Awards & Scholarships

There are many awards and scholarships available to students throughout the campus. The awards and scholarships outlined below are those most pertinent to Sociology majors but are in no way a comprehensive list of the awards available to students. 


Sociology of Race, Class and Gender Award - Thesis Award

In 2000 a generous anonymous donor established the Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender Endowment. This endowment was created to fund two annual awards in the Sociology Department: one awarding a senior thesis and another awarding an alumni of the UCSC Sociology Department.

The Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender Senior Thesis Award is given to the sociology major who has completed the best senior thesis on race, class, and gender during the academic year. Contact the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor for details on the application process.


Previous Winners:

2013: Carson Watts for "Sanitation Services and Perceptions of Possibilities: A Case Study of Old Fadama in Accra, Ghana"

2011: Wendy Ng for "Weight as a Pre-requisite to Marriage: A Sociological Study of First Generation Chinese-American Women and their Parents"

2010: Vicki Preciado for "On a Pathway of Missed Opportunities and Compromised Futures: Latino Continuation High School Students and their Chances of Dropping Out"

2009: Dmitry Kogan for "How to Delete the Word 'Street' from Street Children"

2009: Jeff Lehner for "Community Castaways: The Influence of Social Exclusion on Disadvantaged Adolescent Males in the Urban U.S"

2007: Brooke Baxter for "Harry Potter and the Sociologist’s Stone"

2007: Shaeleya Miller for "Beyond Pole-arity: Negotiations and Accountability Among Feminists"

2005: Ileana Sansano for "HIV Test Counselors in California: An Investigation of Class, Race, Gender, Emotional Labor and Family Life"


Sociology of Race, Class and Gender Award - Alumni Award


The Alumni Award recognizes a UC Santa Cruz sociology alumna or alumnus attending a graduate-level program in sociology, either at UC Santa Cruz or at another institution, who has focused her or his graduate studies on issues of women of color and class in an area such as aging, criminal justice, development, education, environment, health care, language and social interaction, law, leadership, the media, parenting, politics, work, or youth. Any undergraduate UCSC Sociology alumni enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in Sociology at any accredited institution of higher education is eligible for an endowed award. For more information on this award, please contact the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor.

Previous Winners :

2012: Susy Zepeda for her Ph.D dissertation prospectus plus chapter: "Gloria Anzaldua: Altars, Archives, and Opening up the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands"

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Dane & Mary Fran Archer Undergraduate and Graduate Awards

The Dane and Mary Fran Archer Fund was established to support two awards for outstanding papers on subjects that reflect the work of Dane Archer, Professor Emeriti of the Sociology Department at University of California, Santa Cruz. One award is given for a paper on violence, war, and peace. The second award for a paper on cultural differences. The awards given is based on originality, academic merit, and the overall quality of the paper submitted on the stated topics.

Note: This award is dependent on available funding.

Previous Winners:
 

2012: William Brotherson received the undergraduate Violence, War, and Peace award for his paper: "The US Military Sexual Complex: Institutionalized Prostitution in the US Military"

2012: Nicole Forino received the undergraduate Cultural Differences award for her paper: "Anti-Bullying Related Media and its Effectiveness"

2011: Nhi Truong received the undergraduate award for her paper "The Misconception of America from an Immigrant's Perspective"

2010: Liana Thompson received the graduate award for her paper on cultural differences.

2009: Natalie Purcell received the graduate award for her paper on Violence, War, Peace.

 
Dean’s & Chancellor’s Undergraduate Awards

Guidelines and application forms are available online at https://dca.soe.ucsc.edu/user/login?destination=dca%2Fnew

The Dean's, Chancellor's, and Steck Awards recognize exceptional achievements in research projects or other creative activities, in order to both encourage outstanding scholarship and promote research as an important part of undergraduate education. The Deans of the five academic divisions at UCSC award fifty undergraduates (10 from each division) the Dean's Undergraduate Award each year with a cash prize of $100 for outstanding achievement in their division. The projects are be based on work developed in courses or programs in the normal pattern of academic activity at UCSC. Of the Deans' awardees, the top three from each division will be awarded the Chancellor's Undergraduate Award with an additional cash prize of $100. Of the 15 Chancellor's awardees, the most outstanding research project from a graduating senior will receive the Steck Award with an additional cash prize of $1000. Winners are honored at an awards ceremony at the end of the year, which will culminates the annual Student Achievement Week.  The names of the winners are also announced at graduation. Students’ projects and application forms should be submitted directly to the appropriate department office by the spring quarter deadline.

Previous Winners:

2013: Carson Watts for "Sanitation Services and Perceptions of Possibilities: A Case Study of Old Fadama in Accra, Ghana." Mr. Watt's paper was selected for both the Dean's Award and Chancellor's Award.

2013: Matthew Goff for "What is Water Equity?"

2012: Lucas Healy for "Patient Information Privacy and Security in Ghana: Current Policy and Suggestions for the Future"

2012: Aldinette Lockett for "Sustainable Development in Low-Income Housing: A New Technology"

2011: Jenna Harvey for "Out of the Shadows: A Comparative Analysis of Women's Participation in the Informal Economy of Costa Rica and Nicaragua." Ms. Harvey's paper was selected for both the Dean's Award and Chancellor's Award.

2011: Wendy Ng for "Weight as a Pre-requisite to Marriage: A Sociological Study of First Generation Chinese-American Women and their Parents."

2010: Vicki Preciado for "On a Pathway of Missed Opportunities and Compromised Futures: Latino Continuation High School Students and their Chances of Dropping Out"

2009: Susan Lopez for "Is Mexico Ready for a Jury Trial? Comparative Analysis of Lay Justice Systems in Mexico, U.S., Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Ireland"

2008: Nicholas Petersen for "Lynching and 'Popular Justice': A Comparative Analysis of White and African-American Lynching Incidents, 1882-1930"

2007: Shaeleya Miller for "Beyond Pole-arity: Negotiations and Accountability Among Feminists"

2005: Jennifer Meissonnier for "The Nature of Urban Green Space: An Investigation with Users of Neighborhood Parks in San Francisco"

2003: Maria Borja for "The Girl Next Door Part II, Playboy Aesthetics: A Content Analysis on Playboy Centerfolds and a Cross-cultural Comparative Analysis on Playmates and Asian Models, Second Edition"

2002: Roberto Jimenez for "Crime in the Face: Decoding Criminality"

2000: Beth Martel for "Women in the Military: Bridging the Gap"


Fanny Carruthers Sociology Scholarship

Anne Jane "Fanny" Carruthers Howard died on February 15, 1972. She left a portion of her estate in a trust. Her bequest designated that her trust be used to fund scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students attending the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Held up in the courts for many years, the trust was finally terminated and the balance was distributed as an outright gift to UC Santa Cruz to be administered pursuant to the donor's request. Beginning in 2005, the Fanny Carruthers Sociology Scholarship Fund will be used to fund the Fanny Carruthers Award in Sociology. One or more awards will be made annually, based on financial need and academic merit, to female undergraduate or graduate students of UC Santa Cruz who are graduates of Santa Clara County high schools and who are majoring in any concentration or track within sociology.

Previous Winners:

2012: Sejee Kim (UG)

2011: Thi Nguyen (UG)

2010: Laura Harmon (UG)

2009: Laura Harmon (UG), Claudia Lopez (GRAD)

 

Walsh Family Scholarship

Carl Walsh, economics professor and vice provost and director of the Silicon Valley Initiative, and his wife, Judy Walsh, established the Walsh Family Scholarship Endowment for Social Science majors in honor of Eugene and Bessie Walsh. "This is a lasting way of honoring my parents," said Carl Walsh. "They set a good example of doing things they thought would make the world a better place." In recognition of the gift, the conference room in Social Sciences 1 was renamed the Eugene and Bessie Walsh Conference Room. A plaque inside the room describes the careers and philanthropy of Eugene and Bessie Walsh. The Walsh Family Scholarship is an award or awards to one or more undergraduate students in any of the majors within the Division of Social Sciences. Selection is based on academic merit and financial need.

Previous Recipients:

2013: Thomas Gelder (UG)


Jessica L. Roy Memorial Award

Jessica L. Roy earned a UC Santa Cruz M.A. in sociology in June 2004. In August 2004, while she was doing dissertation fieldwork in Kenya, she was killed at age 28 in a vehicular accident near Nairobi. Her research in rural Africa was designed to illuminate the problem of access to safe water resources and the influence of gender relations on this access. Her approach was interdisciplinary, including environmental, feminist, and sociological perspectives. After Jessica’s death, her friends and family created the Jessica Roy Memorial Award, with the goal of supporting the kind of research in which she was engaged and continuing her legacy of involvement and commitment.

Award terms:
Graduate students in any UC Santa Cruz department may apply.
Preference will be given to applicants who have a demonstrated interest in or are pursuing studies focusing on issues of equity and poverty in international development, especially in relation to women and the environment.
The award is based on academic merit.
It is intended to provide stipends to support fieldwork travel and research.
Application consists of:
A.    Application form
B.    Project statement
C.    Project budget
D.    Copy of transcripts and narrative evaluations
Please return one set of application materials (hard copy, single-sided) to Ann McCardy, 225 College Eight. Questions may be directed to her at amccardy@ucsc.edu or 459-3168.

For more about Jessica's life and research, please see the Social Sciences Endowment web site.

Previous Recipients:

2010: Roseann Cohen, Environmental Studies

2009: Ariana Kalinic, Sociology

2008: Nichole Zlatunich, Sociology

 

Donald A. Strauss
The Donald A. Strauss Foundation Scholarship is available to students who have a passion and leadership for a sustained public service project.  Fourteen $10,000 scholarships are awarded each year to full-time students who have:

one academic year remaining until graduation
a grade point average in the upper 1/3 of his/her class.
demonstrated an interest in public service.
outstanding leadership potential.
developed and can demonstrate effective communication skills.
the desire "to make a difference" in local, regional, national or international communities.
For more information about the scholarship please visit the website, www.straussfoundation.org.

Recent UCSC Recipients:

2010: Evelyn Castle, Crown College, Health Sciences

2008: Lillian Wilson, College Eight, Community Studies

2007: Ariel Tenenbaum, College Eight, Plant Science

2007: Justin Wiley, Porter College, Environmental Studies

2006: Saurabh Mishra, Merrill College, Economics