Graduate Student Achievements & Awards

The Department of Sociology is very proud of the achievements of our graduate students. Below you can find a list of recent national and international awards granted to our students, as well as University of Minnesota graduate student awards. Our graduate students also receive additional fellowships from the summer Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) and the American Mosaic Project (AMP).

National & International Awards

2021

Sarah Garcia: American Sociological Association Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (ASA DDRIG)
Jillian LaBranche: American Sociological Association Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (ASA DDRIG) and Fulbright Foreign Scholarship to Sierra Leone
Christopher Levesque: American Sociological Association Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (ASA DDRIG)
Devika Narayan: Kauffman Foundation Award for Best Student Paper in Economic Sociology and Entrepreneurship
Chris Robertson: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Research Scholar
Mi'Chael Wright: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Research Scholar

2020

Anna Bokun: Eliason Award, Arizona Methods Workshop, University of Arizona
Morgan Brokob Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
Christine Delp: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF)
Devika Narayan: Caroline Rose Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Sociologists of Minnesota
Amber Joy Powell: American Sociological Association American Bar Foundation Fellowship 
Caty Taborda-Whitt: American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship

2019

Amy August: MSS Student Paper Competition, 3rd place.
Anna Bokun: Knights of Dabrowski Scholarship
Kriti Budhiraja: Junior Research Fellowship, American Institute for Indian Studies (AIIS)
Brooke Chambers: Fulbright Research Award
Jacqui Frost: Winner, Sociology of Culture Section's Richard A. Peterson for Best Student Paper.
Amber Hamilton: Institute of Advanced Study Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Interdisciplinary Dissertation Development Program Participant
Yagmur Karakaya: Honorable Mention, Sociology of Culture Section's Richard A. Peterson for Best Student Paper.
Aras Koksal: Institute of Advanced Study Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Interdisciplinary Dissertation Development Program Participant
Snigdha Kumar: Institute of Advanced Study Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Interdisciplinary Dissertation Development Program Participant
Devika Narayan: Best Graduate Student Paper, Section: Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology - American Sociological Association (ASA)
Nir Rotem: Edmond de Rothschild Foundation Research Grant
Stephen Wulff: University of Chicago Ethnography Incubator Fellowship

2018

Anna Bokun: Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship
Kriti Budhiraja: Institute of Advanced Study Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Interdisciplinary Dissertation Development Program Participant
Edgar Campos: California State University Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)
Brooke Chambers: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention
Amber Hamilton: Research Internship, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
Veronica Horowitz: Feminist Criminology Scholarship
Miray Philips: Global Religion Research Initiative Grant (GGRI)
Stephen Wulff: Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Law and Social Inquiry Journal of the American Bar Foundation.

2017

Rahsaan Mahadeo: American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship
j. Siguru Wahutu: Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society (Harvard University) Fellow

 

U of M Awards to Graduate Students

2021

Kriti Budhiraja: Errett W. McDiarmid Graduate Fellowship
Caity Curry: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)
Amber Hamilton: Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)
Aimzhan Iztayeva: College of Liberal Arts Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship 
Snigdha Kumar: Human in the Data MnDRIVE Fellowship Program
Chris Levesque: College of Liberal Arts Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship 
Miray Philips: College of Liberal Arts Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship & Community of Scholars Program Research Grant
Victoria Piehowski: Mark and Judy Yudof Fellowship 
Brieanna Watters: Human in the Data MnDRIVE Fellowship Program
 

2020

Caitlin Curry: Graduate Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award
Sarah Garcia: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)
Erik Kojola: Honorable Mention, Best Dissertation, University wide competition
Aras Koksal: Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship – Center for German & European Studies
Jillian LaBranche: Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Chris Levesque: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)
Devika Narayan: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)
Victoria Piehowski: CLA Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (CLADDF)
Caty Taborda-Whitt: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)

2019

Amber Hamilton: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)
Devika Narayan: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)
Miray Philips: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)
Madison Van Oort: UMN Best Dissertation Award in Social Sciences and Education
Stephen Wulff: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)

2018

Kriti Budhiraja: Stout/Wallace Fellowship
Brooke Chambers: Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Brooke Chambers: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) Summer Fellowship
Caitlin Curry: CLA Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Grant
Naomi Duke: University of Minnesota Best Dissertation Honorable Mention
Veronica Horowitz: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)
Anthony Jimenez: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)
Yagmur Karakaya: Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)
Aras Koksal: Dunn Peace Research Scholarship
Chris Levesque: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) Summer Fellowship
Rahsaan Mahadeo: Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Graduate Research Partnership Proposal
Allison Nobles: Caroline Rose Annual Paper Competition
Emily Springer: Mark & Judy Yudof Fellowship in Science Policy and Ethics
Emily Springer: Gender Policy Report Graduate Research Partnership Proposal
Stephen Wulff: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)

2017

Sarah Catherine Billups: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)
Anna Bokun: Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) Grant
Yagmur Karakaya: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)
Erik Kojola: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)
Sarah Lageson: University of Minnesota Graduate School's "Best Dissertation Award" in the Social and Behavioral Science and Education
Monica Saralampi: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
Madison Van Oort: Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)

Summer Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) Fellows & American Mosaic Project (AMP)

2021

Daniel Cueto-Villalobos (with Awa Abdi) GRPP Discourses of Dissent: Challenges and possibilities of LA’s diverse anti-Olympics campaign
Monica Jarvi (with Rachel Schurman) GRPP Low-Income Rural Food Access in Northwestern Minnesota

2020

Matthew Aguilar-Champeau (with Enid Logan)  GRPP Resisting money: how the fighting game community has succeeded, and failed, in curbing the influence of eSports
Morgan Brokob (with Kathy Hull) GRPP Queer Respectability in an Age of Polarization
Kriti Budhiraja (with Michael Goldman) GRPP Public university and the neoliberal state in India: A Study of Delhi University
Christine Delp (with Penny Edgell) GRPP Reluctance in Moral Position-taking in talking about social controversies
Aimzhan Iztayeva (with Ann Meier) GRPP Single fathers and employment discrimination: Do employers discriminate against gender or caregiving (or both)?
Jillian LaBranche (with Joachim Savelsberg) GRPP From Transitional Justice to Education about a Violent Past: Sierra Leone and Rwanda
Mahala Miller (with Teresa Swartz) GRPP Exploring Health-Related Motivations for Extracurricular Involvement
Mi'chael Wright (with Penny Edgell) GRPP You have broken us...but God is Good”: Religiosity and Spirituality in the Black Lives Matter Era

 

2019

Edgar Campos (with Doug Hartmann) Viva Mexico! The Cultural Politics behind the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games
Caity Curry (with Josh Page) GRPP The Grilled Cheese Connection: All Square Restaurant and Institute's Efforts to Counter the Curse of the Criminal Record
Gunercindo Espinoza (with Joyce Bell) GRPP The United States Supreme Court as an Intellectual White Space: Amicus Briefs' Influence on Bakke (1978)
Sarah Garcia (with Rob Warren) GRPP Trends in Disability among Working-Age Americans: The Role of Labor Force Status
Yagmur Karakaya (with Penny Edgell) GRPP Comparative Study of Political Rallies in the United States and Turkey: Nostalgia as a Force of State Mobilization
Jean Marie Maier (with Teresa Swartz) GRPP Activity Resumes: Extracurricular Activities in College Admissions
Devika Narayan (with Phyllis Moen) GRPP Self-Disruption as Strategy: An Analysis of New Business Practices in the Age of Digital Platforms
Mark Pharris (with Joe Gerteis) AMP Expressions of Solidarity in a Democratic Society
Neeraj Rajasekar (with Doug Hartmann) GRPP "Diversity" Discourse in Political New Media: A Quantitative Content Analysis
Michael Soto (with Joachim Savelsberg) GRPP The Mobile Phone Network: Changing Identities, Representations and Life Courses among Participants in a Peace Building Initiative

2018

Amber Hamilton (with Doug Hartmann) CLA GRPP Measurement, determinants and effects of colorblind racism
Mark Pharris (with Joseph Gerteis) CLA GRPP Expressions of Solidarity in a Democratic Society
Miray Philips (with Joachim Savelsberg) CLA GRPP Knowledge Production on Sectarianism by Coptic Interest Groups in the U.S.
Victoria Piehowski (with Josh Page) CLA GRPP Batterer Interventions Programming: Examining the Therapeutic Side of Penal Practice
Amber Joy Powell (with Michelle Phelps) CLA GRPP The Protected and the Policed: North Minneapolis Residents Perceptions of Police Protection and Public Safety
Nir Rotem (with Elizabeth Heger Boyle) CLA GRPP Shades of Aid: On the Relationship between Humanitarianism, Development and Human Rights
Evan Stewart (with Penny Edgell) AMP Summer Fellowship Public Religious Expression: A New Agenda for Studying Religion in Society

2017

Tanja Andic (with Teresa Gowan) CLA GRPP Anticipating the future in Serbia: discourses of migration, discontent, and the search for a “normal life”.
Stacey Brumbaugh-Johnson (with Penny Edgell) AMP Summer Fellowship The Perceived Threat of Same-Sex Marriage Among Christians.
Brooke Chambers
(with Joachim Savelsberg) CLA GRPP Commemoration and Cultural Trauma: Narratives of Reconciliation in Contemporary Rwanda.
Matt Gunther (with Penny Edgell) CLA GRPP Revisiting Cultural Schemas in Group Deliberations: an Urban-Rural Analysis.
Brit Henderson (with Phyllis Moen) CLA GRPP Older Workers and Age-friendly Cities.
Caty Taborda-Whitt (with Kathleen Hull) CLA GRPP Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis, Disability, and the Construction of Life Chances.
Aras Koksal (with Michael Goldman) CLA GRPP Spatial Dynamics of Contentious Urban Politics in Istanbul.
Snigdha Kumar (with Teresa Gowan) CLA GRPP The Invisible Wheels of the City: A study of Capital, City, and Labor in Post-Liberalization Delhi.
Neeraj Rajasekar (with Doug Hartmann) AMP Summer Fellowship "Diversity" vs "Equity" Justification for Racialized Policy.
Anuradha Sajjanhar (with Michael Goldman) CLA GRPP Financial Inclusion: The Making of a Controversial National Policy.