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Sociology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

At UIndy, you'll have many opportunities to participate in in-depth research studies. Our sociology faculty have a long tradition of collaborating with both graduate and undergraduate students on research projects. In most cases, our research is done as service to our community. It is applied, real world research that involves students in:

•    Reviewing relevant literature
•    Designing studies
•    Collecting, analyzing and interpreting data
•    Writing papers, reports and manuscripts
•    Presenting at professional meetings and community groups 

Social research concentration

We offer a concentration in social research that provides students with the opportunity to develop their quantitative and qualitative research skills beyond an introductory level through course work, and then apply that knowledge through individual research projects supervised by faculty, or team projects in collaboration with faculty. Some research projects are integrated into coursework, giving students direct experience in the strategies and concepts they are studying. In recent years, we have:

•    conducted research with more than 60 undergraduate and graduate students
•    involved numerous students in multiple projects
•    provided students with opportunities to conduct research across disciplines

Community Research Center

The Community Research Center provides sociology students with many opportunities for real-world research. In addition to conducting research, the CRC has secured both internal and external grants to pay stipends to student research assistants and provide travel to national conferences.

Examples of student research

The following is a sampling of the faculty-student collaborations and various products of that work over the past several years.

  • Survey of southeast Indianapolis school parent/community liaisons, conducted for the Southeast Education Task Force
  • Urban rebuilding and the Wheeler Arts Center
  • Vendors experiences of connectedness at a winter farmers' market
  • Assessing community progress on the Blueprint to End Homelessness
  • Strategies for improving neighborhood quality of life by transforming landlord-tenant relations
  • The challenges of implementing sustainable food production and consumption
  • Appraisal fraud and risky mortgage practices
  • Section about Indianapolis in the Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America
  • Assessing outcomes for the Wee Ones Nursery at the Indiana Women's Prison
  • Copper theft in the media
  • University of Indianapolis alumni survey
  • Car theft recovery rate