Southeastern Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (SEUSS)

Background

SEUSS has been co-sponsored by Emory Sociology and Morehouse Sociology for decades. Alternating its location annually between Emory and Morehouse campuses, this symposium has, over the years, drawn hundreds of students from colleges and universities across the southeastern US (and sometimes from elsewhere). These students have converged on Atlanta each year to present findings from their own empirical research projects. 

Purpose

This symposium ties into one of the curricular emphases of Emory Sociology: equipping students with the skills and tools to conduct their own sociological research. Indeed, many of our classes build on this emphasis by requiring students to complete an empirical project of some sort. Yet, we also want our students to share the results of their studies with a broader audience. One way to do so is via presentation at various conferences and symposia. 

Thus, SEUSS offers students the opportunity to present their own original papers at a professional conference, by way of a 12-15 minute presentation. Regardless of your career plans, preparing and presenting your paper is a great learning experience. It provides an opportunity for you to get public speaking and professionalization under your belt in preparation for business school, graduate school, law school, medical school, public health, social work, etc. 

Submission

We encourage you to consider submitting a good paper you have written in one of your sociology classes.  If you are considering a paper for presentation, talk with the professor for whom you wrote the paper to see if your paper is appropriate. That professor, in turn, can help you refine and polish the paper prior to its presentation, offering a mentoring experience that goes beyond the typical classroom assignment. 

Deadlines for Submission 

Calls for SEUSS submissions typically occur in January of a given year. Those calls are circulated via emails to Emory Sociology majors and minors, via the Emory Sociology social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and via the SEUSS website.

The calls request an abstract of 300 words or less that describe the focus and the results of your paper's research. The calls also ask that you secure a faculty letter of support for presenting your research at SEUSS. 

Shortly after the submission deadline, the organizers of that year's SEUSS will contact you about whether your submission was accepted and, if so, when and where you will be presenting your research paper.

Symposium Timing and Location

The symposium itself typically occurs in early February. Its location alternates from year to year between Emory's campus and Morehouse's campus.

For the latest information on the next gathering of SEUSS, please visit the SEUSS website by clicking here. Notifications regarding deadlines and locations will appear as the academic year gets under way.