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Sociology Graduate Scholarships

Deadline for all materials listed below is March 2nd. Please submit all your application materials in a large envelope to Weiwei Zhang. Do not e-mail materials.

William E. & Harriet B. Gould Memorial Award

This scholarship rewards excellence in scholarship as demonstrated by an outstanding thesis or dissertation research proposal.
The criteria for eligibility are:

  • Graduate student at SDSU with declared major in Sociology or Rural Sociology
  • The student shall have completed or should be about to complete the coursework leading to an advanced degree
  • The student must have displayed qualities of academic excellence in keeping with the standards established by the faculty of the department
  • 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.

McNamara Graduate Scholar Award in Sociology

This scholarship 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.
The criteria for eligibility are:

  • Graduate student at SDSU with a declared major in Sociology
  • Completion of at least 20 hours of graduate coursework, including 11 hours in Sociology
  • At least a 3.50 GPA overall at the graduate level
  • 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.

Robert T. and Mary K. Wagner Endowment

This scholarship is awarded to a graduate student pursuing a master's or doctorate degree in sociology at South Dakota State University.
To be considered for the award:

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

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

Willis-Wright Professional Achievement Award

This graduate award was established by the faculty of the Department of Sociology & Rural Studies. The purpose of this award is to encourage graduate students to be involved in professional scholarship activities.
The criteria for eligibility are:

  • A graduate student or a team of graduate students (up to but not exceeding three) majoring in sociology who publish an article in a major journal in sociology are eligible for this award. Major journals in sociology are defined as those journals listed as the most influential journals on the SDSU Sociology & Rural Studies Department’s web page.
  • Graduate students must be actively enrolled in a sociology graduate degree program at SDSU when the manuscript is accepted for publication. Professors may not be part of the team.