The undergraduate program annually recognizes the recipients of three writing awards. The Eita Krom Prize and the Mark Chesler Student Research Award are open to any LSA undergraduate who meets the submission guidelines. The Angell Award is open only to graduating seniors in the Honors Program in Sociology.
Eita Krom, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Krom from Iron River, Michigan, earned a B.A. in sociology at the University of Michigan in May 1923. On August 17, 1923, she and three of her friends were involved in a fatal auto-train collision. To honor Eita’s memory, her family endowed the Eita Krom Prize, annually awarded by the department for the best paper on a sociological topic written by an LSA junior or senior.
The Mark Chesler endowment was created in 2004 to honor the sociological vision of Professor Emeritus Mark Chesler upon his retirement from the University of Michigan. The endowment supports an annual award for an undergraduate whose scholarship contributes to the sociological understanding of diversity, social justice, participatory action research, intergroup relations, or service learning.
Robert Cooley Angell (1899-1984) received three degrees from the University of Michigan: a B.A. in 1921, an M.A. in 1922, and a Ph.D. in 1924, joining the faculty in 1922 when the discipline of sociology was included under economics. In 1930, sociology became a separate discipline, and that same year, Angell became an associate professor, gaining full professorship in 1935. Angell’s research focused on the problems of social integration and issues of war and peace. Throughout his life, he exhibited a strong commitment to some of the most persistent values of the University of Michigan: excellence in undergraduate teaching and the advancement of rigorous scientific research on social issues.
To celebrate his commitment to sociology and scholarship, the department annually awards the Robert Cooley Angell Award to the writer of the best honors thesis in sociology.