Do you want to go to graduate school?
Would you like to get experience doing research?
SENIOR THESIS PROGRAM
Conduct an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This is typically done over two semesters during your senior year. The end-product is a polished research paper. Students typically develop and conduct their own research project, or sometimes assist a faculty member with one of their projects.
Eligibility: 3.3 Sociology GPA and completion of SOC 3111 (research methods) and SOC 3112 (stats). You will also need an idea of what you want to research and a faculty mentor who will supervise your project and provide guidance.
Requirements: Must enroll in SOC 3877 (fall) and SOC 4877 (spring) while completing the thesis project. Students in the Honors College will enroll for SOC 4998 (fall) and SOC 4999 (spring) while completing the project. A polished written paper will be submitted to faculty for approval by the end of spring semester.
- In addition to the final written paper, thesis students are strongly encouraged to also prepare an abstract for publication in the University of Utah Undergraduate Research Abstracts Journal and present their work at the University of Utah Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will make them eligible for the Undergraduate Research Scholars Designation (See back page).
- Thesis students are encouraged to apply for funding from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, UROP (see next item).
Application: Due by the start of fall semester in which you would begin the project. The application
consists of a short description of the proposed project, signature from your faculty
mentor, application form, and transcripts.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (UROP)
The UROP assistantship is a prestigious award that pays students to conduct a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, up to $1200 for one semester. Students are eligible to apply for a renewal, providing up to another $1200 for the second semester of work. A UROP assistantship also provides up to $150 to cover research-related expenses and supplies. Most students apply for a UROP assistantship with the same project they are doing for their senior/honors thesis.
Eligibility: Any undergraduate student with at least a 3.0 GPA, who is registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours during the semester of the award, and who is eligible for employment at the University of Utah. You will also need an idea of what you want to study and a faculty mentor who will supervise your project and provide guidance.
Requirements: Must enroll in UGS 4800 (1 credit hour) while completing the UROP assistantship. UROP students are required to present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in early April. UROP students are also required to prepare an abstract to be published in the Undergraduate Research Abstracts Journal.
Application: You may apply for a UROP assistantship starting any semester, including summer. Deadlines are mid-April for summer funding, mid-July for fall semester funding, and mid-November for spring semester funding. The application consists of a 4-6 page written proposal, 2 letters of recommendation, transcripts, application form, and IRB approval (if necessary).
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLAR DESIGNATION (URSD)
This prestigious designation will appear as an “award” on your official transcript, upon graduation.
Eligibility: Any undergraduate student who has worked with a faculty mentor on research for at least two semesters (i.e., thesis or UROP project), who has published their work (e.g., Undergraduate Research Abstracts Journal), and who has presented their research at a professional research meeting (e.g., Undergraduate Research Symposium)
Application: Application form with documentation of presentation and publication, as well as signatures from faculty mentors and department chair. The deadline for your name to appear in convocation program is early February. The final deadline for the URSD designation to appear on final transcripts is mid-April.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor in the Department of Sociology: firstname.lastname@example.org