Sociology Graduate Student Association (SGSA)

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The Sociology Graduate Student Association, (otherwise known as SGSA), is an organization that provides opportunities for graduate students in sociology at The Ohio State University to get involved outside of the classroom and supplement their knowledge with a diverse set of unique experiences.

Purposes of the Sociology Graduate Student Association (SGSA) at The Ohio State University:

  1. To promote communication among graduate students and between the students and faculty of the department.
  2. To promote the development of the intellectual and social interests shared by the graduate students.
  3. To act as a student advocate group to facilitate an exceptional learning environment for both students and faculty.

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SGSA 1st Meeting

2019-2020 SGSA Officers:

President- James Tompsett

VP of Diversity and Inclusion - Jasmine Whiteside

Vice President of Research- Peter Choi

Vice President of Student Affairs- Lesley Schneider

Vice President of Mentoring- Christina Bijou

VP of Teaching and Social Life - Emma Bosley-Smith

VP of Communication - Coralia Balasca


Events include monthly meetings, several social activities each semester, working groups, and research training workshops. SGSA also coordinates the new graduate student mentoring program.

Research Workshops from 2016-2017: SGSA hosts several student-led research workshops on quantitative and qualitative research techniques. These vary by semester and year based on demand and need.

  • Workshops on specific datasets
  • Basic Stata Usage (data management, merging)
  • Advanced Stata (macros, loops)
  • NVivo Training
  • Excel Training

Working Groups: Student-led, faculty-supported working groups provide support and instruction to students on a number of topics related to research and teaching,

  • Qualitative Research
  • Poverty, Inequality, and Economy (SocPIE)
  • Criminology (co-sponsored with CJRC)
  • NSF Grant Writing Group
  • Teaching

Other Events:SGSA sponsors non-research workshops and events each semester. These events provide opportunities for social and extracurricular experiences.

  • Graduate Student Happy Hour
  • Meditation and Relaxation Techniques
  • Tax Preparation Training
  • Female Faculty and Graduate Student Happy Hour
  • Graduate Teaching Workshops
  • Service Projects

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SGSA 1st Meeting