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This Week In Sociology

March 19 - March 25

We hope you had a great Spring Break! Now, for the home-stretch.
This Week's Highlights:
  • SOCIOLOGY ROOT BEER FLOAT (AND ICE CREAM SUNDAE) SOCIAL! Take a mid-semester break and have some ice cream! This Thursday, March 23rd from 12:30 - 2:30 PM in the Thompson Lobby
  • Apply to be a Sociology Peer Advisor! Applications are due TOMORROW, March 20th.
  • There's still time to apply for a Sociology Undergraduate Award! Applications are due by March 31st!
  • Sophomores and Juniors: Sign up for Group Advising Sessions
  • Sociology Professor of the Week Q&A: Fareen Parvez
SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS: It's time to take that advising hold off your Spire account so you can register for Fall classes!
If you are a sophomore or junior (have earned between 27-86 credits) who is a primary major in Sociology, you have an advising hold on your account. To clear your advising hold, we are holding group advising sessions to make sure you're on track to graduate! Click here to sign up - you can find the group advising sessions listed on the left hand sidebar. All sessions are in Machmer W-13. 

Note: Advising holds are only placed on primary majors, but we strongly encourage all majors (primary and secondary) to sign up for a group advising session and make sure you're on track!

Not a sophomore or junior, but still want help deciding what to take next semester? Stop by and meet with our fabulous Peer Advisors, or make an advising appointment.
(Peer Advisor Drop-In Hours are Monday 1:15-2:15, Tuesday 12-3, Wednesday 10-11:30, and Thursday 11:30-1 in Thompson 719).

Remember: Fall 2017 registration begins for rising seniors on April 3rd. Check SPIRE to find your registration appointment time. Classes for the fall semester should be up on SPIRE soon!

I. News and Announcements

Short on credits, or just looking to get ahead? Registration for online summer courses is now open on SPIRE! Check out the offerings here.

Need some extra help in one of your classes? It's not too late to stop by the Learning Resource Center! There are free drop-in tutors available for a variety of classes.

Looking for an internship in the criminal justice field? Stop by the office ours of our new Criminal Justice Internship Program Director Bob Ryan, every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 PM in Thompson 732.

Need some help with a paper? Make an appointment at The Writing Center. Can't make it in? They offer online tutoring as well, so you don't even have to get out of your pajamas.

Feeling the mid-semester slump? The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health offers drop-in group and individual sessions.  

II. Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 23rdThe Sociology Department is hosting a Root Beer Float Social (and ice cream sundae bar) in the Thompson Lobby from 12:30 - 2:30! Stop by, say hello, and get your mid-semester sugar fix!
III. Careers and Internships

Thinking about a career in the sports or entertainment field? Stop by the Sport, Entertainment and Events Career Fair this Saturday (March 25th, 10-1). Located at Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Pl, Foxborough MA. This is a rare chance to network with high-level professionals in a very competitive field! More info here.

Deadline: March 24thWant to get involved, make a difference, and get paid for it? The Center for Women and Community is accepting applications now for work-study positions! apply here

Deadline: April 7thInterested in being a Minute Mover? Help students move into their dorms and enjoy the perks of moving in early!

The semester will be over before you know it - have you got a summer job or internship lined up yet? Stop by the Internship Information Sessions, every Monday at 12:30 in 508 Goodell for help finding and setting up an internship. Also consider making an appointment with Carol Sharick or Rebecca Bell from SBS Career and Professional Development for advice on finding the perfect summer job or career opportunity.  Make an appointment now through Career Connect!

The Center for Women and Community is hiring for the 2017-2018 academic year, with the priority deadline as March 24th (applications will be accepted until all positions are filled). For more information and apply, click here. 

Are you interested in technology? The Horizons Fellowship is for promising students from any major to study coding and web/mobile development at their facility.  Applications are always accepted.  

PIRG Campus Action is hiring organizers to help make a difference on issues such as climate change, overturning Citizens United, and making higher education more affordable.  Want to apply? Click here.

Do you follow the Facebook page for SBS Career and Professional Development?  If you don't, you've missed recent announcements about social media workshops and internship opportunities. Make sure to follow them and stay informed!  

IV. Apply for an Undergraduate Sociology Award!

YOU should apply for an Undergraduate Sociology Award! Each year, we give out a number of awards at our end-of-the-semester BBQ and Awards Ceremony (this year it will be Wednesday, April 26th at 5 PM - more details to come). 

A list of awards is below - the deadline to apply is Friday, March 31st. Email submissions to Kat Fabel, kfabel@umass.edu with the subject line: Undergraduate Awards

Best Paper Award

Have you written an awesome paper for one of your Sociology classes in Spring 2016 or Fall 2016? Submit it for a chance to win!

Jane Addams Sociology in Practice Award

Recognizes one or more sociology majors who have proven their ability to apply sociological ideas and insights to pressing sociological problems. Have you done an internship, worked on an issue, or worked at a job where you had to apply your sociological imagination?

Submit a 1–2 page statement reflecting on what you have accomplished, explaining how sociology helped you. Consider in your reflection what you learned from the experience.

Meghan K. Beebe Senior Speaker Award

This award recognizes an enthusiastic sociology student who has strong writing and public speaking skills that will speak on behalf of sociology at the SBS Senior Celebration Commencement Ceremony.

Submit a 1-minute speech, illustrating the impact that sociology has had in your personal life, or describing sociology as an inspirational outlet for making a difference and impacting the lives of others.

Dedicated in remembrance of sociology student Meghan Beebe.

C. Wright Mills Award for Sociological Imagination 

Awarded to a sociology major who best illustrates how sociology has had an influence on their life by changing the way they think about social issues.

Submit a response (3 pages or less) answering the following question – “How has sociology affected your college experience?” You might approach the essay by asking yourself: Has your point of view changed because of sociology? Has a major in sociology affected what you thought you wanted to do with your life? Was there an eye-opening, aha! moment in your sociology undergraduate career?

The award winner will be chosen by a team of sociology undergraduate students.

Sociology Professor of the Week Q & A
Want to know your Sociology Professors better? We've interviewed them for you!

Fareen Parvez


What kind of Research do you do?

I study the relationship between religion and politics. Specifically, I’ve researched how and why Muslim minorities in secular states have become political (or not) in this era of the war on terror. My method is ethnography, and I’ve done research in India, France, and a little bit in Morocco.

Fun fact?:

I’ve had a fascination with the Arctic for a long time. I even traveled to Greenland before people started reporting on the melting of the ice cap!

Favorite cereal / breakfast food?:

Since I usually can’t swing a delicious South Indian breakfast of “idli and sambar,” I’ll settle for homemade banana bread (baked with chia gel and shredded coconut, of course).

If you could have one thing rain from the sky, what would it be?:

World peace, whatever that would look like!

Why did you study Sociology?:


To me, sociology was the perfect mix of looking at institutions and “structures” as well as what real people on the ground were doing and saying. I also fell in love with social theory, reading Marx, Weber, and Fanon. I studied political science and public policy, but sociology is where I found a home, with other people committed to social justice.

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