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Indicators of Success

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Sociology Students' Academic Honors and Awards

  • Melanie Duncan, Valene Smith Outstanding BSS Student Award (2008)
  • Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society 2008 members: Haywood Adams, Ted Bartig, Stephanie Brown, Allison Cross, Melanie Duncan, Samuel Garrow, Sophia Maggiora, Kentra Mahaffey, Diana Ohlhaver, Tyler Rollins, Jessica Sandine, Lauren Saunders, Dolores Soto, Jerred Thompson, Lindsey Wigley, Megan Williams
  • Rachel Kinney, graduate of program, was selected as one of 11 San Francisco City Hall Fellows (2008)
  • Sociology Department Awards (2008): Best Scholar – Kendra Mahaffey; Robert P. Rankin Award – Megan Williams & Melanie Duncan; W.E.B. DuBois Award – Krystal Loveless-Arshad & Brittany Koerperich; Travis A. Williams Humanitarian Scholarship – Sam Garrow; Educational Enhancement Award – Lauren Saunders; Sociology Outstanding Student of 2008 – Melanie Duncan
  • Anna Sorensen received the following CSU Systemwide Awards: Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (2007)
  • Nao Xiong, a graduate of our program now in graduate school, also received a Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Award 
  • Sally Casanova, William Randolph Hearst, Ali Rossi Scholar
  • Alyson Juers was awarded the CSUC University Advisory Board Outstanding Service Award (2007)
  • Julieta Carillo and Jennifer Duggan received CSUC Campus Awards for Research and Creativity (2006-2007)
  • Anna Sorensen and Megan Williams received Phi Kappa Phi honors (2007)
  • Megan Williams was nominated for the Lt. Rawlins Award

Grants, Publications, Presentations 

  • Students presented papers at the 2007 professional regional meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association (Julieta Carillo, Jennifer Duggan, Anna Sorensen and Ashley Webber) 
  • Several of our students present at the yearly Behavioral and Social Sciences Symposium of Student Research and Scholarly Work: (2007 presenters were: Julieta Carrilo, Alexentra Caselli, Jennifer Duggan, Jamie Nolan, Jodie Rettinhouse [SOSC Masters student], Anna Sorensen, Ashley Weber; 2008 presenters were Melanie Duncan, Alaina Fernandez [SOSC Masters student], Melinda James, Tyler Rollins)
  • Megan Williams presented at the Santa Clara University Research Colloquium (2007) 
  • Anna Sorensen published in academic journal, co-authoring with one of our faculty.

Additional Indicators of Service and Achievement

  • Sociology majors maintain the student club, “SACS” (Sociology Association of Chico State). The club carries out community service and provides peer-to-peer mentoring.
  • The student-run organization, STOP (Strop Trafficking of Persons), originated in the Social Movements class. They continue to carry out educational campaigns
  • Student Ambassadors to the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences: Sam Garrow, Megan Williams, Melanie Duncan, Shannon Simmons