Scholarships & Aid
Scholarships & Aid

Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships

Vanetta Aaron Undergraduate Student Paper Competition in Race, Class, or Gender

Undergraduate majors in Sociology are invited to submit papers on the topic of race, class, or gender to the annual paper competition. The student with the best paper, as selected by the sociology undergraduate committee members, will be awarded $100 and their name will be added to a commemorative plaque.

This competition is to encourage students and the Department of Sociology to honor the memory of Vanetta Aaron, M.A. (1970 – 1995). As an instructor in Nationality and Race Relations, Vanetta Aaron committed herself to expanding the critical thinking of her students on these topics. Vanetta's own research focused on African American women and their family roles. Papers are encouraged from undergraduates who have written on any topic that addresses race, class or gender issues pertinent to sociology. Papers are typically due in the Fall semester.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients - Katie Batenhorst & Hannah Dickson.

Alan P. Bates Outstanding Undergraduate Award

Sociology majors who will graduate in the Spring semester or who graduated in the previous Fall semester are invited to apply for this award. Dr. Bates served as a Professor and Chair of this Department from 1949 to 1978. In addition to having his or her name added to an honorary plaque in the Sociology Department, the winner will receive an award of $1,000. Applications are typically due in the Fall semester.

To be considered for this award, students must fulfill the following criteria:

  • A 3.0 or better GPA in all courses and a 3.0 or better GPA in Sociology
  • A copy of a transcript or senior check
  • A cover letter describing your past or potential contributions to the community and/or the campus (Undergraduate Sociological Association) and how it is related to the "sociological imagination"
  • A vita or résumé summarizing your academic and work activities
  • An example of your creative activity in sociology (senior thesis, photo essay, term paper)

Congratulations to the 2019 recipient - Jayden Barth & Mackenzie Griffith

Alice Lou Crank Undergraduate Scholarship in Sociology

Freshman and sophomore majors in Sociology are invited to apply for the Alice Lou Crank Undergraduate Scholarship in Sociology. This scholarship provides funds to a Sociology major with fewer than 60 completed credit hours.

To be considered for this scholarship, students must submit the following materials:

  • A copy of your transcript, which shows that you have completed fewer than 60 credit hours
  • Documentation of overall GPA
  • A personal statement that discusses why you chose to major in Sociology and what you hope to do with your degree

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients - Vanessa Woosley & Clarice-Ann Santos.

Alice Frost Howard Memorial Scholarship

The Alice Frost Howard Memorial Scholarship of $250 is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student at UNL. Qualified students must be Sociology majors and in their sophomore or junior year at UNL.

Application materials are to include a one- to two-page statement of interest in the discipline and be accompanied by a writing example from a course in Sociology (term paper, project, etc.). Applications are typically due in the Fall semester. Please include a current address in your letter of application for notification purposes.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipient -Elizabeth Byrnes

Ed A. Munoz Latina/o Sociology Excellence Award

The Ed A. Munoz Latina/o Sociology Excellence Award is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrates a focus on Latina/o culture or ethnicity through scholarly work or research. Award is to be used to attend the American Sociological Association annual meeting. Award recipients will also receive membership to an American Sociological Association's Latina/o Sociology section.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients - Grecia Macias

Graduate Student Awards

Graduate Student Awards

Cheryl Applegate Teaching Award

An annual award established to recognize graduate students who display exceptional quality in teaching and working with undergraduate students. The intent is to encourage students to perform top quality work in teaching, instructional development, and working with undergraduates. The award is named in honor of Cheryl Applegate, an ABD graduate student who died of cancer before completing her Ph.D. work. Cheryl described herself as a Black-woman activist, a teacher, and social change maker.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipient - Jennifer Andersen.

Nicholas Babchuk Endowment for Excellence in Research by Sociology Graduate Students

Dr. Babchuk was a faculty member of the Sociology Department from 1959 to 1987. This award is used to support graduate student research in sociology, a priority to Dr. Babchuk throughout his distinguished career. Annual awards are made to support the research activities of an outstanding graduate student in Sociology.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients - Jennifer Andersen, Trenton Haltom, and Shawn Ratcliff

Alice Frost Howard Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Alice Frost Howard was the first woman to graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Class of 1876. The Alice Frost Howard Award is an annual award to outstanding female graduate students in Sociology.

Joyce O. Hertzler Sociology Research Award

Joyce O. Hertzler was on the faculty of the Sociology Department from 1923 to 1961. This award provides graduate students and/or assistant professors in Sociology support for scholarship activities.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients - Alice MillerMacPhee

Dan Hoyt Graduate Student Publication Award

Dr. Hoyt, current Sociology faculty member, former chair, and Alum, created this award to recognize the best high-impact peer-reviewed journal publication by a Sociology graduate student.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipient - Joe Jochman.

David C. & Marilyn S. Moore UNL Graduate Student Quantitative Research Award

This award was created by UNL Sociology Alum, Dr. David Moore. Recipients will use award to assist with expenses related to quantitative research methods training, most especially the ICPSR summer program, or quantitative research projects.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipient - Eli Ornelas.

Helen Moore Sociology TA Professional Development Award

This award was created by retired Sociology faculty member and chair, Dr. Helen Moore, Emerita Aaron Douglass Professor of Teaching Excellence. It was established to recognize any doctoral student making good progress toward the degree and who has developed a course portfolio or scholarly manuscript that investigates student learning.  Preference given to Sociology students teaching courses cross-listed with Ethnic Studies or Women and Gender Studies or with a focus on inequality.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipient -Trenton Haltom.

Ed A. Munoz Latina/o Sociology Excellence Award

Ed A. Munoz is a Department of Sociology Alumni, receiving his Ph.D. in 1995. Recipients must be either an undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates a focus on Latina/o culture or ethnicity through scholarly work or research. Award is to be used to fund research, cover travel expenses associated with research activities, and/or attendance or participation in a conference. 

Congratulations to the 2019 recipient - Eli Ornelas.

J.J & Eleanor S. Ogle Fellowship

This fellowship award is specifically designed to support outstanding graduate students. Recipient(s) of this award will able to focus solely on their own research or dissertation/thesis work.

Congratulations also to the 2019 Summer Fellowship recipients - Emma Finken, Eliza Thor, Eli Ornelas, Angelica Phillips, and Rachel Stenger

James M. Reinhardt Graduate Student Research Fellowship

This fellowship is designed specifically to support graduate student research in the areas of criminology or delinquency.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients - Colleen Ray

Scott C. Whiteford Graduate Student Support Award

Dr. Scott C. Whiteford, Department of Sociology Alum, received his M.A in 2000 and his Ph.D. in 2004. This Award was created by Dr. Whiteford to support Sociology graduate students. Candidates should have an accumulative grade point average of 3.0 with preference being given to those who have demonstrated financial need.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients - Grace Kelly

Department of Sociology Research Award

An annual award established to recognize exceptional quality in research papers written in graduate courses. The intent is to encourage students to perform top-quality work on course papers, and for the department to recognize those papers that have exceptional potential to lead to publication.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients - Alice MillerMacPhee.

Department of Sociology Teaching Award

An annual award established to recognize evidence of superior teaching as a teaching assistant (TA), recitation instructor, and/or primary instructor of a Sociology class. 

Congratulations to the 2019 recipient - Andrea Johnson.

Department of Sociology Advanced Graduate Student Academic Semester Research Award recipients - Joe Jochman and Jerry Timbrook