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Scholarships and Awards

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The Alice Mary Robertson Award was established to honor the memory of Alice Mary Robertson, Oklahoma's first female representative in the United States Congress. The purpose of the award is to stimulate an interest among graduate students in the study and interpretation of the contributions made by women to the culture and progress of Oklahoma as well as to awaken the public to a greater appreciation of these contributions.

The Alice Mary Robertson Award is a one-time award to a graduate student whose creative activity and/or scholarly or archival research enhances the appreciation of these contributions. One award of $1,000 will be made annually. A committee will select the recipient during the spring semester, based on an evaluation of the creative or research activity.

Contact the Department of Women's and Gender Studies for additional information.

Current OU students may also apply for some scholarships through CASH (the Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub).

CASH APPLY NOW for scholarships, access the Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub (CASH) at ou.edu/scholarships application deadline FEB. 1 Scholarships in CASH for Current Graduate Students African and American Studies Arts and Sciences Biology Economics Film & Media Studies Financial Aid & Sooner Heritage Geography & Environmental Sustainability Gibbs College of Architecture Human Relations International Student Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Microbiology and Plant Biology Modern Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics Political Science Religious Studies School of Library & Information Studies School of Music Veteran and Military Visual Arts Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts

Eligibility

Any Norman Campus student receiving a doctoral degree in the 2020 calendar year (spring/summer/fall) is eligible. One prize can be given in each of the following three academic areas:

  1. Science and Engineering
  2. Social Sciences, Education, and the Professions
  3. Humanities and Fine Arts

Prize

Each prize consists of $1,000 and an inscribed certificate. Prizes will be awarded at a public occasion where both the recipients and the departments will be honored.

Nomination Procedures

Departments with fewer than 10 doctoral degrees awarded during the calendar year of the prize can make one nomination; departments with more than 10 can nominate two. Nomination materials should include:

  1. At least one letter of nomination, written for the non-specialist, which describes the quality, scholarly contributions, and disciplinary significance of the dissertation. The nomination must specify one of the three academic areas.   
  2. A letter of endorsement from the department chairperson or, in the case of interdisciplinary nominees, from the chair of the doctoral advisory committee.
  3. An abstract of the dissertation.
  4. The applicant’s curriculum vitae.
  5. One copy of the dissertation.
  6. The names of two potential readers for the dissertation. These readers must be OU – Norman faculty members who are not members of the nominee’s department or committee.

Nomination materials will be uploaded to an electronic form below and must be submitted by January 29, 2021.

Selection Procedures

The Graduate Dean will constitute an ad hoc faculty committee charged with recommending to the Provost whether or not a nominated dissertation should be considered for a prize. The composition of the committee will depend on the fields represented by the dissertations to be considered but will be chaired by a member of the Graduate Council. The committee will use the submitted materials to assess the overall quality of the dissertation and its contribution to the discipline. The committee shall forward the recommendations to the Provost by April 2, 2021.

Doctoral Dissertation Prize Nomination Form

Direct questions about the Doctoral Dissertation Prize to Gail Shelton (aokoe@ou.edu).

To view a draft or saved form, go here: Dynamic Forms

The Eddie Carol Smith Scholarship was established to honor the contributions of Dr. Eddie Carol Smith who served as Graduate Dean from 1993 until 1999 and Vice President of Research from 1995 until 1999. The scholarship encourages research and creative activity among graduate students and recognizes the significant contributions of these graduate students to our society. The Eddie Carol Smith Scholarship is a one-year award that will go to a graduate student whose research/capstone project either opens a new area of scholarly endeavor or significantly expands an existing area of scholarly endeavor. Applicants must be near the end of their degree requirements, as it is expected that the academic year during which the student serves as the Eddie Carol Smith Scholar is also the academic year in which the student will complete the degree.

The Award

  • $2,000 in professional development funds. These funds may be used to assist with the research project (i.e., archival research, data collection, supplies and equipment, etc.); to assist with the preparation of the final dissertation, thesis, or capstone project; or for travel to either present the research/project or to conduct research for the project
  • A full tuition waiver for both the fall and spring semesters of the award year.

Eligibility Criteria

Any academic unit offering a graduate degree on the Norman campus may submit nominations for the Eddie Carol Smith Scholarship.

To be eligible for nomination an applicant must:

  • Be a graduate student on the Norman campus
  • Carry at least a 3.6 grade point average in all coursework for the degree
  • Be approaching the “last” year of the graduate degree
  • Be engaged in either a doctoral dissertation, master’s thesis, or master’s capstone project
  • Be recommended for the Award by the major professor
  • Have the endorsement and support of the academic unit and the budget college dean

[Note: the recipient need not hold a graduate assistantship during the year of the award]

Nomination Process

Nomination materials must include:

  • A copy of the student’s completed Program of Study Form for master’s applicants or a copy of the student’s completed Advisory Conference Report for doctoral applicants
  • A current copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae
  • A research statement prepared by the applicant. This statement should include a detailed description of the research/project and must be readable by an interdisciplinary audience. It should be written in a grant proposal format rather than as an abstract of a work already completed. It should clearly identify the scholarly issues being addressed in the research/project and outline the tasks that will be performed to complete the research/project. If applicable, it should include any early conclusions or preliminary findings.
  • A brief budget/financial statement indicating the proposed use of the professional development funds in conjunction with the research/project.
  • A reference letter prepared by the applicant’s major professor. This letter should speak to the ability of the student to complete the proposed research/project and the current status of the research/project (i.e., prospectus completed, conducting research, etc.). It should also describe the scholarly significance and potential impact of the proposed research/project, as well as the expected time frame for the applicant to complete the degree.
  • An endorsement signature of the applicant’s graduate liaison or academic unit chair AND of the applicant's budget college or designated representative.

Selection Process

An ad hoc committee selected from members of the Graduate Council will review the nominations immediately following the deadline and recommend a recipient to the Graduate College dean. The scholarship will begin the following fall semester.

Application Deadline       February 15

Eligibility

Any Norman Campus graduate student with teaching responsibilities is eligible, provided the student has not received this award in the last two years. The awards will be given in three academic areas:

  1. Science and Engineering
  2. Social Sciences, Education, and the Professions
  3. Humanities and Fine Arts

One award in each of the three areas can be given each year.

Award

Each consists of $1,000 and an inscribed certificate. Awards will be given at a public occasion where the recipients and the departments will be honored.

Nomination Procedures

Each department may nominate only one master’s student and/or one doctoral student. The academic area best describing the course(s) taught by the GTA must be specified in each nomination. Nomination materials should include:

  1. A letter of nomination indicating which of the three academic areas best describes the courses taught by the GTA (required)
  2. Faculty evaluation(s) of the GTA’s performance (required)
  3. Student evaluations of the GTA’s course(s) or section(s) (required)
  4. The GTA’s curriculum vitae (required)
  5. The GTA’s statement of teaching philosophy (required)
  6. Recommendation letters from students (optional)
  7. Samples of syllabi or class projects described by the GTA and any other items that demonstrate the GTA’s qualifications (optional)

Nomination materials will be uploaded to an electronic form below and must be submitted by January 29, 2021.

Selection Procedures

An ad hoc committee consisting of three faculty members (one from each of the three academic areas) and the student members of the Graduate Council will make the final selection. The ad hoc committee will forward its selections to the Provost by April 2, 2021.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award Nomination Form

Direct questions about the Graduate Teaching Award to Gail Shelton (aokoe@ou.edu).

To view a draft or saved form, go here: Dynamic Forms