Sociology

A Year in the Life of a Sociology Grad Student

May to August

  • Refer to the Department  of Sociology Graduate Program Handbook for departmental guidance and program information.
  • Complete course registration on Bear Tracks for the upcoming Fall and Winter term. 
  • If you are a new student, attend the Department Orientation near the end of August. 
  • For current students, meet with your supervisory committee to receive insight and mentorship on the direction your research is taking, plan for the next year, and complete your Annual Progress Report
  • really dive into that thesis work while working as a summer Research Assistant for a sociology professor
  • enjoy long, sunny Edmonton summer days - and choose from dozens of outdoor music, theatre, and art festivals 


September and October

  • attend the department Fall Welcome and mingle with faculty, staff, and graduate students
  • it’s graduate scholarship and award application season, so sign up for the Grant Proposal Writing Workshop and receive one-on-one feedback from sociology faculty on your draft proposal
  • present your own research, and hear about others’, at the W. David Pierce Research Colloquium 
  • build your teaching and research skills through your graduate assistantship
November and December
  • check out a cross-country skiing or curling class at the Saville Center or through Edmonton Parks and Recreation
  • get a head start on your course papers so you can attend the department Holiday Party and toast to a good semester
  • attend one of many speaker series’ talks on campus, such as the Sociology Colloquium, Feminist Speakers Series, or the University’s Festival of Ideas
  • build your teaching and research skills through your graduate assistantship
January and February
  • start preparing for spring and summer conferences or for your thesis fieldwork, and apply for departmental conference and research travel funding 
  • sign up for the teacher training workshops offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and if you are in the third or fourth year of your PhD, put your name in to teach a spring or summer course
  • plan a trip to the Rocky Mountains during the February Reading Week
  • develop your understanding of the job market by attending the Pro-Seminar or being part of the Academic Job Prep program
  • build your teaching and research skills through your graduate assistantship
March and April
  • if you are in your first year, finalize your MA thesis proposal in the Research Design class, or start designing the focus of your PhD Specialization Exam 
  • Apply for the Sociology Travel Awards or Doctoral Research Grant.
  • build your teaching and research skills through your graduate assistantship