Students Honored For Academic Achievement with Awards, Fellowships

During the Academic Scholarships, Fellowships and Prizes Reception May 7, Yan Pui "Angela" Lo '14, Julian Theseria '14 and Paul Hanakata '14 received honors. Lo received the Holzberg Fellowship and Frances M. Sheng Prize, awarded for excellence in Chinese language and excellence in Japanese language. Theseria received the Baden-Württemberg Connecticut Sister State Exchange Award and the Scott Prize for German Studies. Hanakata received the Bertman Prize.

During the Academic Scholarships, Fellowships and Prizes Reception May 7, Yan Pui “Angela” Lo ’14, Julian Theseria ’14 and Paul Hanakata ’14 received honors. Lo received the Holzberg Fellowship for psychology research and the Frances M. Sheng Prize for Japanese language. Theseria received the Baden-Württemberg Connecticut Sister State Exchange Award and the Scott Prize for German Studies. Hanakata received the Bertman Prize for physics research.

Wesleyan hosted the Academic Scholarships, Fellowships and Prizes Reception for students May 7 in Daniel family Commons.

“We gather today to honor students who represent the highest ideals of Wesleyan University―intellectual curiosity, academic excellence, creative expression, leadership, and service. While celebrating these recipients of awards, prizes, and scholarships, we also honor and thank alumni and friends whose generous contributions make these prizes possible,” said Ruth Striegel Weissman, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The prizes and recipients are listed below:

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.

Andrew Trexler ’14 

Nicole Updegrove ’14 

Rachel Sobelsohn '17, at right, was the recipient of the Susan Frazer Prize. The prize is awarded to students who have done the most distinguished work in the elementary and intermediate French language sequence.

Rachel Sobelsohn ’17, at right, was the recipient of the Susan Frazer Prize. The prize is awarded to students who have done the most distinguished work in the elementary and intermediate French language sequence.

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.

Ya-Lih Horng ’17 

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.

Joshua Krugman ’14 

Catherine Marquez ’16 

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.

Gabriel Gordon ’15 

Christian Hosam ’15

Academic Scholarships, Fellowships, and Prizes 

Pictured are, at left, Benjamin Jacobs '14 and Benjamin Carus '14. Jacobs received the Sheng Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship and the Hallowell Prize. Carus received the Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award and White Prize. Alex Iselin '14 received the Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award, Wilde Prize and White Prize.

Pictured are, at left, Benjamin Jacobs ’14, Benjamin Carus ’14 and Alex Iselin ’14. Jacobs received the Sheng Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship and the Hallowell Prize. Carus received the Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award and White Prize. Iselin ’14 received the Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award, Wilde Prize and White Prize.

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.

Adele Bubnys ’14 

Rachel Rosengard ’14 

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.

Isadora Dannin ’14 

American Chemical Society Analytical Award 

Awarded for excellence in analytical chemistry.

Derek Frank ’15 

American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Award 

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

Patrick Sarver ’14 

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry. 

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

Patrick Sarver ’14

American Institute of Chemists Award 

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

Peter Martin ’14 

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.

Jenny Davis ’17 

Xiping Liu ’17

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.

Julian Theseira ’14 

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.

Paul Hanakata ’14 

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.

Julius Bjornson ’14 

Madalene Smith-Huemer ’14 

Oscar Takabvirwa ’14 

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.

Cade Leebron ’14 

Ellen Schwed ’14 

Kai Wilson ’16 

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.

Patrick Sarver ’14 

Bridge Builder Award 

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

Adin Vaewsorn ’15 

WesReads WesMath

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.

Esi Quagrainie ’14 

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.

Prince Carter ’14 

Noah Nichols ’14 

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.

Chukwuemeka Uwakaneme ’16 

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.

Sabina Wahl ’14 

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.

Aron Chilewich ’14 

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.

Spencer Burnham ’14 

Elijah Cone ’14

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.

Nicole Updegrove ’14 

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.

Brent Packer ’15 

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.

Alex Bigger-Allen ’14 

Sierra Livious ’14 

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.

Nora Canby ’17 (Honorable Mention)

Veronica Harrington ’17 

Rachel Kaly ’17 

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.

Olivia Mason ’15

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.

Sarah Gerton ’15 

Noah Mertz ’17 (Honorable Mention)

Tess Scriptunas ’14 (Honorable Mention)

CRC Award 

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

Benjamin Goldberg ’17 

Samuel Raby ’17 

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.

Leonid Liu ’14 

Grace Powell ’14 

Chloe Rinehart ’14 

Dorchester Prize 

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

Julia Conrad ’14 

Philip Dinolfo ’14 

W.E.B. DuBois Prize 

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

Elsa Hardy ’14 

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.

Carolyn Lipp ’14

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.

Christina Norris ’14 

Evan Williams ’14 

Exceptional Program Award 

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

Feministing Event 

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.

Lisle Winston ’14 

First-Year Leadership Award 

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

Aidan Martinez ’17 

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.

Hannah Eisner ’17 

Emma Hagemann ’17 

Rachel Sobelsohn ’17 

Jason Wangsadinata ’17 

Freeman Prize 

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

Yejing Gu ’14 

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.

Grace Kuipers ’14

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.

Anna Cash 2011 

Piers Gelly GRAD (Alternate)

Benjamin Jacobs ’14 

Mari Jarris ’14 

Alexandra Kotowski ’11 (Alternate)

Andrew Zingg ’13 

Fulbright Teaching Assistantship 

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

Mitchell Belkin 2012 

Elsa Hardy ’14 

Julia Jonas-Day 2011 (Alternate)

Sinead Keogh ’14 

Haley Weaver '14 received the Gay, Lesbian and Sexuality Studies Prize.

At right, Haley Weaver ’14 received the Gay, Lesbian and Sexuality Studies Prize.

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.

Aileen McGrory ’14 

Haley Weaver ’14 

German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship 

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

Mari Jarris ’14 

German Pedagogical Exchange Service Assistantship/Fulbright Grant 

A one year teaching apprenticeship in Germany.

Julius Bjornson ’14 

Michael Yee ’14 (Alternate)

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.

Ethan Tischler ’14 

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.

Hannah Baker ’14 

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.

Qianyu Wang ’15 (Honorable Mention)

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.

James Ricci 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.

Katherine Clifford ’14 

Sinead Keogh ’14 

Setareh O’Brien ’14 

Andras Sagi ’14 

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.

Peter Cramer ’14

James T. Gutmann Field Studies Scholarship 

Established in 2007 by Lisette Cooper ’81, to honor her former professor and mentor, Prof. James T. Gutmann. Awarded to an especially promising major in Earth & Environmental Sciences to support geologic field research expected to lead to a senior honors thesis.

Natchanan Doungkaew ’14 

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.

Talia Baurer ’15 (Honorable Mention)

Kayla Stoler ’14 

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.

Adele Bubnys ’14 

James Carter ’14 

Ryan Graff ’14 

Andras Sagi ’14 

Lisle Winston ’14 

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.

Renee Dunn ’14 

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.

Paulette Campo ’14 

Derek Jeffry ’14 

Opraha Miles ’14

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.

Ariella Axelbank ’14 

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.

Leada Fuller-Marashi ’14 

Ethan Hoffman ’14 

Yan Pui Lo ’14 

Setareh O’Brien ’14 

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.

Hanna Bahedry ’14 

Gabrielle Bruney ’14 (Honorable Mention)

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.

Holt Akers-Campbell ’16 

Elizabeth Alexion ’16 

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.

Julia Drachman ’14 

Hannah Knudsen ’14 12

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.

Joseph Natter ’17 

Zhongmou Sun ’17 

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.

Hyo Jeong Jung ’15 

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 & Biochemistry.

Frank Tulenko 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.

Hanna Edizel ’14 

Carlen May-Mann ’14 

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.

Isaac Silk ’14 

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.

Chloe Rinehart ’14 

Joseph Ringoen ’14

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.

Gianya Breland ’14 

Leada Fuller-Marashi ’14 

Littell Prize 

Students from all class years received honors and prizes.

Students from all class years received honors and prizes.

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

Amy Steele GRAD 

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.

Alyssa Bonneau ’14 

Nicholas Buffie ’14 

Julia Conrad ’14 

Katherine Kyman ’14 

Delphine Starr ’14 

Martius Yellow Award 

Awarded for excellence in organic synthesis.

Samantha Savitch ’15 

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.

Christian Hosam ’15 

Meyer Prize 

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

Kelly Toy ’14 14

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.

Christian Hosam ’15 

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.

Mary Diaz ’14 

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.

Susannah Capron ’14 

Brendan O’Donnell ’14 

Shannon Welch ’14 

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Award 

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

Hailey Sowden ’15 

Lucia Valenzuela 

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.

Ajua Campos 15

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.

Anna Guth ’14 

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.

Rebecca Markell ’14 

Anna Sears ’14 

NNK Award 

Awarded for the best screenplay for an undergraduate film.

Carlen May-Mann ’14 

Jessica Napier ’14 

Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize 

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

Laura Cohen ’14 

Aileen McGrory ’14 

Jacqueline Soro ’14 

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 Gibbel ’15 

Hibiki Mizuno ’15 

Lily Myers ’15 

Emilie Pass ’15 

Virgil Taylor ’15 

Amy Zhang ’15 16

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.

Emma MacLean ’14 

Outstanding Collaboration Award 

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

SHOFCO–Shining Hope for Communities 

Parker Prize 

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

Claire Brady ’15 

Christian Hosam ’15 

Peirce Prize 

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

Natchanan Doungkaew ’14 

Peterson Fellowship 

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

Rebecca Ryznar GRAD 

Anushi Sharma GRAD 

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.

Kamonwan Arttachariya ’14 

Ross Berger ’14 

Nathaniel Campagne ’15 

Benjamin Carus ’14 

Matthew Conley ’15 

Michael DeLalio ’15 

Jonathan Dennett ’15 

Renee Dunn ’14 

Ting Gao ’16 

Kyle Gibson ’15 

Julian Gilson ’15

Andrew Gottlieb ’14 

Matthew Gross ’15 

Peter Heye ’14 

Alex Iselin ’14 

Andrew Kang ’15 

Purnima Kumar ’16 

Dana Louie ’15 

Martin Luis Malabanan ’16 

Ayala Mansky ’14 

Marco Martinez ’15 

Mackenzie McPike ’15 

Silvia Miteva ’15 

Chloe Murtagh ’15 

Anh Tuan Nguyen Viet ’16 

Yeshe Rapten ’16 

Kayla Reiman ’14 

Alexander Sakhno ’15 

Charles Smith ’15 

Katharine Uthe ’14 

JinGe Yu ’15 

Gwen Livingston Pokora Prize 

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

Jessica Best ’14 

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.

Mari Jarris ’14 

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.

Rebecca McClellan ’14 

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 ’15 

Sarah Lerman-Sinkoff ’14 (Honorable Mention)

Kayla Stoler ’14 (Honorable Mention)

Jill Jie’en Tan ’15 (Honorable Mention) 18

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.

Sadasia McCutchen ’17 

Rice Prize 

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a senior.

Henry Louis de Kergorlay ’14 

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.

Elliot Meyerson ’14 

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.

Cassandra Garvin ’14 

Leonid Liu ’14 

Oladoyin Oladapo ’14 

Robertson Prize 

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a sophomore.

Abhisit Jiranaphawiboon ’16 

Anh Tuan Nguyen Viet ’16 

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.

Madalene Smith-Huemer ’14 

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.

Jessica Napier ’14

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.

Allison Greenwald ’14 

Rulewater Prize 

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

Richard Friswell GLSP 

Karen Olivier GLSP 

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.

Manon Lefevre ’14 

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.

Amy Blum GRAD 

Teryn Citino ’14 

Eliot Coffey ’14 

Karley Dutra ’14 

Tadashi Kamitaki ’14 

Claire Palmer ’14 

Alyssa Savarino ’14 

Yashna Thappeta ’14 

Sally Williams ’14 

Scott Prize―Arabic Studies 

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

Helena Awad ’16 

Yohei Okada ’16 20

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.

Jordan Friedland ’16 

John Steele ’14 

Krista Su ’15 

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.

Julian Theseira ’14 

Scott Prize―Hebrew Studies 

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

Rebecca Markell ’14 

Anna Sears ’14 

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.

Emma Compton ’14 

Melanie Dellplain ’14 

Maureen Gorman ’14 

Rebecca McClellan ’14 

Lydia Rex ’14 

Giselle Torres ’16 

Claire Whitehouse ’14 

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.

Maxwell Votey ’14 

Mary and John Sease Prize 

Awarded for outstanding work in environmental science.

Jenessa Duncombe ’14 

Hannah Plon ’14 

Scott Zimmer ’14

Senior Leadership Award 

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

Jalen Alexander ’14 

Frances M. Sheng Prize 

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

Benjamin Jacobs ’14 

Lewis Lo ’15 

Yan Pui Lo ’14 

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.

Fanying Chen ’17 

Zhongmou Sun ’17 

Maksim Trifunovski ’17 

Jason Wangsadinata ’17 

Rae Shortt Prize 

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

Sangsan Warakkagun ’15 

Samuel C. Silipo Prize 

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

Richard Choe ’14 

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.

Stuart Pasch ’14 22

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.

Dillon Kraus ’15 

Emily Singer ’16 

Xinyu Zhu ’16 

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.

Natasha Phillips ’14 

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.

Christian Hosam ’15 

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.

Claire Brady ’15 

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.

Alexandra Ozols ’14 

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.

Kayla Reiman ’14

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.

Housing and Hunger 

Thorndike Prize 

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

Ema Tanovic ’14 

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.

Merry Smith 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.

Allison Greenwald ’14 

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.

Simon Riker ’14 

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.

Yun Li ’15 24

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.

Daniel Ng ’15 

Hieu Nguyen ’15 

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.

Reid Meador ’14 

Alexandra Sokolow ’14 

United States Teaching Assistantship in Austria 

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

Robert Dornfried GLSP 

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.

Susannah Betts ’15 

Inha Cho ’15 

Brendan Cole ’15 

Wilson Fong ’15 

Joseph Silvester ’16 

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.

Kwame Adams ’14 

Maurice Hill ’14 

Amber Smith ’14

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.

Matthew Donahue ’14 

Yun-Hsuan Lai ’14 

Xi Liu ’14 

Jillian Roberts ’15 

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.

Emily Weitzman ’14 

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.

Quinta Jurecic ’15 

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.

Noah Korman ’15 

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.

Hanna Bahedry ’14 (Honorable Mention)

Gabrielle Bruney ’14 

Sarah Gerton ’15 (Honorable Mention) 26

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.

Kamonwan Arttachariya ’14 

Benjamin Carus ’14 

Cheol Hyun Chung ’14 

Maureen Gorman ’14 

Jessica Hanway ’15 

Alex Iselin ’14 

Dana Louie ’15 

Ayala Mansky ’14 

Joseph Ringoen ’14 

Ethan Spector ’14 

Bohao Zhou ’14 

White Fellowship―Government 

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

Ariella Axelbank ’14 

Ana Halsey ’14 

Olivia Horton ’14 

Quinta Jurecic ’15 

Andrew Trexler ’14 

Ga Eun Yoo ’14 

White Fellowship―History 

Awarded for excellence in history.

Grace Denton-Spalding ’15 

Hyo Jeong Jung ’15 

Emma Rothberg ’15 

Madeleine Stern ’15 

M.G. White Prize 

Awarded annually for the best thesis submitted in American Studies.

Mary Barrett ’14 27

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.

Cheol Hyun Chung ’14 

Alex Iselin ’14 

Ayala Mansky ’14 

Winchester Fellowship 

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

Read Bridget 2012 

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.

William Fraker ’14