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Student Awards and Honors


Alumni Award for Excellence in Community-based Research

For Excellence in Community-based Research, established in 2016, this prize is given annually by the faculty of the Department of Sociology to a graduating senior for excellence in applied sociological research.

The Witold Krassowski Sociology Award

This award was established by the department, alumni, and friends in honor of Professor Witold Krassowski, the first sociologist at Santa Clara University and the first chair of the department. The award is given to a senior sociology major who has written an exemplary sociological research paper in a sociology course.

2015 Witold Krassowski Sociology Award Winner

Laila Anne Waheed

2015 Witold Krassowski Honorable Mention Award Winners

Danae Vanessa Dickson

Emily Szabelski

Kathryn L. Luna

Krassowski Award Winners (Past)

State and Regional Sociology Awards

Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology's 2007 Student Problem Solving Competition
The Applied Sociology student team of Rebecca Jones, Zachary Mariscal, Patricia McGlynn, Cristina Sanidad, and Olga Vasserman, won the award for their research and paper on "Providing Outreach to the Homeless of Santa Clara County" written under Dr. Nichols direction.

California Sociological Association

  • Nicole Kemper (2005) winner of the Outstanding Student Award, October 2004
  • Demetra Kalogrides (2003) winner of the Outstanding Student Award, October 2002

Pacific Sociological Association

  • Elizabeth Budd, Jessica Crewse, and Nicole Kemper (2005) winners of the Distinguished Undergraduate Student Paper Award, April 2005
  • Demetra Kalogrides (2003) winner of the Distinguished Undergraduate Student Paper Award, April 2003



(Alpha Mu is the SCU Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta), the national sociology honor society, was founded at the University of Southern California in 1920. Its primary goal is to encourage social research for the purpose of service. The Santa Clara Chapter was founded in 2000. To be invited to join a student must: be a sociology major of junior or senior standing; have an overall grade-point average of 3.3 or higher, have completed at least 4 sociology courses at SCU; must have completed Sociology 118, 119, and 120 (research inquiry course) with a B- or higher grade in each of the classes.