Undergraduate Research

The Pacific Sociological Association (PSA)

The Pacific Sociological Association (originally called the Pacific Southwest Sociological Society) was established in October 1929 by a small group of sociologists called together by Emory S. Bogardus of the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California for the purpose of organizing the Society.

The charter members agreed that they had been in isolation at their respective institutions long enough. They embraced the idea of a colleague, Earle E. Eubank, who said, "where there is contact of human minds, there an association exits; where there is no contact, there is a state of isolation." So the charter members decided to illustrate one of sociology's basic concepts, "social interaction." As stated in the original constitution, the purpose and object of the Society was the promotion of both sociological research and the teaching of sociology in universities, colleges, community colleges, and high schools in the Pacific area. The first Annual Meeting (with a program) was held on January 25, 1930 in Los Angeles at the Alexandria Hotel.

Today the PSA is the professional association of sociologists in the Pacific Region of North America: Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, and Baja California Sonora and Chihuahua in Mexico. Membership includes professors and students working at colleges and universities located throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but especially those who live in the western region of those countries. Many Association members work as consultants, researchers, and administrators. Some members have government jobs and others own businesses. A significant number are graduate students.

The Association holds an annual meeting in late March or early April and publishes a newsletter, The Pacific Sociologist, and a journal, Sociological Perpsectives. You can access these documents, as well as application materials, at the PSA website (www.pacificsoc.org).

Each fall and spring, the Department of Sociology at Gonzaga University provides training and support for undergraduates who seek to present their research at the PSAs. In 2015, the 86th annual meeting will be held in Long Beach, California, on April 1-4, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency. This year, the theme will be "(Un)Changing Institutions: Work, Family, and Gender in the New Economy."

  • Call for Papers. Deadline is October 15, 2013 for submission of papers/proposals to session organizers.
  • Submit a Session Proposal for the 2014 Conference. Deadline is August 1st. Please note that all proposed sessions must be approved by the program chair.
  • President for the 2014 meeting is Amy Wharton, Washington State University Vancouver.
  • The Program Chair for the 2014 conference is Amy Orr, Linfield College.

National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR), April 16-18 at Eastern Washington University

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is an interdisciplinary conference where students representing universities and colleges from all around the U.S., and internationally, will present their research and creative works in oral, poster and performance/visual arts presentations.

The mission of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is to promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.

If you have questions about the PSA or SIRC, or you seek to present your research at the PSA or SIRC, please consult one of the faculty in the department.
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