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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. Our award winners embody not only scholastic excellence, as exemplified in their many achievements in the classroom, but also the very best of what it means to be a Southern Miss Golden Eagle!

  

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.

 

Abigail Jordon

▪️English

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After watching a documentary, without subtitles, in Natsilingmiutut about the Netsilik Inuit, Jordon analyzed gender and family relations as evidenced in a fishing trip. She then connected what she observed to what she learned about the culture from a secondary source by an anthropologist. Empathetic and nuanced, Jordon’s winning paper was called “The Netsilik World of Fishing”. 

 

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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.

 

Daniella Kawa

▪️Anthropology MA

▪️History MA

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Kawa's winning paper was called “Structural Inequality, Race, and Health”. The essay examines how race and structural inequality intersect to shape health outcomes for African Americans. Drawing on evidence from multiple disciplines (including biological anthropology, ethnology, sociology, and the study of medicine), Kawa shows that that inequity, discrimination, and lack of access account for many common health disparities. Her paper argues that racial essentialism seeking genetic explanations for health disparities over careful attention to social realities is deleterious to the provision of health care to African Americans and other marginalized minorities. As such, the paper exemplifies the use of an anthropological perspective to address issues of social importance

 

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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.

 

Argus Burton

▪️Anthropology

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The prehistory of the Pine Hills area of southeastern Mississippi remains a largely unexplored aspect of our state's past. In his paper entitled “Woodland Adaptations, Site Variance, and Lithic Technological Organization Within the Mississippi Pine Hills,” Burton sought to address this gap in our knowledge. Through the application of several different archaeological models, particularly with regards to the organization of technology, he contributes an important consideration of the social and political organization of the indigenous Woodland period populations who called the Gulf Coastal Plain home.

 

 

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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.

 

Erin Ingram

▪️Anthropology

▪️French

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Ingram double majored in anthropology and French while minoring in dance and is graduating with honors. Despite coming to anthropology late in her college career, she has excelled in it. Always open to new ideas, even when they call into question her previous understandings, the faculty have been impressed by Ingram’s intellectual curiosity and honesty. She has wide-ranging interests and is creative in finding ways to bring them together. Her thesis, entitled “An External Expression of the Inner Spirit: Dance, Religion, and Taboos in Christianity,” explores Christian views of dance in worship and how they have changed over time.

 

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Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honorary Society

Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society, founded in 1968, supports scholarship and research by acknowledging and honoring superior achievement in the discipline among students engaged in the study of anthropology. Those undergraduates inducted have earned GPAs of at least 2.75, and graduate students at least 3.25, on twelve credit hours in the discipline. The Beta of Mississippi chapter was established in 1991 and has over 325 lifetime members.

 

Inductees 

▪️Anna-Marie Burns

▪️Noah Cummings

▪️Morgan DeRoche

▪️Jonathon Geiger

▪️Rachael Goodman

▪️Amy Hair

▪️Erin Ingram

▪️Huston Kittrell

▪️Sean McCraw

▪️Eli McGraw

▪️Esmeralda Paniagua

▪️Monica Reno

▪️Philip Smith

▪️Shannon Smith

▪️Maureen Tierney

▪️Bianca Scheung Zancanela

 

 

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.

 

Shailee Manandhar

▪️Economics (Mathematics)

▪️BA, Mathematics, BS

Shailee Manandhar

Manandhar is a junior economics (mathematics) major who is double majoring in math, originally from Kathmandu, Nepal. She has recently been accepted into a research experience at Dartmouth University for Summer 2020 to study Inverse problems, Computational methods and the Environment. As an honors college student, Manandhar will be writing an honors thesis studying the effects of Graduate School reputation and productivity on salary for economics professors in the US.

 

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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.      

Matthew Yang

▪️Economics (Social Science) BA

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Yang is a 2017 graduate of Petal High School and is pursuing a double major in Economics and International Business. Matthew has excelled in all of his principles and higher level economics classes, especially Income Theory and Econometrics. Yang plans to turn his interest in economics and international business into a career immediately by working in consulting on global markets or going on to graduate school to be able to work on these topics at a higher intellectual level.

 

 

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).

 

Matt Snellgrove

▪️Theater (General Theater) BA

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Snellgrove’s award winning paper, titled "Role-Play: A Queer view of the Dramaturgical Theory,” was written in Dr. Dana Fennell's Introduction to Sociology course. This personal, insightful and exceptionally well-written paper drew on Erving Goffman’s dramaturgical theory to critically examine the psychological and social tensions experienced when socially pressured into adopting conflicting social identities and performing contradictory social roles in a rural Mississippi community.   

 

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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.

 

Pamela McCraw

▪️Sociology

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Based on hours of field work in the local Hattiesburg community, McCraw’s award-winning research paper was written in Dr. Matthew Ward’s sociological theory/capstone course (SOC 482). McCraw’s work employed theoretical insights from a classical sociological figure—Max Weber—to critically examine the contemporary social organization of American society. McCraw’s work empirically challenged Weber’s assertion that Western societies had long-ago transformed into iron cages of bureaucracy. She argued that while aspects of rationalization were present in our local community, there also existed a modern movement away from these principles, a quest to construct a social world predicated on humanity and authenticity as well.

 

 

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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.

 

Trey Magee

▪️Sociology

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Based on hours of field work in the local Hattiesburg community, Magee’s award-winning research paper was written in Dr. Matthew Ward’s sociological theory/capstone course (SOC 482). Magee’s paper drew on theoretical insights gleaned from an important classical sociological thinker—Max Weber—to investigate contemporary transformations in American society. Magee’s work empirically confirmed at the local level what Weber long-ago lamented about the modernization of the Western world—that is, while we were creating a more productive society, we were also, at the same time, constructing a less enchanted, more rationalized world organized excessively around mundane principles of efficiency, calculability, and predictability.

 

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Sociology Student of the Year

This award goes to our most outstanding undergraduate student in the sociology program, as judged by the program’s faculty.

 

Mario Marset Ehrle

▪️Honors College

▪️Sociology (Black Studies Minor)

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Ehrle is a member of the Honors College at USM, as well as the international honors society for sociology, AKD. He recently received a Donald Drapeau Summer Research grant to fund his thesis project over the summer, which focuses on the local social determinants of restrictive immigration measures across the United States. Ehrle is heavily involved in numerous research projects collaborations with sociology faculty, and has attended national and regional sociology conferences. He also works with the international student and scholar services at USM. Ehrle plans to pursue a graduate degree in sociology.

 

Legal Studies

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Ronald G. Marquardt Memorial Award in Legal Studies - Academics

The Ronald G. Marquardt Award in Legal Studies Academics is awarded to an upperclassman in the Legal Studies Program who has excelled academically as a Legal Studies major. 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.

 

Heather Stanley

▪️Legal Studies (Paralegal)

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Stanley has earned perfect marks in her classwork at USM as she has pursued her major in Legal Studies, along with a minor in psychology. She has engaged in a successful internship at a local law firm while simultaneously navigating a full and rigorous slate of classes each semester. A native of Hattiesburg, Stanley is scheduled to graduate in December 2020 and plans to work as a paralegal in the private sector before beginning graduate school.

 

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Ronald G. Marquardt Memorial Award in Legal Studies - Service

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.

Amber Little

▪️Legal Studies (Pre-Law)

A native of Dauphin Island Parkway, Alabama, Little has been a leader among her student peers in the Legal Studies Program for the past three years. She has been an officer for the USM Pre-Law Student Society (the Legal Eagles), and in that capacity she has coordinated several extra-curricular activities that were designed to help prepare our students for law school. Little minored in political science and spent a semester studying in Spain.  She plans to enroll in law school this fall.

 

  

Political Science

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Outstanding Gulf Park Political Science Undergraduate Student of the Year for 2019-2020

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

 

Blair Ewing

▪️Political Science

Blari Ewing

Ewing did an exceptional job throughout her career as a student in the Gulf Park Political Science Program and graduated at the top of her class in December 2019. She distinguished herself consistently in her coursework in Public Law, American Government and Comparative Politics, performing extraordinarily well in terms of her analytical, writing and oral presentation skills. Her primary emphasis was in Public Law and she will attend the University of Mississippi Law School on a scholarship beginning this fall.

 

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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.

 

Sarah King

▪️Political Science

Sarah King

King is a Political Science and Spanish double minor, with a major in History (Social Studies Licensure). She will join the Political Science Master's Program in the fall!

 

 

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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.

 

Emily Pavolini

▪️Political Science

Emily Pavolini

Pavolini is a Political Science and Spanish double major. She has also revitalized our chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (the national honors society for political science) as President this year, in terms of events and membership!

 

 

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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. This award is named in honor of Evelyn Gandy, a USM alumna and native of Hattiesburg, who become the first woman elected to statewide office in Mississippi.

 

 

Allie Estorge

▪️Political Science (Pre-Law), BA

▪️Communication Studies, BA

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Estorge is on the spring and fall 2019 President's list is actively involved in the Luckyday program and the Student Government Association. After she finishes her degree, Estorge plans on moving to Washington DC to pursue a joint master's degree in Public Policy and JD in Law, while working on Capitol Hill. This summer she is interning at the US Department of Commerce in DC (though the work is currently being done remotely).

 

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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.

Ryan Johnson

▪️Political Science

Johnson is a Political Science (pre-law) major with a minor in philosophy

 

 

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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.

 

Hannah Arnold

▪️Political Science

Hannah Arnold

Arnold is a first year Political Science and History double major, and a student in the Honors College.

 

 

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Outstanding Gulf Park Political Science Graduate Student for 2019-2020

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

 

Jordan Roberts

▪️Political Science

Jordan Roberts

Roberts has done an exceptional job as a student in the Gulf Park PS Master’s Program over the past two years and will graduate near the top of his class in August 2020. He has distinguished himself in his studies in American Government, Comparative Politics and Public Law in terms of his analytical, writing and oral presentation skills and performed extraordinarily well in both research and teaching capacities as a graduate assistant over the past year. Further, he has been an exceptional leader of the Gulf Coast Student Government Association and already served as an intern and part-time assistant for the City of Waveland and plans to expand his local, state and/or federal government work in the future.

 

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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.

 

Nathan Barron

▪️Political Science Master's

Nathan Barron

Barron is a former Political Science undergraduate student now completing his Master's thesis in Political Science, which he will defend in the summer. He has been accepted to and plans to attend a PhD program at the University of Oklahoma in the fall!

 

 

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Pi Sigma Alpha 

New members of the Chi Delta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha must meet the following criteria: a) Junior standing or above;
b) at least 10 hours in Political Science coursework, including at least one 300 or 
400-level course;
 c) a 3.5 GPA or higher in those courses;
 d. an overall 3.5 GPA or higher.

 

New Members

▪️Valeri Bokun

▪️Autumn Rogers

▪️Bobbi Taylor

▪️Brittany Snyder

▪️Jourdan Green

 

 

World Languages

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Outstanding German student

Annual award given to the outstanding student in German.

Anna-Marie Burns

▪️German

Burns has always excelled in her work in German, and served very ably as the tutor for the program for two semesters. She has always demonstrated a natural ability and great interest in the subject, and exhibits a deep understanding of the language in her creative rendering of literary texts.

 

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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.

 

Erin Ingram

▪️French and Anthropology (double major)

▪️Dance Minor

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The French Faculty have selected Erin Ingram as the "Outstanding Student in French" for 2020. Ingram will be graduating with Honors in May with a double major in French and Anthropology and a minor in Dance. She studied abroad in 2019 with the French in France program and has since served as an officer in the French Club. Her enthusiasm for French, strong work ethic, and sense of humor made her stand out in her French classes. Félicitations, Ingram!