Sociology Advising Update

Per President Gregory Fenves, classes will resume online the week of March 30th.  Therefore, all other operations, including academic advising, will be virtual for the foreseeable future.  While we may not have answers for everything yet, we will try our best to provide you with as much info as we can.

As of right now, registration will still go on as planned, April 20th – May 1st.  We will be holding advising appointments virtually. You can schedule your appointment online at

Unless otherwise arranged, we will advise via Zoom. No later than 9 AM the morning of your appointment, you will receive an Outlook invite with the details of your Zoom appointment. A direct link to the meeting will be included in those details; for the smoothest experience, we recommend downloading Zoom at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment. You can access Zoom on your computer or on a smartphone app. If you do not have access to a webcam/speaker/microphone on your computer/smartphone, there will be a dial-in by phone option with Zoom.

While we are testing out best practices for sharing our advising notes and class recommendations, we strongly encourage you to take your own notes during your appointment to remember what was discussed.

Just like you, we will likely be holding these meetings from our homes, so the background may be a bit different than our traditional offices. While you are not necessarily going to the advising office, we also ask you please be sure to act like you are: find a location that allows you 30 minutes to focus on your advising meeting, dress appropriately, and come prepared. It should go without saying that advising and driving do not mix well!

Additionally, you should continue contacting us through email at for quick questions and expect a response within a reasonable time frame. We will not be available via our traditional office phone number, and our office voicemail will direct you to email us.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation.  We will continue to do our best to be available for all of your needs and help prepare you for your academic future.  Do not hesitate to contact us if you have specific questions regarding your situation, but in regard to the bigger picture, we will update you, where appropriate, when we have the information ourselves.

For the most up-to-date information from the University, please visit, and for the most up-to-date information from the College of Liberal Arts and the Student Affairs Team (for things such as Q-drops and Pass/Fail), please visit

Your Sociology Advisors

Present at the Undergraduate Research Showcase

The Liberal Arts Council is hosting their annual Undergraduate Research Showcase on April 11, 2020, from 9-3p. This showcase allows students within the college of liberal arts to present their research to a panel of faculty. All participants will receive valuable feedback on their presentations and top presenters will have the opportunity to win prizes and a small scholarship. 

The deadline to sign up to present is Monday, April 6th at 11:59 PM. Application link is here:

Shared on behalf of
Michaela Lavelle, Liberal Arts Council – Academic Affairs Committee

McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars seeks to increase the number of undergraduate students earning doctoral degree who are low-income and first-generation, or who come from communities underrepresented in graduate education. Program participants must be committed to enrolling in graduate programs with an end goal of successfully completing a Ph.D.

Students selected to participate in McNair Scholars work with both a faculty advisor (on graduate school literacy) and a faculty mentor (on research and scholarship. Scholars define, develop, and delivery an independent research project. Scholars receive a free GRE prep course ($2,000 value). In total, Scholars are eligible for up to $5,500 for participating.

Attend an info session:
Wednesday, March 4 • 4:30 p.m. • SSB 4.212
Tuesday, March 10 • 11 a.m. • SSB 4.212
Thursday, March 12 • 12 p.m. • SSB 3.406
Wednesday, March 25 • 12 p.m. • CAL 221

Shared on behalf of:
Eric Dieter, Director of Gateway & McNair Scholars

Business Minor Options

Still trying to decide on your minor? More than 5,200 students at UT Austin choose to pursue the Business Foundations program, but that’s not the only business option. Learn about the other 12 McCombs minors at on of the upcoming information sessions:

Legacy Events Room – CBA 3.202
Friday, March 6, 4:00 – 5:00
Wednesday, March 11, 5:00 – 6:00
Monday, March 16, 3:30 – 4:30
Friday, March 20, 3:30 – 4:30
Thursday, April 2, 4:00 – 5:00
Friday, April 17, 3:00 – 4:00
Thursday, April 23, 4:00 – 5:00
Tuesday, May 5, 4:00 – 5:00

Shared on behalf of
Cole Holmes, Director of Texas Business Options  512-232-6748

Master’s Degree & Scholarship for Labor Studies

The Cuny School of Labor and Urban Studies are recruiting applicants for the Joseph S. Murphy Scholarships for Diversity in Labor, designed to promote the activism and leadership of woman and people of color in the labor movement or  in the field of Labor Studies. Scholarship recipients will receive full tuition and additional funds for the M.A. in Labor Studies.  Our programs are designed to support working adults or full time students. 

Strong Applicants:

  • Are passionate about building strong movements for workers and social justice
  • Have a good academic background
  • Possess leadership skills, or leadership potential
Applicants must first apply to the M.A. in Labor Studies by March 3, 2020. 
Diversity Scholarship applications are due March 24, 2020.  Scholarship Hotline: 646-313-8514

Shared on behalf of:
Laurie Kellogg, Cuny School of Labor and Urban Studies
718-440-1550 (day, eve, weekend);

Educate Out Loud!

Join the College of Education at Educate Out Loud: A Research and Practice Symposium on Friday, March 6th in the Thompson Conference Center.

This inaugural symposium is dedicated to exploring issues and topics related to LGBTQ+ people in teacher preparation, higher education, and the field of education generally. The event features panel discussions, workshops, and keynote speakers.

The event is free of cost. Please register here by Feb 28th.

Shared on behalf of:
Richard Reddick, College of Education

Vick Center Events

Résumé Writing Workshop
Monday, March 9 • 12-1 p.m. • JES A218A
Learn tips to write an effective resume for internal transfer applications.

Graduate School Planning 
Tuesday, March 10 • 3:30-5 p.m. • PAR 1
Thinking about applying to graduate school? Learn about the application process and how to select graduate programs.

Discussion Group: Career Confusion
Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. (Registration not necessary.)
The group allows students to connect and talk about their experiences of being unclear about their future in regards to career and/or majors. Common topics may include stress and pressure, professional, cultural, and family influences, as well as values, interests, personality, and skills.

Remember to RSVP online for events as space is limited.

Shared on behalf of:
Emily Swanson, Career Counselor Coordinator
Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling

Texas Exes Scholarship

The Texas Exes scholarship application deadline for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students is March 1 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

In order to be considered, students must complete the online Texas Exes scholarship application.

By completing the application, students will automatically apply for most scholarships for which they qualify—no further action is needed. There are also some additional scholarship opportunities in which students might be qualified to apply, and they should read the descriptions to see if they are eligible and complete any required supplemental questions.

Students can contact if they have any questions.

Upcoming Workshops from Sanger Learning Center

Sanger Learning Center has a number of workshops coming up to help students in this busy season. Many of our course-specific programs are also in full swing for this semester, supporting over 90 courses – Supplemental Instruction weekly study sessions, Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying weekly study groups, and One-on-One/Drop-In Tutoring!

o   M408K / M408L 1st Exam Reviews (2-day): Sun 2/23 – Mon 2/24 from 6p-8p – M408K – M408L

o   Public Speaking: Mon, 2/24 at 5p – RSVP here
Students will learn strategies for each stage of the planning and rehearsing process for delivering an effective presentation.

o   Reading for College: Thurs, 2/27 at 6p – RSVP here
Students learn how to get the most out of their college readings. 

o   Study Smarter, Not Harder: Tues, 3/3 at 6p – RSVP here
Students will discover how to engage in meaningful, active learning to achieve the results they want in class.

o   Effective Reading for Biology: Wed, 3/4 at 4p – RSVP here
Taking intro biology? Let us help you use your textbook more efficiently! 

o   Time & Procrastination: Mon, 3/9 at 4p – RSVP here
Students learn how to better use their time to make the most out of every minute of their day.

The links above are for the individual workshops. The full workshop list is available here.

Sanger posts updates and reminders to @UTSangerCenter on InstagramFacebook and Twitter

Shared on behalf of
Sarah Pylant, Outreach Coordinator of the Sanger Learning Center