Graduate assistants work closely with Sociology Professors in teaching and research activities. Assistantships are competitive and are awarded based on qualifications.
- Must have a regular admission to and regular standing in the Sociology department as a Masters student
- Maintain a full time course work load (6-9 credit hours per semester)
- Work 10 or 20 hours per week
- Submit a complete application
GAs are appointed on a semester-by-semester basis. Students should submit their applications each semester. Masters students may serve as assistants a maximum of 2 years based on performance of the department need.
*We also offer out-of-State assistantships. Please e-mail the Director of Graduate Studies for more details.
Graduate students in the Department of Sociology may be eligible to receive travel funds.
These funds can be used to present papers and posters at sociological conferences. Please note that the funds cannot be used to just attend a conference.
Funds will be provided on a rolling basis depending on availability.
- Expenses that can be covered include: transportation costs, accommodations, food (within per diem), and conference registration.
- You will need receipts and documentation for all expenses.
- Generally, you will need to pay for expenses and then you will be reimbursed.
If you receive funding, but decide not to go, you need to let the Director of the Graduate Program know ASAP. This way the funds can be re-allotted to another student.
On submitting to a conference:
- Conference submission deadlines generally are several months to a half a year prior to the conference. Most conferences just require an abstract. However, some conferences require a paper, such as the American Sociological Association. Note that notification of acceptance can take a couple of months. Many conferences are not competitive, but some have limited space and thus, will reject papers.
- While the deadline for this funding is earlier than many conference submission and notification deadlines, I encourage you to apply for funding if you are planning on submitting a paper or poster. You can then notify me if your paper does not get accepted or you change your mind.
Note: The funding needs to be spent by the end of SHSU's fiscal year, which is August 31. This means the paper work needs to be filed approximately a week before this.
To Apply for the Following Sociology Scholarships:
A number of scholarships are available for graduate students. Scholarships are awarded annually each Spring, and are distributed over two semesters (Fall and Spring) contingent upon enrollment and excellent academic standing. To apply, students must submit an application directly to Scholarships4Kats, and send all other required documents to the Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Dr. Jin Young Choi. Required documents consist of: (1) a letter of application illustrating the student’s background, specific sociological areas of interest, and the reasons that make him/her a good candidate for the appropriate scholarship; (2) unofficial SHSU transcripts; and (3) one letter of recommendation. Please send all the required documents via e-mail to the Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Dr. Jin Young Choi. The file name of each attached document must include the applicant’s name; for example: “ChoiApplicationLetter.” Required documents for each of the available scholarships can be also sent via U.S. Mail. They should be mailed to:
Dr. Jin Young Choi
Department of Sociology
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341-2446
For additional inquiries regarding scholarships, please contact Dr. Jin Young Choi.
The deadline for all scholarships is November 15, 2020. To be considered, submissions of both applications to Scholarships4Kats and required documents to the Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Dr. Jin Young Choi, must be received by the above-mentioned deadline.
***Please note that applicants need to submit only one set of the required application materials to be considered for all scholarships.
Professor Ramsey M. Woods Sociology Endowment Fund (Graduate)
Awarded each semester to full-time graduate (a minimum of 6 credit hours) students, in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University; and majoring in Sociology. Preference will be given to students interested in Rural Studies and Racial Relations. Financial need will be a consideration, but not a determining factor. Overall GPA of at least 3.2 is required.
The Ruth A. De Blanc Scholarship
Recipients must be graduate students in good standing enrolled at SHSU for a minimum of three credit hours per semester; majoring in Sociology; and demonstrating financial need. Overall GPA of at least 3.0 is required.
Dan and Donna Beto Endowed Scholarship in Sociology
One annual scholarship of $1000. Recipients must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students (with preference given to graduate students) in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University; and majoring in Sociology. Financial need will be a consideration, but not a determining factor. An overall GPA of at least 3.0 is required.
Garry and Marjorie Prince Sociology Scholarship
Recipients must be full-time graduate students, in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University; majoring in Sociology; demonstrating financial need; and maintaining an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
Department of Sociology Scholarship
Recipients must be graduate students in good standing enrolled at SHSU; majoring in Sociology; and recognized for past academic achievements and potential contributions to discipline of sociology.
For graduate students, University scholarships and Graduate School Scholarships are also available.
- To apply for the SHSU scholarships, go to https://www.shsu.edu/dept/financial-aid/scholarships
- To apply for the graduate scholarships, go to https://www.shsu.edu/academics/humanities-and-social-sciences/scholarships.html
For more information, please contact
Dr. James Stykes, Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Jin Young Choi, Chair of the Scholarship Committee