Awards


Robert L. Eichhorn Fellowship in Medical Sociology

Description: This fellowship award honors and commemorates Professor of Sociology Robert L. Eichhorn as an accomplished educator, researcher, and mentor during his 35-year distinguished career as a member of the sociology faculty at Purdue University. The fellowship will be awarded to a PhD student in the Department of Sociology working in the the general area of medical sociology. This includes a broad array of research examining topics such as health inequalities, physical and psychological health over the life course, interpersonal relations and wellbeing, sexual and reproductive health, health behaviors, health care administration and organization, and other areas of medical sociology.

Eligibility: Graduate Student

Due Date: Spring Semester

How To Apply: Nomination

Year Recipient
2021 Robert Frase
2020 Youngeun Nam
2019 Marissa Rurka and Stephanie Wilson
2018 Siyun Peng
2017 Monica M. Williams
2016 Blakelee R. Kemp
2015 X. Yosef Yang
2014 Patricia M. Morton



Walter Hirsch Dissertation Award

Description: From 1947 until his retirement in 1989, Walter Hirsch was a Purdue faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology who specialized in social movements and the sociology of science. His family and friends established this award in his memory in recognition of his long-time interest in and support of graduate students. Each year, the award provides up to $1,000 to help with the costs of dissertation research for one doctoral candidate.

Eligibility: Graduate Student

Due Date: Fall Semester

How To Apply: Application and letter of support from advisor to Graduate Program Assistant

Year Recipient
2021 Vasundhara Kaul
2020 Elle Rochford and Stephanie Wilson
2019 Amy Petts and Stephanie Wilson
2018 None Awarded
2017 Jared Wright
2016 None Awarded
2015 X. Yosef Yang
2014 Lori Lundell



Dean Knudsen Dissertation Research Award

Description:  This award honors and commemorates Professor Emeritus of Sociology Dean Knudsen's outstanding devotion to graduate education and the untiring support of his students during his 35-year career at Purdue as a member of the Sociology faculty. This award provides financial support to Ph.D. candidates primarily in the Department of Sociology at Purdue University who have completed all coursework and have passed all qualifying examinations. It should be used to facilitate completion of the Ph.D. The total award amount for all recipients in a single year has totaled $2,000.

Eligibility: Graduate Student

Due Date: Fall Semester

How To Apply: Application and letter of support from advisor to Graduate Program Assistant

Year Recipient
2021 Bo Blew and Jasmine Jackson
2020 Andrew Fogel
2019 Elizabeth Hall (Anth) and Stephanie Wilson
2018 None awarded
2017 None awarded
2016 Andrew Raridon
2015 None awarded
2014 Joy Kadowaki


Lois K. Cohen Graduate Education Endowment for Global Health in Sociology

Description: This up to $4000 award is given to a graduate student conducting research in any area with a preference for global and/or health related research.  Dr. Lois Cohen earned her PhD in sociology at Purdue continues to contribute to sociological research on health internationally.  The primary purpose of the Lois K. Cohen Graduate Education Endowment for Global Health in Sociology is to provide support for graduate students in the Department of Sociology for research, travel, and any other necessary expenses related to their graduate studies.

Eligibility: Sociology Graduate Student

Due Date: Spring Semester

How to Apply: Application and letter of support from advisor to Graduate Program Assistan

Year Recipient
2021 Youngeun Nam
2020 Youngeun Nam


Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

Description: This $100 award is given to a graduate student with the most outstanding paper as determined by the Graduate Committee.  Although there is no preference for any particular theory, topic, or research method, the Graduate Committee expects the submitted papers to be revised, final drafts, more suitable for submission to a professional journal than a course or seminar.

Eligibility: Graduate Student

Due Date: Spring Semester

How to Apply: Abstract and Manuscript to Graduate Secretary

Year Recipient
2021 Yifei Hou and Madison Sauerteig
2020 Amy Petts
2019 Monica Farrelly and Amy Petts
2018 Blakelee Kemp
2017 Jong Hyun Jung
2016 Jong Hyun Jung
2015 Jared Wright
2014 Christopher A. Bunka



Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Description: This award is given to a more advanced student who has independently taught one or more courses in the department.  The recipient receives a $100 cash award.

Eligibility: Graduate Student

Due Date: Not applicable

How To Apply: Faculty nominations; no student application

Year Recipient
2021 Adam Kotanko
2020 Robert Frase
2019 Elle Rochford
2018 Tyler Anderson and Soon Seok Park
2017 Preethi Krishnan
2016 Andrew Raridon
2015 Rong Fu and Jennifer Stevens
2014 Ashleigh Kysar-Moon

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