Sport & Politics in Germany (Spring 2020)

Sociology majors! Its not too late to sign up for this course being taught this spring by Prof. John Hoberman.

Course Description:

Sport and other forms of physical culture have played important political roles in German history over the past two centuries. The gymnastics movement of the early 19th century promoted an intense German nationalism based on racial/ethnic identity. The late-19th century gymnastics movement was both politically conservative and engaged in an unsuccessful struggle with the foreign “sport” culture that eventually conquered the world in the form of the Olympic Games and global soccer. The 1936 Berlin (“Nazi”) Olympics promoted Hitler’s foreign policy objectives by serving as a propaganda platform that persuaded much of the world that Nazi Germany would not go to war. An anti-Nazi boycott effort in the United States did not succeed.

The next German dictatorship to adopt sport as a political strategy was East Germany (1949-1989), which produced huge numbers of internationally successful athletes by creating a system of early recruitment, expert coaching, and a secret doping program that fed anabolic steroids to thousands of young men and women, including children: criminal medicine in the service of sportive nationalism.

In recent decades, democratic Germany has pursued a very successful program to become a world soccer power. The 2006 World Cup competition in Germany marked a turning point by producing a politically acceptable form of German nationalism. The German victory at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has confirmed traditional stereotypes about German efficiency that reflect well on Germany’s political system. The inclusion of players of non-German origin on the national team serves as a symbol of German multicultural policy in an era of troubled race relations across the face of Europe.

Annie’s List Spring 2020 Internships


Annie’s List is now accepting applications for paid Spring 2020 internships based in Austin from January 21 – May 8


Please email a one-page resume and cover letter in PDF format explaining your interest in Annie’s List and your preferred department to Ana Harris at by Friday,

November 8th by 5:00 PM CST! We encourage all majors and all years to apply, but are particularly interested in Juniors and Seniors. Interns are paid bi-weekly, earning a total of $1,500.

Interns will not only get a sense of what it takes to elect women in Texas, but also have the option to participate in career development opportunities, such as resume/cover letter writing workshops, networking events, and panels tailored to the current interns’ interests.

More information about the types of internships available can be found here:

Sociology Honors Applications Under Review


Applications for the Sociology Honors Program for the spring of 2020 are currently being reviewed!  The department will continue to accept applications until all available slots are filled.  


There are many advantages to participating in Sociology Honors.  It’s highly recommended if you’re planning on going to grad school, law school, med school or some other professional school.  If you’re considering one of these post-bachelor’s programs, but haven’t made up your mind, Honors will give you a taste of what it’s like to conduct independent research.  You can decide as an undergraduate whether you like it or not.  If you’re planning on going to work after graduation, Sociology Honors will look very good on your resume.

The Sociology Honors Program is open to majors who have completed at least 60 hours of coursework with a Sociology GPA of at least 3.5 and an overall GPA of at least 3.0.  You must have completed Soc 302 (Intro Soc) and Soc 317L (Statistics) prior to entering the program.  You are encouraged to have completed Soc 317M (Research Methods) and Soc 379 (Theory), but one or both can be taken during your first semester. They must be completed not later than your first semester.

Soc 679HA and Soc 679HB, the 6 required hours of Honors coursework, will count toward the 27 hours of Sociology coursework required for the major.

Applications can be submitted to Debbie Rothschild (RLP 1.216) or directly to Dr. Penny Green (RLP 3.602). Applications can be downloaded at:

If you want to enter Honors in the spring, it’s best to apply before preregistration begins on October 28th.  That way you can get all necessary coursework scheduled and not have to worry about it in _________________________________________________________________________

Please contact Dr. Green if you’d like to talk more about the Sociology Honors Program. 

(512) 232-6306 


Pre-Med Student Appointments


The UT Health Professions Office is now offering guidance from Dell med students in residence for any pre-med student!


Tuesday mornings from 9:00 am – 11:00 am in the Health Professions Office (PAI 5.03) by appointment only

If you are new to the HPO, you will start with an HPO Peer Coach. Peer Coaches are available on a walk-in basis each day from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, and they can activate your HPO account. They will also explain HPO resources to you before scheduling your appointment with a Dell med student.

If you are already established with the HPO, simply call 512-471-3172 to schedule your appointment. These appointments do NOT count toward your 2 appointment limit!

Hands of Hope Internship


Interns in this program gain valuable experience that is relevant to a number of fields and future career goals while simultaneously making a meaningful difference in the lives of a vulnerable group of children.


Casa de Esperanza is a non-profit in Houston, Texas that provides residential care to children (newborn through six years old) who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.  Care is provided by the Hands of Hope interns, who come from all over the United States to be part of this program.

These interns, most of whom are recent college graduates, join Casa de Esperanza for a year of service (a twelve-month, full-time, post-graduation internship).  Applicants wishing to complete shorter internships are considered on a case by case basis.

On-site housing is provided so that interns may live with the children they are caring for.


Additionally, click here to view the Hands of Hope flyer


Orientation Advisor Recruitment


NSS wants to build a team of diverse, talented and committed students who will represent the university well as they assist them with welcoming our newest Longhorns to campus.


New Student Services is recruiting Orientation Advisors (OAs) for the 2020 orientation season and we would like your help. OAs support and mentor new students as they transition to The University of Texas at Austin, and they are among the first people new students and families meet when they come to campus.

If you know a student who has the potential to be an outstanding OA, please nominate them here and encourage them to attend an information session (see below). Students MUST attend one of the information sessions to receive an application. Students from any college and classification are eligible to become an Orientation Advisor.

For more information and to see the job description, visit


If you have questions about Orientation Advisor recruitment, please contact Shannon Price at


Bridging Disciplines Application Deadline: 10/9

Bridging Disciplines Programs Opportunities___________________________________________________________________________

Students who are interested in applying to a Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDP) certificate this fall, this is a reminder that the application deadline is next Wednesday morning at 8:00am.


Students who would like to apply by next week’s deadline can still attend a BDP information session next Tuesday from 11am-12pm in FAC 4.

Information about the BDP application is also available on the BDP website. For students who are not quite ready to apply now, please know that the next application deadline will be in early March.

If you are not familiar with the BDPs, these programs offer undergraduates at UT the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary certificate. These certificates complement students’ majors and integrate coursework with experiential learning. Students choose from one of 14 different interdisciplinary themes, such as:

  • Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies
  • Design Strategies
  • Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
  • Public Policy
  • Social Inequality, Health & Policy

You can view a list of all BDP topics, as well as more information about these programs, on the website. Additionally, there is a Box folder where you can access and download a general BDP handout, as well as handouts that group BDPs based on general interest areas.

Please note that, as of this fall, the office is no longer accepting applications to the Ethics & Leadership in Technology & the Media BDP.


ISSS Scholarship Applications for Spring Now Available

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Take advantage of the newest Spring scholarship opportunities from International Student and Scholar Services!



General ISSS Financial Aid Award

  • ISSS is able to provide up to a $3,500 spring 2019 semester and $2,500 in the summer semester cash award for students who demonstrate financial need.
  • Only international students who have completed at least 2 semesters at UT Austin by the time the award is disbursed are eligible to apply for this award.

Tuition Assistance for Mexican Students Award

  • The Tuition Assistance for Mexican Students (TAMS) award provides a waiver of the nonresident portion of a student’s tuition bill.
  • To be eligible for the TAMS award, you must be a citizen and resident of Mexico who demonstrates financial need.

The Iimura Peace Endowed Scholarship

  • The Iimura Peace Endowed Scholarship is a $1,500 spring award that recognizes an undergraduate international student with intent to promote peace in Asia.
  • This award is intended for international undergraduate students from Asia with preference given to students who lived or attended school in East Asia or student who have lived or attended school in Asia.
  • Service Project is required if awarded the Iimura Peace Endowed Scholarship

Ethel Loving de Diaz Scholarship

  • The Ethel Loving de Diaz Scholarship is a $1,500 spring tuition award that recognizes an international student from Mexico who is working to help fund their education.

Society of Iranian-American Women for Education Scholarship

  • The Society of Iranian-American Women for Education (SIAWE) Scholarship is a $1,000 spring award that recognizes a student of Iranian descent who demonstrates financial need and academic excellence.
  • The award can either be applied towards the spring tuition bill or be paid out as a cash award. Cash awards are subject to a 14% tax.
  • Thank you letters are required upon being selected for the Society of Iranian-American Women for Education (SIAWE) Scholarship. Awards will not be applied to recipients’ accounts until a thank you letter is received.

Carlos and Clara Quintanilla Scholarship

  • The Carlos and Clara Quintanilla Scholarship is a $2,500 spring tuition award that recognizes an undergraduate international student enrolled in the Cockrell School of Engineering who will return to Mexico and positively impact the Mexican economy.
  • Applicants must have been a resident of Mexico for at least 10 years prior to attending UT and demonstrate financial need.
  • Thank you letters are required upon being selected for the Carlos and Clara Quintanilla Scholarship. Awards will not be applied to recipients’ tuition bills until a thank you letter is received.

All the scholarship applications can be found on our website  with additional information under the appropriate scholarship name.

All applicants will be notified via email of the decisions by the first week of December 2019. Make sure to turn your applications in by the deadline November 1, 2019.




Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Opportunity


The Senate of College Councils Recruitment & Retention Committee is excited to offer the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship!


To qualify as a non-traditional student, students must be one or more of the following:

  • An external transfer student
  • A veteran
  • A student over the age of 25 pursuing their first bachelor’s degree
  • An international student
  • A first-generation student
  • A student who is a parent

We are awarding two $500 scholarships. Students must have attended UT Austin for at least two semesters and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Applications will be reviewed holistically with consideration of the applicants’ financial aid status, past experiences (including career and internships), and involvement on campus and in the community.

The deadline to apply is October 13, 2019 at 11:00 PM.

Finalists will be notified and interviewed on October 29, 2019. The link to apply is here:


For questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to


Semester in Los Angeles (UTLA)

The Semester in Los Angeles (UTLA) program at the Wofford Denius UTLA Center for Entertainment & Media Studies will be holding three general information sessions intended for students interested in participating in Summer 2020 and beyond.


Thursday, October 3 | 6:30 PM | BMC 1.202

Tuesday, November 12 | 5:00 PM | BMC 5.102

Wednesday, November 20 | 5:00 PM | BMC 5.102


These info sessions will be general in nature and intended for anyone with questions about the program, online application, costs, internships, classes, etc.

UTLA Program Director Mira Lippold-Johnson will be hosting the October 3rd session!

The deadline to APPLY for Summer 2020 is December 2nd, 2019.

As a reminder, the UTLA program is open to ALL UT majors and students can participate up to one full year after graduation.

In addition, students pursuing the Media and Entertainment Industries minor in Radio-Television-Film can satisfy up to nine hours (of the fifteen required for the minor) by participating in the program.


For more information on the Semester in the Los Angeles Program (including a link to the online application), visit here.