Academic Awards to Students
The Gad J. Bensinger Award
The Gad J. Bensinger Award is named in honor of Dr. Gad Bensinger, a faculty member in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Loyola for more than 30 years and the architect of the Department's Graduate Program. Dr. Bensinger received his Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago in 1971. Following his graduation, he worked for the Cook County Sheriff's Office, first as associate director of the Sheriff's Youth Services Department, and later as director of the Cook County Criminal Justice Training and Leadership Development Program. Dr. Bensinger joined the faculty of Loyola University Chicago's Criminal Justice and Criminology Department in 1977, was promoted to associate professor in 1984 and full professor in 1986. As chairperson of the department from 1986 to 1997, Dr. Bensinger was instrumental in establishing the Graduate Program.
The Gad J. Bensinger Award recognizes graduate students who have distinguished themselves through academic accomplishment and significant contributions to the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department's Graduate Program and is presented annually at the Criminal Justice Student Honors Convocation held each spring. The 2009 recipients of the Gad J. Bensinger Award were Rachel M. Sterk, M.A. and Jordan Boulger, M.A.