Assistantships & Scholarships

Financial Support

Many of CSU Sociology’s graduate students are funded by teaching or research assistantships that help support living expenses and cover tuition costs. These experiences are more than just financially beneficial, they help our graduate students integrate into the department and expand their skills. Additionally, we offer our graduate students financial support for professional development, such as participation in professional meetings and conferences.

The Department of Sociology also offers multiple annual grad student awards for outstanding effort and achievement. These awards recognize graduate students for their important academic and professional contributions to teaching, research and the study of social change. Recipients are chosen based on their strong commitment to innovative work in key areas emphasized by the graduate program, the quality and rigor of academic work or teaching support produced by the student, assessment by peers and colleagues and the quality of their written application. The Department of Sociology is pleased to honor the significant accomplishments of our graduate students!

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award

2017 Recipient: Kellie Alexander’s master’s thesis examines perceptions and manifestations of university-level hazing in student organizations. Kellie is also a research assistant on a Department of Soil and Crop Sciences interdisciplinary research project regarding spills related to hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas extraction. Her research interests include victimization, environmental regulation and harm and the criminal justice system. Kellie received her bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Georgia.

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

2017 Recipient: Lahoma Howard is a Ph.D. candidate, she also did her master's and some of her undergraduate work at CSU. She has a strong interest in the sociology of health and medicine, technology, and gaming and has been involved in a number of gaming research studies at CSU. Lahoma loves teaching and mentoring students, and has been working as the undergraduate internship coordinator for the sociology department since 2013.

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

2017 Recipient: Kelly Shreeve won the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society 2017 graduate student award for her paper, “A Differentiated Notion of Justice in a Pay-What-You-Can Café.”

Graduate Student Research Excellence Award

2017: Jackie Gabriel is the winner of the WCSA Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation. Her dissertation is titled “Manufacturing Precarity: A Case Study of the Grain Processing Corporation (GPC)/United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 86D Lock-out in Muscatine, Iowa.”

Graduate Student Social Change Scholarship

2017 Recipient: Sneha Kadyan received her B.A (Gold Medallist), M.A and M.Phil in Sociology from University of Delhi, India. She served as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Delhi before joining CSU in 2016. In the past, she has worked on sociology of tourism in Rajasthan, India. Her present research interests include environmental sociology, sociology of development and gender studies.