Recognizing student excellence

The Division of Social Science, Faculty of Arts, hosted its first awards ceremony honouring outstanding achievement of its undergraduate students on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The variety of awards given out to students reflected the interdisciplinary nature of the division. The event was sponsored by Darryl Reed, Chair of the Division of Social Science, the Faculty, and the Teaching and Development Committee. The roster of awards represented the varied programs housed within the division.

Dean Robert Drummond welcomed the assembled faculty, students, staff and guests to the event and highlighted in his remarks the great interdisciplinary nature of the division. The presentation of awards that followed was presided over by Reed.

Right: Robert Drummond

A number of students were honoured for overall outstanding achievement in the social sciences. Vanessa Parlette received the Ellen Baar Award, Danielle Allen the Otto Friedman Award, and Hamza Dawood the Gordon Lowther Award. The Lillian Lerman Book Prize for best first-year essay went to Anderson Gittens.

Left: Anderson Gittens

Other awards were program specific and many were created to honour the contributions of former York colleagues. In Urban Studies Nicola Farnworth received the SOSC 3700 Prize.

The Health & Society Prize was awarded to Jason Steele and the Health & Society Founders Book Prize went to Pamela Anania, Erin Ceasaroni, Emilee Elliot, Michelle Forgione, Nina Kimmons, Nadia Siddiqui and Jason Steele.

Right: Carlie Wiener (left) receives the first Eric Koch Award from Eric Koch (right)


The Communication Program’s Penny Joliffe Award was given to Ramesh Rakhee, and Carlie Wiener received the first Eric Koch Award. The Reva Orlicky Award was presented to Vanessa Parlette.

The Labour Studies Student Achievement Award was bestowed upon Pauline Brown. Gloria Matei was awarded the Esiri Dafiewhare Annual Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a returning undergraduate student who has attained the highest cumulative grade point average in three courses completed toward an Honours Double Major in African Studies.

The Business & Society Honours Award was given to Daniel Glazier. Natalie Weiser received the Law & Society Prize and Tamara Estwick was awarded the Latin American and Carribean Studies Honours. The International Development Studies Honours Award was presented to Alex Trani.

The ceremony also included the awarding of the Jane Banfield Book Award to Mari-Antonietta Alfano, the third-year Marion Miller Award was presented to Danielle Allen. The fourth-year Marion Miller Award went to James Thompson and the Frances Frisken Prize went to Ashlee Cooper.

The awards ceremony was followed by a reception in the Social Science Lounge. Faculty, staff and students were there to congratulate the award winners.