The idea for the annual UC Berkeley Sociological Research Symposium sprouted in late 2008, as part of the Berkeley Undergraduate Sociology Association (BUSA)’s continuous efforts to provide undergraduates with greater opportunities for professional and intellectual development.

The purpose of the Symposium is to bring together undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals interested in sharing exceptional sociological work from different disciplines. Researchers from diverse backgrounds conduct numerous sociological studies every year, but have few chances to share their findings with fellow scholars. By inviting students and professionals to present their work, the Symposium seeks to create a greater sense of community among sociological scholars.