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Student Accomplishments


We are proud of our current and former students’ impressive work! We highlight some recent successes of our students and alumni below.

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2019-2020 Department of Sociology Award Recipients


Outstanding Undergraduate in Sociology

William Pinteric

Outstanding Graduate Student in Sociology

Maria Tahir

Grusendorf Award for the Outstanding Sociology Senior

William Pinteric

The Herman Spirit Award
Priscilla Segovia

Graduate Program Award for Outstanding Contribution
Dezerae Reyes



Clarence Schultz Scholarship

Karen Gaytan

Charlotte McCord Scholarship

Nancy Cox

David Barnett

Ursula Henderson

Geoff Wood Memorial Scholarship
Angelica Embley

 Cindy Mays

Shelby Renee Newman Memorial Scholarship

Sidni Martinez

Newsom/Matlock Scholarship

Kyle Benacquisto

Graduate Gender Studies Scholarship

Cindy Mays

Graduate College Merit Fellowships

Samantha Smothermon

Lisa Fournier

Kassandra Rocha

Graduate College Scholarship

Amanda Armstrong

Brenda Fagan

Casey Frank

Alexia Gutierrez

Lindsay Loftin

Aspen Navarro

Kassandra Rocha



Newsom Scholars

David Barnett

Kyle Benacquisto

Mary Blackburn

Claire Boudrot

Annabeth Gibson

Mckinsey Kuehn

Stephanie Lopez

Cecilio Lopez Rosales

Madeline Mycue

Nikki Ondrus

William Pinteric

Eric Pulido-Ceja

Austen Ramsey

Kendall Richardson

Jose Silva

Leticia Silva

Ashley Thomas

Kaelyn Verbraska

Liberal Arts Academic Achievement Certificates

Mikaela Billington

Lauren Chaffin

Nancy Cox

Angelica Embley

Elizabeth Epperson

Heidi Foster-Yandell

August Kutac

Naomi Malyar

Sidni Martinez

Madeline Mycue

Kenzie Nasser

Eric Pulido-Ceja

Luis Ramirez Cano

Justin Wallace

Caden Ziegler

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), International Honor Society of Sociology, 2019-2020 Inductees: 

Valorie Allen

Kyle Benacquisto

Claire Bourdon

Kyle Grissom

Hollyann Fitzgerald-Sebring

Cindy Mays

Corinne Medford

Kassandra Rocha

Edward Smith

Samantha Smothermon

Maria Tahir

Andrea Villagomez  



  • Graduate student in Dementia and Aging Studies (MSDA), Brenda Fagan, has been selected to attend the 2020 Mind & Life Summer Research Institute. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Prosocial Development Across the Lifespan: Contexts, Relationships, and Contemplative Practices.”
  • Graduate student in Sustainability Studies, Lindsay Loftin, was the student delegate appointed to represent the Sustainability and Sociology programs at the annual student Graduate Leadership Conferences at Texas State. 
  • Graduate student in Sustainability Studies, Tom Myers, was accepted into the Ellen MacArthur Foundation- 2020 From Linear to Circular Program, was a 2020 Nominee/Finalist-Texas Business Hall of Fame-2020 Future Texas Legend Veteran Award, selected to pitch at the 2020 SXSW Texas State Innovation Lab, and is currently interning with the TXST Office of Sustainability. Tom was also featured in the March 6, 2020, TXST Digital Newsroom Article
  • Graduate student in Sustainability Studies, Amanda Armstrong, is working on a saline aquaphonics publication with Dr. Saha in the Ag department. 
  • BS Applied Sociology senior, Karen Gaytan, was awarded the 2020 Undergraduate Research Fellowship which will support her research project titled San Ygnacio Documentary.
  • MS in Dementia & Aging Studies graduate student, Lisa Fournier, has started a blog that she feels connects the dots between her caregiving experience and the research she is doing in this program: