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  • Spring Lecture Series 2015

    We are happy to present two exciting lectures this spring.  Both are late in the afternoon on Thursdays and will be followed by a brief reception.  We hope you'll be able to attend and to stay afterwards to share your impressions with the speakers.

    Locked in the Past: Montana Jails in Crisis

    •Thursday, March 19, 2015
    •5:00-6:00 PM
    •Don Anderson Hall, Room 316

    “Montana’s detention centers are in crisis. Outdated facilities, inadequate staff, overcrowding, insufficient medical and mental health care, and an overwhelming criminal justice system are status quo,” says ACLU of Montana Executive Director Scott Crichton. “The consequences of these factors can be devastating to individuals and costly to our communities.”

    Please join us for a discussion with Jake Coolidge, one of the authors of the recently released, controversial report “Locked in the Past: Montana Jails in Crisis.” The authors of this report toured jails, interviewed administrators and prisoners, and  collected survey data from jail inmates. Their resulting report provides a frank and disturbing overview of conditions in county detention centers throughout Montana, and makes suggestions for improvements.

    Jake Coolidge is a law student at the University of Montana, and a former graduate student of, and adjunct instructor for the UM Sociology Department. His thesis project focused on policing strategies and interactions involving homeless individuals in Missoula’s downtown corridor.

    A Return to Ghana: Recollections and Impressions

    •April 16, 2015
    •5:30-6:30 PM
    •Don Anderson Hall, Room 316

    The UM Sociology Department’s own John Domitrovich will share experiences and observations from his time spent in Ghana as a Peace Corps volunteer between 1970 and 1972, and from his recent visit 43 years later, in January 2015. The talk will be illustrated by vibrant personal photos.

    John Domitrovich is a long-time adjunct faculty member of the University of Montana Sociology Department, whose scholarship focuses primarily on religion, ritual, symbolism, and social psychology.

  • UM Conference on Undergraduate Research

    Sociology undergraduates who are currently working on research projects with faculty should be interested in the 14th annual UM Conference on Undergraduate Research (UMCUR).  The conference will be held in the University Center on Friday, April 17. UM students of all majors are invited to present their research and creative scholarship through oral presentations and posters. This is a wonderful opportunity to add a presentation of your own scholarship to your resume and to get feedback on your work from others.  To propose an UMCUR poster or presentation, students must submit an abstract (circa 300 words) of their research topic. The student’s faculty mentor must review and approve the abstract prior to submission, so contact your faculty advisor for more information. The Call for Submissions is online. The submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 20. For further information, please contact the Davidson Honors College at 243-2541 or

  • Presentation of Undergraduate Student Awards for 2014

    The following students were awarded Sociology Department awards in the spring 2014.  We will be accepting applications for awards for 2015 in the Spring.  See the Scholarship Page on this site.

    Mortar Board Outstanding Senior Awards:

    One outstanding senior from each emphasis area and from sociology in general were selected based on their cumulative GPA and a demonstrated commitment to the discipline of sociology through professional development, leadership, and service. Students were honored in a ceremony on Friday, May 17, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre by President Engstrom and the Penetralia Chapter of Mortar Board at UM.

    Amy Leach (Inequality and Social Justice Option, Sociology)

    Ally Guldborg (Criminology Option, Sociology)

    Chloe Walker (General Sociology)

    Angela Molvig (Rural and Environmental Change Option, Sociology)

    The following awards were presented by the Sociology Department at our Commencement ceremony in the Adams Center on May 18, 2013. They are awarded annually to the top students in each category. For more information on the award, please see Undergraduate Awards.

    Award for Academic Excellence: Marin Keys

    Award for Contribution to Academic Programs in Sociology: Ryan Janes

    Carly Christine Phillips Award in Applied Sociology: Paige Ely


  • Sociology Department 2015 Graduation Application Deadlines

    Spring Semester 2015

    Graduation Applications are now overdue! 

    Due:  Professor Doyle ASAP;

    Approved applications should be submitted to the Cashier at Griz Central:  Monday, March 2.  See Professor Doyle as soon as possible!

    Summer Semester 2015

    Due to Professor Doyle by Friday, February 13. 

    Approved application due to the cashier at Griz Central (with a $30 graduation fee) by Friday, February 27. 

    Late applications ($15 late fee) due by Monday, June 1, 2015.

    Autumn Semester 2015

    Due to Professor Doyle by Friday, April 10th.

    Approved application due to the cashier at Griz Central (with a $30 graduation fee) by Friday, April 24, 2015

    Late applications ($15 late fee) due by Monday, October 5, 2015.

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