Leadership and Awards


Undergraduate Sociological Association

The Undergraduate Sociological Association (USA) is a group of sociology students who are excited about sociology and who regularly meet during the academic year to explore sociological opportunities for undergraduates. Meetings are held once a month, and cover a range of sociological and professional development topics, including applying to graduate school and resume writing. The USA can be reached on their Facebook or Twitter pages and is led by their president, Gabby Perez with advising from Regan Kania. Additionally, we encourage prospective students to inquire at msu.usaboard@gmail.com

Alpha Kappa Delta, Gamma of Michigan Chapter

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the International Sociology Honor Society dedicated to the ideal of investigating humanity for the purpose of service. AKD seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and other social and intellectual activities that will lead to improvements in the human condition.

Dean's Student Advisory Council

The Dean's Student Advisory Council is made up of two students from each social science undergraduate major: one at the senior level and the second at the junior, sophomore, or freshman level. Students on the council are selected for their interest in issues affecting social science education and in representing the view of their constituencies. Students should not serve more than two consecutive years on the council.

The 2018-2019 representatives are Nicole Bray, Aubrey Grevemeyer, and Jonbrielle Gill.

Department Committees

Two undergraduate representatives may serve on the Undergraduate Education Committee or the Advisory Committee in the Department of Sociology. Representatives of either of these committees may also participate in Departmental meetings.


The MSU Department of Sociology grants several awards to its undergraduate students. In addition, the College of Social Science provides several scholarships for undergraduate students through the generous support of alumni and friends of the College.  Recipients of these awards are nominated by sociology faculty members.  Typically, nominated students have shown exceptional contributions to the department through active engagement and success in sociology courses, outstanding work with faculty members on research projects, or leadership through service on department committees or within the USA.

Ruth Hamilton Award

The Ruth Hamilton Award is made annually to a sociology major rising to junior status with an exceptional academic record. The annual stipend attached to this award is $200.00. Recipient names will be placed on the Ruth Hamilton award plaque in the department office.

The 2017 recipient was Alec Manaia.

Outstanding Senior for Sociology

Each year, one student who will be graduating with a sociology major and who will participate in the May graduation ceremony is chosen to represent the sociology department during the ceremony.  The student is recognized formally as the Senior of the Year in sociology.

The 2018 recipient was Alec Manaia.

USA Emerging Leader Award

The Undergraduate Sociological Association is a group of sociology students who meet regularly to learn more about the discipline and connect with fellow classmates, graduate students and faculty who are passionate about sociology.  Among this select group of students, every year one student who has stood out as demonstrating leadership within the group is awarded the USA Emerging Leader Award.

The 2017 recipient was Elizabeth Kellogg.