Graduate Awards

Award application information is sent to students around the spring quarter.

Dane & Mary Fran Archer Undergraduate and Graduate Award

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 will be for a paper on violence, war, and peace. The second award will be for a paper on cultural differences. The awards given will be based on originality, academic merit, and the overall quality of the paper submitted on the stated topics.

Previous recipients:

2010: Liana Thompson for her paper on cultural differences.

2009: Natalie Purcell for her paper on Violence, War, Peace.

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

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 recipients:

2009: Claudia Lopez

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, died 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.

This year's application materials are due on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Email the Graduate Coordinator with questions.


  • Graduate student at UCSC
  • 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 merit
  • Intended to provide a stipend to support fieldwork travel and research

Award Amount
$2,000 total available for awards.
Depending on the applicant pool, either 4 awards of $500 will be made or 2 awards of $1,000.

Application Instructions

Submit the following materials to Graduate Coordinator by the 5/24 deadline:

A.    Application form
B.    Project statement

  • Please provide a clear and coherent description of the goals and methods of your research for the project.  Your statement should also indicate that you have a demonstrated interest in or are exploring questions about poverty, environment and international development, especially in relation to women. Provide evidence, including both academic and personal goals (past, present, and future). This statement should be no more than 1,500 words. Please include your name on each page and use a 12-point font, and 1.5- or double-space format.

C.    Project budget

  • Submit as a separate document a brief budget outlining the expenses to be supported by the award, which is intended to provide stipends to support fieldwork travel and research. This section should be no more than one page. Please include your name.

D.    Copy of unofficial UCSC transcripts

Previous recipients:

2016: Isabelle Carbonell, Digital Film & Media
          Shunnan Chiang, Sociology
2015: Jenny Lovell, Environmental Studies
2014: Costanza Rampini, Environmental Studies
2013: Anjali Dutt, Psychology
2012: Chris Butler, Sociology
2011: Tiffany Wise-West, Environmental Studies
2010: Roseann Cohen, Environmental Studies
2009: Ariana Kalinic, Sociology
2008: Nichole Zlatunich, Sociology

The Lionel Cantú Memorial Award

The Lionel Cantú Memorial Award was established to honor the life and scholarship of Professor Lionel Cantú, a professor in Sociology, who died unexpectedly on May 26, 2002.  Engaged in path-breaking research and analysis on sexuality, masculinity, and migration, Professor Cantú was a devoted teacher, an inspiring mentor,and a wonderful colleague.

Eligibility:  Graduate students in any department who have demonstrated an interest in one or more of the areas in which Professor Lionel Cantú focused his work. These areas include:

  • Latino/a Sociology
  • Immigration Studies
  • Transnational/cross-border studies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Gay Men and Masculinity

Previous Sociology Recipients:

2014: Ruben Espinoza
2010: Susy Zepeda
2006: Sarita Gaytan