Apply for Scholarships and Awards

JMU Anthropology and Sociology majors can apply to these funding or symposium opportunities!
Foundation Awards

Deadlines: Fall 10/06/2019 and/or Spring 01/30/2019

The faculty in Sociology and Anthropology welcome applications for our Foundation Award. This award provides up to $500 for undergraduate research or educational/service projects and activities, broadly defined, and is granted in both teh fall and the spring semesters. Related costs may include lodging, travel, study abroad programs, field schools, workshops, honors theses, and tuition. Please note that this award is not intended for travel expenses associated with attending academic conferences (for that consult with the Department). The award is open to all enrolled JMU students who are in good academic standing and majoring in Sociology and/or Anthropology. Eligible students may apply each semester of their careers at JMU. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of merit, but financial need is also a consideration.

The deadline for this fall award is October 2, 2019; the deadline for the spring award is January 30, 2019.

For an application to be considered completed documents must be submitted by the deadline.

To apply, please complete the Foundation Award Application, along with the required documentation:

1. Completed Foundation Award Application

2. A statement of application of no more than 500 words that describes how this award will support your academic/career goals, how you intend to use the award, and any relevant experience that reflects your commitment to undergraduate research and/or the fields of Sociology or Anthropology. Please note, you application statement should not address the issue of financial need; the award committee will make such consideration in consultation with the JMU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Your statement of application must be typed.

3. A 1-page line-item budget and budget justification detailing the total cost of your proposed activity and how the award will be used to cover some or all of those costs.

4. A copy of your unofficial transcript.

Please submit your application and required documentation to: Lori Patton electronically to or in hard copu form to her in Sheldon Hall 122.

Carl L. Harter Scholarship

The Carl L. Harter Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time JMU student who meets the following criteria:

  • Officially declared sociology or anthropology major
  • Rising junior or senior (currently sophomore or junior)
  • G.P.A. of at least 3.25;
  • Has made important contributions to the academic environment of the department or the university.

The recipient will be chosen by a committee of members of the department faculty, and the scholarship, which is for the 2018-2019 academic year, is for approximately $2000. 

Applications, are due by 1:00pm, March 18, 2019 and should consist of: 

  1. a one-page description of the academic contributions of the applicant
  2. a resume
  3. an unofficial transcript

Applications should be delivered to Lori Patton by one of these methods:

  • email:
  • hand delivery to to Sheldon Hall, Room 122
  • mail to Lori Patton at:
           Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 
           MSC 7501, 
           James Madison University
           Harrisonburg, VA  22807
Student Research Symposium

Call for Papers Submission Instructions:

Consider submitting a paper, poster, or video presentation to this year's Department of Sociology and Anthropology Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Instructions and submission form are below, and the deadline for proposals is March 18th, 2019. A public presentation of your work is an excellent item to add to your résumé!

The 2018-2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium provides a forum for students engaged in research or creative scholarly activity in sociology or anthropology, with the guidance of a faculty mentor. "Research" includes any original scholarly or creative work based on self-directed inquiry or analysis, discovery, and/or the creation of new knowledge.   We invite you to submit a 200 word proposal to present a paper, to display your work in a poster session, to participate in a thematic panel discussion, or to provide a video presentation.

Note that all Honors Thesis students are required to present their thesis work at the symposium, and must submit a proposal form (attached).  But participation is not at all limited to thesis students.  Please email Dr. Joe Spear ( with any questions.

Your Student Relations Committee (Drs. Colocousis, Porter, Linder, Spear and Tracy)


To sumbmit your work, please e-mail the following information to Dr. Joe Spear (

  1. Author’s Name:
  2. E-mail:
  3. Title of Proposal:
  4. Faculty Mentor’s name:
  5. List the times you are in class on Monday, April 20:
  6. Indicate the format of your presentation format: ____Paper ___Poster ___Other media ___
  7. Provide a concise, informative description of your proposal (in 200 words or less):


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