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Awards & Scholarships

The Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law offers travel awards, teaching awards, and research awards to graduate students. Students are also eligible for travel, teaching, and research awards from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, and the University. Students are eligible for awards and scholarships from the American Sociological Association, Population Association of America, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other disciplinary organizations.

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Competitive travel awards are funded by the department, college, and university to support student travel for presentation of research at national and regional professional conferences.

  • Departmental

    Ronald L. Akers Graduate Student Paper Award (Criminology)

    Paper Requirements: Papers should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages (including references, tables, appendices, and figures). Graduate students are encouraged to submit papers that are conceptual and/or empirical (quantitative and qualitative), and which cover criminology, criminal justice, or law issues. Papers should be submitted in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1 inch margins. References should follow APA style or the journal Criminology guidelines. Manuscripts should be polished papers suitable for peer-review submission.

    Deadline: March 15th

    Process: a CLS faculty member must nominate Student paper. The letter of nomination must accompany the paper submission by the deadline.

    Selection: Papers will be reviewed and rated by the members of the Graduate Committee according to the following criteria: (1) conceptualization of the idea, (2) significance of the topic to the disciplines of criminology, criminal justice, and/or law, (3) clarity and correctness of method(s) used, (4) writing quality, (5) command of relevant work in the field, and (6) overall contribution to the discipline. The Graduate Committee reserves the right to not give an award if no entry is of satisfactory quality to select a winner.

    Award: The awardee will receive travel support, if monies are available, to present the paper at a professional conference. The student may also be honored at a Research Symposium in the Fall semester (assuming the winner is on campus), which normally consists of a 30-45 minute presentation, followed by a 15-20 minute Q&A session. Finally, the award winner will be recognized for their accomplishment on the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law website.


    2020Tom Smith:
    Gang crackdowns and offender centrality in a county-wide co-offending network: A networked evaluation of “Operation Triple Beam”.
    2018Abigail Novak:
    The school-to-prison pipeline: An assessment of the association between suspension and justice system contact using structural equation modeling.
    2017Jihoon Kim
    2017Yeung-Jeom Kim
    2015Lindsay Leban
    2009John Stogner:
    An Examination of the Relationship between Adolescent Health and Delinquency in a Nationally Representative Sample: A Structural Equations Modeling Approach.
    2008Joy (Eunyoung) Kim:
    Peer Association vs. Peer Influence: An Empirical Test of Social Learning and Social Bonding Theory by Eunyoung Kim (Joy) and Da-Hoon Kwak.
    2006Wesley Jennings:
    Regional Variations in Punitiveness for White-Collar Offenders: A Re-analysis of the Crisis in the Savings and Loan Industry

    Jerome A. Connor Dissertation Award (Sociology)

    Paper Requirements: Each applicant should submit a 5-page dissertation summary (double-spaced – approximately 1,250 words) plus a one-page single-spaced outline of what expenses are anticipated. The applicant should also specify other sources of dissertation support (e.g., federal grant; CLAS Dissertation Fellowship). Applications will be evaluated based on the quality and significance of the project as well as budget justification and the potential for the Award to have an impact on the quality of the dissertation.

    Selection: The Sociology faculty on the Graduate Committee will decide on the recipient of the award. Faculty who are chairing the dissertation of any of the applicants will not participate in the selection of the Award recipient. If more than one of the faculty members on the committee is eliminated for this reason, the Chair will appoint a substitute. Usually one applicant will be chosen as the winner, but the Committee in a given year might decide to split the award between two winners or to name no winner at all.

    Award: $500 awarded annually to one sociology graduate student to assist with future (not past) out-of-pocket dissertation (not M.A.) expenses, such as (but not restricted to): data-gathering travel, copying/printing, postage for questionnaires, printing costs, transcription of qualitative interviews, etc. The award does not cover travel to professional meetings.


    2020Michelle Nilsson
    2019John Blasing
    2018Stephanie Dhuman
    Ryan Thomson
    2017Heather Covington
    2016Julia Arroyo
    Cristina Ramos
    2013Alison Adams
    2012Justin Coran
    2011Telisha Martin
    2009Kenzie Latham
    Ching-Yu Louisa Chang
    2008Collen Cain
    2007Jeffrianne Wilder
    2006Victor Romano
    2005Dana Berkowitz
    2004Kuniko Chijiwa
    2003Shannon Houvaris

    Gorman Award for Excellence in Quantitative Research.
    $250 awarded annually for a sole-authored graduate student quantitative analysis. Awarded to one graduate student in Sociology and one graduate student in Criminology, Law, and Society who performed the most sophisticated and innovative work in quantitative methods. This may be in the context of coursework, a term paper, thesis or dissertation proposal, etc. The character of the work may rest primarily in research design, measurement, or data analysis.

    Criminology Winners

    2020Abigail Novak
    2019Yu (Dorothy) Du
    2018Yeung Jeom Lee
    2017Thomas Smith
    2016Zoe Arthurson-McColl
    2015Ozcan Tunalilar
    2012John Boman

    Sociology Winners

    2020Tianyuan Tang
    2019David Canarte
    2018Tolga Tezcan
    2017Wally Wojciechowski
    2016Ryan Thomson
    2013Hanyao Qiu
    2012Greg Pavela
    2011Hunhui Oh
    2009Hunhui Oh
    2008Telisha Martin
    2007Billy Jeffries
    2005Ana Cristina O. Siqueira
    2004Alma Jeanne Slizyk
    2003Kuniko Chijiwa

    Streib Award for “Outstanding Paper”.


    2011Josh Sbicca
    2010Josh Sbicca
    2009Rachel Hallum-Montes
    2008Billy Jeffries
    2007Namita Manohar
    2006Mark Allen
    2005Dana Fennell and Ana Liberato

    Teaching Awards

    Two teaching awards ($90 each) will be granted to graduate students with outstanding teaching skills.

    The application package should include:

    (1) a 1-2 page teaching statement, inclusive of own teaching effectiveness;
    (2) course syllabi for all courses taught in the academic year of application
    (3) all student and faculty evaluations for your teaching career (as an instructor) at UF.

    Criminology Winners

    2020Elizabeth Hartsell
    2017Kristen Benedini
    Ryan Thompson

    Sociology Winners

    2020Kate Hartikka
    2019Tolga Tezcan
    Jiae Park
    2018Anne Mook
    Stephen Pridgen

    J.S. Vandiver Teacher of the Year Award.


    2011Katie Nutter
    2007Will Jawde
    2006Steven Arxer
    Amanda Moras
    2005Ramon Hinojosa
    2004Dan Dexheimer
    Shannon Houvaris
    2003Leslie Houts

    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)

    The Graduate School

    Graduate School Fellowship. The fellowship provides four to five years of funding at competitive stipend levels, a tuition waiver, and full health insurance coverage.
    Graduate school Fellowship program guidelines

    Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Awards. Graduate teaching assistants make a major contribution to teaching and learning at the University of Florida. Each academic year, the UF Graduate School recognizes the best, brightest and most industrious of the University of Florida’s graduate teaching assistants for their work as instructors in the classroom and laboratory.
    Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards

    Criminology Winners

    2009Bryan Miller

    Sociology Winners

    2015Ronald Floridia
    2014Lauren Griffin
    2013Scott Landes
    2012Katie Nutter
    Dan Fernandez-Baca
    2011Steve Jacobs
    2010Deeb-Paul Kitchen
    2009Will Jawde
    2008Maura Ryan
    2005Ramon Hinojosa

    Dissertation Fellowships. Several fellowship are dedicated to supporting graduate students to complete their dissertation and earn the doctorate.

    • Delores Auzenne Dissertation Award. Named in honor of Delores Auzenne, this award is designed to assist underrepresented minority students in completing their dissertation work. The program provides competitively awarded stipends to Ph.D. candidates who are in the advanced writing stages of their dissertations at UF. Students who are appointed on a state-funded fellowship or assistantship are not eligible. Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements are invited to apply to the OGMP.
    • Graduate School Dissertation Awards. The Graduate School Dissertation Award is a competitive award to provide final term funding for UF PhD candidates in selected majors in the humanities, arts, and social sciences to complete their dissertations through defense, final clearance by the Editorial Office, and graduation. This program is for students who have exhausted all funding and meant to allow recipients time and resources to focus exclusively on their dissertation.
      The program provides a stipend for approximately 6 months. The period of the award will be 1) Summer B and Fall 2012, or 2) Spring 2013 and Summer A. Up to 5 credits of tuition at the instate rate will be provided. Students are expected to graduate at the end of the award period. Applicants may not receive a fellowship, assistantship, or other funding with this award.
    • Supplemental Retention Scholarships. The UF OGMP Supplemental Retention Scholarship Program is designed for UF doctoral students who are three or fewer semesters away from graduation, but are no longer eligible to receive a fellowship, assistantship or other funding from their department or college. It provides limited tuition assistance and the help of a structured retention program under the UF Office of Graduate Minority Programs. Recipients must be US citizens or permanent resident aliens.
    • Grinter Fellowship. Named in honor of Dr. Linton E. Grinter, Dean of the Graduate School from 1952 to 1969, this fellowship helps recruit truly exceptional graduate students. Currently enrolled graduate students are not eligible, except when entering a Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) program. Stipends are normally $2000 to $4000. Continuing the Grinter Fellowship beyond the first year depends on satisfactory student progress.

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    National Research and Disciplinary Organizations