Sociology Research Institute

Each year, the Department of Sociology celebrates graduate and undergraduate student research and achievements at the Sociology Research Institute (SRI). This academic festival provides an opportunity for our graduate and undergraduate students to present their research in a professional meeting format. We honor the achievements of students, faculty, and staff in research, teaching, and service, invite our alumni and friends to campus, and reflect on the accomplishment of a tremendous group of students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions, please email sri@umn.edu

Professor Mario Small

The 2017 SRI was held throughout the day of Friday, April 21 in the Humphrey Conference Center. We are honored that Mario Small, the Grafstein Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, provided the keynote address.

Professor Small's talk will be based on his forthcoming book, "Someone To Talk To: Perception v. Reality in How People Seek Support".  Please see below for more information. 

Professor Small has published books and numerous articles on urban poverty, personal networks, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative social science methods. He is currently writing a book on the evolution of social support networks among graduate students and studying the formal and informal systems of support among low-income mothers in New York, Chicago, and Houston.


2017 SRI 2-page Program
2017 SRI Program

2017 & Past SRI Award Winners (Coming Soon)
2016 & Past SRI Award Winners

Public Sociology Award Winners
Nominated for their exceptional:
  • Involvement in community organizing
  • Advocacy work or social services
    that draw upon a distinctively
    sociological perspective
  • Research or teaching that directly
    informs public debates and involves
    broader publics.

Check out the most recent and previous
Public Sociology Award winners.

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

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.