Prizes by Department or Subject

1912 Board Yale News (1928)

Writing

1912 BOARD YALE NEWS (1928). William V. Griffin, B.A. 1912. For general excellence in reporting and writing for the News.

A. Conger Goodyear Fine Arts Award (1962)

Art Gallery, History of Art

A. CONGER GOODYEAR FINE ARTS AWARD (1962). Established in the Art Gallery by A. Conger Goodyear, B.A. 1899, to further interest in the connoisseurship and collecting of works of art by students in the History of Art. Awarded upon recommendation by the Chair of the History of Art to one, two, or three students for outstanding work, interest, and promise. The Chair and the director of undergraduate studies in the History of Art, the director of the Art Gallery, and the curator of Prints and Drawings select the winners, who are allowed to choose one work of art from a special collection of prints provided for this purpose.

Abraham Beekman Cox (1980)

Music

ABRAHAM BEEKMAN COX, B.A. 1895 (1980). For the most promising and gifted composer in the junior class. It is expected that the prize money, or a portion thereof, shall be used to defray the expenses of performing a composition or compositions by the recipient on an occasion during his/her senior year. The Department of Music will assist the recipient with these arrangements.

Academy of American Poets (1954)

English

ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS (1954). Mrs. Mary Cummings Eudy, a former member of the Academy. Awarded annually for the best poem or group of poems, unpublished or published in a University magazine, submitted during the year. All unpublished entries for this prize will also be eligible for the Cook Prize. Competition open to all students regularly enrolled in the University.

Adrian Van Sinderen (1957)

Book Collecting, Library

ADRIAN VAN SINDEREN (1957). Adrian Van Sinderen, B.A. 1910, “to stimulate book collecting among undergraduates, to encourage bookbuying, book-owning, and book-reading both as a hobby and as a fundamental part of the educational process.” Prizes are awarded not on the basis of the rarity or monetary value of the books but for the imagination and intelligence used by the student in forming the collection. A cash prize is awarded to a senior and to a sophomore. For further information, see the Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prize site and consult Rebecca Martz, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Albert Bildner Travel Prize (1977)

Latin American Studies, Modern Languages

ALBERT BILDNER TRAVEL PRIZE (1977). Albert Bildner, Class of 1937. For Latin American Studies majors and other Yale College students who are in their junior year, for research in the field the summer between the junior and senior years. All students who are doing research on Latin America for their senior essays are eligible to apply; however, preference will be given to Latin American Studies majors.

Albert Stanburrough Cook (1925)

English

ALBERT STANBURROUGH COOK (1925). Professor Albert Stanburrough Cook, M.A. Hon. 1889, to provide for continuance of a prize given by him for many years. Awarded for the best unpublished poem or group of poems. Competition open to all students regularly enrolled in the University.

Alice Derby Lang (1944)

Classics

ALICE DERBY LANG (1944). Henry R. Lang, M.A. Hon. 1897, in memory of his wife. Awarded to “those students who shall have attained high scholarship in the domain of classical literature or art.”

Alvin B. Kernan (1983)

Literature & Comparative Literature

ALVIN B. KERNAN (1983). For the best senior essay in the Literature major.

American Jewish Congress (1956)

Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Religious Studies

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS (1956). American Jewish Congress. To a senior in Yale College for scholarship in any field of Judaic Studies either for a paper submitted in competition or for course work and interest in the discipline over a period of years.

Andrew D. White (1902)

History

ANDREW D. WHITE (1902). First awarded in 1907, the gift of Professor Guy Stanton Ford of the University of Illinois in honor of Andrew D. White, B.A. 1853; endowed by a bequest from Mr. White. For the best essays, one in American history, one in European history, and one in third-world history by freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and graduate students and for the best essay in European, English, or third-world history by a junior, senior, or graduate student. Senior essays in English, European, or third-world history in fulfillment of the major requirement are considered as entered in competition. All essays must be completed during the current academic year.

Angier (1908)

Psychology

ANGIER (1908). Roswell P. Angier, M.A. Hon. 1917, in honor of his father, Albert E. Angier. Since 1954 used as a prize for a senior showing exceptional performance in carrying out a research project in psychology.

Anthony D. Stanley Memorial (1904)

Mathematics

ANTHONY D. STANLEY MEMORIAL (1904). Walter S. Pitkin, B.A. 1858, in memory of his uncle, Professor Anthony D. Stanley, B.A. 1830. For excellence in pure and applied mathematics.

Applied Physics Prize (1996)

Applied Physics

THE APPLIED PHYSICS PRIZE (1996). Awarded to a senior in Applied Physics who, in the judgment of the Applied Physics faculty, has exhibited outstanding achievement, insight, and originality in independent research. The selection process will be based on a written nomination from the student’s adviser, and input provided by the faculty attending the students’ presentations of their research projects. Nominations will be reviewed by the award committee, consisting of the director of undergraduate studies (chair of the committee) and two other Applied Physics faculty members, which will then select the winner. The award will be presented at the student’s residential college at Commencement.

Arthur Fleischer Award (1988)

Chemistry

ARTHUR FLEISCHER AWARD (1988). Arthur Fleischer, Jr., Allan A. Fleischer, and Everly B. Fleischer in honor of their father, Arthur Fleischer, B.A. 1924S, Ph.D. 1927. Awarded for outstanding performance in chemistry.

Bach Society Prize (1986)

Music

BACH SOCIETY PRIZE (1986). The Yale Bach Society, dedicated to the graduating class in music of 1986. For the graduating senior who, in the opinion of the Department of Music, has demonstrated a high level of musicianship and dedication to his/her instrument, and who has contributed significantly to the musical activities on campus.

Belle and Carl Morse Scholarship (1989)

Engineering and Applied Science

BELLE AND CARL MORSE SCHOLARSHIP (1989). Awarded to a student in Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering who has completed his or her junior year and, by outstanding scholarship and participation in extracurricular activities within the department, has demonstrated leadership among fellow students.

Benjamin F. Barge (1900)

Mathematics

BENJAMIN F. BARGE (1900). Benjamin F. Barge, B.A. 1857. Awarded to freshmen and sophomores for solution of original problems in mathematics.

Bianca Maria Calabresi (1986)

Literature & Comparative Literature

BIANCA MARIA CALABRESI (1986). Guido Calabresi, B.S. 1953, LL.B. 1958 and Paul Calabresi, B.A. 1951, M.D. 1955, in memory of their mother, Bianca Maria Finzi-Contini Calabresi, Ph.D. 1949. Awarded to the author of the best senior essay in Comparative Literature in Yale College.

Bildner Prizes in Latin American Languages and Literatures (1974)

Modern Languages, Portuguese, Spanish

BILDNER PRIZES IN LATIN AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES (1974). Albert Bildner, Class of 1937. Awarded for high achievement in the Spanish and Portuguese languages and in Latin American literature. Four prizes to be awarded, as follows:

  1. In honor of Professor Jose J. Arrom, B.A. 1937, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at Yale 1945-75. For an outstanding essay written in Spanish on any subject in Spanish American literature. The paper is to be written in acceptable Spanish; however, it will be judged mainly for the originality and importance of the ideas presented therein. All undergraduates studying Spanish are eligible to compete.
  2. In memory of Patricia Bildner. For an outstanding essay written in Portuguese on any subject in Brazilian literature. The paper is to be written in acceptable Portuguese; however, it will be judged mainly for the originality and importance of the ideas presented therein. All undergraduates studying Portuguese are eligible to compete.
  3. To that graduating senior who has achieved a high academic average in Spanish courses, and has also demonstrated the greatest development in his/her knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic literature since beginning the study of Spanish at Yale. The student must have taken a minimum number of courses in the Spanish language and in Hispanic literature.
  4. In honor of Professor K. David Jackson, the Brazil prize is awarded to a graduating senior who has achieved a high academic average in Portuguese courses, and has also demonstrated the greatest development in his/her knowledge of the Portuguese language and Luso-Brazilian literature at Yale. The student must have taken a satisfactory number of courses in the Portuguese language and in Luso-Brazilian literature.

Bloch (1941)

English

BLOCH (1941). Bequest of Solomon M. Bloch. A book prize for the freshman who shall write the best essay in English. Consult the department for deadline.

Buck-Jackson (1919)

Debating and Public Speaking

BUCK-JACKSON (1919). Mrs. Henry B. Buck in memory of her son, Parker Dickson Buck, B.A. honoris causa post-obit 1919, and increased in 1961 by bequest of Schuyler B. Jackson, B.A. 1871. Awarded to a sophomore for the best original oration on a subject of patriotic nature.

C. Wyllys Betts (1890)

English

C. WYLLYS BETTS (1890). Established through the Phelps Association by Louis F. H. Betts, B.A. 1891, in memory of his uncle, C. Wyllys Betts, B.A. 1867. For a sophomore for meritorious work in required compositions of the year or in a special essay on a prescribed subject or subject chosen by the student and approved by the faculty.

Canadian History Prize (1999)

History

CANADIAN HISTORY PRIZE (1999). Awarded by the Canadian Studies Committee for the best essay in Canadian Studies.

Charles A. Bristed (1848)

Classics

CHARLES A. BRISTED (1848). Charles Astor Bristed, B.A. 1839. To the scholar of the Junior or Sophomore class who shall pass the best examination in the classics.

Charles Heber Dickerman Memorial (1939)

Economics

CHARLES HEBER DICKERMAN MEMORIAL (1939). Herman Press of New York City in memory of Charles H. Dickerman II, Ph.B. 1931. For the best departmental essays by seniors majoring in economics.

Charles Washburn Clark (1907)

Political Science

CHARLES WASHBURN CLARK (1907). Charles W. Clark, B.A. 1875, to the University and the Kingsley Trust Association. For a Senior essay on political philosophy or theory.

Chauncey Brewster Tinker (1962)

English

CHAUNCEY BREWSTER TINKER, ’99 (1962). Anonymous gift in honor of the Keeper of Rare Books. For a prize to be awarded to the outstanding senior in English.

Computer Science Prize (1999)

Computer Science

COMPUTER SCIENCE PRIZE (1999). Awarded to the graduating senior majoring in computer science who, in the judgment of the Computer Science faculty, ranks highest in scholarship.

D. Allan Bromley Prize in Biomedical Engineering (2000)

Biomedical Engineering

THE D. ALLAN BROMLEY PRIZE IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (2000) is awarded to a Senior who has exhibited superior accomplishment and scholarly achievement in Biomedical Engineering.

D. Allan Bromley Prize in Environmental Engineering (2000)

Environmental Engineering

THE D. ALLAN BROMLEY PRIZE IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (2000) is awarded to a Senior who has exhibited superior accomplishment and scholarly achievement in Environmental Engineering.

David C. DeForest (1823)

Debating and Public Speaking

DAVID C. DEFOREST (1823). David C. DeForest of New Haven. For the senior “who shall write and pronounce an English Oration in the best manner.”

David M. Potter (1997)

Library

DAVID M. POTTER (1997). William P. MacKinnon, B.A. 1960, and Richard A. MacKinnon, B.A. 1960. To be awarded annually for the best undergraduate essay on a topic in American history or culture. For further information, consult the Curator of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

DeForest (1855)

Mathematics

DEFOREST (1855). Established by John DeForest, B.A. 1826, and increased in 1886 by his son, Erastus L. DeForest, B.A. 1854. Awarded to seniors for proficiency in pure and applied mathematics.

DeForest Pioneers (1960)

Physics

DEFOREST PIONEERS (1960). Board of Directors of DeForest Pioneers, Inc., in honor of the outstanding scientific achievements of Lee DeForest, Ph.B. 1896. For a senior physics major for distinguished creative achievement in physics.

Department of Chemical Engineering Junior Prize (1994)

Chemical Engineering

THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JUNIOR PRIZE (1994). Alumni donation. Awarded yearly to a junior for outstanding scholarship in the field of chemical engineering.

Dirk Brouwer (1967)

Astronomy

DIRK BROUWER (1967). Dirk Brouwer, M.A. Hon. 1941. Awarded upon recommendation by the Chair of the Astronomy Department to a student for a contribution of unusual merit to any branch of astronomy.

Donald Annis (1908)

English, German, Modern Languages

DONALD ANNIS (1908). Mr. and Mrs. Newton Annis of Detroit, in memory of their son, Donald Annis, Class of 1910. For the best record as a freshman and sophomore in courses in English and German aggregating not less than twelve hours of classroom work.

Donald Warren McCrosky Memorial (1963)

Mechanical Engineering

DONALD WARREN McCROSKY MEMORIAL (1963). Mrs. Josephine T. McCrosky in memory of her son, Donald Warren McCrosky, Ph.B. 1919. For the senior in Engineering and Applied Science who, in the judgment of the faculty, is deserving of greatest distinction for scholarly achievement in fields related to mechanics and its applications.

Duncan Robinson Scholar of British Art Award (1996)

History of Art

DUNCAN ROBINSON SCHOLAR OF BRITISH ART AWARD (1996). Nancy and Henry E. Bartels in honor of teacher Duncan Robinson. Awarded to juniors or seniors who demonstrate superior performance in their respective fields, to participate in internships to further their study of British Art. The award shall be made on the basis of applications, supported by recommendations from faculty. The final selections will be made by a committee of representatives from the History of Art faculty, each of the American Arts departments, and the Yale Center for British Art.

E. Francis Riggs Memorial Prize

Humanities

E. FRANCIS RIGGS MEMORIAL PRIZE. Lawrason Riggs, B.A. 1910, in memory of his father and brother. The prize is awarded annually to that member of the freshman class of Yale College enrolled in the Special Courses in the Humanities for freshmen who, in the judgment of the Committee on award of the prize, consisting of the faculty teaching those courses, demonstrates the best knowledge of general culture by means of the distinction of his/her performance. For further information, consult the Office of Special Programs in the Humanities.

Edgar J. Boell Prize (1975)

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

EDGAR J. BOELL PRIZE (1975). Colleagues, students and friends of Professor Boell. Awarded annually to a senior for excellence in biology.

Edward O. Lanphier Memorial (1922)

Electrical Engineering

EDWARD O. LANPHIER MEMORIAL (1922). Robert C. Lanphier, Ph.B. 1897, and Mrs. Lanphier, parents of Edward O. Lanphier of the Class of 1923S, who died in September, 1922, before completing the course in electrical engineering. Awarded to a senior in Engineering and Applied Science who has a superior accomplishment in fields related to electricity and its applications and who has demonstrated initiative in the field of research.

Edward Sapir (1991)

Anthropology

EDWARD SAPIR (1991). In honor of Edward Sapir, Sterling Professor of Anthropology at Yale (1931-39), a preeminent scholar in linguistic anthropology, and one of the founders of the Anthropology Department. Awarded annually to the most outstanding senior essay by an Anthropology major. Requires nomination by the adviser and/or second reader.

Edward Thompkins McLaughlin Scholarship (1894)

English

EDWARD THOMPKINS McLAUGHLIN SCHOLARSHIP (1933). Mary B. McLaughlin in memory of her son, Edward T. McLaughlin, B.A. 1883, former Professor of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres. For a junior for excellence in English composition and the study of English literature during the earlier years of his/her course. Award announced during the student’s senior year.

Edwin W. Small (1990)

History

EDWIN W. SMALL (1990). Carmen R. Small in memory of Edwin W. Small, B.A. 1930, M.A. 1934. Awarded in recognition and furtherance of outstanding work in the field of American history.

Elga Ruth Wasserman Award (1994)

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

ELGA RUTH WASSERMAN AWARD (1994). Established by friends and colleagues to honor Elga Ruth Wasserman, who served from 1969 to 1973 as Special Assistant to the President on the Education of Women, ushering in co-education at Yale University. Awarded annually to a Yale undergraduate for a summer project, whether academic or activist, on women, gender, or a related topic.

Ellington Prize (2009)

Economics

ELLINGTON PRIZE (2009). For the best senior essay in finance.

Elmore A. Willetts (1981)

English

ELMORE A. WILLETS (1981). Ann (Mrs. William) Boyd, in memory of her father, Elmore A. Willets (1884). Awarded for the best entries in fiction writing, either novel or short story. Normally divided among at least three winners each year (e.g., one for a novel, two for short stories).

Ethel Childe Walker (1885)

Art

ETHEL CHILDE WALKER (1885). Mrs. Edward Ashley Walker of New Haven in memory of her daughter. For recognition of exceptional artistic development by an undergraduate majoring in art.

Francis Bergen Memorial (1923)

Writing

FRANCIS BERGEN MEMORIAL (1923). Frank Bergen in memory of his son, Francis Bergen, B.A. 1914. Awarded by the Yale Literary Magazine editors for the most creditable contribution to the volume now in course of publication. Consult Editors, Yale Literary Magazine, P.O. Box 209087 Yale Station.

Frank M. Patterson (1939)

Political Science

FRANK M. PATTERSON (1939). Frank M. Patterson, B.A. 1896. For a senior essay on the American political system. The balance of the annual income will be used for prizes awarded by the Department of Political Science to junior or sophomore majors on the basis of plans submitted in the spring of the year by these students for summer work-study programs.

Franz Tuteur Memorial (1994)

Electrical Engineering

FRANZ TUTEUR MEMORIAL PRIZE (1994). Established through donations by friends, students, and colleagues of Franz Tuteur, a Yale professor from 1955 to 1987. Awarded to a senior in Electrical Engineering who, in the judgment of the Electrical Engineering faculty, has accomplished the most outstanding senior project.

Friends of Music (1957)

Music

FRIENDS OF MUSIC (1957). Friends of Music at Yale. To stimulate and recognize scholarship and creative imagination in the field of music. Awarded to that senior in any undergraduate department at Yale who has done distinguished work in an intensive major and who submits the best senior essay on a musical subject, or a musical composition exhibiting unusual originality and promise.

Gala (1999)

Gay and Lesbian Studies

GALA (1999). The Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association. Awarded to a graduating senior whose essay is judged to be most relevant to gay and lesbian issues.

Gaylord Donnelley Prize in Studies in the Environment

Environmental Studies

GAYLORD DONNELLEY PRIZE IN STUDIES IN THE ENVIRONMENT. The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Donnelley Family in memory of Mr. Gaylord Donnelley, a conservationist dedicated to advances in research and education. The award is made by faculty to the author of a distinguished piece of interdisciplinary scholarship.

George Beckwith (1926)

Astronomy

GEORGE BECKWITH (1926). Dr. Glover C. Beckwith-Ewell of Hartford, Connecticut, in memory of his grandfather, George Beckwith, publisher of Beckwith’s Almanac. For the undergraduate most proficient in some branch of astronomy or mathematics.

Mathematics

GEORGE BECKWITH (1926). Dr. Glover C. Beckwith-Ewell of Hartford, Connecticut, in memory of his grandfather, George Beckwith, publisher of Beckwith’s Almanac. For the undergraduate most proficient in some branch of astronomy or mathematics.

George Washington Egleston (1901)

History

GEORGE WASHINGTON EGLESTON (1901). George Washington Egleston of Eardisley, Herefordshire, England, brother of Thomas Egleston, B.A. 1854, and William C. Egleston, B.A. 1861. For the best essay on American history completed by a resident student during the current academic year. Doctoral dissertations presented in the Department of History in the appropriate field are considered as entered in competition.

Gordon Barber Memorial (1985)

English

GORDON BARBER MEMORIAL (1985). Melanie G. Barber in memory of her son, Gordon Barber. A poetry award open to all students regularly enrolled in the University.

Greg A. Yamanaka Senior Essay Prize (2007)

Peabody Museum

GREG A. YAMANAKA SENIOR ESSAY PRIZE (2007). Sponsored by the Yale Club of New Haven. The prize is named for Greg A. Yamanaka, B.A. 1976, and honors his love of Yale and his wide range of interests, which included science, natural history, and art. Awarded to the best senior essay that makes use of the collections and/or archives and resources of the Yale Peabody Museum. Submissions, accompanied by a submissions form, should be received in the Director’s Office, Room 218, Yale Peabody Museum, no later than Friday, May 1, 2012, at 4 p.m. Forms can be obtained from the Peabody Office of Public Relations, Room 216, or by calling Melanie Brigockas at 203-432-5099, or e-mailing Peabody.pr@yale.edu using “Greg Yamanaka Prize” on the subject line.

Hammer Prize

Geology and Geophysics

HAMMER PRIZE. Awarded “for excellence in the oral presentation of the senior thesis.”

Harry A. Curtis (1992)

Chemical Engineering

HARRY A. CURTIS (1992). Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Walker in memory of Harry A. Curtis, the first chemical engineer appointed to the Yale faculty. Awarded to a junior or senior who, in the judgment of the chemical engineering faculty, has contributed most to the academic life of his or her class.

Harvey M. Applebaum (2007)

Library

HARVEY M. APPLEBAUM (2007). Established by the family and friends of Harvey M. Applebaum, B.A. 1959, for an outstanding senior essay based on research done in the collections of the University Library’s Government Documents & Information Center. Essays may be submitted by faculty advisers or by students to Julie Linden, Government Documents Librarian, Social Science Library.

Helen A. Cooper Scholar of American Paintings and Sculpture Award (1996)

History of Art

HELEN A. COOPER SCHOLAR OF AMERICAN PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURE AWARD (1996). Nancy and Henry E. Bartels in honor of teacher Helen A. Cooper. Awarded to juniors or seniors who demonstrate superior performance in their respective fields, to participate in internships to further their study of American art. The award shall be made on the basis of applications, supported by recommendations from faculty. The final selections will be made by a committee of representatives from the History of Art faculty, each of the American Arts departments, and the Yale Center for British Art.

Henry A. Hurlbut (1858)

Classics
Freshman Prize

HENRY A. HURLBUT (1858). Established by Henry A. Hurlbut, father of William H. Hurlbut, B.A. 1860, supplemented from income of the William Henry Hurlbut (Class of 1860) Scholarship Fund. For the freshman standing highest in a competitive examination in Latin.

Henry H. Strong (1929)

English

HENRY H. STRONG (1929). Henry H. Strong, B.A. 1883, to the Phelps Association as trustee. To a junior or senior, for the best essay on a phase of American literature or the best story on an incident in the lives of American people.

Henry James Teneyck (1888)

Debating and Public Speaking

HENRY JAMES TENEYCK (1888). Members of Kingsley Trust Association in memory of Henry J. TenEyck, B.A. 1879. For the successful competitors among the junior class in an oratorical contest.

Henry K. Hayase Prize (1988)

Ethnicity, Race and Migration

HENRY K. HAYASE PRIZE (1988). Friends and alumni in memory of Henry K. Hayase, B.A. 1973. Awarded for the best student paper or senior thesis dealing with a topic relating to the Asian American experience in the United States.

Henry P. Wright Memorial (1908)

English

HENRY P. WRIGHT MEMORIAL (1908). Members of the Class of 1868 in memory of Dean Henry P. Wright, B.A. 1868. For the best descriptive, imaginative, or journalistic article of from 2,500 to 5,000 words.

Henry Prentiss Becton (1968)

Engineering and Applied Science

HENRY PRENTISS BECTON (1968). Henry P. Becton, 1937S, whose gift made possible the construction of the Becton Center. “For rewarding and encouraging outstanding student performance” on the part of a senior in Engineering and Applied Science in the judgment of the head of Engineering and Applied Science or any committee s/he may designate.

Howard Douglass Moore, '33S (1971)

Chemistry

HOWARD DOUGLASS MOORE, ’33S (1971). Miss La Vina Moore of Baltimore, Maryland, in memory of her brother. For excellence in the field of chemistry.

Howard L. Schultz (1977)

Physics

HOWARD L. SCHULTZ (1977). Howard L. Schultz, Ph.D. 1937. Awarded to an outstanding senior in the Physics department.

Howard R. Lamar (1997)

Library

HOWARD R. LAMAR (1997). William P. MacKinnon, B.A. 1960, and Richard A. MacKinnon, B.A. 1960. To be awarded annually for the best undergraduate essay on a topic in the history or culture of the North American West. For further information, consult the Curator of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Howard R. Lamar Prize in Film and Video (1993)

Film Studies

HOWARD R. LAMAR PRIZE IN FILM AND VIDEO (1993). The Bruce Geller Fund. In honor of Howard Lamar, 21st President of Yale and long-standing member of the Film Studies Committee. Awarded annually to a graduating senior, either for outstanding work in film and/or video or for an outstanding essay on some aspect of cinema and/or television. Majors in any department are eligible, provided submitted work is completed during the senior year.

J. Edward Meeker (1956)

English

J. EDWARD MEEKER (1956). Estate of Lucy J. Meeker in memory of her son, J. Edward Meeker, B.A. 1913. For a prize or prizes in English to be awarded to a member or members of the freshman class.

Jacob Cooper (1900)

Classics, Philosophy

JACOB COOPER (1900). Professor Albert Stanburrough Cook, M.A. Hon. 1889, in honor of Professor Jacob Cooper, B.A. 1852. Awarded jointly by the departments of Classics and Philosophy to the resident undergraduate or graduate student who presents the best essay on Greek philosophy. Consult Classics or Philosophy for deadline.

James Gordon Bennett (1893)

International and Area Studies, Political Science

JAMES GORDON BENNETT (1893). James Gordon Bennett of New York City. For a senior essay in international relations.

James S. Metcalfe (1914)

Theater Studies

JAMES S. METCALFE (1914). James Stetson Metcalfe, B.A. 1879. For the best essay of about 3,000 words on an assigned subject dealing with the theater. Consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

John Addison Porter - American History Prize (1901)

History

JOHN ADDISON PORTER-AMERICAN HISTORY (1901). Mrs. Porter in memory of her husband, John A. Porter, B.A. 1878. To a junior or senior for the best original essay completed during the current academic year on a subject bearing upon the political, constitutional, or economic history, condition, or future of the United States. Essays submitted by seniors majoring in American history in fulfillment of the major requirement are considered as entered in competition.

John Addison-Porter (1872)

Porter, John Addision, Writing

JOHN ADDISON PORTER (1872). Kingsley Trust Association in honor of Professor John A. Porter, B.A. 1842. For a work of scholarship in any field where it is possible, through original effort, to gather and relate facts or principles, or both, and to present the results in such a literary form as to make the product of general human interest. Competition open to all students regularly enrolled in the University as candidates for degrees. Entries must be submitted to the Secretary’s Office, Woodbridge Hall, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday April 15.

John Alan Lewis Summer Research Fellowship (1964)

Mathematics

JOHN ALAN LEWIS SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (1964). Richard Lewis, B.A. 1940, Mrs. Lewis, and Mrs. I. E. Levy in memory of their son and grandson, John Alan Lewis, Class of 1967. For an undergraduate majoring in mathematics who wishes to continue studies over the summer and who, in the opinion of the University, is most worthy of receiving the fellowship.

John Chester Adams Intercollege Debate Trophy (1948)

Debating and Public Speaking

JOHN CHESTER ADAMS INTERCOLLEGE DEBATE TROPHY (1948). University Debating Association of 1947-48 to honor John Chester Adams, B.A. 1896, for many years Director of Debating and Public Speaking. For the winning club of the intercollege debate league.

John Hershey (1985)

English

JOHN HERSEY (1985). Students of John Hersey. To a senior or junior for a body of journalistic work reflecting the spirit and ideals of John Hersey: engagement with moral and social issues, responsible reportage, and consciousness of craftsmanship.

John Hubbard Curtis (1900)

English

JOHN HUBBARD CURTIS (1900). Mrs. Thomas W. T. Curtis in memory of her son, John H. Curtis, B.A. 1887. Awarded for literary or rhetorical work on assigned topics.

John Morrison Memorial (1920)

Writing

JOHN MORRISON MEMORIAL (1920). In memory of John Morrison, Ph.B. 1917. For the best art contribution in the Yale Record during the year. Consult Editor, Yale Record, 904-A Yale Station.

Journalism Prize (2000)

International and Area Studies

JOURNALISM PRIZE (2000). Awarded by a Committee of faculty and administrators to the student reporter who writes the best story on some aspect of international affairs or foreign relations appearing in a Yale publication.

L.C. Lichty and E.O. Waters Prize in Mechanical Engineering (2003)

Mathematics

L. C. LICHTY AND E. O. WATERS PRIZE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (2003). Senior award for high scholarship and original research.

Library Map (1949)

Library

LIBRARY MAP (1949). Mrs. Arthur W. Butler of New York City. Awarded by the University Library to the student who makes best use of maps in his/her senior essay or its equivalent. Essays must be submitted through the departments or independently to Abraham Parrish, Map Department, Sterling Memorial Library.

Lily Rosen Prize in Women's Health (2000)

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

LILY ROSEN PRIZE IN WOMEN’S HEALTH (2000). Awarded annually to an undergraduate in Yale College for the best essay that contributes to knowledge about women’s health. Essays may be in any field of the humanities or of the social, physical, or natural sciences and may deal with any aspect of or issue in women’s physical or mental health. Winning essay to be chosen by a subcommittee of the Women’s and Gender Studies Council.

Lloyd Mifflin (1923)

English

LLOYD MIFFLIN (1923). Houston Mifflin. Awarded to seniors majoring in English or American literature for senior essays.

Lohmann and Van Sinderen Prizes in Undergraduate Printing and Design (1965)

Printing

LOHMANN AND VAN SINDEREN PRIZES IN UNDERGRADUATE PRINTING AND DESIGN (1965). Friends of Carl A. Lohmann, B.A. 1910, Secretary of the University 1927-53. Awarded annually to the undergraduate who has produced the finest printing on the press of a residential college. The committee of award consists of a panel convened by the University Printer. For further information, consult John Gambell, University Printer.

Lothar Hausmann Memorial Fund (1976)

German, Modern Languages

LOTHAR HAUSMANN MEMORIAL FUND (1976). Romy Hausmann and Herman Mark Harris, Class of 1957. To be awarded to a graduating senior for excellence in German, German Studies, or German as part of the Comparative Literature major.

Louis F. Laun Award (1970)

Economics

LOUIS F. LAUN AWARD (1970). The Textile Veterans Association. Awarded to a junior or senior majoring in economics for overall excellence in his/her program of study in Yale College.

Manuscripts and Archives Diane Kaplan Memorial Senior Essay Prizes (2003)

Library

MANUSCRIPTS AND ARCHIVES DIANE KAPLAN MEMORIAL SENIOR ESSAY PRIZES (2003):

Two student prizes to be awarded, as follows:

  1. Awarded to a senior in any department for an outstanding essay based on research done in Manuscripts and Archives.
  2. Awarded to a senior in any department for an outstanding senior essay on Yale.

Margaret Laughlin Marshall - John M.S. Allison (1944)

History of Art

MARGARET LAUGHLIN MARSHALL - JOHN M. S. ALLISON (1944). For a Fellowship to a member of the Junior or Senior Class who intends to enter the scholarly profession in the Arts or Letters, preferably European History of Art, and during such time as such person shall be studying to obtain his degree of Doctor of Philosophy; to be used by such person for study here and/or abroad. The same appointee may hold the fellowship for four years. The award shall be made on the basis of applications, supported by recommendations from faculty. The final selections will be made by a committee of representatives from the History of Art faculty, each of the American Arts departments and the Yale Center for British Art.

Mark Dietz Memorial (1969)

History of Art

MARK DEITZ MEMORIAL (1969). Paula Deitz in honor of her brother of the Class of 1969, for original research by an undergraduate in the History of Art.

Max Bildner Prize (2001)

History, Latin American Studies

MAX BILDNER PRIZE (2001). Awarded for the best senior essay in Latin American history.

McLaughlin Memorial (1894)

English

McLAUGHLIN MEMORIAL (1894). Friends and pupils in memory of Professor Edward T. McLaughlin, B.A. 1883. First and second prizes, in books, awarded for encouragement of English composition in freshman year.

Michael D. Coe (2004)

Anthropology, Archaeological Studies

MICHAEL D. COE (2004). In honor of Michael D. Coe, Charles J. MacCurdy Professor of Anthropology at Yale (1960-94), a preeminent scholar in Mesoamerican archaeology, and driving force in the creation of the interdisciplinary Archaeological Studies major in Yale College. Awarded annually to the most outstanding senior essay by Anthropology major for an archaeological studies topic. Requires nomination by the adviser.

Mildredd Priest Frank Memorial (1984)

Sociology

MILDRED PRIEST FRANK MEMORIAL (1984). Established by Adam R. Rose, Class of 1981, in honor of his maternal grandmother. Awarded to the graduating senior whose work in the Department of Sociology reflects the standards of excellence and love of people that characterize Mildred Priest Frank.

Montaigne

French, Modern Languages

MONTAIGNE. Anonymous gift (1914) and bequest (1932) from Edward Bement, B.A. 1870. For juniors and seniors for proficiency in speaking and writing French. Awarded on the basis of a written or oral examination, the exact date to be announced in March. Not open to students whose French has been chiefly acquired abroad.

Nani Prova Deb Memorial Prize (2009)

Religious Studies

NANI PROVA DEB MEMORIAL PRIZE (2009). Awarded for the best senior undergraduate essay or graduate seminar paper on Asian religions.

Norman Holmes Pearson Prize (1976)

American Studies

NORMAN HOLMES PEARSON PRIZE (1976). Students, colleagues, and friends in memory of Professor Norman Holmes Pearson, B.A. 1932, Ph.D. 1941. Awarded to a senior in Yale College majoring in American Studies for the best senior essay.

Noyes-Cutter (1926)

Religious Studies

NOYES-CUTTER (1926). Charles F. Cutter, B.A. 1875, in memory of his parents, Olive Lovejoy Noyes and Charles Cutter. For an undergraduate student who shows by examination the highest degree of excellence in “interpreting the Greek of the New Testament into modern English.”

Obernauer Memorial (1982)

Religious Studies

OBERNAUER MEMORIAL (1982). To be awarded to a graduate or undergraduate for the best written and delivered essay on the most practical means of achieving good will among religious groups, particularly between Christians and Jews and/or between racial groups.

Pat Wilde Prize (1973)

Geology and Geophysics

PAT WILDE PRIZE (1973). Pat Wilde, B.A. 1957. Awarded to a senior for excellence in marine geology and oceanography.

Patricia E. Kane Scholar of American Decorative Arts Award (1996)

History of Art

PATRICIA E. KANE SCHOLAR OF AMERICAN DECORATIVE ARTS AWARD (1996). Nancy and Henry E. Bartels in honor of teacher Patricia E. Kane. Awarded to juniors or seniors who demonstrate superior performance in their respective fields, to participate in internships to further their study of American art. The award shall be made on the basis of applications, supported by recommendations from faculty. The final selections will be made by a committee of representatives from the History of Art faculty, each of the American Arts departments, and the Yale Center for British Art.

Paul Sigler Memorial (2001)

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

PAUL SIGLER MEMORIAL (2001). Founded by a friend and colleague in memory of Paul Sigler, who was a distinguished member of the faculty in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. The Sigler Prize is awarded to a graduating Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry major who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship and research.

Percival W. Clemet Prize (1994)

American Studies, History, Political Science

PERCIVAL W. CLEMENT PRIZE (1994). Awarded to a junior or senior for the best thesis in the support of the principles of the Constitution of the United States of America and the first ten amendments. Also open to students in American Studies, History and Political Science.

Peter and Marion Schwartz Family Foundation (2008)

Anthropology

PETER AND MARION SCHWARTZ FAMILY FOUNDATION (2008). Donated by Schwartz Family Foundation. Awarded to the author of the most outstanding senior essay in biological anthropology by Anthropology major. Requires nomination by the adviser.

Peter J. Wallace (1964)

Writing

PETER J. WALLACE (1964). Mike Wallace, Norma Kaphan (Mrs. William) Leonard—parents of Peter J. Wallace—other members of the Wallace family, friends, and classmates in memory of Peter J. Wallace, Class of 1964, who was killed in August, 1962, while mountain climbing in Greece. To be used for a prize in creative writing. The Board of the Yale Daily News is to select the committee which will judge the stories submitted

Philo Sherman Bennett (1905)

Political Science

PHILO SHERMAN BENNETT (1905). William Jennings Bryan, trustee under the will of Philo Sherman Bennett of New Haven. For a senior essay on political philosophy or theory.

Ralph Paine Memorial (1926)

English

RALPH PAINE MEMORIAL (1926). Members of the Class of 1894 in memory of Ralph D. Paine, B.A. 1894. To a senior majoring in English for the best senior essay.

Richard Hegel Prize for a Senior Essay on New Haven (2001)

Economics, History

RICHARD HEGEL PRIZE FOR A SENIOR ESSAY ON NEW HAVEN (2001). Sponsored by the Yale Club of New Haven, the Hegel Prize was awarded for the first time in celebration of Yale’s Tercentennial year. The prize is named in honor of Richard Hegel because of his enduring commitment to the partnership of the University and the City of New Haven. The Hegel Prize is to be awarded for an outstanding senior essay pertaining to the greater New Haven area. Senior essays from any department of Yale College are eligible.

Richard Schoenberg (1943)

English

RICHARD SCHOENBERG (1943). Dr. Herman B. Schoenberg of New York City in memory of his son, Richard Schoenberg, B.A. 1943. To a junior or senior for the best essay on some American poet or some phase of American poetry.

Robert G. Crowder Undergraduate Research Prize (2005)

Psychology

ROBERT G. CROWDER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PRIZE (2005). For a graduating senior of Yale College who has completed an especially novel research project during his or her college years and who contributed to the quality of undergraduate life in the Department of Psychology through his or her generosity, service, and/or willingness to share learning and knowledge with other students.

Robert Gries (1981)

History

ROBERT D. GRIES (1981). Robert D. Gries. For the best essay in History other than American or European (including Russia).

Ronald Meltzer/Cornelia Awdziewicz Economics Award (1986)

Economics

RONALD MELTZER/CORNELIA AWDZIEWICZ ECONOMIC AWARD (1986). Ronald Meltzer and the Evergreen Foundation. For an outstanding senior essay in economics.

Samuel Lewis Penfield (1906)

Geology and Geophysics, Mineralogy

SAMUEL LEWIS PENFIELD (1906). Morris B. Belknap, Ph.B. 1877, in memory of Samuel L. Penfield, Ph.B. 1877. Awarded to an undergraduate for proficiency in mineralogy.

Scott (1873)

French, German, Modern Languages, Russian, Russian and East European Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures

SCOTT (1873). Henry W. Scott, B.A. 1863. Book prizes are offered as follows:

  • In French: For the student in any French course numbered 160 or higher who, having written an outstanding midyear examination, submits the best essay (in French) in the course.
  • In German: For an undergraduate essay written on a topic in German literature. The winning essay will be selected by the faculty of the German department.
  • In Russian: For an undergraduate essay written on a topic in Russian literature. The winning essay will be selected by the faculty of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Sholom Herson & Marcia Herson Scholarship (1927)

English

SHOLOM HERSON & MARCIA HERSON SCHOLARSHIP (1927). Newton Rudolph Herson, B.A. 1926 in memory of his parents. To a Senior who intends to do graduate work in English literature.

Steere Prize in Women's Studies (1983)

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

STEERE PRIZE IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (1983). Awarded annually for the senior essay which best exemplifies advance in scholarship gained by focusing on women or gender roles and/or by employing feminist theory. Senior essays written by majors in any department as well as by Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors are eligible.

Suisman Reporting (1964)

Writing

SUISMAN REPORTING (1964). Suisman Foundation, Inc. (Michael Suisman, B.A. 1951). Awarded by the Chair of the Yale Daily News to the student editor of the News who does the most outstanding job of reporting during the year.

Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize (1996)

African American Studies, History of Art

SYLVIA ARDYN BOONE (1996). The History of Art and African American Studies Departments award this prize annually in memory of Sylvia Boone, a noted scholar of African art, who was the first tenured African American woman on the Yale faculty. Vera Wells, Yale ’71, has established this prize to be awarded for the best dissertation dealing with African or African American artistic, cultural, and/or historical issues.

Thacher Memorial (1893)

Debating and Public Speaking

THACHER MEMORIAL (1893). Members of the Class of 1842 in honor of Professor Thomas A. Thacher, B.A. 1835. For encouragement of extemporaneous debate among undergraduates. Awarded annually to participants in the Triangular Debates.

The Richard Maxwell Prize for Translation and Translation Studies

Literature & Comparative Literature

A $500 prize, open to any undergraduate student in Yale College, shall be awarded annually to the best essay in Translation Studies or to the best Literary Translation.  “Translation studies” is understood to include theoretical and historical questions involving language, culture, and medium, while “literary translation” encompasses all genres, so long as the chosen work is deemed substantial.  Submissions that combine actual translation and reflections on issues raised or exemplified by the process are welcome.  Submissions must include: (1) a cover letter with basic information about the student’s studies/major and about the context in which the essay/translation was written; (2) a translator’s introduction describing the intellectual, historical, and/or technical context of the translated text; (3) a copy of the translated text(s) in the original language, as an appendix to your translation; (4) annotation, as deemed relevant, for literary translations.  Please submit three hard copies of work to the Comparative Literature Department office by Friday, April 28th, 2017.  The prize will be presented along with other Comparative Literature prizes at the department’s Spring reception in early May.

The Richard Maxwell prize for Translation and Translation Studies commemorates the scholarly and pedagogical legacy of Richard Maxwell (1948-2010), an exceptionally wide-ranging undergraduate teacher, scholar and critic. He was an historian of the novel, of visual culture, and of urban life, and a critic of poetry and film.  Moreover, during his final illness he dictated an experimental novel about architectural, literary, and film life in 1950s Los Angeles. Richard Maxwell believed deeply in the discipline of Comparative Literature and the ideal of world literature, and he championed his Yale students as aspiring translators, critics, and writers.

Theron Rockwell Field, 1889S (1957)

Field, Theron Rockwell, Writing

THERON ROCKWELL FIELD, 1889S (1957). Emilia R. (Mrs. Theron Rockwell) Field in memory of her husband. To be used for a yearly prize in poetry, literature, or religion. Open to any student enrolled in the University for a degree. Entries must be submitted to the Secretary’s Office, Woodbridge Hall, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15.

Townsend Premiums (1843)

Debating and Public Speaking

TOWNSEND PREMIUMS (1843). Isaac H. Townsend, B.A. 1822. Awarded to seniors participating in the DeForest Prize-Speaking Contest.

Vincent Dyckman Andrus, Class of 1938, Memorial (1963)

History of Art

VINCENT DYCKMAN ANDRUS, CLASS OF 1938, MEMORIAL (1963). Dorelle Moulton (Mrs. Vincent Dyckman) Andrus, Moulton L. Andrus, B.A. 1962, V. Dyckman Andrus, Jr., B.A. 1963, Helen Palmer Andrus, and friends and associates of Mr. Andrus. For a prize for an undergraduate who presents the best essay on the history of American painting, sculpture, or the decorative arts.

Walker Prize in Chemical Engineering (1992)

Chemical Engineering

THE WALKER PRIZE IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (1992). Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Walker. Awarded yearly to a graduating senior for outstanding scholarship in the field of chemical engineering.

Walter Louis Ehrich Memorial (1938)

History of Art

WALTER LOUIS EHRICH MEMORIAL (1938). Anonymous donor in memory of Walter L. Ehrich, Ph.B. 1899. For an outstanding student in the History of Art, for the purpose of assisting and encouraging the recipient in the work of collecting objects of art for personal enjoyment.

Walter McClintock (1952)

Library

WALTER McCLINTOCK (1952). Walter McClintock, B.A. 1891, Curator of the McClintock Indian Collection in the University Library 1934-49. To be awarded annually for the best undergraduate essay on a topic in the history or culture of the North American West. For further information, consult the Curator of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Werner Bergmann (1961)

Chemistry

WERNER BERGMANN (1961). Members of the Yale faculty and students in honor of Professor Werner Bergmann. Awarded to the outstanding senior in the Chemistry Department.

William M. Massee (1972)

Economics

WILLIAM M. MASSEE (1972). William Massee. Awarded to a junior or senior majoring in economics whose overall record displays excellence and reflects a concern for the use of economic analysis in examining the problems that confront American and other economies.

William Pickens (1974)

African American Studies

WILLIAM PICKENS (1974). In honor of William Pickens, B.A. 1904. Awarded annually to the most outstanding senior essay in the field of African and African American Studies.

William R. Belknap (1872)

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Geology and Geophysics, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

WILLIAM R. BELKNAP (1872). William R. Belknap, Ph.D. 1869. Two awards in the natural history studies of senior year: one for excellence in biological studies, one for excellence in geological studies.

Williams (1961)

East Asian Studies

WILLIAMS (1961). Elizabeth Williams (Mrs. Dalton V.) Garstin, B.F.A. 1925, and Professor Kenneth Scott Latourette, B.A. 1906, in honor of Professor Samuel Wells Williams, M.A. Hon. 1877, and Professor Frederick Wells Williams, B.A. 1879, M.A. Hon. 1924. Prize or prizes awarded to an undergraduate senior(s) in any department at Yale University for an outstanding paper completed during the current academic year on a Chinese, Japanese, or Korean subject.

Winifred Sturley (1984)

History

WINIFRED STURLEY (1984). Richard A. Sturley, B.E. 1949, M.Eng. 1950, and Michael F. Sturley B.A. 1977, J.D. 1981, in honor of Winifred Sturley, M.A. Hon. 1955. Awarded to the student in the History Department who submits the best senior essay on a topic in English history.

Winston Trowbridge Townsend (1898)

English

WINSTON TROWBRIDGE TOWNSEND (1898). Judge William K. Townsend, B.A. 187l, in memory of his son, a member of the Class of 1901. A book prize for excellence in English composition in the freshman year. Consult the department for deadline.

Winthrop (1871)

Classics
Junior and Senior Prizes

WINTHROP (1871). Buchanan Winthrop, B.A. 1862. Awarded to students with the highest in competitive examinations in Greek and in Latin.

Wolfgang Leonhard Prize in Russian and East European Studies

History, International and Area Studies, Modern Languages, Russian and East European Studies, Social Sciences

WOLFGANG LEONHARD PRIZE IN RUSSIAN AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES. Established by the gift of James Leitner, B.A. 1975, the prize honors a distinguished former member of the faculty in Russian and East European Studies. Awarded to the senior who has written the most outstanding senior essay related to Russia or East Europe. Submission deadline: April 27, 2017, 3:00 p.m. Submit essays by email to Marianne Lyden and hand-deliver 2 printed copies to MacMillan Center/Council on European Studies, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, Luce Hall, Room 332.

Wrexham (1956)

Humanities

WREXHAM (1956). Manuscript Society (Wrexham Foundation, Inc.). For that senior who shall be judged to have written the best senior essay in the field of the humanities. Given in memory of Wallace Notestein, M.A. 1903, Ph.D. 1908, Litt.D. 1951. For further information consult the Yale College Dean’s Office.

Wrexham Prize (1992)

Economics, Political Science, Social Sciences

WREXHAM PRIZE (1992). Manuscript Society (Wrexham Foundation, Inc.), in memory of Senator Henry John Heinz III, B.A. 1960. For a senior essay or any major essay or piece of writing by an undergraduate in Yale College, in the field of the social sciences, politics, political economy and economics, and emphasizing the link between political and economic ideas, and analysis and public policy. For further information consult the Yale Dean’s Office.

Wrexham Prize in Music (1966)

Music

WREXHAM PRIZE IN MUSIC (1966). Manuscript Society (Wrexham Foundation, Inc.). To be awarded annually to that senior who, as a performer, has best exemplified the standards of Quincy Porter, B.A. 1919, Mus.B. 1921.