The A. Wade Smith award will be given each fall to a student pursuing original research on racial justice or a closely related topic. The award is for up to $500 and can be used to support any research-related activity (e.g., interview transcription, purchasing of a dataset, travel to do field work, etc.).
This award recognizes the important scholarly contributions of A. Wade Smith, Dartmouth class of 1972. Smith was the Ralph P. Holben award-winner in sociology at Dartmouth. He completed his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Chicago in 1977 and went on to a distinguished career as a scholar and educator. His work was devoted to the idea of racial equality and had a wide reach in the discipline. Smith was Professor and Chair of Sociology at Arizona State University when he died of cancer in 1994.