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Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate teaching and research assistantships are available for those students meeting departmental needs and departmental and Graduate School requirements.

More details can be found in the Guidebook to Thesis and Non-Thesis Options of the Masters Program in Sociology and the Guidebook to the PhD Program in Sociology. Please email jia.you@sdstate.edu for the details. 

The application deadline for the upcoming academic year is March 1st.  A copy of the application form can be obtained by contacting the Department Secretary.

Jia You
605-688-4133
jia.you@sdstate.edu

Graduate Scholarships

Graduate Students in the Sociology Program at SDSU are invited to submit applications and supporting materials for the following three awards given annually.

The William E. & Harriet B. Gould Memorial Award rewards excellence in scholarship as demonstrated by an outstanding thesis or dissertation research proposal.  Criteria for this award are as follows:

  1. Graduate student at SDSU with declared major in Sociology or Rural Sociology;
  2. The student shall have completed or should be about to complete the coursework leading to an advanced degree;
  3. The student must have displayed qualities of academic excellence in keeping with the standards established by the faculty of the department; and
  4. Submission of a research proposal (3 copies) to be judged in competition by the faculty of the department.

Only one research proposal may be submitted for this competition.  The proposal should be double-spaced and no more than 20 pages in length including bibliography and appendices.  Please contact Mary Emery for more details on formatting of this proposal.

The McNamara Graduate Scholar Award in Sociology recognizes excellence in scholarship as demonstrated in a scholarly paper.  Development of a theoretical model or an analysis of qualitative or quantitative data is usually required.  Criteria for this award are as follows:

  1. Graduate student at SDSU with a declared major in Sociology;
  2. Completion of at least 20 hours of graduate coursework, including 11 hours in Sociology;
  3. At least a 3.50 GPA overall at the graduate level; and
  4. Submission of a scholarly paper (3 copies) to be judged in competition by the faculty of the department.  This paper may be one that has been prepared for a course or one that has been prepared specifically for this competition.

Only one paper may be submitted for the competition.  The paper should be double-spaced and no more than 20 pages in length including bibliography and appendices.  Please contact Mary Emery for more details on formatting of this paper.

The Robert T. and Mary K. Wagner Endowment has provided funding for a graduate student pursuing a master's or doctorate degree in sociology at South Dakota State University.

The recipient must show promise to the field of sociology and demonstrate involvement in regional and/or national sociological association(s).

To be considered for the award, an applicant must send the Sociology Awards Committee:

  1. A cover letter indicating his or her desire to be considered for the award;
  2. A testimonial and demonstration of the applicant's promise to the field of sociology; and
  3. A demonstration of her or his involvement in regional and/or national sociological association(s).

The Awards Committee, after consultation with the faculty of the sociology department, will select a recipient.

All submissions are due by March 1st (5:00 pm).  Please submit your application to the chair of the Scholarship Committee, Hansen Hall 004.