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Awards & Scholarships

Awards and 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.


Jerome A. Connor Dissertation Award. $1,000 awarded annually to one person to cover dissertation expenses.


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. $400 awarded annually to one person for a sole-authored graduate student quantitative analysis.


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. $300 awarded annually to one person in a competition for “Outstanding Paper.”


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

Teaching Awards

Department Teaching Award Winners

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

J.S. Vandiver Teacher of the Year Award. $200 awarded annually to a graduate student who has excelled in teaching.


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


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. [ link ]
  • 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. [ link ]
  • 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. [ link ]

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.

UF Foundation. Website

National Research and Disciplinary Organizations