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Sociology Paper Award

The Department of Sociology Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award

Sociology majors and minors, Criminology minors and Social Justice minors in good standing are invited to submit term papers or sociological research projects (including Honors theses and Independent Study final papers) written within the current academic year for consideration for the Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award. Co-authored papers are eligible, provided that each author is a sociology major or minor.

Papers may be theoretical or based on primary research, secondary research, or archival/historical research using any appropriate social research methods (qualitative, quantitative, historical, etc.). Original scholarly literature reviews are also eligible. Short assignment papers (such as reaction papers, article summaries, thought papers, short essays) are not eligible for consideration for the award.

Criteria by which papers will be judged include: incorporation of a sociological perspective, originality, clarity of presentation, and readability.

There are no minimum page length requirements. Any standard citation format/style is acceptable. Submitted papers should be double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font, with one inch margins and numbered pages. Papers must include an abstract.

Please submit papers in Word or pdf format as an email attachment to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Kristen Schultz Lee, at

The deadline date for submissions is Friday, May 11, 2018 at 12:00pm.

Recent winners:
2017: Julia Schoonover,  “Islamophobia, General Strain Theory, Radicalization, and the Role of News Media”

2016: Tom Siskar, “Hammersmith and Fulham Affordable Housing Shortage: A Short Term Solution”

2015: Sarah Hussain, “Assessing Perceptions and Attitudes of the United States Health Care System and Reform”

2014: Sarah Ng, Jeanette Wenshuang Ng, Yong Sheng Ong, Jeremy Mingtai Teo, and Laura Lishuang Thien, “Gender Representations in Singapore Television Commercials”

2013: Aloysius Chia, “Discourse Shaping in Meritocracy”