Department of Sociology Graduation 2015

The UW Department of Sociology wishes to honor its graduating students with a Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, June 10th at 7pm in Meany Hall.

WHO’S ELIGIBLE:  All undergraduate and graduate students who graduated in Autumn 2014 or Winter 2015 are invited to participate.  Students who applied by the April 17 deadline to graduate in Spring or Summer 2015 are also invited to participate.

HOW TO REGISTER: Registration for the Sociology Graduation Celebration will open May 6 and close May 24.  The online registration form can be found here.

HOW MANY GUESTS: Our event is intended for graduates and their immediate family/friends.  We will try our best to give each student the number of tickets requested on our online registration form. However, if evenly distributed, each graduate would receive 5-6 tickets, so please request only what you will actually need. If some graduates do not take their full allotment of tickets, we will make the extras available to students who want additional tickets. All guests need tickets, except infants. Toddlers are NOT infants; they should have their own seat.

CAP AND GOWN: The Sociology Graduation Celebration is a formal event, and you will need to wear a cap and gown.  Order your cap and gown on the UW Commencement website (  Even if you are not attending UW Commencement you still need to purchase your cap and gown for the Graduation Celebration from that website between May 6 and May 24.

For more information about the Department of Sociology Graduation Celebration:

We look forward to sharing this very special evening with you!

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Paychecks and Power:
Work and Labor Markets in the U.S.

Sociology 201D, Summer 2015

Tuesday/Thursday 10:50-1:00; SLN: 13429

Instructor: Jennifer Branstad


The questions of who we are and what we do are closely linked. This course focuses on the role of work and the labor market in our every day lives as well as the role jobs play in structuring society. The aim of this course is to understand what it means to study work from a sociological perspective and to connect our own experiences and observations to sociological research.

For more information see: or email

We will answer the following questions:

  • How do our racial and gender identities and our roles as parents, partners and students shape our experiences in the labor market?
  • What are the processes by which people are matched to jobs? Do these processes work well?
  • How do jobs and work contribute to social structure and inequality? What does it mean to have a polarized labor market?


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Considering Law School? $195-$295 LSAT Prep Course at UW

Interested in going to Law School, but can’t afford to pay $1200+ for LSAT prep classes? We’ve got you covered. There will be another low-cost, high quality, LSAT
prep course at UW (open to non-students as well). You can apply for the course (and see testimonials, etc.) at

Campus Prep has built a reputation at UW by helping students get great point gains for
little cost. You can try the course for free, by requesting a full refund (via email) prior to the second class session.

$195-$295 LSAT Prep
The courses will start in July and prepare you for the October test date. The comprehensive, 30-hour, LIVE course on campus, with 3 practice exams, costs $295.
(Students who qualify for financial need-based aid from us pay $195-$215).

The instructor for the course has taught with Campus Prep for several years. He scored
in the top 3 percent on the test, and is one of our top-rated teachers nationally.

Schedule: (Please let us know if this schedule does not work for you – there is also a
LIVE online course):

Tuesdays 6-9pm
7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 9/22

Proctored practice exams (under real exam conditions): Sat. 7/11: 11-2pm, Sat. 8/15: 11-2pm, Sun. 9/13: 11-2pm

Apply ASAP at, as there will likely be more applications than there are
spaces available. Email questions to

Fast Facts:
*  92% of students who took another prep course before ours rated ours as superior.
*  In anonymous surveys, 98.7% of students say they would recommend our course to a
*  More than 30 years of test prep experience behind our core team!

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Summer Course: SOC 360: Intro to Social Stratification


What do Brussels sprouts have to do with your social status?

More than you think.


How much does having a police record matter for getting a job?

It depends.

SOCIAL STRATIFICATION not only shapes the kind of food you like or how much a police record matters for your job chances. Guess which are affected too?

☐         The money we make                                                  ☐       The car we drive

☐       The education we get                                                   ☐       The work we have

☐       Whether and when we marry                                    ☐         Where we live

ALL OF THEM! This summer we will take an in-depth journey through how social stratification works and how it relates to YOUR life! Register for the course and discover how your social world works.

SOC360: “Intro to Social Stratification”              T/TH 1:10pm-3:20pm                                    Instructor: Dr. Bettina Sonnenberg                      email:

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2015 Sociology Undergraduate Community Service Award

Dear Graduating Sociology Major,


In that case, you may be an excellent candidate for the 2015 AL BLACK AWARD for COMMUNITY SERVICE (award amount $1,000).  This is an award for which graduating Sociology majors nominate themselves.

We know that many of you have a strong commitment to community service; please read through the information here and if you think you would be a good candidate for this award, assemble the requested materials and email them to NO LATER THAN 4pm on Monday, June 1st.  If it’s easier for you, you may turn in hard copies to the Sociology Student Services Office instead, also by Monday June 1, 2015 at 4pm.

The candidates for the award will be presented and the winner announced at the department’s annual Graduation Celebration in Meany Hall on Wednesday evening June 10th (all candidates will know the outcome prior to the Graduation Celebration).  If you have any questions, please contact

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Sociology Honors Program Information Session – Friday, May 22

Are you highly motivated and interested in working closely with Sociology faculty to conduct your own research? Do you have a minimum cumulative UW GPA of 3.30 (or close to it) and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 in all UW sociology courses (or close to it)?

If so, we invite you to attend our Sociology Honors Program information session and pizza lunch on Friday, May 22 in Savery Hall 245, from 12:30-2:00pm.

We will talk about some of the reasons why students choose to pursue honors and what some of the many benefits of the honors experience can be for you–academically and personally. We will give you an overview of the admission requirements, and you will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Professor Hedy Lee, who is our Faculty Honors Director, as well as talking to current honors students about why they chose to pursue honors and what their experiences in the program have been like.


The Sociology Honors Program is an academically rigorous senior year to complement the major, designed for students who would like closer intellectual contact with faculty, as well as students interested in graduate work in sociology or in related professional fields. Honors curriculum trains students to design and execute their own research for senior theses through small seminars, independent study with faculty, and an honors statistics course. Successful graduates of the Honors Program are awarded the bachelor’s degree “With Honors.”

Sociology Honors students also have access to all the resources of the University Honors Program. For more information about the program and admission requirements, click here:

Applications are due on Friday, July 17th.  If you are considering applying but are not sure whether the program is a good fit for you, please come to the information session on Friday, May 22.

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New INTSCI (Fall 2015) Courses: Controversies in Science & Society (INTSCI 200) / Nature of Science (INTSCI 402)

Dear Student,

Are you interested in exploring controversies in science & society or examining the nature of science? Would you like to:

*  Apply evidence-based reasoning to address questions, to evaluate sources and arguments, and to inform your own perspectives on science and society?
*  Understand how scientific knowledge is created, including the importance of integrated sciences perspectives and data analysis & presentation skills?
*  Engage collaboratively in reflection and discussion with peers, helping one another to connect ideas across the sciences?

Integrated Sciences 200: Controversies in Science & Society (3 credits, I&S/NW)

In INTSCI 200, we will focus on societal controversies that emphasize intersections among science communication, education, policy, and research. For example, why do parents choose to vaccinate, or not vaccinate, their children? How should genetically-modified organisms be regulated?

INTSCI 200 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:50 p.m.  First-year Interest Group (FIG) students should register for section B; all other students should register for section A. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the instructor at:

Integrated Sciences 402: Nature of Science (5 credits, NW)

In INTSCI 402, we will focus on case study examinations of scientific methods and elements of scientific practice. For example, how do scientists construct models to represent and test our understanding of the natural world? How do scientists use data to support, falsify, or modify theories?

INTSCI 402 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to email:

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Considering Graduate School? Summer Course: Preparing for Graduate Education – SPACES AVAILABLE!!

Preparing for Graduate Education: GRDSCH200

This is a 8-week course (2 C/NC) for juniors and seniors from all disciplines who know they want to pursue, or are considering the possibility of, graduate education. Learn first-hand from faculty and staff involved in graduate admissions how to find a good program fit and how to prepare effective application materials.


* Are you unsure if you want to attend graduate school?  Come explore and find out!

* Do you know for certain that you want to attend graduate school, but are not sure how to write a quality personal statement? We can help!

* Not sure what program or school you want to attend?  Find your fit here!

The course seeks to engage students in determining the right “fit” for their individual graduate education goals through three primary objectives:

Investigation: What is your desire to attend graduate school? What you need to know about the graduate school experience.

Revelation: What do graduate school admission committees actually expect? Demystify the process.  Personal statements, resumes/CVs, and letters of recommendation

Preparation: How does investigation and revelation lead to finding a “good fit” and how do you chart a course of action? Why do you want to go? When do you want to go? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? How can you do it?

This course is designed for both students who know they want to go to graduate school, as well as those who are just in the beginning stages of the process. This quarter the course will be conducted as a hybrid course meeting at UW-Seattle and working through UW Canvas. On average students will have 1-2 page written assignments due weekly. The expected time of commitment is approximately 4-6 hours per week.  The end goal of the course is first for students to identify if they want to go to graduate school and then if so, prepare a final portfolio which will provide the primary components to any graduate application and make for a more competitive application.

Course Info:
GRDSCH200 A – Prep for Grad Ed
SLN# 11638
M 1:10 – 3:20 THO 119 (Seattle)
Course will be hybrid – half in-class and half online

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Join us at the Undergrad Research Symposium on May 15




MAY 15, 2015 MARY GATES HALL – 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

Celebrating Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Work

We are pleased to invite you to the University of Washington’s 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

More than 1,000 students will present their research in a wide-range of disciplines, from aerospace to philosophy, international studies to design, anthropology to computer science, and just about everything in between.


11:00 a.m.

Welcome: Interim Provost and Executive Vice President Gerald J. Baldasty and Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Ed Taylor


11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., 1:00–2:30 p.m., 2:30–4:00 p.m., 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Poster Presentation Sessions


3:00–4:30 p.m.

Visual Arts & Design Showcase


12:30–2:15 p.m., 3:30–5:15 p.m.

Oral Presentation Sessions


12:45–2:15 p.m.

Performing Arts Session


For more information, online proceedings, or to find a presenter, visit:

The Undergraduate Research Program is a unit of Undergraduate Academic Affairs housed in the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206-543-6450 (voice); 206-543-6452 (TTY); 206-685-7264 (FAX); (email).
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