The faculty of the Department of Sociology have announced the following winners of the department's annual student paper awards:
Graduate Student Awards
The winner of the Katherine Luke Graduate Student Paper Award is Mikell Hyman for her paper "When Policy Feedback Fails: 'Collective Cooling' in Detroit's Municipal Bankruptcy." The Committee found the paper to be highly original and introduced a new concept that will make important contributions to their substantive sub-fields and to sociology more broadly. The Katherine Luke Graduate Student Paper Award goes to the best paper produced by a sociology graduate student in the past year.
The Mark Chesler Award, given to the paper that makes specific contributions to our sociological understanding of diversity, social justice, participatory action research, intergroup relations, or service learning, goes to Heidi Gansen for her paper "Disciplining Difference(s): How Inequalities are Reproduced through Disciplinary Interactions in Preschool." The Mark Chesler Paper Award goes to an graduate student whose scholarship contributes to the sociological understanding of diversity, social justice, participatory action research, intergroup relations, or service learning.
Undergraduate Student Awards
Angell Award: Max Lubell for his honors thesis "Stigma Against Gentrifiers: Perceptions on Displacement, the Gentrifier Label, and Uneven Transit Development in Detroit." The Angell Award is given annually for the best thesis written in the department that year. Max received the Highest Honors designation for his excellent work.
Eita Krom Prize: Sarah Hodgman for “Sexual Predation Against Women of Color: A Historical Analysis.” The Krom Prize selection committee concluded that “Sexual Predation Against Women of Color: A Historical Analysis” asks important sociological questions about the roots and persistence of sexual predation against women of color and effectively mobilizes data to provide compelling answers to those questions. We found that this paper reflected the very best of what Sociology can do. The Eita Krom Prize is annually awarded by the department for the best paper on a sociological topic written by an LSA junior or senior.
Mark Chesler Student Research Award: Kimberly Truong for "Are Pioneers Free to Pursue in College?: Investigating College Major Choices of Immigrant First-Generation College Students." The Chesler Award selection committee concluded that “Are Pioneers Free to Pursue in College?: Investigating College Major Choices of Immigrant First-Generation CollegeStudents” raises an important and timely set of questions about the challenges confronted by immigrant first-generation college students. It is a well-written paper, effectively marshalling data to make a compelling argument about how and why immigrant first-generation college students pursue particular college majors. The Mark Chesler Student Research Award goes to an undergraduate whose scholarship contributes to the sociological understanding of diversity, social justice, participatory action research, intergroup relations, or service learning.