2021 SOM Annual Conference

October 14 & 15, 2021
virtual—join us from anywhere

This years theme

Finding Connections in an Uncertain World

Join us for our annual conference on the theme Finding Connections in an Uncertain World this October 14th-15th! The conference will be virtual—join us from anywhere as we explore connections between variables, between social structures, between individuals, or between theoretical or methodological frameworks, and of course, connect with other sociologists! I have no doubt you could use a couple of days to be virtually surrounded by other people who share the sociological perspective. If you have ideas for panels, papers to submit for competition, presentations to share, or the desire to get involved in many other ways, we welcome your participation.

Please set aside Thursday, October 14th and Friday, October 15th and find connections with Sociologists of Minnesota! The sessions will show how all of us—teachers, researchers, students, and applied sociologists—are using sociology to challenge the taken-for-granted, pose new questions, and seek solutions based on our shared knowledge of humans in society. Read on to find the Call for Presentations and information our Student Paper Competition!

Call for Presentations

We welcome submissions for sessions, papers, posters, and panels. Please send the title a brief (~150-word) abstract to Program Coordinator, Bridget Conlon Mayfield at baconlon@stcloudstate.edu with the subject line Sociologists of Minnesota Submission. If you would like to submit a paper or serve as panelist for one of the sessions, please indicate the session title in your email. We welcome original research, works in progress, discussions on teaching and applied work from students, faculty, and applied sociologists.

Proposed Sessions

Caroline Rose Student Paper Competition

The Caroline Rose Student Paper Competition is a great opportunity for students to share their work with a professional audience! The Sociologists of Minnesota is offering cash prizes for first- and second-place within the undergraduate and graduate. All winners receive free conference registration, meals, and membership in SOM. Winners are expected to present at our Annual Conference on October 14th and 15th. All submissions will be reviewed by at least two members of the Student Paper Competition Committee using a rubric (available on the Sociologists of Minnesota website www.socmn.org and all students will receive feedback from the Committee on their work, even if they do not win an Award. Faculty, please invite your students to enter their papers in recognition of their outstanding work under your guidance. Students, we welcome you to submit one or more papers. Such a submission (and win) looks good on your resume and/or graduate school application and recognizes your outstanding engagement as a student sociologist. Please see the accompanying rules of the competition. If there are no acceptable papers, prizes will not be offered.

Papers involving human subjects must have Institutional Review Board (or its equivalent) approval and must note the receipt of approval in the methodology section of the paper.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2021

For questions, Please contact Aaron Hoy aaron.hoy@mnsu.edu

View The Rules

Contact Information

For any questions or concerns about the 2021 Conference, please contact Bridget Conlon-Mayfield.

Conference Program Chair

Bridget Conlon-Mayfield