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 Yun Kim Population Research Lab

At the heart of the demography program is the Yun Kim Population Research Lab (PRL), a cluster of faculty and students working on grant-funded research projects. We're thrilled to announce that 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of PRL. 

Our Program

“USU, and the population research lab specifically, was the most fantastic environment to help me discover my own interests. I owe everything to the fantastic professors at USU who got me started in sociology and demography.”


--Theresa Fedor, Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidad de Los Andes

A specialization in demography allows students to explore issues of population change, migration, and health outcomes. Graduate coursework is provided in social demography, population theories and policies, demographic research methods, and various special topic seminars. Our program provides basic and policy-oriented research on sociological aspects of demographic structure and processes including migration, marriage and fertility, morbidity and mortality, and technical demographic topics such as population estimates and projections. We also provide demographic training to domestic and international students that is relevant to their respective settings. Our graduates have gone on to do great work all around the country and the world. Read a few of their stories here. 


Samantha Patterson 

Environmental Public Involvement Specialist, Horrocks Engineers 

Samantha Patterson

Read Samantha's Interview


Sun Y. Jeon

Senior Statistician 
UCSF School of Medicine


Read Sun's Interview 

Core faculty research endeavors encompass a broad range of local, regional, national, and international projects, and are concerned with environmental, community, and social change. Their topics include areas of migration and population redistribution, health and disability, family demography, life course and aging, population/environment interactions, labor force, and population estimates and projections.  

Our People

So-Jung Lim

So-Jung Lim

Director, Yun Kim Population Lab

Dr. Lim joined the Sociology department in 2013 after receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Lim’s research focuses on the causes, processes, and consequences of a growing inequality across individuals, families, and different social contexts with particular interests in changes in family, labor market, and health disparity.

Full Faculty Profile