Leo Meltzer Award
This award was established many years ago to celebrate the contributions of Professor Leo Meltzer to this Department, which he served from 1963 until 1990. Professor Meltzer was a distinguished scholar, an internationally recognized social psychologist, a wonderful colleague, and a dedicated teacher at Cornell. In light of Dr. Meltzer’s devotion to undergraduate education, his colleagues and family established an award to honor the best undergraduate thesis in the field of social psychology, broadly defined.
"The Social Construction of Career Aspirations Among Cornell Undergraduates"
|2021||Jasmine Scott||“Crit Walking Through the World Language Classroom”|
|2020||Sydni Green||"Navigating Between Boundaries: The Experience of Biracial Individuals in Finding Identity"|
|2019||Julia Pagán Andréu||"Intersectional Beauty: How Beauty Influencers Create their Identities Online"|
|2019||Karen Loya||"Latinx in Higher Education: How Universities Influence Identity"|
"Body Alteration and Class: A Study of Inequality in Look."
“Examining the Contribution of Different Social Relationships to Immigrant Health Inequalities in the United States”
“ When Diverse College Classes Fall Shor of Social Class Diversity: Examining the Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Students’ Choice of Undergraduate Major”
“Under the Knife: The Social Pressures and Influences of Plastic Surgery on Second-Generation Korean American Women”
“From the Court to Culture: Supreme Court Decisions on Gay Rights Issues and Changes in Public Attitudes toward Homosexual Relationships, 1973-2014”
“Sounding Guilty: African American English and Racial Inequality in the Courtroom”
“Persisting Educational Inequality in a College For All Era: Aspirational Fulfillment of Community College Students”
“Making a Difference vs. Making Money: Social Value Orientation as a Predictor of College Students’ Career Motivations”
“The Black-White Gap in Educational Confidence and Spending Preferences”
“Gender and Judicial Decision Making: An Examination of Supreme Court Opinion in Sex Discrimination Cases (1961-2005)”
“An Institutional Analysis of the Green House Project and its Transformation of Long-Term Care for the Elders”
“The Self-Segregation of African American Students on the Cornell Campus”
“ ‘Looks’ Like She Means Business: Appearance Norm Conformity and Women’s Occupational Aspirations”
“Hegemonic Masculinity and Same-sex Friendships”
“Hearing the Voices of Abused and Neglected Children: An Examination of Representation for Children in Protection Proceedings and the Implications for Child Welfare”
“Alternative Career Choices For Nevada Women: Exotic Dancers in Las Vegas”
“What Messages Do Your Children’s Books Hold: Predominant Themes In Award Winning And Best Selling Children’s Picture Books From Twentieth Century America”
“Gender Roles and Gender’s Role: Gender in Advertising”
“The Relationship Between Trust and Reputation “
Robert Wertheimer Award
Robert Wertheimer is a former sociology major who graduated with honors in sociology. He remains devoted to both the field of sociology, to the Cornell Sociology department, and to the University. As a tribute to his contributions, the department recently established a prize for the best paper or thesis outside the field of social psychology (and hence not eligible for the Meltzer award).
|2022||Alexandra Gibbons||"Place, Race, and Punishment: A Spatial Analysis of Incarceration in New York State"|
“Weaving the Fabric of Entrepreneurship: A Two-Mode Network Model of Startups’ Survival”
|2020||Beth Gentsch||"Why CrossFit? A Study on Female Strength, Fitness, and Empowerment"|
|2019||Katherine Lynch||"The Optional Buy Out and the Imperative Buy In: A Comparison of 'Teachers' Perceptions of Parent Involvement in Socioeconomically Advantaged Versus Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Schools|
Ming Zhe Choong
"The Impacts of College Textbooks Costs on Cornell Undergraduates"
“Mind the Gap: A Study of Inequality in Public Transportation Access in Baltimore City, Maryland”
“Renegotiating Privacy, Audience and Self-Presentation A Sociological Study of Snapchat Users”
“At the Forefront of Integration: A Descriptive Analysis of Mixed Income Neighborhoods in the City of Chicago”
“Framing Society: A Study of Spy Films From 1963–2013”
“Neighborhood Disorder and Fear in a College Town: A Study of the Role of Shared Organizational Affiliation”
“A Puzzling Silence: Understanding Honor and Omeritá in Sicily”
“Class Congruence: Regularity and Control in the Home and Classroom”
Awarded for having the highest GPA.
“Legal-Institutionalism, Political Opportunities, and Environmental Contention in Post-Mao China”
“Immigrant Farmworker Social Integration in Rural New York”
“The Motivations Behind the Rise in Nationalist Party Support in London Over the Past Decade”
“Kosovar Political Migrants and Narration of the Nation: Homeland Cosmopolitans and Ethnic Chauvinists Abroad”
“Same Only Story in the “New” South Africa: Post-apartheid Racial and Gender Inequality”
“The Spatial Concentration of Affluence in Urban America, 1990-2000”
“I was a Door-to-Door Salesman: An Ethnographic Examination of the Organizational Structure and Culture of a Direct Sales and Marketing Firm”