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Department ofSociology


Class of 2016

Shannon Boselli*
Miguel Daly
Chiara de Blasio (Women and Gender Studies)
Angelica Lily Delgado**
Derek Antonio De Sola**∞∞
Grant Fred Depositar*
McKenzie Taylor Friel**
Alec William Rea Kwo**
Paulette McCkroskey
Padilla Taylor
Philip Perricone
Tabitha O’Brien Petrini*§§
Michaela Alexandria Scanlon*∞∞ (Environmental Studies) (History)
Bowen Shi*‡
Galilea Silva§§
Regina Smith*
Jessica Eileen Tramp
Charlotte Livingston Van Noppen*
Breana Marie Vargas
Ayano Watanabe

*Cum Laude; ** Magna Cum Laude; *** Suma Cum Laude; ∞∞ Also completed second and third major indicated; §§Also completed requirements for a companion major; ‡ also completed second bachelor’s degree‡ 

Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society Members

Shannon Boselli
Caitlin Nicole Courshon
Pauline Garan
Jenna Rose Harrison
Juliet Marina Heid
Alec William Rea Kwo
McKenzie Taylor Frill
Zhanna Pang McAtee
Eryn Rachel Olson
Tabitha O’Brien Patron
Michaela Alexandria Scanlon
Bowen Shi
Milenna Regina Smith

The Witold Krassowski Sociology Award Winners

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. It is given to senior sociology majors who have written a sociological research paper that is considered of exemplary quality in a sociology course. Congratulations to the 2016 award winners!


Eryn Olson Relationship Connectivity Counts: Lifetime Relationsips, Family Structure, and Risk- Taking in Adulthood

Bowen Shi Success of Digital Activism: Roles of Structures and Media Strategies

Honorable Mention: Jenna R. Harrison Adolescent Transitions from Licit to Illicit Drug Use: Impacts of Protective and Risk Factors

Sociology Alumni Award for Excellence in Community based Research

In 2016, we awarded our first Sociology Alumni Award for Excellence in Community-based Research. The award description reads, “In honor of our alumni, we award a graduating senior who has done excellent applied sociological research that is useful at the community or organizational level with The Sociology Alumni Award for Excellence in Community-based Research. The research must have taken place as part of a sociology course at Santa Clara University.” The award is judged both on the work of the student on the project and the project’s impact on the community.

Award winner:

Congratulations Caitlin Courshon. Caitlin’s project provided a comprehensive applied report based on the findings of a community assessment survey conducted with residents of the Washington Community in San José. Capstone students helped with data entry of the multi-page survey and Caitlin managed the data entry and cleaning of the data in SPSS.