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Chet Meeks Scholarship Awardees

Sociology Program

Testimonials from previous Meeks Summer Research Award Recipients

"As a dual major in Sociology and Environment and Natural Resources, receiving the Chet Meeks Award was especially valuable. I spent the beginning of the summer preparing my prospectus and successfully presented the project to my committee by late summer. My thesis project involves creating a data set through a content analysis of over 20 magazines published by an environmental movement organization. The award allowed me to develop my coding scheme and begin the coding process over the summer."

     - Amanda Harper, 2014 recipient

"Throughout my college career, I have often had to work during the school year as well as the summer. Work often distracts from academic goals. With the Meeks award, I was able to spend my summer advancing myself academically for the first time, and completing my thesis will be much easier because of it."

     - Chris Stout, 2014 recipient

"Due to the generous support of the Chet Meeks Scholarship, I was able to devote time and energy to editing my master’s thesis chapters, which eventually became three published articles."

     - Ryan Gunderson, 2011 recipient

Chet Meeks Scholarship - 2016

Meeks 2016

Chloe Flagg (center) accepting the Chet Meeks Scholarship Award with Professor Matthew Painter (left) and Professor Malcolm Holmes (right). The title of Chloe's proposal was "White Ethnic Diversity and Community Involvement."

Chet Meeks Scholarship - 2014

2014 Meeks Award winners

Professor Anna Zajacova (far left) presents Amanda Harper (left), Chris Stout (right), and Sydney Moller (far right) with the 2014 Chet Meeks Scholarship Awards. The title of Amanda's proposal was "A Diagnostic and Strategic Frame Analysis of the Waterkeeper Alliance," the title of Chris's proposal was "Video Games and 'White' Habitus: A Two-Stage Content Analysis," and the title of Sydney's proposal was "Relationship Dissolution and Intended Pregnancy among Women in Abusive Relationships."

Chet Meeks Scholarship - 2013

Janelle Simpson - Meeks Award winner 2013

Janelle Rottweiler Simpson (left) accepting the Chet Meeks Scholarship Award with Professor Anna Zajacova (right). The title of Janelle 's proposal was "The Military Effect on Fertility and Family Size."

Chet Meeks Scholarship - 2012

Meeks scholarship award winners - 2012

Sherri Sasnett (far left) and Bethany Williamson (middle) accepting the Chet Meeks Scholarship Award with Professor Malcolm Holmes (left), Dean Oliver Walter (far right), and Sydney Walter (right). The title of Sherri's proposal was "Are the Kids All Right? An Ethnographic Study of Adults Raised by Same-Sex Parents." The title of Bethany's proposal was "Effects of Learning Disabilities on Social Reactions to Prison Inmates."

Chet Meeks Scholarship - 2011

Meeks 2011

Ryan Gunderson accepting the Chet Meeks Scholarship Award. Ryan plans to use the award to work on turning the research that he did for his thesis, "The Metabolic Rifts of Livestock Agribusiness," into several articles he can submit for publication to sociological journals.

Chet Meeks Scholarship - 2010

Clare Fairley











Claire Fairley accepting the Chet Meeks Scholarship Award from Professor Malcolm Holmes, Director of Graduate Studies. The title of Claire's research proposal was "Using Value-Belief-Norm Theory and Contextual Factors to Predict Environmentally Significant Behaviors."


Chet Meeks Scholarship - 2009

Kristen McCord











Kristin McCord accepting the Chet Meeks Scholarship Award from Professor Malcolm Holmes, Director of Graduate Studies. The title of Kristin's research proposal was "Community Effects on Racial Sentencing Disparities in Forty Urban Counties."

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