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
  • Camille Debreczeny
  • Annie Manhardt
  • Dina Sarai Rivas
  • Kaitlin Greene
  • Halie Peplinski
  • Lindsay Trant
  • Megan Horning
  • Amanda Geck
  • Bethany Robinson
  • Joshua Clough
  • Amy Johnson
  • Dustin Schaber
  • Krysti Hilton
  • Elizabeth Hickman
  • Jennifer Heidt
  • Katherine Neary
  • Amber Simonton
  • Suzanne Marsh
  • Barrett Ebright
  • Jessie Bowen
  • Katie Arntson
  • 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
  • Alika Masei

  • Camille Debreczeny
  • Thalia Vargas
  • Grecia Garcia Perez
  • Kacey Ota
  • Annemarie Manhardt
  • Delia Olmos-Garcia
  • Adrienne McCarthy
  • Kaitlin Greene
  • Lindsay Trant
  • Megan Horning
  • Stevie Kimmet
  • Katie Lutz
  • Amy Rising
  • Nikki Boyce
  • Danielle Espiritu
  • Amy Johnson
  • Steven Yasumura
  • Krysti Hilton
  • Rajani Gudlavalleti
  • Robyn Southard
  • Katherine Tetu
  • Jennifer Heidt
  • Suzanne Marsh
  • 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
  • Thalia Vargas
  • Grecia Garcia Perez
  • Camille Debreczeny
  • Delia Olmos-Garcia
  • Jon Gates
  • Angela Fujii
  • Ashley Ingersoll
  • Angela Fujii
  • Ruth Ubaldo
  • Anthony Kim
  • Alejandro Jimenez-Zepeda
  • Tristan Knutson-Lombardo
  • Yuta Kono
  • Joshua Bilbrew
  • Drew Herbert