Awards

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To celebrate the accomplishments of our students, the Department of Sociology offers a number of academic awards for ongoing and graduating students and faculty. Selected awards come with monetary prizes. Please contact the Department for current application information and deadlines.

Awards for first, second, and third year students

Outstanding Sociology Award

This award recognizes high performance and service among students who major in Sociology.  Students must present high academic promise and initiative in both course related and extracurricular activities in the York University and wider communities. The award is presented to one student in each of years 1, 2, and 3. Candidates must be nominated by a Sociology faculty member. Deadline: June 15 (contact the department for current information).

Larry Lam Prize

larry lamThis award recognizes Sociology majors, in each of years 1, 2, and 3, who have been SUSA members in good standing. The recipients are expected to demonstrate an engagement with Sociology both inside and outside of the classroom. Deadline: June 15 (contact SUSA for current information).

Christopher Beattie Essay Prize

Established in the memory of Christopher Beattie, former Department Chair of Atkinson Sociology, devoted teacher, and a promising and productive scholar who died at the age of 36. It will be awarded to a LA&PS student registered in a Sociology course at the 3000 or 4000 level, for the best essay in Sociology. Excellence and originality are the chief criteria. Deadline: June 15 (contact the department for current information).

So Pui Ching Award in Sociology

The So Pui Ching Award in Sociology is given to an undergraduate student in Sociology who has earned a minimum of 30 credits and is now in second or third year. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 7.5, must demonstrate involvement in the York community, and financial need. To be considered for this award, submit the Student Financial Profile. Students with permanent disabilities can submit a paper application form available from a registered campus service provider. Applicants must select this award from the list available and outline in the personal statement section how they meet the award criteria. Contact the department for further information.

Awards for graduating students

Department of Sociology Undergraduate Student Award for Excellence

The Department of Sociology Undergraduate Award for Excellence (DSUAE) will be given to an undergraduate student majoring in Sociology in their fourth year who best demonstrates our commitment to publicly engaged sociology. This student will demonstrate academic excellence and community engagement. Candidates must be nominated by a Sociology faculty member. Students must have a minimum GPA of B+ and graduating in the Spring or Fall. Deadline: June 15 (contact the department for current information).

Blishen-Richmond Award in Sociology

This award was established in honour of Professors Emeritus Bernard Blishen and Anthony Richmond, who were distinguished sociologists. Professor Blishen was known for the Blishen Scale and named to the Order of Canada in 2011, and Professor Richmond, one of the founders of the department, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1980. Both highly esteemed sociologists, they passed away in 2017. The award is presented to the Honours Sociology graduand selected as outstanding based on academic merit. There is no application, recipients will be contacted by the Department.

Bernard Blishen

Bernard Blishen

Anthony Richmond

Anthony Richmond

Fred Elkin Sociology Merit Award

The Child and SocietyAn award for the most distinguished graduating Honours student based on the highest GPA in Sociology courses. There is no application, recipients will be contacted by the Department.

Christopher Beattie Essay Prize

Established in the memory of Christopher Beattie, former Department Chair of Atkinson Sociology, devoted teacher, and a promising and productive scholar who died at the age of 36. It will be awarded to a LA&PS student registered in a Sociology course at the 3000 or 4000 level, for the best essay in Sociology. Excellence and originality are the chief criteria. Deadline: June 15 (contact the department for current information).

Awards for faculty members and teaching assistants

John O’Neill Award for Teaching Excellence

John O’NeillThe Sociology Undergraduate Student Association (SUSA) gives this award [link to SUSA page] to teaching assistants, contract faculty members, and tenure-track faculty members who are chosen by the undergraduate sociology student body for their teaching excellence. Candidates are nominated by undergraduate sociology students prior to the end of the Winter Term. Contact SUSA [link to SUSA page] for information on how to nominate a faculty member and/or teaching assistant.