2021 Student Award Winners Announced

AKD (Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society) 
(with 18 CR complete, a SOC-BA or DM student must have a 3.5 GPA in Sociology and 3.3 GPA Overall) Initiates receive AKD Membership, a certificate and turquoise honor cord to be worn at graduation.
2021 Awardees: Ashleigh Brogna, Aiden Ciaffaglione, Aaron Dustin, Andrew King, Sean Murphy, Alex Rutherford, and 3rd years Mikayla Padilla, Neil Rafferty, Mei-Ella Vickers, and Aran Wollard
2020/2019 Awardees: Coraly Igiraneza, Jami Morneault, Kelly O’Dowd, Sabrina Pawtow, and Delaney Woodward

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Award:
Outstanding Senior Award: Sabrina Paetow
Sabrina Paetow was inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society. Impressed by Sabrina’s intellectual curiosity, academic accomplishments, and leadership potential, the sociology faculty nominated her for participation in the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) Honors Program. She was selected and presented a research paper at Association’s annual conference. Sabrina’s honor’s thesis is a study of political discourse related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has the potential to generate strong interest in the mainstream media.

Sociology Department Prizes:
Marcia Smargon Kornetsky Sociology Prize (Grauating Senior with highest Sociology GPA): Alexandra Rutherford
Alex tells us, “I am from Washington State and I currently live in Michigan after covid-19 put all classes online. I graduated high school with my Associate of Arts in BIology, which allowed me to transfer into UMaine as a junior in 2019. I’m a double major in psychology and sociology. Achievements from UMaine include the James S. Stevens Outstanding Junior award, the Barbara H Bodwell ’45 Honors Scholarship for Spring 2020, the John Ferdinand Steinmetz Scholarship 2020-2021, and the Dean’s List for every semester and induction into AKD in 2021. I will be pursuing my Master’s in forensic psychology at the University of Bath in England starting this fall.”

Department Outstanding Academic Achievement (Graduating Senior with Sociology GPA of 3.9 or above): Alexandra Rutherford

Department Service Excellence Award: Aiden Ciaffaglione and Sabrina Paetow

Congratulations to all award winners and graduates!