Honors, Awards & Funding

Learn how to apply for departmental honors, find and join sociology Greek honor societies, qualify for Sociology Department awards and apply for additional GW funding and aid resources.

Departmental Honors

Students interested in earning special honors in sociology to be noted on their transcript must:

The department will complete the remainder of the form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. It will take a few weeks for the Special Honors designation to appear on your university transcript.

Application Requirements for Honors in Sociology
  • A final overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (pending confirmation by the department)
  • A final GPA in the major of 3.5 or higher (pending confirmation by the department)
  • Register for three credits of SOC 4195: Senior Research Seminar
  • A grade of “A” on the SOC 4195 thesis
Application Requirements for Honors in Criminal Justice
  • A final overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (pending confirmation by the department)
  • A final GPA in the major of 3.5 or higher (pending confirmation by the department)
  • Register for three credits of SOC 3195: Independent Study for the semester in which a thesis will be completed
  • Prior to the SOC 3195 semester, ask a criminal justice faculty member to serve as research director (someone with whom you have already taken courses)
  • A grade of “A” on the SOC 3195 thesis

Download the Honors Application (PDF)

Greek Honor Societies


Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society in Sociology

Alpha Kappa Delta is dedicated to excellence in sociological research and scholarship. Membership is open to undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members from active chapters.

Eligibility Requirements for Undergraduates

  • Must be a declared sociology major or minor
  • Must be at least a junior (third-year) student
  • Must have a GPA of 3.3 in sociology and overall (Note: Our departmental standard is higher than the national AKD standard of 3.0.)
  • Must have completed at least four regular courses in sociology before initiation

How to Apply



Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society

Alpha Phi Sigma is an accredited honor society for criminal justice students. Membership is open to undergraduate through doctoral students, faculty and professional and honorary members.

Eligibility Requirements for Undergraduates

  • Must have an overall GPA of 3.0
  • Must have a GPA of at least 3.2 within the criminal justice major
  • Must have completed at least four regular courses in the major prior to initiation

How to Apply

  • Contact [email protected] for the application form and/or any questions you may have. Submit a transcript, $70 payment in the form of money order, cashier's check, chapter check, or university check. Make all payments payable to Alpha Phi Sigma. (NO CASH OR PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED) made out to Alpha Phi Sigma Headquarters and completed application form to the Department of Sociology office. To submit a credit card payment, chapter advisor shall e-mail completed application to [email protected] and request an invoice. Invoices can be sent to chapter advisor or the student directly.
  • Visit the National APS website for details.


Sociology Department Awards

Ruth A. Wallace Memorial Fund


Open to sociology majors and minors, the Ruth A. Wallace Memorial Fund provides one annual $500 prize for excellence in research or writing on gender, and can also support students facing financial emergencies in meeting tuition or living expenses.

The fund was established in 2017 by Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, BA ’98, and James A. Coriden in memory of Ruth Wallace. Wallace was a professor of sociology at GW and a prolific and pioneering scholar in the sociological fields of gender and religion. To apply, please email or call the Sociology Department

Learn more about Ruth Wallace's life and legacy. 


Past Winners

  • 2022: Rebecca Amadi and Allyson Clark
  • 2021: Yurdum Cokadar
  • 2020: Alexandra La Pinta
  • 2019: Lauren Danielowski
  • 2018: Caroline Elias
  • 2017: Ana Deros
Hilda Haves Manchester Prize Fund


The endowed Hilda Haves Manchester Prize Fund was established in 1969 by Emilie Margaret White in memory of Hilda Haves Manchester. The award recognizes a woman in the field of sociology for outstanding scholarship. Each year, the award is given to the student in the Sociology Department with the highest grade point average.

Past Winners

  • 2022: Emma Shumaker
  • 2021: Tess Bolen
  • 2020: Kimberly Krane
  • 2019: Victoria Russell
  • 2018: Michelle Berger, Johanna Kichton, Ashlee Skeens
  • 2017: Celia Islam
  • 2016: Emily Daenzer
  • 2015: Shayla B. Keating
Academic Achievement Awards

Each spring the department also recognizes outstanding students majoring in sociology and criminology. Visit the Human Services and Social Justice Program website for award information on that program.

Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Writing Award

  • 2022: Megan Schremp
  • 2021: Emi-Lee Commisso
  • 2020: Joshua Gomez
  • 2017: Julian Berkowitz
  • 2016: Marwa Moaz, Maya Weinstein
  • 2015: Marcus Andrews, Rachealle Sanford

Outstanding Senior in the Field of Sociology

  • 2022: Amy Guerrero
  • 2021: Jenny Wolski
  • 2020: Laura Gonzalez
  • 2019: Ariel Waldman
  • 2017: Andrew Barondess, Alexandra DeLessio
  • 2016: Shaun Harrison
  • 2015: Lauryn King

William J. Chambliss Outstanding Senior in the Field of Criminal Justice

  • 2022: Emily Zhang
  • 2021: Rachel Witt
  • 2020: Catherine Williams
  • 2019: Sam Disario
  • 2018: Jacqueline Groccia
  • 2017: Nicole LeFort
  • 2016: Vera Kiefer
  • 2015: Stephanie Demetry, Emily Messing


GW Funding and Aid Resources

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Undergraduate Research Award
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