Each year the Sociology Department celebrates student research 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 and offers an occasion for all of us to appreciate the ideas and interests that capture the imagination of our students. In addition, we invite a nationally recognized scholar to present the keynote address and to participate in an open exchange of ideas with our students. SRI is also a time when we honor achievements in research, teaching and service; invite our alumni and friends to campus; and reflect on the accomplishment of a tremendous group of students, faculty and staff.
The 24th Annual SRI was held on Friday, April 25, 2014. We were honored that Mary Waters, the M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology and acting chair, at Harvard University gave the keynote address, Legal vs. Racial Exclusion: Understanding Undocumented Immigrants and Mass Incarceration. Throughout the day we gathered to celebrate an exciting year of student research as our graduate and undergraduate students participated in panel sessions on a variety of topics (see program). Department Chair, Elizabeth Boyle, announced this year’s recipients of the Public Sociology Award, to Second Chance Coalition and Alejandro Baer. We thank all of the participants and congratulate the award winners!