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KU Sociology Department Announces Spring Student Awards 2019

Monday, July 08, 2019

LAWRENCE — Students in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas received $67,000 in awards and scholarship for outstanding academic achievement as part of the department’s spring awards.

Graduate students received scholarships to assist with their research or completion of their degree requirements as well as for their outstanding research.

Departmental awards were also presented to outstanding undergraduate students at the department’s graduation ceremony May 17. A full list of awards for spring 2019 is below.

Departmental graduate awards included the following honors:

  • The E. Jackson Baur Award for Research and Study of Social Conflict and Its Resolution honors a KU professor emeritus of sociology. The award is given to support research, professional travel or manuscript preparation and recognizes scholarly accomplishment. The 2019 award recipient is Mariah Crystal.
  • The Samuel and Freda Sass Summer Dissertation Scholarship provides support to outstanding advanced doctoral students so students can focus exclusively on progress toward their completion of the dissertation. The 2019 recipients are David Heath Cooper, Jacob Lipsman, Pamela Rooks and Scott Tuttle.
  • Helen Waddle Roofe Research Scholarships provide grants to students for research expenses. This year’s recipients are Erin Adamson, Matt Erickson, Andrew Kim, Kafayat Mahmoud, Byeongdon Oh, Ruth Stamper, Darcy Sullivan, Scott Tuttle and Yurong Zhang.
  • Christopher Gunn Scholarships assist sociology graduate students whose study is focused on innovative approaches to sociological theory and research. The 2019 award recipients are Matt Comi and Byeongdon Oh.
  • The Mary J. Geis Opportunity Scholarship for Student-Faculty Research provides funds for joint graduate student/faculty research projects in sociology. The final product should be a paper under review at a peer-review journal and/or an external grant application. The 2019 award recipients are Andrew Kim and Professor ChangHwan Kim.
  • The Carroll D. Clark Award for Professional Service, Carroll D. Clark Award for Teaching Excellence, Carroll D. Clark Pre- and Post-MA Awards, and the Morris C. Pratt Research and Travel Scholarships recognize outstanding service contributions, outstanding scholarship and integrity, and they assist in research and travel expenses. The 2019 recipients are Matt Comi, David Heath Cooper, Matt Erickson, Eva Jacqueline Fisk, Andrew Kim, Jacob Lipsman, Kafayat Mahmoud, Byeongdon Oh, Pamela Rooks, Sarah Smith, Joelle Spotswood, Ruth Stamper, Scott Tuttle, Derek Wilson, and Brenden Oliver.

Department undergraduate awards presented during the annual undergraduate ceremony on May 17:

  • Shi-Yen Pan: Distinguished Achievement Award
  • Michaela Krause and Shih-Yen Pan: 2019 candidates for highest distinction. Candidates for highest distinction are currently in the top 3 percent of their graduating class in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
  • Charles Jetty: 2019 candidate for distinction. Candidates for distinction are currently in the top 10 percent of their graduating class in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Undergraduate students were also inducted into the Alpha Kappa Delta international sociology honor society:

  • Kayla Lynn Buckley
  • Bailey Coolidge
  • Alanna Daniels
  • Selena Fierro
  • Alissa Gilmer
  • Allison Rule.


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