Michelle Lueck was recently named the 2012 recipient of the Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement from the American Sociological Association section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology. Michelle won the award based on her extraordinary record of achievement as a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Colorado State University. She has been a research assistant on multiple projects funded by federal agencies, local non-profits, and other organizations. She has also published extensively in the area of the sociology of disasters and environmental sociology. The committee highlighted her superb paper, “Hope for a Cause as a Cause for Hope: The Need for Hope in Environmental Sociology,” as particularly meritorious in terms of her use of her sociological training and skills to engage with a wide variety of public and private institutions to create social change. Congratulations, Michelle!