacksheeponline.com | bhttp://theblacksheeponline.com /jobs

Join the University Student Legal Services Board of Directors!

Interested in gaining professional experience working with lawyers and planning student engagement events?

Join the University Student Legal Services Board of Directors! Our organization provides free legal services to university students and as a member of the board, you will be able to make executive decisions regarding outreach, budgeting, and organizing. You will also make connections with real attorneys as you may collaboratively work on projects of your specific interests.

We encourage undergraduate students from all educational backgrounds to apply and you can do so at z.umn.edu/uslsbod. I’m also here to answer questions you might have about the board!
Our application deadline is March 31st at 5:00pm, apply today!

Mixed-Race Brown Bag Lunch

EVENT: Mixed-Race Brown Bag Lunch
DATE: Friday, April 7th
TIME: 12-1:30 (come and go as you please)
LOCATION: 169 Appleby Hall

Do these questions sound familiar?
What are you?
But you don’t look mixed!
Check the one box that best fits your race
Where are you from?
Bring your lunch and dialogue about your mixed-race, multiracial, multiethnic, biracial, & transracial adoptee experiences. Dessert and beverages provided.

MR BB Lunch

The Inna Meiman Human Rights Award and the Sullivan Ballou Award


Now’s the time to nominate undergraduate students for two prestigious annual human rights awards being awarded this spring – the Inna Meiman Human Rights Award and the Sullivan Ballou Award. Students are also encouraged to nominate themselves or nominate a peer.
Both awards come with a $1,000 payment!
Each spring, the Human Rights Program in collaboration with the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies celebrates the dedicated work of University of Minnesota undergraduate student efforts in human rights. We work to encourage and reward those students who act from the heart and are passionate about human rights in our University community, in the Twin Cities, the broader United States, and internationally. A student’s commitment to human rights can look any number of ways, so think creatively about how this might apply to you or your student’s work. We’d love to see a pool of nominations from a broad range of disciplines.
For additional background on the awards, selection criteria, and the nomination process see Call for Nominations.
All nominations are due March 31st, 2017
Awards will be presented at a lunchtime ceremony on Friday, April 28.



Wednesday, April 5th 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
220 Bruininks Hall

Have you ever thought of graduate school? Not sure how it works? How to apply? What program is best for you? This workshop will cover basic information about various graduate programs, funding opportunities, and research options. First generation, students of color, and students interested in social justice topics are encouraged to attend. All are welcome.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, CLA Career Services, La Raza Student Cultural Center, American Indian Studies, RIGS Initiative, and the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence.

RSVPs are not required, but are welcome at the Facebook Event listing.


March 3rd, 2017

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

February 17, 2017

Hello Students

Capstone Award Winners

Julia B.
Laurel R.
Erica V.


UMSA Pizza Social

Tuesday, Feb 21, 4-5 pm
131A Bruininks Hall
Pizza and beverages will be served, we will have coloring sheets,
music, and the chance to meet the UMSA board.

AACE Project

With support from Prof. Teresa Swartz (Sociology & Asian American Studies) and Prof. Josephine Lee and Prof. Bic Ngo (Asian American Studies) we’re please to announce The AACCE Project.
The AACE Project is a student support initiative from the new Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant that the of U of M recently received from the US Department of Education.  The AANAPISI grant provides federal funding for resources and support with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student success on campus.
The AACE Project just launched this semester and we have a range of resources, programs, and activities aimed at fostering academic success, personal and professional growth, and providing advocacy for AAPI student voices at the U of M.
We are currently implementing our support programs out of our new center located in room 430 Wulling Hall on the East Bank.
We have Math and Science SMART Commons Peer Learning Consultants in our center, Mon-Thur; from 10:15am-2pm.
We also have Writing Consultants in our center, Tue-Thurs; from 2:30-4:30.

Senior Project Note


Special Note about Summer and Fall 2017 Major Project Classes

We’ve completed our initial review of students who have indicated plans to take Soc 4966W Major Project in Summer and Fall and so far we have only 27 people cleared between both terms.  We should have close to 90!

So, if you are planning on taking the Major Project in Summer or Fall, can you please write back to us and we’ll review you and add you to the clearance list (assuming you meet the pre-reqs)?

We need to know how many students are taking the Major Project so that we can line up the right number of Faculty and Graduate Students for TA support as well as secure a classroom of appropriate size.  We will be making those offers and requests in the next month, so we need to know how many students to expect in Soc 4966W.

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.

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

Again, if you’re hoping to take the Major Project in Summer or Fall 2017 please write back to us to let us know – socadvis@umn.edu

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.

Fulbright Fair

Wednesday, March 22 2017
4:00-5:00 pm
240 Northrop


Leadership in South Africa: From Townships to Urban Centers

Spend May Term in South Africa’s coastal city of Cape Town, renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Using Cape Town as your classroom, you’ll investigate different theories of leadership and see how different types of leaders, from politicians to ordinary citizens, play an important role in helping the city and the country to continue the process of integration and unification post-apartheid. Reflect on your own leadership style and consider how you can create social change. Learn through visits to museums and historic sites, such as Robben Island, become immersed in the Gugulethu township, guest lectures and cultural activities. Apply by March 1.

For more information, contact Erica Qualheim in the Learning Abroad Center (qual0080@umn.edu) or visit: https://umabroad.umn.edu/programs/africa/south-africa-leadership/


The Undergraduate Awards 2016 | Social Sciences Category


Deadline Extended
Deadline: 14th June 2016
In case you didn’t know…
Cited as the ultimate champion for high-potential undergraduates, The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s only pan-discipline academic awards programme, identifying leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework. UA also has 24 additional categories into which essays may be submitted, please have a look to see if you have work for other categories too.

WHY should I apply?
As a winner, you are recognized as one of the most impressive students in your field; you become part of a network of outstanding Undergraduate Award Winners from around the world; your winning paper is published in our academic journal, and you receive a ticket to the exclusive UA Global Summit in Dublin. Shortlisted students who are in the top 10% of all submissions are also recognised for their excellence, receiving a Highly Commended certificate which can be a significant catalyst when pursuing further studies or your chosen career. Find out more about the prize here.

What to look out for

  • Anonymity: The Undergraduate Awards prides itself on awarding academic work without bias and the entire judging process is anonymous. It is very important that your submission does not include your name, student number, or your institution/lecturer’s name anywhere.
  • The Abstract should be between 100-300 words. Your abstract is the first thing judges will read so please make sure it is a good overview of your work.
  • Paper Uploads: Please make sure you upload your paper in doc.x or pdf. format
Please read more about the Submission Criteria on our website before you submit.
For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on info@undergraduateawards.com

Good luck!

RIGS Health Justice Kick Off Partyrigs-event

You are invited to the RIGS Health Justice Kick Off Party.  This event is for undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers or have interest in health justice.  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd at 5:00PM in Humphrey 50B.
Students will meet faculty, community members, and graduate students who are passionate about health justice and are working to advance health justice in their respective areas.  Come learn about research opportunities and other leadership opportunities.  Ask about grad school and health professional programs!
Free Afro Deli will be provided.  RSVP here by Friday, February 17th, 2017. Questions?  Contact Sara Cronquist at cron0158@umn.edu.
Majors and minors in the following areas will be prioritized: African American Studies, Asian American Studies, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Chicano Studies, and Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies.

New Food Bank Pilot for Food Insecure Students

After a year of planning and networking, a student group on campus, headed by U of M student Rebecca Leighton, is now piloting a food pantry event for food insecure students.
Their first pilot food distribution event will be this month. This is a true pilot to see the student turnout rate. There is no pre-screening for income. Students just need to attend the event on the scheduled dates.
Students, remember to not be embarrassed if you are experiencing food insecurity. There are many people to help and attending this Food Bank Pilot will benefit your health and wellbeing.
February 21 – February 23
Appleby Hall Room 135

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

Academic Credit is available
Contact: Enid Logan elogan@umn.edu

This interview-based project explores the opinions of young people concerning the ways that race, immigration and gender played into the 2016 presidential election, and beyond, focusing on the candidacies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  We are in the final phases of data collection, and have conducted interviews with college students at the University of Minnesota, and at a Midwestern evangelical Christian College.

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 transcribe the interviews and write up brief (1 page) analyses and summaries.  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, and will actively start transcription in early March.


ASA Presents the 6th Webinar in the
2016-2017 Department Affiliates Webinar Series

Building Your Career with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology

Monday February 27, 2016
3:00-4:00 pm EST
Click here to register

In this webinar two young professionals who majored in sociology will share how a degree in sociology shaped their career paths and how sociological principles are employed in their positions on a daily basis. Their comments and advice to sociology students will be supplemented by Dr. Teresa Ciabattari, Associate Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University who will be presenting data on the kinds of skills that employers are looking for and how sociology majors are using their skills in the workplace. She will also discuss how sociology programs can support the career readiness of their students.

We encourage you to bring students together as a group for viewing. Last year we held a similar webinar and some departments chose to either gather in a computer lab with each attendee registering individually, or to bring a group together in more of a classroom setting using one computer, a projector and a speakerphone.

Webinar Leaders 

3Presenter – Kiara Nicholson is a prevention educator at Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center in San Marcos, Texas. She works to end interpersonal violence by engaging youth and adults in conversations related to gender equity, advocacy, and healthy relationships. Kiara obtained a B.A. degree in applied sociology from Texas State University and has been with HCWC since 2013.

4Presenter – Bao-Tram Do started as a young grantmaker serving on a youth grantmaking board in high school. Bao-Tram received her B.A. in sociology at Whitman College and is a Gates Millennium Scholar. She is on the board of directors for Summer Search Seattle and APACEvotes. She has been working at Seattle Foundation since 2013.


Presenter – Teresa Ciabattari is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at Pacific Lutheran University. As a member of the ASA Task Force on Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major, she served on the subcommittee focusing on employment outcomes for sociology students. Ciabattari is a teacher-scholar who has published and presented on topics including teaching writing to sociology majors, using quantitative data in the classroom, and assessment of student learning. She is an active member of the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning. She is also the author of Sociology of Families: Change, Continuity, and Diversity, published by SAGE in 2016.


Moderator – Jaime Hecht is the program coordinator for the Academic and Professional Affairs Department and the managing editor of TRAILS at the ASA. Jaime holds a B.S. in sociology from Florida State University and an M.A. in applied sociology from the University of Central Florida. She has been with ASA since 2013.