Outstanding Student Award

Outstanding Student Award

Each year the sociology department faculty chooses a graduating senior sociology major to receive the American Sociological Association’s Departmental Prize for Outstanding Student.  The recipient of this award is recognized for their outstanding academic achievement at the campus-wide May awards ceremony that takes place during Commencement weekend.  The student’s name is placed on the department plaque which is displayed prominently in the Sociology Department.

The following are some of the factors the department considers in selecting the awardee:

  • overall and sociology GPA
  • participation in the Honors Program
  • involvement in class
  • research fellowships or awards
  • reading or publishing papers at conferences
  • graduate/professional school plans


Class of 2016 Winner:  Nicole Capobianco


Nicole Capobianco is a double major in Sociology and Psychology. Nicole first became interested in pursuing sociology after taking a class with Dr. Robin Simon, who since has become a valued mentor. At Wake Forest University, Nicole served as a resident advisor, the vice president of Habitat for Humanity, the vice president of Ambassadors in Admissions, and was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Nicole participated in the sociology honors programs, completing her thesis, “The Relationship between Education and Subjective Well-Being: Does it differ for Men and Women?” In this research Nicole investigated the influence of educational attainment on depression and happiness in both men and women. After graduation, Nicole will be pursuing a Master’s degree in psychology at Wake Forest University.


Previous Winners

Nicole Capobianco (2016)
Dianne Uwayo (2015)
Leigh Winters (2015)
Shannon Ciprut (2014)
Erin Hellman (2014)
Danielle Ambrogio (2014, honorable mention)
Chloe Potash (2014, honorable mention)
Gurdeep Singh (2014, honorable mention)
John Brigagliano (2013)
Christina Bonner (2013, honorable mention)
Lacey McKinney (2013, honorable mention)
Molly Mitzner (2013, honorable mention)
Michael Robinson (2012)
Adrienne Alexander Coronado (2011)
Ava Petrash (2011)
Hannah E. Rothman (2010)
Leek A. Deng (2010)
Jameal Addison (2009)
Jordan Matevich (2009)
Marianne Wilson (2008)
Benny Levi Cooper (2008)
Benjamin T. Sinclair (2007)
Adam D. Abelkop (2007)
Shaughnessy O’Brien (2006)
Anjali Garg (2005)
Larisa Inga Freeburg (2004)
Meredith Anne Carroll (2003)
Tim Kennery (2002)
Jackie Shock (2001)
Carol Cooley (2001)
Amanda Pruitt (2000)
Andrea Morrison (1999)
Staci Schwartz (1998)