Labs

Small Group Labs

The Sociology Department's Small Groups Labs (SS 308 and 310) are available for use by Department faculty and students by request. Past research projects ranged widely, and have included perceptions of stereotypes and their influence on identities, willingness to hire employees with clearly visible tattoos, focus groups to discuss experiences of guilt in response to discrimination against others, and overcompensation when gender or rural identities are challenged. Anyone wanting to use the facilities should email Kathy Kuipers, Chair of the Sociology Department.

Whiteboad with data from an experiment done in the small groups lab

Social Science Research Lab (SSRL)

The Fred W. Reed Social Science Research Lab is run by Chuck Harris, lab administrator. Jessica Mayrer is the lab research assistant and lab monitor supervisor. In addition to Chuck and Jessica, there are lab assistants on duty every weekday, and occasionally on the weekends, who receive specialized training on lab software and hardware, and are able to assist lab users as needed. You are welcome to check the posted schedule, and to drop in. The main lab room (262) is usually available for student work. There may be times when 262 is reserved for instruction, so check the schedule on the door if you are entering.

Room 258 is a lab classroom. Each semester, a schedule of classes will be posted on the door. Please consult this schedule, and if a class is in session, do not enter.  If there is no class scheduled, you are welcome to use the computers in this room for independent work. Be aware that if you are working in 258, you must leave when scheduled classes begin.

Users of the SSRL facilities are asked to abide by a few basic rules:

  • PCs are normally switched on by the first lab monitor, and shut down at the end of the day. During the day, be sure to "log off" of your workstation. If you work late in the day or on evenings and/or weekends, and no one is waiting to use your PC, go ahead and "shut down" when you leave.
  • Don't give out the door combinations to anyone, and don't prop the door open.
  • Don't set any food or drink on the same work surface as any computer. (While food and drink are allowed in the lab, unlike most other labs on campus or elsewhere, they should NEVER be placed near the computers).
  • Don't install any software on any computer. If in doubt about a browser application or other tool, ask a lab monitor.
  • Leave your computer desktop and work area neat and clean when you leave.

All lab personnel can be reached through email at: ssrl.support@mso.umt.edu.

For more information about the SSRL, please visit the SSRL website.

ssrl lab monitors