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Undergraduate Award Opportunities

Ulysses Grant Weatherly Award for Best Undergraduate Paper

Background: This award was established by Mrs. Alice B Weatherly and Mrs. Weatherly Gray in honor of former IU sociology professor Ulysses Grant Weatherly. Ulysses Grant Weatherly was the longest serving chair of the sociology department, holding the position for 35 years, from 1899 until his retirement in 1935. The prize is designed to recognize undergraduate scholarship in sociology by recognizing the best paper(s) authored or co-authored by undergraduate sociology majors. If you have questions, please contact Jim Gibson or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Eligibility: This competition is open to undergraduate sociology majors. The submission must be written or substantially revised in the context of a course or independent study taught by or supervised by a sociology department instructor. The paper may be a research paper, a theory paper, or an honors thesis. It may be on any topic. Co-authored or group papers are eligible.

Award: Recipients will receive a cash award (the amount will vary). If multiple recipients are chosen, they will divide the prize money. Typically the award will be divided between the best thesis and the best other paper. The winner(s) will be selected by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee), who have discretion over the number and composition of the awards. The award may not be offered every year.

Application deadline: Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Presentation of awards will be at the annual Graduation Tea, scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

Materials to be submitted: Submit one hard copy of the paper to Jim Gibson. Please make sure the paper is single-sided, double-spaced, and unbound.



Outstanding First or Second Year Sociology Major


Background: This award was established by the Department of Sociology in 2007 out of the desire to recognize the academic accomplishments of outstanding undergraduates early in their college careers. If you have questions, please contact Jim Gibson or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Eligibility: This competition is open to undergraduate sociology majors who have completed no more than two full years of their undergraduate degree. Students may self-nominate or be nominated by sociology instructors. Nominations should be made by submitting the name to Jim Gibson; nominees will be contacted and encouraged to apply.

Award: Recipients will receive a cash award (the amount will vary). If multiple recipients are chosen, they will divide the prize money. The winner(s) will be selected by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee), who have discretion over the number and composition of the awards. The award may not be offered every year.

Materials to submit: (1) transcript; (2) two page essay describing your involvement in the sociology department; and (3) a name of an instructor who can be contacted for a reference.

Criteria for selection: Successful applicants will display the following qualities: (1) high overall GPA; (2) high GPA in sociology; and (3) substantial engagement with the department and the discipline of sociology.

Application deadline: Thursday, April 26, 2012.. Presentation of awards will be at the annual Graduation Tea, scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2012 at 3:00 p.m



Outstanding Junior Sociology Major Award

Background: This award was established by the Weatherly family in 1941 to honor a Junior sociology major “who has outstanding scholarship or intellectual achievement and the highest type of excellence of character.” Leadership activities and community service will be the bases for judging excellence of character.

Eligibility: This competition is open to undergraduate sociology majors who hold junior class standing at the time of nomination. Students may self-nominate or be nominated by sociology instructors. Nominations should be made by submitting application materials to the Sociology academic advisor, Jim Gibson.

Award: Recipients will receive a cash award (the amount will vary). If multiple recipients are chosen, they will divide the prize money. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee which has discretion over the number of awards. The award may not be offered every year.

Materials to submit: (1) transcript; (2) a current resume that lists academic awards and honors as well as leadership and community service activities (service learning courses, internships, volunteer activities, etc.); (3) a statement describing activities demonstrating leadership and/or community service (no more than two pages, single-spaced); and (4) the name of one sociology instructor who can be contacted as a reference.

Criteria for selection: Recipients will display the following qualities: (1) strong academic record (based on overall GPA, GPA in sociology, and academic awards and honors); and (2) sustained leadership activities and/or exceptional service to the community.

Application deadline: Thursday, April 26, 2012. Presentation of awards will be at the annual Graduation Tea, scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2012 at 3:00 p.m