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McMurry University Sociology Professor Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth has received the 2014 Sam Taylor award for research in his Native American Studies project: “Lost in America: Reservation Life in the 21st Century.” The new book series is based on ethnographic field studies of the Navajo, Cherokee, and the Lakota. A book series has already been confirmed by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in England.

Sam Taylor Fellowships are awarded from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

The Fellowships, funded by income from a portion of Taylor’s estate, award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research “advancing the intellectual, social or religious life of Texas and the nation.”

Applications are evaluated on the significance of the project, clarity of the proposal, professional development of the applicant, value of the project to the community or nation, and the project’s sensitivity to value questions confronting higher education and society.