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Sociology Award Recipients

Loyola University Honors

The sociology department annually gives the Sociology Achievement Award to the top performing junior, sophomore, and first year majors or minors from the prior academic year. The department also awards the Sociology Medal to one graduating senior each year. View the complete list of sociology award recipients.

Phi Beta Kappa

2018 Phi Beta Kappa recipients Meghan Cooper, Arlee Trembly and Sarah Pollock pictured in their honor cords.Five students at the College of William and Mary founded Phi Beta Kappa in 1776, during the American Revolution.  Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large. Only about 10 percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these distinguished institutions are selected for Phi Beta Kappa membership.

The ideal Phi Beta Kappan has demonstrated intellectual integrity, tolerance for other views, and a broad range of academic interests. Each year, about one college senior in a hundred, nationwide, is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. Eligibility for election to membership in course is contingent upon fulfillment of a number of minimum requirements and selection by the Loyola Phi Beta Kappa Committee.

Contact Elizabeth Kennedy,, for more information about Phi Beta Kappa.

Barbara Vann and Ivana Valenzuela, 2013 Phi Beta Kappa recipient.

Recent sociology recipients include:

  • Class of 2018 - Grace M. Hymel & Anna S. Marchio
  • Class of 2017 - Sarah C. Leder
  • Class of 2015 - Da'Shante M. Smith
  • Class of 2013 - Diandra Fortune, Ivana Valenzuela (pictured with Dr. Vann on right)
  • Class of 2012 - Mariel C. Pereda
  • Class of 2011 - Bianca M. Vazquez
  • Class of 2008 - Arlee A. Trembley, Meghan C. Cooper, & Sarah H. Pollock (pictured above left)
  • Class of 2003 - Alison M. Cleary
  • Class of 2002 - Danielle L. Deckard
  • Class of 2000 - Beth A. Barnyock

State Awards 

Justin White Receiving the MHE AwardThe Maryland Higher Education Commission 2009 Regina Lightfoot Student Service Award was received by Justin White, '09, who was honored for his outstanding commitment and work with Loyola’s Center for Community, Service, and Justice (CCSJ).

White was selected for the statewide honor by the Maryland Higher Education Commission Student Advisory Council (SAC), which comprises student volunteer representatives from all Maryland colleges and universities.

During his time at Loyola, White participated in many community service programs, beginning with Student Orientation to Service (SOS) during his freshman year. Later, he recruited 40 students to tutor four afternoons a week at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in East Baltimore. He also designed a tutor orientation, set up training sessions, arranged transportation, and offered ongoing tutor support. In addition, he volunteered in food programs and transitional housing for people in Baltimore who are homeless.