Iowa Sociological Association

2012 ISA Conference

Saturday, April 28, 2012

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

The Iowa Sociological Association is an undergraduate-focused academic association that is focused on organizing an annual meeting where undergraduates present their research. Student participants come from community colleges, private colleges, and public universities across Iowa.


The keynote speaker this year is Kevin Leicht, Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Sociology Department and Director of the Iowa Social Science Research Center at the University of Iowa. Dr. Leicht specializes in Social Stratification and Inequality, and among his publications, includes monographs such as Post-Industrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle Class Prosperity, Professional Work: A Sociological Approach, and Analyzing the Labor Force: Concepts, Measures and Trends. He’s the incoming President of the Midwest Sociological Society.

2012 Call for Papers


To present a paper, send the following by Monday, March 28, 2011 to Melinda Scheperle ( (re:paper)


  1. Cover Page:  Include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and undergraduate status (class), as well as the name, phone number and address of the student’s advisor/sponsor.
  2. Abstract:  An abstract of no more than 150 words must precede the body of the paper.
  3. Paper: Professional, properly formatted paper on an empirical, theoretical or analytical topic related to sociology or criminology/criminal justice.
  4. Formatting:  Papers must exhibit appropriate sociological citation style, with a standard reference page.  Word-processed papers, in 10 or 12-point font, should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages, not counting reference list,notes and appendices.  Instructor’s corrections, comments and grades should not appear on the submitted paper.  The paper title must appear at the top of the first page and as a running head on all successive pages.
  5. Paper Competition: Indicate at the bottom of the cover page (see item 1 above) if you are also submitting your paper for one of the following awards:  Mary Alice Ericson (Freshman-Sophomore); Manford Kuhn (Junior-Senior); Stephen Wieting(Integrating Theory and Research); Ward Reynoldson (Criminal Justice).
  6. Content/Judging:  Succinct identification of issue(s) illustrated in the paper and summarized in the abstract; Review of the relevant professional literature; Methodological Rigor (if empirical); Organization; Disciplinary Relevance and Contribution; Creativity; Overall Quality.




To present a poster, send the following by March 26, 2012 to Melinda Scheperle ( (re:poster)


  1. Cover Page and Abstract: See items 1 and 2 under Paper Submissions above.
  2. Synopsis:   A minimum 5 page (double-spaced, properly formatted) overview of a topic related to sociology or criminology/criminal justice.

For more information on the conference, please contact Melinda Scheperle ( 319.335.3254, Kevin Leicht ( 319-353-2813 , or Phyllis Baker ( 

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