We encourage our students, especially those considering graduate studies, to complete individual research projects. Cornell's One Course At A Time allows students to fully engage in projects for a block or longer without distractions from other coursework. They're even able to pursue studies abroad, and recent students have investigated everything from street children in Brazil, to herding communities in Mongolia, to clean water solutions in Nicaragua.
Each spring, Cornell students from many disciplines present the results of collaborative and independent projects at the Cornell Student Symposium. During the symposium, students describe their research and creative projects through oral presentations and poster sessions. Abstracts for projects related to sociology, anthropology, and civic engagement can be found on our symposium pages.
Each year the Iowa Sociological Association sponsors an undergraduate paper competition at its annual meeting, and Cornell students have experienced great success. In 2009, for example, Annie Schneider won the freshman/sophomore award for her paper "Reimagining South Africa: Feminist Theology and Violence Against Women," and Chris Davids won the junior/senior award for his paper "Filling the Gap: An Examination of Body Dissatisfaction of Differences of Gay, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Men."