Students Honored with Academic Awards, Scholarships

Wesleyan President Michael Roth congratulates all recipients of academic prizes, fellowships and scholarships during a reception May 5.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth congratulates all recipients of academic prizes, fellowships and scholarships during a reception May 5.

Students who received academic prizes, fellowships and scholarships, were honored at a reception May 5 in Daniel Family Commons. The awards and the recipients are:

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.

Eric LaMotte 2009
Kai Xuan Keith Tan 2009

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.

Emanuel Noah Hutton 2009

American Chemical Society Analytical Award
Awarded for excellence in analytical chemistry.

Justin Bours 2010

American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Award
Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

Anna Komor 2009

American Institute of Chemists Award
Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

Abraham Verdoes 2009

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.

Zin Lin 2012

Baden-Württemberg―Connecticut Sister State Exchange
A grant for one academic year’s study at a university in the German state of Baden-Wüerttemberg, administered by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education.

Ivan Daniel Naranjo Rivadeneyra GRAD
Keith Schumann 2009

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.

Eric Taffet 2009

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.

Yudhishthir Kandel 2009

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.

Andrew Kirwin 2009
Keith Schumann 2009

Students gather at the award reception. (Photos by Alexandra Portis '09)

Students gather at the award reception. (Photos by Alexandra Portis '09)

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.

Muna Samsun Nahar 2009
Ernest Sliwinski 2010

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

Center for Prison Education
Ellie Wiener 2009

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.

Jeffrey Stein 2010
Mark Sun 2009

Professor Samuel Hugh Brockunier Prize
Awarded for the best final essay on a social studies topic by a student in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program.

Diane Klare GLSP

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.

Elana Baurer 2009
Jessica Posner 2009

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.

Harry Tokarz 2011

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

Rebecca Charney 2009
Matthew Van Duyn 2009

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.

Kenton Atta-Krah 2009
Benedict Bernstein 2009

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.

Joseph Krafft 2009
Eric Weiskott 2009

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.

Thomas Moll-Rocek 2009

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.

Saul Carlin 2009

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.

AhDream Smith 2012

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.

Hannah Jackson 2009

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.

Daniel O’Brien 2010

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.

Akosua Nti 2009

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.

Theresa Crain 2012
Damiano Marchetti 2012
Bennett Taren 2012

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

Antoine Cadot-Wood 2010

Staff and faculty attended the reception to honor the student award winners.

Staff and faculty attended the reception to honor the student award winners.

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

Anna Komor 2009

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.

Allison Quantz 2010
David Wolovsky 2010

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.

Molly Birnbaum 2009

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

Ross Firestone 2012
Lee Gottesdiener 2012
Rachel Merzel 2012

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.

Nicholas Miller 2009

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

Joseph Krafft 2009
Andrea Neustein 2009
Samantha Sommers 2009

W.E.B. DuBois Prize
Awarded annually for academic excellence to a student majoring in African American studies.

Gedney Barclay 2009

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.

Dustin Brockner 2009
Hannah Freece 2009
Brendan Larkin 2009

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.

Paul Boulat 2009Sara Hoffman 2009
Russell Perkins 2009
Benjamin Sachs-Hamilton 2009

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

Sigma Lambda Upsilon

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.

Muna Samsun Nahar 2009
Alison Ringel 2009

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

AhDream Smith 2012

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.

Kelvin Kwofie 2012
Matias Seijas 2012
Leia Jane Zidel 2012

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

Adam Black 2009

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.

Sarah Leonard 2009

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.

Patrick Garrity 2006 (Alternate)
Jason Kavett 2009
Andrew Kirwin 2009
Kathryn Ottaviano 2009
Emily Wang 2006

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.

Joseph Krafft 2009

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

Jason Kavett 2009

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.

Jason Harris 2009
Lightning Jay 2009

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.

Dallas Bossort 2009

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.

Jonas Mishara-Blomberger 2011
Samantha Schilit 2010
Carl West 2011

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.

Kristi LaMonica 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.

Elise Gelwan 2009
Elizabeth Ogata 2009
James Rea 2009

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.

Tyler Byrne 2009

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.

Gustav Seixas 2010

Hawk PrizeThe 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.

Colleen Carpenter 2010
Portia Chipendo 2009
Matthew Danzig 2009
Joseph Locey 2009
Michael Lubrano 2009
David Snydacker 2009
Alison Ringel 2009

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.

Samantha Charm 2009

Students mingle at the reception.

Students mingle at the reception.

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.

Ruby-Beth Buitekant 2009
Phillip Marcus 2009
Melanie Nelson 2009

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.

Gedney Barclay 2009
Anna Martin 2009
Annie Paladino 2009

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.

Sarah Jeffrey 2009
Miriam Krent 2009

Horgan PrizeEstablished 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.

Jake Abrahamson 2009
Emily Chew 2010
Daniel Gumbiner 2011

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.

Monica Achitoff-Gray 2009
William Runge 2009
Eli Wilson 2009

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.

Thomas Van Denburgh 2009
Eric Weiskott 2009

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.

Omar Craighill 2009
Claire Staples 2009
Cara Stewart 2009

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.

Zin Lin 2012
Alexandra Truebenbach 2012

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.

Jessica Wong 2009

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

Chunyu Cai 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.

Maya Kazan 2009

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.

Galen DeGraf 2009

The Matthew Lemert Graduate Fellowship
Awarded for excellence in overall scholarship and in support of graduate studies.

Kohei Saito 2009

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.

Aaliya Zaveri 2009

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.

Laura Masulis 2009

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.

Muriel Abeledo 2009
Ellie Wiener 2009

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.

Maria Stankova GRAD

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

Hannah Sugarman 2009
Anna Williams 2009

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.

Micah West 2005

Robert S. Lynd Award
Awarded to a student for a Department of Sociology thesis.

Reid Higginson 2009

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.

Jeffrey Bizinkauskas 2010
Nina Chen 2010
Peter Gilchrist 2010
Yun Wang 2010

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.

Gavriel Elkind 2009
Amanda Facelle 2009
Isaac Maddow-Zimet 2009
Andrea Mak 2009

Students provided musical entertainment.

Students provided musical entertainment.

Martius Yellow Award
Awarded for excellence in organic synthesis.

Yusuke Minami 2009
Samuel Tomich 2010

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 Mandlin 2010
Alexis Sturdy 2010

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

Lindsay Weber 2009

Miller Family Foundation Prize
Established in 2001 by Bob and Catherine Miller, P ’99 P ’02. Awarded to individuals who pursue careers that benefit the community and the common good through education or service and advocacy

To Be Announced

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

To Be Announced

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.

Christopher Sarma 2009

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.

Davy Knittle 2011

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.

Melgily Valdez 2009

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.

Benedict Bernstein 2009
Hannah Freece 2009

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Award
Awarded to a sophomore or junior with a demonstrated commitment to social justice issues.

Lily Mandlin 2010
Ronnie Bowman (Staff Award)
Wendy Norton (Staff Award)

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.

Trans/Gender Group

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.

Alexandra Holachek 2010

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 Connolly 2009

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.

Miriam Krent 2009
Avi Smith 2009

Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize
Awarded for excellence in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Heather Sheriff 2009
Megan Vees 2009

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.

Katherine Bascom 2010
Robert Hardesty 2011
Asa Horvitz 2010
Davy Knittle 2011
Lily Mandlin 2010
Karina Maravelias 2010Aine McCarthy 2010
Sylvia Ryerson 2010
Laura Scholten 2010
Nicholas Singer 2011
Samuel Werbalowsky 2011

Outlaw Research Fund
Established by Mr. Lucius T. Outlaw III ’93, in honor of Dr. Frieda H. Outlaw and Rita H. Outlaw.

John Kowalko 2010

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.

Joelle Minott 2009

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

Sustainability Interns

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

Micah Siegel-Wallace 2010

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

Timothy Horgan-Kobelski 2009

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.

To Be Announced

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

Sarah Auclair GRAD
Yuegao Huang GRAD
Marijo Kambere Bwenge GRAD
Sattanathan Paramasivan GRAD
Ryan Pelto 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.

Iwan Djanali 2009
Seitaro Takarabe 2009

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.

Benedict Bernstein 2009
Arion Blas 2011
Wa Chan 2009
Benjamin Cohen 2010
Rebecca Freed 2009
Christian Freire 2009
Alexander Gold 2010
Maegan Houang 2010
Rebecca Hunt 2009
John Jarvis 2010
Elias Leight 2010
Benjamin Messinger-Barnes 2009
Kethaki Nair 2009
Hailey Sarage 2009
Christopher Sarma 2009
Michela Stager 2009
Madalina Ursu 2009
Aneliya Valkova 2009
Ray Ward 2009
Gabrielle Weinrott 2011
Eugene Wong 2009
Wan Jun Yang 2011
Irina Zaitseva 2010

Gwen Livingston Pokora Prize
Established in 1993, awarded annually to the outstanding undergraduate student in music composition.

Samuel Ottinger 2009

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.

Jason Kavett 2009

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.

Davy Knittle 2011
Rachel Shopper 2010
Eric Weiskott 2009

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.

AhDream Smith 2012

Rice Prize
Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a senior.

James Aisenberg 2009

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.

Saul Carlin 2009
Elizabeth McClellan 2009

Robertson Prize
Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a sophomore.

Jonas Mishara-Blomberger 2011
Charles Puelz 2011
David Puelz
Joel Specter 2011

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.

Ari Edmundson 2009

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.

Samuel Broadwin 2009
Aude Cuenod 2009
Ted Feldman 2009

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.

To Be Announced

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

Margarita Diaz GLSP
Nancy Otter GLSP

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

Grace Petersen 2009
Ellie Wiener 2009

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.

Jamal Ahmed 2009
Francis Biro 2009
Hannan Braun 2009
Pin-Fang Chen 2009
Annina DeLeo 2009
Muna Samsun Nahar 2009
Lindsay Nussbaum 2009
Laurel Sticklor 2009

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

Adam Black 2009
Laura Brown 2009

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

Jessica Green 2009

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

Brittany Fowler 2009
Sara Hoffman 2009
Bryan Jones 2009
Madalina Ursu 2009
Elizabeth Weisman 2009

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

Toni Latimer 2009
Rachel Lurie 2009

John and Mary Sease Prize
Awarded for outstanding work in environmental science.

Oriana Korol 2009

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.

Jamal Ahmed 2009

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

Luz Burgos 2009

Senior 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.

Isaac Levy 2009

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.

Katherine Bascom 2010
Julien Burns 2010
Lorena Estrella 2010
Lily Mandlin 2010
Kiah McAndrew-Davis 2010
Emma Mendelsohn 2010
Nadeem Modan 2010
Susanna Myrseth 2010
Nelson Norsworthy 2010
Alexis Sturdy 2010

Frances M. Sheng Prize
Awarded for excellence in Chinese language and excellence in Japanese Language.

Adam Black 2009
Anastasia Chiu 2009
Noumaan Shamsi 2010

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.

Eric Weiskott 2009

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

Maritza Ebling 2012
David Goldman 2012
Thomas Kuntz 2012

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

Sue Chung 2010
Nathan Fieldsteel 2010
Duane Le 2010

Samuel C. Silipo Prize
Awarded annually for the most valuable player(s) of the Wesleyan Orchestra.

Lucia Strother 2011

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.

Rachelle Copeland 2009

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

Brendan Conuel 2010
Surendra Kunwar 2010
Juan Mendoza 2010
Karlen Shahinyan 2010
Mei Chai Zheng 2010

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.

Sarah Bell 2009

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.

Jourdan Khalid Hussein 2011

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.

Karina Maravelias 2010

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.

Frederick Zenker 2009

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.

Jason Harris 2009

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.

American Medical Student Association

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

Nicholas Alt 2009
Eyal Bar-David 2009
Nahide Demirel 2009
Megan Vees 2009

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.

Andrea Minei 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.

Silvie Deutsch 2009
Elizabeth McClellan 2009

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.

Andrew Chung 2011
Nicholas Luby 2011
Julie Zhao 2010

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.

Jeffrey Stein 2010
Youlieguo Zhou 2010

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.

Jessica Cepeda 2011
Nina Moore 2011

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

Arielle Berrick 2010

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.

Anna Schindler 2009
Lydia Wallace 2009

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.

Chia Wei Hsu 2010
Jonas Mishara-Blomberger 2011
Zachary Pastore 2010
Carl West 2011
Mei Chai Zheng 2010

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.

Amber Jones 2009

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.

Rachel Berkowitz 2009
Sarah Edelman 2009
Jena Gordon 2009
Allison Heaney 2009
Newman Hoffman 2009
Wesley Moss 2009

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.

Aliza Simons 2009

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.

Chia Wei Hsu 2010

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.

Sonia Davis 2010
Ashley Farrow 2010

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.

Kristina Chiappetta 2011
Rebecca Turkewitz 2010

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.

Rebecca Weiss 2010

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.

Kin Yan Chew 2009
Iwan Djanali 2009
Maya Hodis 2009
Peter Hull 2010
Derek Kuwahara 2009
Elias Leight 2010
Benjamin Messinger-Barnes 2009
Kethaki Nair 2009
Seitaro Takarabe 2009
Ray Ward 2009

White Fellowship―History
Awarded for excellence in history.

Arielle Berrick 2010

M.G. White Prize
Awarded annually for the best thesis submitted in American studies.

Jennifer Slattery 2009

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.

Iwan Djanali 2009

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

Yaron Aronowicz 2005
Stephen Aubrey 2006
Emma Komlos-Hrobsky 2008
Arijit Sen 2007
Darrell Smith 2006
Eric Weiskott 2009

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.

Lucas Carrico 2009
Edward Quish 2009

Olivia Drake

Olivia (M.A.L.S. '08) is editor of the Wesleyan Connection newsletter and campus photographer. I have two dogs, five chickens and 30 house plants. I like snow, photographing firemen and enjoying "stinky" cheeses. Send me your story ideas to newsletter@wesleyan.edu. 

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