Academic Scholarships, Fellowships and Prizes

2006 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.

Krista Perks, 2006

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.

Caitlin Henningsen, 2006

American Chemical Society Analytical Award

Awarded for excellence in analytical chemistry.

Jovan Gayle, 2007

American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

Shinya Amano, 2006

American Institute of Chemists Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

Julie West, 2006

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.

Elise Gelwan, 2009

Baden-W�erttemberg--Connecticut Sister State Exchange

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

Jonathan Chen, GRAD
Andrew Eppich, 2006

Baldwin Fellowship

Established in 1952 by family and friends of Horace Reed Baldwin, Class of 1947, and awarded annually for study at law school to the member of the senior class who, in the opinion of the committee, shows the most promise of becoming an outstanding lawyer and public-spirited citizen.

Helen Gugel, 2006

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.

Ian Carbone, 2006

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.

Emily Garts, 2006
Christian Goble, 2006
Kate McCrery, 2006
Margaret Mitchell, 2008
Celia Reddick, 2006
Andrea Silenzi, 2007

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.

Gabriel Isaacman, 2007

Bridge Builder Award

Awarded to an individual student or student group for significant contributions to the Wesleyan and Middletown communities in the spirit of service.

Ann Heindel, 2006

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.

Andrew Bleeker, 2007
Amanda Fuller, 2007

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.

Andrew Aprile, 2006
Genevieve Edens, 2006
Una Osato, 2004

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.

Sarah Gunther, 2006

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.

Pakorn Jarupanich, 2008

Butler Prize

Established in 1991 in honor of retiring colleague Jeffrey D. Butler, is awarded for the best Honors thesis in Third World History.

Genevieve Edens, 2006

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.

Tara Fickle, 2006

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.

Katherine Thorpe, 2006

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.

Gabriel Tabak, 2006

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.

Eric Weiskott, 2009

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.

Tobias Wasser, 2006

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 sophomore 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.

To Be Announced

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.

Cynthia Armand, 2006

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.

Keith Gordon, 2009
Edward Quish, 2009
Marguerite Weisman, 2009

Connecticut Valley 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.

Ann Heindel, 2006

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.

Stephen Aubrey, 2006
Ariel Lewiton, 2006

Anna Julia Cooper Prize

Awarded by the Department of Sociology to a student of overall academic excellence who lives and works in the spirit of Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964), author of A Voice From the South, who was one of the most important social theorists in the tradition of Black feminist thought. She lived and worked courageously against the odds of exclusion, never failing to hold to the highest standards of moral and intellectual excellence.

Zakia Henderson-Brown, 2006
Tu Chi Nguyen, 2006

CRC Award

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

Portia Chipendo, 2009
David Snydacker, 2009

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.

Claire Blumenson, 2006
Amelia Long, 2006
Steven Wengrovitz, GRAD

Dorchester Prize

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

Paul Brunick, 2006
Bronwyn Wallace, 2006

W.E.B. DuBois Prize

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

Katherine McCown, 2006

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.

Tal Beery, 2006
Katherine D'Ambrosio, 2006
Genevieve Edens, 2006
Evan Katin-Borland, 2006
Andrew Tonelli, 2006

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.

Rebecca Seely, 2006

Exceptional Program Award

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

Para La Familia

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.

Shinya Amano, 2006
Emily Levy, 2006

First-Year Leadership Award

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

Jason Harris, 2009

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.

Hyojin Park, 2008

Freeman Prize

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

Tara Fickle, 2006
Marion Holaday, 2006

French Government Teaching Assistantship

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

Elizabeth Langston, 2005

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.

John Blakinger, 2006
Sonya Kharas, 2006

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.

Cara Chebuske, 2006
Amie Kim, 2004

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.

Rebecca Appel, 2006

German Pedagogical Exchange Service Assistantship/Fulbright Grant

A one year teaching apprenticeship in Germany.

Emily Garts, 2006
Kate McCrery, 2006
Rose Tisdall, 2006

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.

Samuel Allison, 2006
Seth Davis, 2006
Rose Tisdall, 2006

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.

Dan Janvey, 2006

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

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

Jack DiSciacca, 2007
Gregory Peterfreund, 2007

Graham Prize

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

Avishek Chatterjee, 2006
Emily Egan, 2006
Emily Jacobs-Palmer, 2006
Krista Perks, 2006

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.

Alexandra Verville, 2006

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.

Claire Blumenson, 2006

K. P. Harrington Public Service Award

Awarded annually by the Mystical Seven Society to a Wesleyan undergraduate who has distinguished herself/himself in public service to the community.

Iris Jacob, 2006

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.

Michael Agumeh, 2006
Emily Egan, 2006
Emily Jacobs-Palmer, 2006
Emily Levy, 2006

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.

Shaine Truscott, 2006

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.

Joel Bhuiyan, 2006
Celia Reddick, 2006
Ericka Richburg, 2006

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.

Seth Davis, 2006
Joshua Lubin-Levy, 2006
Lillian Whitsitt, 2006

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.

Leah Cappellucci, 2006
Julia Fox, 2006
Rebecca Gordon, 2006
Kaneza Schaal, 2006

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.

Malwina Andruczyk, 2008
Annalisa Bolin, 2008
John Cusick, 2007

Herbert H. Hyman Prize

Established by the Department of Sociology to honor Herbert H. Hyman, distinguished scholar, pioneer in survey research methodology, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology. Awarded annually to students, whether sociology majors or not, who in the opinion of the faculty have written outstanding theses on a sociological topic.

Sam Han, 2006
Rebecca Linden, 2006

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.

Lydia Bell, 2007
Deborah Schwartz, 2007

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 prize is a gift of Mrs. Jessup's nephew, D. Ronald Daniel '52, and his friend, John R. Jakobson '52. The award is determined by the Department of Art and Art History.

Takahiro Haneda, 2006
Tal Rozen, 2006

Johnston Prize

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

Isaac Levy, 2009
Alison Ringel, 2009
Kuan-Rong Sia, 2009

P. L. Kellam Prize

Established in memory of Priscilla L. Kellam, Class of 1983, by her husband and parents. 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.

Cara Chebuske, 2006

Barry Kiefer Prize

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

Christopher Wade, 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.

Audrey Golden, 2006
Dan Janvey, 2006

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.

Deborah Witkin, 2006

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.

Corinna Zeltsman, 2006

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.

Rachel Ostlund, 2008
Ethna Riley, 2006

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.

Danilo Macalinao, 2008
Aaron Taylor, 2006

Littell Prize

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

Avishek Chatterjee, 2006

Luce Scholarship

The Henry Luce Foundation selects 18 graduates to spend a year in an Asian country and provides an experience that will broaden the participant's perspective on his or her chosen career field.

Kalyani McCullough, 2000

Robert S. Lynd Prize

Awarded to a student for a Department of Sociology thesis.

David Wiener, 2006

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.

Ellen Werble, 2007

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.

Daniel Dykes, 2006
Julia Fox, 2006
Kristin Kamm, 2006

Martius Yellow Award

Awarded for excellence in organic synthesis.

Hannah Ray, 2007

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.

Owen Kiely, 2006
Hannah Stubbs, 2006

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.

Jeffrey Kessner, 2007

Meyer Prize

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

Benjamin Lake, 2006

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.

Liam McAlpine, 2007

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.

Stephanie Garcia, 2006
Jose Marantes, 2006

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.

Sarah Kaufmann, 2006
Gabriel Tabak, 2006

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.

Lashawn Springer, 2008

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.

Marissa Brostoff, 2007

National Board of Review Charlie Andrews Award

Established by the National Board of Review in memory of Charlie Andrews who was a pioneer in television writing and producing. Awarded to the student who has written the best history/theory thesis in the Film Studies Department.

Matthew Fishbein, 2006
Logan Starr, 2006

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.

Molly Chafetz, 2006
Chloe Safier, 2006

Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize

Awarded for excellence in Women's Studies.

Jenevive Nykolak, 2006
Emma Silverman, 2006
Zach Strassburger, 2006

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.

Marissa Brostoff, 2007
Delia Casa, 2007
Jessica Chayes, 2007
Mi Chun, 2007
John Cusick, 2007
Benjamin Fels, 2007
Maggie Filler, 2007
Leon Hilton, 2007
Jeremy Marks, 2007
Joshua Nathan-Kazis, 2007
Lauren Stossel, 2007

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.

Kaneza Schaal, 2006

Parker Prize

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

Thomas Crosby, 2007
Amy Rosen, 2007

Peirce Prize

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

Elizabeth Perry, 2006

Peterson Fellowships

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

Maria-Magdalena Coman, GRAD
Laure Dykas, GRAD
Senthil Perumal, GRAD
Lucia Prundeanu, GRAD
Christopher Wade, GRAD

PIMMS Vanguard Fellows' Book Award, 1993

Connecticut teachers serving as fellows of the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science have established a fund to honor the creative leadership of Robert A. Rosenbaum and to recognize individuals demonstrating notably imaginative teaching in the schools of Connecticut or possessing the potential for such teaching.

Terri Clark
Timothy Craine
Mari Muri
David Scrofani

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.

Liang Zhao, 2006

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.

Kerem Alper, 2007
Joshua Atwood, 2008
Taylor Bentley, 2006
Bach Dao, 2008
James Feigenbaum, 2008
Christian Goble, 2006
Jacob Goldin, 2007
Adam Gomolin, 2006
Adelina Halim, 2006
Chen-wei Hung, 2007
Aneth Kasebele, 2008
Daniel Lee, 2006
Lan Liang, 2007
Jing-Jing Lin, 2007
Katherine Michelmore, 2007
Adam Miller-Howard, 2006
Jeffrey Petrusek, 2007
Voon Sui, 2007
Joel Ting, 2006
Casey Wilson, 2006
Roberta Wong, 2008
Zhaoxuan Yang, 2008
Liang Zhao, 2006
Yingzhe Zhao, 2007
Tianxiang Zhuo, 2008

Gwen Livingston Pokora Prize

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

Carl Testa, 2006

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.

Katherine Thorpe, 2006

Rice Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a senior.

Jodi Black, 2006
Avishek Chatterjee, 2006
Liang Zhao, 2006

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.

Rohini Singh, 2006
Jesse Young, 2006

Robertson Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a sophomore.

Daniel Greengard, 2008
Per Stinchcombe, 2008
Roberta Wong, 2008
Zhaoxuan Yang, 2008

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 Gardner, 2006

Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship

Awarded to an outstanding junior wishing to pursue a master's degree in education and teach in public schools.

Joel Pratt, 2007

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.

Alexandra Verville, 2006

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.

Christopher McDonald, 2006
Adam Rizzo, 2006

Rulewater Prize

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

Christine Baker, GLSP

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.

Shinya Amano, 2006
Joshua Brandstadter, 2006
Sarah Hopkins, 2006
Johann Patlak, 2006

Scott Prize

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.

Asian Languages and Literatures

James Charney, 2006
Marion Holaday, 2006
William McCue, 2006

German Studies

Elisabeth Lauffer, 2007

Romance Languages and Literatures

Kathryn Harmon, 2006
Constance Higgins-Beer, 2006
Georgiana Kuhlmann, 2006
Allison Layman, 2006
Adam Rizzo, 2006
Bronwyn Wallace, 2006

Russian and East European Studies

Anthony Zannino, 2006

Mary and John Sease Prize

Awarded for outstanding work in environmental science.

Caitlin Herlihy, 2006

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.

Anna Ross, 2006

Senior Leadership Award

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

Helen Gugel, 2006
Sara Williams, 2006

Senior Prize in Computer Science

Awarded for excellence in computer science to a senior.

Brendan Dolan-Gavitt, 2006
Antonietta Kies, 2006

Service Careers Fellowship

Established to encourage Wesleyan students to commit their careers to the betterment of society. Awarded to students who have exemplified dedication to public service.

Leora Abelson, 2007
Rosa Cohen-Cruz, 2007
Nora Connor, 2007
Sean Corlett, 2007
Jenny Doyle 2007
Lauren Gardner 2007
Jenna Gopilan, 2007
Jeffrey Kessner, 2007
Paige Kruza, 2007
Destiny Leake, 2007
Estrella Lopez, 2007
Kalia Lydgate, 2007
Kevi Mace, 2007
Kathleen Reid, 2007
Nicole Reid, 2007
Jessica Rhodes, 2007
Cynthia Santiago, 2007
Darrah Sipe, 2007
Naomi Takahashi, 2007
Talya Zemach-Bersin, 2007

Frances M. Sheng Prize

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

Cara Chebuske, 2006
Hsin-Yu Hwang, 2006

Sherman Prize

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.

Classical Studies

Christie Roberts, 2006


Yudhishthir Kandel, 2009

Rae Shortt Prize

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

Christina Durfee, 2007

Samuel C. Silipo Prize

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

Rebecca Gordon, 2006
Gergely Kiss, 2006
Hyun Nam, 2008

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.

Hannah Ray, 2007

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.

Rebecca Linden, 2006

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.


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.

Joshua Nathan-Kazis, 2007

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.

Daniel Matzkin, 2006

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.

Laura Goldhamer, 2006

Thorndike Prize

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

Rachel Antler, 2006

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.

Ericka Barnes, 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.

Christopher Gartrell, 2006
Alexander Osborn, 2006

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.

Smith Louis, 2006

Shu Tokita Prize

The Shu Tokita Memorial Prize, established by friends and relatives of Shu Tokita, Class of 1984, is 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.

Jane Charles-Voltaire, 2007
Yuta Otake, 2007

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.

Laura Fogliano, 2006
Vanessa Greenfield, 2006

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.

Ethna Riley, 2006

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.

Yu-hsuen Chao, 2006
Rebecca Gordon, 2006
Steven Wengrovitz, GRAD

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.

William Gould, 2006

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.

Cedric Bien, 2008

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.

Malwina Andruczyk, 2008
Annalisa Bolin, 2008
Tanya Lewallen, 2008

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.

Jennifer Timm, 2007

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.

Kerem Alper, 2007
Hyung Choi, 2007
Eugene Dayanghirang, 2007
Jacob Goldin, 2007
Rafael Haryono Putro, 2006
Cheuk Ho, 2007
Heung Ming Ngai, 2006
Jeffrey Petrusek, 2007
Voon Sui, 2007
Danforth Sullivan, 2006
Casey Wilson, 2006
Kwok Hong Wong, 2006
Liang Zhao, 2006

White Fellowship--Government

Awarded for excellence in government to a recent graduate who is currently enrolled in, or has been accepted into, a doctoral program in political science.

Jonathan Renshon, 2004

White Fellowship--History

Awarded for excellence in history.

To Be Announced

M.G. White Prize

Awarded annually for the best thesis submitted in American studies.

Joshua Lubin-Levy, 2006
David Vitale-Wolff, 2006

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.

Liang Zhao, 2006

Winchester Fellowship

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

Aja Gabel, 2004
Wei Gui, 2003
Emily Steinlight, 2001

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.

Joshua Turkewitz, 2006