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Chet Meeks Summer Research Award

Chet Meeks Summer Research Award 


  • GPA for graduating semester, senior-year coursework
  • Mid-term performance in graduating semester, senior-year coursework
  • Quality of a 2-3 page proposal outlining the research project and specifying research plans for the summer
  • Evaluation of work performance as a GA, if applicable

How to Apply:

  • Submit a one page or less letter of application to the Sociology Program Coordinator, Dr. Malcolm Holmes, containing your interest in the scholarship, career aspirations, explanation of need, your graduation date, how this scholarship will help you achieve your educational goals, and your proposed research plan.


One of our alumni, Chet Meeks, died on January 11, 2008 from colon cancer. Chet graduated from our department in 1995 and received a Ph.D. from SUNY-Albany. He was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University at the time of his death.

The Chet Meeks Memorial Fund was established by Oliver Walter, former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UW, and his family who were close friends of Chet. Since its establishment, dozens of others have contributed to the fund. Each year, it supports up to two summer research awards to students in our MA program. These awards help support the recipients while they conduct thesis research in the summer.

Application deadline: TBA

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