Deadline Extended: South Eastern Undergraduate Sociology Symposium Call for Papers

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The 36th annual SEUSS will be held Friday and Saturday, February 16th/17th at Emory University. The Symposium provides undergraduate students a unique opportunity to present their independent research in a welcoming professional meeting. Presentations in any area of sociological significance are invited.

Opening Banquet

The keynote speaker for the banquet on Friday, February 16th, 2018 will be Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Her book, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise for For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (2017, The New Press) has received national and international acclaim. Professor Cottom serves on dozens of academic and philanthropic boards and publishes widely on issues of inequality, work, higher education and technology. Her research on higher education, work and technological change in the new economy has been supported by the Microsoft Research Network’s Social Media Collective, the Kresge Foundation, the American Educational Research Association and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Her public scholarship has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, and The Atlantic. You can read more at

Application Procedure

  • Students interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract of their research that is no longer than 300 words. The abstract must include the student’s full name and institution. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 5pm on Monday, January 28nd, 2018.
    • Abstracts should include enough detail to allow reviewers to make informed decisions.
    • Email the abstract from the faculty sponsor’s email as an MS Word attachment to Dr. Sonal Nalkur at Name the submitted file as follows: LASTNAME_FIRSTINITIAL_SHORT TITLE. Please type “SEUSS ABSTRACT” in the subject line of the email.
  • Abstracts must be accompanied by a statement from a faculty member indicating that the student’s research will be ready for presentation by February 17th, 2018.
  • A $25 registration fee is necessary to help defray the costs of the banquet at proceedings and can be submitted at: This fee is required for all students participating and all faculty attending the banquet. If you require financial aid for this fee, please contact the symposium organizers at
  • Optional: Students may also submit completed papers by February 1, 2018 to be eligible for an Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research (1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50). File formats for submission should follow the abstract guidelines, but have “SEUSS PAPER COMPETITION” in the subject line of the email.


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