Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award

The award is designed to support up to four outstanding masters and doctoral students pursuing academic, professional development or training enrichment opportunities during summer term. The activity would provide unique opportunities not normally available as part of the degree program. 

The purpose of the award is to provide support during summer term to engage in unique opportunities that are related to the degree program, but not a requirement of it. Previously funded activities include: intensive language training not available at the UO; training or seminars related to the use of specialized lab equipment, unique performance techniques or new research methodologies, field or career-specific instructor/facilitator training or certifications.

Activities not eligible for funding include academic work for UO credit, field research data collection or activities that are part of the regular degree program, travel to professional meetings/conferences to present research, language training that is available at UO, summer living expenses and/or final writing of the dissertation or thesis.

Regularly admitted masters and doctoral students who will be continuing their program in fall of the upcoming year and who can demonstrate financial need for the activity are eligible to apply. All students must be registered as full time students at the time of application and in the upcoming spring. Professional development or training enrichment activities must occur between June 1st and mid-September.


To be completed by the student:

  1. A statement by the applicant (not to exceed 250 words on no more than one page) addressing your financial need in whatever terms you feel are most informative.
  2. Summarize your summer professional development or training enrichment activities in relation to the degree program.
  3. Include a budget for the summer activity.


To be completed by the academic department:

This award requires two letters of recommendation-- one from the student’s advisor and one from another faculty member. The letters should characterize the student’s past academic achievements, evaluate the proposed summer activity, and describe how the activity will contribute to the student’s academic progress.

To apply for this award, please click here:

Awards and Fellowships Application

Deadline to apply: Friday, February 16, 2018


Note for Graduate Students with Financial Aid:
Receiving this award may reduce your financial aid award. Please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to applying for this (and any other type of) support.

For more information, please contact: Jered Nagel at

You may apply for this award regardless of immigration status or work eligibility.

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