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Erin Dunn won the 2020-2021 Outstanding Sociology Paper Prize. Erin won with her entry "Theoretical Analysis of Inequality of Minooka, Illinois."  For her efforts, Erin received a $250 award, as well as a certificate documenting the accomplishment.


Erin Dunn, an undergraduate student majoring in Sociology, has been awarded the 2020-21 Louis and Monica Petroff Memorial Scholarship.


Jaylin S. Haley, an undergraduate student majoring in Sociology, has been awarded the 2020-21 Baer Scholarship in Sociology.


Daniel J. Baltz, Scott R. Miller, and Kendra L. Pospisil have been awarded the David L. Briscoe Book Scholarship for Graduate Students in Sociology.


Samuel Kortkamp, Emoni Tatum, and Khadijah Thomas, undergraduate students majoring in Sociology, have been awarded the Dr. Willie Pearson, Jr., Academic Excellence in Sociology Scholarship for 2020-21.

This award is funded by a generous gift from Dr. Willie Pearson, Jr., to promote academic excellence in the field of sociology and to benefit students pursuing studies in sociology. Dr. Pearson earned his Ph.D. at SIUC in 1981 and in 1993 was awarded the College of Liberal Arts' Alumni Achievement Award. He is a professor of sociology and former chair in the School of History, Technology and Society at Georgia Institute of Technology. He specializes in the sociology of science and sociology of the family and is the author or co-editor of eight books and monographs and numerous articles and chapters.


Clay Michale Awsumb was awarded the annual J. Mark Wehrle Dissertation Scholarship in Sociology in Fall 2020.

Dr. J. Mark Wehrle is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Central Missouri. He earned his B.S. (1971) and M.A. (1972) from UCM and PhD in Sociology at SIUC in 1982. He joined the UCM faculty in 1972 and served as chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Work from 1982 to 2002, retiring as professor of sociology in 2003.

The scholarship is to be used to annually support dissertation research related to social and/or economic injustice. Wehrle, a life member of the SIU Alumni Association, said that he benefited from relationships with former classmates and faculty members and that he encourages others to extend a helping hand to deserving students as others may have done for them.


Trisha Crawshaw was chosen to receive two awards for Fall 2019, for her dissertation work on Carbondale Girls Rock camp. She was honored at the Celebrate Women event on March 21.

The Marlene Rotbart Matten Academic Excellence in Health Research Award is in memory of Marlene Rotbart Matten, a nurse at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale who, while working full-time and raising a family of four children, earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees at SIUC. After receiving her degrees, she became Director of Education and Planning at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Her research on tissue and organ transplantation had an impact far beyond the local region. As a mother, teacher, and nurse, she continued to be a wonderful role model for women. This award is given to support future or ongoing research.

The Elizabeth Eames Women's Studies Graduate Scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated interest in and participation in issues pertaining to women and shows promise of a Master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation as a significant contribution to women’s issues. Elizabeth Ramsden Eames retired as professor emeritus after having taught philosophy at SIUC from 1963 to 1990. In addition to her academic career, Elizabeth played a pivotal role in the transformation of Affirmative Action programs and discrimination policies at SIUC.

Crawshaw’s article about Girls Rock camp was published in Contexts, a quarterly magazine of the American Sociological Association that makes cutting-edge social research accessible to general readers.

Trisha Crawshaw has been recognized for her award-winning dissertation research, but she also excels in the classroom. The College of Liberal Arts named Trisha its Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in 2018.


phelan.jpgKorey Phelan was awarded the Dissertation Research Assistantship for 2018-19. This academic award is given to students who are in the dissertation preparation stage of their graduate education. She expects to defend her dissertation in May 2019.