Public Service Weekend with Texas A&M

Shared on behalf of Bush School Admissions, Texas A&M University

What: Public Service Weekend
When: Friday, Nov 6 (2:30-6:40 PM) and Saturday, Nov 7 (10:00 AM-12:40 PM)
Where: Online via Zoom (free event)
How: Register online here by November 4
StudentsSubmit the form above and a resume

Why? Public Service Weekend is an interactive event we host each year to educate the world about the public service sector. It is our way of giving back and fulfilling our mission of educating future public servants. During the event, we focus on public service careers and education primarily within public administration/policy and international affairs/security/development.

Who should attend? SERVICE-MINDED STUDENTS who want to make a difference in a variety of career fields and ADVISORS who want to learn more to better assist you and/or your student; we’d love to have you!

Need more info? View our PSW 2020 Flyer or visit our website.

University Writing Center Job/Internship

Interested in working for the University Writing Center’s as a Writing Consultant? Consider taking their internship course, RHE 368C, this Spring 2021. This internship is a required course for anyone hoping to work at the UWC. Students interested in the internship course must apply through HireUTexas by October 23rd to be considered. The course application is listed under the title “Writing Center Intern.”

The internship is designed to introduce students to writing center theory and practice, and is ideal for students interested in writing, rhetoric and communication, and pedagogy. After completing the internship, students can apply to work at the UWC as consultants. Consulting is a supportive and flexible job that offers a variety of professionalization opportunities such as certifications, promotional and social media work, and research projects, in addition to developing vital consulting, interpersonal communication, and writing skills.

Connect with UWC online through the UWC website, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Grad Program in Survey Methodology

Shared on behalf of Patty Gregory with the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology

The Michigan Program in Survey Methodology (, based in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, could be a great fit for graduates of the UT Sociology program who are looking for additional graduate training in this area. We offer students a choice of “tracks” or emphases—social science, data science or statistics.  All of our students receive a thorough introduction to any array of methods for collecting data and combining data from multiple sources.  We also ground all of our students in a framework for the judging of the quality of data.

Internship with Children’s Advocacy Center

The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), serving Bastrop, Lee and Fayette counties, is currently accepting interns for the Spring and Summer semesters. If you are interested, please email Sarah Moreno to obtain more information and the application.

Sociology Colloquium: “Fat Phobia as Misogynoir: Gender, Race, and Weight Stigma”

Please join us for the next Sociology Colloquium on Thursday, October 22 at noon. All faculty, students, and staff are welcome to join this Zoom presentation. Registration is not required.

Sabrina Strings, University of California, Irvine – “Fat Phobia as Misogynoir: Gender, Race, and Weight Stigma”

Sabrina Strings, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to coming to UCI, she was a UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow with a joint appointment in the School of Public Health and Department of Sociology. Sabrina has been featured in The Huffington Post, Bitch Media, and The Feminist Wire. Her writing can be found in diverse venues, including The New York Times, Scientific American, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Her book, Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia (2019), has been named an NYU Press Bestseller. It was awarded the 2020 Best Publication Prize by the Body & Embodiment Section of the American Sociological Association. Fearing the Black Body has been featured on BBC, NPR, and WNYC, as well as “must read” lists in Essence, Ms., and Colorlines

Join Zoom Meeting:

Passcode: 341164

FIG and TrIG Peer Mentor Recruitment

The FYE office is now recruiting FIG & TrIG Peer Mentors for Fall 2021!  Information about the positions and commitments are posted on the UGS website along with the application:

FIG Mentor Info:

TrIG Mentor Info:

The deadline for both new and returning mentors to apply is November 22, 2020.  

Sociology Colloquium: Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing

Please join us for the next Sociology Colloquium session on Thursday, October 15 at noon:

Sarah Brayne will present, “Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing”

In the digital age, we scatter millions of digital traces in our wake as we go about our everyday lives. In her forthcoming book, Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing, Sarah Brayne draws on her research with the Los Angeles Police Department to understand how the police use the digital trails we leave to deploy resources, identify criminal suspects, and conduct investigations. Although big data policing holds potential to reduce bias and increase efficiency, this research analyses how it also reproduces and deepens existing patterns of social inequality, threatens privacy, and challenges civil liberties.

Sarah Brayne is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UT Austin. In her research, Brayne uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the social consequences of data-intensive surveillance practices. Her forthcoming book, Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing (Oxford University Press), draws on ethnographic research with the Los Angeles Police Department to understand how law enforcement uses predictive analytics and new surveillance technologies. In previous research, she analyzed the relationship between criminal justice contact and involvement in medical, financial, labor market, and educational institutions. Brayne’s research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Law and Social Inquiry, and the Annual Review of Law and Social Science.  

Prior to joining the faulty at UT Austin, Brayne was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University. Brayne has volunteer-taught college-credit sociology classes in prisons since 2012. In 2017, she founded the Texas Prison Education Initiative.

This session will be a regular Zoom meeting, so no registration is required. All faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend.

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Spring 2021 Sociology Honors Applications

Early Acceptance Application Deadline: October 30th, 2020
Final Deadline: January 8th, 2021

Read the full details, review the application & requirements, and submit your application on the Sociology Honors webpage.

Sociology Honors is a double-semester program during which you’ll conduct independent research and write a thesis under the supervision of a member of the Sociology Faculty.  Honors students also attend a seminar, which meets twice weekly for 50 minutes.  Attending the seminar will not increase your workload, but it will help you work more efficiently.  Its purpose is to provide support, resources, and assistance relevant to successfully completing your thesis.  The seminar also helps build close relationships between Honors students, creating a genuine community of young scholars.  

Honors coursework consists of two 3 hour courses, SOC 679HA (first semester) and SOC 679HB (second semester), which must be taken over two long semesters. SOC 679HA and SOC 679HB will count toward the 30 hours of Sociology coursework required for the major. 

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 (SOC statistics or approved Statistics equivalent) prior to entering the program.  You are encouraged to have completed SOC 327M (Research Methods) and SOC 379M (Theory), but one or both can be taken during your first semester of the honors program. They must be completed not later than your first semester. 

Many students secure a thesis supervisor before applying for Honors, but this is not required.  I can help you identify potential supervisors. Applicants should have at least a general idea of the area they would like to work in.  

Please contact the Sociology advisors or Honors advisor, Dr. Michael Young with any questions.

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Shared on behalf of Texas Career Engagement 

Join this campus-wide event: College to Career Speaker Series: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace – Bring your authentic self to work featuring a panel discussion with Eli Lilly and Company, P&G, PwC, and Tesla.

What: College to Career Speaker Series: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace – Bring your authentic self to work! 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST
Where: Zoom (link provided post registration) 
Why: Hear from companies committed to diversity and inclusion! Panelists will share the great ways their organizations empower them to bring their authentic self to work.
Participating Employers: Eli Lilly and Company, P&G, PwC, and Tesla!
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