Carillion Tower with Lake Mendota in the background


Your donation to the John L. Gillin Sociology Scholarships Fund will support our promising graduate students. These funds pave the way for students to share their research at critically important conferences, complete fieldwork, and collect data instrumental to their success. Our graduate students are ambitious scholars who play a critical role in undergraduate instruction, contribute to scientific research by our faculty, and shape the future of the discipline and the department. 

John Lewis Gillin was a UW sociology professor from 1912 to 1958 who primarily studied criminology. In 1926, he served as the 16th president of the American Sociological Association. Although Gillin did not live long enough to see the 1979 pink flamingo prank that started Fill the Hill, he did have the foresight to begin a fund for helping our sociology graduate students — and by extension, the entire department —thrive.

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