Departmental Prizes

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

Award for Distinguished Public Sociology and Anthropology

The prize is awarded to those students majoring or minoring in sociology or anthropology who demonstrate an exemplary engagement in public scholarship and/or community service. Both sociology and anthropology are 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 or anthropological 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 or anthropology 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 or Anthropology major or minor for this award. The nomination should explain why the nominee is deserving of the award. The nomination should be emailed by noon, March 29, 2019 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 1, 2019 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, anthropology, or archaeology 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 noon, March 29, 2019 explaining their intention to do so. They should submit support materials by 5:00 p.m., April 1, 2019. 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, anthropology, or archaeology and their most personally relevant public engagement or service.

Deadlines

Nominations and self-nominations are due by noon, March 29, 2019. All support materials are due by 5:00 p.m. April 1, 2019. Nominations and support materials should be sent to Lori Brackett.

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

Recent Award Recipients

  • 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