(One Master’s and One PhD)

Gary “Doc” Sailes is an award winning professor at Indiana University. He is widely recognized for his research and advocacy on collegiate sport access and Critical Race Theory. A champion of student-athlete development, Dr. Sailes has led Congressional hearings, and presented to the International Olympic Congress on abuses in college athletics and the value of diversity across sport. A recipient of the 2011 NASSS Distinguished Service Award, “Doc” continues his support of the NASSS community by bestowing resources that annually fund the Graduate Diversity Scholarship.

In recognition of the recommendation made by the Racial Diversity Committee in the fall of 2003, the NASSS Conference Program Committee implemented a scholarship for a graduate student who is a member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group. Starting in 2013, the scholarship goes to one Master Degree student and one Doctoral candidate. The purpose of the scholarship is to create a mechanism to identify underrepresented racial and/or ethnic graduate students who are doing research in the area of sport sociology, and to provide a means of supporting their work and association with NASSS. The $500 award applies toward expenses associated with attendance at the NASSS Conference.

The application process and criteria for the scholarship are as follows:

  • NASSS member and graduate student status (PhD. or Master’s)
  • Applicants must prepare a one-page essay, which addresses how they plan to contribute to the field of sociology of sport/physical activity.
  • Essays should be submitted along with a recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with the student’s work and aspirations.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the NASSS Diversity and Conference Climate Committee.
  • All documents must be sent via e-mail and contain the applicant’s mailing address.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2016

  • Announcements regarding the selected applicant will be made at the end of September 2016.
  • The winner of the award will be recognized at the 2016 Annual NASSS Conference Business Meeting in Tampa, FL

Submit materials to:

Algerian Hart
Chair, NASSS Diversity and Conference Climate Committee


Previous Recipients

2016 Master’s Award: Urooj Shahzadi(University of Toronto)Doctoral Award: Traci Canada(University of Virginia)
2015 Master’s AwardAlexander Deeb (Western Illinois University)Doctoral Award: Bahar Tajrobehkar (University of Toronto)
2014 Master’s Award: Caroline Piquette (Laurentian University); Doctoral Award: Ember Skye W. Kanelee (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
2013 Master's Award: Bahar Tajrobehkar (York University); Doctoral Award: Satoko Itani (University of Toronto)
2012 Chelsea Johnson (University of Southern California)
2011 Albert Y. Bimper, Jr. (University of Texas)
2010 Nikolas Dickerson (University of Iowa)
2009 Jasmine Hamilton (Louisiana State University)
2008 Kyoung-Yim Kim (University of Toronto)
2007 Rachel Sarabia (University of California, Santa Barbara)
2006 Nicola Potopsighn (Queen's University)
2005 Bryan Bracey (University of Maryland)