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Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors

 

Congratulations to all of our award winners this year. You deserve this special recognition due to your diligent efforts and the outstanding work that you have produced. Our students in the School of Social Science and Global Studies make the faculty and staff extremely proud, and we are honored to get to work with such wonderful students in our classes and in our student organizations!

  

Anthropology Applied Economics Sociology

Legal Studies Political Science World Languages

 

 

Anthropology

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Best Paper by a 1st Year Student in Anthropology 101

The award is for the 1st year student who submits the best paper in Anthropology 101 over the previous calendar year.

 

 

Joseph Massey

▪️ Legal Studies (Paralegal)

Joseph Massey won the award for his essay by applying anthropological concepts learned in the class to an article about monumentalism found in an ancient society that does not exhibit other signs of social hierarchy. Massey analyzed the presence of large public works, which archaeologists have considered a key index of stratified society, among ancient pastoralists when all the other archaeological evidence indicates they were egalitarian. His insightful essay calls into question the modern belief that centralized authority is necessary for a society to organize monumental collective endeavors. The title of Joseph's award-winning essay is "From Nothing: The Significance of Unprecedented Monumentalism among Pastoralists in Ancient Kenya "

 

 

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Best Paper by a Graduate Student in Anthropology

This award goes to the anthropology graduate student with the best paper from the prior calendar year.

 

Clelie Cottle Peacock

▪️ Anthropology MA

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Clelie Cottle Peacock's paper is titled, “The End of the Final Rite: Death, Liminality, Pollution, and the Finality of Grave Markers.” In this unconventional text, Cottle Peacock applies theories from symbolic anthropology, in particular the concepts of liminality and pollution, to the analysis of grave markers as a central element in many societies’ funerary rituals. Cottle Peacock rightly notes that despite the sizeable scholarship on grave symbols, much less has been written on the symbolic significance of the marker itself, and in one powerful passage asks whether the absent marker—the missing gravestone—might signify a type of perpetual liminality. However, as the paper concludes Cottle Peacock’s prose turns towards the autoethnographic, incorporating her own experiences with loss and departed, yet unknown, ancestors in a manner that is evocative, engaging, and at times, painful to read. Memorable from start to finish, in an ironic twist this text breathes new life into foundational anthropological perspectives on pollution, death, and liminality in material culture 

 

 

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Undergraduate Anthropology Paper of the Year

This award is for the best paper by an anthropology major in the previous calendar year.

 

Bianca Scheung Zancanela

▪️ Anthropology
▪️ Minor in Forensic Sciences

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Her paper is titled “Health in Artificially Modified Skulls: An Analysis of the Colonial Tipu Population.” Scheung Zancanela analyzed three common bioarcheological indicators of disease and nutrition in individuals exhibiting cranial modification common to the precontact period with individuals believed to be postcontact to begin to assess the impact of Spanish colonialism on health. She found that overall health was comparable between the two groups, with slightly better health in the pre-contact period for two markers but not the third. Her award-winning paper was entitled "Health in Artificially Modified Skulls: An Analysis of the Colonial Tipu Population".

 


 

 

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Shan M. M. Winn Award for Outstanding Student in Anthropology

This award goes to the top graduating anthropology major of the year, based on the following criteria: overall GPA, total credits attempted, and performance in the major. It is named for Shan Winn, who taught anthropology at USM 1975-1995. The consummate anthropologist, Shan conducted research in both archaeology and cultural anthropology all over the world. At USM, he was known for his engaging teaching both in the classroom and on study abroad to places ranging from Mexico to Kurdistan.

 

Bianca Scheung Zancanela

▪️ Anthropology
▪️ Minor in Forensic Sciences

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During her time at USM, Bianca Scheung Zancanela carried a 4.0 GPA in challenging coursework and also completed an honors thesis that involved a comprehensive bioarchaeological evaluation of a prehistoric population. Scheung Zancanela also completed two internships, one with the Forrest County Coroner’s Office and another in the bioarchaeology lab on campus where she also served as a TA for Forensic Anthropology. In addition, she was involved with outside activities, including participating in excavations at historic cemeteries, helping with forensic searches, and assisting with CSI: Southern Miss at local elementary schools. Scheung Zancanela will begin graduate school next fall working at University College London in the MSc in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology program.

 

 

Applied Economics

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Atly Graham Economics Scholarship

This scholarship goes to the Economics major with the Highest GPA with the most number of hours.

 

Landon McFarland

▪️ Applied Economics 

Landon McFlarland is an honors student and president of Economics Club. He is a double major with Marketing and he minors in Mathematics.



 

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The Mark Klinedinst Distinguished Graduate Award

The purpose of this fund is to award a scholarship to a student majoring in Economics. This scholarship is awarded to a rising senior in Economics who shows great potential.

 

 

Shailee Manandhar

▪️ Applied Economics


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Shailee Manandhar is a double major with Mathematics and an honors student. She will join the Rutgers University next fall to pursue PhD in Economics.

 


Sociology

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Sociological Imagination Award

This award is given to the most outstanding paper written in the program's Introduction to Sociology course (SOC 101).

 

Group of Four Students

Student's in Dr. Kari Kozlowski's SOC 101 course:

▪️ Alex Westcott
▪️ Alexis Leblanc
▪️ Aza Salter
▪️ Madeline Fountain

 

 

 

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Upper-division course Sociology Student Paper Award

This competitive award is given to the best paper written by a student enrolled in an upper-division (e.g., 300/400 level) sociology course.

 

 

Sherrice Wright

▪️ Sociology

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Based on in-depth interviews and online survey results, Sherrice Wright's award winning paper--titled, "White Allyship in Black Lives Matter: Understanding the Mobilization of Allies Post-George Floyd," sought to explain the increased mobilization of collegiate white women in the Black Lives Matter movement. Findings suggest that the murder of both George Floyd and Breonna Taylor acted as significant catalysts of white female participation in this movement.

 

 

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Most Outstanding Sociology Student

This award goes to the most outstanding student within the sociology program, as judged by the sociology faculty.

 

Kensie Taylor

▪️ Honors College
▪️ Sociology (Black Studies Minor)

Kensie Taylor is hoping to join the military as a fighter pilot, but she would also like to go to graduate school for sociology. She is currently taking her regular course load of classes while teaching herself additional topics for her military career, and will soon be taking flying lessons



 

Legal Studies

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Ronald G. Marquardt Memorial Award in Legal Studies - Academics

This is awarded each year to the Legal Studies major who best exemplifies the scholarly standards of the Legal Studies Program at Southern Miss. The award is named for Dr. Ron Marquardt, a beloved professor of political science at USM from 1973 to 2003. In addition to his Ph. D in political science, Dr. Marquardt was also a practicing attorney. He founded the Legal Studies Program in the 1970's and guided it until his retirement. Dr. Marquardt is remembered by hundreds of former students as an unselfish mentor who prepared them for the rigors of the legal profession.

 

Abigail St. John

▪️ Legal Studies (Pre-Law)

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With roots in Louisiana and Texas, St. John has compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average as she completes her junior year at Southern Miss. Enrolled in the Honors College, she is already working on her senior honors thesis that will offer a comparative study of how different states handle cases of wrongful conviction. St. John's exemplary performance in demanding courses like Legal Research and Intellectual Property Law is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Ron Marquardt. After graduating next year, she plans to attend law school and embark on a practice in family law or criminal defense.

 

 

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Ronald G. Marquardt Memorial Award in Legal Studies: Gulf Coast Campus

The Ronald G. Marquardt Award in Legal Studies Service is awarded to a student in the Legal Studies Program who has provided extraordinary service in promoting the program and coordinating enrichment opportunities for fellow students. The award is named after the late Dr. Ron Marquardt, a beloved, long-time professor at Southern Miss who founded the Legal Studies Program in the 1970's. A lawyer himself (in addition to his distinguished academic career as a political scientist), Ron was an invaluable mentor to hundreds of future lawyers and paralegals during his three decades of service to the University.

 

Faith Peterson

▪️ Legal Studies (Paralegal)


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A lifelong resident of Gulfport, Faith Peterson has compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average as she approaches graduation this December. Throughout her time as a Legal Studies student, she has also worked in a variety of capacities in the legal field in order to observe the practical application of her studies. Previously she worked at a probation office and for a city prosecutor. She is now serving an internship with United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Upon graduation later this year, Peterson hopes to continue working as a paralegal in the federal government in a capacity that will positively impact the community.

 

 

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The Ronald G. Marquardt Award in Legal Studies for Service

Awarded each year to an upperclassman in the Legal Studies major who has demonstrated high academic achievement in the major and who has provided exemplary support to Legal Studies students and faculty through acts of service. The award is named for Dr. Ron Marquardt, a beloved professor of political science at USM from 1973 to 2003. Dr. Marquardt, a practicing attorney while serving on the faculty, founded the Legal Studies Program in the 1970's and guided it until his retirement. He is remembered by hundreds of former students as an unselfish mentor who prepared them for the rigors of the legal profession.

 

Maggie E. Smith

▪️ Legal Studies (Pre-Law)

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A native of Richton, Maggie Smith has earned perfect grades in all of her Legal Studies courses, and has also taken the time to assist the faculty with important events like our annual Pre-Law Week of activities. A graduate of Jones County Junior College, she is currently completing an internship with a noted trial lawyer. After completing her studies at Southern Miss this year, Smith plans to attend law school. The Legal Studies faculty will be excited to watch as she will undoubtedly make her mark in the legal profession.

 

  

Political Science

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Outstanding Gulf Park Political Science Undergraduate Student of the Year 

Awarded to Outstanding Gulf Park Political Science Undergraduate Student of the Year annually.

 

Christopher Baldwin

▪️ Political Science

Christopher Baldwin has performed exceptionally well in all of his coursework throughout his time in the Gulf Park Political Science Program, earning a perfect 4.0 GPA to date

 

 

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Allan McBride Political Science Methods award

This award is given annually to the student who demonstrates the best aptitude and performance in the field of Political Science methodology.

 

Jessica Reese

▪️ Political Science

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Jessica Reese is a Political Science major with a minor in Campaigns and Elections & Currently a junior at Southern Miss. If she’s not in the Liberal Arts Building for classes, you can find her working in the Payne Center or representing the National Society of Leadership and Success or the Omicron Kappa National Leadership. Reese was a standout student for Dr. Iliev and made the decision an easy one!

 

 

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Joseph B. Parker American Politics Award

The award is named after Dr. Joseph B. Parker, a former professor in the Political Science Department. It goes to a student nominated by the faculty for superior performance in American politics courses during the academic year.

 

 

Sherrice Wright

▪️ Sociology

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Sherrice Wright is from Olive Branch, MS. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree majoring in Political Science and Public Relations. She currently serves as the National Pan-Hellenic Council president, a Southern Style orientation leader, and chaplain for the Mu Nu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a Presidential Scholar in the Honors College where she plans to conduct her thesis research with Dr. Marek Steedman. In her free time, she enjoys cooking meals with friends and traveling to new places. Wright is an outstanding student in all aspects of political science, but her outstanding Capstone paper (along with her many other accolades) warranted selection for this prestigious award.

 

 

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William H. Hatcher Award in Political Theory

The award is named after Dr. William H. Hatcher, a former professor and chair in the Political Science Department. It goes to a student nominated by the faculty for superior performance in Political Theory courses during the academic year.

 

Spencer Castilla

▪️ Political Science

Spencer Castilla is a senior in Political Science with minors in English and Spanish who plans to graduate in December 2021. He has excelled in course work in all areas. He has also participated in the British Studies program and has been active on campus in initiatives for SGA.

 

 

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Evelyn Gandy Political Science Scholarship

This award goes to an outstanding junior or senior in political science who is planning on going on to study law. . The scholarship is named for Evelyn Gandy, the first woman to hold several statewide offices, including state treasurer and lieutenant governor.  Evelyn Gandy was born in Hattiesburg, graduated from Hattiesburg High School, and attended USM. In 1943 she graduated from the University of Mississippi Law School, where she was the first woman president of the student body. In 1947 Forrest County voters elected Gandy to represent them in the State House of Representatives, thus launching a political career that spanned almost four decades. In addition to serving in the House until 1952, she held the posts of assistant attorney general (1959), state commissioner (1972–76), and lieutenant governor (1976–80).

 

Jessika Harkins

▪️ Political Science 

Jessika Harkins is well-deserving of this honor. She is a favorite of instructors and an excellent (4.0) student across all of her political science classes.

 

 

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Award for the Outstanding Student in Public Law

The award goes to a student nominated by the faculty for superior performance in Public Law courses during the academic year.



Hannah Arnold

▪️ History/Political Science

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Hannah Arnold is a History and Political Science double major with a minor in Sociology. She is an Honors College Presidential Scholar and Luckyday Scholar. On campus, she is also involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life, Eagle Connection, Honors College Leadership Council, and Cru Campus Ministry. Additionally, she works as a Campus Tour Guide in the Office of Admissions. Following graduation, Arnold plans to either attend law school to pursue a career as a civil rights attorney or graduate school to pursue a career in higher education. Currently sitting at a 4.0, Arnold is a bright student in her law classes (and all others) with attention to detail when trying to grasp, track, and analyze legal reasoning. Proud to recommend her for this award.

 

 

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James H. Wolfe Comparative Politics Award

The award is named after Dr. James H. Wolfe, a former professor in the Political Science Department. It goes to a student nominated by the faculty for superior performance in Comparative and International politics courses during the academic year.

 

 

Mya Haywood

▪️ Political Science

Mya Haywood stood out in in Dr. Press’ Women and Human Rights course. Though only a sophomore, Haywood juggles work and academics admirably and has a bright future ahead of her!

 

 

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Outstanding  Political Science Graduate Student: Gulf Park

Award goes to the top Gulf Park Political Science Master’s Student Annually.

 

Kaytlin Dorris

▪️ Political Science

Kaytlin Dorris has done an outstanding job in all of her coursework in the Master of Political Science Program on the Gulf Park Campus. She has compiled a collective 3.9 GPA in completing the requirements for her Major in Public Law and Minors in American Politics and International Relations. Her Capstone focuses on the nexus between Democratic Socialism and gender.

 

 

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Political Science Graduate Student of the Year

The award goes to the graduate student on the Hattiesburg campus with the highest overall GPA in course in the program.

 

Amanda Yates

▪️ Political Science Master's

Amanda Yates

Amanda Yates has been a "rock" for us as a teacher in our PS 101, a representative on grad student council, and a mentor to other graduate students. Yates excels in her course work and has a bright future ahead of her. we are very proud of all that she does for us!

 

 

 

World Languages

 

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Outstanding Student in French

This award recognizes students who have exhibited excellence in French classes, dedication to the Association Française, and a love of the French language and culture.

 

Richard Coup

▪️ World Languages

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After having worked in France, Richard Coup enrolled in French classes at USM first as a non-degree-seeking student and then as a French major. He has always been an excellent student in our classes, sharing his connections and experiences from his time abroad. Coup’s enthusiasm for French, strong work ethic, and lightheartedness have made him stand out in the French program. Félicitations, Coup!

 

 

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Outstanding Student in Spanish

This award goes to a student enrolled in the Spanish program who has been able to develop (and has demonstrated to have) qualities, behaviors and skills that make them a good example of a successful Southern MS student. Similarly, the student needs to have an excellent academic performance.

 

Justin Davis

▪️ Spanish

Justin Davis has been an exceptional student in all upper-level SPA classes: highly prepared, mature, and keenly analytical. He earned a proficiency score of Advanced-Mid on the ACTFL OPI test, which is very rare for an undergraduate student. He has also worked (and done a great job) as a Spanish tutor, helping undergraduate students who are taking Spanish classes at USM.

 

 

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Outstanding Student in the Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages (MATL)

 

Sara Arrutia

▪️ Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages

Sara Garcia

Sara Arrutia is completing the MATL with dual emphases in Spanish and TESOL and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. She has been a stellar teacher of Spanish 101 and 102.

 

 

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The Hugie Lee Foote, Jr. Scholarship

 

Leketa Virgin

▪️ International Business

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Leketa Virgin is majoring in International Business with a minor on Spanish. She enjoys learning about different cultures and learning new languages. Virgin aspires to travel around the world to learn more about the diversity that surrounds us and hopes to inspire her younger siblings to go after their dreams and ALWAYS believe in themselves. 

 

 

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The Hugie Lee Foote, Jr. Scholarship

 

Mallory Parker

▪️ International Business

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Mallory Parker is obtaining a degree in International Business with minors in Spanish, Marketing, and Management. She aspires to travel around the world to learn more about culture and to become knowledgeable in the diversity that surrounds us. One day she would like to teach others about the importance of learning the differences in culture and how diversity makes the world beautiful. 

 

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The Sarah Stevenson Johnson Scholarship

The Sarah Stevenson Johnson Endowment benefits students in the area of World Languages.

Reagan Todd 

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The Sarah Stevenson Johnson Scholarship

The Sarah Stevenson Johnson Endowment benefits students in the area of World Languages.

 

Kirsten Piper