WSU Sociology Symposium
8th Annual Shocker Sociology Symposium
It is with great disappointment that we must cancel the 8th Annual Sociological Symposium. Due to challenges presented by the current pandemic we were unable to offer the a virtual program with the same inclusive and interactive content expected at this event.We look forward to seeing you at our next symposium in Fall 2021!
Each year, Shocker Sociology Club and the Sociology Department team up to sponsor a symposium to showcase the sociological scholarship happening here at Wichita State. We hope you will consider submitting a proposal for a presentation.
Benefits: The Sociology Symposium is a great opportunity to present your work and to share what you have found to be most interesting and exciting. You will gain experience in public speaking, improve your presentation skills, learn from other presenters (including alumni, & faculty), and add a line to your resume or curriculum vita!
Possible Topics: We are interested in highlighting all kinds of sociologically relevant research and applied experiences utilizing a range of different methods. For example, you could share your experiences from a co-op or internship you completed, your findings from a class project, a paper using library research, or a research project from a Sociology course or McNair program. At previous symposiums, students and faculty have presented on a number of different topics. These presentations range from norm violations completed for Intro to Sociology (SOC 111), a video created for a class on Media and Society (SOC 399), a review of existing literature on midwives, content analysis of parenting magazines, an exploration of gentrification patterns utilizing Census data (SOC 534), a panel on experiences conducting survey research (SOC 512), and a MA thesis on religion and health. [Note: you can review programs from past symposiums for further examples of presentations. Just scroll further down this page.]
Presentation Format: Typically participants give oral presentations that are about 10-15 minutes long and include a visual aid of some sort (power point, video, etc). Students can present individually or in a group.
How to Submit: If you are interested in presenting at our October symposium, you will submit a 200-300 summary of your project, paper, or presentation. Your summary or abstract should include your topic and/or research questions, the method or experience (e.g. library research, survey, interviews, internship experience, class experiment, etc), and a brief preview of any findings, main themes, or insights gained.