Awards and Recognitions

Undergraduate Awards

The Sociology Department’s T. Scott Miyakawa Memorial Prize is named in honor of a founding member of the department whose research and teaching compared East Asian and American society. Each year, one graduating Sociology major is selected by the faculty 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.

Each Spring, the Department of Sociology presents Departmental Distinction awards to graduating seniors with exceptional academic merit in Sociology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, and, in consultation with the Psychology Department, Social Psychology. The total number of awards varies according to enrollment, but is usually between 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 to a student who has completed 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.