Spring 2022 opportunities
Undergraduate Research Assistantships are offered through unpaid course credit via SOC 497 (Honours Research Practicum). The department does not have any paid positions at this time.
SOC 497 Honours Research Practicum
Description: Denoting a preprofessionalization experience, this course provides selected students with an opportunity to work (to a maximum of 8 hours per week over one term) as an apprentice with a specific instructor on a research project in which the instructor is currently engaged. Note: This is an unpaid position and may not be combined with sponsored research positions. Earlier or outside research involvements will not meet the criteria for this course. Also, this course cannot be used to fulfill any plan requirements, like the 400-level course requirements for the Sociology major. Rather, it is a Sociology elective only. It can however count towards the courses you need to fulfill the BA degree requirements (40 courses for Honours and 4-year general Arts, 30 courses for 3-year general Arts). This course is not repeatable; it can only be taken once.
Eligibility: You must be in level at least 3A. Preference will be given to level at least 4A Sociology and/or Legal Studies students.
Grading basis: Credit/no credit. You will be assigned a CR grade at the end of term by your supervisor upon satisfactory completion of the assigned research work.
Course requirements: You must complete up to 8 hours of research work per week with your supervisor over the course of a term. Your supervisor must be a Department of Sociology and Legal Studies faculty member.
Benefits: Completion of the course will appear on your transcript, and you can indicate completion of the course as well as research tasks completed and skills developed in your resume. This is a great opportunity for you to further develop your research skills and resume, and get to learn what real social scientific research looks like at UWaterloo!
Deadline: Student applications, which include the online application form and CV, must be received by Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:59 pm.
Instructions: Please review the SOC 497 information above (if you want to receive course credit for the undergraduate research assistantship work) and the research projects below. Afterwards, please fill out the webform and indicate your preference for the projects (first choice = highest preference). Please do not contact the supervisors regarding the status of your application. If you submitted the webform and saw a confirmation message, then we received your application. You will be notified at the start of the term if you are a successful candidate. If you have any questions, please contact the undergraduate advisor.
Outcome: Depending on the number of student applications received, faculty members will select the most qualified available candidate for their research assistant position, and not all students in the end may be able to enroll in SOC 497. You will be notified by email of whether or not you have been accepted into SOC 497 at the latest by Friday, May 20, 2022.
Spring 2022 research projects
Religion and Caregiving
Description: Examining the relationship between caregiving and religion in Canada. Research areas: sociology of religion, civic engagement and health.
Instructor / supervisor: Dr. Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies
- Bibliographic research
- Building and updating an annotated bibliography for studies on caregiving and religion, as well as on civic engagement and religion
The First 3 Years: A longitudinal study of employment in the video game industry
Description: Within three years of finding employment in the video game industry, a staggering number of women leave it. This project addresses the need to understand the stark differences in employment experiences and outcomes for marginalised groups, particularly women, who choose to leave an industry they spent years training to enter. Research assistants will collaborate with a team of Canadian scholars to manage qualitative interview data from ongoing (virtual) interviews. Familiarity with games and games culture is not required for this RA, but may help with the transcription process. Through the experience, the RA is expected to develop familiarity with larger-scale research project management, data analysis, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Instructor / supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Whitson, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies
- Attending online meetings with the research team
- Literature review on labour and toxicity in video game production, including media reporting and journal articles
- Transcription verification (cleaning, correcting, and preparing automated transcriptions for analysis)
- Assisting where required and as suits RA's individual skill sets (e.g. social media communications, recruiting, initial coding, etc).
Using Access to Information Legislation to Investigate Immigration Detention, Deportation, Prisoner Transport, and Foreign National Prisoners
Description: This project focuses on using access to information (ATI) requests (under the federal Access to Information Act) to investigate several sociolegal issues with the goal of understanding how ‘carceral transparency’ operates in relation to governmental and non-governmental practices of releasing information.
Instructor / supervisor: Dr. Sarah Turnbull, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies
- Filing ATI requests (for both new and existing releases)
- Creating an Excel spreadsheet of ATI releases
- Performing web and literature searches
- Reviewing literature
- Preparing annotated bibliographies
- Searching Canadian case law
O.P.P. School Resource Officer Program Review
Description: This SSHRC-funded participatory-action research is responding to the demand for police reform and removal of police officers in schools by evaluating the OPP School Resource Officer Program and how police interact with youth across Ontario through an equity, anti-oppression, and anti-racism lens.
Instructor / supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Schulenberg, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies
- Attend weekly online meetings with the research team
- Transcription verification (clean, correct and prepare automated transcriptions for analysis)
- Assist with content development on the project website
- Maintain database for the environmental scan of Canadian police services
- Assist with research tasks where required