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 and invite our alumni and friends to campus to reflect on the accomplishments of a tremendous group of students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions, please email

SRI 2018 was held throughout the day on Friday, May 4 in Hanson Hall and the Humphrey Conference Center. We were honored that Mary Romero, Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University and Affiliate of Women and Gender Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies and African and African American Studies, provided the keynote address.

A former Carnegie Scholar, Professor Romero earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of Colorado and was recently elected as the 110th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Professor Romero's keynote address was titled, "Policing Brown Bodies and Immigration Law Enforcement".

Find our program schedules and list of award winners for SRI 2018 below. 
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.