This award honors Dennis Lang, a co-founder of the UW Disability Studies Program, for his dedication and service in the creation and growth of the UW Disability Studies community and program. It was established by the generous support of the University's Disability Studies community. 

The Dennis Lang Award is a merit-based monetary award for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington who demonstrate promise in the field of Disability Studies. The award goes to students who embody Dennis' spirited commitment to and academic excellence in the field of Disability Studies. Award amounts vary depending upon the fund's performance and the number of individuals selected to receive the award but range from $200-500. 


Enrolled UW undergraduate or graduate students (from any UW campus) with a demonstrated interest in disability studies.

What determines an outstanding nominee?

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in Disability Studies courses or equivalent demonstration of academic excellence in areas related to disability studies (e.g., courses taught as a graduate teaching assistant or scholarly work conducted as a graduate research assistant).
  • Demonstrated evidence of commitment to issues of social justice as they relate to people with disabilities (e.g., work, volunteer or activist experiences, academic outreach)

How may the award funds be used?

The award is not restricted. In the past, awardees have used the funds for a range of activities (e.g., travel to conferences, support for academic research projects, development or support for activist endeavors, assistance with accessibility issues, other academic/activist goals pertaining to disability studies). 


Students may be nominated by UW faculty, staff, or other students. Nominations will be accepted from community members as well. 

Nominations must be received by May 27, 2021. Announcement of the award winner(s) will be made by June 1, 2021. If you have questions, contact Mark Harniss (