Students Celebrate 2018-19 Leadership Prizes, Fellowships, Scholarships at Reception

Edelina Marzouk '19 won an Outstanding Collaboration Award and a Scott Biomedical Prize for demonstrating excellence and interest in commencing a career in academic or applied medicine. Emma Distler '19 won theScott Prize-Italian for excellence in modern languages. Jordan Legaspi '19 won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award.

Edelina Marzouk ’19 won an Outstanding Collaboration Award and a Scott Biomedical Prize for demonstrating excellence and interest in commencing a career in academic or applied medicine. Emma Distler ’19 won the Scott Prize-Italian for excellence in modern languages. Jordan Legaspi ’19 won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award.

On May 8, the Office of Student Affairs hosted a reception honoring students who received academic or leadership prizes, fellowships, and scholarships in 2018–19.

More than 315 students and recent alumni received one of the University’s 180 prizes. (View the list below or on the Student Affairs website.)

Scholarships, fellowships, and leadership prizes are granted to students and student organizations based on criteria established for each prize or award. Certain University prizes are administered by the Student Affairs/Deans’ Office, while others are administered by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD).

Wesleyan’s awards program connects recipients to the legacies of alumni, administrators, faculty, and friends whose lives and work are honored through endowed gifts. Recipients of academic scholarships, fellowships, and prizes 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, Wesleyan also honors alumni and friends for their generous contributions and gifts.

Erin Sternlieb ‘19 received the White Fellowship for Government. Jackie Manginelli ‘19 received the Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies Prize.Erin Sternlieb ‘19 received the White Fellowship for Government. Jackie Manginelli ‘19 received the Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies Prize.

Erin Sternlieb ‘19 received the White Fellowship for Government. Jackie Manginelli ‘19 received the Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies Prize.

Sadie Gregory '19 won a Scott Biomedical Prize. Asa Mazor-Freedman '19 won a Scott Prize for excellence in Chinese.

Sadie Gregory ’19 won a Scott Biomedical Prize. Asa Mazor-Freedman ’19 won a Scott Prize for excellence in Chinese.

Arham Kazi ’19 won the Wise Prize for excellence in the Department of Philosophy. Daphne Gampel ’19 is the recipient of the Gwen Livingston Pokora Prize for music composition. Sara Philippe ’19 received the Butler Prize for the best honors thesis in African, Asian, or Latin American History and the Dutcher Prize for excellence in the Department of History.

Julianna Harwood '19 received the Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award and the Karl Van Dyke Prize for outstanding achievement in physical science. Rhoen Fiutak '19 and Abe Kipnis '19 won the Bertman Prize for physics.

Julianna Harwood ’19 received the Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award and the Karl Van Dyke Prize for outstanding achievement in physical science. Rhoen Fiutak ’19 and Abe Kipnis ’19 won the Bertman Prize for physics.

Rebecca Goldfarb Terry '19 received the Yalor Scholarship and the Social Activist Award. Frank Tucci received the Hawk Prize.

Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19 received a Social Activist Award and a Taylor Scholarship for good fellowship, leadership, and service to the Wesleyan community. Frank Tucci ’19 received the Hawk Prize.

Emma Graham '19 received the Spinney Prize for excellence in Greek. Miriam Zenilman '20 won an Olin Fellowship and the Wesleyan Fiction Award. Sara McCrea '21 won an Olin Fellowship.

Emma Graham ’19 received the Spinney Prize for excellence in Greek. Miriam Zenilman ’20 won an Olin Fellowship and the Wesleyan Fiction Award. Sara McCrea ’21 won an Olin Fellowship, which supports supervised work in English outside of the Wesleyan course structure.

Andrew Jacono '19 won a Herbert Lee Connelly Prize for demonstrating an interest in English literature. Heather Pincus '19 won a Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award for excellent service to the Economics Departments as a teaching apprentice. Joy Adedokun '19 won a Bridge Builder Award for succeeded in strengthening the relationship between Wesleyan and the greater Middletown community. Zoe Garvey '20 won the Dr. Neil Clendeninn Prize for achieved academic excellence in biology and/or molecular biology and biochemistry.

Andrew Jacono ’19 won a Herbert Lee Connelly Prize for demonstrating unusual ability in nonfiction writing. Heather Pincus ’19 received a Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award for excellent service to the Economics Department as a teaching apprentice. Joy Adedokun ’19 won a Bridge Builder Award for strengthening the relationship between Wesleyan and the greater Middletown community and a Student Organization of the Year award. Zoe Garvey ’20 won the Dr. Neil Clendeninn Prize for achieving academic excellence in biology and/or molecular biology and biochemistry.

Anna Krotinger ’19 received a George H. Acheson and Grass Foundation Prize in Neuroscience for showing promise for future contributions in the field of neuroscience. Eija Kent ’19 won the American Institute of Chemists Award for outstanding achievement in chemistry.

Meiwen Chen '21 won a Wesleyan Fiction Award and an Olin Fellowship. Preksha Sreewastav '21 received a Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award for excellent service to the Economics Department as a teaching apprentice.

Meiwen Chen ’21 won a Wesleyan Fiction Award and an Olin Fellowship, which is awarded in recognition of achievement in English. Preksha Sreewastav ’21 received a Plukas Teaching Apprentice Award for excellent service to the Economics Department as a teaching apprentice. (Photos by Caroline Kravitz ’19)

The 2019 prize 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.

  • Nicolas Cimino 2019
  • Anna Knes 2019
  • Anna Krotinger 2019

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.

  • Rhys O’Connor 2019

American Chemical Society Analytical Award

Awarded for excellence in analytical chemistry.

  • Leticia Costa 2019

American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

  • Jaquelin Aroujo 2019

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.

  • Grace Chen 2020

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry

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

  • David Cabanero 2019

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.

  • Matthew Erodici 2019

American Institute of Chemists Award

Awarded for outstanding achievement to a graduating chemistry major.

  • Eija Kent 2019

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.

  • Mackenzie Mitchell 2020
  • Alexa Strauss 2019

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.

  • Robert Dysart 2022

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.

  • Rhoen Fiutak 2019
  • Abe Kipnis 2019

Best Honors Thesis in Sociology Award

Established by the Department of Sociology to honor Herbert H. Hyman, distinguished scholar, a 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.

  • Emma Austin 2019
  • Chiara Bercu 2019
  • Lily Watson 2019

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.

  • Caroline Adams 2019
  • Lizzie Whitney 2019

Boylan Award

Given by Jennifer Boylan, Class of 1980, in honor of her classmate, Annie Sonnenblick, the award recognizes an outstanding piece of creative nonfiction, journalistic work, or writing for general readers.

  • Sophie Formela 2020
  • Katie Livingston 2021

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.

  • David Cabanero 2019
  • Theo Prachyathipsakul 2019

Bridge Builder Award

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

  • Wesleyan for Women and Children
  • Joy Adedokun 2019
  • Luisa Bryan 2021

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.

  • Julia Gyourko 2021

Christopher Brodigan Fund Award

Established in memory of Christopher Brodigan, a Wesleyan student who died in an accident in his first 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.

  • Kwoba Junior 2019

Erness Brody Prize

Established in 2002 by Ann duCille in honor of Professor Erness Bright Brody, former chair of the African American Studies Program. Awarded annually to a senior African American Studies Program major for excellence in written expression.

  • Sarah Sanders-Messmann 2019

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.

  • Alec Zhu 2021

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.

  • Sara Philippe 2019

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.

  • Emma Austin 2019
  • Anna Knes 2019
  • Kati Young 2019

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.

  • Sally Tepper 2022
  • Megan Tran 2022

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.

  • Nell Highleyman 2019
  • Jaime Marvin 2019

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.

  • Rosanne Ng 2019

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.

  • Ivanna Morales 2022

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.

  • Sydney Forrest 2019

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.

  • Zoe Garvey 2020

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.

  • Sahara Sidi 2022

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.

  • Viveka Cousins 2019 (Honorable Mention)
  • Andrew Jacono 2019 (Second Place)
  • Doc Polk 2019 (First Place)
  • Adriane Tharp 2019 (Second Place)

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.

  • Sarah Connolly 2019
  • Madeleine Gavaler 2019

Dorchester Prize

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

  • Austin Fainsod 2019
  • Jed Munson 2019

W.E.B. DuBois Prize

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

  • Jumoke McDuffie-Thurmond 2019

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.

  • Sara Philippe 2019

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.

  • Ronald Kelly 2019
  • Rachel Williams 2019

Exceptional Program of the Year Award

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

  • African Students Association – Indaba
  • Maxine Gibb 2019
  • Keith Mundangepfupfu 2019
  • Kyllian Pather 2020
  • Ferdinand Quayson 2020

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.

  • Alexa Strauss 2019
  • Kati Young 2019

First-Year Leadership Award

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

  • Huzaifa Khan 2022

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.

  • Elle Feingold 2022
  • Chunyue Ma 2022
  • Brianna Mebane 2022

Freeman Prize

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

  • Anya Weinstock 2019

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.

  • Rachel Rosin 2019

Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research Prize

Established in 2017 to recognize research projects (besides honors theses) in any field that demonstrate outstanding and creative use of Wesleyan’s library collections and resources.

  • Isaac Klimasmith 2020 (Second Place)
  • Emma Leuchten 2019 (First Place)
  • Aviv Rau 2019 (Honorable Mention)
  • Celeste Smith 2019 (Honorable Mention)

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 support year-long internships in for-profit business or NGOs. Grantees also take courses related to international business at Instituto Tecnologico Autnomo de Mexico (ITAM).

  • Ulysses Estrada 2017

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.

  • Jordan Legaspi 2019
  • Stephanie Loui 2014
  • Katie Murray 2019
  • Emma Porrazzo 2019
  • Hai Lun Tan 2018
  • Rachel Yanover 2019

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.

  • Amad Amedy 2019

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.

  • Samuel Jia 2019 (Honorable Mention)
  • Jackie Manginelli 2019
  • Keith Mundangepfupfu 2019 (Honorable Mention)

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.

  • Margaret O’Donnell 2019

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.

  • Aili Francis 2019

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

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

  • Nate Gillman 2020

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.

  • Anna Rogers 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.

  • Alison Biester 2019
  • Zachariah Foster 2019
  • Anna Knes 2019
  • Theo Prachyathipsakul 2019
  • Christopher White 2019

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.

  • Alice Goldberg 2019

James T. Gutmann Field Studies Scholarship

Established in 2007 by Lisette Cooper ’81, to honor her former professor and mentor, Professor 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.

  • Haley Brumberger 2020
  • Sabrina Koetter 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.

  • Dylan Moore 2020

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.

  • Alison Biester 2019
  • Alexa Strauss 2019
  • Frank Tucci 2019
  • Victoria Yu 2019

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 Schreiber GRAD

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.

  • Sharit Cardenas Lopez 2019
  • Giovanni Hutchinson 2019

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.

  • Gabriel Drozdov 2019
  • Madeline Ulevich 2019
  • Wenxuan Xue 2019

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.

  • Marisella Andrews 2019
  • Shani Erdman 2019
  • Alexandra Riedel 2019

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.

  • Nic Guo 2020 (First Place)
  • Samuel Pollak 2021 (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.

  • Maggie Rothberg 2020
  • Benjamin Sarraille 2019

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.

  • Shelli Weiler 2019

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.

  • Robert Dysart 2022
  • Thomas McKenzie-Smith 2022
  • Jack Root 2022

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.

  • Emma Porrazzo 2019

Barry Kiefer Prize–Biology

In memory of Barry I. Kiefer to celebrate outstanding graduating PhD students in biology and molecular biology & biochemistry.

  • Meghan Van Zandt GRAD

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.

  • May Klug 2019
  • Angel Riddle 2019

Lebergott-Lovell Prize

In honor of Professors Emeritus 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.

  • Zhi Ming Gan GRAD
  • Stephen McCarthy 2018

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.

  • Jordan Bonner 2019
  • Noah Kahan 2019

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.

  • Anna Apostolidis 2019
  • Shariis Jeffrey 2019

Littell Prize

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

  • Michael Henderson 2019

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.

  • Elizabeth Eagles 2019
  • Ingrid Eck 2019
  • Henry Lane 2019
  • Jaime Marvin 2019
  • Elliot Polur 2019
  • Catherine Streich 2019
  • Medha Swaminathan 2019

Martius Yellow Award

Awarded for excellence in organic synthesis.

  • Allie Goss 2020
  • Rochelle Spencer 2020

Roger Maynard Award

A memorial award to that senior scholar-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit, accomplishments, and humility of Roger Maynard, Class of 1937, former trustee.

  • Chad Malinowski 2019
  • Victoria Yu 2019

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.

  • Ziran Cai 2019
  • Melisa Olgun 2020

Meyer Prize

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

  • Lily Gould 2019
  • Maia Reumann-Moore 2019

Priscilla Meyer Fund

Established in honor of Professor Priscilla Meyer’s teaching career at Wesleyan. Awarded to Wesleyan students who are the most dedicated to the study of topics related to Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia.

  • Graciela Gautier 2021
  • Hayate Murayama 2021

Joan W. Miller Prize

Established by Professor Miller in 2008. It is awarded for the outstanding honors thesis in the College of Social Studies.

  • Katie Tyner 2019

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.

  • Kai Williams 2020

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.

  • Azher Jaweed 2019
  • Theo Simko 2019

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 a sophomore or junior who best embodies the pursuit of social justice.

  • Holly Nicolas
  • Melisa Olgun 2020

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.

  • Ujamaa
  • Inayah Bashir 2020
  • Irmina Benson 2021
  • Kolbi Bradley 2020
  • Christian Denny 2022
  • Chelsea Dixon 2022
  • Samia Dudley 2020
  • Malika Ilboudo 2020
  • Kioni Marshall 2022
  • Langston Morrison 2021
  • Dmitri Slory 2021
  • Alice Swan 2021

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.

  • Natalie Ruby 2019 (First Place)
  • Adriane Tharp 2019 (Second Place)

NNK Award

Awarded for the best screenplay for an undergraduate film.

  • Wyatt Fiske 2019

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.

  • Shani Erdman 2019
  • Becca Weinzimer 2019

Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize

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

  • William Bosha 2019 (Best Thesis)
  • Hope Fourie 2019 (Best Thesis)
  • Ada Moses 2019 (Best Essay)

Olin Fellowship

Founded in 1854 by the wife of Stephen Olin, president, 183941 and 184251. Later increased by gifts of their son, Stephen Henry Olin, Class of 1866, and acting president, 192223, and his wife, Emeline. Awarded in recognition of achievement in English. The fellowship supports supervised work in English outside of the Wesleyan course structure.

  • Meiwen Chen 2021
  • Mina Khan 2020
  • Luka Lezhanskyy 2020
  • Katie Livingston 2021
  • Sara McCrea 2021
  • Hayley Qin 2021
  • Ryan Rehl 2022
  • Jessi Russell 2020
  • Miriam Zenilman 2020

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.

  • Teresa Naval 2019
  • Lizzie Phan 2019

Outstanding Collaboration Award

Awarded for a program that was successfully planned in the spirit of partnership and teamwork.

  • Cardinal Community Classic
  • JR Bascom GLSP
  • Elijah Blair-May 2020
  • Jordan Bonner 2019
  • Chelsea Cantos 2020
  • Remi French 2020
  • Jordan James 2021
  • Henry Martellier 2019
  • Edelina Marzouk 2019
  • Kevin McDonald 2020

Parker Prize

Established in 1870 by the Reverend John Parker, Trustee 185971. Awarded to a sophomore or junior who excels in public speaking.

  • Julia Boland 2020
  • Meg Cummings 2020

Peirce Prize

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

  • Robin Waterman 2019

Peterson Fellowship

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

  • Tithi Banerjee GRAD
  • Cody Hecht GRAD
  • Sudipta Lahiri GRAD
  • Rutesh Vyas 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.

  • Giovanni Hutchinson 2019
  • Will Levinson 2019

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.

  • Erin Angell 2019
  • Samuel Anschell 2019
  • Jacob Barabas 2021
  • Jack Baum 2021
  • Caroline Bhupathi 2020
  • Yujie Cai 2020
  • Aaron Cheung 2019
  • Aaron Cranston 2020
  • Abigail Daly-Smith 2019
  • May Do 2020
  • Remi French 2020
  • Maya Harlan 2019
  • Julianna Harwood 2019
  • Greta Hu 2020
  • Muhammad Aman Ibadullah 2021
  • Harrison Karp 2021
  • Will Kearney 2020
  • Gillian Lubin 2020
  • Chad Malinowski 2019
  • Brandon Morris 2019
  • Kellen O’Brien 2021
  • Brian Oh 2019
  • Heather Pincus 2019
  • Richard Price-Sanchez 2020
  • Amy Ren 2019
  • Peter Ryan 2019
  • Liana Samson 2020
  • Sam Smith 2020
  • Preksha Sreewastav 2021
  • Fiona Sun 2020
  • Shuangqi Sun 2021
  • Mai Anh Tran 2020
  • Ammie Wang 2022
  • Helen Wang 2021
  • Grant Westfahl 2021
  • Elliot Witdorchic 2020
  • Phillip Wong 2021
  • Michael Yablong 2019
  • Erica Yim 2019
  • Yuki Yu 2020
  • Qiyuan Zheng 2020

Gwen Livingston Pokora Prize

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

  • Matthew Forker 2019
  • Daphne Gampel 2019

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.

  • Alison Biester 2019

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.

  • Caridad Cruz 2021 (First Prize)
  • Gabriel Ridout 2021 (Second Place)

Rice Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a senior.

  • Yulia Alexandr 2019

Michael Rice Prize in Computer Science

Endowed in 2008 by the Fernando and Appapillai families in honor of Dr. Michael D. Rice and awarded to a senior for excellence in computer science.

  • Pi Songkuntham 2019
  • Han Yang Tay 2019

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.

  • Tatum Millet 2019

Robertson Prize

Awarded for excellence in mathematics to a sophomore.

  • Joseph Cutler 2021
  • Haochen Gao 2021
  • Do Hyeok Jeon 2021

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.

  • Zachary Bennett 2019
  • Emily Steckhan 2019

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.

  • Wilson Lai 2019
  • Gustavo Sanabria Jr. 2019

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 Austin 2019
  • Isabel Steckel 2019

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.

  • Mukshud Ahamed 2019
  • Kenny Chiu 2019
  • Sadie Gregory 2019
  • Helen Karimi 2019
  • Josh Lane 2019
  • Edelina Marzouk 2019
  • Grant Tillinghast 2019
  • Kati Young 2019

Scott Prize–Arabic

Established by Charles Scott Jr., MA, Class of 1886, and trustee 190522, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Keeli Johnson 2022
  • Megan Levan 2022

Scott Prize–Chinese

Established by Charles Scott Jr., MA, Class of 1886, and trustee 190522, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Asa Mazor-Freedman 2019

Scott Prize–French

Established by Charles Scott Jr., MA, Class of 1886, and trustee 190522, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Jennifer Gagne 2019
  • Claudia Schatz 2019

Scott Prize–German Studies

Established by Charles Scott Jr., MA, Class of 1886, and trustee 190522, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Will Bellamy 2019

Scott Prize–Hebrew

Established by Charles Scott Jr., MA, Class of 1886, and trustee 190522, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Aviv Rau 2019

Scott Prize–Italian

Established by Charles Scott Jr., MA, Class of 1886, and trustee 190522, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Emma Distler 2019
  • Hayden Jones 2019

Scott Prize–Japanese

Established by Charles Scott Jr., MA, Class of 1886, and trustee 190522, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Felicia Soderberg 2021

Scott Prize–Korean

Established by Charles Scott Jr., MA, Class of 1886, and trustee 190522, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • David Cabanero 2019

Scott Prize–Portuguese

Established by Charles Scott Jr., MA, Class of 1886, and trustee 190522, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Aurora McGuckin 2019

Scott Prize–Russian

Established by Charles Scott Jr., MA, Class of 1886, and trustee 190522, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Allison McGlone 2019

Scott Prize–Spanish

Established by Charles Scott Jr., MA, Class of 1886, and trustee 190522, in memory of John Bell Scott 1881, for excellence in modern languages.

  • Lily Gould 2019
  • Anthony Rimac 2019

Mary and John Sease Prize

Awarded for outstanding work in environmental science.

  • Kelly Lam 2019
  • Celeste Smith 2019

Senior Legacy Award

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

  • Kati Young 2019

Frances M. Sheng Prize

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

  • Jess Tran 2021
  • Isabel Volpe 2019

Sherman Prize–Classical Studies

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

  • Catherine Kiall 2019

Sherman Prize–Math

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

  • Morgan Long 2022
  • Lucas Pabarcius 2022

Rae Shortt Prize

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

  • Yuan Wang 2020
  • Nicole Zalewski 2020

Samuel C. Silipo Prize

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

  • Kenny Chiu 2019

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.

  • Alison Biester 2019

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.

  • Kate Macken 2019

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.

  • Rebecca Goldfarb Terry 2019

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.

  • Jessi Russell 2020

Spinney Prize

The gift of Joseph S. Spinney, trustee 187582 and 188893, for excellence in Greek. Awarded for the best original essay on some aspect of Greek or Roman civilization.

  • Emma Graham 2019

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.

  • Talia Goldberg 2019

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 Women in Science
  • Joy Adedokun 2019
  • Hannah Docter-Loeb 2022
  • Tara Ghandour 2020
  • Nour Saida Harzallah 2021
  • Meera Joshi 2020
  • Kati Young 2019

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.

  • Rebecca Goldfarb Terry 2019
  • Caroline Kravitz 2019

Thorndike Prize

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

  • Hannah Bolotin 2019
  • Kaila Scott 2019

Tishler Teaching Award

Established by the family and friends of Dr. Max Tishler, professor emeritus of chemistry and University Professor of the Sciences, emeritus. Awarded annually in his memory to the best graduate teaching assistant in chemistry.

  • Vasileios Drogkaris 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.

  • Bastian Silvestre 2019

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.

  • Liam Isaacs 2020 (Honorable Mention)
  • Simon Rothman 2021 (Winner)

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

  • Jonathan Canfield 2020
  • Sam Smith 2020
  • Lance Williams 2020

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.

  • Irmina Benson 2021
  • Ericka Ekhator 2021

Kenneth W. Underwood Prize in Social Ethics

Awarded to the College of Social Studies student selected to discuss a paper on the subject of social ethics delivered by a guest scholar at one of the two annual CSS banquets.

  • Brian Barkman 2019

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.

  • Alexander de Magalhaes 2019
  • Jinpeng Fan 2019
  • Julianna Harwood 2019
  • Do Hyeok Jeon 2021
  • Kwoba Junior 2019
  • Nathan Shankman 2020

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.

  • Kaiyana Cervera 2019
  • Angel Martin 2019

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.

  • Amabel Jeon 2019
  • Anna Knes 2019
  • Coey Li 2019

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.

  • Momi Afelin 2019
  • Justin Kim 2019

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.

  • Nathan Shankman 2020

Wesleyan Animal Studies Prize

Awarded for the best thesis or senior essay on a subject in animal studies.

  • Ingrid Eck 2019
  • Hana ElSafoury 2019

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
  • Meiwen Chen 2021
  • Miriam Zenilman 2020

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.

  • Eunes Harun 2020
  • Melisa Olgun 2020

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.

  • Erin Angell 2019
  • Evan Hull 2019
  • Kelly Jamrog 2019
  • Will Levinson 2019
  • Avi Lipton 2020
  • Chad Malinowski 2019
  • Isabella Reilly 2019
  • Shane Ross 2019
  • Yuhan Wang 2019
  • Michael Yablong 2019

White Fellowship–Government

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

  • Nora Faye 2019
  • Casey Hellman 2019
  • Isabel Keene 2019
  • Erin Sternlieb 2019

White Fellowship–History

Awarded for excellence in history.

  • Sophia Law 2020
  • Fumiko Nago 2020
  • Bright Palakarn 2020
  • Harry Zhang 2020

M.G. White Prize

Awarded annually for the best thesis submitted in American studies.

  • Nancy Billings 2019

Wilde Prize

Established in 1963 by Frazer B. Wilde, LLD, Class of 1958, awarded to a junior or senior for excellence in economics.

  • Chad Malinowski 2019

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
  • Rebecca Brill 2016
  • Julia Conrad 2014
  • Markeisha Hill 2016
  • Doc Polk 2019
  • Hannah Rubin 2013
  • Katherine Thorpe GLSP
  • Emily Weitzman 2014

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.

  • Oriana Ullman 2021

Wise Prize

The gift of Daniel Wise, DD, 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.

  • Arham Kazi 2019