30th Annual Sociology Research Institute (SRI)

Each year, the Department of Sociology celebrates graduate and undergraduate student research at the Sociology Research Institute (SRI). This academic festival provides an opportunity for our students to present their research in a professional meeting format. Honoring the achievements of our students and faculty, we invite our alumni and friends to reflect on a tremendous group of scholars and their cutting-edge research, teaching, and service. 

Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Cronin at ecronin@umn.edu.

Ed Walker

SRI 2020 will be held throughout the day on Friday, April 17.

This year we have the distinct honor of welcoming Professor Ed Walker from the University of California, Los Angeles as our keynote speaker.

Professor Walker is a sociologist interested in the political activities of corporations and social movements. His research has investigated how corporations intervene in public life through mobilizing grassroots campaigns and partnering with nonprofit organizations, the ways that business contexts structure the tactical choices of protest groups, and the relationship between fully professionalized (or “non-membership”) advocacy organizations and traditional membership organizations. Walker's 2014 book, Grassroots for Hire: Public Affairs Consultants in American Democracy, was published by Cambridge University Press and won the Charles Tilly Award from the American Sociological Association section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements. 

Award-winning Research, Teaching, and Service

The Sociology Research Institute Celebration is also a time when we honor achievements in research, teaching, and service:

  • Graduate Research Paper Award
  • Undergraduate Research Paper Award
  • Graduate Student Instructor Award
  • Graduate & Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award
  • Graduate & Undergraduate Fellowship Award
  • Scholarship & Fellowship Awards
  • Faculty Mentoring Award
  • Department Service Contribution Award
  • Public Sociology Award
Find our program schedules and list of award winners from SRI 2019 below.
2019 SRI Two-Page Program
2019 SRI Program
Past Award Winners

Undergraduate Seniors Luncheon

We reflect on the accomplishment of a tremendous group of students, and invite our undergraduate seniors to be honored during the luncheon program.