Division ofSocial Sciences

S. Erving Severtson Research Fellowship

Forest Foundation Undergraduate Research Program

In May 2000, a grant was awarded to the Division of Social Sciences for a student-faculty research program to honor S. Erving Severtson.  Endowed by the Forest Foundation, the grant seeks to encourage joint student and faculty research by providing financial assistance.  For student researchers, the grant covers up to $500 per project and other project expenses and a $2000 stipend per student.  Faculty are also eligible for up to $500 for travel and other project expenses per project.  The competitive application process is open to any interested faculty in the Division of Social Sciences and declared Social Science majors.  The faculty project coordinator must submit a completed application package comprised of both faculty and student application forms and student transcripts.  (A separate application is required for each project.)  The Division of Social Sciences Chairs' Council will review all submissions and notify applicants of its decisions.  By its very nature, the DSS Chairs' Council is an interdisciplinary group of scholars and application materials need to be prepared with this audience in mind. 

For additional information and deadlines, please see the complete description.

For the Student Application, please see Documents and Forms

For the Faculty Application, please see Documents and Forms

The Raphael Lemkin Essay Competition

Dedicated to the man who named "The Crime with No Name"

     Through the efforts of PLU Alumnus and Regent, Donald R. Morken, and a colleague, Mr. Bruce Littman, Pacific Lutheran University has been added to a list of prestigious schools which sponsor prizes and scholarships in honor of Raphael Lemkin.  Mr. Lemkin coined the term "genocide" and labored for passage of the United Nations genocide convention which outlaws destruction of races and groups.  The Raphael Lemkin Trust, founded by Mr. Irving Young of Haifa, Israel, helps to support the prizes and scholarships.  The prizes serve to inspire young people to reflect upon the issue of genocide and to inform them about Raphael Lemkin.

     Pacific Lutheran University invites its' students to write and submit (approximately in February) essays on the topic of genocide.  A panel of faculty members judge the essays and awards first and second prize winners the amounts of $750 and $250 respectively.  The winners, as well as those who submitted an essay, are invited to a dinner that is held to honor Raphael Lemkin and the Essay Competition.

     For specific requirements and deadlines regarding this competition, please contact Carol Reed, Assistant to the Dean of Social Sciences at 253.535.7669 or reedca@plu.edu