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.

  • Ellen Lesser 2015
  • Sydney Lolli 2015
  • Samuel Rispaud 2015

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.

  • Rachel Hirsch 2015

American Chemical Society Analytical Award

Awarded for excellence in analytical chemistry.

  • Zarek Siegel 2016

American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

  • Jesse Mangiardi 2015

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry.

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

  • Elaine Tsui 2015

American Institute of Chemists Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

  • Alexander Goldberg 2015

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.

  • Min Kim 2018

Baden-Wurttemberg--Connecticut Sister State Exchange

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

  • Daniel Hurlbert 2015
  • Daniel Kennedy 2015

Baldwin Fellowship

This award was 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.

  • Emma Singer 2015

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.

  • Inha Cho 2015

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.

  • Daniel Hurlbert 2015
  • Colin O'Connor 2015

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.

  • Anna Strzempko 2017, winner
  • Nick Martin 2015, honorable mention

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.

  • Derek Frank 2015

Bridge Builder Award

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

  • Middletown Potluck

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.

  • Holly Everett 2015
  • Chloe Holden 2015
  • Geneva Jonathan 2015
  • Orelia Jonathan 2015
  • Ibironke Otusile 2015

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.

  • Aissa Rose Gueye 2015

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.

  • Anna Lu 2017

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.

  • Hyo Jeong Jung 2015

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.

  • Christian Hosam 2015
  • Virgil Taylor 2015

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.

  • Sophia Franchi 2015
  • Hieu Nguyen 2015

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.

  • Rebecca Brand 2016

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.

  • Sadasia McCutchen 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.

  • Bryan Stascavage 2018

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.

  • Brianne Wiemann 2015

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.

  • Laura Corcoran 2016

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.

  • Eury German 2016
  • Matthew Lynch 2015

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.

  • Sonya Bessalel 2018
  • Elizabeth Cettina 2018
  • Jane Mortell 2018

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.

  • Nora Canby 2017
  • Rebecca Michelson 2015

CRC Award

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

  • Maya Marshall 2018
  • Jeanette Thornton 2018

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.

  • Quinta Jurecic 2015
  • Zachary Wulderk 2015

Dorchester Prize

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

  • Sophia Franchi 2015
  • Katherine Gibbel 2015

W.E.B. DuBois Prize

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

  • Christian Hosam 2015
  • Orelia Jonathan 2015

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.

  • Grace Denton-Spalding 2015

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.

  • Colin O'Connor 2015

Exceptional Program Award

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

  • Student of Color Coalition Black Lives Matter March

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.

  • Veronica Birdsall 2015
  • Rachel Leicher 2015

First-Year Leadership Award

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

  • Hannah Skopicki 2018

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.

  • Yifan Cheng 2018
  • Christina Glusac 2018
  • Gabriel Kachuck 2018
  • Shiyuan Kong 2018

Freeman Prize

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

  • You Rong Leung 2015

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.

  • Brandon Eng 2015

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.

  • Jacob Eichengreen 2013
  • Grace Kuipers 2014
  • Andrew Terwilliger GRAD
  • Kathlyn Pattillo 2012

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.

  • Kelsey Henry 2015

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.

  • Winfield Goodwin 2015
  • Andrew Heimowitz 2015

Glamour Top 10 College Women Award

Awarded annually by Glamour Magazine to ten college juniors from across the country, in recognition of campus leadership, scholastic achievement, community involvement, and unique, inspiring goals.

  • Lily Herman 2016

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.

  • Nathaniel Klingher 2015

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.

  • Alicia Marino 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.

  • Naomi Hecht 2015
  • Brianne Wiemann 2015
  • Andrew Yin 2015

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.

  • William Sawyer 2016

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.

  • Madalena Henning 2015 (co-winner)
  • Markeisha Hill 2016       (co-winner)

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.

  • Veronica Birdsall 2015
  • Erin Cohn 2015
  • Lilah Fones 2015
  • Rachel Leicher 2015
  • Brianne Wiemann 2015

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.

  • Willa Beckman 2015

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.

  • Marjahn Finlayson 2015
  • Dreisen Heath 2015

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.

  • Grace Holland 2015
  • Hanako Rodriguez 2015

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.

  • Caroline Mead 2015
  • Tawni Stoop 2015
  • Rachel Verner 2015

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.

  • Rachel Kaly 2017

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. 

  • Alexander Turner 2015:  outstanding thesis
  • Daniel Plafker 2015:       outstanding paper
  • Elena Rein  2015 :          outstanding paper

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.

  • Catherine Chase 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.

  • Dandara Catete 2015
  • Isaac Pollan 2015
  • Virgil Taylor 2015

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.

  • Victoria Barr 2018
  • Gemma Shay 2018

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.

  • Alexandria Williams 2015

Barry Kiefer Prize--Biology and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

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

  • Sarah Kopac GRAD
  • Stefanie Windner 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.

  • Lillian Holman 2015

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.

  • Benjamin Zucker 2015

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.

  • Cheol Chung 2014
  • Gregory Kozemchak 2015
  • Christopher Martinson 2014
  • Raymond Wong 2014
  • Tianyu Xie 2014

Leonard Prize

Given in 1917 in memory of William Day Leonard, Class of 1878, by his friends. Awarded annually by the faculty to one of three undergraduates nominated by the College Body who is thought to exemplify the highest standards of character and performance in his or her campus life.

  • Olivia Chavez 2015
  • LaNell Williams 2015

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.

  • Neha Shafique 2015
  • Silena Te 2016

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.

  • Steven Susana-Castillo 2015

Littell Prize

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

  • Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein 2015
  • Jesse Lieman-Sifry 2015
  • Dilovan Serindag 2015

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.

  • Nina Gurak 2016
  • Maya McDonnell 2016

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.

  • Dexter Blumenthal 2015
  • Emma Kemler 2015
  • Max Owen-Dunow 2015
  • Alison Rosenberg 2015

Martius Yellow Award

Awarded for excellence in organic synthesis.

  • Yael Davidov 2016

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. This new version of the prize was established in 2015.

  • Hea-Ream Lee 2015, winner
  • Kate Weiner 2015, honor mention

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.

  • Lily Herman 2016

Meyer Prize

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

  • Emma Rothberg 2015

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.

  • Yun Li 2015
  • Zheyan Ni 2015

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.

  • Deja Knight 2017
  • Sadasia McCutchen 2017

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.

  • Kristie Cruz 2015

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.

  • Earl Lin 2015
  • Samuel Rosh 2015
  • Laura Werle 2015

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Award

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

  • David Csere
  • Hannah Sokoloff-Rubin 2016
  • Claire Wright 2016

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.

  • The Ankh

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.

  • Ezra Littlewood 2016
  • Rachel Sobelsohn 2017

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.

  • Jacob Glickman 2015

NNK Award

Awarded for the best screenplay for an undergraduate film.

  • Emma Gross 2015

Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize

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

  • Dreisen Heath 2015
  • Kelsey Henry 2015

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.

  • Zachariah Ezer 2017
  • Markeisha Hill 2016
  • Rachel Sobelsohn 2017
  • David Whitney 2016
  • Sophie Zinser 2016

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.

  • Sivan Battat 2015
  • Sara Guernsey 2015

Outstanding Collaboration Award

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

  • Arcadia Political Magazine

Parker Prize

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

  • Saahil Bhargava 2016
  • Philip Lawler 2016
  • Tess Litchman 2016

Peirce Prize

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

  • Angela Yoo 2015

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.

  • Chloe Jones 2015

Peterson Fellowship

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

  • Harikrushan Ranpura 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.

  • Silvia Miteva 2015

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.

  • Fred Ayres 2017
  • Nathaniel Campagne 2015
  • Duane Chen 2015
  • Matthew Conley 2015
  • Laura Corcoran 2016
  • Dasha Dubinsky 2018
  • Will Dudek 2017
  • Marina Eng 2015
  • Ting Gao 2016
  • Adam Greene 2016
  • Miller Hartsoe 2015
  • Amy Hood 2017
  • Anna Howard 2015
  • Ariel Kaluzhny 2016
  • Joshua Katz 2016
  • Gregory Kozemchak 2015
  • You Rong Leung 2015
  • Xiyue Li 2016
  • Dana Louie 2015
  • Melissa Lowe 2017
  • Mackenzie McPike 2015
  • Sean Mihaljevich 2016
  • Silvia Miteva 2015
  • Gabriel Nardi-Huffman 2015
  • Anh Tuan Nguyen Viet 2016
  • Angela Reiss 2016
  • Samuel Rosh 2015
  • Dominic Sieminski 2015
  • Alisse Singer 2016
  • Nancy Tang 2017
  • Jacob Turkowski 2015
  • Haofan Xu 2016
  • Kehan Zhou 2015

Gwen Livingston Pokora Prize

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

  • Jacob Masters 2015

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.

  • Suchakrey Koomplee 2017

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.

  • Alexander Goldberg 2015

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 Gibbel 2015
  • Amy Mattox 2017

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.

  • Hailey Broughton-Jones 2018

Rice Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a senior.

  • Sangsan Warakkagun 2015

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.

  • Alicia Gansley 2015
  • Theodore Kim 2015

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.

  • Jasmine Masand 2015

Robertson Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a sophomore.

  • Emily Black 2017
  • Jason Wangsadinata 2017

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.

  • Emily Hoge 2015

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.

  • Nicola Dodd 2015

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.

  • DeNeile Cooper 2015
  • Brent Packer 2015
  • Kate Weiner 2015

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.

  • Virginia Dantis 2015
  • Holly Everett 2015
  • Haley Friedler 2015
  • Lee Hyun Kwon 2015
  • Qianyu Wang 2015
  • Gregory Wong 2015
  • Hannah Yasin 2015
  • Andrew Yin

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.

  • Emma Golub 2016
  • Israa Saber 2017
  • Hyo Jeong Jung 2015
  • Evan Thorne 2015
German Studies
  • Daniel Kennedy 2015
  • Jacob Glickman 2015
  • David Shainess 2015
  • Domina DiBiase 2015
  • Anning Guo 2017
  • Tian Qiao 2015
  • Daniel Issroff 2015
  • Emily Hoge 2015
  • Siri Carr 2015

Mary and John Sease Prize

Awarded for outstanding work in environmental science.

  • James Hall 2015
  • Jack Singer 2015

Senior Leadership Award

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

  • You Rong Leung 2015

Frances M. Sheng Prize

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

  • Ha Kim 2015
  • David Stouck 2015

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
  • Elizabeth Baggott 2015
  • Alison Rosenberg 2015
  • Zoe Bentley 2018

Rae Shortt Prize

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

  • Olakumbi Kuti 2016
  • Jack Reuter 2016
  • Emily Weinstock-Collins 2016

Samuel C. Silipo Prize

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

  • Vivian Deng 2015

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.

  • Elaine Tsui 2015

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.

  • Quinta Jurecic 2015
  • Ting Zhang 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.

  • Claire Wright 2016

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.

  • Justin Greene 2016

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.

  • Jennelle Taylor 2015

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.

  • Red Feather Studios
  • Wesleyan Film Project

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.

  • Leah Bakely 2016
  • Alexandra Ricks 2016

Thorndike Prize

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

  • Emma Kemler 2015

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.

  • Daniel Obenchain 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.

  • Nicole Dalessandro 2015

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.

  • Youri Rebeko VINT

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.

  • Jiyoung Han 2016
  • Nina Stender 2016

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.

  • Karmenife Gomez-Paulino 2016
  • Samuel Leiva 2016

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.

  • Laura Hess 2016

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.

  • Hana Elion 2015
  • Zia Grossman-Vendrillo 2015

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.

  • Clayton Baumgart 2016
  • Kiley Kennedy 2016
  • Jacob Lashner 2016
  • Aaron Young 2016

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.

  • Dreisen Heath 2015

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.

  • Shenghao Chen 2015
  • Alison Goldberg 2015

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.

  • Jacob Glickman 2015

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.

  • Kyle Hardy 2018
  • Djiby Sall 2016

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.

  • Quinn Frenzel 2016, winner
  • Nora Canby 2017, 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.

  • Simon Chen 2016
  • Claire Wright 2016

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.

  • Nathaniel Campagne 2015
  • Anqi Guo 2015
  • Jessica Hanway 2015
  • Abhisit Jiranaphawiboon 2016
  • Gregory Kozemchak 2015
  • Rachel Lindy 2015
  • Eliza Loomis 2015
  • Dana Louie 2015
  • Mackenzie McPike 2015
  • Jacob Turkowski 2015
  • Kehan Zhou 2015
  • Anh Tuan Nguyen Viet 2016
  • Brent Packer 2015
  • Samuel Rosh 2015
  • Leib Sutcher 2015

White Fellowship--Government

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

  • Elizabeth Baggott 2015
  • Darcie Binder 2015
  • Claire Brady 2015
  • Casey Downey 2015
  • Samuel Furnival 2015
  • Madison Hartley 2015
  • Heidi Hirvonen 2015
  • Eliza Loomis 2015
  • Nicholas Murphy 2016
  • Max Owen-Dunow 2015
  • Elijah Stevens 2015
  • Rachel Unger 2015

White Fellowship--History

Awarded for excellence in history.

  • Zachary Brint 2016
  • Susannah Greenblatt 2016
  • Samuel Ingbar 2016
  • Maria Paterson 2016

M.G. White Prize

Awarded annually for the best thesis submitted in American Studies.

  • Kelsey Henry 2015
  • Miranda Orbach 2015

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.

  • Nathaniel Campagne 2015
  • Anqi Guo 2015
  • Jessica Hanway 2015
  • Dana Louie 2015

Winchester Prize

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

  • Emily Brown 2012
  • Elizabeth Deatrick 2014

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.

  • Cara Sunberg 2015