The Sociology Undergraduate Research Opportunity program (SURO) allows declared majors to learn more about a specific topic in the discipline as well as practice sociological research methods by assisting a faculty member or a graduate student with their ongoing research projects. Students earn academic credit (SOC 394) for their assistance.
Working as an undergraduate research assistant provides useful skills and abilities, including:
• creating annotated bibliographies,
• abstracting (i.e. summarizing) journal articles,
• knowing more about how sociology research is conducted,
• searching library databases relevant to the research topic,
• and becoming familiar with data collection and analysis procedures.
Each of the documents below provides details about ongoing projects and instructions on how to apply for the assistantship.
Click here for an introductory description of the Sociology Undergraduate Research Program.
If you are selected to assist with a project, you will meet with the SURO instructor to discuss the research topic, goals for the project, and expectations for your contribution. You will be expected to keep a record of the time you spend on tasks and describe research activities in journal format.
The SURO instructor must request from the department’s staff an override for you to register for SOC 394. You are responsible for making sure you are officially enrolled for SOC 394 before the semester’s drop/add deadline.