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March 31, 2020

Sociology Snippets – March 31, 2020

Hi all,

Welcome to the first day of Spring term. I hope that everyone is able to settle in to this new normal as smoothly as possible. It’s a time of adjustment for all of us. If you are needing resources, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, to medical health services ( or mental health services ( at U of O.

This week I’ve included some information about  a variety of funding opportunities and information about applying to the Sociology Honors Program.

As always, have a great day and Go Ducks,

Prof Pascoe


CURE Funding DeadlinesCURE


Honors Thesis Research Awards
Thanks to generous support from a Mellon Foundation grant, the University of Oregon’s Center for Environmental Futures. plans to award 5 awards of $1,000 each to UO undergraduates for honors thesis research projects in any area of the environmental humanities. The field of environmental humanities contextualizes and complements environmental science and policy by pursuing research on narrative, critical thinking, history, cultural analysis, aesthetics, and ethics of diverse environmental topics and issues, such as land use, animals, resource allocation, agriculture, species conservation, climate change, water, and other related issues. Research in environmental justice is also an integral part of the environmental humanities at the UO.

UO undergraduate students from any major pursuing an honors thesis in the environmental humanities and related fields, including environmental justice, are eligible to apply for these awards. All Clark Honors College students and others pursuing an honors thesis within a specific department are eligible. Students in all colleges and departments can apply. Thesis projects could include traditional honors theses as well as work in creative arts, service projects, or outreach. Students can be at any stage of the research or writing process during the 2019-2020 academic year, and awards can support any aspect of the thesis process — from the research stage to the writing of the thesis, dissemination of the results, or as a prize recognizing exemplary thesis work recently completed or nearly completed in the environmental humanities.

* Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020

Click here. to apply:


Sociology Honors Program

Have you ever found yourself in a sociology class thinking “Gosh, this study is great! I’d love to do a study like this!” Or have the research posters on the walls of the Sociology Department hallway piqued your interested? If so, the Sociology Honors Program is for you. This small, selective year-long class for highly motivated sociology majors walks you through all aspects of the research process from coming up with a research question, to putting together a research proposal, to conducting your research, to actually writing an honors thesis. Participants in this program have had their research covered by Cascade Magazine (such as Daniel Silberman’s research on racism and punishment in Oregon:, have presented their research at academic conferences, such as the Annual Pacific Sociological Association Conference and have used their theses as writing samples for successful graduate school applications.

You can the application for the program here:

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at with any questions about the program or your eligibility for it.

March 24, 2020

Commencement 2020 Update

Dear students,

There is no doubt that these are unprecedented and confusing times for all of us. For perhaps the first time in history, the University of Oregon has made the decision to close its campus for the spring quarter and cancel all in-person commencement activities scheduled for this June. While of course we were saddened to hear this news, we recognize that extraordinary measures are required in extraordinary circumstances. This difficult decision was the best for the greater safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the many friends, family and guests that come to campus each year for commencement activities.

Many of our graduating students look forward to their commencement day and are devastated at this development. We have received dozens of questions about what will happen for Sociology students to recognize their degree completion this June, and we have started to ponder this question ourselves. We are brainstorming possibilities using remote technology and are awaiting further guidance from UO commencement planners.

Unfortunately, at this time we do not have a clear answer to offer. We understand your disappointment and frustration, and we hope to have a clearer idea of how we might celebrate our students’ many accomplishments in the coming weeks once spring term is underway. We will communicate our plans via this website and Canvas and will update our commencement pages with new information as soon as it is available.

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestion, please feel free to reach out via email to and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your flexibility, determination, and integrity during this period of interruption. We hope to see you all again (in person!) very soon.

Stay healthy and best wishes,

Your Sociology commencement planners

March 20, 2020

Sociology Snippets – March 20, 2020

Hello Sociology Majors,

I wanted to touch base with all of you on the eve of what is likely the strangest start to a spring break you have experienced during your college career. I know you are receiving a lot of messages from UO as leadership tries to make the best decisions to keep students, faculty and staff safe during the upcoming months. Many of these changes are disappointing – moving classes online and changing what graduation will look like. I know many of you may have a lot of questions and I am happy to answer them or endeavor to find out the answers for you, so do not hesitate to contact me. In the meantime, I have been in contact with the career center about ways to support graduating seniors, have been brainstorming ways to celebrate graduating seniors even if from far and will be in touch early next term about things like the honors program, the transformation of the Peer Advising program into a Peer Leadership program and hopefully a new date for an alumni dinner.

In the mean time, please take care of yourselves and please contact me if you are in need of resources or have questions.


Prof Pascoe

C.J. Pascoe
Associate Professor |Undergraduate Program Director
Co-editor, Socius:  Sociological Research for a Dynamic World
Department of Sociology | University of Oregon
(458) 215-1901 |
March 16, 2020

March 11, 2020 – Soc Snippets

Hello Sociology Majors,

Well, I think I am safe in saying that the term is ending in a way that many of us did not anticipate. I realize that the information you are receiving right now may feel unsettling and a bit surreal at times. You may find some of the answers to your questions here: As you process this information please let me know if I, in my role as the Undergraduate Program Director can support you in any way.

In taking steps to reduce the spread and the speed of the spread of the virus, the  Pacific Sociological Association Conference, some of you had planned to attend, that was supposed to occur over Spring Break here in Eugene has been cancelled. There may be an online version of the event and I will provide those details when they become available.  The department will also provide updates on the alumni dinner planned for the 29th in the coming days.

As always, take care of yourselves and each other and Go Ducks.

Professor Pascoe

C.J. Pascoe
Associate Professor | Undergraduate Program Director
Co-editor, Socius
Department of Sociology | University of Oregon

February 24, 2020

Sociology Snippets – February 20, 2020

Hello Sociology Majors!

Does it ever feel like sociology is a bit of a downer? Well, this week we have some good Valentine’s Day themed good news for you. According to Sociology professor Philip Cohen divorce is on the decline – you can see his research here: It’s not all bad news!

This week in Soc Snippets we have some publication and job opportunities.

As always have a great day and Go Ducks!

Prof Pascoe

Associate Professor |Undergraduate Program Director Co-editor, Socius:  Sociological Research for a Dynamic World Department of Sociology | University of Oregon (458) 215-1901 |


Submit Your Research!
We are honored to invite you and your students to participate in the 10th Anniversary Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, May 21 in the EMU. Students may submit abstracts through April 6.

Since 2011, the Undergraduate Research Symposium has hosted more than 2,000 students and served as a signature moment for undergraduates to present their original research and creative work to the campus and local community.  The 2019 Symposium welcomed 513 presenters and 290 faculty mentors representing 75 majors from every UO school and college.

This year we will also be joined by local high school students and teachers in collaboration with the Summer Academy to Inspire Leadership (SAIL); Lane Community College (LLC) students and faculty (including a transfer student panel); and McNair Scholars students from the UO and programs across the Pacific Northwest.


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

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


Work with SAIL this Summer
The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) program is hiring counselors and residential assistants for summer 2020! We are looking for positive, can-do folks who are excited to work with students in a fun, educational environment.  Sound like you? Email for more information

Summer staff work full time during our training week July 13-16 and our two program weeks July 20-24 & July 27-31.

The University of Oregon’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) program is an innovative pre-college program hosted on the University of Oregon campus. Serving middle and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds, including lower income and/or first-generation college students, SAIL empowers students to enroll and succeed in college through early exposure and exploration.

SAIL offers free, one-week summer programs on the University of Oregon campus, where students can choose from a wide variety of subject areas like Biology, Performing Arts, World Languages and more, all taught by distinguished University of Oregon faculty volunteers through fun social and interactive activities. SAIL programs also include sessions on college admissions, the financial aid process, and scholarships, as well as opportunities to bond with like-minded peers through team-building and leadership activities.SAIL Hiring Slide.pdf


Internship Opportunity
PAID Undergraduate/Graduate Internship Opportunity – Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) 2020 Summer Scholars Program: The Summer Scholars Program which runs from May 24- August 1, 2020 provides a unique opportunity for highly-motivated undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated financial need to learn about federal higher education policy in the nation’s capital.  Fully funded, the program provides scholars with accommodations, a metro card, a move-in stipend, an hourly wage, and transportation to and from Washington D.C. at the start and end of the program.

While in D.C., scholars work with the larger PNPI team to create high-quality learning experiences for current and prospective federal higher education policymakers, draft content for the PNPI website, engage in research on postsecondary issues, and attend D.C. based policy events.  The goal of the program is to provide scholars with an opportunity to build their knowledge base and their network in federal higher education policy.  In their final evaluations of the program, all of our scholars have credited PNPI with expanding their understanding of federal higher education policy, exposing them to new career paths, and impacting their long-range career goals. They also credited us with instilling in them greater confidence and a higher level of comfort in professional circles.

Summer Scholars Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university as a rising or current senior undergraduate or graduate student (full or part time status). Proof of enrollment required (recent transcript).
  • Must demonstrate financial need. Undergraduate students must have received a Pell grant in the most recent academic year. Graduate students must have received a Pell grant in the final semester of their senior year AND must demonstrate Pell-eligibility for the most recent academic year per the estimated family contribution listed on their Federal Student Aid Report (2019-2020 EFC must be $5,576 or less).
  • All majors/fields of study accepted, but candidates must indicate an interest in postsecondary education policy.
  • If currently living outside of D.C., must be able and willing to relocate to Washington, D.C. from May 24 to August 1, 2020.
  • If selected for an interview, must have access to Zoom or Google Hangouts.
  • Must be able to work 35 hours/week in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the internship.
  • Must be able to travel with PNPI staff to Congressional events and seminars both on Capitol Hill and in the contiguous United States (all travel expenses covered by PNPI).
  • Must have excellent communication, writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a self-driven and highly-motivated independent worker.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who currently live or attend school outside of Washington, D.C. and who have never previously interned in Washington D.C.
  • Must submit application and all required materials no later than 5pm ET on Monday, March 2, 2020. No late applications will be reviewed or accepted.


February 19, 2020

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 .

November 20, 2019

Sociology Snippets – November 19, 2019

Hello Sociology Majors!

Welcome to week 8! Just a few more weeks until a much deserved winter break. This week in Sociology Snippets we have opportunities for academic engagement and an invitation to a movie screening.

Have a great week and Go Ducks!

Prof Pascoe

C.J. Pascoe
Associate Professor | Undergraduate Program Director
Department of Sociology | University of Oregon
Office Hours: Tues 1:30-2;30, Th 3:30-4:30 & by appointment; Sign up:


Social Problems: An Applied Approach
Calling all Sociology Ducks! If you’re interested in learning more about social problems, engaging in direct service, earning 8 credits, and reflecting with friends along the way, look no further!  Consider applying for Sociology 407 and Sociology 399: Social Problems.

Soc 407 and Soc 399 is a two-quarter sequence created to provide students with the opportunity to synthesize academic and experiential knowledge in a service-learning experience. Service-learning involves the purposeful integration of: academic content, direct service to the community, and critical reflection.

This course is a wonderful opportunity to become engaged in our local community in a small, supportive classroom environment.  For additional information, application, or questions, please contact Amy Luebbers at  (Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until December 6 or filled. Class is limited to 15.)

First Year Research Engagement Fellowship
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement is pleased to announce the application release for F Y R E (First Year Research Engagement Fellowship)! This NEW fellowship was established to encourage first year undergraduate student exploration of research.

Although the deadline is not until April 3, 2020 –interested students are encouraged to conduct an early review of the submission criteria.  Send CUREious students to our open hours (GSH #104 | 4-6 pm  | Monday to Thursday, and Wednesdays from 10 am to Noon)


Film: Desmond Tutu – Children of the Light
UO PeaceJam Film Showing – Desmond Tutu
Film: “Desmond Tutu – Children of the Light” (1hr 32mins)
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: 177 Lawrence Hall
Cost: free (snacks will be available!)



October 31, 2019

Sociology Snippets – Oct. 31, 2019

Hello Sociology Majors!

I’m sure you are all in the middle of midterms right now – hang in there! If you need a diversion, check out this sociological brain candy (video) on moral panics and Halloween.  You can read more about sociological takes on Halloween here. Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine!
Associate Professor |Undergraduate Program Director
Incoming Co-editor, Socius
Department of Sociology | University of Oregon
Office Hours: Tues 1:30-2;30, Th 3:30-4:30 & by appointment; Sign up:
Inside Out Prison Exchange Class Applications
In winter 2020, you will have the opportunity to apply for an Inside Out Prison Exchange class being taught through Sociology.  This class is comprised of half UO students and half incarcerated students at a medium security prison in Salem.  Together we will study social inequality through the lens of ethnographic research on race, class and gender. If you are interested, you must be available for class from 4-10:30pm on Wednesdays during winter term, and you must apply for the class (see attached application).
The application deadline is Nov. 8th at 5PM SHARP.  No exceptions.
Feel free to contact Professor Ellen Scott if you have any questions:
Statistics Workshops

Call for Papers: The Undergraduate Journal of Politics, Policy and Society
Due to technical difficulties, The Undergraduate Journal of Politics, Policy, and Society (UJPPS) has decided to extend the deadline for the call for papers.

The Undergraduate Journal of Politics, Policy, and Society (UJPPS) is an emerging interdisciplinary academic journal that publishes peer-reviewed work of undergraduate students in social sciences and humanities. The journal provides a platform for aspiring academics to gain experience in publishing, research, and critical thinking while contributing to current debates and discussions in their disciplines.

The theme for the third issue is Politics in the Digital Age which evaluates all transformations of the political and social world. We invite submissions addressing topics including, but not limited to,  cyber conflict; radicalization and identity politics; censorship; ethics and institutions; big data; climate change; media politics; digital security and surveillance, electoral integrity; human rights in the digital age; globalization; modern challenges to democracy; privacy concerns; online activism and political engagement as well as intellectual property.

 These topics engage with a diverse set of questions, such as the following:

  • What role does social media play in politics?
  • Has technology changed conflict?
  • Has technology influenced intersectional politics?
  • What are the ethical, political and social implications of big data usage?
  • Is public policy evolving with the development of technology?
  • Has the usage of technology impacted environmental change and the distribution of wealth and resources?
  • What is the effect of technology on political processes and institutions?
  • What is the influence of “fake news” on governments and societies?
  • Have technological advancements impacted globalization & regional integration?
  • Does access to technology affect global and local communities?

The submission deadline is November 3rd, 2019. Interested authors should submit their manuscript via the journal’s homepage: All articles must conform to the journal’s submission guidelines. Submissions will undergo a blind peer review and those selected by the editorial team will be published in the 2020 issue of the journal. Published papers will be entered for the UJPPS Article of the year award. Questions pertaining to this call for papers should be directed to one of the editors, Nadia Ackah (me) at Please forward this message to whoever would be interested.

 Call for Artwork: Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal
Would you like to see your artwork 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. We are currently looking for cover art to publish in Fall 2019/Winter 2020.

Upcoming deadline for art submissions: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2019

Please follow the guidelines found at:

Previous issues and cover art examples can be found at:

Please send submissions to

We look forward to receiving your submissions! Contact with any questions.

Human Rights Workshop Applications 

The Oxford Consortium for Human Rights will be conducting its annual workshop at The University of Oxford in March 2020.  The deadline is Nov 3rd, 2019. If any students need an extension, they should contact me at Here is the application form :
Past Students’ Testimonies:

“This human rights workshop changed my understanding of what it means to be human…if we wish to advance human rights, we must first create and develop human bonds. This is the way to form communities that recognize the common ground we all share.” – Iago 

“The OCHR was an invaluable opportunity for me to broaden my understanding of humanitarian policy and ethical systems of international policy. Along with driven and intelligent students of diverse backgrounds, I discussed complex issues, and made lifelong connections that I’ll take with me as I begin a career in politics/policy-making.” – Natalie

“I knew the OCHR trip would be amazing, but this trip exceeded my expectations. What a fantastic group of students, professors, staff, and volunteers. I walked away from this summer with new knowledge, new friends, and above all, a newfound passion for these issues”  – Momo

“The OCHR was the pinnacle of my professional development and one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Having the opportunity to not only meet and learn from respected leaders within the human rights field but create a network of equally engaged, determined peers” – Casey

October 16, 2019

Tykeson Hall advising updates

The Tykeson Advising website is live, and the team is looking forward to welcoming students. Majors are organized into Flight Paths for advising. Each Flight Path represents an academic and career theme, and includes majors and minors from across the University that fit in the theme. Sociology is a part of the Public Policy, Society, and Identity Flight Path.

Tutoring for students in WR 121, WR 122, and WR 123 is available. To schedule appointments, first create an account at

Peer writing tutoring for students in 100- or 200-level English literature, composition, and Clark Honors College is also available. To get started, visit

January 3, 2018

CAS Scholarship Application – OPEN NOW!

The College of Arts and Sciences is currently accepting online applications for the following scholarships and fellowships for 2018-2019:

Mildred Braaten Archibald Scholarship Fund in Science and Mathematics
Mary Chambers Brockelbank Endowed Assistance Fund
Norman Brown Graduate Fellowship
Hazel Leonard Buck Scholarship
College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Scholarship
College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship
Clarence and Lucille Dunbar Scholarship
Henry V. Howe Scholarship
Hildegard Kurz Foreign Language Scholarship
John L. and Naomi Luvaas Graduate Fellowship
Miller Family Graduate Award in Technology & Science
Everett D. Monte Scholarship
Risa Palm Graduate Fellowship
Charles A. Reed Graduate Fellowship
Marthe E. Smith Memorial Science Scholarship
Clayton and Sheryl Steinke General Social Sciences Scholarship
Carolyn M. Stokes Memorial Scholarship
Susan A. Winn Memorial Scholarship

Please visit for more information on each scholarship’s criteria, average award amounts, and a link to the online application materials. The application deadline is Monday, February 26, 2018.


If you have any questions please contact the College of Arts and Sciences by e-mail at or by phone at 346-0045.

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