Spring 2017 Prize Recipients

George H. Acheson and Grass Foundation Prize in Neuroscience

Established in 1992 by a gift from the Grass Foundation, this prize is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program who demonstrates excellence in the program and who also shows promise for future contributions in the field of neuroscience.

  • Olivia Lofaro 2017
  • Matthew Pelton 2017

Alumni Prize in the History of Art

Established by Wesleyan alumni and awarded to a senior who has demonstrated special aptitude in the history of art and who has made a substantive contribution to the major.

  • Page Nelson 2017

American Chemical Society Analytical Award

Awarded for excellence in analytical chemistry.

  • Luz Mendez 2017

American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

  • Haeyoon Jung 2017

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry

Awarded to an undergraduate student in inorganic chemistry to recognize achievement and encourage further study in the field.

  • Daniel Robertson 2018

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry

Awarded to a senior who has displayed a significant aptitude for organic chemistry

  • Joanna Korpanty 2018

American Institute of Chemists Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

  • Zachary Hillman 2017

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biochemistry Honor Society

Awarded to exceptional juniors and seniors pursuing a degree in the molecular life sciences. Students are recognized for their scholarly achievement, research accomplishments, and outreach activities in the molecular life sciences.

  • Jennifer Cascino 2017
  • Kaileen Fei 2017
  • Kenneth Hecht 2018
  • Christine Little 2018
  • Julianne Riggs 2017
  • Rachel Savage 2017

Ayres Prize

The gift of Daniel Ayres, Class of 1842, to the first-year student who attains the highest academic standing in the first semester.

  • Nate Gillman 2020

Bertman Prize

Established in memory of Bernard T. Bertman, associate professor of physics, by gifts from his colleagues, family, and friends, in 1970. Awarded to a senior majoring in physics who displays a particularly resourceful and creative approach to physics research.

  • Daniel Weiss 2017

Blankenagel Prize

Income from the John C. Blankenagel Fund, established in 1970, awarded at the discretion of the Department of German studies to enrich educational offerings in the area of humanistic studies, or to assist a superior student in completing a project in German studies.

  • Philip Katz 2017
  • Ezra Kauffman 2017

Boylan Award

Given by Jennifer Boylan in honor of her classmate, Annie Sonnenblick, the award recognizes an outstanding piece of creative nonfiction, journalistic work, or writing for general readers.

  • Zenzele Price 2018
  • Colleen Winslow 2017

Bradley Prize

The gift of Stanley David Wilson, Class of 1909, in memory of Professor Walker Parke Bradley, to the senior or junior who excels in chemistry and particularly in special original work.

  • Aidan Stone 2017

Bridge Builder Award

Awarded to a student and student group who have succeeded in strengthening the relationship between Wesleyan and the greater Middletown community.

  • Food Rescue
  • Gabriella Castorena 2019
  • Lili Kadets 2017
  • Lydia Ottaviano 2017

Briggs Prize

Established in 1900 by the gift of James E. Briggs, to the student who has done the most effective work in intercollegiate debating.

  • Dominic Vazquez 2019

Christopher Brodigan Fund Award

Established in memory of Christopher Brodigan, a Wesleyan student who died in an accident in his frosh year. The Fund pays tribute to Christopher's deep interest in Africa and to the public service he provided through teaching in Botswana prior to entering Wesleyan. Awarded to graduating seniors and recent graduates who plan to pursue public service or research in Africa.

  • Bridget Adarkwa 2017
  • Nailah Hines 2017
  • Matthew Shelley-Reade 2017

Erness Brody Prize

Established in 2002 by Ann duCille in honor of Professor Erness Bright Brody, former chair of the African American Studies Program. Awarded annually to a senior African American Studies Program major for excellence in written expression.

  • Eero Talo 2017

Bruner Freshman Improvement Prize

The gift of William Evans Bruner, Class of 1888, to the student whose second-semester first-year record shows the greatest relative improvement over that of the first semester.

  • Dontay Downer 2019

Butterfield Prize

Established by the Class of 1967 and awarded to the graduating senior who has exemplified those qualities of character, leadership, intellectual commitment and concern for the Wesleyan community shown by Victor Lloyd Butterfield, 11th president of the University.

  • Fred Ayres 2017
  • Selena Gonzalez 2017

Camp Prize

Established in 1905 by the Board of Trustees in memory of Samuel T. Camp, trustee 1880-1903. Awarded for excellence in English literature.

  • Jenny Davis 2017

Nancy Campbell/National Trust for Historic Preservation Summer Internship Program

Established by friends and admirers in honor of Nancy Campbell, wife of former Wesleyan University President Colin Campbell, in recognition of her national leadership in historic preservation, and awarded to rising juniors or rising seniors.

  • James Reston 2018

Frank Capra Prize

Established in 1983 to honor Frank Capra, Hon. 1981, the great American film director whose collected papers are in the Wesleyan Cinema Archives. Best film to exemplify Capra's skill in telling a human story that contains both humor and pathos.

  • Sofia Taylor 2017

Cardinal Crest Award

Awarded to the member of the WSA who has given honor to his/her post on the WSA or one of its committees through his/her leadership, and has selflessly served the greater interest of the Wesleyan student body.

  • Elizabeth Shackney 2017

Chadbourne Prize

The gift of George Storrs Chadbourne, Class of 1858, to that member of the first-year class outstanding in character, conduct, and scholarship.

  • Isaac Klimasmith 2020
  • Anthony Price 2020

Clark Fellowship

Established in memory of John Blanchard Clark by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Clark of Pittsford, New York; his sister, Catherine; relatives; and friends. Awarded annually to a qualified graduating senior of Wesleyan University for graduate study in a school of medicine. Recipients are judged by members of the Health Professions Panel on their potential for outstanding achievement and for their promise of community leadership and public-spirited citizenship and for their scholastic record at Wesleyan.

  • Jordan Bell 2017

Clee Scholarship

Established by friends and associates of Gilbert Harrison Clee, Class of 1935, late president of the Board of Trustees. Awarded annually to a member of the junior class, who will remain a Clee Scholar throughout his or her junior and senior years, who will have demonstrated high standards of leadership, a deep commitment to Wesleyan University, an interest in the broad implications of multinational business enterprises, a sensitivity to the need for a creative balance between the public and private sectors, and an intention to pursue a career in business. A specific objective will be to select individuals who exemplify the qualities that characterized Gilbert Harrison Clee as a humane person and as a leader.

  • Gabriel Weinreb 2018

Dr. Neil Clendeninn Prize

Established in 1991 by George Thornton, Class of 1991 and David Derryck, Class of 1993, for the African American student who has achieved academic excellence in biology and/or molecular biology and biochemistry. This student must have completed his or her sophomore year and in that time have exemplified those qualities of character, leadership, and concern for the Wesleyan community as shown by Dr. Neil Clendeninn, Class of 1971.

  • Mikaela Carty 2018
  • Sarah Sylla 2017

Cole Prize

Established through the gift of George Henry Walker, Class of 1881, in the memory of Charles Edward Cole. Awarded to the first-year student who shows the greatest ability in fiction or nonfiction writing.

  • Sophie Formela 2020 (Honorable Mention)
  • Lilly Reinstein 2020 (1st Place)
  • Jessica Russell 2020 (Honorable Mention)

Herbert Lee Connelly Prize

Given in 1980 by Mabel Wells Connelly in the name of her husband, member of the Class of 1909, and alumni secretary, 1924-56. Supplemented by friends, relatives, and sons Hugh Wells and Theodore Sample, Class of 1948, the fund provides income to be awarded annually to a deserving undergraduate who demonstrates an interest in English literature and an unusual ability in nonfiction writing.

  • Hanna Holcomb 2019 (3rd Place)
  • Levi Huang 2018 (2nd Place)
  • Lili Kadets 2017 (1st Place)
  • Amy Mattox 2018 (1st Place)

CRC Award

Awarded to an outstanding first-year chemistry student, based on grades in organic chemistry over the interval of the current academic year.

  • Grace Chen 2020
  • Meera Joshi 2020

Davenport Prize

Established in 1948 by the gift of Ernest W. Davenport in honor of his brother, Frederick Morgan Davenport, Class of 1889, for excellence shown by seniors in the field of government and politics.

  • Ruby Lang 2017
  • Elizabeth Shackney 2017

Dorchester Prize

Established through the gift of Daniel Dorchester IV, Class of 1874. Awarded for the best thesis submitted to the English Department.

  • Avigayl Sharp 2017
  • Maya Stevens 2017

W.E.B. DuBois Prize

Awarded annually for academic excellence to a student majoring in African American studies.

  • Sheldyn Oliver 2017

Dutcher Prize

Established by gift of Arthur A. Vanderbilt, Class of 1910, in honor of Professor George Matthew Dutcher, for highest excellence in the Department of History.

  • Rachel Earnhardt 2017

Kevin Echart Memorial Book Prize

Awarded to the graduating College of Letters senior who best exemplifies the intellectual curiosity and range, the pleasure in colloquy, the capacity for admiration and skepticism, and the moral seriousness and love of books that we honored in our late colleague Kevin Echart and seek to foster in the students of the College of Letters.

  • Jessica Park 2017

Exceptional Program of the Year Award

Awarded to the coordinator(s) of an exceptional program, cultural event, speaker or production that has had positive campus-wide impact.

  • #CallToAction
  • Jacob Karlin 2017
  • Olivia Morris 2018

William Firshein Prize

Awarded to the graduating MB&B student who has contributed the most to the interests and character of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department.

  • Jennifer Cascino 2017
  • Jianyi Lu 2017

First-Year Leadership Award

Awarded to a first-year student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or involvement in the Wesleyan community.

  • Anthony Price 2020

Susan Frazer Prize

Awarded annually to the student (or students) who has done the most distinguished work in the elementary and intermediate French language sequence.

  • Jo Jo Diaz 2020
  • Victoria Knight 2020
  • Geoffrey Minet 2020
  • Mai Anh Tran 2020

Freeman Prize

Established in 1975 by Mansfield Freeman, Class of 1916. Awarded annually to a senior for excellence in East Asian studies.

  • Ki Choi 2017
  • Erin Deleon 2017
  • Maxwell Fong 2017

Beulah Friedman Prize

This prize recognizes work of outstanding achievement by a student in the history of art. The prize is awarded to a member of the senior class.

  • Sharifa Lookman 2017

Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research Prize

Established in 2017 to recognize research projects (besides honors theses) in any field that demonstrate outstanding and creative use of Wesleyan's library collections and resources.

  • Sara Feldman 2017 (2nd Place)
  • Rachel Rosenman 2017 (1st Place)

Fulbright Fellowship

These grants are funded by the United States government under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hays Act) and by many foreign countries. The grants, administered by the Institute for International Education, provide for one year of study at a university abroad.

  • Sarah Altemus Cullen 2016
  • Claire Brady 2015
  • Jenniefer Cascino 2017
  • Warren Enstrom GRAD
  • Shourjya Sen 2015
  • Sophie Zinser 2016

Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies Prize

Donated by the Wesleyan Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association (GALA), this prize is awarded annually to that undergraduate who has done the best research and writing on a subject in gay, lesbian, and sexuality studies.

  • Nora Canby 2017
  • Sofi Goode 2017

Griffin Prize

Established in 1912 by a gift of Mrs. Charles Mortimer Giffin, in memory of her husband, an honorary graduate of the Class of 1875. Awarded for excellence in the Department of Religion.

  • Hannah Eisner 2017
  • Shoko Yamada 2017

Akiva Goldsman Prize in Screenwriting

Awarded to the graduating film studies major who has written the best full-length screenplay in the Department of Film Studies.

  • Gabrielle Ebron 2017
  • Claire Edelman 2017

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Awarded by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation to a jcollege student who has outstanding potential and intends to pursue a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

  • Maya Lopez-Ichikawa 2018

Graduate Student of the Year Award

Awarded to a graduate student who has proven to be a vital and dynamic member of the Wesleyan community through taking on an active leadership role in campus life.

  • Nickesha Anderson GRAD

Graham Prize

The gift of James Chandler Graham, Class of 1890, awarded to a member of the graduating class for excellence in natural science.

  • Jordan Bell 2017
  • Redwan Bhuiyan 2017
  • Julia Indivero 2017
  • Melissa McKee 2017
  • Cole Morrissette 2017

Grant/Wilcox Prize

Awarded in honor of Connecticut filmmakers Ellsworth Grant and Roy Wilcox to the senior whose work in film and video best addresses significant environmental, social, or artistic issues.

  • Julie Magruder 2017

James T. Gutmann Field Studies Scholarship

Established in 2007 by Lisette Cooper '81, to honor her former professor and mentor, Prof. James T. Gutmann. Awarded to an especially promising major in Earth & Environmental Sciences to support geologic field research expected to lead to a senior honors thesis.

  • Paula Tartell 2018

Hallowell Prize

Established by friends and associates of Burton C. Hallowell '36, former Professor of Economics and Executive Vice-President of the University.  Awarded annually to an outstanding senior in the study of social science, as determined by the Governing Board of the Public Affairs Center.

  • Jared Fineberg 2017


Sarah Hannah Poetry Prize

Offered in memory of Sarah Hannah, class of 1988, in association with the Academy of American Poets and awarded for an outstanding poem.

  • Kathleen Radigan 2017

Hawk Prize

The gift of Philip B. Hawk, Class of 1898, as a memorial to his wife, Gladys, to the students who have done the most effective work in biochemistry.

  • Redwan Bhuiyan 2017
  • Jennifer Cascino 2017
  • Kaileen Fei 2017
  • Hanna Morales Hernandez 2017
  • Julianne Riggs 2017
  • Rachel Savage 2017
  • Stacy Uchendu 2017

Health Education Prize

Awarded annually to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the goals of Wesleyan's Health Education Program, which are the promotion of healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. The student who is chosen for this prize has demonstrated commitment not only to his or her personal well-being but has also served as a role model to peers in the Wesleyan community and beyond.

  • Caitlin O'Keeffe 2017

Heideman Award

Established in 1972, in honor of Enid and Walter Heideman. Awarded annually to an undergraduate who has helped others in the Wesleyan community, in the tradition of the Heidemans.

  • Deja Knight 2017
  • Taylor McClain 2017

Rachel Henderson Theater Prize

Awarded annually to that student who, in the estimation of the theater faculty, has contributed most to theater at Wesleyan over the course of his or her undergraduate career.

  • Anthony Dean 2017
  • Maya Herbsman 2017
  • Keyonne Session 2017
  • Nola Werlinich 2017

Holzberg Fellowship

Established in memory of Jules D. Holzberg, professor of psychology, by gifts of his colleagues and friends. Awarded to a senior who intends to pursue graduate study in clinical or community psychology in recognition of the commitment to research and applied work on the resolution of social problems on the individual and collective level that is consistent with Professor Holzberg's lifelong professional interests and humanitarian concerns.

  • Rachel Guetta 2017
  • Serene Murad 2017

Horgan Prize

Established by the Department of English in honor of Paul Horgan, professor emeritus and writer-in-residence. Awarded to the student who has written the best short story of the year.

  • Griffin Deary 2017 (Honorable Mention)
  • Janie Mortell 2018 (Honorable Mention)
  • Dache Rogers 2018 (1st Place)

Ingraham Prize

The gift of Robert Seney Ingraham, Class of 1888, and his wife, for excellence in New Testament Greek or, in years when a course in that subject is not given, for excellence in a course in Greek elective for juniors and seniors.

  • Maria Ma 2017

Jessup Prize

Awarded to two undergraduates each year who are deemed to show the greatest talent and promise for even greater excellence in sculpture, printmaking, architecture, photography, painting, or drawing. The prize is given in memory of Pauline Jessup, a noted interior designer, who practiced her craft for over 60 years throughout the United States. Mrs. Jessup was noted for her unerring eye, her extraordinarily refined taste, and her steadfast commitment to her clients-many of whom she served over three generations. The award is determined by the Department of Art and Art History.

  • Maria Ma 2017
  • Kaitlin Chan 2017

Johnston Prize

The gift of David George Downey, Class of 1884, in memory of Professor John Johnston. Awarded to those first-year students or sophomores whose performance in their first two semesters of physics shows exceptional promise.

  • Yujie Cai 2020
  • Jinpeng Fan 2020
  • Rebecca Lee 2020
  • Chloe Thorburn 2020

P. L. Kellam Prize

Established in memory of Priscilla L. Kellam, Class of 1983, by her husband. Awarded annually to a senior woman, under the age of 25, who has majored in East Asian Studies and has traveled or plans to travel to China to further her studies.

  • Abigail Friedland 2017

Barry Kiefer Prize--Biology

In memory of Barry I. Kiefer to celebrate outstanding graduating Ph.D. students in Biology and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry.

  • Robert Clark GRAD

Leavell Memorial Prize--Film

Awarded annually to a senior film student who has done outstanding work in the major, and who best reflects the departmental goals of citizenship, scholarship, and the wedding of theory and practice.

  • Henry Kinder 2017

Leavell Memorial Prize--Music

Awarded annually to a senior who has done outstanding work in music, and whose work manifests the ideals of the World Music Program in the Department of Music.

  • Rachel Rosenman 2017

Lebergott-Lovell Prize

In honor of Emeritus Professors of Economics Stanley Lebergott and Michael Lovell. To be awarded to the best paper written in the current academic year that uses econometric techniques to analyze an economic problem. Established in 2011 by Bruce Greenwald; first awarded in 2012.

  • Haikel Ramadhan 2016

Leonard Prize

Given in 1917 in memory of William Day Leonard, Class of 1878, by his friends. Awarded annually to the Member of the WSA who has given honor to hir post on The WSA or one of its committees through hir leadership, and has selflessly served the greater interest of the Wesleyan student body.

  • Emma Austin 2019
  • Rebecca Hutman 2017

Limbach Prize

Established in 1966 by Russell T. Limbach, professor of art, in memory of his wife, Edna Limbach. Awarded annually to the student who has contributed the most imaginative, generous, thoughtful, and understanding social service to the people of the City of Middletown and/or the Wesleyan community.

  • Lydia Ottaviano 2017

Lipsky Prize

The gift of the Reverend and Mrs. Bailey G. Lipsky in memory of their son, Francis Jules Lipsky, Class of 1931, to the member of the choir possessing in the highest degree unfailing kindliness, quiet dignity, and brilliant scholarship.

  • Pau Rius Valor 2020
  • Rosalin Wilkin 2017

Littell Prize

The gift of Franklin Bowers Littell, Class of 1891, for excellence in one or more advanced courses in astronomy.

  • Rachel Aronow 2017
  • Girish Duvvuri 2017

John W. Macy Summer Internship in Public Administration

Established by friends and colleagues of John W. Macy, Class of 1938. Awarded to the junior who most clearly exemplifies, in the decision of the selection committee, the characteristics associated with John Macy: high intellectual ability, a capacity for sustained effort in difficult tasks, strong ethical standards, an ingrained sense of duty, and a commitment to public service as a worthy career.

  • Ryan DeLoughry 2018

Mann Prize

Established in memory of Albert Mann, Class of 1906, devoted alumnus and faculty member, by his daughters and their families. Awarded annually to the senior(s) showing the most outstanding achievements in the Romance languages.

  • Lydia Elmer 2017
  • Lili Kadets 2017
  • Cloie Logan 2017
  • Colleen Lynch 2017
  • Eli McClintock-Shapiro 2017
  • Rachel Rosenman 2017

Martius Yellow Award

Awarded for excellence in organic synthesis.

  • Max Distler 2018

Roger Maynard Award

A memorial award to that senior scholar-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit, accomplishments, and humility of Roger Maynard, Class of 1937, former trustee.

  • Rachel Aronow 2017
  • Michael Liu 2017

James L. McConaughy Writing Prize

Awarded for a piece of nonfiction writing, on a topic in the social sciences or sciences, that is designed to interest general readers. Funds for this award were given originally by members of the class of 1936 in honor of their classmate, James L. McConaughy, a former Governor of Connecticut and President of Wesleyan University.

  • Lili Kadets 2017
  • Laura McIntyre 2017

Richard McLellan Prize

Awarded annually to a junior who exemplifies those qualities that characterize the late Richard McLellan, Director of the Career Planning Center and Associate Dean of the College: character, leadership, commitment to public service and diversity, wide cultural interests, and a sense of humor.

  • AJ Wilson 2019

Meyer Prize

Established in 1991 in honor of retiring colleague Donald A. Meyer, is awarded for the best Honors thesis in American History.

  • Jacob Singer 2017

Joan W. Miller Prize

Established by Professor Miller in 2008. It is awarded for the outstanding Honor's Thesis in the College of Social Studies.

  • Daniel Dreyfus 2017
  • Casey Smith 2017

Richard A. Miller Summer Internship Grant

Awarded in honor of Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics Richard A. Miller to students pursuing summer internships related to potential business careers.

  • Eric Meyreles 2018

Monroe Prize

Established in 1985 by the Center for African American Studies in memory of John G. Monroe, director, scholar, and teacher in the Center for African American Studies and in the Department of Theater. This prize is to be awarded annually to the Wesleyan sophomore or junior who, in the opinion of the review committee, submits the best scholarly essay in the field of African American studies.

  • Katherine Puntiel 2019
  • Grace Wong 2018

Janina Montero Prize

Awarded annually to a Latino student who has promoted the health, visibility, and participation of the Latino community at Wesleyan. The individual should best exemplify personal integrity, leadership, and motivation; a strong interest in and knowledge of his or her background; and have maintained a high level of commitment to Wesleyan's academic and intellectual enterprise.

  • Michael Ortiz 2017

David Morgan Prize

To be awarded annually to the senior major or majors in CSS and/or the Department of History who best demonstrated the integrity and commitment to community that characterized David's 37 years of service to his College, his Department, and to the University.

  • Sadie Renjilian 2017
  • Casey Smith 2017

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Award

Awarded to a sophomore or junior with a demonstrated commitment to social justice issues.

  • Nebiyu Daniel 2018

Mosaic Award

This award recognizes the contribution(s) of a person or organization that has brought about cultural awareness and education on one or more of the following issues: race, ethnicity, culture and/or sexual orientation.

  • Wesleyan Refugee Project
  • Casey Smith 2017

Geraldine J. Murphy Prize

Established in memory of Geraldine J. Murphy, who was the first woman hired as a full-time instructor at Wesleyan (1957), the first woman promoted to a tenured position, and the first woman promoted to the rank of full professor. The prize is endowed by alumni of the Wesleyan Master of Arts in Teaching program. Awarded to a student who has written an outstanding critical essay that focuses on short fiction or novels.

  • Sophie Chabon 2017 (2nd Place)
  • Lili Kadets 2017 (1st Place)
  • Aryeh Lieber 2018 (3rd Place)

Needler Prize

Established by Sophie Needler, in memory of her husband, Bennett Needler. Awarded annually to one or two graduating seniors who have demonstrated excellence in Hebrew or Jewish studies.

  • Zachary Mauer 2017

NNK Award

Awarded for the best screenplay for an undergraduate film.

  • Jacob Sussman 2017

Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize

Awarded for excellence in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

  • Aidan Bardos 2017 (Best Essay)
  • Sofi Goode 2017 (Best Thesis)
  • Adi Tur-Kaspa 2017 (Best Essay)

Olin Fellowship

Founded in 1854 by the wife of Stephen Olin, president, 1839-41 and 1842-51. Later increased by gifts of their son, Stephen Henry Olin, Class of 1866 and acting president, 1922-23, and his wife, Emeline. Awarded in recognition of achievement in English. The fellowship supports supervised work in English outside of the Wesleyan course structure.

  • Isabel Bartholomew 2018
  • Aryeh Lieber 2018
  • Amy Mattox 2018
  • Maile McCann 2018
  • Laura Mitchell 2018
  • Keith Mundangepfupfu 2019
  • Hui Yao Ong 2018
  • Adriane Tharp 2019

Outreach and Community Service Award

Awarded to the senior theater major who, through his or her work in the Department of Theater, has done a significant service in the community.

  • Jess Cummings 2017
  • Cheyanne Williams 2017

Outstanding Collaboration Award

Awarded for a program which was successfully planned in the spirit of partnership and team work.

  • NSM Coalition
  • Leah Cabrera 2017

Parker Prize

Established in 1870 by the Reverend John Parker, Trustee 1859-71. Awarded to a sophomore or junior who excels in public speaking.

  • Becky Eder 2018
  • Melissa Joskow 2018
  • Andrew Olivieri 2018

Peirce Prize

Awarded in successive years for excellence in biology, chemistry, and geology.

  • Melissa McKee 2017

Peterson Fellowship

Established in 1963 by bequest of William Harold Peterson, Class of 1907, for graduate study in biochemistry at Wesleyan.

  • Kinjal Dave GRAD
  • Bharat Lakhani GRAD

Plukas Prize

Established in 1986 by John Plukas, Class of 1966, this prize is awarded to graduating economics seniors to be applied toward summer expenses, during which period each student will work under the supervision of a faculty adviser to convert an honors project into a publishable article.

  • Jesse Cohen 2017
  • Caroline Elmendorf 2017
  • Joli Holmes 2017

Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award

Established in 1986 by John Plukas, Class of 1966, this prize is awarded for excellent service to the Economics Department as a teaching apprentice.

  • Taeo Carse 2017
  • Aaron Cheung 2019
  • Tiffany Coons 2018
  • Thatcher Eills 2017
  • Morgan Findley 2018
  • Sofia Goode 2017
  • Joli Holmes 2017
  • Han Ming How 2017
  • Andrew Jacobs 2017
  • Tianming Jiang 2019
  • Tae Kyung Kim 2017
  • Ari Markowitz 2017
  • Aviv Preminger 2019
  • Isabella Reilly 2019
  • Christopher Russo 2019
  • Andrew Samant 2017
  • Lalitpatr Sirichantaropart 2018
  • Dean Sterrett 2017
  • Courtney Wiegand 2017
  • Jiaang Yao 2019
  • Erica Yim 2019
  • Ethan Zeiger 2017

Gwen Livingston Pokora Prize

Established in 1993, awarded annually to the outstanding undergraduate student in music composition.

  • Cassie Willson 2017

Prentice Prize

The gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Brooks Prentice in memory of Professor George Prentice to that junior or senior who excels in German. This prize is given in alternate years.

  • Katherine Paterson 2018

The Wallace C. Pringle Prize for Research in Chemistry

Gift of Eleanor and Wallace Pringle and their family and friends. This prize is to be awarded annually by the Chemistry Department to a student for excellence in research.

  • Eric Arsenault 2017

Sophie and Anne Reed Prize

Established by Leon Reed; his sons, S. Chadwick '41 and Dr. Victor Reed, and his grandson Ted Reed '70, in memory of Sophie Reed and Anne Reed, for the best poem or group of poems.

  • Jake Rosenberg 2017 (1st Place)
  • Monica Sun 2018 (Honorable Mention)

Damain Garth Reeves Memorial Book Prize

Awarded to the first-year student who best embodies the personal and intellectual qualities of Damain Reeves, Class of 2000.

  • Christopher Jackson 2020

Rice Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a senior.

  • Ian Teixeira 2017

Michael Rice Prize in Computer Science

Endowed in 2008 by the Fernando and Appapillai families in honor of Dr. Michael D. Rice and awarded for excellence in computer science to a senior.

  • Maksim Trifunovski 2017

Rich Prize

The gift of Isaac Rich, trustee 1849-72, in memory of his wife, and later supplemented by appropriations from the Board of Trustees. Awarded to those seniors whose orations are judged best in composition and delivery.

  • Natalie Behr 2017
  • Alexa Wheeler 2017

Robertson Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a sophomore.

  • Poom Chiarawongse 2019

Robins Memorial Prize

Established in 1969, in memory of George D. Robins 1898, by Frank D. Robins 1934, and Douglas H. Robins 1966, for excellence in history.

  • Sonya Levine 2017

Steven J. Ross Prize

Established in 1979 as a gift of Steven J. Ross of Warner Communications. Awarded annually for the best undergraduate film, digital, and/or virtual made in the Department of Film Studies.

  • Ostin Pham 2017


Juan Roura-Parella Prize

Established in 1984 to be awarded annually to an undergraduate whose work represents the kind of catholic curiosity and general learning that Professor Juan Roura-Parella exemplified.

  • Grace Carroll 2017
  • Ian Foster 2017

Rulewater Prize

Awarded for outstanding reflection and writing on an interdisciplinary topic in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program.

  • Amy Bigelow GLSP

Robert Schumann Distinguished Student Award

Established in 2007 by a gift from the Robert Schumann Foundation. Awarded to an outstanding student who demonstrates academic accomplishment and excellence in environmental stewardship through work at Wesleyan or the greater Middletown Community.

  • Mira Klein 2017
  • Ruby Lang 2017
  • Eva Steinberg 2017

Scott Biomedical Prize

Awarded to a member(s) of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry senior class who has demonstrated excellence and interest in commencing a career in academic or applied medicine.

  • Daniel Esposito 2017
  • Natalie Favret 2017
  • Jianyi Lu 2017

Scott Prize--Arabic

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Mae Moskin 2019
  • Dylan Shumway 2020

Scott Prize--Chinese

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Yuko Ohmori 2018

Scott Prize--French

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Cindy Horng 2017
  • Alex Lee 2017

Scott Prize--German Studies

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Sophia Shoulson 2018

Scott Prize--Hebrew

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Isabel Fattal 2017
  • Jared Fineberg 2017

Scott Prize--Italian

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Molly Schiff 2018
  • Hannah Skopicki 2018

Scott Prize--Japanese

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Sidong Ma 2017

Scott Prize--Korean

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • David Cabanero 2019

Scott Prize--Portuguese

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Anthony Rimac 2019

Scott Prize--Russian

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Anna Bisikalo 2017

Scott Prize--Spanish

Established by Charles Scott Jr., M.A., Class of 1886, and trustee 1905-22, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Jennifer Cascino 2017

Mary and John Sease Prize

Awarded for outstanding work in environmental science.

  • Hilary Brumberg 2017
  • Kylie Moynihan 2017

Sehlinger Prize

Established by the Class of 1965 in memory of Charles Edward Sehlinger III, who died in 1964. The award of a medical dictionary is given to a premedical student for excellence of character, community spirit, and academic achievement.

  • Martha Smith 2017

Senior Legacy Award

Awarded to a senior who has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his or her four years in the Wesleyan community.

  • Arnelle Williams 2017

Frances M. Sheng Prize

Awarded for excellence in Chinese language and excellence in Japanese Language.

  • Min Kim 2018
  • Isabel Volpe 2018

Sherman Prize--Math

Established by David Sherman, D.D., Class of 1872. Two prizes awarded annually, one for excellence in first-year mathematics and the other for excellence in classics.

  • Frederick Corpuz 2020
  • Dhhyey Shah 2020

Rae Shortt Prize

Established in memory of Rae M. Shortt. Awarded to a junior for excellence in mathematics.

  • Gabriel Weinreb 2018

Samuel C. Silipo Prize

Awarded annually for the most valuable player(s) of the Wesleyan orchestra.

  • Hanhee Song 2017
  • Maya Stevens 2017

Silverman Prize

Established by gift of Elisha Adelbert Silverman, Class of 1922, and awarded to a member of the junior or senior class for excellence in chemistry.

  • Claire Slevin 2017

Siver Scholarship

Established by Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Siver in memory of their son Roger Brooks Siver, who graduated from Wesleyan in 1968. Awarded to undergraduate students majoring in or demonstrating strong academic interest in physics.

  • Victoria Barr 2018
  • Cail Daley 2018
  • Rami Hamati 2019
  • Peter Kwoba 2019
  • Andrea Masi-Phelps 2018
  • Anthony Santini 2018

Skirm Prize

Established by members of the Class of 1931 in memory of their classmate, Thomas H. Skirm, this prize is awarded to a government major early in his or her senior year, to recognize the best research or writing project done during the junior year.

  • Sophia Salmore 2017
  • Julia Yu 2017

Social Activist Award

Awarded to the individual or student group that best exemplifies the spirit of social activism and through his/her/their efforts, constructive social change ensued.

  • Ainsley Eakins 2018

Annie Sonnenblick Writing Award

Established by the family of the late Annie Sonnenblick, Class of 1980, in 1992 as a complement to the annual Annie Sonnenblick Lecture. The prize provides financial support for a student who wishes to undertake an independent writing project during the summer between his or her junior and senior years.

  • Levi Huang 2018

Spinney Prize

The gift of Joseph S. Spinney, trustee 1875-82 and 1888-93, for excellence in Greek. Awarded for the best original essay on some aspect of Greek or Roman civilization.

  • Edward Archibald 2017

Spurrier Award

The William A. Spurrier Ethics Award, established by Dr. James Case, given to the student who demonstrates in the field of ethics: sensitivity, insight, depth, and humor. Given in memory of William Spurrier III, chaplain and Hedding Professor of Moral Science and Religion.

  • Cheryl Hagan 2017

Student Organization of the Year

Awarded to a student organization that has excelled in sustaining leadership, an active membership and programmatic efforts that contribute to the larger Wesleyan community.

  • Veg Out
  • Ingrid Eck 2019
  • Amanda Farman 2017
  • Jewelia Ferguson 2020
  • Sio Lam 2019
  • Ryan Nelson 2019
  • Joshua Nodif 2019
  • Mya Rodriguez-Valentin 2019
  • Katherine Sundberg 2020
  • Robin Waterman 2019

Taylor Scholarship

Awarded to a History major based on outstanding academic achievement and other qualities such as fine character, good fellowship, leadership, and service to the Wesleyan community.

  • Marcos Plaud 2018

Thorndike Prize

Established by gift of Elizabeth Moulton Thorndike in memory of her husband, Edward Lee Thorndike, Class of 1895, for excellence in psychology.

  • Roxie Chuang 2017

Tishler Teaching Award

Established by the family and friends of Dr. Max Tishler, professor of chemistry, emeritus, and University Professor of the Sciences, emeritus. Awarded annually in his memory to the best graduate teaching assistant in chemistry.

  • Melissa King GRAD

Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize-Art

Established in 1981 by a gift from Mrs. Tishler. Awarded annually for an outstanding senior exhibition in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, or architecture.

  • Zander Porter 2017
  • Harrison Carter 2017

Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize--Music

Established in 1981 by a gift from Mrs. Tishler. Expanded in 1989 for excellence in piano performance. Two prizes are given annually: one for Western classical piano performance and the other for jazz piano performance.

  • Ari Liu 2020

David A. Titus Memorial Prize

Established by family, friends, and students in memory of Professor David Titus to support the summer studies of a deserving Wesleyan junior majoring in Government, East Asian Studies, or the College of Social Studies.

  • Sasha Guo 2018
  • Zach Tan 2018

Shu Tokita Prize

Established by friends and relatives of Shu Tokita, Class of 1984, and awarded to students of color studying literature and in area studies with a focus on literature. The recipient will be selected on the basis of his or her application essay and commitment to the study of literature.

  • Franchesca Pena 2018

T?l?lyan Fund for the Study of Diasporas and Transnationalism

Established in 2008 by Bruce Greenwald, Professor of Economics at Columbia Business School, in honor of Wesleyan Professor Khachig T?l?lyan. The award funds the summer research of a junior with the best proposal for a thesis on the study of diasporic or transnational issues.

  • Sonya Bessalel 2018
  • Levi Huang 2018

Trench Prize

The gift of Miss Grace A. Smith, in memory of William James Trench, trustee 1835-67, for excellence in the Department of Religion.

  • Isabel Fattal 2017
  • Nadja Shannon-Dabek 2017

Kenneth W. Underwood Prize in Social Ethics

Awarded to the College of Social Studies student selected to discuss a paper on the subject of social ethics delivered by a guest scholar at one of the two annual CSS banquets.

  • Claudia Kahindi 2018

United States Teaching Assistantship in Austria

One-year assistantship for teaching English in Austria, funded by the Austrian government.

  • Ezra Kauffman 2017

Karl Van Dyke Prize

Awarded each year to one or more students majoring in physical science or having a predominant interest in physical science and technology and who show outstanding achievement in academic work and a promise of productivity in a professional career.

  • Eric Arsenault 2017
  • Darci Collins 2018
  • Nisha Grewal 2017
  • Chi Hang Kan 2017
  • Varun Ursekar 2017
  • Wujie Wang 2017

Vanguard Prize

Established by black alumni in tribute to the black members of the Class of 1969, whose perseverance and pioneering leadership earned them designation as the Vanguard Class. The prize is awarded annually to a graduating senior who has achieved academic excellence and contributed significantly to maintaining Wesleyan's racial diversity.

  • Yael Horowitz 2017

Walkley Prize

Two prizes, the gift of Webster Rogers Walkley, Class of 1860, in memory of David Hart Walkley, Class of 1878, for excellence in psychology. Awarded to those juniors and seniors who present the best reports or work embodying original research.

  • Megan Dolan 2017
  • Maxine Lai 2017
  • Gabriella Montinola 2017
  • Jessica Perelman 2017
  • Trinity Russell 2017
  • Haiyun Zeng 2017

Watson Fellowship

Awarded by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, to enable college graduates of unusual promise to engage in an initial postgraduate year of independent study and travel abroad.

  • Michaela Fisher 2017

Weller Prize

The gift of Mrs. LeRoy Weller, in memory of her husband, LeRoy Weller, Class of 1899, to the student having the highest academic average for the sophomore year.

  • Talia Kaplan 2018

Wesleyan Animal Studies Prize

Awarded for the best thesis or senior essay on a subject in Animal Studies.

  • Katherine Bartel 2017

Wesleyan Black Alumni Council Memorial Prize

Established in 1986 by the Wesleyan Black Alumni Council in memory of deceased black alumni. The prize provides a summer stipend to support a deserving student engaged in independent study or community service related to the concerns of black people.

  • Victoria King 2018

Wesleyan Fiction Award

A gift from Norman Mailer to the Wesleyan Writing Program, this award recognizes an outstanding piece of fiction written by a Wesleyan student.

  • Rose Shuker-Haines 2020

Wesleyan Memorial Prize

The gift of undergraduates in the Class of 1943 in memory of fellow students who made the supreme sacrifice in the Second World War, to the members of the junior class outstanding in qualities of character, leadership, and scholarship.

  • Hailey Broughton-Jones 2018

White Prize

Established in 1942 by Horace Glenn White Jr., Class of 1933, and increased in 1943 by friends in his memory. Awarded for advanced undergraduate study in economics.

  • Fred Ayres 2017
  • Sofia Goode 2017
  • Ya-Lih Horng 2017
  • Ari Markowitz 2017
  • Arni Olafsson 2017
  • Colleen Pedlow 2017
  • Nancy Tang 2017
  • Courtney Wiegand 2017
  • Jiayi Xiong 2018

White Fellowship--Government

Awarded for excellence in government to a graduate or an advanced undergraduate in Government.

  • Taiga Araki 2017
  • Lianna Culp 2017
  • Mira Klein 2017
  • Benjamin Marvin-Vanderryn 2017
  • Anna Pezanoski-Cohen 2017
  • Courtney Wiegand 2017

White Fellowship--History

Awarded for excellence in history.

  • Dominic Brown 2018
  • Hai Lun Tan 2018

M.G. White Prize

Awarded annually for the best thesis submitted in American Studies.

  • Grace Carroll 2017
  • Lili Kadets 2017

Wilde Prize

Established in 1963 by Frazer B. Wilde, L.L.D., Class of 1958, awarded to a junior or senior for excellence in economics.

  • Sofi Goode 2017

Winchester Fellowship

Established in 1938, in memory of Professor Caleb Thomas Winchester, by his widow. Awarded to Wesleyan graduates for postgraduate work in English.

  • Corneliz Channing 2016
  • Aron Chilewich 2014
  • Derek DiMatteo 1997
  • Piers Gelly 2013
  • Kate Gibbel 2015
  • Ross Gormley 2013
  • Jessica Jordan 2013
  • Davis Knittle 2011
  • Samantha Maldonado 2013
  • Peter Myers 2013
  • Kathleen Radigan 2017
  • Hannah Rubin 2013
  • Rachel Warner 2014
  • Emily Weitzman 2014
  • Andrew Zingg 2013

Winchester ENGL 201 Essay Prize

In honor of Caleb Thomas Winchester, this prize is awarded to the best essay written in a section of ENGL 201 in the preceding calendar year.

  • Noam Radcliffe 2018
  • Vincent Warne 2018

Winchester First-Year Essay Prize

In honor of Caleb Thomas Winchester, this prize is awarded to the best scholarly essay written by a first-year student in any English Department course in the preceding calendar year.

  • Nick Byers 2019
  • Ezra Kohn 2020

Wise Prize

The gift of Daniel Wise, D.D., Class of 1859, for excellence in the Department of Philosophy; for the best essay on moral science or on some subject in the field or values.

  • Sitar Terrass-Shah 2017