2021 Undergraduate Scholars Program

Students are a significant and an important part of the MSS. Annually, undergraduates present their developing research at poster, roundtable, and paper sessions, and are now entering research competitions like the Three-Minute Thesis Competition. Many MSS faculty members and their departments encourage undergraduate participation, provide mentorship, and bring students to the annual meeting.

During the meeting we are offering the MSS Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP). The program provides an orientation to conferencing tailored to sociology undergraduates, creates opportunities to build academic networks, guides students to sessions that promote sociology as a pathway to a career, and offers a nurturing intellectual home during the meetings. It is a coordinated effort to contribute to their professionalization, develop their academic interests, and connect with other professional sociologists.

Why do this?

We hope this coordinated effort to help undergraduates meet students from other schools, learn about sociology among their peers, have resources and people specifically looking out for you, and enjoying some snacks and swag will be of interest. Students completing all the requirements will receive a formal letter from MSS which can be listed on resumes (Undergraduate Scholars Program Participant) and reflects well on the engagement of the student and the department.

Please do not apply unless you are able to commit to completing all 4 requirements. Applications are due March 1st but will close once 25 complete applications are received. 


Requirements for application:

Undergraduates must be on the official program—roundtable, poster, paper co-author/author, undergraduate award winner.

A faculty member must be identified who knows of your interest and supports this opportunity. They will be sent confirming information and a copy of the letter recognizing your participation. 

Requirements of the USP program:

1. Attend the Orientation Session during the meeting.

2. Make your presentation at the appropriate slot in the program.

3. Attend one additional plenary or student focused session. A list of options will be provided at the orientation. Plenty of schedule openings should still be possible for students to attend other sessions of interest.

4. Attend one of the USP Final Sessions. This important session will provide an opportunity for reflection, feedback and celebration. You need to indicate which session on your application, so we can plan accordingly.