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Honors & Fellowships


Prizes and Awards


The Doshisha-American Studies Prize, a gift from Amherst House, Doshisha University, is awarded for the American studies honors thesis judged by the Department of American Studies as most likely to stimulate interest in and understanding of America overseas, with a view toward possible publication in Japan.

Divided among Catherine Grace Burkhart '21, Lauren Lamb '21 and Matthew Sanders '21.

The George Rogers Taylor Prize is awarded to the student who, in the opinion of the American Studies Department, shows the most promise for creative and scholarly work in American Studies.

Matthew Sanders '21.


The Donald S. Pitkin Prize in Anthropology & Sociology, established in honor of the founder of that department on the occasion of his retirement, is given to that student whose honors thesis best exemplifies the humane values to which Professor Pitkin committed his research and teaching.

Jacob Joseph Siegel '21.


The Architectural Studies Prize is awarded to the honors thesis judged best by the Program for its qualities of clarity and originality in affirming the interdisciplinary richness of architecture.

Dana Kulma '21.


The Hasse Prize, established in memory of Adrian H. Hasse '43, is awarded for the best submitted student sketch in pencil, charcoal, or watercolor having a human figure as a theme.

Julian Raiford '21.

The Anna Baker Heap Prize, established by Arnold N. Heap of the Class of 1873 to honor his wife, is awarded to that senior who submits the best essay in the field of “Art.”

Divided between Arielle Jasmin Kirven '21 and Julia Molin '21.

The Athanasios Demetrios Skouras Prize, given in memory of Mr. Skouras of the Class of 1936, who died in 1943 in Athens as a result of Nazi reprisal killings, is awarded to a student who, in the opinion of the Fine Arts Department, has created an outstanding work of art or architecture during the year.

Divided between Kendall Lindsey Greene '24 and Grace Elizabeth LeCates '22.


The Doshisha Asian Studies Prize from the income of a gift from Amherst House, Doshisha University, is awarded for the best undergraduate honors thesis pertaining to Asia.

Divided between Xinyi Lexi Ma '21 and Sabir Nabih Meah '21.


The Porter Prize, established by the late Eleazer Porter of Hadley, is awarded for proficiency in first-year astronomy.

Divided between Alexander DelFranco '24 and Elizabeth Hillenkamp '24.


The Manstein Family Award, given by Carl '72, Mark '74, and Joanne Manstein '83 in honor of their parents, is presented to the outstanding senior varsity athlete who intends to pursue a career in the medical field. The prize is awarded by the Department of Physical Education.

Julia Elizabeth Ralph '22E.


The Biochemistry and Biophysics Prize is awarded to the student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has prepared the best thesis in the Biochemistry and Biophysics program.

Jasper Flint '21. 


The Sawyer Prize is awarded to that second-semester sophomore who, in the opinion of the Biology Department, has shown the most promise as a student of biology.

Steven Yu '23.

The Oscar E. Schotté Award is given to that member of the graduating class who, in the opinion of the department, has done the best independent work in biology.

Samantha Liu '21.


The Harvey Blodgett Scholarship, established by Frederick H. Blodgett in memory of his grandfather, Harvey Blodgett of the Class of 1829, is awarded to aid student work in biology and geology in their educational phases as distinct from their more technical and strictly scientific phases.

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The Phi Delta Theta Scholarship, established by the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, is awarded as a scholarship at the Woods Hole Marine Laboratory to a student for proficiency in biology.

Divided among Sedalia Gomez '22, Angelina Han '22, Carley Malloy '22, Caroline Needell '22 and Petra Zuniga '22.


The Edward Jones Prize is given in honor of the College's first black alumnus. It is awarded by the Black Studies Department to a graduating senior for the best honors thesis which addresses a present or future issue of concern to black people in Africa and the Diaspora.

Djelimory Diabate '21.


The David R. Belevetz '54 Memorial Fund Award in Chemistry was established by family and friends of David R. Belevetz and is awarded to support the work of an Amherst student engaged in preparing a senior honors thesis, as determined by the Chemistry Department Faculty.

Divided between Martin Bonseok Koo '22 and Isabella Zappi '22.

The Howard Waters Doughty Prize is awarded to that member of the senior class who, in the opinion of the Chemistry Department, has prepared the best honors thesis.

Divided between Jordan M. Aucoin '21 and Nejc Nagelj '21.

The Frank Fowler Dow Prize, established by Fayette B. Dow in memory of his father, is awarded to a senior preparing to enter medical school and whose undergraduate work indicates a career of distinction in medicine. 

Divided between Mickey Eugene Jackson, III '21 and Danielle Jean Reed '21.

The Everett H. Pryde Research Award is presented annually to a senior who has been an outstanding teaching assistant in chemistry and who shows great promise for carrying out research in science or medicine.

Chae Young Seo '21.

The White Prize is awarded by the Chemistry Department to that chemistry major in the junior class who seems most likely to benefit from a summer’s research experience at Amherst. It consists of a summer fellowship.

Divided between Mayesha Ahmed '22, Maria Gramotina '22 and Jonah Horowitz '22.


The Anthony and Anastasia Nicolaides Award, established by Cleanthes Anthony Nicolaides '68, in honor of his parents and in testimony of their belief in the goodness of science, is awarded to the senior who presents the best thesis on the topic of Greek science and mathematics from Homeric times to 1453 A.D.

Not awarded 2020-21.


The Computer Science Prize is awarded to a senior who has completed an honors thesis and who, in the opinion of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, has achieved the best performance in the study of computer science. The award is based on the thesis and overall achievement in computer science.

Samantha Rydzewski '21.


The Bernstein Prize, funded by a gift from the Bernstein family in honor of the work their son, Jeffrey '91, did at Amherst College, is awarded to the senior who has done particularly outstanding honors work in economics.

Divided between Claire Dreier Holleman '21 and Sean Y. Gao '21.

The Economics Department Junior Class Prize is awarded to that member of the junior class who, in the opinion of the Economics Department, has achieved a record of excellence in the study of economics at Amherst College.

Divided among Naya Burshan '22, Aaron Rennert '22 and David Xu '23E.

The Hamilton Prize, established by his former students in memory of Professor Walton Hale Hamilton, distinguished member of the Department of Economics from 1915 to 1923, is awarded to that student other than a senior who ranks highest in the introductory economics course.

Divided among Sara Kao '23, William Marshall '24 and Lucas Diao Xiang Romualdo '24.

The James R. Nelson Memorial Award and The James R. Nelson Prize were established from the income of a fund established by former students, colleagues and friends to encourage and recognize the scholarly and humane qualities that Professor Nelson exemplified and sought to foster in his students.

The James R. Nelson Memorial Award is awarded to that senior who, in the opinion of the Economics Department, has achieved excellence in the study of economics while pursuing a broad liberal education.

Divided among Seamus Lawton '21, Andrew Charles Swenson '21, and Yujing (Crystal) Zhou 21.

The James R. Nelson Prize is awarded to the senior who, in the opinion of the Economics Department, has written a distinguished honors thesis that applies economic analysis to an important question of public policy.

Divided between Emily Kiernan '21 and Kevin Ma '21. 

The Jeanne E. Reinle Prize, named after Jeanne Reinle, the Academic Department Coordinator of the Economics Department for 30 years, whose inviting and engaging presence welcomed and supported generations of Amherst economics students and faculty, is awarded to the senior who, in the opinion of the Department, exemplifies a commitment to building community in the Department and a passion for economics.

Divided between Ahliaa Moore '21 and Andrew Charles Swenson '21. 


Robert C. Vogel ’60 Senior Thesis Prize is awarded every year to the senior who writes the best thesis addressing the politics, economics, history, or society of Latin American countries or Latinx communities.

Divided between Ana Maria Vieytez '21 and Jacob Kiryk '21.


The Academy of American Poets Prize is awarded annually for the best poem or group of poems, preferably on nature, submitted by an undergraduate.

Anthony Vincente Ornelaz '21E.

The Armstrong Prize, established in part by Collin Armstrong of the Class of 1877 in memory of his mother, Miriam Collin Armstrong, is awarded to members of the freshman class who excel in composition.

Divided between Fariya Ahmed Farah '24 and Jordan Trice '24.

The Collin Armstrong Poetry Prize, established in part by Mrs. Elizabeth H. Armstrong, is awarded to the undergraduate author of the best original poem or group of poems.

Divided between Arianna Herrera '22 and Annie Martin '22E.

The Elizabeth Bruss Prize is awarded to that senior English major who, in the judgment of the English Department, best represents those qualities of breadth and imagination exemplified by Elizabeth Bruss.

Abigail Offei-Addo '21.

The Corbin Prize, established by the estate of William Lee Corbin of the Class of 1896, is awarded for an outstanding original composition in the form of poetry or an informal essay.

Divided among Emma Cape '22, Fariya Ahmed Farah '24 and Julian Raiford '21.

The G. Armour Craig Award for Prose Composition is awarded to that junior or senior who writes the best autobiographical essay on an experience of intellectual discovery.

Divided between Mary Elizabeth Brewer '22 and Samuel Hood '21.

The Peter Burnett Howe Prize for excellence in prose fiction was established by a gift from Robert B. Howe '30 in memory of his son Peter Burnett Howe '60.

Divided among Sofia Belimova '22, Kiera Alventosa '21 and Bianca Sass '23.

The G. Rolfe Humphries Poetry Prize is awarded to that senior who has achieved the greatest sense of poetic form in his or her undergraduate writing. The award is made on the basis of three submissions to the English Department in the applicant's senior year and may include writing produced during the undergraduate years.

Divided between Brenna Macaray '21 and Annie Martin '22E.

The Harry Richmond Hunter Jr. Prize, established in memory of Harry Richmond Hunter Jr. '29, by his parents, is awarded to that member of the sophomore class who presents the best essay on a topic approved by the English Department.

Steven Yu '23.

The James Charlton Knox Prize was established by the friends of Jim Knox '70, to honor his memory and recognize his abiding interest in English literature. It is given to the outstanding English student who demonstrates the greatest integration of scholarship, interest and creativity in the study of English. The recipient will be awarded this prize, intended to support a summer of independent literary research, at the end of his or her junior year. Candidates will be judged on the overall quality of their work in the major as well as the content of their specific proposal for summer study.

Maeve Brammer '22

The MacArthur-Leithauser Travel Award, from the income of a gift by the MacArthur Foundation to the College in 1985 at the request of Brad Leithauser, MacArthur Fellow and Visiting Writer at the College for 1984-85, is given annually by the English Department to a sophomore or junior of creative promise who might most benefit from exposure to a foreign landscape, for the purpose of enabling the student to travel outside the continental United States.

Divided among Olive Amdur '23, Andrenae Jones '22 and Devaansh Vivek Mahtani '22. 

The Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank ‘55 Poetry Prize is awarded annually to one or more students who produce works of analysis, criticism, and original academic writing about poets who are graduates of Amherst College or who otherwise have a significant identity and affiliation with the Amherst College community.

Divided between Brenna Macaray '21 and Caroline Seitz '22.

The Ralph Waldo Rice Prize, established by Mrs. Mary Rice Jenkins in memory of her brother of the Class of 1910, is awarded for the best essay on “The Liberal College and Christian Citizenship” or any subject named by the faculty. The prize this year is awarded for the best portfolio submitted towards senior honors.

 Luke Williamson '21.

The Laura Ayres Snyder Poetry Prize, endowed by a gift from Jeffrey F. Snyder '60, in honor of his daughter, Laura Ayres Snyder '89, is awarded to a member of the junior class for the best collection of published or unpublished poems (numbering 2-5 poems) that evidences excellence, imagination, discipline, originality, compassion, and an understanding of the human heart and condition. The judges of the prize are one faculty member each from the Departments of English, Philosophy, and Physics in even-numbered years and English, History, and Biology in odd-numbered years.

Mary Elizabeth Brewer '22.

The Stephen E. Whicher Prize, established in memory of Stephen E. Whicher '36, is awarded for the best essay by a senior in the interpretation of American literature in the Department of English or American  Studies.

 Seo Yeon Kim '21. 


The Jan E. Dizard Prize in Environmental Studies, established on the occasion of his retirement, honors Prof. Dizard for his role in founding the department. It is awarded to a member of the graduating class, who in the opinion of the Environmental Studies Department, exemplifies the field of environmental studies in academic work.

 Margot Lurie '21


The European Studies Award is awarded to the student who has written a thesis with great distinction that is dedicated to the analysis and exploration of cultures of Europe throughout history or in the present.

 Anna Agathis '21. 


The Film and Media Studies Award is awarded to an honors student in the Film and Media Studies Program for outstanding poetics in filmmaking.

Samuel Hood '21. 


The Jeffrey J. Carre Award, established in 1983 by his family, friends, professional colleagues and students, is presented to a sophomore or junior who has demonstrated excellence in the French language. The prize is to be used toward travel in France during the summer following the award.

Divided between Emma Valery Perry '22 and Julissa Gabriella Tello '23.

The Frederick King Turgeon Prize in French Literature was established by former students of Professor Turgeon upon the occasion of his retirement. It is used for the award of a book to the student who has done particularly distinguished work in French during the year.

Adriel Roncal '21.


The Belt-Brophy Prize is awarded to that student at the end of the junior year who, in the judgment of the staff of the Department of Geology, has shown the greatest promise for success as a geologist. The prize consists of a Brunton compass with field case, the most versatile field tool of the geologist.

Divided among Sedalia Gomez '22, Angelina Han '22, Carley Malloy '22, Caroline Needell '22 and Petra Zuniga '22. 

The Walter F. Pond Prize, established in honor of Walter Pond of the Class of 1907, is awarded to the senior who has submitted the best honors thesis in geology.

Colin David Murphy '21.

The David F. Quinn Memorial Award is awarded in memory of David Quinn '80 to an outstanding senior who has made a positive contribution to geology at Amherst through character, leadership, enthusiasm, and participation in departmental activities.

Rilla McKeegan '21.


The Consulate General Prize for Academic Achievement in German Literature, made available by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Boston, is awarded to that student who, in the judgment of the Department of German, has written the best paper as part of a German course.

Xinyi Zhao '24.

The Consulate General Prize for German Studies, made available by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Boston, is awarded to that junior or senior who, in the judgment of the Department of German, has made a superior contribution to any aspect of German studies.

(Bonnie) Koun Yun '21.


The William C. Collar Prize, established by William C. Collar of the Class of 1859, is awarded to the member of the freshman class who has made on a written examination the best version in English of a previously unseen page from some Greek author.

Divided between Petra Angelica Brusiloff '24 and George Leland Culver '24.

The Hutchins Prize, established by Waldo Hutchins of the Class of 1842, is awarded to a senior for excellence in Greek.

Gregory Kaplan '21.


The Asa J. Davis Prize is awarded to a student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the study of the History of Africa and the Black Diaspora and whose work best reflects the comprehensive interest of Asa Davis in historical and cultural contacts between Africa, the Old World and the Americas.

Natalie De Rosa '21.

The Alfred F. Havighurst Prize, intended for the purchase of books, is awarded to that major in the Department of History who has in four years at Amherst best fulfilled the standards of excellence and humane scholarship exemplified by Professor Havighurst during his teaching career at Amherst College.

Benjamin Gilsdorf '21.


The Smith Prize, supported by the Nihon Ryuugaku Fellowship Fund which was established in 2016, recognizes high-achieving seniors who have studied Japanese within the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations.

First: Divided between Teresa Haberstroh '21 and Ang Li '21

Second: Divided between Maria Eduarda Belota Moreno and Madison Taylor.


The Samuel Bowles Prize, established by Samuel Bowles King of the Class of 1902, to stimulate interest in journalism as a career, is awarded to a student who has demonstrated proficiency in journalism.

Divided between Olivia Isabella Gieger '21 and Ryan Yu '22.


The Bertram Prizes, established by John Bertram of Salem, are two prizes awarded to students who, together with attaining a high average in the Latin courses of the senior year, present the best essays connected with these courses. 

Divided between Gregory Kaplan '21 and Joshua Hyunbin Whang '21. 

The Billings Prizes were established by Frederick Billings in memory of Parmly Billings of the Class of 1884. Two prizes are awarded for general excellence in the Latin courses of the sophomore year, together with the best essays on special topics connected with the authors read in that year.

First: Ashley Y. Chang '23.

Second: Gillian Quinto '23.

The Crowell Prizes were established in memory of Edward Payson Crowell of the Class of 1853. Two prizes are awarded—one for the highest scholarship in freshman Latin courses; and the other to the students who, together with attaining a high average in the Latin courses of the junior year, present the best essays on some approved topic connected with the junior Latin course.

First Year First: Andrew C. Ni '24.

First Year Second: George Leland Culver '24.

Junior First: Emery Cholwell '22E.

Junior Second: Not awarded 2020-21.

The Dr. Ernest D. Daniels Latin Prize, established in honor of Dr. Daniels of the Class of 1890, is awarded to the graduating senior who has submitted the best honors thesis on a Latin subject.

Not awarded 2020-21.


Robert C. Vogel ’60 Undergraduate Prize is awarded every year to the junior student showing the most accomplishment in the field of Latin American and Latinx studies.

Divided between Abner Aldarondo '22 and Scott Chandler Brasesco '22. 


The Nasser Hussain Prize honors the memory of Nasser Hussain, a distinguished scholar and beloved teacher, who taught in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought from 1996 until his death in 2015. It is given annually to a graduating senior for distinguished achievement in that major.

Rachel Jaye Ruderman '21.


The Frederick S. Lane '36 Fellowship for Creative Artists is awarded to students using historical and rare source materials from the Archives and Special Collections towards projects in the arts. 

Divided among Benjamin F. Aliaga '21, Jackson Sungjin Lee '21 and Maeve Brammer '22.


The Robert H. Breusch Prize is awarded to the senior who, in the opinion of the faculty in mathematics and statistics, has presented the best honors thesis in mathematics or statistics.

Divided among Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse '21, Andrew Tawfeek, 21E, and Jasper Flint '21.

The Five College Statistics Prize is awarded to a student for making an outstanding contribution to statistics and/or the statistics community in the Five Colleges. Contributions considered include: an independent research, thesis or capstone course project; service to statistics on their campus (or across campuses); use of Five College statistics resources; and outstanding coursework and exploration of the statistics curriculum.

Divided between Breanna Richards '21 and Maria-Cristiana Girjau '21.

The Walker Prizes were established by William J. Walker of Newport, Rhode Island. 

The Walker Prizes in Problem Solving, two prizes are awarded for proficiency in mathematics of the first year and two prizes for proficiency in mathematics of the second year. In each case the award is determined by an examination.

First Year First: Andrew C. Ni '24.

First Year Second: Alan Li '24.

Sophomore First: Ethan Spingarn '23.

Sophomore Second: Divided between Keane Yao Hua Ng '23 and Shixiong (Leo) Xu '23.

The Walker Award in Mathematics and Statistics is awarded to a student who has demonstrated initiative, creativity, perseverance, and achievement in Mathematics and Statistics.

Divide among Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse '21, Dana Frishman '21, Maria-Cristiana Girjau '21, Lianbi Ji '21, Tyler Marshall '21, and Breanna Richards '21.

The Walker Award for Leadership is awarded for outstanding leadership and for contributions to the mathematics and statistics community at Amherst.

Divided among Jonathan Paul '22, Audrey Rosevear '22 and Jessica Yu '22.

The Walker Teaching Award is awarded to a student for accomplishment and promise in teaching and tutoring of mathematics or statistics.

Divided between Anna Dietrich '22, Luka Duranovic '22, Leah Johnson '22, Sophia Koh '22 and Samantha Winton '23. 


The Wise Award For Collection Research is presented annually to a student in any academic department whose senior theses, in the judgment of the Mead Art Museum's curators and director, most effectively analyzes, interprets or responds to an object in the museum's collection.

Not award 2020-21. 

The Wise Award for Studio Art is presented annually in the spring to a student in the College for distinction in the completion of an original work or works of art and the purchase thereof. The prize-winning work of art will become the property of the Trustees of Amherst College.

Lauren Bell '23E. 


The Sylvia and Irving Lerner Piano Prize is awarded to that student who has demonstrated the greatest skill and musicianship as a pianist and who intends to pursue study in performance outside the College, either privately or in a recognized school of music. Strong preference is to be given to a graduating senior pianist.

Obed Amissah '21.

The Mishkin Prize, established by the Friends of Music, is awarded in memory of Professor Henry G. Mishkin to that senior selected by the Department of Music who produces the best thesis on a critical or musical topic.

Divided between Hayley Fleming '21 and Meredith King '21.

The Lincoln Lowell Russell Prize, established by J. W. Russell Jr. of the Class of 1899 in memory of his son, is awarded to the seniors who have done most to foster the singing spirit at Amherst.

Eunice Daudu '21.

The Eric Edward Sundquist Prize, established in memory of Mr. Sundquist of the Class of 1936, is awarded to that senior who has demonstrated excellence in musical composition and performance.

Divided between William Hines Shaw '21 and Micah Starr '21E.


The James Olds Memorial Neuroscience Award, established by the Swerdlow Family Foundation in recognition of the contributions made to the neurosciences by Dr. Olds of the Class of 1947, is presented to the student whose research in the neurosciences is judged, by the faculty of the Neuroscience Program, to be of highest quality.

Divided between Youna Choi '21 and Braxton Schuldt '21.


The Gail Kennedy Memorial Prize is awarded to a senior major in Philosophy in recognition of a distinguished honors essay.

Divided between Lucien Elie Alexandre Perrault '21 and Dashiell Shulman '21.


The Bassett Physics Prizes were established by Preston Rogers Bassett of the Class of 1913. Two prizes may be awarded each year to those students who have distinguished themselves by the excellence and maturity of their performance in the class and laboratory work of the first course in Physics.

First: Divided among Aidan Cook '24, Michael Liu '24, and Xinyi Zhao '24.

Second: Divided between Megan Goh '24 and Derek Zhang '24.

The William Warren Stifler Prize, established by Professor Stifler, is awarded to a senior who has majored in physics and especially excelled in the course on electricity and magnetism.

Margit Liu '21.


The Densmore Berry Collins Prize in Political Science is given annually in memory of Mr. Collins, of the Class of 1940, for the best honors thesis in political science.

Rose Mroczka '21.


The Haskell R. Coplin Memorial Award, established in memory of Mr. Coplin, Professor of Psychology, recognizes that member of the graduating class who, in the opinion of the Psychology Department, displays the scholarly and humane qualities that best exemplify Professor Coplin. The prize is awarded to a senior who has shown distinguished work in psychology classes and in an honors thesis, and who has contributed to the life of the department.

Divided between Margaret Azu '21 and Lauren Simpson '21


The Bancroft Prizes, established by Frederic Bancroft of the Class of 1882, are awarded to the two seniors who produce the best orations. Both composition and delivery are considered.

Divided among Mariama-Alexis Camara '21, Emily Kiernan '21 and Alyson Plaman '21.

The Gilbert Prize, established by William O. Gilbert of the Class of 1890, is to benefit needy students who are preparing for vocations wherein human service is large and monetary returns are small. This fund is awarded with a preference to those studying to be teachers.

Not awarded 2020-21.

The Hardy Prizes, established by Alpheus Hardy of Boston, are awarded for excellence in extemporaneous speaking.

Not awarded 2020-21.

The Kellogg Prizes, established by Rufus B. Kellogg of the Class of 1858, are awarded to members of the sophomore or freshman classes for excellence in declamation.

Koe Isiah Thompson '24.

The Rogers Prize was given by Noah C. Rogers of the Class of 1880 and is awarded for excellence in debate.

Not awarded 2020-21.


The Moseley Prizes, established by Thomas Moseley of Hyde Park, are awarded to seniors for the best essays on a subject approved by the Department of Religion.

First: Divided between Djelimory Diabate '21 and Manuel Rodriguez '21.

Second: Sabir Nabih Meah '21.


The Carol Prize in Russian, given by David James Carol '77 in honor of his parents, Joseph and Roberta, is awarded to the student who, in the eyes of the Russian Department, has attained the highest level of achievement in the study of Russian literature, history, or politics.

Alice Rose Heather Jackson.

The Mikhail Schweitzer Memorial Book Award, established by students, parents and friends in fond memory of Mikhail Schweitzer, survivor of the Soviet Gulag, author, and custodian at Amherst College, for the award of books to the student who, in the judgment of the Russian Department, most shares Misha Schweitzer's love of Russian literature and culture.

Divided between Benjamin Gilsdorf '21 and Derrick Newberry '21.


The Rose Olver Prize is awarded for the best thesis on sexuality, women's and/or gender studies.

Nathaniel Shogren '21.


The Pedro Grases Prizes for Excellence in Spanish are given by a member of the Class of 1939 to honor a great teacher and cordial scholar. They are awarded each year to that senior who has shown the greatest progress in the ability to read Hispanic literature with insight and to write and speak Spanish with intelligence and humane sensitivity.

Divided between Sara Kaufman '21 and Camilo Shnee Toruno '21.


The Raymond Keith Bryant Prize, an annual gift from Robert E. and Ethel M. Bryant in memory of their son of the Class of 1936, is awarded to that student who, in the opinion of the judges, gives the best performance of the year in a Masquers' play.

Divided between Maya Mizrahi '21 and Daniel Rendon '21.


The Addison Brown Scholarship from a fund established by Addison Brown of the Class of 1852, is awarded to that senior who, being already on the scholarship list, has attained the highest standing in the studies of the first year, sophomore year, and junior year.

Samantha Yiran Liu '21.

The Samuel Walley Brown Scholarship, established by Samuel Walley Brown of the Class of 1866, is awarded to that member of the sophomore class who, in the estimation of the Trustees, ranks highest in the class in character, class leadership, scholarship, and athletic ability.

Divided among Arinzeolisa Obiakalije Uddoh '22, Sophia Fikke '22, Ilyssa Sophia Forman '22 and Emma Cape '22.

The Charles W. Cole Scholarship is awarded each year to the undergraduate with an established financial-aid need, who, after two years at Amherst, stands highest in the academic rank of the sophomore class. The recipient will be designated "Charles W. Cole Scholar" and will carry the award for the junior and senior years at Amherst.

Leah Johnson '22.

The Charles Hamilton Houston Fellowship is an annual gift awarded to a graduating senior who best personifies a commitment to realizing the individual's humane ideals, much in the way Charles Houston '15 devoted his life to the struggle for equal protection under the law for African-Americans in the United States. Candidates are required to write an essay of no more than five pages on the question, "in what area of social involvement do you feel that you can best effect your humanitarian ideals?" Candidates are also required to submit a list of activities and/or work experience that illustrates their commitment to this ideal.

Divided between Claire Hawthorne '21 and Jeremy Thomas '21.

The Howard Hill Mossman Trophy, awarded annually to the member of the senior class who has brought, during four years at Amherst, the greatest honor in athletics to the Alma Mater—the word “honor” to be interpreted as relating both to achievement and to sportsmanship.

Lindsey Ruderman '21.

The Gordon B. Perry Memorial Award is given to a first-year student in good academic standing, whose participation and attitude in first-year athletics and other activities are outstanding.

Mufaro Mazambani '24.

The Psi Upsilon Prize was established by the Gamma Chapter of Psi Upsilon in 1941 on the occasion of the centennial anniversary of the founding of the chapter. The prize is awarded to that member of the graduating class who is considered preeminent in scholarship, leadership, athletics and character.

Divided among Isabelle Rosina Edo '21, Sophia Friedman '21, Sarah Gayer '21, Ella Rossa '21 and Lindsey Ruderman '21.

The John Sumner Runnells Memorial, established in memory of John Sumner Runnells of the Class of 1865, is awarded to that member of the sophomore class who, in the opinion of the Trustees of the College, is preeminent in the zeal for knowledge and industry to attain it.

Divided among Eva Nelson '22, Malyaka Imran '22 and Brook L. Harrington .

The Obed Finch Slingerland Memorial Prize is awarded by the Trustees of the College to that member of the junior class who, during three years at Amherst, has shown by determination and accomplishment the greatest appreciation of and desire for a college education. The award winner is determined at the beginning of the senior year and awarded at Commencement.

Manuel Rodriguez '21.

The David Kirp '65 Stonewall Prize, established by David L. Kirp of the Class of 1965 and other alumni, is awarded annually to one or two students who produce a work of exceptional intellectual or artistic merit pertaining to the queer, bisexual, intersex, gay, lesbian, or transgender experience.

Luke Williamson '21.

The Woods-Travis Prize, an annual gift in memory of Josiah B. Woods of Enfield and Charles B. Travis of the Class of 1864, is awarded for outstanding excellence in culture and faithfulness to duty as a scholar. 

Margot Ruth Lurie '21.

The Thomas H. Wyman 1951 Medal, established in 2003 by his classmates, is awarded to that member of the senior class who best represents the highest standards in scholarship, athletics, and/or extracurricular activities, community service, integrity, character, and humanism. 

Sabrina Lin '21.

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