Graduate Studies

Graduate Student Awards

The Department of Sociology at Colorado State University offers multiple awards for graduate student teaching and scholarship. Each year, five awards are offered to graduate students in recognition of outstanding effort and achievements during the academic year. These awards are designed to recognize outstanding graduate students for their important academic and professional contributions to teaching, research, and the study of social change. Award recipients are chosen based on their strong commitment and innovative work in key areas emphasized by the graduate program, the quality and rigor of academic work produced by the student, assessment by peers and colleagues, and the quality of their written application materials. The Department of Sociology is pleased to honor the significant accomplishments of our graduate students.

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award


2017: Kellie Alexander is a Master’s student in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. Kellie received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Georgia. Her master’s thesis examines perceptions and manifestations of university-level hazing in student organizations. Kellie is also a research assistant on a project regarding spills related to hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas extraction on an interdisciplinary research project with CSU’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. Her research interests include victimization, environmental regulation and harm, and the criminal justice system more broadly.








2016: Jamie Willis is a Master’s student in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. She received her B.S. at Missouri State University with a concentration in Public Sociology. Her research interests include social inequalities and stratification, political sociology, and community studies. Her past research has focused on homeless youth, and service learning within higher education. For her thesis, she is examining the presence of cultural and political polarization within the United States, while making a methodological contribution to the study of polarization. As a teaching assistant at CSU, she has worked with many different faculty to develop and enhance their courses.  








2016: Nefratiri Weeks is pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in Political Economy and Economic Sociology at Colorado State University (CSU). Her current research focuses on alternative movements that attempt to counter the damages from free market economics and ongoing trade inequalities between nations, especially emphasizing the fair trade and ethical finance/investment movements. She is concerned with issues of economic justice, paradigms of development, and political inequalities between and within nations. As an M.A. student, she served as a teaching assistant for many different courses at CSU, ranging from criminology to social inequality.

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award