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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.



Thursday, May 1, 2014
Field House
4:30 pm


Saturday, May 17, 2014
Khan Institute
Neilson Library, 3rd floor 
2:30 pm