Each year, Sociology recognizes outstanding students with the David Fullam Social Justice Award and the Sociological Imagination Award.

The David Fullam Social Justice Award is named in honor of David Fullam, a professor of sociology who retired in 1999.  It is given to a Sociology major or minor who best exemplifies a commitment to equity and social justice through service to their community.

Abby Milewski was awarded for her work with the USM Student Body President Office as Director of Marketing and External Communications, and for her work as part of the Leadership Team for the Gender Studies Student Organization.
Paige Ravenscraft was awarded for her work with the Locker Project distributing food to children and their families at more than 40 schools and neighborhood sites in Cumberland County, and for her work with the Oakhurst Campus Food Pantry at USM.

The Sociological Imagination Award is open to the top five majors, based on GPA, who have completed at least 90 credits. They are invited to submit a piece of written work to the Department faculty for review. The Department selects the recipient of the Award from those who submit work.

Gretchen Muehle was awarded for her essay discussing how sociology provides a vocabulary and a lens to better understand the social “water” we all swim in, but too often fail to notice or to name.