Undergraduate Research Opportunities for Summer 2020 Did you know that as an undergraduate sociology major there are many opportunities for you to get paid to do research with faculty and gain valuable experience? It’s true! Check out these opportunities: UAH Research and Creative Experience for Undergraduates (RCEU) This program is a great opportunity for students to work on research projects with faculty in various disciplines over the summer. Students get one-on-one mentorship and learn valuable new research skills. There are two levels of participation by students, one with a stipend award and one without a stipend but with other benefits and the chance for a monetary prize. Applications for Summer 2020 will be accepted this until Friday, December 13, 2019. For more information go here. To apply go here. National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program This program offers students free travel, room and board, and a generous stipend for spending a summer on a research project with faculty at a university with an REU Site. Current opportunities for Summer 2020 include: NSF REU Site: Social Network Analysis for Solving Minority Health Disparities This REU program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln involves learning social network analysis and applying these research skills to faculty research projects addressing racial health disparities. Priority application deadline is February 1, 2020, and the final deadline is March 1, 2020. For information go here. NSF REU Site: Research Institute in Sociology and Social Inequality. This REU program at Texas A&M University will involve students in ongoing faculty research projects on topics such as residential segregation and disparities in criminal justice outcomes. The deadline for applications will be announced soon. For information go here. NASA DEVELOP This program gives students and recent graduates in all disciplines who are interested in environmental issues an opportunity to conduct research as part of an interdisciplinary team and develop technical and communication skills. DEVELOP participants receive hourly pay for their work. Applications for Summer 2020 will be accepted from January 20-February 28, 2020. For more information go here. Opportunities for Undergraduates to Present Research at Conferences Presenting at academic conferences is not just for your professors! If you’ve completed a research project, or even just written a research paper for a class, you too can travel to a conference and present your work. The College of Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences will even help pay for it. The Dean’s Office provides up to $330 per year to undergraduates to attend and present research at conferences. The following conferences are welcoming places for students to get some experience presenting their work as a talk or as a poster. Many also offer specific programs for undergraduates, travel grants, and student paper competitions with monetary prizes. So, talk with your professors about it and consider participating in one of the conferences listed below: Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association This conference will be held February 27-28, 2020, at Alabama State University in Montgomery. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2019. For more info, go here. Southeastern Undergraduate Sociology Symposium This undergraduate conference is held annually. The 2019 meeting was held at Morehouse College in Atlanta. See their website for updates on the next conference, which is to be announced. For more info, go here. Southern Sociological Society This conference will be held April 1-4, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2019. UAH Sociology is a Departmental Member of SSS, so you will not have to pay annual dues in order to present at this conference. For more info, go here. Mid-South Sociological Association This conference is typically held in October of each year. In 2019 it was held in Jackson, MS. Check out their website for information on next year’s meeting. For more info, go here. American Sociological Association The annual meeting of the ASA will be held in San Francisco, California, on August 8-11, 2020. This conference offers numerous programs and opportunities for undergraduates. The deadline to submit is January 29, 2020. For more info, go here. Student Research Spotlight Alex Haynes, RCEU Award This summer Alex Haynes received a grant from the UAH Research Creative Experience for Undergraduates (RCEU) Program to work on the project, “How We See Race: Using Eye Tracking Technology to Explore Racial Perception,” with Dr. Jennifer Sims, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Their research uses eye-tracking to record which parts of a person’s face participants looked at when determining race.