Congratulations to our 2024 student award winners!

Congratulations to our student award winners! The medallion of excellence award winners are Fikayo Ajeigbe (sociology) and Paisley Hahn (criminology). The McGarry award winner is Jameson Ford (sociology).

Fikayo Ajeigbe earned The W.E.B. Du Bois Medallion for Academic Excellence

Fikayo Ajeigbe

"I am extremely honored to receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medallion of Excellence in Sociology. Over the past 4 years I have been able to grow in my love and understanding of Sociology. In addition, I have taken this knowledge and applied it to every class I have taken at Villanova. I would like to thank my classmates and professors in the Sociology and Criminology department who have made the classroom a community of learning and encouragement. Looking ahead, I am eager to carry forward the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois, utilizing my newfound skills to contribute to creating a more just and equitable society. "

Paisley Hahn earned the Edwin Sutherland Medallion of Excellence in Criminology

Paisley Hahn

"I am honored to receive the Edward Sutherland Medallion of Excellence in Criminology. I am grateful to all my professors in the Department of Sociology and Criminology for sharing their diverse areas of expertise, introducing me to a wide variety of theories, and the myriad challenges of our criminal justice system. I look forward to taking the knowledge and skills that I have gained at Villanova into graduate school and a career working towards a more equitable and just society."


Jameson Ford earned the Lawrence J. McGarry Award

Jameson Ford

"I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the 2024 Lawrence J. McGarry Award. My journey as a Sociology major and a Criminology minor at Villanova has broadened my perspective on the world. To my professors and mentors, I would like to thank you for your guidance and for creating an environment where I was able to flourish and be my authentic self. To my family and friends, I am so grateful for your belief in me and for being a source of strength in my life. To my parents, I am nothing without you, thank you for all that you do for me. As I look ahead to the future, I am committed to dedicating my life to others, advocating for justice, and letting the essence of my character shine through in all that I do."



The W.E.B. Du Bois award is named after a leading scholar in sociology. This award is presented to a graduating Sociology major who exhibits excellence in academics.

Past Winners Include:

2023    Matt Rosenberg

2022    Christiana Holguin 

2021    Meagan Burke    

2020    Meagan Murray

2019    Sarah Knowles

2018    Anna DalCortivo

2017    Jorna Sojati

2016    Emily Walthouse

2015    Stephanie Uibel

2014    Corina Balsamo

2013    Kristen DiGloria

2012    Kristen E. Valosky

2011    Alissa C. Ricci

2010    Caitrin L. Coccoma

2009    Jacquelin Giacobbe

2008    Maggie T. Grace

2007    Brianne M. Orner

The Edwin Sutherland Award is named after a leading figure in criminology theory and research. The award is given to a graduating major in Criminology who exhibits excellence in academics.

2023    Isabel Vierra

2022    Lydia Becker

2021    Samantha Decarlo

2020    Lailany Viera

2019    Sarah Rizos

2018    Mackenzie Niness

2017    Meaghan Fabian

2016    Morgan Scully

2015    Angelica Lieto

2014    Jessica Dittmer

2013    Nicole Frisch

2012    Christopher M. Putvinski

2011    Chelsea K. Moylan

2010    Richard R. Baccare

2009    Kelly Kreider

2008    Ashley R. Newman

2007    Katie D. Baranek

This award is presented to a graduating student who best combines "Academic Excellence with a Commitment to Social Justice." Dr. McGarry was a member of the Sociology Department from 1963 until 2004. A deeply spiritual man, Dr. McGarry was a quiet yet relentless advocate for social justice. Generosity and a deep-seated concern for others were two of the outstanding qualities that made him a special human being. Each year he made significant contributions to a number of a non-profit organizations serving the poor. He always maintained a cordial and helpful relationship with his students, never failing to greet each of them with a smile. He was an esteemed colleague and an excellent teacher who was respected by four generations of students. His colleagues honored him for his commitment to his students and the less fortunate by establishing this award.

Past Winners Include:

2023    Ajee Robinson & Ezekiel Hopkins       

2022    Anjini Patel        

2021    Madalyn Sullivan       

2020    Isabella Carrano & Meagan Murray

2019    Noelle Gambale, Kaitlyn Murray, Bethany Ho, & Avery Takaha

2018    Nora Charidah, Anna DalCortivo, Jocelin Rocha, & Abigail Smith

2017    Jorna Sojati

2016    Daniel Shea

2015    Jessica Flynn

2014    Meagan McCullough

2013    Melissa Madden, Amanda Mathew, & Molly Sapia

2012    Wendy K. Worjroh

2011    Mary Anna McCabe

2010    Diondra T. Burney & Caitrin L. Coccoma 

2009   Jaclyn McNamee

2008   Lauren E. Thum

2007   Kristyna N. Carroll

Department Chair:
Dr. Allison Payne
 SAC 204
Phone: 610-519-5299

Administrative Assistants:
Mary Ann Hostler
: (610) 519-4742

Shelly DuBois
: (610) 519-4786