Since 1983, the Order of Merit recognition has been given to the top 2% of social sciences undergraduates who best exemplify a commitment to academic distinction, leadership and service to the school, campus and community. On June 12, the School of Social Sciences will host its annual ceremony to honor these outstanding students:

  • Ricardo Avelar
  • Hakop (Jack) Azatyan
  • Leonor Cedano
  • Katie Cobian
  • Prutha Deshpande
  • Kathy Dong
  • Chris Galeano
  • Jessica German
  • Emma Diane Hutchinson
  • Mariam Iskajyan
  • Sanaa Khan
  • Stella Liu
  • Sunny Liu
  • Zaira Martinez
  • Norbert Negrea
  • Ariana Oregel
  • Nina Ozbardakci
  • Amanda Ramirez
  • Taryn Reid
  • Griselda Santos
  • Breauna Spencer
  • Stephanie Verganza


Also receiving special recognition at the ceremony are the following undergrad and graduate scholarship and award winners:

Graduate Students

  • Bennett Holman, logic & philosophy of science, Kathy Alberti Award
  • Hector Martinez, sociology, Outstanding Graduate Student Service
  • Blake Allison, economics, Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Patricia Rodda, political science, A. Kimball Romney Award for Outstanding Graduate Research Paper
  • Nanneh Chehras, economics, Charles A. Lave Paper Prize Award


  • Katie Cobian, Chicano/Latino studies and cognitive sciences, Alice B. Macy Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award
  • Chris Galeano, international studies, political science and sociology, Caesar Sereseres Outstanding Service Award
  • Kathy Dong, political science and sociology, Caesar Sereseres Outstanding Service Award
  • Medha Asthana, anthropology and business administration, Elena B. and William R. Schonfeld Award
  • Andrew Hallak, international studies, David Rosten International & Community Service Scholarship
  • Jennifer Wilson, Chicano/Latino studies and psychology, Outstanding Transfer Student Scholarship
  • Helen Yu, quantitative economics, School of Social Sciences Alumni Award for Excellence Scholarship
  • Alejandra Sanchez, sociology and education sciences, School of Social Sciences Outstanding Undergraduate Honors Thesis

Congrats to our 2015 recipients!

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