University of Mississippi

Awards and Honors

Taylor Medal

Taylor Medals are awarded to no more than 1 percent of the University’s student body each year. Recipients must be nominated for outstanding scholarship in a particular field, combined with superior work in other subjects.

2013   Emma Willoughby (Sociology)
2010   Billie Forrest (Anthropology)
2009   Drew Wilkerson (Sociology)
2000   Kurt Brummett (Sociology)

Awards in Sociology

Undergraduate Awards

The JULIEN TATUM AWARD, established in 1981 by the friends and colleagues of the late Dr. Tatum, former University professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, recognizes the outstanding graduating senior in sociology.

Tatum Award Recipients:
2016   Lauren Hughes
2015   Joshua Shane Horton, Matthew Trent Fernandez
2014   Shanda Taylor, Melissa Wiesniewski
2013   Robert Corban, Emma Willoughby
2012   Heather Knight, Darian Khosrowshahi
2011   Kelly Pizzo, Curtis McGehee
2010   Robert Reece, Artair Rogers, Haley West, Blake Williams
2009   Drew Wilkerson
2008   Ryan Johnson
2007   Natalie J. Horton
2006   Jennifer Salu
2005   Mary Jo Williamson
2004   Christopher Kelly
2003   Jordan Camp
2000   Kurt Brummett
1999   Marina Igorevna Luybimova
1998   Anna Clayton Hale
1997   Thomas Nakia Magee
1996   Tracy Johnson
1995   Ralph David Ford

Graduate Awards

The LARRY W. DEBORD AWARD, established in 1996 by the friends and colleagues of the late Dr. DeBord, former University professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, recognizes the outstanding student in the sociology M.A. program.

DeBord Award Recipients:
2016   Daniela Griffith, Caitlin Brooking
2015   Laura Bruster
2014   Vanessa Parks, Sarah Gayden Harris, Kristen Horton
2013   Danielle Kerr
2012   Tiffiney Grey
2011   Joey Brown
2010   Andrew Whitaker
2009   Shane Elliott
2008   Maggie Tate
2007   Gwen Wages
2005   Matthieu Dessier
2004   Deidre Tyler
2003   Jason Reese
2002   Kurt Brummett

Awards in Anthropology


The Francis James Award was named for Francis W. James, Professor of Anthropology, who died in December 1983. Francis was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bucknell. During the Second World War she worked as an Editorial Assistant for the American Red Cross and the U.S. Public Health Service. After the war, she was a journalist in London and wrote articles on archaeology. Francis pursed her interest in archaeology by studying at London University’s Institute of Archaeology from which she obtained diplomas in the Archaeology of the Roman Provinces and Iron Age Europe (1953) and the Archaeology of Western Asia (1959) and a Ph.D. in Palestinian Archaeology (1963). She studied and/or worked in the field with such giants of archaeology as Dame Kathleen Kenyon, Sir Mortimer Wheeler, and V. Gordon Childe.

Her association with the University of Missisisppi began in 1965. Her research included work at Roman and Medieval sites in England; Jericho and Beidha in Jordan; the Phoenician city of Motya in Sicily; and Qadesh in Syria. She published numerous articles and two major monographs in the University of Pennsylvania Museum Monographs series, The Iron Age at Beth Shan and The Late Bronze Egyptian Garrison at Beth Shan. The latter was published posthumously with Patrick E. McGovern. The James Award is given to an outstanding senior Anthropology major.

Recent recipients of the Francis James Award:

2016   Laura Dona, Dalton Capps
2015   Timothy Michael Harris
2014   Kaitlin Moore, Mary Elizabeth Smithson (nominated for Taylor Medal)
2013   Mattie Codling, Mary Margaret Saulters
2012   Locakeya Griffin
2010   Jaquelyn Land
2009   Jaquelynn Ennis
2007   Andrew Whitaker
2006   Jenna Hale Phillips
2005   Anwen Culver Thomas
2004   Joshlyn Pickens and Raquel Morris
2003   Justin Rives Nicholas
2002   Amelie Louise Nolen
2001   Angela Caryn Innman
2000   Dennis Michael Duncan
1999   Stacey Lynn Shankle
1998   Alecia Marie Spooner
1997   Robert Ramsey Herrington
1996   Monroe Causey Ginn
1995   Lennon Elias Bowen, IV
1994   Margaret Allen Reese
1993   Gail L. Heimer
1992   Victoria Johnson Gimma


Departmental Awards

2006   Dr. Jay Johnson, Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Faculty Fellow