2020 Prize Recipients

  • George H. Acheson and Grass Foundation Prize in Neuroscience

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

  • Jaye Jeong 2020
  • Hannah Xu 2020

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.

  • Emma Frohardt 2020

American Chemical Society Analytical Award

Awarded for excellence in analytical chemistry.

  • Rochelle Spencer 2020

American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

  • Sydney Taylor-Klaus 2020

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry

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

  • Jing Jing Wang 2020

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry

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

  • Jaina Wollowitz 2020

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry

Awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement by undergraduate students in physical chemistry, and to encourage further pursuits in the field.

  • Iman Sigman 2020

American Institute of Chemists Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

  • Anastasia Saar 2020

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biochemistry Honor Society

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

  • Meera Joshi 2020
  • Charya Khun GRAD
  • Tenzin Ngodup 2020

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.

  • Ella Biehn 2023
  • Mehdi Elfilali 2023
  • Kevin Pang 2023

Beinecke Scholarship

Awarded by the Sperry Fund for graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

  • Katerina Ramos-Jordán 2021

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.

  • Nathan Shankman 2020

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.

  • Olivia Backal-Balik 2020
  • Binxin Wang 2020

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.

  • Ali Banach 2022

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.

  • Grace Chen 2020

Bridge Builder Award

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

  • Opioid Harm Reduction
  • Emily McEvoy 2022

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.

  • Mohamed-Dhia Hammami 2020
  • Luka Lezhanskyy 2020
  • Ferdinand Quayson 2020

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.

  • Simone Roberts-Payne 2020

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.

  • Pamela Gomez 2022

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.

  • Haoran (Harry) Zhang 2020

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.

  • Ahmed Badr 2020
  • Ferdinand Quayson 2020
  • Elizabeth Vann 2020

CRC Award for Outstanding First-Year Chemistry Students

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

  • Edrea Jiang 2023
  • Michael O'Sullivan 2023

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.

  • Andrew Fleming 2020
  • Naomi Glascock 2020
  • Molly Mittelbach 2020
  • Bailey Vehslage 2020
  • Henry Vehslage 2020

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.

  • Nathan Cheng 2020

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.

  • Aditi Shenoy 2020
  • Aditi Shenoy 2020

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.

  • Mehdi Elfilali 2023
  • Mosab Hamid 2023
  • Edrea Jiang 2023

Citation of Citizenship in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Recognizes those students studying mathematics or computer science, whose contributions both aid the educational mission of the department and foster a sense of community that encourages and supports all members of the department.

  • Mia Liang 2023

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.

  • Abigail Matlack 2020

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.

  • Emanual Fetene 2020
  • Ivie Uzamere 2021

Cole Prize

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

  • Allie Bekenstein 2023
  • Lila Blaustein 2023
  • Mosab Hamid 2023

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.

  • Lilly Gitlitz 2023
  • Katie Livingston 2021
  • Sahara Sidi 2022
  • Oriana Ullman 2021

Critical Language Scholarship

An intensive summer program of overseas language and cultural immersion in one of 15 languages deemed critical to U.S. national security.

  • Lizzie Edwards 2021
  • Megan Levan 2022

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.

  • Jonathan Canfield 2020
  • Meg Cummings 2020
  • Lucine Poturyan 2020
  • Katherine Shewfelt 2020
  • Haoran (Harry) Zhang 2020

Dorchester Prize

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

  • Jessi Russell 2020
  • Dani Smotrich-Barr 2020

W.E.B. DuBois Prize

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

  • Kisanet Bezabih 2020

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.

  • Carson Horky 2020
  • Mathias Valenta 2020
  • Haoran (Harry) Zhang 2020

Exceptional Program of the Year Award

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

  • Therapy Dog Program

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.

  • Meera Joshi 2020
  • Charya Khun GRAD

First-Year Leadership Award

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

  • Perri Easley 2023

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.

  • Ella Carr 2023
  • Joseph Kagan 2023
  • Cecilia Kulhanek 2023

Freeman Prize

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

  • Jonathan Canfield 2020
  • Maxine Go 2020

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.

  • Olivia Samios 2020

Fulbright Binational Internship Award

A special program of the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational Exchange (COMEXUS) and the Fulbright Commission in Mexico. These grants supports year-long internships in for-profit business or NGOs. Grantees also take courses related to international business at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

  • Ananya Subrahmanian 2018

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award

Funded by the United States government under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hays Act) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The grants support one year of teaching in an English-language classroom at the grade-school or college level in one of 75 countries outside the U.S.

  • Inayah Bashir 2020
  • Anthony Price 2020

Fulbright Study/Research Award

Funded by the United States government under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hays Act) and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The grants support one year of independent research or graduate study at an institution outside the U.S.

  • Abe Kipnis 2019
  • Nicole McCann 2018
  • Jed Munson 2019

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.

  • Daniel Atik 2020
  • Christine Zheng 2020

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.

  • Ginger Hutchinson 2020

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

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

  • Thomas McKenzie-Smith 2022

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.

  • Haoran (Harry) Zhang 2020

Sarah Hannah Poetry Prize

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

  • Gabriel Ridout 2021

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.

  • Emma Hostetter 2020
  • Meera Joshi 2020
  • Kevin Liu 2020
  • Dmitry Pokushalov 2020
  • Kate Sundberg 2020
  • Jaina Wollowitz 2020

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.

  • Simone John-Vanderpool 2020

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.

  • Inayah Bashir 2020
  • Michael Ivy 2020
  • Caroline Salim 2021

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 their undergraduate career.

  • Analiese Guettinger 2020
  • Maxwell Halperin 2020
  • Naomi Okada 2020

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.

  • Ruth Chartoff 2020
  • Neha Srinivas 2020

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.

  • Ali Banach 2022
  • Nic Guo 2020
  • Gabriel Ridout 2021

Best Honors Thesis in Sociology Award

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.

  • Jessica Brandon 2020
  • Ariel Edelman 2020
  • Maximo Lipman 2020
  • Francesca Woodbridge 2020

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.

  • Tessa Zitter 2021

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.

  • Christopher Desanges 2020
  • Asa Spurlock 2020
  • Molly Sullivan 2020
  • Lucy de Lotbiniere 2020

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.

  • John Modelfino 2023
  • Riley Vail-Rhodes 2023

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.

  • Sam Smith 2020

Barry Kiefer Prize-Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

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

  • Stephen Lanno GRAD
  • Swechhya Shrestha GRAD

Barry Kiefer Prize-Biology

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

  • Stephen Lanno 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.

  • Chase Mayo 2020
  • Jack Warren 2020

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.

  • Luisa Lubambo 2020

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.

  • Dominic Oliver 2019
  • Kaitlyn Thomas-Franz 2020
  • Qiyuan Zheng 2020

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.

  • Faizan Razak 2020

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.

  • Julia Adler 2020

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.

  • Nicholas Burnham 2020
  • Mary McAllister 2020

Littell Prize

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

  • Fallon Konow 2020

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.

  • Cara Blumstein 2020
  • Andrew Fleming 2020
  • Nathan Mullen 2020
  • Michaela Olson 2020
  • Sophie Dora Tulchin 2020

Martius Yellow Award

Awarded for excellence in organic synthesis.

  • Sophia Marra 2021

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.

  • Luke Goldstein 2020

Meyer Prize

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

  • Carson Horky 2020
  • Sophia Law 2020

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.

  • David Aaron 2020

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.

  • Paul McLaren 2021

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.

  • Mohamed-Dhia Hammami 2020
  • Max Johnson 2020
  • Theodore Molina 2020
  • Bright Palakarn 2020
  • Charlotte Rich 2020

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Award

Created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan. His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Committee, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International. We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son's activism for the public good. Awarded to an employee whose every day work helps the students at Wesleyan and who best embodies the pursuit of social justice.

  • Brooke Rich

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.

  • WesSpeaks

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.

  • Haley Brumberger 2020
  • Julia Chung 2021
  • Mosab Hamid 2023

NNK Award

Awarded for the best screenplay for an undergraduate film.

  • Ariel Adler 2020

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.

  • Adina Gitomer 2020
  • Benjamin Lefkowitz 2020

Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize

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

  • Jessica Brandon 2020
  • Gina Savoy 2020

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.

  • Stephanie Ades 2021
  • Hannah Berman 2021
  • Lilah Hixson 2022
  • Sahara Sidi 2022
  • Zuzu Tadeushuk 2021
  • Shaya Tousi 2022
  • Fengbeiling Wang 2021

Outreach and Community Service Award

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

  • Rowan Hair 2020
  • Maggie Rothberg 2020

Parker Prize

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

  • Bryan Chong 2021
  • Andrew Kushnir 2022
  • Maggie O'Hanlon 2021

Peirce Prize

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

  • Emmy Hughes 2020
  • Yu Kai Tan 2020

Peterson Fellowship

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

  • Brandon Case GRAD
  • Joyce Noble GRAD
  • Angelika Rafalowski 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.

  • Benjamin Diamond 2020
  • Avi Lipton 2020
  • Qiyuan Zheng 2020

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.

  • James Bayer 2022
  • Jemma Blazina 2020
  • Nicole Brodkowitz 2020
  • Erica Buckingham 2020
  • Yujie Cai 2020
  • Quinn Calderone 2023
  • Kin Wai Cheung 2021
  • Sam Dixon 2022
  • Muhammad Aman Ibadullah 2021
  • Attul Jakkampudi 2020
  • Harrison Karp 2021
  • Nicholas Keating 2022
  • Talia Klein 2022
  • Andrew Kushnir 2022
  • Jake Kwang 2020
  • Jiwan Lee 2021
  • Wei Li 2021
  • William Liang 2021
  • William Mack 2021
  • Griffin Maristany 2022
  • Scott McMahon 2022
  • Kenneth Mckee-Proctor 2020
  • Anh Nguyen 2023
  • Saki Ohashi 2020
  • Ananya Parthasarathy 2022
  • Kairui Qian 2021
  • Justin Ratkovic 2020
  • Micayah Ritchie 2023
  • Liana Samson 2020
  • Heidi Scarth 2020
  • Shahid Shabab 2020
  • Mackenzie Sheehan 2022
  • Sam Smith 2020
  • Saaria Sohail 2020
  • Preksha Sreewastav 2021
  • Benjamin Stagoff-Belfort 2021
  • Tyler Strafford 2022
  • Maria Tan 2022
  • Jess Tran 2021
  • Morgan Usen 2020
  • Helen Wang 2021
  • Tobias Wertime 2020
  • Grant Westfahl 2021
  • Britanya Williams 2022
  • Flora Yao 2023
  • Alex Yao 2021

Gwen Livingston Pokora Prize

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

  • Leo Merturi 2020
  • Rodrigo Roman 2020

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.

  • Jaina Wollowitz 2020

Sophie and Anne Reed Prize

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

  • Mina Khan 2020
  • Melissa Thornton 2020
  • Gisselle Yepes 2020

Rice Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a senior.

  • Nate Gillman 2020

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.

  • Adina Gitomer 2020
  • Caroline Bhupathi 2020

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.

  • Eunes Harun 2020
  • Saadia Naeem 2020

Robertson Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a sophomore.

  • Cheng Shi 2022

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.

  • Nathan Krieger 2020
  • Mathias Valenta 2020

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.

  • Anne Ning 2020

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.

  • Emma Frohardt 2020

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.

  • Miles Brooks 2020
  • Rose Shuker-Haines 2020

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.

  • Charya Khun GRAD
  • Mackenzie Mitchell GRAD
  • Leah Murphy 2020
  • Nola Neri 2020
  • Dillon Noone 2020
  • Jenna Sneifer 2020
  • Nick Taylor 2020
  • John Wolf 2020

Scott Prize-Chinese

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

  • Costel-Tudor Voica 2021

Scott Prize-French

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

  • Julia Adler 2020

Scott Prize-Hebrew

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

  • Nate Gillman 2020
  • Andrew Schwartz 2020

Scott Prize-Italian

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

  • Giacomo Marenco di Moriondo 2020
  • Georgia Warner-Haakmat 2020

Scott Prize-Japanese

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

  • Xiangyi Guo 2021

Scott Prize-Korean

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

  • Madison McClain-Frederick 2020

Scott Prize-Portuguese

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

  • Jennifer Ledezma 2020

Scott Prize-Russian

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

  • Tim Jambor 2020
  • Lucine Poturyan 2020

Scott Prize-Spanish

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

  • Chris Fitzgerald 2020
  • Emma Frohardt 2020

Mary and John Sease Prize

Awarded for outstanding work in environmental science.

  • Jackie Duckett 2020
  • Katie Toner 2020
  • Shuo Wang 2020

Senior Legacy Award

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

  • Neha Srinivas 2020

Frances M. Sheng Prize

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

  • Ezra Kohn 2020
  • Ann Zhang 2022

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.

  • Ana Rodriguez Santory 2020

Rae Shortt Prize

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

  • Yaqian Tang 2021
  • Joseph Cutler 2021

Samuel C. Silipo Prize

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

  • Henry Lin-David 2021

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.

  • Allie Goss 2020

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.

  • Zhaoyu Sun 2020

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.

  • Bryan Chong 2021

Best Paper Prize in Sociology

Awarded annually to students who have written the best scholarly papers in sociology in the previous year.

  • Salim Green 2020
  • Ginger Hollander 2020
  • Paul McLaren 2021

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.

  • Katie Livingston 2021

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.

  • Maggie Rothberg 2020

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.

  • Malcolm Phillips 2020

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.

  • Wesleyan for Bernie

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.

  • Evelyn Burke 2021
  • Fumiko Nago 2020

Thorndike Prize

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

  • Saakshi Kakar 2020

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.

  • Bakar Hassan GRAD

David A. Titus Memorial Prize

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

  • Max Feldstein-Nixon 2021
  • Ji Yoon Park 2021
  • Xinyue Zhang 2021

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.

  • Jade Tate 2022
  • Jake Kwon 2021

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.

  • Aliya Shecter 2020

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.

  • Do Hyeok Jeon 2021
  • Ari Liu 2020
  • Polly Pierone 2020
  • Simon Rothman 2021

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.

  • Ava Thornton 2020

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.

  • Hannah Ratner 2020
  • Paul Willems 2020

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.

  • Inayah Bashir 2020
  • Luka Lezhanskyy 2020

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.

  • Do Hyeok Jeon 2021

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.

  • Arnaav Bhavanani 2020
  • Katie Livingston 2021

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.

  • Kian Caplan 2021
  • Jake Kwon 2021

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.

  • Jacob Barabas 2021
  • Yujie Cai 2020
  • Avi Lipton 2020
  • Gillian Lubin 2020
  • Saki Ohashi 2020
  • Jess Tran 2021
  • Elizabeth Vann 2020
  • Qiyuan Zheng 2020

White Fellowship-Government

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

  • Julia Boland 2020
  • Stephen Ferruolo 2020
  • Tara Ghandour 2020
  • Gila Glattstein 2020
  • Cassidy Morales 2020
  • Jake Multer 2020
  • Ferdinand Quayson 2020
  • Aditi Shenoy 2020
  • Rose Shuker-Haines 2020
  • Alexandra Sobor 2020
  • Ben Sullivan 2020

White Fellowship-History

Awarded for excellence in history.

  • Phoebe Vlahoplus 2021
  • Xinyue Zhang 2021

M.G. White Prize

Awarded annually for the best thesis submitted in American Studies.

  • Neel Madala 2020
  • Rose Shuker-Haines 2020
  • Sophie Dora Tulchin 2020
  • Alessandra Viegas 2020

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.

  • Avi Lipton 2020

Winchester Fellowship

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

  • Keren Alshanetsky 2017
  • Julia Conrad 2014
  • Aditi Kini GLSP
  • Raphael Linden 2015
  • Tess Scriptunas 2014
  • Avigayl Sharp 2017
  • Gisselle Yepes 2020

Winchester ENGL 201 Essay Prize

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

  • Caridad Cruz 2021
  • Sarina Hahn 2021
  • Teddy Pierce 2022

Winchester First-Year Essay Prize

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

  • Robert Moderelli 2022

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.

  • Thomas Hanes 2020
  • Yeti Kang 2020