There were plenty of honors to go around at this year’s Undergraduate Awards Ceremony on the evening of May 4—a total of 44 prizes, presented to more than 80 different students. The winners posed for photos with President Michael A. Elliott amid applause and cheers from classmates, faculty and staff in the audience on Valentine Quad.

Amherst has been recognizing the excellent work of first-year students, sophomores and juniors with awards every year since 1828. Many of the prizes bear the names of alumni and professors from the 19th and 20th centuries. Others—such as the Professor Stephen A. George Prize in Neuroscience and the Aries-Raskin Prize in Psychology—are newer, established to honor current or recently retired members of the College community.  

Read on for a full list of prizes and recipients.

2023 Undergraduate Awards Ceremony

May 4, 2023

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.

A student receives an award at the Undergraduate Awards ceremony on May 3, 2023.

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See more photos from the Undergraduate Awards Ceremony recognizing 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 2023 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: Mufaro Mazambani ’24 and Theo Dassin ’24

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.
Henry Fox-Jurkowitz ’24E

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.
Natalie Stott ’26

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.
Ana Varona Ortiz ’24

Art and the History of Art

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 among: Sophie Durbin ’25 and Gabrielle Avena ’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.
Isaac Streiff ’24


The Porter Prize, established by the late Eleazer Porter of Hadley, is awarded for proficiency in first-year astronomy. 
Divided between: Wendy Espinosa ’25 and Amr Al Dayeh ’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: Nora Dockter ’25 and Alexander (Sasha) Heywood ’25


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.
Kazuki Tayama ’24

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.
Divided between: Alexander DaRosa ’24 and Phoebe Eccles ’24


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: Aidan Cook ’24, Gillian Richard ’24, Aryen Shrestha ’24 and Ernest Protas ’24

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: Winton Garrelts ’26, Andrew Glassford ’26, Ivy Haight ’25 and Rhine Hazra ’26 


The 19th-Century English Novel Prize is for the best student essay on the 19th-century English novel. Established by Alan P. Levenstein ’56 and Stephen Kirschenbaum ’55 to commemorate their appreciation of such novelists as Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope and Charles Dickens, the prize is intended to encourage students to read and write about 19th-century English novels intelligently, critically and with a heightened sense of pleasure.
Divided between: Ava Knapp ’24 and Eleanor Walsh ’25

The Academy of American Poets Prize is awarded annually for the best poem or group of poems, preferably on nature, submitted by an undergraduate.
Divided among: Kei Lim ’25, Mel Arthur ’25 and Ruiyi Zhu ’24

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 among: Morolape Ajao ’26, Kateryna Havryshchuk ’26 and Nora Lowe ’26

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 among: Kei Lim ’25, Elias Villanueva ’25, Pauline Bissell ’25

The Corbin Prize is awarded for an outstanding original composition in the form of poetry or an informal essay.
Divided among: Gabrielle Avena ’25, Fahim Zaman ’25 and Max Pasakorn ’24E

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.
Second Place: Shuyao Wang ’24

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.
Priscilla Lee ’25

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: Melani Garcia ’25, Jackeline Fernandes ’24, Madeline Lawson ’25 and Victoria Thomas ’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: Aidan Cooper ’26 and Nora Lowe ’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: Lauren Eng ’24, Ava Knapp ’24, Sara Attia ’24, Jordan Trice ’24 and Yeju Kang ’24

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.
Ruiyi Zhu ’24


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: Claire Macero ’25 and Giulia Miotto Leal ’24


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.
Divided between: Fiona Anstey ’24 and Francisco Reyes ’24

The Harvey Blodgett & Phi Delta Theta Scholarships

The Harvey Blodgett Scholarship, which was 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.
The Phi Delta Theta Scholarship, which was established by the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, is awarded as a scholarship at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory to a student for proficiency in biology or geology.
Divided between: Lucia Venegas ’24 and James Baldwin ’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.
Divided between: Celia McDermott-Hinman ’26 and Skyler McDonnell ’26


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.
Divided between: Andrew Glassford ’26 and Dominic Li ’26


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: Caelen McQuilkin ’24E and Sarah Weiner ’24


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.
First: Camille Shilland ’25
Second: Priscilla Lee ’25

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: Frances Lin ’24
Junior Second: Thomas Whitley ’24
First Year First: Dominic Li ’26
First Year Second: Pierre Katsaros ’26

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.
Karla Munoz ’24


The Frederick S. Lane ’36 Fellowship For Creative Artists is awarded to students using historical and rare source materials from Amherst College Archives and Special Collections toward projects in the arts.
Neviah Waldron ’24

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: Dhyey Mavani ’25
Sophomore Second: Kevin Dai ’25
First Year First: William Han ’26
First Year Second: Yvan Grinspan ’26

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 among: Leandro Arcos Roman ’24, David Metacarpa ’24, Nika Jafar Nia ’24, Angelica Sang ’24 and Wenche Tseng ’24

The Walker Teaching Award is awarded to a student for accomplishment and promise in teaching and tutoring mathematics or statistics.
Divided among: Aidee Hernandez ’25, Admire Madyira ’25, Ellerman Mateo ’25, Ali Sbeih ’25 and Elizabeth Zhang ’24


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 among: Frances Lin ’24, Ana Varona Ortiz ’24 and Sabrina Comess ’24


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.
Petra Brusiloff ’24


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.
Divided among: Kateryna Havryshchuk ’26, Andrew Glassford ’26 and Nina Aagaard ’26


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.
Nicole Barbaro ’24

Public Speaking

The Gilbert Prize which was established by William O. Gilbert of the Class of 1890, is awarded to a member of the junior class who produces the best oration. Both composition and delivery are considered in making the award.
Kobe Thompson ’24

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.
Kateryna Havryshchuk ’26


The Mikhail Schweitzer Memorial Book Award, established by students, parents and friends in fond memory of Mikhail Schweitzer, a survivor of the Soviet Gulag, author and custodian at Amherst College, for the annual 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.
Spencer Michaels ’24