Departmental Awards


Student Paper Award

This award will recognize the written work of a sociology major in the past year. The work could have been done for a research project, class, or other purpose. The winning paper will incorporate sociological thought and research in advancing our understanding of the social world.  To apply, submit a copy of the paper as a Word document.  

Applications must include:

  • Name
  • PeopleSoft Number
  • Email Address

Please submit materials electronically to Kathy Covey (katherine.covey@uconn.edu) by Tuesday, April 19, 2022.


Public Engagement Award

This award will recognize a sociology major for outstanding service to the campus and/or larger community in relation to the promotion of social justice. The winner of this award will be a student who has worked to make the campus and/or larger community more just, equitable, civil and compassionate places. The recipient acts as role models and as inspiration in relation to the discipline, in terms of helping to put Sociology’s theoretical commitment to social justice into practice. To apply submit a letter of nomination describing what the nominee has done. Self-nominations are welcome.

Applications must include:

  • Name
  • PeopleSoft Number
  • Email Address

Please submit materials electronically to Kathy Covey (katherine.covey@uconn.edu) by Tuesday, April 19, 2022.


Janet M. Fierberg Scholarship

The Janet M. Fierberg Scholarship Fund in Sociology was endowed by I. Martin Fierberg and Janet M. Fierberg, an alumna of UConn who studied Sociology and had careers in Social Work. Two scholarships of a minimum of $2,000* each will be awarded this year to outstanding students in their Junior or Senior year at UConn who are planning to pursue graduate study in Social Work or Sociology or first year students in the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

Applicants must be sociology majors or minors, first year students in the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, or students who have applied to and will be accepted into the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. All awards will consider need and future professional promise.

To apply, please complete the information form on the next page and submit it with the following materials:

  1. A letter of application in which you discuss your career interests in Social Work, or Sociology and relevant experiences in school, work or elsewhere;
  2. A copy of your transcript; and 
  3. A statement of your financial situation that describes your resources, debts, and need.

Please submit your application by email:
Social Work applications and questions should be directed to the Office of Student and Academic Services at sswstudentservices@uconn.edu.
Sociology applications should be directed to Katherine Covey: katherine.covey@uconn.edu.
For further information, please e-mail Katherine Covey (katherine.covey@uconn.edu) or Simon Cheng (Simon.cheng@uconn.edu).

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2022 at noon.

Apply here.

*University departmental scholarships and awards are posted in the University of Connecticut Financial Aid System and are disbursed to the student’s fee bill account. If a student has already been packaged for Financial Aid, the addition of a scholarship(s) can result in adjustments to that aid. If a student has a balance on their fee bill, the scholarship funds will be applied to that balance and the student may request a refund for any remaining funds.


Arnold and Sandra Dashefsky Student Award for Excellence

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be:

    1. Incoming or continuing graduate or undergraduate student enrolled full time in CLAS
    2. Be majoring in Sociology or related fields.
    3. Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in one of the following topics: American Jewry, prejudice discrimination, racism, or anti-semitism.
    4. Submit an application letter and a curriculum vitae

For the undergraduate award, nominations must be made by instructors who should provide in writing reasons for how the student meets academic excellence in the above topics. Instructors who nominate an undergraduate student please contact the student nominee to submit an application letter and a curriculum vitae to the committee.

Graduate students may self-nominate but need a letter of recommendation from a faculty member endorsing their nomination and academic excellence in the above topics.

Each award is for $250 and letters of nominations are due April 1, 2022 at noon, to Katherine Covey (Katherine.Covey@Uconn.edu)

Apply here.

*University departmental scholarships and awards are posted in the University of Connecticut Financial Aid System and are disbursed to the student’s fee bill account. If a student has already been packaged for Financial Aid, the addition of a scholarship(s) can result in adjustments to that aid. If a student has a balance on their fee bill, the scholarship funds will be applied to that balance and the student may request a refund for any remaining funds.


Ron Taylor Award 

The Ron Taylor Award honors Professor Ronald L. Taylor, who served as Head of the Department of Sociology from 1981 to 1986. The award is made annually for the best paper by a graduate student in the Department of Sociology. In addition to the departmental recognition, the award includes a monetary prize. Papers for courses, for conference presentation, or for publication completed after January 2021 are eligible. In the case of co-authored papers, all authors must be graduate students in the department. Only one submission per student is permitted, with a maximum length of 12,000 wordsPapers are to be submitted in Word format only and will not be accepted if they are submitted in PDF format.  

Please submit an electronic copy of your paper to Kathy Covey. Your name should not appear on the paper. The award will be announced at the conclusion of the semester.   

The deadline for submission is April 1, 2022 at noonPlease direct any questions to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Simon Cheng (simon.cheng@uconn.edu)

Apply here.

*University departmental scholarships and awards are posted in the University of Connecticut Financial Aid System and are disbursed to the student’s fee bill account. If a student has already been packaged for Financial Aid, the addition of a scholarship(s) can result in adjustments to that aid. If a student has a balance on their fee bill, the scholarship funds will be applied to that balance and the student may request a refund for any remaining funds.


Michael L. Dunphy Scholarship Award

The Sociology, History, and Political Science departments alternate in making an award of $250 for an outstanding graduate student who has:

  • exceptional academic credentials
  • financial need, and
  • scholarly interest in any or a combination of the following fields: American politics, society, culture, and history.

This year the Sociology Department is authorized to make the award. The Graduate Program Committee has recommended as a threshold for academic excellence that applicants be post MA and have earned a GPA of a least 3.5 and as evidence of the student’s interests the topics of theses, dissertations, or papers submitted for publication. The committee also recommended that the applicant be within eligibility for departmental funding.

Applications must include:

  • a statement indicating why the applicant thinks he or she should receive the award
  • a curriculum vitae
  • an unofficial transcript
  • a brief statement of financial need, and
  • a statement that the applicant is currently within her or his funding cycle (i.e., not beyond 5th year in program)

Please submit materials electronically to Kathy Covey by Friday, April 1, 2022 at noon.

The winner of the award will be announced in early April. For additional information please contact Chair of the Awards Committee, Simon Cheng (simon.cheng@uconn.edu)

Apply here.

*University departmental scholarships and awards are posted in the University of Connecticut Financial Aid System and are disbursed to the student’s fee bill account. If a student has already been packaged for Financial Aid, the addition of a scholarship(s) can result in adjustments to that aid. If a student has a balance on their fee bill, the scholarship funds will be applied to that balance and the student may request a refund for any remaining funds.

 

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