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Graduate Student Awards

Sociology graduate students in good academic standing are invited to apply for these department awards each spring.

Wasby-Johnson Dissertation Award

This award allows doctoral students to devote unencumbered time to dissertation research and writing by providing both a summer grant and funds for research or for travel to professional meetings. There will be two recipients each year. Each grant includes a $4750 stipend for summer term and $2500 for travel and research for use in the summer and the following academic year.

Applicants must demonstrate the need for an entire summer for research on, and/or writing of the dissertation. Work beyond completion of the dissertation, such as preparation of articles or a book from the dissertation, is not eligible for support.

The award is made available jointly by Professor Emeritus Benton Johnson and by Stephen L. Wasby, Professor Emeritus, University at Albany–SUNY, who received his graduate degrees from the University of Oregon Department of Political Science (PhD 1962), and who was a student in a number of Sociology graduate courses.


By the application deadline, applicants must

  • Have passed all comprehensive examinations
  • Have selected a dissertation topic
  • Have a dissertation adviser and dissertation committee

By July 1, award recipients must have successfully defended the dissertation prospectus and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy; failure to meet that condition will result in cancellation of the grant.

Application Materials

  • Curriculum vita
  • Dissertation prospectus, even if in draft and not yet defended
  • Statement of the work to be undertaken during the grant period (summer) and the likely uses of the travel/research funds (August-June)
  • Statement agreeing not to undertake any teaching or other compensated employment during summer, nor to accept any other fellowships or grants for the same period
  • List of any grants, fellowships or additional support for which the student has applied or is applying for any part of the period covered by the grant
  • From the dissertation advisor, an endorsement of the application, a statement that the student requires the summer for work toward completion of the dissertation, and a commitment to active supervision of the student during the grant period.

 Lawrence Carter Graduate Student Research Award

This award encourages research from a diversity of perspectives by providing research support each year for one or more sociology graduate students with a distinctive outlook. The Award is in the form of a $1000 stipend.  The funds are to be used to support scholarly research for the dissertation, for the Master’s paper, or for work intended for publication in an academic book or journal.  The funds can be spent on data, materials, travel, or living expenses as needed to support the research.

The Award is named in honor of UO Sociology Professor Emeritus and former Department Head Lawrence Carter, a distinguished demographer who received his Ph.D. at UO.


To qualify, the student must be in good standing with the department.

Application Materials

  • A brief letter explaining why her/his perspective or outlook is distinctive
  • Curriculum vita
  • 1-2 page (double-spaced) description of the research project to be funded (no budget is necessary)
  • From applicant’s advisor, a brief letter of endorsement of the application which indicates a commitment to active supervision of the student.

Joan Acker Graduate Fellowship

This award is given each academic year to a graduate student in the Sociology Department. The recipient (1) has the honor of having the title of the “Joan Acker Graduate Fellow,” indicating that s/he has demonstrated strong potential as a gender scholar; (2) receives $1000 in funding to support her/his research; and (3) is guaranteed that at least one of her/his GE appointments during the year will be to either teach a gender related course or serve as a teaching assistant for a gender related course.

This award is named in honor of Joan Acker, an internationally renowned scholar who was a pioneer in the development of the sociology of gender, who spent her career in the UO Sociology Department.


Applicants will be evaluated based on how well they demonstrate that they have a central interest in gender, a commitment to gender equity, and excellent academic and teaching records (or teaching potential if they lack teaching experience).

The recipient must have a GE appointment in the Sociology Department in the year in which s/he holds the title. Therefore, only students who have a guaranteed GE appointment in the department for that year are eligible—i.e., this award does not provide a GE position, it simply adds the title of the “Joan Acker Graduate Fellow” to an existing GE appointment.  The student must also be in good standing in the Department and the University.

Application Materials

  • A statement of 250 words or less explaining how they fit the above mentioned criteria

Charles W. Hunt Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The Award ($500) is available to eligible sociology graduate students.

The Award is named in honor of Chuck Hunt, who has been a dedicated teacher in the Sociology Department for many years, and who has been recognized by many students for his excellence as an educator.


  • Graduate student in good academic standing in the Sociology department
  • Has taught of at least one independent class

Application Materials

  • A teaching portfolio (statement of teaching philosophy, syllabi, assignments, course evaluations, and any other related materials)

Research Award for Publication

This award ($500) is given for the best article or chapter published by a graduate student.


The article or chapter must be published, either already in print or accepted for publication.

Application Materials

  • A copy of the paper or article
  • If in press, also submit a copy of the letter of acceptance

Research Award for Data Collection and Presentation

Up to $1500 will be distributed across up to three awardees for whom these funds would demonstrably aid the completion of research. Eligible activities may include: interview transcriptions, travel for field work, support funds to purchase data from institutional sources.


  • Evidence of initial data collection trials
  • Clear timeline with demonstrable closure to data collection and presentation
  • Evidence of additional support to carry out the project by the stated time
  • Relevance of data to research goals

Application Materials

  • 1-2 page description of your research goals, other sources of funding, and a definitive timeline for the completion of the research. You should also include an outline of your research design and the role of this data in that project. Be sure to indicate how, specifically, the $500 will aid your data collection or presentation initiative.

Best MA Paper Award

This award of $500 is given every fall for the best MA paper produced in the previous academic year.


  • Completed MA paper by end of summer term.

Application Materials

  • Papers submitted are automatically in consideration for this award. No additional documentation is required by the student.

Marquina Faculty-Graduate Student Collaboration Award

This award encourages collaboration on research projects between faculty and graduate students and provides summer funding to students to foster this collaboration. The award of $2500 will be given as a resource aid to the student(s) to support their work on the project. If there is more than one student collaborator, the funds will be divided equally among the students.


  • Team must include a current tenure-track faculty member with at least .5 FTE in the Department of Sociology and one or more graduate students in good standing in the department.
  • A student may not work on more than one project funded by this award in the same year, nor may a student receive more than two full awards during her/his career as a graduate student.
  • If there is more than one student involved in a particular collaborative project, only the proportion of the award each receives is counted against her/his maximum of two award units. For example, if two students are involved in the same project, each receive half of the funds and each is eligible in the future to receive up to 1.5 more award units (e.g., they could be on one project as the sole student collaborator and at another time on another project as one of two student collaborators).

Application Materials

  • Applications are due in fall term for the following summer.
  • Faculty members apply for the award by writing an up a 250 word max description of the research project, identifying the student collaborator(s) they have chosen to work with, and indicating the intended product of the collaboration (this can be as simple as stating that they intend to produce an article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal).
  • The faculty member must clearly state that they intend to co-author the resultant work of the collaboration with the student(s), and they must sign this statement.
  • The student(s) must also provide a short signed statement indicating that they want to take part in this collaborative project and will allocate time in summer to work on the project if they are chosen for the award.