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Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Sociology & Anthropology

National and Regional Awards

2016

Guillermo Alvarado (2016) “’That Gay Gangsta Shit’: Identity Construction and Community Membership in Queer Rappers’ Musical Careers”

  • First place in the 2016 Undergraduate Paper Competition, Alpha Kappa Delta (national sociology honors society)

Bethany Lewis (2016) “’That’s the Spark I Want to See”: Mentorship and Empowerment of Girls in STEM,”

  • Winner, 2016 Odum Undergraduate Paper Competition, Southern Sociological Society

2015

Joanna Hawkins (2015) “Responding to Ebola:  A Risky Act of Social Justice”

  • Winner, 2015 Odum Undergraduate Paper Competition, Southern Sociological Society

Jessica Jones (2015)  ”‘This School Just Isn’t Set Up For Me’:  The Experiences of Transfer Students From Community Colleges at Southwestern University”

  • 2015 Shearn Writing Award in the Social Sciences, Southwestern University

2014

Allie Klein (2014) “Navigating Cancer, Alleviating Health Disparities: Oral Histories of Breast Cancer Patient Navigators”

  • First place in the 2014 Undergraduate Paper Competition, Southwestern Anthropological Association

Lauren Saylor (2014) “(Re)Making Self: Gender Identity Formation by Female to Male Transgenderists in Amsterdam”

  • Second place in the 2014 Undergraduate Paper Competition, Southwestern Anthropological Association

Brianna Billingsley (2014) “Literally, My Money Comes From How Happy I Make Them’: The Positive and Negative Consequences of Emotional Labor Among Restaurant Servers”

  • First place in the 2014 Undergraduate Paper Competition, Alpha Kappa Delta (national sociology honors society)

Kelsey Kisor (2014) “’Protect and Serve Each Other’: Collective Action and Contentious Politics in a Police Accountability Organization” 

  • 2014 Shearn Writing Award in the Social Sciences, Southwestern University

2013

Kristi Lenderman (2013) “Chilean Intercultural Education and Contentious Identities: Constructions of Sexuality and Gender in the Mapuche Community”

  • Second place in the 2013 Undergraduate Paper Competition, Southwestern Anthropological Association

Megan Robinson (2013) “I’m Feeding the World Tonight: The Impact of Moral Identity Standards on Mobile Loaves and Fishes Homeless Outreach Ministry.”

  • Second place in the 2013 Undergraduate Paper Competition, Alpha Kappa Delta (national sociology honors society)

2012

Zoe Martin (2012)  “A Whole New Brawl Game”: Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby as a Site for Counter-Hegemonic Resistance” 

  • First place in the 2012 Student Paper Competition, Southwestern Anthropological Association

Kristen McCollum (2012) “The Art of Collective Identity: How an Art from the Streets Program Fosters a Sense of Community Among the Homeless” 

  • 2012 Odum Award for Best Undergraduate Paper, Southern Sociological Society
  • The first ever Shearn Writing Award in the Social Sciences, Southwestern University

2011

Ursula James (2011) “The Emergence of Hoi An: World Heritage Status and Global Tourism in Vietnam” 

  • First place in the 2011 Annual Student Paper Competition by the Southern Anthropological Society “and the paper is the feature article  in the Southern Anthropological Society Winter 2012 SAS Newsletter (Volume 4, Issue 2).”

Toni Nietfeld (2011) ‘Welcome to Hell’: The Role of Framing and Recruitment in Saving Souls.”

  • Honorable mention, 2011 Odum Award for Best Undergraduate Paper, Southern Sociological Society
  • Third place in the 2011 Undergraduate Paper Competition, Alpha Kappa Delta (national sociology honors society)

2010

Jessica Herbst (2010) “‘Sometimes You Have to Sell Your Soul a Little Bit:’ Maintaining Meaning and Identity in the Midst of Non-Profit Politics”

  • 2010 Odum Award for Best Undergraduate Paper, Southern Sociological Society

2009

Nicole Powell (’09) “‘Little Gay Ghandis’:  Providing a Safe Space and Empowering Sexual Minorities”

  • 2009 Odum Award for Best Undergraduate Paper, Southern Sociological Society
  • Third place in the 2009 Undergraduate Paper Competition, Alpha Kappa Delta (national sociology honors society)

2007

Meagan M. Elliott (’07), “Locating Jewish Identity in Poland: Thoughts and Photographs”

  • First place in the 2007 Undergraduate Paper Competition, Alpha Kappa Delta (national sociology honors society)
  • 2007 Odum Award for Best Undergraduate Paper, Southern Sociological Society
  • 2007 Junior Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in Sociology
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Nathan Turner (’07), “Screw You, We’re from Texas: The Politics of Place and the Power to Resist in Texas Country Music”

  • First Place in the 2007 Student Paper Competition, Southwestern Anthropological Association
  • 2007 Junior Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in Anthropology

2006

Alexandra O. Hendley (’06),Barreras del Lenguage: Children’s Negotiation of Adult-Created Exclusionary Structures”

  • 2006 Odum Award for Best Undergraduate Paper, Southern Sociological Society
  • First place in the 2006 Undergraduate Paper Competition, Alpha Kappa Delta (national sociolology honors society)