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Undergraduate students in all classes, can compete for these prizes by submitting application materials to the SOC department. These are monetary prizes, not scholarships, and the amounts vary. Prize winners are announced at the Ivy Day Awards Convocation in May.

Department of Sociology Prizes

Samuel Bowles Prize, awarded to graduating majors for the most distinguished paper in sociology. Submissions are due by the last day of classes to Sherry Wingfield, Wright Hall 224.

Arthur Shattuck Parsons Memorial Prize, awarded for the outstanding paper in sociological theory or its application. Submissions are due by the last day of classes to Sherry Wingfield, Wright Hall 224.

Annual Competition for the Wahrsager Scholarship

The scholarship was endowed by the Wahrsager family in honor of Karel Fierman Wahrsager, who was a student in the sociology department during the 1950s.The family's intention was to encourage majors to undertake graduate work in sociology in order to prepare for careers in teaching and research.The scholarship is administered by the department and is awarded annually to a senior (or seniors) who, in the department faculty's judgment, possesses the scholarly promise, integrity and leadership qualities consistent with such a career choice.Under the terms of the scholarship, recipients will receive approximately $11,000 (retroactively) toward her Smith fees for the senior year and an additional sum of approximately $11,000 to help defray expenses during her first year of graduate study.Please note that the exact amount of the award is subject to the size of the Fund in any particular year.The recipient must be admitted to a doctoral (Ph.D) program focused on the pursuit of Sociology that is acceptable to the members of the sociology department within two years of completing her degree at Smith.In addition, she must register for and begin classes in that program within thirty months of her Smith graduation.In other words, the recipient may choose to spend up to 2-1/2 years on other pursuits before actually beginning graduate study. If graduate study is not undertaken within this time frame, the second year of funding is forfeited.

To apply for this award, please submit a short letter addressed to the Wahrsager Selection Committee stating your wish to be considered, along with a copy of a paper (not an examination) written in a sociology course at Smith, and a 2- or 3-page statement describing your interest in sociology and how you expect this interest to shape your pursuits following your graduation from Smith.

Please submit these materials and an official transcript to the SOC department's academic assistant, Sherry Wingfield, in Wright Hall #224 by Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Please note that applicants may need to meet with the faculty committee before reading period to be considered for this award.



other AWARDS

Conference Travel Awards

Sociology majors who are presenting work at professional conferences may apply for travel awards from the Sociology Department to help defray travel costs. The amount of the award depends on the availability of funds and the cost of travel, but awards do not normally exceed $200. Applicants must submit the application to the Chair of the Sociology Department no later than 8 weeks prior to the conference presentation. Priority will be given to students who have not previously received the award. Please note that financial support is contingent on the availability of department funds. If awarded funding, students will need to submit receipts to the department upon return. Please type into the application.

Application for Conference Travel Award



Wahrsager Scholarship

The Smith College Department of Sociology awards the Wahrsager Scholarship every year to a senior sociology major who demonstrates a high level of scholarship, intellectual promise, character, and leadership. The scholarship fund makes a significant contribution toward the fees of the recipient during her senior year at Smith. The recipient may also apply to the department for an additional year of support toward expenses for the first year of graduate work in sociology providing she enrolls as a full-time student within two academic years following her graduation from Smith. Interested students may obtain additional information from their major advisers.

Most recent recipients of the prize awarded in 2012-2013 were:

The Samuel Bowles Prize

Each spring, the sociology department awards the Bowles Prize to a major for the most distinguished paper written by a senior during the academic year. Graduating seniors may submit papers for consideration to the department assistant, Sherry Wingfield.

Most recent recipient of the prize awarded in 2012-2013:

The Arthur Shattuck Parsons Memorial Prize

The sociology department awards the Arthur Shattuck Parsons Memorial Prize each year to student(s) with outstanding paper(s) in sociological theory or its application.

Most recent recipient of the prize awarded in 2012-2013: