Students in MSS

Almost one-half of MSS's 1300 members are students of sociology.
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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

Executive Office
Lauren Tiffany, MSS
MSS Student Paper Competition

 Papers due Jan. 11, 2015.

 Read below.       Download 1-page poster.
Travel Grants for Student Members - Apply in January - February! - Deadline 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 your expenses to attend the annual meeting.
To be eligible for a travel grant, you must
(1) have paid your 2015 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 was uploaded to this website in mid-January. Find it on the PROGRAM/Schedule page.]
(2)  Put “MSS Travel Award” in the email subject line.
(3) In the body of the e-mail, list: 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 Priya Dua. 

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 Kansas City.

Questions?  Ask the MSS Exec Office.
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What do students who have attended the MSS Annual Meeting think about it?  See these survey results, gathered by past Student Director Kim Maas, following the 2014 Annual Meeting.​
Special Annual Meeting Research Poster Session for Undergraduate Students

Posters due January 18, 2015.  

Read below.            

Download 1-page poster.
52nd Annual Midwest Sociological Society
Student Paper Competition in Honor of R. Dean Wright

The Midwest Sociological Society announces the 2015 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 Kansas City.
MSS reserves the right not to award prizes, or to award 2nd or 3rd prizes but no 1st. 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - Rules for the 2015 Competition -  - - - - - - - - -

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 nominate their own work. With a student’s permission, an advisor may submit a paper on a student’s behalf.
4.Maximum text length is 25 double-spaced pages (12-point 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 2015 before submitting a paper. [Pay online at the MSS 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 below for sample documents.] (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 11, 2015. 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, 2015.

Questions / Other
11.Questions? Please email Graduate Competition Chair Pamela Quiroz; or Undergraduate Chair Gina Petonito.
12.NOTE: DO NOT send papers to the chairs!
13.NO reviews will be provided to competitors, either verbally or in writing.

2015 MSS Undergraduate Research Poster Session

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

“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 posters, session logistics (date, time, place), presenter expectations, and poster competition details will be sent to all students accepted into the session. 

Submission Information:
Deadline: January 18, 2015
Send poster submissions directly to Jean Karlen

Include the following information:


AUTHOR(S): Please provide names and email addresses for all student authors.
(If there is more than one author, indicate with an asterisk (*) 
the author(s) responsible for presenting the poster at the meeting.)

FACULTY SPONSOR:  (must be a current member of MSS; provide current address and email)

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

Expectations of Poster Presenters:

Students must be members of the Midwest Sociological Society. Student membership fees are $23.  [Join MSS here.]

Students must register in advance for the meeting. Students must become members AND register by February 1, 2015. Those who do not join and register will be dropped from the program. Student advance registration fees for 2015 are $35.

Posters will be on display at an assigned time, and students are to be present during the poster session to answer questions about their projects.  

Other Information: Poster presentations are treated like other submissions for sessions at the MSS with two exceptions: (1) All poster presenters must have a faculty sponsor. (2) Poster presentations are submitted directly to the coordinator and are NOT submitted through the online paper-submission portal.

Poster Submission Deadline: January 18, 2015.

sample cover page               sample paper
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