Research Opportunities

There are opportunities across campus and within the Sociology Department for students who wish to participate in research. We are extremely lucky to have faculty members who actively recruit and encourage students to engage with and support their research, and offer multiple ways for students to get credit for their research work. Visit the website of the Office of Undergraduate Research to learn more:

Links to Current Research Opportunities:

Learn More from one of our students!


Brief Description: Current Sociology Senior, Ava Schumock, presents her experiences on conducting research as an undergraduate student. Learn about ways to get involved in undergraduate research, what it is like to be a research assistant, and how to apply your research skills in the classroom!

Topics include:

*             Sociology classes to build your research skills

*             Other classes to enhance your research abilities

*             An overview of SOC 490/495

*             Research Certification

*             How to get involved in Research & become a research assistant

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Junior, Dale Robbennolt, completing a dual degree in Civil Engineering and Sociology, completed a personal research project in SOC 495 Senior Honors Seminar: Faculty Perceptions of Gender in Engineering Education and Group Work. Watch Dale's presentation at the UIUC 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium here.

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Independent Study

Some students are interested in special topics in sociology for which no course is currently taught. One way to focus on a special topic is to take an independent study. To take an independent study, you must make arrangements with a professor who will supervise and grade your work for the semester. A good way to do this is to put together a brief proposal, and then stop by a professor's office hours. If you have an idea for a project, but don't know who would be a good professor to work with, stop in and talk to the advisors. The two independent study courses are SOC 390, Individual Study, and SOC 490, Honors Individual Study. To qualify for SOC 490, you must be eligible for graduation with departmental distinction. Once a professor agrees to supervise you, you will be given his or her CRN so that you can enroll on Enterprise.


Office of Undergraduate Research Resources