Student Awards & Honors

HSSJ Students Winning Research Honors

For the past several years, HSSJ undergraduate students have participated in GW Research Days, held in spring semester, where they have won several awards:

  • Valentina Barrera Vasco, 1st place in Educational and Cultural Studies for Diversity and Inclusion Prize for "Principals' Experiences with SEL Implementation" 
  • 2019 Julian Clement Chase Prize
  • Adam Graubart, "Tzedek: DC Synagogues Building Movements for Social Justice."
  • Charleene Smith 2nd place in Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Prize (Day 1 & Day 2) Undergraduate Presenters for "Black Reproductive Freedom: Contraceptive Counseling.”
  • Victoria Rowe, 1st place Overall Research Day Prizes, Education, Business, and Organizational Studies for "Seek First to Understand: Exploring the Implementation of Culturally Relevant Education in the District of Columbia."
  • Sara Policastro, 2nd Place in Media and Cultural Studies for “Market Manager Relationships Around Financial Incentive Programs at D.C. Farmers' Markets."
  • Sara Policastro, Nashman Prize 1st Place for "Market Manager Relationships around Financial Incentive Programs at D.C. Farmers' Markets."
  • Theresa Cal, 2nd place Diversity and Inclusion Prize for "Unwanted Sexual Contact and the Implicit Objectification of Women" 59
  • Shanna Helf for her project “Aging through Change: Gentrification, Social Capital and Senior Citizens of Washington DC.”
  • Lauren Hinkel earned second-place in the socio-cultural studies category with her qualitative work “Defining Confidence: An Exploration of Developing Factors of SelfEsteem in Adolescent Females.”
  • Ashley Trick 1st place in Socio-Cultural Studies for “Aging through Change: Gentrification, Social Capital and Senior Citizens of Washington DC.”


Honey W. Nashman Award

Honey Nashman


The Honey W. Nashman Prize for Academic Achievement and Service is awarded each year to outstanding seniors in the HSSJ Program who have earned a GPA of 3.7 or greater in the major.

Honey W. Nashman, professor emeritus, dedicated 43 years of teaching service to GW, including serving as director of the HSSJ Program. She has published, researched, won awards and been a leader in the human services, social justice and community organizing fields over the course of her impressive career. Learn more about Honey W. Nashman


Past Nashman Outstanding Senior Awardees:

Rose Gelin

Abby Care

Shannon Doyle

Nili Ezekiel

Helen Palatianos

Julia Resnik

Leah Cohen and Rachel Naugle

Shanna Helf

Maura Molish and Ashley Trick