Scholarships & Aid

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 2017 recipient - Bethany Stoutamire.

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 2017 recipient - EeShin Hum and Jorge Ledesma.

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 2017 recipients - Jayden Barth.

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 2017 recipient - Anna Poudel.

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.

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.

Graduate instructors who have taught their own course(s) (excluding recitation sections) at UNL are eligible.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipient - Brandi Woodell.

Nicholas Babchuk Endowment for Excellence in Research by Sociology Graduate Students

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

Congratulations to the 2017 recipient - Brandi Woodell.

Alice Frost Howard Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Alice Frost Howard was the first woman 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 Graduate Student Research Award

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

Dan Hoyt Graduate Student Publication Award

This award has been established by Dr. Dan Hoyt, a former Sociology graduate student and Department Chair. Award recognizes the best high impact peer-reviewed journal publications as a sole or first-author in the prior 18 months. Co-authors may be faculty or other graudate students. Both current and recently graudated students are eligible for this award.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipient - Joseph Jochman.

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

This award was created by former UNL Sociology Alum, Dr. David Moore. Recipients will use award to assist with expenses related to research projects that employ or training experiences that focus on quantitative methods.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipient - Sela Harcey and Jamy Rentschler.

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 and/or cover travel expenses associated with research activities or attendance or participation in a conference. Award recipients will also receive membership to an American Sociological Association's Latina/o Sociology section.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipient - Grace Chambers.

J.J. & Eleanor S. Ogle Fellowship

This fellowship fund is specifically designed to support an outstanding graduate student's research. Through this fund the Department is able to award several small fellowships. The Department is also able to provide full support for the academic year to an exceptional graduate student in their final year of study. This allows for ample time for completion of their dissertation and to actively pursue job market opportunities.

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Academic Year Fellowship recipient - Raeda Anderson.

Congratulations also to the 2017 Summer Fellowship recipients - Trenton Haltom, Alice Miller MacPhee, Jessica Morrow, Collen Ray, Jamy Rentschler, Mazen Sarwar, Kayla Smith, Jerry Timbrook, Maika Tuala, and Brian Tussey.

James M. Reinhardt Graduate Student Research Fellowship

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

Scott C. Whiteford Award

Dr. Scott C. Whiteford, Department of Sociology Alumni, received his M.A in 2000 and his Ph.D. in 2004. This Award was created by Dr. Whiteford to support Sociology Graduate Students.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipient - Jerry Timbrook.

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.

The journal-length papers (no more than 30 pages in total length) must be empirical- that is it must use data to explore or test a research question or hypothesis. Paper must be sole or co-authored by another graduate student.

Papers must have been completed within the last 15 months and not submitted for previous consideration.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients - Trenton Haltom and Shawn Ratcliff

Department of Sociology Teaching Award

Recognizes evidence of superior teaching as a TA, recitation leader, and/or primary instructor.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipient - Joseph Jochman.

Department of Sociology Travel Award

Award established by the Department to support graduate student travel to conferences, workshops, ect., to further their career. In 2017, the Department has given 10 travel awards.

UNL Office of Graduate Studies Student Conference Travel Grant

Those interested in applying should contact UNL Graduates Studies