Congratulations to our 2022 student award winners!

Congratulations to our student award winners! The medallion of excellence award winners are Christiana Holguin (sociology) and Lydia Becker (criminology). The McGarry award winner is Anjini Patel (sociology).

Christiana Holguin earned The John E. Hughes Medallion for Academic Excellence

Christiana Holguin 

"I am honored to have received this year’s John E. Hughes Medallion. I’m very thankful to my incredible professors from the Department of Sociology and Criminology; their brilliance and passion for the field have inspired me to nurture my own love for sociology. I’ve learned so much from them, and hope to make them proud by continuing to learn, grow, and organize for change. "

Lydia Becker earned the Edwin Sutherland Medallion of Excellence in Criminology

Lydia Becker

"I am honored to receive the Edwin Sutherland Medallion of Excellence in Criminology. The Department of Sociology and Criminology has made a tremendous impact upon my time at Villanova. My courses in the department have taught me to think critically about social justice issues and the opportunities for research and engagement in criminal justice activism fostered my personal and professional growth. I am extremely grateful for all of the wonderful mentors that have guided me in my journey to graduation!"

Samantha Decarlo  earned the Lawrence J. McGarry Award

Anjini Patel

"I am honored to receive the 2022 Lawrence J. McGarry Award dedicated to academic excellence and a commitment to social justice. I have learned so much over the past three years, but nothing greater than the understanding that my future aspirations center around creating positive social change. I am grateful to all of my professors, peers, family, and friends who have provided me the opportunity to grow as a student and work towards a more equitable world."



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:

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    Weddy K. Worjroh

2011    Mary Anna McCabe

2010    Diondra T. Burney & Caitrin L. Coccoma 

2009    Jaclyn McNamee

2008    Lauren E. Thum

2007    Kristyna N. Carroll

John E. Hughes was the Founder of the Department of Sociology at Villanova University. This award is presented to a graduating Sociology major who exhibits excellence in academics.

Past Winners Include:

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 criminal justice theory and research. The award is given to a graduating major in Criminal Justice who exhibits excellence in academics.

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

Department Chair:
Dr. Rick Eckstein
 SAC 204
Phone: 610-519-4772

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

Shelly DuBois
: (610) 519-4786