Honors and Awards

Information on WCAS Honors, Awards and Fellowships

William Henry Exum Award

The intent of this prize is to honor the memory of William Henry Exum, a member of the Department of Sociology and the African American Studies Department, who died in 1986 at the age of 37. Exum was concerned with the quality of writing and research analysis in student papers. He was also interested in racial problems facing minority youths in higher education. This award was established as a means of continuing his goals of breaking barriers for all minorities.

Students are NOT limited to a sociological approach in preparing submissions, and this award is NOT limited to sociology/social
science majors.

Papers should focus on the subject of race and ethnicity and be 15-25 pages (typed and double spaced). Include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, year in school, and major. You may submit a paper from a course as long as the course was a 300-level or higher. Limit one entry per student per year.

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016, 5:00 P.M.

Please submit you paper via email to:
sociol@northwestern.edu (include “Exum Award—[Your Last Name]” as the subject line)
Phone number: 847-491-5415

2016 Exum Award Winner

Ken-Terika Zellner
Black Wombs, White Babies: The Racial Biopolitics of the Illinois Gestational Surrogacy Act

2015 Exum Award Winners

Claire Kissinger
Race and Representation: Revising the Discourse on the Guerrilla Girls'Met. Museum Poster

Emily Park (Honorable Mention)
Politics of Student Activism in Ethnic Studies Movements

Student Advisory Board Representatives (SAB):

Laura Goldring

Alternate rep: Helen Rucinski