Apply for Scholarships and Awards

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

Sociology and Anthropology Majors,

The faculty in Sociology and Anthropology invite you to apply for the Department Foundation Award. This award provides up to $1,000 for undergraduate research or educational/service projects, broadly defined, and is granted in the spring semester. Project-related costs may include conference or research trip lodging, study abroad programs, field schools, workshops, and costs related to honors theses.  Eligible students may apply each award opportunity during their careers at JMU.  If you have questions, please direct them to Dr. Buckley,

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To apply, please complete the application and submit it along with the required documentation to:  Dr. Buckley,  

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

 Evaluation Criteria:

  • Merit (e.g. academic, scientific, educational, service, etc.)
  • Feasibility of the research/project (e.g. budget, timeframe, logistics, pandemic contingencies, etc.)
  • Academic or career relevance
  • Contribution of the coursework/research/educational project to JMU and/or to society at large
  • Impact of the award on project and academic goals
  • In the event of a tie, financial need (as measured by the financial aid office) will be taken into account. The Foundation Award may also be divided between two candidates.

To apply, please complete the application on the following page and submit it along with your unofficial transcript to:
Dr. Buckley, by the following deadline: 

March 31


Sociology and Anthropology majors can apply for scholarships via the Madison Scholarships Hub.  See their website for more information. The Carl L. Harter Scholarship and the Geier Endowed Scholarship in Anthropology are offered yearly.  There may also be other scholarships available for our department majors. 

Carl L. Harter Scholarship

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

  • Officially declared sociology or anthropology major
  • G.P.A. of at least 3.25
  • Has made important contributions to the academic environment of the department.

Apply via the Madison Scholarships Hub.

Geier Endowed Scholarship in Anthropology

The Geier Endowed Scholarship in Anthropology will be awarded to a student majoring in anthropology who meets the following criteria:

  • Rising senior majoring in anthropology or one of its sub-fields (spring of junior year)
  • G.P.A. can be a factor in consideration
  • Truly exhibits a passion for anthropology and has exhibited the enthusiasm, commitment and skills needed to pursue a career in some area of anthropology or an area of its application.

Apply via the Madison Scholarship Hub.

Cecil D. Bradfield Scholarship

The Cecil D. Bradfield Scholarship will be awarded every other year to a full-time JMU student who meets the following criteria:

  • Officially declared sociology major
  • Full-time enrolled
  • Rising sophomore, junior, or senior (apply spring of previous year)
  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholoarship; Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated commitment to community service and advocacy for the underprivileged

Apply via the Madison Scholarship Hub.



Student Research Symposium

Yearly Symposium in April

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 are in the side grey section, and the deadline for proposals is TBA.  A public presentation of your work is an excellent item to add to your résumé!

This year's 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 (side grey section).  But participation is not at all limited to thesis students.  Please email Dr. Joe Spear ( with any questions.


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 the date of the symposium.
  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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