Research Opportunity!

Have you ever been in the library working on a research paper and wondered what it would be like to collect data in the real world?

Looking for a Summer B Term (and potentially Autumn 2017) research opportunity?


Sociology graduate students Carter Merklinghaus and Daniel Nolan are looking for a few undergraduate students who would like to join our research team for our current project that focuses on US veterans. We are conducting a mixed-methods study comprised of 1.5-2 hour in-depth interviews and 15-20 minute online surveys.

This is an unpaid research position but has the option for academic credit!

The purpose of our study is to provide an in-depth descriptive exploration of life before, during, and after service in the US military, focusing on two key themes: 

  1. How the military shapes identity
  2. How the military does or does not shape substance use (alcohol, drugs, and prescription medication)

We are currently in the process of interviewing respondents about their service, and we’re looking for a few undergraduates who would be interested in joining our team immediately!

Duties will include:

  • Data collection, data entry, and database management
    • Developing transcriptions of taped interviews
      • Type up recordings and save files into a password-protected encrypted software
      • Aid researchers in quickly skimming and assessing the relevance of an interview
      • Help researchers comprehend voices on the tapes that are difficult to hear/understand
    • Researching relevant literature that has been conducted on similar topics
      • Constructing annotated bibliographies
  • Recruiting Subjects
    • Calling local businesses to see if we can mail them a flyer about our study
    • Preparing flyers for mail
    • Sending emails to businesses interested in participating in subject recruitment
  • Weekly meetings to train you to the process, exchange notes, debrief materials, turn in files, and receive new interview tapes.

Experience gained: 

  • An in-depth understanding of how mixed-methods research is conducted
  • Quickly reviewing and assessing the relevance of each interview, as well as previously published literature
  • Helping researchers by comprehending voices on the tapes that are difficult to hear or understand
  • Adeptness of using and/or formulating scripts for formal outreach to businesses who may be interested in sharing our study information
  • Ability to conduct outreach on behalf of the research team
  • Familiarity with published literature on the research topic


  • Good attention to detail
  • Motivated
  • Friendly/outgoing, comfortable talking on the phone and discussing our study
  • Comfortable listening to highly personal information shared in the interviews that may be sensitive and/or disturbing. The desired student will have no problem keeping the content of the interviews completely confidential between the research team only.
  • Some computer background
    • Reasonable typing speed
    • Comfortable listening to the transcription tapes and typing them up
  • General availability over the summer
  • We will train you on campus! 

Time commitment and necessary equipment: 

  • Varies. In order to earn credit, students need to perform 3 hours of work per week, per credit. You should expect to work at least 9 hours per week (3 credits).
  • The specific responsibilities will depend, in part, on the number of hours per week that the student is able to work, as well as the student’s schedule. You will need to be available for training. 
  • Regular meetings will take place once per week on campus in SAV 203  (to be arranged).
  • Work will be conducted from home, you will not need to commute to campus except for the weekly meetings.
  • Equipment needed: 
    • Personal computer with internet access and access to Google Drive/Docs
    • USB port on computer for thumb drive
    • Headphones that connect to computer

The study is currently running and accepting respondents through  November 1st, so there may be some opportunity for continued work in the Fall.

If you are interested in joining our team, please email Carter at with the following information: 

  1. Your name
  2. If you are available for Summer Quarter B term only or for Summer B Term and Fall Quarter.
  3. Your class standing
  4. Include your resume or list separately any relevant coursework and/or research experience.
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Sociology Student Spotlight: Carol Xie is the Al Black Award Recipient!

Congratulations to Sociology Student Carol Xie!!

**Al Black Community Service Award Winner, 2017!**

Interested in applying for the Al Black Award next year? Read more about it Here (2017 Al Black Info)

Congrats on such a fantastic achievement, we’re proud of you!

-Sociology Student Services

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Sociology Student Spotlight: Lauren Halle is the Woolston Award Recipient!

Congratulations to Sociology Student Lauren Halle!!

**Woolston Award Winner, 2017!**

Congrats on such a fantastic achievement, we’re proud of you!

-Sociology Student Services

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GRE and LSAT courses!

Are you interested in going to graduate school, but can’t afford to pay $1200+ for LSAT or GRE prep classes?


There will be another set of low-cost, high quality, LSAT and GRE prep courses offered at UW (open to non-students as well). You can apply for the courses (and see testimonials, etc.) at

“The same caliber as traditional prep courses, but it comes at a cheaper cost.”
-Kristine Jackson, Dean of Admissions at CU Boulder Law

LSAT Prep Course: 

The course will start in July and prepares you for the Sept. test date. The comprehensive, 27 hour, live course includes 3 practice exams and costs $325. (a few students who qualify for financial need-based aid will pay about $200.)

The course is taught by a qualified instructor who has been trained by our national trainer. All instructors for Campus Prep must meet certain requirements (including having a high LSAT score), and must undergo a rigorous training program by top experts.


Tuesdays 6-9pm
7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 9/19
Proctored (practice) exams: Sat. 7/15 11-2pm, Sat. 8/12 11-2pm, Sat. 9/16 11-2pm

You can try the course by having until midnight on the day of the first class session to receive a full refund for any reason.

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

GRE Prep Course: 

The 18 hour, comprehensive GRE prep course will begin in July. It is taught by a top-scoring expert on the GRE. The course costs $325 (a few students who qualify for financial need-based aid from us pay $195-$225). Non-students are welcome to apply as well. You can find more info. about the course (and the instructor) at You can apply at


You can try the course by having until midnight on the day of the first class session to receive a full refund for any reason.

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

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Congrats to our Graduates!

Congratulations to the Class of 2016-2017! We’re so proud of you, and can’t wait to see what you do next! 


We hope you had a great time at the Sociology Department Graduation Celebration! Cheers to you and all of your accomplishments! 


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[SOC in the News]: How Prof. Pepper Schwartz Works

The following is an excerpt from the UW Graduate School homepage, published on March 29th, 2017…

How Prof. Pepper Schwartz Works: An Interview with Dr. Schwartz


Got love problems? As a sociologist and sexologist, Pepper Schwartz has some solutions. She is the author of 16 books, including The Great Sex Weekend, The Lifetime Love and Sex Quiz Book, and Everything You Know About Love and Sex is Wrong. She’s the national Love & Relationship Expert & Ambassador for the AARP, and has written advice columns on love and sex for decades. Got time management problems? Schwartz helps us tackle those, too, with a few tips for getting things done.

Click here to read the full article on Prof. Schwartz’s Work, Life, and Inspiration!


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[SOC in the News]: Ft. Work by Dr. Alexes Harris

The following is an excerpt from an article posted by Quartz Media by Noah Berlatsky on May 31st, 2017. It features contributions from UW Sociology Professor Alexes Harris…

The Case of a 15-year-old who Shot her Abusive Dad shows the Unbearable Cost of Self-Defense

“When Bresha Meadows was 14 years old, she killed her father—a man that her mother and siblings say had subjected the family to years of violent abuse. She spent the next nine months in jail. The Ohio teenager accepted a plea deal for involuntary manslaughter in May, and is scheduled to be released in two months to a residential treatment facility. But her trials—and those of her family—will not end there.

Meadows’s experience is part of a long and painful tradition in the US, in which survivors of domestic violence, especially black women, are criminalized and prosecuted. The criminal justice system did not help Meadows; instead, it re-victimized her.

Meadows had a pro-bono attorney, but she had to pay for two expert witnesses, who can cost between $10,000 and $20,000 a piece. Meadows’s initial mental health evaluation was around $10,000. And of course, her family had to come up with money to continue to live while attending court hearings and supporting their loved one. Meadows’s mother lost her job during the course of the case. And treatment at the private mental health facility where she will go next costs $70,000, according to Mariame Kaba, founder of Project NIA and co-organizer of the Free Bresha campaign.”

Read the full article here

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