The WIC Culture of Writing Award in Sociology ($100) helps to create and promote a culture of writing at the university and in the Sociology Program and provides us with an opportunity to value and recognize excellence in writing in Sociology. Student papers were nominated by faculty and a faculty committee selected the best student paper submitted in our undergraduate WIC Sociology course (Research Design) in the 2011-2012 school year.
The award recipient for this year is Julie VanBlokland for a research paper she wrote on how factors such as gender and race contribute to unemployment, while controlling for marital status. Julie plans to graduate Magna Cum Laude this coming fall term with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. Julie’s professors in the Sociology Program faculty had the following to say about her, "She comes to class not only having read and considered the readings in great detail, but she brings with her a depth of knowledge about so many other academic fields that she can readily put the reading into a larger intellectual and historical context. She is a rare bird and everyone in my…class, including me, has been the beneficiary of her presence."? And, “In class, she was always well prepared…and showed that extra level of insight that made me think that her peers would sometimes [wonder], "why didn't I think of that?"