3rd Annual Student Gala Recognizes Outstanding Students

April 4, 2018

The 3rd Annual Social Science Student Gala was held on Friday, March 23 in the Cowles House.  The event, hosted by the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, focused on celebrating student success within the College of Social Science. One student from each Social Science department was honored with an “Outstanding Senior” award.

The winners from each department were:

  • Anthropology: Becca Albert
  • Criminal Justice: Mattisen Stonhouse
  • Economics: Laura Boisten
  • Geography: Benjamin Dougherty
  • Global and International Studies: Aman Sheikhaden
  • History: Emily Kearns
  • Human Development and Family Studies: Jenna McNamara
  • Human Resources and Labor Relation: Haley Shoan
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: Hannah Sauter
  • Political Science: Cody Proudfoot
  • Psychology: Megan Sutherland
  • Social Work: Annie Brandicourt
  • Sociology: Alec Manaia
  • Urban and Regional Planning: Kayla Turner

The ceremony then recognized the winners of the Dean’s Choice Grant, which was an opportunity for students to win money by creating and submitting a poster explaining how they covered the costs of their experiential learning programs. The first and second prize winners were Jacob Allen and Megan McFarlane.

Alumni Aimee Argel was then recognized with the Alumni Humanitarian Award, which honored her voluntary and meritorious service, as well as her incredible fundraising talents which have benefited worthy causes on a state and national level.

The final three awards were given to peer-nominated students who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. The first of these was the Humanitarian award, which was given to Annie Brandicourt of the School of Social Work and the Social Science Scholars Program. Annie has dedicated herself throughout her undergraduate education to researching, interning, and volunteering to promote mental health and substance abuse awareness.

Next was the Leadership Award, which was given to Ebrima LK Njie, an Economics major also minoring in Entrepenuership and Leadership. As a student, Ebrima founded the LK Consortium and LK Foundation. These organizations seek to increase accessibility to education in the Gambia and hopefully throughout the entire continent of Africa.

The final award given was the Undergraduate Research Award, which was given to Carolyn Andrews, who studies Psychology and Neuroscience with a minor in Cognitive Sciences. Her research centers on the effects of hormones on behaviors and how intimate partner violence effects women and children both before and after pregnancy.

The Gala was an extremely proud moment for the College and its remarkable students.  Congratulations to all!

Find more photos of the gala here.