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Baylee Hudgens has been awarded the 2018-19 Louis and Monica Petroff Memorial Scholarship. She is a senior in Sociology with a 4.0 GPA.

Dr. Louis Petroff was born in Bulgaria in 1897 and came to the US in 1914. He earned his M.A. (1929) and PhD (1934) in sociology from the University of Southern California. Monica (Mikalauskas) had earned her M.A. in English from the University of Chicago and taught high school English in West Frankfort, where she lived with her Lithuanian immigrant parents. Dr. Petroff and Monica, who had also attended USC, married in 1939. Dr. Petroff came to SIUC as professor of sociology and economics and taught here from 1940 to 1975. The SIU Special Collections Research Center at Morris Library holds a collection of his writing on microfilm.

This award is alternately rotated annually between Sociology and English students, in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Petroff. Their only child, Loumona June Petroff, is an alumnus of SIUC.


Elena Cruz, Tatiana Green, Randall Grider, and Megan Hurd, undergraduate students majoring in Sociology, have been awarded the Dr. Willie Pearson, Jr., Academic Excellence in Sociology Scholarship for 2018-19.

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.


Debaleena GhoshDebaleena Ghosh was awarded the first annual J. Mark Wehrle Dissertation Scholarship in Sociology in Fall 2018.

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. Ms. Ghosh’s dissertation topic is “Experiences of Immigrant Faculty in the American Academy: Gender, Race and National Origin in the Workplace”; she plans to defend her dissertation in Summer 2019.

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.


Congratulations to our 2018-19 Fellowship award winners:

  • Daniel Baltz - Master's Fellowship
  • Austin Boe - Master's Fellowship
  • Ricky Braatz - Graduate Dean's Fellowship


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.