Lafayette honored 129 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation May 3 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisionsengineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

This spring, 46 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa fosters and recognizes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Outstanding students are eligible for election as juniors or seniors.

Lia Mandaglio Parifax ’08 was this year’s keynote speaker.

Lia Mandaglio Parifax ’08 was this year’s keynote speaker.

This year’s keynote speaker was Lia Mandaglio Parifax ’08, managing director of global initiatives at Out Leadership, a strategic advisory firm specializing in LGBT talent and business development. In 2011, she co-founded Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization mobilizing sports communities to advance LGBT equality. She also serves as an advisory board member of the Equality Card Project, an LGBT-focused philanthropic credit card, and as a research adviser for the Everest Project, a research collaborative investigating gender experiences in the workplace.

Parifax has been published in several of the world’s leading rhetoric and legal journals, has contributed to several opinion pieces in the Huffington Post and on CNN, and has served as an editor of the book Keys to College Studying: Becoming an Active Thinker. She and her husband, activist Hudson Taylor, were featured in Vanity Fair magazine’s Hall of Fame (March 2014) for their work as allies to the LGBT community.

Awards and Prizes in Engineering

  • William G. McLean Tau Beta Pi Prize. Awarded annually to sophomore engineering students based on academic performance, campus citizenship, and professional orientation.
    Michael Bennett ’17 (civil engineering), Berwyn, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Donald F. Othmer Award. Given to the junior majoring in chemical engineering who has attained the highest grade point average during his/her first two years.
    John Jarboe ’16 (chemical engineering) Cincinnati, Ohio (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
  • Carl J. Staska Prize. Awarded each year to a student who has demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in chemical laboratory skills.
    Ashley Kunow ’15 (chemical engineering) Montebello, N.Y.
    Elise Meade ’15 (chemical engineering) Merrick, N.Y. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
  •  Charles Duncan Fraser Prize. Awarded annually to the senior students who, in the judgment of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, are best qualified for advanced work in materials science and engineering.
    Yehou  Gnopo ’15 (chemical engineering) Northcliff, South Africa (Excel Scholar)
  • Donald U. Noblett Prize in Chemical Engineering. Given to a chemical engineering major based on high academic achievement, with outstanding promise of future excellence in his/her career.
    Lauren Hansen ’15 (chemical engineering) West Chester, Pa.
  • President Alison Byerly presents one of four awards to Emily Crossette ’15.

    President Alison Byerly presents one of four awards to Emily Crossette ’15.

    Dr. E. L. McMillen-K. K. Malhotra ’49 Prize. Awarded to two juniors who have attained a high cumulative average in chemical engineering and who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in the Unit Operations Laboratory.
    C. Barker Carlock ’17 (chemical engineering) Dallas, Texas (Excel Scholar)
    Aaliyah Shodeinde ’17 (chemical engineering) Lagos, Nigeria (Excel Scholar)

  • Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society Award. Given to the outstanding senior chemical engineering major for achievement in chemistry.
    Christopher Verni ’15 (chemical engineering) Medway, Mass. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
  • Lehigh Valley Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award. Presented to the seniors in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering who have compiled an impressive record throughout the undergraduate years in chemical engineering and who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in one or more extracurricular activities.
    Allyson Hill ’15 (chemical engineering) Coplay, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
    Bonnie Malhotra ’15 (chemical engineering) Piscataway, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Lehigh Valley Section of the ASM Award. Awarded annually to the student who has attained the most impressive record in the introductory materials course.
    Matthew Jouny ’15 (chemical engineering) Easton, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
    David Woods ’15 (chemical engineering) Landenberg, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
  • Luther F. Witmer Prize. Awarded annually to the chemical engineering senior with the most outstanding accomplishments in materials science and engineering.
    Long Nguyen ’15 (chemical engineering) Hanoi, Viet Nam (Excel Scholar)

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • B. Vincent Viscomi Civil Engineering Student Prize. Awarded to civil engineering students based on demonstrated academic achievement and leadership during their first three years at Lafayette.
    Leikune Aragaw ’15 (civil engineering) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Excel Scholar)
    Emily Crossette ’15 (civil engineering) Glenside, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
  • Carroll Phillips Bassett Prize. Awarded annually to senior students deemed most outstanding by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
    Leikune Aragaw ’15 (civil engineering) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Excel Scholar)
    Emily Crossette ’15 (civil engineering) Glenside, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
    Julia Kripas ’15 (civil engineering) Harrisburg, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Heather Hughes ’15 accepts the Louise M. Olmsted Prize in Ethics from Professor George Panichas.

    Heather Hughes ’15 accepts the Louise M. Olmsted Prize in Ethics from Professor George Panichas.

    Charles Mattei and ASHE NE Pennsylvania Scholarships. Awarded to a sophomore or above with a Northeast Pennsylvania residence studying Civil Engineering and are involved in campus programs and service to the community.
    Michael Bennett ’17 (civil engineering) Berwyn, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Billy Schaeffer ’17 (civil engineering) Tower City, Pa.
    Brian Skalla ’16 (civil engineering) Sparta, N.J. (Excel Scholar)

  • Daniel P. O’Neil Memorial Prize. Awarded to an engineering student pursuing senior projects (such as individual research, honors work, or design projects) and who is actively engaged with the arts and other co-curricular experiences.
    Leikune Aragaw ’15 (civil engineering) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Excel Scholar)
    Emily Crossette ’15 (civil engineering) Glenside, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
    Michael Ryan ’15 (civil engineering) Pottsville, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
  • Lehigh Valley Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Senior Award. An outstanding senior civil engineering student who has exhibited enthusiasm and leadership in one or more engineering related activities (such as but not limited to, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, Engineers without Borders, Society of Women Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, etc.) and strives for academic excellence.
    Emily Crossette ’15 (civil engineering) Glenside, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
  • Moles Award. Given to a student in engineering whose academic achievement and enthusiastic application shows outstanding promise of personal development leading to a career in construction engineering and management.
    Scholarship Award
    Hailey Votta ’15 (civil engineering) Levittown, N.Y. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Sarah Walko ’15 (civil engineering) Johnstown, Pa.
    Student Award
    Emily Wool ’15 (civil engineering) Great Neck, N.Y. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Russell C. Brinker Prize in Civil Engineering. Awarded to juniors in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who, in the opinion of the department’s faculty, are deemed most deserving on the basis of self-reliance, scholarship, and student activities.
    Andrea Jacobs ’16 (civil engineering) Havertown, Pa.
    Alexandra Willey ’16 (civil engineering) Brookfield, Conn. (Marquis Scholar)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Finley W. & Ethelwyne H. Smith Electronic Engineering Prize. Awarded annually to the electrical and computer engineering senior who has earned, at the end of the junior year, the highest cumulative average attained by any senior who is working for department honors with a project in the electronics or communications field.
    Haley Garrison ’15 (electrical and computer engineering) Glen Rock, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
  • J.J. Ebers Memorial Award. Given to a student, selected by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, based on high academic achievement and noteworthy professional interest in the field of electrical engineering.
    Daniel Zakzewski ’15 (electrical and computer engineering) Warwick, N.Y. (Excel Scholar)
  • Lawrence J. Conover ’24 Electrical Engineering Prize. Presented each year to a senior in electrical engineering upon recommendation of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
    Nicholas DiNino ’15 (electrical and computer engineering) West Hartford, Conn.

Engineering Studies

  • Charles L. Best Memorial Prize in Engineering Studies. Awarded annually to a senior who best exemplifies the ideals behind the engineering studies major and who has demonstrated leadership in the engineering studies program.
    Scarlett Jimenez ’15 (engineering studies) New York, N.Y.
    Colleen Way ’15 (engineering studies/German) Garden City, N.Y. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)

Mechanical Engineering

  • Carl G., Jr. ’67 and Deborah B. Anderson P’01 Mechanical Engineering Prize. Awarded to a mechanical engineering major on the strength of high academic achievement and promise for excellence in his or her career.
    Sinan Dundar ’15 (mechanical engineering) Istanbul, Turkey
  • Karl J. Ammerman Prize. Awarded annually to the “most deserving student” in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, selected by the faculty of the department.
    Helen Hutchens ’15 (mechanical engineering) Washington Boro, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)

Awards and Prizes in the Humanities

Art

  • Frederick Knecht Detwiller Prize. Awarded to a senior art major for distinguished work in art and art history.
    Kayla Metelenis ’15 (art/psychology) New York, N.Y.
  • Thomas G. Yohe Memorial Prize in Studio Art. Awarded to a student who displays creativity in drawing and illustration.
    Allison O’Donnell ’15 (art) Phoenixville, Pa.
  • Vivian B. Noblett Prize in Studio Art. Awarded to an art major—with preference given to a student with an interest in studio art—who has demonstrated proficiency in painting and drawing and who shows potential for future achievements.
    Genevieve Asselin ’15 (chemistry/art) Mendham, N.J.
    John Pellecchia ’15 (art) Mendham, N.J. (Excel Scholar)

English

  • Class of 1883 Prize. Awarded to a senior who, in the opinion of the faculty in the Department of English, has demonstrated excellence in English.
    Julia Campbell ’15 (English/Spanish) Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Gilbert Prize. Awarded annually to students who, in the judgment of the Department of English, have demonstrated superiority in English.
    Anthony Baker ’15 (English/computer science) Kensington, N.H. (Excel Scholar)
    Jaime Blackmon ’17 (French) Medfield, Mass. (Marquis Scholar)
    Christine Calella ’16 (English/history) Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Sean Cavanagh ’18 (English) Middletown, N.J. (Marquis Fellow)
    Devon Clifton ’16 (English/women’s and gender studies) Stockertown, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Daniel Mills ’15 (English/French) Folsom, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Kristiana Price ’17 (government and law) Ocean, N.J. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Alena Principato ’15 (English/art) Robbinsville, N.J. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Ivan Rudd ’17 (English) Oakland, N.J.
    Luke Wasacz ’16 (English/math) Wall, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
  • H. MacKnight Black Poetry and Literature Prize. Awarded annually to the student who submits the best poem or group of poems in a contest conducted by the Department of English.
    Julia Guarch ’15 (self-designed, capturing gender in the arts) Debary, Fla. (Excel Scholar)
    Allison Reich ’15 (English/art) Fairfield, Conn.
  • I. Clinton Kline Prize. Awarded to the seniors who have demonstrated excellence in acting, directing, or technical theater.
    Trudyann Buckley ’15 (biology/theater) East Stroudsburg, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
    Ryan Kraus ’15 (government and law/theater) Stamford, Conn. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Jean Corrie Poetry Prize. Awarded annually to first-, second-, and third-year students who submit the best poetry in a contest conducted by the Academy of American Poets.
    Christine Calella ’16 (English/history) Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)

Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • Edward R. McDonald Prize. Awarded annually to a junior or senior who has exhibited high academic achievement and enthusiasm in the study of foreign languages and literature or in the study of language translation.
    Nicholas Limburg ’15 (Asian studies) Rydal, Pa.
    Colleen Way ’15 (engineering studies/German) Garden City, N.Y. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
  • Frank Kline Baker Spanish & Latin American Civilization Award. Awarded annually to students who attain the greatest proficiency in the study of Spanish and Latin American civilization.
    Alexander Amador ’15 (international affairs/Spanish) Wilton, Conn.
    Jane Kuntz ’15 (psychology/Spanish) Villanova, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Emily Mulford ’15 (anthropology and sociology/Spanish) Green Village, N.J. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
  • James Alexander Petrie Prize in French. Awarded annually to students demonstrating a high degree of proficiency in French.
    Sharon Chen ’15 (international affairs/French) Norwood, N.J. (Excel Scholar)
    Susanna Kim ’15 (policy studies/French) Willow Grove, Pa.
    Daniel Mills ’15 (English/French) Folsom, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Anda Totoreanu ’15 (international affairs/French) Charlotte, N.C. (Excel Scholar)
  • Rexroth Prize in German. Awarded to students for meritorious achievement in German.
    Culture/Literature Studies Award
    Recep Celebi ’17 (math) Istanbul, Turkey
    Helen Hutchens ’15 (mechanical engineering) Washington Boro, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    George Thomson ’16 (history/German) Glenside, Pa.
    Languages Studies Award
    Khulganaa Buyannemekh ’18 (ppsychology) Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Outstanding Senior Award
    Colleen Way ’15 (engineering studies/German) Garden City, N.Y. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)

Music

  • John D. Raymond Music Award. Awarded annually by the Department of Music to deserving music students.
    Julia Campbell ’15 (English/Spanish) Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Michael Ryan ’15 (civil engineering) Pottsville, Pa. (Excel Scholar)

Philosophy

  • Louise M. Olmsted Prize in Ethics. Awarded to a student, who, in the judgment of the members of the Department of Philosophy, has done outstanding work in theoretical ethics, applied ethics, or a related field.
    Heather Hughes ’15 (philosophy) Rocky Mount, N.C. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)

Religious Studies

  • Rev. J. W. and R. S. Porter Bible Prize. Awarded annually to students judged by the Department of Religious Studies to have demonstrated high proficiency in the study of religion, based upon work done in their first and second years.
    Cavhanah Baht T’om ’17 (international affairs) Philadelphia, Pa.
    Nora Hand ’17 (French) West Linn, Ore.
    Matthew Rogalski ’17 (economics) Franklin Lakes, N.J.
    Madeline Zuschnitt ’17 (international affairs) Arnold, Md.

Awards and Prizes in the Natural Sciences

Biology

  • Willis Roberts Hunt Biology Prize. Awarded annually to the senior biology students felt by the members of the department to be most deserving.
    Mary Higgins ’15 (biology) Annandale, N.J. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)

Chemistry

  • American Chemical Society Division of Environmental Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Environmental Chemistry. Presented to a student who has demonstrated excellence in research, coursework and motivation in the study of environmental chemistry.
    Virginia Hoyt ’16 (environmental science) Lexington, Ky. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
  • American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry. Presented to a student who has demonstrated excellence in research, coursework, and motivation in the study of inorganic chemistry.
    Michael Robinson ’15 (chemistry) Derry, N.H. (Excel Scholar)
  • American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry. Presented to a senior chemistry or biochemistry based on a combination of research experience, coursework, and a desire to pursue a career in chemistry.
    Eugene Warnick ’15 (biochemistry) Hanover Township, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
  • American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry Award. Presented to the sophomore or junior chemistry major with the most outstanding performance in the first two semesters of organic chemistry.
    Zachary Sporn ’15 (biochemistry) Athens, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
  • American Chemical Society Prize. Given by the Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society to outstanding senior chemistry majors for achievement in chemistry.
    Samantha Zeiders ’15 (biochemistry) Mount Joy, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
  • American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry. Presented to the junior chemistry major with the greatest achievement in the study of analytical chemistry.
    Jason Devlin ’15 (biochemistry) West Middlesex, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
  • American Institute of Chemists Award (Biochemistry). Presented by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Chemists to a senior biochemistry major in recognition of his/her demonstrated record of leadership, character, and scholastic achievement.
    Jason Devlin ’15 (biochemistry) West Middlesex, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
  • American Institute of Chemists Award (Chemistry). Presented by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Chemists to a senior chemical engineering major in recognition of his/her demonstrated record of leadership, character, and scholastic achievement.
    Michael Robinson ’15 (chemistry) Derry, N.H. (Excel Scholar)
  • Carl J. Staska Prize. Awarded each year to a student who has demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in chemical laboratory skills.
    Michael Rockman ’15 (biochemistry) Chapel Hill, N.C. (Excel Scholar)
  • Chemical Rubber Company Freshman Achievement Award. Presented to the most outstanding first-year student in general chemistry.
    Sean McSherry ’17 (chemistry) Doylestown, Pa.
  • J. Hunt Wilson 1905 Prize in Analytical Chemistry. Awarded annually to the senior chemistry major with the highest ranking in courses and research in analytical chemistry.
    Dolcie DeGrandchamp ’15 (biochemistry) Dauphin, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Mai Nguyen ’15 (biochemistry) Hanoi, Viet Nam (Excel Scholar)
  • William Forris Hart ’27 Chemistry Prize. Presented to a junior or senior chemistry major for proficiency in organic chemistry and potential for further achievement in chemistry.
    Samantha Zeiders ’15 (biochemistry) Mount Joy, Pa. (Excel Scholar)

Computer Science

  • James P. Schwar Prize. Awarded annually in honor of James P. Schwar, professor of computer science from 1962-2000, to a deserving computer science student.
    Aaron Willey ’16 (math) Durham, Pa.

Geology and Environmental Geoscience

  • Arthur Montgomery Geology Award. Awarded annually to a student of high academic achievement and enthusiasm for geology, in honor of Arthur Montgomery, professor of geology 1951-75.
    Amanda Leaman ’15 (geology) Mount Joy, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
  • James L. Dyson Geology Award. Presented annually to students majoring in geology who, by academic achievements and character, exemplify the ideals by which James L. Dyson lived and worked.
    Christine Almer ’16 (geology) Whitehouse Station, N.J. (Excel Scholar)
    Caroline Ladlow ’16 (geology) Lancaster, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Alexandra Nagurney ’16 (geology) Amherst, Mass. (Excel Scholar)
  • Ted and Georgia Metropolis Prize in Geology. Awarded to a junior or senior geology major who has exhibited high academic achievement and demonstrated enthusiasm for geology and environmental geosciences both inside and outside the classroom and through service.
    Kristen Berger ’15 (geology/economics) Middletown, N.J.

Mathematics

  • Benjamin F. Barge Mathematical Prize. Awarded annually to first-year students or members of the sophomore class in recognition for excellence in mathematics. Students are selected after competition among the members of the class for meritorious solutions of original problems.
    Recep Celebi ’17 (math) Istanbul, Turkey
    Jason Saied ’16 (math) East Stroudsburg, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Dantong Zhu ’16 (math) Beijing, China (Excel Scholar)
  • Professor James P. Crawford Prize in Mathematics. Awarded to a student who has made a special contribution to the mathematics community at Lafayette by participating in, and providing leadership for, the co-curricular activities of the department.
    Dantong Zhu ’16 (math) Beijing, China (Excel Scholar)
  • Wesley S. Mitman Prize. Awarded to graduating seniors most outstanding in mathematics.
    Juan Posso Escobar ’15 (math) Corona, Calif. (Excel Scholar)

Neuroscience

  • William C. Rappolt ’67 and Walter Oechsle ’57 Neuroscience Prize. Awarded to outstanding seniors based on scholarship in the classroom and laboratory, and service to the major, college or community.
    Christopher Kelbaugh ’15 (neuroscience) Charlotte, N.C. (Marquis Scholar)

Psychology

  • Burton H. Cohen Memorial Prize. Awarded annually to senior psychology majors who have demonstrated the necessary inclination, intellectual curiosity, determination, and potential to become dedicated, creative, selfless teachers. The term “teacher” is to be interpreted in the broadest sense of the word.
    Makenzie Danis ’15 (psychology) Long Valley, N.J. (Excel Scholar)
    Li Guo ’15 (psychology) Wuhan, China (Excel Scholar)
  • Herbert W. Rogers Psychology Prize. Awarded annually to the outstanding senior psychology major who is judged by the department to be the most deserving.
    Chelsea Cutino ’15 (psychology/film and media studies) Hillsborough, N.J. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Li Guo ’15 (psychology) Wuhan, China (Excel Scholar)

Awards and Prizes in the Social Sciences

Africana Studies

  • Africana Studies Scholastic Award. Awarded to a student selected by Africana Studies Program faculty who has demonstrated academic excellence and potential for future leadership in American society.
    Ahmed Braxton ’17 (economics) Washington, D.C.
    Jethro Israel ’16 (math) Plainfield, N.J. (Excel Scholar)

Anthropology and Sociology

  • Paul Bernon Memorial Prize in Sociology. Awarded each year by the faculty in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology to the graduating seniors most outstanding in sociology.
    Margaret Frodell ’15 (anthropology and sociology/Spanish) West Islip, N.Y.
    Hollis Miller ’15 (anthropology and sociology/geology) Fort Washington, Pa. (Excel Scholar)

Economics

  • Department of Economics Award for Scholastic Excellence. Awarded to a student for outstanding academic performance in economics and business, and for leadership in departmental activities.
    Geraldo Pereira Neto ’15 (international affairs/history) Araxa, Brazil (Excel Scholar)
  • J. H. Tarbell Award. Awarded to a student who demonstrates an understanding of financial operations and institutions.
    Craig Scheuerle ’15 (economics) Gladwyne, Pa.
  • John H. Allen Prize. Awarded to the author of the best essay in public finance, as judged by a committee of the Department of Economics.
    Zachary Zweizig ’15 (economics) Reading, Pa.
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award. Given to a graduating senior for excellence in accounting and for participation in college and community affairs.
    Stephen Maggio ’15 (mathematics-economics) Franklin Lakes, N.J.
  • Robert F. Hunsicker Educational Prize. Awarded to a student who has done meritorious work in the area of small-business studies.
    Taylor McGinnis ’15 (economics) Glencoe, Ill.

Government and Law

  • Eugene P. Chase Government Prize. Awarded annually to the student who has, in the judgment of the Department of Government and Law, submitted the best written exposition in the field of political science during the academic year.
    Kristiana Price ’17 (government and law) Ocean, N.J. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
  • Minerva & Emil V. Novak Prize in Government and Law. Presented annually to students majoring in government and law based on overall excellence in academic work and citizenship in the campus community.
    Alyssa Braver ’16 (government and law/philosophy) Warren, N.J. (Marquis Scholar
    Connor Heinlein ’15 (government and law/philosophy) Dover, Mass.
    Kidane Kinney ’15 (international affairs) Staten Island, N.Y.

History

  • Class of 1910 Prize. Awarded annually by the Department of History to the senior students who have excelled in the study of history or in an allied field of humanities and who, in the determination of the department, manifest the greatest promise for responsible civic leadership and public service.
    James Klimek ’15 (history) Oakland, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    Christine Shanahan ’15 (history) Cranford, N.J. (Excel Scholar)
  • Colonel Wilson B. Powell ’32 Prize. Awarded to the student who authored the best paper in an advanced history seminar in the previous calendar year.
    Christine Shanahan ’15 (history) Cranford, N.J. (Excel Scholar)
  • Ludwig and Beatrice B. Muhlfelder Prize. Awarded to recognize a student or students who has or have made a significant contribution to the field of holocaust studies.
    Alexander Jarin ’15 (history/government and law) Newtown, Pa.

Policy Studies

  • Caine Scholarship for Global Leadership, Business, and Policy. Awarded annually to a Policy Studies major who demonstrates an understanding of public policy and business in global environment, and exhibits potential for global leadership in the next generation.
    Suzanna Kim ’15 (policy studies/French) Willow Grove, Pa.
    Abigail Williams ’15 (neuroscience) Sacramento, Calif. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)

Women’s and Gender Studies

  • Professor Susan A. Basow Prize. Awarded to graduating seniors who have made a significant contribution to the field of women’s and gender studies.
    Heather Hughes ’15 (philosophy) Rocky Mount, N.C. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)

Other Academic Awards and Prizes

Military Science

  • Lafayette College Leopard Award. Awarded to the first-year cadet who contributes the most to the advancement of Army ROTC at Lafayette College. The cadet must be academically in the top 10 percent of his/her ROTC class and in the top 25 percent of his/her academic class. The award is made possible through the generous contributions of Harry M. Jones ’66, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army retired.
    Michael Loftus ’18 (mechanical engineering) Newtown, Pa.
    David McGriff ’18 (history) Flemington, N.J.
  • Lafayette College President’s Award. Awarded annually to the outstanding cadets from each class in terms of overall achievement measured by scholastic excellence, leadership, military performance, and extracurricular involvement.
    David McGriff ’18 (history) Flemington, N.J.
    James Patterson ’15 (government and law) Saylorsburg, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)

Special Awards

  • Benjamin F. Barge Oratorical. Awarded annually to rising seniors or senior students who display competitive oratorical excellence while competing for the Lafayette College forensics and/or mock trial teams.
    Sharon Chen ’18 (international affairs/French) Norwood, N.J. (Excel Scholar)
    Ryan Monahan ’18 (government and law/philosophy) Cranford, N.J. (Excel Scholar)
  • Community-Based Learning and Research Prize. This award is given annually by the Center for Community Engagement to a senior who has made significant contributions to the community through course projects, an honors thesis, (Excel Scholar) work, or some other form of academic community engagemen
    Katie Graziano ’15 (psychology/English) West Easton, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
  • David A. Portlock Study Abroad Memorial Prize. Awarded annually to an outstanding student who will benefit from studying abroad.
    Barbara Olivier ’16 (anthropology and sociology) Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • David Bishop Skillman 1913 Library Prize. Awarded to a graduating senior library assistant who by his/her exemplary performance, skill, and dedication enhanced the library’s educational role.
    Alena Principato ’15 (English/art) Robbinsville, N.J. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
  • Eleanor Winkey Prize. Awarded annually to the senior selected by the Vice President for Campus Life from those who apply based on their undergraduate years of service to the residents of the Easton Area Community.
    Joshua Dodick-Sperber ’15 (government and law/Spanish) Scarsdale, N.Y.
  • Eugene P. Chase Phi Beta Kappa Prize. Awarded to sophomores who have demonstrated scholarship as a first-year student.
    Ha My Bui ’17 (economics) Hanoi, Viet N
    Andrew Eickemeyer ’17 (math) Eastchester, N.Y.
    Carli Jones ’17 (biology) Hillsborough, N.J. (Excel Scholar)
    Stavros Kariofillis ’17 (biology) Easton, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Molly Leech ’17 (anthropology and sociology) Tinton Falls, N.J.
    Sean McSherry ’17 (chemical engineering) Doylestown, Pa.
    Alison Mooney ’17 (mathematics-economics) Annandale, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    Steven Nesbit ’17 (neuroscience) Easton, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Kristiana Price ’17 (government and law) Ocean, N.J. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Megan Schmidt ’17 (engineering studies/film and media studies) Pottstown, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Jack Shaw ’17 (economics) Derby, United Kingdom (Excel Scholar)
  • James F. Bryant ’40 Excellence Award. Awarded to a junior student who meets standards of excellence, as did James F. Bryant, by demonstrating high academic achievement, lettering in at least one varsity sport, and showing noticeable and noteworthy evidence of community service.
    Samantha Potoczak ’16 (international affairs/film and media studies) Avon Lake, Ohio
  • Jeremy Saxe Award. Awarded to a graduating senior who best exemplifies the ideals of academic achievement and intellectual curiosity, personal engagement in the community, and a commitment to making the world a better place.
    Margaret Frodell ’15 (anthropology and sociology/Spanish) West Islip, N.Y.
  • Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley Performing Arts Award. Awarded annually to Lafayette seniors either residing in the greater Lehigh Valley, or who graduated from a greater Lehigh Valley high school, who have made a significant contribution to Lafayette’s performing arts program while demonstrating academic achievement.
    Trudyann Buckley ’15 (biology/theater) East Stroudsburg, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
  • Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley Scholarship Award. Awarded annually to Lafayette seniors either residing in the greater Lehigh Valley, or who graduated from a greater Lehigh Valley high school, who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.
    Katie Graziano ’15 (psychology/English) West Easton, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
    Matthew Jouny ’15 (chemical engineering) Easton, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
    James Patterson ’15 (government and law) East Stroudsburg, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
    James Pensack ’15 (history) Nazareth, Pa.
  • Paul Tully Memorial Prize. Presented to the students who best exemplify the progressive principles of social and political service—democratic ideals to which Paul Tully devoted his life.
    Erik Maxwell Jones ’15 (international affairs) Metuchen, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    Valerie Melson ’17 (neuroscience) Upper Marlboro, Md.
  • Professor Carolynn Van Dyke Prize. Awarded annually in honor of Carolynn Van Dyke, March Professor of English, to a student majoring in any subject (preference for computer science) to provide funds for a nontraditional learning experience.
    Noureen Abdel Rahman ’18 (engineering) El Doqqi, Egypt
    Dawit Blackwell ’17 (international affairs) Silver Spring, Md.
  • Study Abroad Good Citizenship Award. This award recognizes students who have achieved a high degree of personal and intellectual growth as a result of study abroad, and who have given generously of their time and energy in support of the program, its director, and their classmates to ensure the quality and success of the study abroad experience for all involved.
    Julia Brackup ’16 (international affairs) Yardley, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
  • The Mark I. Koshar, M.D. ’70 Award. Awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated commitment to a career in the health professions, performed commendably in the classroom and/or laboratory, and who will be furthering his or her study in the health professions.
    DaMarcus Ingram ’15 (biochemistry/French) Duncanville, Texas (Excel Scholar)

1 Comment

  1. Beatrice Washington says:

    Attended the conference in 2015 and found it a wonderful experience. Kudos to all the students who dedicated themselves to excellence.
    I was less thrilled by the keynote speaker, Lia Mandaglio-Parifax, whose life work seems to revolve around befriending those she believes to be discriminated against in general society, putting herself in their shoes,and advocating for them (whether they want it or not). She seems to decide what problem needs fixing, seeks out a remedy that suits what she deems wrong and walks away feeling “good” about the deeds that she performs.
    She spoke about seeing someone in a crowd that no one was speaking to, approaching that person, and engaging in a conversation to allay their aloneness.
    No one seems to be safe from this intrusive young woman as she stalks based on skin color, gender, handicap or whatever she deems sets one apart from the mainstream.
    Good luck to those who get caught in her cross-hairs.

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