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Sociology Snippets – February 4, 2020

Hello Sociology Majors!

Well, this week Punxsutawney Phil did *not* see his shadow, which, lucky for us means an early spring. It turns out that sociology actually has something to say about Groundhog Day and other weird rituals. To read more about why we engage in social rituals like this, even though they may fly in the face of scientific evidence, see here.

This week in Sociology Snippets, we have information about conferences, funding and an alumni event.

Have a wonderful day and Go Ducks!

Prof Pascoe
Associate Professor | Undergraduate Program Director
Incoming Co-editor, Socius
Department of Sociology | University of Oregon
Office Hours: Th 1:30-2:00, 3:30-5:00 & by appointment; Sign up:

UO Sociology Student and Alumni Networking Dinner

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 5-7:30 PM, EMU Redwood Auditorium
What can you do with a degree in sociology from UO? Join us for a free dinner and panel discussion, and meet alumni now working as teachers, scholars, researchers, activists, organizers, entrepreneurs and more! RSVP here by March 6:

Pacific Sociological Association Annual Conference, March 26-29, 2020
Have you ever wanted to hear more about your professor’s research area? Or wanted to hear more about those studies you’ve read about in class? Lucky for us, the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association is here in Eugene this year! Its theme is “Democracy in a Divided Society.” And free day passes are available for Sociology students! If you have questions about attending an academic conference, I am happy to answer them.

For more information about how to attend and receive the free day pass, contact Nena Pratt, 736 PLC or More information about the conference and UO-sponsored panels on our website: 

To see a list of faculty and students from UO who will be presenting, see here: UO Sociology at PSA 2020(2).pdf

Apply to be a Sociology Peer Advisor!
Do you want to develop leadership skills? Just can’t get enough sociology? Want to earn credit doing both? Take a look at the Sociology Peer Advising program. Peer Advisors not only provide essential advising resources for students they also assist the Undergraduate Program Director (me) in all sorts of ways –  helping out with department events, putting together newsletters, contacting alumni and coming up with innovative ways to meet the needs of sociology majors and minors. See here for application information:

The application is due by the end of Week 6 .

Research Opportunities and Money for Research!
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE) research fellowship funding, and conference presentation travel award applications are now open. This year, we are excited to offer approximately $40k in support of research and conference travel to undergraduate students.

  • F Y R E(First Year Research Engagement fellowship) is a new award being introduced for this summer that offers $4000 to the student, and $1000 to the faculty mentor.
  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship offers $4000 to the student to conduct 8 weeks of research during summer 2020.
  • CURE also supports undergraduate students (up to $500 per individual) who will plan to travel to a conference to present their research work.
  • Full details can be found at

Publish Your Paper!
Would you like to see your research project, term paper, thesis, or creative work published? The Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal is a student-run, peer-reviewed, open access academic journal that showcases high-quality undergraduate work in the sciences, humanities, and arts at the University of Oregon. OURJ recently published its Winter 2020 issue, which you can read here:

We are currently looking for undergraduate research and cover art to publish in Spring 2020. We are dedicated to featuring research papers from all academic disciplines and would love to see submissions from your department!

Upcoming deadline for manuscript submissions: Sunday, March 22, 2019.

Please follow guidelines here: and send submissions to For more information, feel free to contact us at .