Undergraduate Awards Ceremony, May 2, 2024

The Undergraduate Awards recognize the outstanding work of first-years, sophomores, and juniors throughout the year. Prizes are awarded in various areas of study, as well as for scholarship and citizenship. The majority of awards are named in honor of notable alumni and faculty, whose enduring legacies continue to shape the College today.

An annual awards ceremony for graduating seniors, known as Senior Assembly, is held separately.

2024 Undergraduate Awards Ceremony

May 2, 2024

The Undergraduate Awards recognize the outstanding work of first-years, sophomores, and juniors throughout the year. Prizes are awarded in various areas of study, as well as for scholarship and citizenship.

The 2024 Undergraduate Award Winners

Scholarship and Citizenship

The Samuel Walley Brown Scholarship, established by Samuel Walley Brown of the Class of 1866, is awarded to that member of the junior class who shall, in the estimation of the Trustees, rank highest in their class in character, class leadership, scholarship and athletic ability.
Divided among: Jocelyn Nichols ’25, Alyssa Xu ’25, Patience Kum ’25, and Emily Byers ’25

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.
Alexandra Olson ’25

The Gordon B. Perry Memorial Award is awarded to a first-year in good academic standing whose participation and attitude in first-year athletics and other activities are outstanding.
Maeve Kelley ’27

The John Sumner Runnells Memorial, established in memory of John Sumner Runnells of the Class of 1865, is awarded to that member of the junior class who shall, in the opinion of the Trustees of the College, be preeminent in zeal for knowledge and industry to attain it.
Divided between: Jaden Richards ’25 and Gabrielle Avena ’25

The David Kirp ’65 Stonewall Prize, established by David L. Kirp of the Class of 1965 and other alumni, is awarded annually to that student who produces a work of exceptional intellectual or artistic merit pertaining to the queer, bisexual, intersex, gay, lesbian or transgender experience.
Xe Enfys ’25

Art and the History of Art

The Athanasios Demetrios Skouras Prize given in memory of Athanasios Demetrios 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.
Annabelle Chen ’27

The History of Art Prize is awarded to an undergraduate student who has submitted an outstanding essay or written work of any kind on the history of art.
Divided between: Sophie Durbin ’25 and Sofia Zavatone-Veth ’25

The Practice of Art Prize is awarded to an undergraduate student or students for an outstanding work of art created in the past year.
Caly Van Leeuwen ’25


The Porter Prize, established by the late Eleazer Porter of Hadley, is awarded for proficiency in first-year astronomy.
Divided among: Benjamin Hanselman ’27, Luke Kline ’26, and Piper Lentz ’26


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.
Divided between: Ona Ortiz-Gudeman ’26 and Thomas O'Connor ’26


The David R. Belevetz ’54 Memorial Award in Chemistry, established by family and friends of David R. Belevetz ’54, is awarded to support the work of an Amherst student engaged in preparing a senior honors thesis, as determined by the Chemistry Department faculty.
Amisha Jain ’26

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 research fellowship.
Katherine Manazer ’25


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.
Divided among: Ivy Haight ’25, Leo Kamin ’25, Neil Kapur ’25, and Guan Liang ’25

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 first-year student who ranks highest in the economics courses they have taken.
Divided among: Prakhar Agrawal ’27, Morry Ajao ’26, Autri Banerjee Basu ’27, Kevin Hoff ’27, and Macy Li ’27


The Academy of American Poets Prize is awarded annually for the best poem or group of poems, preferably on nature, submitted by an undergraduate.
Gabrielle Avena ’25

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 first-year class who excel in composition.
Divided between: Elsa Hjalmarsson Lyons ’27 and Sam Johar ’27

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.
Kei Lim ’25

The Corbin Prize is awarded for an outstanding original composition in the form of poetry or an informal essay.
First Place: Willow Delp ’26
Second Place: Beatrice “Bea” Agbi ’26E

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.
Tara Alahakoon ’25

The Peter Burnett Howe Prize for excellence in prose fiction was established by a gift of Robert B. Howe of the Class of 1930 in memory of his son Peter Burnett Howe of the Class of 1960.
First Place: Ashley Bao ’26
Third Place: Beatrice “Bea” Agbi ’26E

The Harry Richmond Hunter Jr. Prize, established by H.R. Hunter and Emma Louise Hunter in memory of their son Harry Richmond Hunter Jr. of the Class of 1929, is awarded to that member of the sophomore class who presents the best essay on a topic approved by the English Department.
Lainey Noga ’26

The James Charlton Knox Prize, established by the friends of Jim Knox of the Class of 1970 to honor his memory and recognize his abiding interest in English literature, is given to the outstanding English student who demonstrates the greatest integration of scholarship, interest and creativity in the study of English.
Divided among: Merrick Lawson ’25, Dustin Copeland ’25, Joe Sweeney ’25, and Sophie Durbin ’25

The Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank ’55 Prize is awarded 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: Pei Pei Martin ’25 and Venumi Gamage ’26

The MacArthur-Leithauser Travel Award, from an 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 from 1984 to 1985, 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: Evelyn Chi ’25, Victoria Thomas ’25, Pauline Bissell ’25, and Leydn McEvoy ’25

The Laura Ayres Snyder Poetry Prize, endowed by a gift from Jeffrey F. Snyder of the Class of 1960 in honor of his daughter, Laura Ayres Snyder of the Class of 1989, is awarded to a member of the junior class and is intended to subsidize a student-poet during the summer between their junior and senior years. The judges of the prize are one faculty member each from the Departments of English, Philosophy and Physics.
Gabrielle Avena ’25


The Jeffrey J. Carre Award, established in 1983 by Professor Carre’s 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: Hanah Lee ’25 and Sebastian Paredes ’26


The Belt-Brophy Prize is awarded to that undergraduate who, in the judgment of the staff of the Department of Geology, has shown the greatest promise for success as a geologist. The prize is given in honor of Professors Edward S. Belt and Gerald P. Brophy, who, through their combined 78 years of teaching, brought geology at Amherst College into a 21st-century study of the Earth and environment. The prize consists of a Brunton compass with field case, the most versatile field tool of the geologist.
Ruth Zuraw ’25


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.
Gabrielle Avena ’25


The William C. Collar Prize, established by William C. Collar of the Class of 1859, is awarded to the member of the first-year class who shall make on a written examination the best version in English of a previously unseen page from some Greek author.
Tasha Koroleva ’27

The Anthony and Anastasia Nicolaides Prize, established by Cleanthes Anthony Nicolaides, Class of 1968, in honor of his parents. Two prizes honor exceptional students taking Greek courses in their second year and in their junior year.
Second Year: Eli Fuchsel ’26 and Andrew Glassford ’26
Third Year: Priscilla Lee ’25 and Alexandra Olson ’25


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.
Brianne LaBare ’25


The Billings Prizes were established 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.
Second Year: Ava Suarez ’26 and Dominic Li ’26

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 the first-year 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.
Junior First: Priscilla Lee ’25
Junior Second: Mackenzie Dunson ’25
First Year First: Morolake Orimoloye ’27
First Year Second, between: Kevin Hoff ’27 and Summer Shapero ’27

Latin American and Latinx Studies

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.
Jesus Ramirez Tapia ’25

Mathematics and Statistics 

The Walker Prizes in Problem Solving were established by William J. Walker of Newport, Rhode Island. 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.
Sophomore First: William Han ’26
Sophomore Second: Alexandre van Lidth ’26
First Year First: Wenshi Zhao ’27
First Year Second: Emir Akdag ’27

The Walker Award for Leadership is awarded to a student for outstanding leadership and for contribution to the mathematics and statistics community at Amherst.
Divided between: Jessica Huang ’25, Jude Ighovoyivwi ’26, Oren Tirschwell ’25, Seth Yoo ’26, and Sheryl Solorzano ’27

The Walker Teaching Award is awarded to a student for accomplishment and promise in teaching and tutoring mathematics or statistics.
Divided among: Gretta Ineza ’26, Javier Gutierrez Bach ’26, Kateryna Havryshchuk ’26, and Kevin Dai ’25


The Professor Stephen A. George Prize in Neuroscience is awarded to the junior neuroscience major who has shown outstanding performance in introductory neuroscience coursework. The prize is given in honor of Professor Stephen George, who was involved in the founding of the Amherst College Neuroscience Program, one of the first in the country, in the 1970s.
Divided between: Alex Yan ’25 and Annika Bajaj ’25


The Prize in Philosophy is awarded to the author of the paper, written for a course in philosophy, that, in the view of the faculty of the department, most exemplifies the epistemic virtues that philosophy courses aim to cultivate.
Divided between: Brooke Marie Ingemi ’26 and Emily Kim ’25


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: Thomas Uelmen ’27
Second, between: Isabella DePreist-Sullivan ’27 and Emir Akdag ’27


The Aries-Raskin Prize honors the work of Professors Buffy Aries and Lisa Raskin and recognizes a junior psychology major who, in the opinion of the Psychology Department, has shown distinguished work in psychology classes and who has contributed meaningfully to the life of the department.
Divided between: Mel Arthur ’25 and Vaughn Armour ’25

Public Speaking

The Kellogg Prize, established by Rufus B. Kellogg of the Class of 1858, consists of two prizes which are awarded to members of the sophomore or first-year classes for excellence in declamation.
Divided between: Kamil Mahmood ’27 and Jaimie Han ’26