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Impact of Gifts
Each gift to the Department of Sociology has a genuine impact, regardless of size. Your donation to the Department of Sociology Annual Fund helps us foster the high level of engagement and collegiality that is one of the hallmarks of our department and recruit the highest caliber faculty and students. Below are just a few examples of the impact of alumni gifts.
|Allison Gilmore was the 2012 recipient of the Andrea Michelle Sperka
award. Allison accepted the award at the Spring 2012 award ceremony
with a moving speech about the value of her training in social
sciences. Allison graduated in 2012. She plans to pursue a Masters of
Social Work to work with children and families providing protective
services, foster care, and adoption services.|
|2012 Reschke scholarship winner Cheng C. Cheng|
"Receiving the Alfred Reschke Scholarship is a capstone of my
undergraduate career. It has encouraged me to continue to devote myself
into sociological research and to purse my career goal as an academic
researcher. I have become more confident and determined towards my
dream. I hope that one day I will be able to support students achieving
their goals just as the way it has supported me."
-- Cheng C. Cheng, Class of 2012
Cheng C. Cheng received an Alfred Reschke scholarship for academic excellence. She graduated with honors in 2012 and is now pursuing a PhD in Sociology at Princeton. She is studying aging and developing research on intergenerational family relations in later-life.
|2009 Gerald and Barbara E. Marwell Award winner Matias Cocina|
"Receiving the Gerald and Barbara E. Marwell Award for Summer 2009, was both an honor and an incentive, in at least two important ways. First, it allowed me to work on my research projects, after completing a challenging first year as a Sociology graduate student. Being an international student, this was really important support. Second, knowing that there are individuals willing to so generously encourage intellectual effort and academic advancement, reinforced my sense of belonging to a professional and academic community that is engaged in a long term intellectual project, through the formation and support of new generations of researchers."
-- Matias Cocina
Matias Cocina is the 2009 recipient of the Marwell Fund Award, a fund established in 2008 by Gerald and Barbara E. Marwell as supplementary recruitment funding for graduate training and research in sociology.
From the Donor's Perspective
The Hong-wen and Cheen Liao Graduate Scholarship in Sociology was established in 2009. Hong-wen is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master's and PhD in the Department of Sociology and her husband, Cheen, graduated from UW-Madison with a master's degree in Computer Sciences.
Appreciative of their educational experience on our campus, Hong-wen and Cheen generously decided to give back to the next generation of students by establishing funds in both the Department of Sociology and the Department of Computer Sciences. The Liao Graduate Scholarship Fund in Sociology assists accomplished graduate students with financial need. To personalize their support, Hong-wen and Cheen requested that support of a Taiwanese student would be particularly meaningful as it reflects their background and personal experience while meeting a direct departmental need.
If you would like more information on funds to support graduate and undergraduate students see our Sociology Funds page. Also see the current Wisconsin Update for a complete list of award winners and their interests.