Undergraduate Accomplishments

Outstanding Junior Sociology Major
Sunny Straw

Outstanding First or Second Year Sociology Major
Jasmine Mercado
Hannah Worton

Ulysses Grant Weatherly Award
Autumn Mary Pryor
Lydia Byers

Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) is the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the country and only a very select number of students at member institutions are elected annually. The following Sociology students were elected into PBK this year:

Brontee Anderson
Lydia Byers
Michelangelo J San Juan

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is a national Sociology honor society. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Delta is to promote excellence in the scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. After accepting an invitation to join AKD, the following students received their certificates, an honor pin, and graduation honor cords:

Alexandra Arini
Lydia Byers
Jacob Castaneda
Roxanna Nour
Autumn Pryor
Sunny Straw
Isaac Thuesen
Fang Zhao

Undergraduate Honor Students

The Sociology Honors program includes a 2-sequence course (S498/S499) that culminates into a 25-30 page thesis. The following students had their papers accepted for presentation at the North Central Sociological Association conference and have successfully completed their Thesis Projects:
Lydia Byers -  "Exploring the Impact of Family on College Experiences: A Comparison of LGBT+ and Heterosexual Students"
Nathaniel Merriott -  " The Meaning and Goals of Entrepreneurship"
Roxanna Nour -  "Gender, Gender-type Occupations, and the Workplace"
Autumn Pryor " Entrances, Exits, and Experiences of Queer Homelessness"
Sunny Straw " Evaluating the Experience of Bisexual and Lesbian Sorority Members"
Isaac Thuesen " Three Strikes, You're Out:  Habitual Offender Law in Indiana"
Fang Zhao " The Decision to Attend I.U.: A Study of Chinese International Students"