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Student Affairs - Dean's Office

Academic Scholarships, Fellowships and Prizes
2013 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.

  • Nicholas Woods 2013

American Chemical Society Analytical Award

Awarded for excellence in analytical chemistry.

  • Andras Sagi 2014

American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

  • Sarah Hensiek 2013

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry.

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

  • Ging-ji Wang 2013

American Institute of Chemists Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

  • Sarah Shackleton 2013

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.

  • Abhisit Jiranaphawiboon 2016

Baden-Wurttemberg--Connecticut Sister State Exchange

A grant for one academic year's study at a university in the German state of Baden-Wurrttemberg, administered by the Connecticut Department of Education.

  • Keisha Mayers 2013
  • Rafael Romo-Tavizon GRAD

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.

  • Guy Geyer 2013

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.

  • Mari Jarris 2014

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.

  • Julia Conrad 2014 (Honorable Mention)
  • Scott Farmer 2013 (Honorable Mention)
  • Charlotte Hauser 2013
  • Kyra Sutton 2013

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.

  • Ging-ji Wang 2013

Bridge Builder Award

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

  • Ari Ebstein 2016
  • WESU--88.1

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.

  • Emily Sannini 2014
  • Dylan-Alex Turmeque-Lamont 2013

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.

  • Alexandra Galef 2013
  • Chloe Lalonde 2013
  • Immanuel Lokwei 2012

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.

  • Jessica Samuel 2013

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.

  • Davion Wilson 2015

Butler Prize

The Butler Prize, established in 1991 in honor of retiring colleague Jeffrey D. Butler, is awarded for the best Honors thesis in African, Asian or Latin American History.

  • Aria Danaparamita 2013

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.

  • James Gardner 2013
  • Dorisol Inoa 2013

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.

  • Jessica Jordan 2013
  • Mary Vallo 2013
  • Alex Wilkinson 2013

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.

  • Aria Danaparamita 2013

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.

  • Augustin Vita 2013

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.

  • Arya Alizadeh 2013

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.

  • Claire Wright 2016

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.

  • Katherine Marcus 2013

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.

  • Brian Renfree 2014

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.

  • Genelle Faulkner 2013
  • Fritzlaine Roche 2013

Cole Prize

Established through the gift of George Henry Walker, Class of 1981, in the memory of Charles Edward Cole. Awarded to the first-year student who shows the greatest ability in fiction or nonfiction writing.

  • Claire O'Connell 2016

Condil Award

Given in memory of Caroline Condil, Class of 1992, and is awarded to a worthy East Asian Studies major, preferably a sophomore or junior, for study in China.

  • Julia Baez Valentin 2014

Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Award

Established in 1993 by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education to promote community service leadership and activities by students at Connecticut's institutions of higher education. This award recognizes outstanding student contributions to the promotion of community service through projects that increase student participation in their college community and projects that develop a unique approach to effective community service.

  • Anike Arni 2013
  • James Hall 2015
  • Chloe Holden 2015
  • Evan Okun 2013

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.

  • Julia Conrad 2014 (Honorable Mention)
  • Scott Farmer 2013 (Honorable Mention)
  • Natalie Fine 2013
  • Ross Gormley 2013
  • Catherine Taibi 2013 (Honorable Mention)
  • Mary Vallo 2013
  • Kate Weiner 2015 (Honorable Mention)
  • Emily Weitzman 2014 (Honorable Mention)
  • Lily Zucker 2014 (Honorable Mention)

CRC Award

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

  • Yael Davidov 2016
  • Matthew Prezioso 2015

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.

  • Sarah Cassel 2013
  • Nicolas Cavallo 2013
  • Alexandra Ellerbeck 2013
  • Corey Guilmette 2013

Dorchester Prize

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

  • Victoria Barron 2013

W.E.B. DuBois Prize

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

  • Taylor Morales 2013

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.

  • Kyle Chapman 2013
  • Aria Danaparamita 2013

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.

  • Piers Gelly 2013

Exceptional Program Award

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

  • WesQuisqueya for the Dominican Student Conference

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.

  • Cassie Liu 2013

First-Year Leadership Award

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

  • Claire Wright 2016

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.

  • Jamie Ember 2016
  • Qingyi Pan 2016
  • Hannah Ryan 2016
  • Giselle Torres 2016

Freeman Prize

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

  • Gavin Swee 2013

French Government Teaching Assistantship

One-year assistantship for teaching English at a lycee in France, administered by the Institute for International Education (New York).

  • Alexa Chiappetta 2013
  • Christina Ermilio 2013
  • Elita Irving 2013
  • Adam Isaacson 2013
  • Hanna Meltz 2013
  • Kyra Sutton 2013

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.

  • Victoria Barron 2013
  • Andrew Colwell GRAD
  • Rachel Cross 2012
  • Sophia Duncan 2013
  • Judy Her 2013
  • Cristine Khan 2013
  • Maria Meara-Bainbridge 2013
  • Nathan Shane 2013
  • Benjamin Soloway 2013

Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

Placement abroad providing classroom assistance to English language teachers while also serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States.

  • Elissa Sperling 2013
  • Alexandra Ellerbeck 2013

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.

  • Sarah Lamming 2013
  • Agueda Ortega 2013

German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship

At least one fellowship per year for study at a university in the Federal Republic of Germany is given to Wesleyan in honor of the Sesquicentennial. The German Academic Exchange Service is a private, self-governing organization of the German universities, which promotes international exchange among institutions of higher learning.

  • Elena Georgieva 2013

German Pedagogical Exchange Service Assistantship/Fulbright Grant

A one year teaching apprenticeship in Germany.

  • Shemuel Garber 2013
  • May Lee Watase 2013

Giffin 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.

  • Emily Kianka 2013
  • Clare McGranahan 2013

Graham Prize

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

  • Katherine Marcus 2013
  • Rebecca Vaadia 2013
  • Mary Vallo 2013
  • Kaitlin Zelman 2013

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.

  • Natchanan Doungkaew 2014

Hallowell Prize

Established by friends and associates of Burton C. Hallowell, Class of 1936, 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.

  • Justin Pottle 2013

Sarah Hannah Prize

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

  • Nicholas Joseph 2013
  • Kayla Stoler 2014

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.

  • Evan Baum 2013
  • William Beluch 2013
  • Laura Nocka 2013
  • Jessica Sherry 2013

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.

  • Jeanne McPhee 2013

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.

  • Sandy Durosier 2013
  • James Gardner 2013
  • Roselee Mohika 2013

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.

  • Eli Timm 2013

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.

  • Benjamin Abravanel 2013
  • Eric Stephen 2013

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.

  • Scott Farmer 2013 (Honorable Mention)
  • Sophia Hussain 2013 (Honorable Mention)
  • Anna Swartz 2013

Humanity in Action Fellowship

The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together college students and recent graduates from around the world to explore various national histories of discrimination and resistance to injustice, as well as contemporary issues affecting minority groups.

  • Immanuel Lokwei 2012

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.

  • Alison Rosenberg 2015

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.

  • Arin Dineen 2013
  • Charles Ellis 2013
  • Anna Shimshak 2013

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.

  • Jacob Lashner 2016
  • Xinyu Zhu 2016

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.

  • Jocelyn Spencer 2013

Barry Kiefer Prize

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

  • Michelle Tipton GRAD

Barry Kiefer Prize

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

  • James Arnone 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.

  • Lucas San Juan 2013
  • Gabriel Urbina 2013
  • Ethan Young 2013

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. 

  • Samuel Friedman 2013

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.


  • Lutjon Celkupa 2013
  • Lisa Lee 2013
  • Alexander Pack 2013

Levy-Spira Prize

Awarded for distinction in Latin American studies. Established in 1992 in memory of Eduardo Levy-Spira, Class of 1982, by his family and friends.

  • Hannah Lewis 2013

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.

  • Kevin Arritt 2013
  • You Rong Leung 2015

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.

  • Brian Goodell 2013
  • Brian Lee 2013

Littell Prize

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

  • Raquel Martinez GRAD
  • Diana Windemuth GRAD

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.

  • Daniel Blinderman 2014

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.

  • Grace Asleson 2013
  • Diana Choi 2013
  • Adam Isaacson 2013
  • Lisa Lee 2013
  • Derek Lukin 2013
  • Gemma Smith 2013

George C. Marshall Scholarship

Awarded annually, for two years of study at any university in the United Kingdom, on the basis of distinction of intellect and character as evidenced by both scholastic attainments and other activities and achievements; strong motivation and seriousness of purpose; and the potential to make a significant contribution to one's own society.

  • Solomon Adler 2011

Martius Yellow Award

Awarded for excellence in organic synthesis.

  • Stuart Pasch 2014

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.

  • Laura Kurash 2013
  • Howard Tobochnik 2013

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.

  • Jalen Alexander 2014

Meyer Prize

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

  • Sophia Hussain 2013

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.

  • Jacob Eichengreen 2013
  • Joseph O'Donnell 2013
  • Justin Pottle 2013

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.

  • Alexander Donesky 2015
  • Yiming Zeng 2015

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.

  • Dorisol Inoa 2013

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.

  • Dahlia Azran 2013
  • Elizabeth Williams 2013

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Award

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

  • Joshua Krugman 2014
  • David Wright

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 Diversity Education Facilitators (WesDEFs)

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.

  • Kyra Sutton 2013 (Honorable Mention)
  • Mary Vallo 2013
  • Alex Wilkinson 2013

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.

  • Scott Greene 2013
  • Paul Silverman 2013
  • Zachary Steinman 2013

NNK Award

Awarded for the best screenplay for an undergraduate film.

  • Christopher McNabb 2013

Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize

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

  • Jelisa Adair 2013
  • Susanna Banks 2013

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.

  • Aron Chilewich 2014
  • Shane Donahue 2014
  • Manon Lefevre 2014
  • Olivia May 2014
  • Brendan O'Donnell 2014
  • Kayla Stoler 2014
  • Emily Weitzman 2014

Outstanding Collaboration Award

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

  • Lunar New Year Celebration

Parker Prize

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

  • Chazelle Rhoden 2015
  • Andrew Trexler 2014

Peirce Prize

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

  • Benjamin Purinton 2013
  • Katherine Shervais 2013

Emily White Pendleton Scholarship

Established in 1979 by Ralph Darling Pendleton, founder of the Theater Department, in memory of his wife. Awarded annually to a dance major or to a student who is significantly involved in dance and who shows outstanding promise in the field.

  • Naya Samuel 2014
  • Sally Williams 2014

Peterson Fellowships

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

  • James Arnone GRAD
  • Venkatesh Nemmara GRAD
  • Ronak Tilvawala GRAD
  • Yayan Zhou 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.

  • Kevin Arritt 2013
  • Romaine Campbell 2013
  • Rosa Hayes 2013
  • Evan Weber 2013

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.

  • Anike Arni 2013
  • Kevin Arritt 2013
  • Manas Bajaj 2014
  • Adam Brudnick 2013
  • Huiao Cui 2013
  • Benjamin Davis 2014
  • Scyrine De Veaux 2013
  • Shane Donahue 2014
  • James Fang 2013
  • Yik Chun Fong 2014
  • Caitlyn Grudzinski 2013
  • Anqi Guo 2015
  • Jessica Hanway 2015
  • Rosa Hayes 2013
  • Hilary Hobel 2013
  • Adam Jaskol 2013
  • Noah Klein-Markman 2013
  • Christopher Kuehn 2013
  • Judy Lee 2013
  • Sukhbat Lkhagvadorj 2015
  • Vivien Lung 2014
  • Daniel Mena 2013
  • Chloe Murtagh 2015
  • David Nam 2014
  • Alecia Hei Yan Ng 2014
  • Alexander Pack 2014
  • Samantha Santaniello 2013
  • Margot Sidman 2013
  • Ethan Spector 2014
  • John Steele 2014
  • Glenn Stowell 2013
  • Leib Sutcher 2015
  • Gideon Too 2014
  • Natalie Wildenradt 2015

Gwen Livingston Pokora Prize

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

  • Jeremy Webber 2013

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.

  • James Gardner 2013

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.

  • Chinh Duong 2013

Reed Prize

Established in 1968 by Leon Reed and his sons, S. Chadwick, Class of 1941, and Dr. Victor Reed, in memory of Mrs. Sophie Reed, for the best poem or group of poems.

  • Scott Farmer 2013 (Honorable Mention)
  • Ryan Sheldon 2013
  • Kayla Stoler 2014 (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.

  • Shada Sinclair 2016

Rice Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a senior.

  • Jeremy Fehr 2013

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.

  • Evan Carmi 2013

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.

  • Emma Caccamo 2013
  • Gabriela De Golia 2013

Robertson Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a sophomore.

  • Sangsan Warakkagun 2015

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.

  • Kyle Chapman 2013

Stephen 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.

  • Ethan Young 2013

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.

  • Jesse Brent 2013

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.

  • Joshua Krugman 2014
  • Kathryn McConnell 2013

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.

  • James Dieterich 2013
  • Julianne Edwards 2013
  • Elena Georgieva 2013
  • Nicholas Huston 2013
  • Cassandra O'Curran 2013
  • Xiaoyu Yu 2013
  • Kaitlin Zelman 2013

Scott Prize:Arabic 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.

  • Tabitha Gillombardo 2016
  • Heidi Hirvonen 2015

Scott Prize:Asian Languages and Literatures

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.

  • Robin Mitchell 2013
  • Glenn Stowell 2013

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.

  • Avery Trufelman 2013

Scott Prize:Hebrew 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.

  • Jenna Bluestein 2013
  • Nathan Jacobs 2013

Scott Prize:Romance Languages and Literatures

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.

  • Isabella Cucchi 2013
  • Joel Hochman 2013
  • Miriam Kwietniewska 2013
  • Kathleen Lynch 2013
  • Barbaralynn Moseman 2013
  • Matias Seijas 2013

Scott Prize:Russian and East European 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.

  • Daniel Witkin 2013

Mary and John Sease Prize

Awarded for outstanding work in environmental science.

  • Shamar Chin 2013
  • Emma Leonard 2013

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.

  • Nora Dumont 2013

Senior Leadership Award

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

  • Melody Oliphant 2013

Frances M. Sheng Prize

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

  • Arin Dineen 2013
  • John Steele 2014
  • Chiao-Min Yu 2013

Sherman Prize:Classical Studies

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.

  • Andrea Ruiz-Lopez 2013

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.

  • Abhisit Jiranaphawiboon 2016

Rae Shortt Prize

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

  • Henry Louis de Kergorlay 2014

Samuel C. Silipo Prize

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

  • Richard Choe 2014

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.

  • Scott Greene 2013
  • Natalia Powers-Riggs 2013

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.

  • Rashedul Haydar 2014
  • Jesse Lieman-Sifry 2015
  • Joshua Neitzel 2014
  • Neha Shafique 2015

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.

  • Jalen Alexander 2014

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.

  • Manon Lefevre 2014

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.

  • Alexander Ray 2013

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.

  • Eric Stephen 2013

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.

  • Shakti

Thorndike Prize

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

  • Ginah Kim 2013
  • Gabriel Rossman 2013

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.

  • Jie Zhang 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.

  • Nicholas Kokkinis 2013
  • Alahna Watson 2013

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.

  • Julian Azaret 2013
  • Derek Frank 2015
  • Nikhil Lai 2015

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.

  • Huyen Le 2014
  • Julian Theseira 2014

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.

  • Franyris Moncion 2014
  • Jacob Santos 2014

Tololyan 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 Tololyan. The award funds the summer research of a junior with the best proposal for a thesis on the study of diasporic or transnational issues.

  • Carina Kurban 2014
  • William Wiebe 2014

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.

  • Marissa Napolitano 2013
  • Jennifer Pollan 2013

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.

  • Jacob Eichengreen 2013

United States Teaching Assistantship in Austria

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

  • Adam Rashkoff 2013

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.

  • Nicholas Bender 2014
  • Nora Dumont 2013
  • Samuel Factor 2014
  • Paul Hanakata 2014
  • Samuel Kalish 2013
  • Junsik Lee 2014

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.

  • Chantaneice Kitt 2013

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.

  • Sydney Hausman-Cohen 2013
  • Rebecca Lange 2013
  • Katherine Schad 2013
  • Dylan-Alex Turmeque-Lamont 2013

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.

  • Sinead Keogh 2014

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.

  • Amy Block 2013
  • Piers Gelly 2013
  • Taylor Steele 2014 (Honorable Mention)

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.

  • Jalen Alexander 2014
  • Nicole Updegrove 2014

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.

  • Adam Brudnick 2013
  • Romaine Campbell 2013
  • Kevin Curtin 2013
  • Caitlyn Grudzinski 2013
  • Clement Guerner 2013
  • Rosa Hayes 2013
  • Hilary Hobel 2013
  • Alex Iselin 2014
  • John McGlynn 2013
  • Alexander Persky-Stern 2013
  • Brenna Sansom 2013
  • Glenn Stowell 2013
  • Boyuan Zhong 2013
  • Adam Brudnick 2013

White Fellowship:Government

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

  • Amy Davis 2013
  • Katherine James 2013
  • Ryan Katz 2013
  • Justin Metz 2013
  • Ivan Stoitzev 2013

White Fellowship:History

Awarded for excellence in history.

  • Sarah Dash 2014
  • Carolyn Lipp 2014
  • Madalene Smith-Huemer 2014
  • Kelly Toy 2014
  • Sabina Wahl 2014
  • Shannon Welch 2014

M.G. White Prize

Awarded annually for the best thesis submitted in American studies.

  • Sarah Lamming 2013
  • Hannah Sears 2013

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.

  • Romaine Campbell 2013
  • Brenna Sansom 2013
  • Boyuan Zhong 2013

Winchester Fellowship

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

  • Rebecca Turkewitz 2010

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.

  • Sarah Cassel 2013
  • Sam McNutt 2013