Social Sciences Outstanding Honors Thesis Award

This award recognizes a student for their outstanding undergraduate honors thesis. This competition is open to students majoring in the School of Social Sciences.

Award Amount: $300


  • must meet honors minimum GPA requirement
  • must be a current student in a School of Social Sciences honors program
  • applicants must be a full-time continuing UCI student
  • submission of a draft thesis is permissible
  • selection criteria include originality of research and demonstrated knowledge in the field of research
  • a prize-winning thesis is well-written, well-organized, properly documented and theoretically sound

Application Period: January 1, 2024 - April 15, 2024

Online Application: Apply Now


Past Recipients:

2022: Yousif Alshalah (Economics)

2021: MacKenzie Kephart (Cognitive Sciences)

2020: Shelby Smith (Social Policy & Public Service)

2019: Brandon Newberg (Quantitative Economics and Business Administration)

2018: Sarah Mahoney (Anthropology)

2017: John Lee (Business Economics)

2016: Amy Carr (Psychology) "The Use and Accuracy of the Recognition Heuristic in Two- Alternative Decision Making."

2015: Alejandra Sanchez (Sociology and Education Sciences) "Mother's Legal Status and the Political Engagement of Mexican Americans."

2014: Dan Hua (Economics) "The Birth fo New Currency: An Event Study Analysis of Bitcoin."

2013: Bowen Dai (Economics)

2012: Jocelyn Valencia

2011: Steve Alcantar and Ahmad Qazi

2010: Nicholas Plassaras

2009: Sabrina Talukder (International Studies)

2008: Mark Hiroshi Sueyoshi

2007: Namanh Vu Hoang and Garric Nahapetian



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