Departmental Prizes

The Department of Sociology at Bowdoin awards several prizes to students who demonstrate excellence.

Award for Distinguished Public Sociology

The prize is awarded to those students majoring or minoring in sociology who demonstrate an exemplary engagement in public scholarship and/or community service. Sociology is shaped significantly by intellectual traditions that have sought social progress through research, education, and direct service on issues of public significance.

This award honors those students who have demonstrated excellence in these continuing endeavors. It recognizes those who have exhibited sociological imagination in connecting the knowledge of their major to public service and/or scholarship. It also acknowledges those students who have made meaningful impacts on the community.

Eligibility

Seniors and juniors who are majoring or minoring in sociology are eligible for the award. More than one student can receive this prize in a year.

Nomination Process

Nominating a Student

Faculty, students, or community members may nominate a junior or senior Sociology major or minor for this award. The nomination should explain why the nominee is deserving of the award. The nomination should be emailed by 5:00 p.m. March 30, 2020 to lbracket@bowdoin.edu.

Nominated students will be contacted by the department and asked to submit support materials. These are due by 5:00 p.m., April 3rd and should be sent to lbracket@bowdoin.edu. The support materials consist of: 

  1. A resume of public engagement since coming to Bowdoin. For each activity listed, the nominee should provide the name of the community partner, organization, or public addressed, a very brief description of the work done, and the dates of the work.
  2. A 1-2 page essay describing the intellectual links between the nominee’s work in sociology and their most personally relevant public engagement or service.

Self-­Nominating

Students who nominate themselves for the award are asked to email Lori Brackett by 5:00 p.m. March 30, 2020 explaining their intention to do so. They should submit support materials by 5:00 p.m., April 3rd, 2020. The support materials consist of:

  1. A resume of public engagement since coming to Bowdoin. For each activity listed, the nominee should provide the name of the community partner, organization, or public addressed, a very brief description of the work done, and the dates of the work.
  2. A 1-2 page essay describing the intellectual links between the nominee’s work in sociology and their most personally relevant public engagement or service.

Deadlines

Nominations and self-nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. March 30, 2020. All support materials are due by 5:00 p.m. April 3rd, 2020. Nominations and support materials should be sent to Lori Brackett.

A committee made up of Sociology faculty will review the nomination materials and select the awardee or awardees.  The award will be announced during Honors Day. 

Recent Award Recipients

  • Kodie Garza '20 and Arein Nguyen '21
  • Darlene Ineza '19 and Brandon Morande '19
  • Diya Chopra ’18 and Daisy Wislar ‘18
  • Amanda Spiller '17 and Dhivya Singaram '17
  • Caroline Martinez '16
  • Halla Bates '15
  • Kaylee Shae Wolfe '15 (awarded in 2014)
  • Janki Kaneria '14
  • Michele Kaufman '13
  • Sarah Glaser '11 (awarded in 2012)
  • Kathleen Falherty '11 and Morgan Taggart-Hampton '11
  • Sean Morris '10 and Zoe Eddy '10
  • Catherine Mitchell '09
  • Brittany Ogden '08