The Lowell and Cay Hellervik Research Scholarship Award

An Exciting Opportunity for Sophomore, Junior and Senior Criminology, Sociology and Psychology Majors

The deadline for the 2016 award has passed. Information concerning the 2017 award is forthcoming.

In 2010, Lowell and Mary Catherine Shea Hellervik signed an agreement with the University of Dayton establishing support for undergraduate student research in the area of juvenile justice and cognitive behavioral therapy. The Criminal Justice Studies Program and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work are partners with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Psychology in this award.

The award is given to a student undertaking research in the area of juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, and restorative justice. The scholarship is for $2,500 to support student research into the above outlined areas. ​It recognizes high quality student scholarship, provides critical feedback for presentation at a meeting, and encourages possible publication. Presentation forums include local and regional scholarly opportunities such as the Roesch Social and Behavioral Sciences Symposium and the Stander Symposium at the University of Dayton, the North Central Sociological Association, the Midwest Sociological Association, or the Midwest Student Paper Competition.

Students majoring in the appropriate areas of study are strongly urged to apply for this opportunity. Faculty mentors are required to supervise this project.

Selection Process


The Hellervik Scholarship Committee reviews the applications. The committee is composed of the Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, the Director of Criminal Justice Studies, and a faculty member in Psychology. The committee consults with the Hellerviks on the selections.

Selection Procedure

The committee will evaluate a proposal according to the following criteria:

  1. The importance of the paper in terms of making a contribution to the study of juvenile justice;
  2. The quality of the writing and argument in the proposal;
  3. The clarity in the presentation of theory, concepts, and ideas;
  4. Operationalization and measurement of constructs, if applicable.

If the committee cannot identify a recipient in one year because there are no submissions, or there are no submissions deserving of the award, the scholarship is not given.

Leslie H. Picca, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Art Jipson, Ph.D., Director, Criminal Justice Studies Program
Keri Kirschman, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Psychology

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