Scholarship and Citizenship
The Addison Brown Scholarship
From a fund established by Addison Brown of the Class of 1852, the scholarship is awarded to that senior who, being already on the scholarship list, shall have attained the highest standing in the studies of the first-year, sophomore and junior years.
Shanghui Li ’14
The Charles Hamilton Houston Fellowship
Awarded to a graduating senior who best personifies a commitment to realizing his/her humane ideals, much in the way Charles Houston, class of l915, devoted his life to the struggle for equal protection under the law for African-Americans in the United States.
Shared by Carlos Aldolfo Gonzalez ’14 and Adrianna Marie Turner ’14
The Howard Hill Mossman Trophy
Awarded annually to the member of the senior class who has, during his or her four years at Amherst, brought the greatest honor in athletics to the Alma Mater—the word “honor” to be interpreted as relating both to achievement and to sportsmanship.
Aaron Patrick Toomey ’14
The Psi Upsilon Prize
Established by the Gamma Chapter of Psi Upsilon in 1941, the Psi Upsilon Prize is awarded to that member of the graduating class who is considered preeminent in scholarship, leadership, athletics and character.
Shared by Matthew Christian Melton ’14 and Charles Pierson Reighard ‘14
The Stonewall Prize
Established by David L. Kirp of the Class of 1965 and other alumni, the prize is awarded annually to that student who produces a work of exceptional intellectual or artistic merit pertaining to the gay, lesbian or bisexual experience.
Yasmina Muthoki Martin ’14
The Thomas H. Wyman 1951 Medal
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 as determined by the Dean of Students and the Prize Committee.
Julien Takeru Aoyama ’14
The Doshisha American Studies Prize
A gift from Amherst House, Doshisha University, the prize 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.
Shared by Hannah Perelson Gross ’14, Amelia Sumner Moore ’14 and Lindsay Elizabeth Oxx ‘14
The George Rogers Taylor Prize
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.
Amelia Sumner Moore ’14
The Donald S. Pitkin Prize
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.
Shared by Amber Najam Khan ‘14 and William Christopher Ruhm ‘14
Art and the History of Art
The Anna Baker Heap Prize
Established by Arnold N. Heap of the Class of 1873, the prize is awarded to that senior who submits the best essay in the field of art.
Thea Rebecca Goldring ‘14
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, the prize is awarded to a student who, in the opinion of the department, has created an outstanding work of art.
Gabriela Escovar ‘14
Asian Languages and Civilizations
The Doshisha Asian Studies Prize
From the income of a gift from Amherst House, Doshisha University, the prize is awarded for the best undergraduate honors thesis pertaining to Asia.
Shared by Yi (Louis) Lu ‘14 and Catherine Mitsuko Morse ‘14
The Manstein Family Award Given by Carl H. ’72, Mark E. ’74 and Joanne L. Manstein ’83, the award is presented to the outstanding senior varsity athlete who intends to pursue a career in medicine or a medical field.
Adrienne Shanise Lightbourne ‘14
Biochemistry and Biophysics
The Biochemistry and Biophysics Prize
Awarded to the student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has prepared the best thesis in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Program.
Jacob Julian Seid Witten ‘14
The Harvey Blodgett Scholarship
Established by Frederick H. Blodgett in memory of his grandfather, Harvey Blodgett of the class of 1829 and 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
Established by the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and awarded as a scholarship at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory to a student for proficiency in biology.
Shared by Claire F. Hoffmann ’14 and Joseph Myungkyu Kim ‘14
The James R. Elster Award
Created in memory of James R. Elster ’71, by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Samuel K. Elster, this fund has been established for the purpose of providing support in the summer months for a research project in the Department of Biology.
Shared by Fadi Joseph Hamati ’14, Mariah M. Servos ‘14, and Monroe Anita Wolf ‘14
The Oscar E. Schotté Award
Given to that member of the graduating class who, in the opinion of the department, has done the best independent work in biology.
Shared by Caitlin Marie Blank ’14 and Paul Michael Tyler ‘14
The Edward Jones Prize
Given in honor of the college’s first black alumnus. The prize is awarded by the Black Studies Department to a graduating senior for the best senior thesis which addresses a present or future issue of concern to black people in Africa and the Diaspora.
Shared by Ruodi Duan ’14 and Dylan Alexander Vasey ’14
The Howard Waters Doughty Prize
Awarded to that member of the senior class who, in the opinion of the Chemistry Department, has prepared the best honors thesis.
Shared by Christopher James Gerry ’14, Joseph Peter Messinger ‘14, and Emma Walters Vaimberg ‘14
The Frank Fowler Dow Prize
Established by Fayette B. Dow in memory of his father, the prize is awarded to a senior who is preparing to enter medical school and whose undergraduate work indicates a career of distinction in medicine.
Shared by Christine Bierema ’14 and Raysa Gabriela Cabrejo La Torre ‘14
The Everett H. Pryde Research Award
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.
Shared by Christopher James Gerry ’14 and Joseph Peter Messinger ’14
The Computer Center Prize
Awarded for outstanding contributions in the application of the computer to a broad range of academic disciplines, and for generous help to many students and faculty at the Computer Center.
Andre L. Antunes de Sa ‘14
The Computer Science Prize
Awarded to a senior who has completed an honors thesis and who, in the opinion of the Department of 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.
Shared by Allison Chun Yi Koo ’14 and Colin Robert Willson White ‘14
The Bernstein Prize
Funded by a gift from the family of Jeffrey Bernstein, Class of 1991, the prize is awarded to the senior who, in the opinion of the Economics Department and the Dean of the Faculty, has done particularly distinguished honors work in economics.
Audrey Tiew ‘14
The James R. Nelson Memorial Award Presented 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.
Shared by Jaskaran Singh Bains ‘14 and Shanghui Li ‘14
The James R. Nelson Prize
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.
Shared by Christopher Leighton Friend ’14, Alvaro Manuel Morales ’14, and George Nicholas Tepe ‘14
The Collin Armstrong Poetry Prize
Established in part by Mrs. Elizabeth H. Armstrong and awarded to the undergraduate author of the best original poem or group of poems.
Danielle Renae Trevino ‘14
The Elizabeth Bruss Prize
Presented 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.
Kimberly Bain ‘14
The Corbin Prize
Awarded for an outstanding original composition in the form of poetry or an informal essay.
Danielle Renae Trevino ‘14
The G. Armour Craig Award For Prose Composition
Awarded to the junior or senior who writes the best autobiographical essay on an experience of intellectual discovery.
Shared by Victoria Sayo Turner ’14 and an underclass student
The Peter Burnett Howe Prize
The 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, 1960.
Shared by John (Peter Marion) Jody ‘14 and Victoria Sayo Turner ‘14
The Rolfe Humphries Poetry Prize
Presented 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.
Shared by Diana Beatrice Babineau ’14 and a first semester senior
The Ralph Waldo Rice Prize
Established by Mrs. Mary Rice Jenkins in memory of her brother, of the Class of 1910, the prize is awarded for the best essay on “The Liberal College and Christian Citizenship” or any subject named by the faculty. The prize is traditionally given to the author of the best portfolio submitted to the department in candidacy for honors.
Shared by Elizabeth Murice Alexander ’14 and John (Peter Marion) Jody ’14
The Stephen E. Whicher Prize
Established in memory of Stephen E. Whicher, Class of 1936, the prize is awarded to the senior who has submitted the best essay in the interpretation of American literature in the Department of English or American Studies.
Daniel Mayer Adler ‘14
Film and Media Studies
The Film and Media Studies Award
Awarded to an honors student in the Film and Media Studies Program for outstanding thesis.
Alexander K. Morgan-Welch ‘14
The Frederick King Turgeon Prize Established by former students of Professor Turgeon upon the occasion of his retirement. The prize is used for the award of a book to the student who has done particularly distinguished work in French during the year.
Megan Leigh Rothe ‘14
The Walter F. Pond Prize Established in honor of Walter Pond of the Class of 1907, the prize is awarded to the senior who has submitted the best honors thesis in geology.
Benjamin David Boatwright ‘14
The David F. Quinn Memorial Award
Awarded in memory of David Quinn, Class of 1980, to an outstanding senior who, during his or her undergraduate career, has made a positive contribution to geology at Amherst through character, leadership, enthusiasm and participation in departmental activities.
Mollie Jean McDowell ‘14
The Consulate General Prize for Academic Achievement
The prize, 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.
Luca Raphael Antonucci ‘14
The Hutchins Prize
Established by Waldo Hutchins of the Class of 1842, the prize is awarded to a senior for excellence in Greek.
Shared by Sarah Elizabeth Ashman ’14 and Andrew James Kaake ‘14
The Asa J. Davis Prize
Given each year to the 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.
Tiffany A. Arnold ‘14
The Alfred F. Havighurst Prize History
The prize, intended for the purchase of books, is awarded to that student, a major in the Department of History, who, in the opinion of the faculty in history, has, in his or her four years at Amherst, best fulfilled the standards of excellence and humane scholarship exemplified by Alfred F. Havighurst during the many years of his teaching career at Amherst College.
Shared by Hannah Micaela Greenwald ‘14 and Yi (Louis) Lu ‘14
The Bertram Prizes
Established by John Bertram of Salem, these two prizes are 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.
First and second combined and shared by Noelle Jing-Wan Niu ’14 and Sasha A. Smith ‘14
The Dr. Ernest D. Daniels Latin Prize Latin
The 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.
Sarah Elizabeth Ashman ‘14
Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought
The Robert Cover Prize
Awarded to honor the memory of Robert Cover, a distinguished legal scholar whose work inspired the humanistic conception of law in the liberal arts embodied in Amherst’s Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought. The prize is given to a graduating senior for distinguished achievement in that major.
Shared by Maia Margo Cole ’14 and Nica Matisse Siegel ‘14
The Robert H. Breusch Prize
Awarded to the senior who, in the opinion of the faculty in mathematics, has presented the best honors thesis in mathematics.
Yang (Sunny) Xiao ‘14
Mead Art Museum
The Wise Award for Collection Research
Presented annually to a student in any academic department whose senior thesis, 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.
Sylvia Ngo ‘14
The Wise Award For Studio Art is awarded 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.
Sylvia Jijung Li ‘14
The Sylvia and Irving Lerner Piano Prize
Awarded to that student who has demonstrated the greatest skill and musicianship as a pianist.
Shared by Benjamin David Boatwright ‘14 and William N. Savino ‘14
The Lincoln Lowell Russell Prize
Established by J. W. Russell, Jr., of the Class of 1899 in memory of his son, and awarded to the senior who has done most to foster the singing spirit at Amherst.
Angelina Frances Gomez ‘14
The Eric Edward Sundquist Prize
Established in memory of Mr. Sundquist of the Class of 1936; awarded to that senior who has demonstrated excellence in musical composition and performance.
Shared by Abigail Mansfield Beaton Gray ‘14 and John (Peter Marion) Jody ‘14
The James Olds Memorial Neuroscience Award
Established by the Swerdlow Family Foundation in recognition of the contributions made to the neurosciences by Dr. Olds, Class of 1947, and presented to the student whose research in the neurosciences is judged, by the faculty of the neuroscience program, to be of highest quality.
Shared by Razina Aziz-Bose ’14 and Charles Pierson Reighard ‘14
The Gail Kennedy Memorial Award
Awarded to a senior major in philosophy in recognition of a distinguished honors essay.
Shared by Jane Elizabeth Kessner ‘14, Slyvie Jude Ramirez ‘14 and Carlyn Leigh Robertson ‘14
The William Warren Stifler Prize
Established by Professor Stifler, the prize is awarded to a senior who has majored in physics and especially excelled in the course on electricity and magnetism.
Shared by Shah Saad Alam ‘14 and Phyo Aung Kyaw ‘14
The Densmore Berry Collins Prize in Political Science
Given annually in memory of Mr. Collins, of the Class of 1940, for the best honors thesis in political science.
Shared by Madeline Chan ’14 and Aaron Spencer Mathias ’14
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 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.
Rebecca Jill Zakarian ‘14
The Bancroft Prizes
Established by Frederic Bancroft of the Class of 1882, these prizes are awarded to the two seniors who produce the best orations. Both composition and delivery are considered.
First Prize Jane Elizabeth Kessner ‘14
Second Prize Laurence Vivek Pevsner ‘14
The Hardy Prizes
Established by Alpheus Hardy of Boston, the prizes are awarded for excellence in extemporaneous speaking.
First Prize an underclass student
Second Prize Jane Elizabeth Kessner ’14
The Rogers Prize
Established by Noah C. Rogers of the Class of 1880, the prize is awarded for excellence in debate.
Shared by Christopher Leighton Friend ‘14 and Jane Elizabeth Kessner ‘14
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 Prize shared by Colby Daniel Jantzen ’14 and Liya Naomi Person Rechtman ‘14
Second Prize shared by Bridget Ferrell Bennett ‘14 and Noel Lee McCann ‘14
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 has demonstrated the greatest dedication and commitment to Russian.
William Clay Viguerie ‘14
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's love of Russian literature and culture.
Shawna Marie Grajek ‘14
The Pedro Grases Prizes for Excellence in Spanish
Given by a member of the Class of l939 to honor a great teacher and cordial scholar, the prize is 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.
Nicholas Connor Schcolnik ‘14
Theater and Dance
The Raymond Keith Bryant Prize
An annual gift from Robert E. and Ethel M. Bryant in memory of their son of the Class of l936, is awarded to that student who, in the opinion of the judges, gives the best performance of the year in a Masquers' play.
Shared by Patricia Yessenia Cardenas ‘14 (A Quinceanera) and Joshua Wren ‘14 (Wholly Man Again)
Women’s and Gender Studies
The Women’s and Gender Studies Prize
Awarded for excellence in scholarly or creative work in Women’s and Gender Studies.
Shared by Maia Brigitte Mares ’14 and Yun (Nancy) Tang ‘14