Student Research and Awards

Sociology National and Regional Awards

Southwestern University sociology majors have won a remarkable number of national and regional undergraduate paper awards. In fact, in the past 13 years, our program has produced more national and regional award winning undergraduate research papers than most other sociology departments in the country. In 2006, we started nominating student papers for national and regional awards. Since then, one of our sociology majors has won the Southern Sociological Society’s Odum Award for best undergraduate paper 9 of the past 14 years.

Our sociology majors have also won the national Alpha Kappa Delta undergraduate paper award (first, second, or third place), 7 of the past 13 years.


Esteffany Luna “Am I Still Latino Enough? The Construction of Latino Identity among Hispanics who do not Speak Spanish” 

  • Winner, 2018 Odum Undergraduate Paper Competition, Southern Sociological Society

Guillermo Alvarado “’That Gay Gangsta Shit’: Identity Construction and Community Membership in Queer Rappers’ Musical Careers”

  • First place in the 2016 Undergraduate Paper Competition, Alpha Kappa Delta (national sociology honors society)

Bethany Lewis “’That’s the Spark I Want to See”: Mentorship and Empowerment of Girls in STEM,”

  • Winner, 2016 Odum Undergraduate Paper Competition, Southern Sociological Society