Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards

Each year the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University selects recipients for a number of scholarships and other awards. These awards are designed to recognize outstanding undergraduates for their important contributions within and beyond the field of Sociology. Award recipients are chosen based on their academic achievements, university and community involvement, and the quality of their written application. The Department of Sociology is pleased to honor the significant accomplishments of our undergraduate majors.

2016 Awards Recipients

Ericann Lafehr, Robert Griffith, Alina Lugo

lafehrEricann Lafehr is the winner of the Sociology Department Ronny E. Turner Memorial Scholarship. Lafehr is a first generation Sociology major with a concentration in Ethnic Studies. She transferred to CSU in the fall 2015 semester after graduating with a AA from Front Range Community College. She will begin her senior year at CSU in fall 2016. For as long as Lafehr can remember she has always been intrigued by the way society and individuals interact, most notably in the cases of oppression. Her passions lie within the issues of justice and as such, Lafehr intends on eventually obtaining my PhD so that she can contribute to policy and law that truly ensures equity and inclusion for all people.

griffithRobert Griffith is the winner of the Harvesting Opportunity and Potential in Education (HOPE) Scholarship. Griffith is a Sociology/Philosophy major, minoring in Legal Studies, and is graduating in the spring of 2017. Both of his parents were CSU graduates, which was a main factor in him coming to CSU. After graduation, Griffith plans on attending law school to pursue a career as a lawyer.

lugoAlina Lugo is the winner of the Sociology Department Alumni Scholarship. Alina S. Lugo is a Sociology major (Criminology con-centration). Additionally, she is working towards two interdisciplinary minors in: Linguistics & Culture and Latin American & Caribbean studies. While a Colorado resident, Lugo is originally from El Paso, TX. She is proud of her Latina heritage (Puerto Rican and Mexican) and thoroughly enjoys learning about those around her. Her greatest passion is being part of the solution, insofar as improving the everyday conditions that people experience.

2014 Award Recipients

Alisha Johnson, Jessy Knaus, Christopher Temby

JohnsonAlisha Johnson is the winner of the Sociology Department Ronny E. Turner Memorial Scholarship. She is a junior double majoring in Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies. She spends her free time volunteering in the community as well as in Thailand, the Bahamas, and most recently Kansas City Missouri for Operation Breakthrough. After graduation she plans to work for a non-profit organization helping low-income families experiencing poverty. Eventually she wants to get her MA in Social Work and continue to work with at risk children and their families.

Jessie KnausJessy Knaus is the winner of the Harvesting Opportunity and Potential in Education (HOPE) Scholarship. She is a sophomore Environmental Sociology major with minors in French and English. Her specific interests include food security and agricultural/nutritional education of young students. Through her volunteer experiences she has become particularly interested in the link between food insecurity and poverty, and she hopes to pursue work with a non-profit organization focused on reducing these issues. With her French background she hopes to visit countries like France, Switzerland, and Belgium to study their innovative environmental and sustainable technology.

Christopher TembyChristopher Temby is the winner of the Sociology Department Alumni Scholarship. He is a Sociology major with a concentration in Criminal Justice/Criminology. After he graduates he intends to enter the criminal justice system as a probation officer or join an investigative agency. He is also interested in joining a federal agency, such as the F.B.I., later in his life.

2013 Award Recipients

Tyler Cleveland, Alison Anson, Tyrus Shirley

clevelandTyler Cleveland is the winner of the Sociology Department Turner Memorial Scholarship. She is a freshman, double majoring in General Sociology and Political Science. After her semester traveling across the country and volunteering at the Tennyson Center, she knew she wanted to make a difference. Tyler has a passion in Spanish and wants to get an internship as an immigrant translator. She hopes to attend law school and work with children’s cases internationally. Her goal is to change the world.

ansonAlison Anson is the winner of this year’s Sociology Department Turner Memorial Scholarship. She is working to earn a degree in both Environmental Sociology and Political Science. Alison is graduating in December 2014 and hopes to then spend some time abroad before pursuing the goal of applying her degree to improve the conditions of the global environmental community.

shirleyTyrus Shirley is a Colorado native currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice and an interest in minoring in Diversity in Law. He is an honors student currently involved in on-campus affairs such as the CSUPD Citizen’s Academy and the Honors Student Association. He is seeking to further his on-campus involvement during his junior and senior years, but upon graduation, his ultimate goal is to become a police officer or work for a federal agency, such as the FBI.

2012 Award Recipients

Hope Pruett, Holli Stutton, Josiah Savig

savigJosiah Savig is a general sociology major and Russian minor. He hopes to work for a non-profit organization in underdeveloped places in Africa or Asia after graduating.

suttonHolli Sutton was born and raised in Lakewood, WA. She enjoys cooking, traveling, whitewater rafting, beer and wine tasting, and figure skating. She earned an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona in 2010. She is currently working towards a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology at Colorado State University. Her future plans include working with crime victims in her local community, a service-focused trip to Kenya, and possibly continuing her education by earning a Master’s degree.

pruettHope Pruett is humanity’s student, a sponge of sorts, absorbing knowledge from any source in her general vicinity. Colorado State University provides a wonderfully convenient atmosphere equipped with her two great loves (people and learning) in comfortably close quarters. However, her home could never migrate from Loveland where she lives with her mother and pet python. Her specific study arenas include Sociology, Media Studies, and Business. She promises, once her education is complete, to use her powers for good.

2011 Award Recipients

Amanda Hanson, Jill Kusa, Edna Muñoz, and Amber Webb

kusaJill Kusa is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, with a minor in economics. She has been a volunteer student research assistant with Dr. Tara Shelley at the Center for the Study of Crime and Criminal Justice for the past two semesters and will continue next semester. She hopes to attend graduate school to study social stratification or policy analysis.

munozEdna Muñoz is the winner of the Sociology Department’s Alumni Scholarship. Edna is a junior undergraduate major in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Edna will graduate in Spring 2013, and she plans to start a career in the criminal justice field. Her ultimate goal is to work for a federal agency such as FBI.

webbAmber Webb is the winner of the Sociology Department’s Dr. Ronny E. Turner Memorial Scholarship. Amber is a senior undergraduate double major in Sociology and Nutrition. Amber will graduate in May 2012 and plans to pursue an internship in dietetics while applying her knowledge gained in the field of Sociology. She is also considering furthering her education in graduate school.

2010 Award Recipients

Alyssa Dawson, Kevin Fleming, Kelsi Ottenbacher, and Marjorie Hamburger

dawsonAlyssa Dawson is the winner of the Sociology Department’s Dr. Ronny E. Turner Memorial Scholarship. Alyssa is a senior undergraduate major in Sociology with a minor in Spanish. Alyssa will graduate in Spring 2011, and she plans to apply to graduate schools with programs in Sociology. Her ultimate goal is to obtain her Ph.D. in Sociology and become a professor at a university.

flemingKevin Fleming is the recipient of the Sociology Department’s Alumni Scholarship. Kevin is a Sociology major with a concentration in Criminal Justice. He is also pursuing minors in Media Studies and Political Science. Kevin works as a reporter for the Rocky Mountain Collegian. He will graduate in 2013, and then he plans to either enroll in graduate school or start a career in the social sciences.

ottenbacherKelsi Ottenbacher is the first place winner of the inaugural Alpha Kappa Delta Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. Kelsi’s paper, “Understanding U.S. Aid Allocation in the Context of Hurricane Mitch,” was written in Professor Lori Peek’s Sociology of Disaster course. Kelsi’s work critically analyzes the motivations of U.S. disaster relief. In her research, she reviewed numerous scholarly journals and conducted a content analysis of dozens of newspaper articles, finding that country alliances, economic incentives, media coverage, and “negative voting” can all affect relief procedures. She concludes that “… disaster relief is humanitarian in nature, yet political in implementation.”

hamburgerMarjorie Hamburger is the second place winner of the inaugural Alpha Kappa Delta Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. Marjorie’s paper, “The Real Face of Facebook,” was written in Professor Pete Taylor’s Classical Theory course. The paper addresses the phenomenon of the social networking tool, Facebook, by analyzing its power and popularity in terms of Karl Marx’s concept of alienation. Marx defines three aspects of alienation, all of which are critically affected by Facebook. They include alienation from the means of production, alienation from other people, and alienation from one’s self. Although the network claims to bring people closer together, it may in fact lead to isolation, estrangement, and loneliness. In addition, she concludes that Facebook may even be working to keep capitalists in power, while leaving the working class unaware of how they are being controlled and deprived of their true potential.

2009 Award Recipients

Barbara Hillman and Anshul Bagga

hillman Barbara Hillman is the winner of the Sociology Department’s Dr. Ronny E. Turner Memorial Scholarship. Barbara is a senior undergraduate double major in Sociology and Psychology. Barbara will graduate in December 2009, and she plans to apply to graduate schools with programs in student affairs in higher education.

Photo Unavailable Anshul Bagga is the recipient of the Sociology Department’s Alumni Scholarship. Anshul is a junior majoring in Sociology at Colorado State University.

2008 Award Recipients

Meredith Dickinson, Isaac Freitas, and Clair Vaughn-Uding

dickinsonMeredith Dickinson is the winner of the Sociology Department’s Dr. Ronny E. Turner Memorial Scholarship. Meredith is pursuing degrees in Sociology and International Studies with a focus on Latin America. She plans to incorporate her academic experience into her global citizenry by applying her acquired skills to issues of social injustice facing the Global South.

freitasIsaac Freitas is the winner of the Sociology Alumni Scholarship. Isaac is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Sociology and Economics. He is looking forward to graduating in December 2008. After graduation, Isaac will apply for graduate school with the intent of studying sociology of the environment and development.

vaughn-udingClair Vaughn-Uding is the recipient of the Sociology Alumni Scholarship. She will complete her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a criminal justice concentration and Mathematics minor in the spring of 2009. In the fall of 2007, Clair completed a study abroad experience at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school in criminology.

2007 Award Recipients

Meredith Dickinson, Sarah Hofstetter, Alex Mitchell, and Tania Valdez

dickinsonMeredith Dickinson is the winner of the Sociology Department’s Dr. Ronny E. Turner Memorial Scholarship. Meredith is pursuing degrees in Sociology and International Studies with a focus on Latin America. She plans to incorporate her academic experience into her global citizenry by applying her acquired skills to issues of social injustice facing the Global South.

hofstetterSarah Hofstetter is the winner of the Sociology Department’s Hoover Memorial Scholarship. Sarah will complete her degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice in December 2007. After graduation, she plans to apply for graduate school and hopes to work as a probation officer.

mitchellAlex Mitchell is the Sociology Department’s Merit Scholar for the College of Liberal Arts. Alex completed his undergraduate degree in Sociology with a concentration in Pre-Medicine in May 2007. Alex will serve as a Congressional Intern in Washington, D.C. for Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island beginning in the fall of 2007.

valdezTania Valdez is the recipient of the Sociology Department’s Tim Rouse Fund Scholarship. Tania is a senior undergraduate major in Sociology. She is minoring in Spanish and pursuing certificates in Chicana/o Studies and Women’s Studies. Tania graduates in December 2007, and will be applying for graduate and law school programs.

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