Non-profit Internship

Casa de Esperanza, a non-profit in Houston, Texas, provides residential care to children birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.  Care is provided in other neighborhood by Hands of Hope interns.  The interns, most of whom are recent college graduates, join us 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.  Interns are provided on-site housing (interns live with the children they are caring for).

Information about the internship may be found here.

The application for our internship may be found here:

Interns in the 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.

Shared on behalf of
Stephanie Diehl
Casa de Esperanza de los Niños, Inc.

Present Research at UL’s Criminal Justice Week

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Criminal Justice Department is hosting  Criminal Justice Week from Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th. All universities and undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to attend.

Of particular interest, on March 2nd, we are holding Career Outreach Day and a Student Poster Session.  Students will be able to meet professionals in various careers throughout the criminal justice field at the local, state, and federal levels. In addition, students will be able to present research related to criminal justice or criminology. Any student who has completed or is currently working on a project is welcome to attend and present. Student sign up for poster session here. This event is a great opportunity to spotlight the efforts of undergraduate and graduate students who are conducting research. Furthermore, participation in the student poster session can help to facilitate student research, which helps students stand out when applying to graduate schools. Students wishing to attend the poster session should bring a traditional academic conference poster.

Throughout the day students will have time to network with professionals from across the state, as well as share their academic interests with others. It would be an honor to have students from your academic institution represented at this event. Please share this email and flyer with any students you think might be interested in attending the array of events. Additional information is linked below. I’d be happy to answer any additional questions and look forward to hearing from you.

Shared on behalf of:
Kaitlyn Thompson
Criminal Justice Department
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Forensic Science Networking Event

For those of you completing the Forensic Science certificate, or are part of the Texas Forensics Student Organization, or are just interested in Forensic Science as a career field, this networking event is a can’t miss!

3rd Annual Forensic Science Networking Event
Friday, February 28th, 2020
3:00 – 6:00 PM
WEL 2.100

Present your Research!

The Office of Undergraduate Research will be hosting Research Week on April 13-24th. They are currently recruiting all students to submit their applications to participate in the Research Poster Session!

Liberal Arts Research Poster Session
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
11:30 – 1:30 PM
RLP Glickman Center

Undergraduate researchers in the College of Liberal Arts will present their posters to student, staff, and faculty guests. Approved applicants will create a poster to serve as a visual presentation of their research and will have their posters professionally printed, courtesy of the College. Presenters will be required to attend a poster-making design class offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research Office (OUR); dates vary and can be found on the OUR website. Students who create posters are expected to stay with their poster to discuss their research with guests. Click here to apply to participate. The application deadline is Friday, March 13.

Prominent Speaker coming to UT Austin!

Glickman Centennial Lectureship featuring William Broyles
Wednesday, March 4th,
Lecture begins at 7 p.m., doors open for seating at 6:30 p.m.
Blanton Auditorium, Edgar A. Smith Bldg

About William Broyles:
Bill Broyles has worked at the highest levels in journalism, television, and film.

As a journalist he was the founding editor of Texas Monthly and editor-in-chief of Newsweek and has written articles for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist and many other publications. His article, “Why Men Love War,” appears in Esquire’s collection of the 25 Best War Stories over the past 75 years. His book about Viet Nam, Brothers in Arms, was on The New York Times list of notable books.

In television he co-created the Emmy-Award-winning TV series China Beach and with his son David created the recent TV series SIX, about the sacrifices and heroism of a team of special operations warriors and their families fighting in the shadows of America’s longest war.

In film he wrote Cast Away and Jarhead and has co-written many other produced screenplays, including Unfaithful, The Polar Express, Flags of Our Fathers, and Apollo 13, which won the Writers Guild and PEN screenwriting awards and was nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay. He was honored as Screenwriter of the Year for Cast Away. He is a member of the Texas Film Hall of Fame.

He grew up in Baytown, Texas, and earned his B.A. from Rice University and his M.A. from Oxford University. He has taught philosophy at the United States Naval Academy and Plan II English at the University of Texas at Austin. In the Sixties he worked in the Civil Rights movement with the Southern Christian Leadership Council, then served in Viet Nam as a Marine infantry lieutenant where he won a Bronze Star. He was active in the Viet Nam Veterans Against the War and in its anti-war demonstrations and lobbying efforts in Washington. He has remained active in politics and education ever since.

He is a double-black diamond skier and a climber who has summited 25 Colorado 14000-foot peaks and the 7000-meter Aconcagua, tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. He has five children and one adorable grand-child and divides his time between Austin and Santa Fe.

Sociology Honors Program

A letter from Dr. Penny Green, Sociology Honors Advisor:

Dear Sociology Majors,

I will begin on March 1st to review applications for the Sociology Honors Program for the Fall of 2020. Applications will be accepted until all available slots are filled.

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. Beginning in the fall of 2016, SOC 679HA and SOC 679HB will count toward the 30 hours of Sociology coursework required for the major. If you are in an older catalog, SOC 679HA and SOC 679HB can be approved to count for the major by petition.

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 317M (Research Methods) and SOC 379M (Theory), but one or both can be taken during your first semester. 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. 

Applications can be given to D’Evelyn Wymore (RLP 1.216) or directly to me. You can download an application from this link:

Please touch base with me if you’d like more information about our program.


Dr. Green

Associate Professor of Instruction and Sociology Honors Advisor

RLP 3.602

(512) 232-6306

Liberal Arts Career Forum

All students are invited to attend panel discussions based on industry-specific career tracks. Network with professionals, learn about organizations and explore career options focused on specific industries.

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Location: Patton Hall  (RLP 1.302), Glickman Conference Center

Check-In & Networking: 4:30 – 5:00 PM
Session I: 5:00 – 5:50 PM
Session II: 6:00 – 6:50 PM

Learn more and RSVP here.

Law Careers: Baker Botts Law Firm, Casa Marianella, Texas Appleseed, Shaunty Law Firm

Corporate Careers Panel: Accenture, AXA, Charles Schwab

Publishing/Writing/Editing Panel: Greenleaf, UT Press

Technology Panel: Google Fiber, SNP – The Digital Transformation Company, Khoros

Policy Panel: Sunset Advisory Commission, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Essay Contest!

Exclusively for UT Austin students, the University’s Free Speech Essay Contest is offering award money ranging from $700 to $1,500 to three undergraduate students!

The topics this year concern:

  • Transparency versus Privacy (the relationship between mandatory disclosure of personal information and control over information)
  • Speech contrasted with Action

Learn more on the Free Speech Essay website. Deadline for submission is March 9th, 2020!

Scholarship Opportunities

Want to make the most of your college years, but funding holding you back? Maybe you want to present your research or pursue an unpaid internship. We get it! Being exceptional can be expensive, which is why the College of Liberal Arts and others office on campus work hard to bring scholarship opportunities to you.

Stars Scholarship: Brought to you by Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid, this scholarship is for continuing students (undergraduates and graduates) who are from south or west Texas and have at least a 2.7 GPA. Read more details here, and if you fit the criteria, apply by March 31st!

Academic Improvement Scholarship: The Senate of College Councils wants to support students who have significantly improved their GPA after having poor academic performance in past semesters. Check out the details in the application. There will be two $500 scholarships awarded, and the deadline to apply is February 14!

Summer Internship Scholarship: Specifically for Liberal Arts students participating in unpaid nonprofit internships, Liberal Arts Career Services is excited to offer scholarships up to $1,000. Read the requirement details here, and apply by June 9th!

You can see all the scholarships offered by COLA online, but here are some highlights:

Undergraduate Research: Fund your research or conference fees up to $1,000 with this scholarship! Apply by February 25th!

Graduating Senior Scholarship: The Randy Diehl Prize in Liberal Arts is an $18,000 award for seniors who commit their first post-grad year to service for the greater good. Apply by March 5th!

Pre-med Scholarship: For liberal arts students taking pre-med courses, McReynolds & Kirkpatrick Memorial Awards in Pre-Medical Studies offers $500-1,400 scholarships. Apply by March 5th!