Awards and Honors
The Sociology Program recognizes outstanding student achievement in a number of ways, ranging from scholarships and awards to honors at graduation and membership in the national sociological honor society. A faculty committee chooses recipients of scholarships and prizes after a review of the academic records of sociology majors. Those chosen by the Committee will be informed in writing by the Department Chair.
Alpha Kappa Delta
In 1970, Lehman's Department of Sociology established a Chapter (Mu of New York State) of Alpha Kappa Delta, the national sociological honor society. To be eligible for initiation, students must have completed a minimum of 18 credits in Sociology, at least 12 of which were taken at Lehman. They must have attained a departmental average (G.P.A) of 3.3 and a College grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.3.
Scholarships and Prizes
- The Michael J. Duffy Memorial Scholarship
Newly endowed by the family, colleagues and friends of a long-time and beloved member of the sociology faculty, this scholarship will provide tuition assistance to an academically qualified upper-division sociology major. The first award was made in 2005.
- The Louise Chazin Prize
This $500 prize, named in honor of a late community leader, is awarded annually to a senior majoring in Sociology who has demonstrated an interest in gerontology. Students receiving the award usually have done research on the elderly or worked in a senior citizen center or nursing home.
- The Michael J. Duffy Memorial Prize
Dr. Duffy’s family, friends, colleagues and students created this $100 prize in 2000 as part of an on-going memorial to him. The prize is presented to an outstanding sociology major graduate and is listed in the College's graduation program.
- The Sociology Award
Created by the department faculty, this award recognizes academic excellence in Sociology as demonstrated by a student’s departmental average. It consists of a student membership in the American Sociological Association and a subscription to one of its journals. The award is made annually to a graduating senior and is listed in the College's graduation program.
- Showcased Publications
A number of our undergraduate majors have authored or co-authored articles or book chapters. Since Spring 2003 these have been displayed in a showcase immediately adjacent to Carman Hall B63.
- Department Honors at Graduation
In order to graduate with departmental honors, a major must have attained a 3.5 average in Sociology and a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) in the College. In addition, the student must have completed a SOC 400-level course in Sociology (e.g. SOC 481) with an A or A-, and received a positive recommendation from the Sociology Department. Only students who have completed 60 of their credits at Lehman are eligible to graduate with departmental honors.