Applications for the fall 2021 term are now closed. The application form will reopen closer to the winter 2022 term when new opportunities will be posted.
Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URAs) are offered through 2 unpaid options: 1) volunteer positions or 2) course credit via SOC 497. 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).
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 the your transcript, and the 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 Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
Instructions: Please review the SOC 497 information above (if you want to receive course credit for the URA work) and the URA 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 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 for fall 2021 at the latest by Thursday, September 30th, 2021.
Fall 2021 URA projects
Social determinants of health
Description: Provide literature search and literature review assistance to a project on vulnerable populations’ challenges during the pandemic in Pakistan.
Instructor/supervisor: Weizhen Dong, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies
- Searching relevant literature
- Reviewing literature
- 4th year student with basic skills in writing a literature review
- Interested in social equity, social justice, and health issues
Decameron 2.0: Feminist collaborative digital methods in the age of COVID-19
Description: Assisting a group of established Canadian scholars and artists in developing a digital research-creation project in response to COVID-19, and inquiring into existing infrastructures of support (or lack thereof) for scholars and artists in response to COVID-19. Research areas: sociology, cultural studies, GLAM, research-creation.
Instructor/supervisor: Lai-Tze Fan, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies
- Research qualitative and quantitative digital methods of GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums)
- Research social and cultural responses to COVID-19
- Organize media folders and workflow
- Source and credit images and models
- Assist with dissemination, including through social media
Canada within international social surveys
Description: Examining the use of international statistical surveys among Canadian social sciences researchers, and how Canada compares with other countries included in these cross-national surveys. Research areas: sociology, political science, environment.
Instructor / supervisor: Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies
- Bibliographic research
- Building an annotated bibliography on all studies by Canadian social scientific researchers between 2010-2021 which use the International Social Survey Programme and the World Values Survey
- Updating Academia.edu profile and content