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Sociology Students

Sociology students celebrate at our recent senior reception.
Chelsea Newton (left) received the Jenné award and Clinton Downs (right) received an Alumni Book Award.


Thank you for your interest in supporting the Sociology Department!

Donations from alumni and friends are very important for supporting our students. Over the years we have used your contributions to establish a number of specific awards. Currently we offer three awards:

  • William C. Jenné award for Excellence. Named in honor of an emeritus faculty member who served the OSU community for over 30 years, this $400 award goes to one student each year who exemplifies excellence in scholarship and community service.
  • Charles E. Starnes Writing Award. This $100 award is given to the student writing the strongest paper in a sociology course each year.
  • Alumni Book Awards. Each year we give one or two $50 certificates to the OSU Book Store for students who have contributed in significant ways to the university and/or community.

In addition to these awards, we have drawn on alumni/friend contributions to sponsor events and guest speakers, and to support the travel of undergraduates to professional conferences.

You can make a donation to a specific award or to our general fund (Sociology Unrestricted). If you have a specific idea for a new award, we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to make a gift, or would like assistance as you consider making a gift, please contact:

Tom McLennan,
CLA Development Officer