Students in MSS

Almost one-half of MSS's 1400 members are students of sociology.
Got questions?

MSS student members are represented on the MSS Board of Directors by student directors.

If you have questions about anything MSS, please feel free to contact one of the student directors listed below, or the MSS Exec Office.

Student Director

Erin Hoekstra, University of Minnesota

Jessica Hausauer, Syracuse University

Executive Office
Lauren Tiffany, MSS
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MSS Student Paper Competition

 Papers due Jan. 9, 2016.

 Read below.       Download 1-page poster.
Travel Grants for Student Members:  Application Period Opens in January 2016
Apply in January-February.
Deadline for applications is midnight, March 1.

Each year, MSS offers travel grants of $100 each to 150 student members who participate in the annual meeting. 
The grants are intended to help student members with the expenses of traveling to the MSS annual meeting.

To allow MSS to serve as many students with real need as possible, please do not apply for these funds if your school is paying all or most of your expenses to attend the annual meeting.
To be eligible for a travel grant, you must
(1) have paid your 2016 MSS dues so that you are an MSS member in good standing;
(2) have paid your annual meeting registration fees to register for the annual meeting before you apply for a travel grant;
(3) be listed on the annual meeting program as a presenter, panelist, discussant or organizer;
and (4) follow the directions below to submit your request.

Please follow these directions to submit your request for a student travel grant:
(1)  Look up the number of the session(s) in which you’re participating. You will find it in the final program.  
       [The FINAL program will be uploaded to this website in mid-January. Find it here:  schedule & program page
(2)  Put “MSS Travel Award” in the email subject line.
(3) In the body of the e-mail, list FOUR things: your full name, your institutional affiliation, your student status [grad or undergrad], the session number(s) in which you are participating. 
(4) Email your request for a travel grant before midnight, March 1, to Student Director Jessica Hausauer

If there are more than 150 eligible applicants, the 150 award winners will be randomly drawn from all applicants. 
You will be notified of your award status before the meeting, and may pick up your $100 check at the MSS registration desk in Chicago.

Questions?  Ask the MSS Exec Office.
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  • * Grad students!! Your closed sessions and abstracts for individual presentations, including posters and round tables, should be submitted through the submission portal before Oct. 31.[ Grad students will share poster sessions and round table sessions with professional sociologists.]


Special Annual Meeting Research Poster Sessions for Undergraduate Students

Poster abstracts due Jan. 9, 2016.

Download 1-page poster.

sample cover page               sample paper
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The application period for travel grants has CLOSED for 2015.

 Application instructions for 2016 travel grants will be emailed directly to all MSS student members and will be posted on this page in December 2015.
53rd Annual 
Midwest Sociological Society
Student Paper Competition in Honor of Barbara J. Johnston

The Midwest Sociological Society announces the 2016 Student Paper Competition. The competition is open to currently-enrolled undergraduate and graduate student members of MSS. Papers are judged through a blind review with separate panels of judges for graduate and undergraduate papers.

Three prizes in each division:
     1st Prize: $250       2nd Prize: $150      3rd Prize: $100 
      -plus waiver of annual meeting registration fee.

Prizes may be picked up by the winner at the annual meeting in Chicago.
MSS reserves the right not to award prizes, or to award 2nd or 3rd prizes but no 1st. 


- - -  Rules for the 2016 Competition - - --

Papers
1.Research-based papers involving research on human subjects must secure Institutional Review Board approval prior to beginning research; or undergo an equivalent review procedure and describe it in the methodology section of the paper. 
2.Papers may be co-authored by students, but not by students and faculty. Advisors are expected to provide guidance, but not to assist with writing the paper. A student may author or co-author only one paper in the competition. 
3.Students may submit their own work. With a student’s permission, an advisor may submit a paper on a student’s behalf.
4.Maximum text length: 25 double-spaced pages (12-pt font), not counting abstract, references, tables or figures.
5.Students who submit papers to this competition may submit the same paper to sessions at the annual meeting and/or to the editor of The Sociological Quarterly for publication consideration.

Submission Procedures and Deadline
6.Student competitors must pay MSS dues for 2016 before submitting a paper. [Pay at the membership page.]
7.The paper may be submitted as two to three pdf files [preferred!] or as two to three text files, but it must be submitted as two to three documents, as follows: (1) A cover sheet including title of the paper; the name, institutional affiliation, email address, telephone number, mailing address and the graduate or undergraduate status of the author(s); and the name, email address, telephone number, and mailing address of the student’s advisor. (2) The paper itself must include NONE of the identifying information from the cover page, but must include, at the top of its first page, the full title of the paper, followed by the abstract, if one is included. [See sample cover page. See sample paper first page.] (3) IRB certification or appropriate documentation must be submitted as a third document, for research-based papers involving human subjects.
8.All submissions must be received by January 9, 2016. Send submissions electronically ONLY to: the MSS exec office.  [IMPORTANT: Do not send submissions to the competition chairs.] 
9.Your submission will be acknowledged by email when received. If your submission is not acknowledged within 72 hours of your sending it, it is your responsibility to follow up with the MSS Executive Director by email; or with a call to (319)338-5247.

Notification of Competition Results
10.All competitors will be notified of results by February 1, 2016.

Questions / Other
11.Questions? 
Please contact Graduate Competition Chair Michael Lorr, Aquinas College; or Undergraduate Chair Carrie Coward Bucher, Baker University.
12.NOTE: DO NOT send papers to the chairs!
13.NO reviews will be provided to competitors, either verbally or in writing.


2016 Annual Meeting LINKS
Special Annual Meeting 
Roundtable Sessions for Undergraduate Students

Roundtable abstracts due Jan. 9, 2016.

Download 1-page poster.


[Thanks to NCSA member Alan McAvoy for serving as organizer for the undergrad round table sessions this year.]  

Purpose: Roundtable Sessions are designed to feature and discuss work in sociology and promote interaction between members of the Midwest Sociological Society and the North Central Sociological Association. 

Roundtable presentations: These less formal and smaller groupings are appropriate for presentation and discussion of research proposals, works in progress or topics of special interest. Whether a given table group involves presentations or conversation on shared interests, there is no audio-visual, only handouts. A small number of colleagues around a round table can provide valuable feedback and generate great ideas. There will be separate undergraduate student and graduate student/professional roundtable sessions.

Undergraduate Submission Deadline
Jan. 9, 2016
Submit roundtable abstracts through the submission portal at the MSS website. Before you enter the portal, read the directions on the web page, and be ready to enter the following information:

SUBMISSION TYPE: You will select “individual round table presentation.”

PRESENTATION TITLE:

LIST OF AUTHOR(S): Please list yourself as submitter AND as an author. List other authors as well.

FACULTY SPONSOR: (Provide sponsor name and email.)

ABSTRACT: (a summary of your presentation in 150 words or less)

Expectations of Roundtable Presenters:

Presenters must be members of MSS or NCSA. Student membership fees are $23. You may join either organization online at their membership page:
MSS   or   NCSA

Presenters must also pay advance registration fees for the meeting. Presenters must become members AND pay registration fees before March 1, 2016. Those who do not pay membership AND registration fees may be dropped from the program. Advance registration fees for students are $50. You may register online at the MSS or NCSA website.

Roundtable presentations will be grouped with other roundtable presentations that are similar in subject matter. Each participant should be ready to make a brief presentation, respond to questions about his/her presentation, and take part in the lively discussion that will follow the presentations.

Roundtable presentations will be scheduled for Thursday or Friday, March 24 or 25. You will be notified in advance of your presentation time.  

Other Information: Undergraduate roundtable presentations are treated like other submissions with two exceptions: (1) All undergrad roundtable presenters must have a faculty sponsor. (2) Undergrad roundtable presentations have a later deadline.

UNDERGRAD Roundtable Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 9, 2016

[Many thanks to MSS member Jean Karlen for serving as organizer for the undergrad poster session again this year.]  


Purpose: The Poster Session is designed to feature undergraduate work in sociology and promote interaction between all members of the Midwest Sociological Society and the North Central Sociological Association. 

“A poster presentation consists of an exhibit of materials that reports research activities or informational resources in visual and summary form. Poster presentations provide a unique platform that facilitates personal discussion of work with interested colleagues and allows meeting attendees to browse through highlights of current research and ideas.” -American Sociological Association
Content: Undergraduate students experience and study the “art” of sociology in many ways. This session is designed to feature these experiences and studies. Posters may present original research and data collection, theoretical works and applications, studies of public policy using sociological frameworks, as well as other forms of being engaged with the sociological imagination. 

Format: Guidelines and information on constructing and displaying posters, session logistics (date, time, place), and presenter expectations details will be sent to all participants accepted into the session. 

Undergraduate Submission Deadline: Jan. 9, 2016
Submit poster abstracts through the submission portal[NOTE:  You will not submit your entire poster through the portal - only an abstract.]  Before you enter the portal, read the directions on the web page, and be ready to enter the following information:

POSTER TITLE:

LIST OF AUTHOR(S): Please provide names, affiliation [school or workplace] and email addresses for all authors, including you. Please list yourself as submitter.

FACULTY SPONSOR: (Provide sponsor name and email.)

ABSTRACT: (a summary of your poster in 150 words or less)

Expectations of Poster Presenters:

Presenters must be members of MSS or NCSA. Student membership fees are $23. You may join either organization online at their membership page:
     MSS     NCSA

Presenters must also pay advance registration fees for the meeting. Presenters must become members AND pay registration fees before March 1, 2016. Those who do not pay membership AND registration fees may be dropped from the program. Advance registration fees for students are $50. You may register online at the MSS or NCSA website.
Posters will be on display for a particular period of time on March 24 or 25th and presenters are to be present during their poster session to discuss their project. You will be notified in advance of your presentation time.  
Other Information: Undergraduate poster presentations are treated like other submissions with two exceptions: (1) All undergrad poster presenters must have a faculty sponsor. (2) Undergrad posters have a later deadline.  

UNDERGRAD Poster Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 9, 2016