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End of the Year Awards - Sociology and Anthropology Department

Outstanding Student in Anthropology

    Megan Stroh


Given annually to recognize students who have done exemplary work as reflected not only in course grades, but also in the overall quality of contributions within the programs in Anthropology.

Megan is a double major in Anthropology and English and will also have GIS certification when she graduates. After pursuing a Master's in Cultural Resource Management, she plans a career with the Forest Service or Park Service. She is a captain of UMD's track team.

Art Pulford Award in Criminology

  Deborah Rambo


Art Pulford’s distinguished career of 32 years in criminal justice, corrections and education was centered on three core attributes: personal integrity, professional ethics and justice tempered with compassion. Not only did Art believe in these attributes, he also lived them and tried to convey these values to his students. By his example, Art encouraged his colleagues to do the same. It is the desire of the Pulford Family that the recipient of the Pulford Fellowship will embrace and develop these attributes in both their studies and their career.

Deborah has volunteered with the Carlton Country Victims' Advocates Office and is currently completing a UROP which explores the satisfaction of non-traditional students at UMD. She plans to attend graduate school with a focus on juvenile justice and child protection.

Robert E. Franz Scholarship in Sociology

 Pamela Merzwski


This award is in honor of Robert Franz. Bob was someone who gave new meaning to the idea of leadership through service in his multiple stints as department head and other key leadership roles on campus.

Pam works as an administrative assistant in Career Services at UMD and is part of the Student Life Change Team, whose charge to to help advance Goal 2 of UMD's Strategic Plan. She also works as a tutor at Homecroft Elementary School. .



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