AKD Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society

The Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society accepts applications at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.

If you would like to be considered for membership in the AKD, and you meet the following requirement:

Undergraduate Requirements: 

  • Sociology major 
  • 12 credit hours of Sociology at UMCP
  • 3.3 average in all sociology course work, 
  • 3.3 cumulative GPA

Graduate Requirements: 

  • Sociology major 
  • 12 hours in Sociology at UMCP 
  • 3.5 average in sociology course work 
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Paper Competition and MFP Winners

:2017 Paper Competition Winners

Undergraduate Student Paper Competition Winners
First Place: Nicole Hansen, Colorado College
Paper Title: 
"Sexual Assault as a ‘Social Fact’ A Cross-Campus Analysis"

Second Place: Casey Sculler, 
Colorado College
Paper Title: "Haute Couture, Baggy Jeans, and L’homme Virile: Hegemonic Masculinity in French and U.S. Men’s Magazine Advertisements"

Third Place: Irene Snyder, Elizabethtown College
Paper Title: “When Two Worlds Collide: The Effects of Sex, Family Structure, and Job Characteristics on Work-Family Spillover"

Graduate Student Paper Competition Winners
First Place: Megan Carroll, University of Southern California
Paper Title: “Managing Without Moms: Gay Fathers, Incidental Activism, and the Politics of Parental Gender”

Second Place: Kai Lin, University of Delaware
Paper Title: “The Rule of Law and the Socio-Political Functions of Law in Contemporary China”

Third Place: Kelly Markowski, Kent State
Paper Title:
 “Individual Change to Social Change: How Identity Processes Foster Success in the Vegan Identity”

Congratulations to: Salvador Rangel

Salvador Rangel came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant at the age of 10. After various years working in “unskilled” sectors, he made his way into higher education, first taking the GED and then attending community college. Salvador received his BA at Eastern Kentucky University and his MA at the University of Kentucky, both in sociology. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of California-Santa Barbara. His previous hands-on experience working in the manufacturing and construction industries informs his current research. His dissertation, “La Jungla: Globalization, Transnational Migrant Labor, and the Meatpacking Industry,” combines ethnographic methodology with macro-level analysis using Burawoy’s global ethnographic approach. In it, he analyzes changes in labor, migration and race under global capitalism. His teaching and research interests include global political economy, globalization, immigration, class, labor, race, the legal system and the construction of migrant illegality. He has served as an editorial assistant as well as a translator for a bilingual academic journal. Outside the academy, Salvador strives to engage in public sociology by publishing analytical pieces in mass media outlets that make his research accessible to a broader public.