Penn Sociology Undergraduate Awards

Outstanding Student Award: This award is given to a graduating senior who has accumulated an exceptional all-around record in Sociology. Factors that will be considered include Sociology GPA, overall academic achievement, involvement in class, fellowships and awards received, presentations at conferences and public meetings, and other efforts to bring knowledge from the field of Sociology to bear in the social world inside or outside of Penn. Students must be nominated by a Sociology faculty member. Self-nominations are not allowed. 

2017 - Anya Hutter
2016 - Elizabeth Schwartz

E. Digby Baltzell Senior Thesis Award: Awarded for the best senior thesis submitted by a sociology major during the year.

2017 - Golda Kaplan, "'Now it’s just normal': Anticipatory Socialization in Adolescent Girls’ Sexual Behavior." Advisor, Prof. Annette Lareau.

2016 - Aliza Caplan, "From Employment to Retirement: A Study of West Philadelphia Senior Community Center (WPSCC)." Advisor, Dr. Robin Leidner.

2015 - Chloe Sigal, "Cashing In Versus Being Dangerous: The Class-Mediated Nature of Social Movement Coalition Identity: A Case Study of Two Philadelphia Black Lives Matter Coalitions." Advisor, Dr. Amada Armenta. 

Outstanding Service Award: 
Awarded to a student who has demonstrated exceptional service to the program, Penn, and the outside community.

2017 - Tiffany Rodriguez 

Best Paper Award:
This award is given to any Penn undergraduate in recognition of the best paper submitted to any undergraduate Sociology class at Penn. Faculty are asked to submit no more than two papers per year for consideration. Self-nominations are not allowed.  Papers written in the previous Fall and Spring will be considered. 

2017 - Rebecca Brown, "They’re Still With Her: Student Volunteers Discuss the 2017 Presidential Election, Their Passionate Selves, and Professional Futures" (SOCI 517: Work and Identity, Prof. Robin Leidner).
2016 - Max Meis, "Las Maquiladoras y la Immagración: A Failure by the Mexican Government." (SOCI 431: Modern Mexican Society, Instructor Dr. Juan Manuel Lombera)