Mildred Priest Frank Memorial Prize Awarded to Katherine Giaccone

Priest Frank Award
Student Awards and Recognition
May 4, 2012

The 2012 Mildred Priest Frank Memorial Prize has been awarded to Katherine Giaccone. Her Senior Thesis concerns corporate board interlock and the way that this can promote the uptake of corporate social responsibility. Running against the grain of conventional sociological wisdom it suggests that sometimes interlocking directorates can be a good thing. The award committee of Professors Smith, Hunter and Wildeman were impressed by the huge effort put into hand-building a database, a sophisticated network analysis of corporate board interlock and a research finding that has realistic policy implications. In addition they were impressed by Giaccone’s performance in coursework within the Major and the way that her ethically motivated topic resonated with Mildred Priest Frank’s own love of people.