Student Research Projects
A key component of faculty involvement in student education is the opportunity for students to work directly with faculty on research. The Department of Sociology has been particularly involved in collaborative research with students.
For example, Professor Kaplan has conducted research with Union students on fishing communities and marine life. They have worked together at Union and at the Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod. Her students have also conducted research with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and human service agencies in the Capital District of New York State.
Students may conduct research as part of an Internship in Human Services.
Funded Research Opportunities
Financial support has come to many departmental majors through Union’s Undergraduate Research Programs. Some have used this money to conduct research in Arizona, Miami, Brazil and other off-campus sites. These funds have also supported students’ local research projects.
Sociology Senior Thesis
The department’s two-term Senior Thesis requires all majors to conduct an independent research project:
- See Senior Thesis Packet for details.
- All theses must be cited using the American Sociological Association citation style. Purdue’s Online Writing Laboratory has a good introduction to using the ASA Style, 5th edition. See this link: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/583/01/ Schaffer Library and the Bookstore have copies of the complete guide. The 5th edition has added many examples for citing the online resources that are so plentiful today.
- We also recommend consulting any number of research & writing guides as you begin your project. Two that department members have found especially useful are, The Sociology Student Writer’s Manual, 6th Edition, by Johnson et. al and The Craft of Research, 3rd Edition, by Booth et. al.
- The Writing Center at Schaffer Library is a great resource for thesis writers.
- Honors Theses written in the Department are available at Schaffer Library. See http://libguides.union.edu/researchservices/senior-thesis
Majors Are Encouraged to Present their Thesis Research at the College’s Annual Steinmetz Symposium
Each year, most of our senior majors present their projects at Steinmetz, Union’s annual showcase of student research. Below are a sample of presentations from the May 2014 event. Learn more at union.steinmetz.edu: