Student Opportunities for Applied Research (SOAR)

What is SOAR?

SOAR (Student Opportunities for Applied Research) is a new pilot program developed by the Sociology Department and the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies (CDGS). SOAR is designed to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to receive mentoring in and experience conducting applied research. SOAR scholars will collaborate with faculty to conduct a community-based research project.


Eligibility & Duties

To be eligible for the SOAR program, students must be Sociology majors who have received a B or better in at least one required Sociology research course (Statistics-SOCI 3307, Data Analysis-SOCI 3318, Quantitative Research-SOCI 4308, and/or Qualitative Research-SOCI 4309). Four students will be selected for the first cohort. Students must be able to commit to an average of 5 hours of work per week during the Fall and/or Spring semesters. A small office space, necessary resources, and a stipend of $1,000 per semester will be provided to each student. Students will conduct and analyze focus groups and survey research, present their findings at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, and if interested, receive information on and an application fee waiver for our graduate programs. This will be an annual project with a new cohort of SOAR scholars chosen each Fall.


As a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the SOAR program is consistent with our university mission to create applied research opportunities for undergraduate students. The SOAR program is seeking applications from Sociology students who meet the eligibility requirements. Historically underserved and underrepresented racial and ethnic students, first-generation students, low-income students, and students with experiences with the foster system are encouraged to apply.


Interested students should complete the application. Applications are due by September 8th, 2023. SOAR scholars will be selected and notified by September 8th and work will begin the following week.