Awards

C. Wright Mills Award

The Department of Sociology annually awards the C. Wright Mills Award to the Outstanding Senior in Sociology. Seniors who will have completed all requirements for the major in sociology by the end of the spring semester are eligible. The award will not be given if no candidates are deemed suitable. The sociology faculty will select a candidate based on a combination of the following:

  • GPA in the major
  • GPA overall
  • Extraordinary achievement in the senior project (which may be in-progress at the time of the award)
  • Extraordinary achievement beyond the normal requirements for the major, for example, through study abroad, Carson awards, service learning, or other off-campus and co-curricular endeavors.
  • Quality of independent work in courses (e.g., term papers, research reports, and the like) including creativity and ambition in the design and pursuit of projects
  • Excellence in one or more core courses in sociology
  • Skill in conducting and/or presenting research, when applicable
  • Evidence of a sociological imagination, both within and outside the classroom
2013
Dina Sarai Rivas
2012
Kaitlin Greene
Halie Peplinski
Lindsay Trant
2011
Megan Horning
2010
Amanda Geck
Bethany Robinson
2009
Joshua Clough
2008
Amy Johnson
Dustin Schaber
2007
Krysti Hilton
2006
Elizabeth Hickman
2005
Jennifer Heidt
Katherine Neary
Amber Simonton
2004
Suzanne Marsh
Barrett Ebright
2003
Jessie Bowen
Katie Arntson
2002
Anna Carpenter
John Harnetiaux

James B. Bjorkquist Award

The Department of Sociology annually awards the James B. Bjorkquist Award to the Outstanding Junior in Sociology. Juniors who have completed at least four courses in sociology by the end of the term in which the award is given are eligible. The award will not be given if no candidates are deemed suitable. The sociology faculty will select a candidate based on a combination of the following:

  • GPA in the major
  • GPA overall
  • Quality of independent work in courses (e.g., term papers, research reports, and the like) including creativity and ambition in the design and pursuit of projects
  • Excellence in one or more core courses in sociology
  • Skill in conducting and/or presenting research, when applicable
  • Evidence of a sociological imagination, both within and outside the classroom
2014
Kacey Ota
Annemarie Manhardt
2013
Delia Olmos-Garcia
2012
Adrienne McCarthy
2011
Kaitlin Greene
Lindsay Trant
2010
Megan Horning
Stevie Kimmet
2009
Katie Lutz
Amy Rising
2008
Nikki Boyce
Danielle Espiritu
2007
Amy Johnson
Steven Yasumura
2006
Krysti Hilton
Rajani Gudlavalleti
2005
Robyn Southard
Katherine Tetu
2004
Jennifer Heidt
2003
Suzanne Marsh
2002
Jessie Bowen

Sociology Award for Outstanding Social Justice Contributions

Current sociology majors who have demonstrated leadership in social justice work, using sociological tools to help create positive social change on campus and/or in the community are eligible. The sociology faculty will select a candidate based on a combination of the following:

  • Commits to organizing positive social change at Willamette
  • Models the ability to connect and use sociological tools in her/his social justice work
  • Brings experiences from social justice struggle into sociology courses in meaningful ways
  • Shapes career and vocation by both sociology and social justice values
2014
Delia Olmos-Garcia
2012
Jon Gates
2011
Angela Fujii
Ashley Ingersoll
2010
Angela Fujii
Ruth Ubaldo
2009
Anthony Kim
Alejandro Jimenez-Zepeda
2008
Tristan Knutson-Lombardo
Yuta Kono
2007
Joshua Bilbrew
Drew Herbert