Awards and Recognitions

Undergraduate Awards

The Sociology Department’s T. Scott Miyakawa Memorial Prize in Sociology is named in honor of T. Scott Miyakawa, a founding member of the department whose research and teaching compared East Asian and American society. One graduating student who has majored in Sociology is selected by the Department of Sociology faculty each year for the Miyakawa Award on the basis of having an outstanding GPA, with consideration for number of courses completed in the department and indications of community service. The award is presented at the College of Liberal Arts Honors Convocation.

Each year at the College of Liberal Arts Honors Convocation, the Department of Sociology presents Departmental Distinction to majors with the highest GPAs in Sociology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, and, in consultation with the Department of Psychology, Social Psychology.  The Sociology faculty selects students for these awards based on overall GPA and GPA in the major. The total number of awards varies depending on enrollment, but is approximately 10-15.


Graduate Awards

The Graduate Program in Applied Sociology presents one Book Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement at Graduate Convocation every year. The award is given to the MA graduate with the highest GPA in the program.

The James E. Blackwell Prize is awarded each year by the Graduate Program in Applied Sociology in honor of Professor Emeritus James E. Blackwell, former President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, founder of the Association of Black Sociologists, and author of leading books and articles about the African American community. The award is given by the Graduate Program to a student who has completed the requirements for the MA in Applied Sociology and whose academic work exemplifies the spirit of Dr. Blackwell’s combination of rigorous research and scholarship about concerns of the minority group members.