Lafayette honored 138 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation May 1 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions-engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Judge Alvin Yearwood '83

Judge Alvin Yearwood ’83

This year’s keynote speaker was Alvin Yearwood ’83, a judge in the New York City Criminal Court and acting Bronx County Supreme Court justice. After graduating from Boston University School of Law, he began his career working in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted rapists and child abusers in the Domestic Violence/Sex Crimes Bureau. He considers this some of the most important work of his career, as he helped pioneer the use of DNA evidence in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. An international affairs graduate, Yearwood has continued his involvement with Lafayette as a mentor and internship sponsor through Career Services and is a member of McDonogh Network steering committee. The College presented him with the Kidd Award for distinction in his career in 2014.

2016 Awards and Prizes

Africana Studies

  • Africana Studies Scholastic Award. Awarded to students, selected by Africana Studies program faculty, who have demonstrated academic excellence and potential for future leadership in American society.
    Benjamin Bulluck ’16 (international affairs), Washington, D.C. (Posse Scholar)
    Jethro Israel ’16 (Africana studies), Plainfield, N.J.
    Aubrey Jones ’16 (biology/international affairs), New Port Richey, Fla.

Anthropology & Sociology

  • Paul Bernon Memorial Prize in Sociology. Awarded each year by the faculty in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology to the graduating senior most outstanding in sociology.
    Barbara Olivier ’16 (anthropology and sociology), Brooklyn, N.Y. (Posse Scholar)

Art

  • Frederick Knecht Detwiller Prize. Awarded to senior art majors for distinguished work in art and art history.
    Mirielle Vasselli ’16 (art/psychology), Princeton, N.J.
    Lanxin Zhang ’16 (mathematics and economics), Chengdu, China
  • Thomas G. Yohe Memorial Prize in Studio Art. Awarded to a student who displays creativity in drawing and illustration.
    Madison Murray ’16 (art/Spanish), Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
  • Vivian B. Noblett Prize in Studio Art. Awarded to art majors—with preference given to students with an interest in studio art—who have demonstrated proficiency in painting and drawing and who show potential for future achievements.
    Coty West ’16
    Kaitlin Worden ’16 (art), Guilford, Conn. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)

Biology

  • Willis Roberts Hunt Biology Prize. Awarded annually to the senior biology students felt by the members of the department to be most deserving.
    Kathleen Robinson ’16 (biology), Pilesgrove, N.J.
    Mia Spitz ’16 (biology), Westfield, N.J.

Chemical & 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.
    Sean McSherry ’17 (chemical engineering), Doylestown, Pa.
  • American Institute of Chemists Award. 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.
    Greg Grewal ’16 (chemical engineering), Downingtown, Pa.
  • Carl J. Staska Prize. Awarded each year to a student who has demonstrated a degree of proficiency in chemical laboratory skills.
    John Hayden Jarboe ’16 (chemical engineering), Cincinnati, Ohio (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
  • Charles Duncan Fraser Prize. Awarded annually to the senior student who, in the judgment of the Department of Chemical Engineering, is best qualified for advanced work in materials science and engineering.
    Cassandra Uthgenannt ’16 (chemical engineering), Ringoes, N.J.
  • 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.
    Kristen Pogozelski ’16 (chemical engineering), Shamong, N.J.
  • Dr. E. L. Mcmillen-K. K. Malhotra ’49 Prize. Awarded to two juniors who have attained a high cumulative grade point average in chemical engineering and who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in the Unit Operations Laboratory.
    Tom Kovar ’17 (chemical engineering), Short Hills, N.J.
    Stephanie McCartney ’17 (chemical engineering), Abingdon, Md. (Excel Scholar)
  • Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society Award. Given to the outstanding senior chemical engineering major for achievement in chemistry.
    Kristen Pogozelski ’16 (chemical engineering), Shamong, N.J.
  • Lehigh Valley Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award. Presented to the seniors in the Department of Chemical Engineering who have compiled an impressive record in their undergraduate years in chemical engineering and who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in one or more extracurricular activities.
    John Hayden Jarboe ’16 (chemical engineering), Cincinnati, Ohio (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Michael Meshberg ’16 (chemical engineering), New City, N.Y.
  • Lehigh Valley Section of the ASM Award. Awarded annually to the students who have attained the most impressive record in the introductory materials course.
    Paige Adams ’16 (chemical engineering), Pine Beach, N.J.
    Maxwell Dixon ’16 (chemical engineering), Fair Haven, N.J.
  • Luther F. Witmer Prize. Awarded annually to the chemical engineering senior with the most outstanding accomplishments in materials science and engineering.
    Austin Bashline ’16 (chemical engineering), Hummelstown, Pa. (Excel Scholar)

Chemistry

  • 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.
    Eric West ’16 (chemistry), Raleigh, N.C. (Excel Scholar)
  • American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry. Presented to a senior chemistry or biochemistry major who has demonstrated excellence in organic chemistry based on a combination of research experience, coursework, and a desire to pursue a career in chemistry.
    George Riegel ’16 (chemistry), Wilton, Conn.
  • 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.
    Stavros Kariofillis ’17 (biochemistry), Easton, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
  • American Chemical Society Prize. Given by the Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society to the outstanding senior chemistry major for achievement in chemistry.
    Zachary Sporn ’16 (biochemistry), Athens, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis 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.
    Quang Bui ’17 (biochemistry), Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (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.
    Zachary Sporn ’16 (biochemistry), Athens, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis 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.
    George Riegel ’16 (chemistry), Wilton, Conn.
  • Carl J. Staska Prize. Awarded each year to a student who has demonstrated a degree of proficiency in chemical laboratory skills.
    Natalie Smith ’16 (chemistry), Ravena, N.Y.
  • Chemical Rubber Company Freshman Achievement Award. Presented to the most outstanding first-year student in general chemistry.
    Colleen McGovern ’18 (chemical engineering), North Wales, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
  • J. Hunt Wilson 1905 Prize in Analytical Chemistry. Awarded annually to senior chemistry majors with the highest ranking in courses and research in analytical chemistry.
    Sage Hartlaub ’16 (chemistry), Cumberland, Md. (Marquis Scholar)
    George Riegel ’16 (chemistry), Wilton, Conn.
  • Merck Index Award. Given to a senior for superior academic work in chemistry and promise of future excellence.
    Eric West ’16 (chemistry), Raleigh, N.C. (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.
    Stavros Kariofillis ’17 (biochemistry), Easton, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)

Civil & Environmental Engineering

  • B. Vincent Viscomi Civil Engineering Student Prize. Awarded to a civil engineering student based on demonstrated academic achievement and leadership during his/her first three years at Lafayette.
    Michael Yust ’16 (civil engineering), Richmond, Va.
  • Beavers Heavy Construction Scholarship. Awarded to upper-class students who have a professional goal of achieving a career in the heavy construction industry.
    Steven Berube ’17 (civil engineering), Shrewsbury, Mass.
    Dylan Hahn ’17 (civil engineering), Mattituck, N.Y.
    Jon Maschio ’17 (civil engineering), Ho Ho Kus, N.J.
  • Carroll Phillips Bassett Prize. Awarded annually to senior students deemed most outstanding by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
    Andrea Jacobs ’16 (civil engineering), Havertown, Pa.
    Chris Nelsen ’16 (civil engineering), Wayne, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Alexandra Willey ’16 (civil engineering), Brookfield, Conn. (Marquis Scholar)
    Michael Yust ’16 (civil engineering), Richmond, Va.
  • Charles Mattei and ASHE NE Pennsylvania Scholarship. Awarded to sophomores or above with a Northeast Pennsylvania residence studying Civil Engineering and are involved in campus programs and service to the community.
    Aliza Furneaux ’17 (civil engineering), Factoryville, Pa.
    William Schaeffer ’17 (civil engineering), Tower City, Pa.
  • Daniel P. O’Neil Memorial Prize. Awarded to engineering students pursuing senior projects such as individual research, honors work, or design projects and who are actively engaged with the arts and other co-curricular experiences.
    Chris Nelsen ’16 (civil engineering), Wayne, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Michael Yust ’16 (civil engineering), Richmond, Va.
  • Lehigh Valley Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Senior Award. Awarded to 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 (ASCE), Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (SEES), Engineers without Borders (EWB), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Tau Beta Pi, Chip Epsilon, etc., and strives for academic excellence.
    Chris Nelsen ’16 (civil engineering), Wayne, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Moles Scholarship 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.
    Colin Cavanagh ’16 (civil engineering), East Brunswick, N.J.
  • Moles Student 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.
    Mary Madden ’16 (civil engineering), Silver Spring, Md.
  • Russell C. Brinker Prize in Civil Engineering. Awarded to those juniors in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department who, in the opinion of that department’s faculty, are deemed most deserving on the basis of self-reliance, scholarship, and student activities.
    Michael Bennett ’17 (civil engineering), Berwyn, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Yuxiang Shen ’17 (civil engineering) Chengdu, China (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.
    Huy Nguyen ’18 (computer science) Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (Excel Scholar), (Marquis 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.
    Carly Trachtman ’16 (mathematics/economics), Allentown, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
  • J. H. Tarbell Award. Awarded to a student who demonstrates an understanding of financial operations and institutions.
    Morgan Miller ’16 (mathematics/economics), Cranford, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
  • 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.
    Madeleine Hart ’16 (economics), Lawrenceville, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award. Given to a graduating senior for excellence in accounting and for participation in college and community affairs.
    Robert Sacchetta, Jr. ’16 (geology) Mullica Hill, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Robert F. Hunsicker Educational Prize. Awarded to a student who has done meritorious work in the area of small-business studies.
    Noah Breininger ’16 (mathematics/economics), New Tripoli, Pa.

Electrical & 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.
    Robert Lowery ’16 (electrical and computer engineering), Aldan, 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 Bolognini ’16 (electrical and computer engineering), Flanders, N.J. (Marquis 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.
    Geoffery Nudge ’16 (electrical and computer engineering)

Engineering (Tau Beta Pi)

  • William G. McLean Tau Beta Pi Prize. Awarded annually to sophomore engineering students based on academic performance, campus citizenship, and professional orientation.
    Nick Whiteman ’18 (chemical engineering), Delmont, Pa.
    Danhui Zhang ’18 (mathematics), Beijing, China (Excel Scholar)

Engineering Studies

  • Charles L. Best Memorial Prize in Engineering Studies. Awarded annually to senior students who best exemplify the ideals behind the bachelor of arts in engineering degree and who have demonstrated leadership in the program.
    Kaitlin Geraghty ’16 (mathematics/engineering studies), Staten Island, N.Y. (Marquis Scholar)
    Joseph Ingrao ’16 (engineering studies/Asian studies), Bel Air, Md. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis 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.
    Leah Wasacz ’16 (English), Wall, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Gilbert Prize. Awarded annually to students who, in the judgment of the Department of English, have demonstrated superiority in English.
    Christine Calella ’16 (English/history), Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Marquis Scholar)
    Devon Clifton ’16 (English/women’s and gender studies), Stockertown, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    William Gordon ’17 (government and law/English), Barkhamsted, Conn.
    Sony Mathew ’17 (English), Philadelphia, Pa.
    Gabriele Rodriguez ’18 (English), Chicago, Ill.
    Rachel Rubino ’17 (psychology), Garden City, N.Y.
    Leah Wasacz ’16 (English), Wall, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
  • H. Macknight Black Poetry and Literature Prize. Awarded annually to the senior who submits the best poem or group of poems in a contest conducted by the Department of English.
    Christine Calella ’16 (English/history), Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Jean Corrie Poetry Prize. Awarded annually to a first-, second-, or third-year student who submits the best poetry in a contest conducted by the Academy of American Poets.
    Rachel Rubino ’17 (psychology), Garden City, N.Y.

Foreign Languages & Literatures

  • Edward R. McDonald Prize. Awarded annually to a junior or senior who has exhibited high academic achievement in the acquisition of a second language (other than English) and the study of its literature and cultural production (e.g., essay, poetry, film) either in the original language or in translation.
    Prisca Ratsimbazafy ’17 (environmental science/German), Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • 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.
    Brian Dierze ’16 (government and law/Spanish), Topsfield, Mass.
    Caroline Fay ’16 (international affairs), Sudbury, Mass.
    Anya Kelly ’16 (international affairs/Spanish), Quakertown, Pa.
    Victoria Polak ’16 (Spanish), Glen Rock, N.J.
  • Rado Pribic Prize in Advanced Russian Language. Awarded to a student who demonstrates excellence in advanced Russian language studies.
    Thomas Crocker ’17 (Russian and East European studies/government and law), Washington, D.C.
  • Rado Pribic Prize in Beginning Russian Language. Given in recognition of a student who demonstrates excellence and promise in beginning Russian language studies.
    Caroline Nawrocki ’18, Lansdale, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
  • James Alexander Petrie Prize in French. Awarded annually to students demonstrating a high degree of proficiency in French.
    Walter Burkat ’16 (anthropology and sociology/French), Belvidere, N.J.
    Amanda Furtado Sampaio ’16 (international affairs/French), Brasilia, Brazil
    Marc Grelsamer ’16 (psychology/French), New York, N.Y.
    Carl Vik ’16 (economics/French), Princeton, N.J.
  • George H. Catlin Prize. Awarded to the seniors with the highest averages in the study of the Classics.
    Zachary Leff ’16 (history), Cheshire, Conn. (Excel Scholar)
    Robert Lowery ’16 (electrical and computer engineering), Aldan, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Heather MacNeill ’16 (history), Lewiston, Maine (Marquis Scholar)
  • Rexroth Prize in German – Culture/Literature Studies Award. Awarded to students for meritorious achievement in German.
    Erin Kersten ’16 (biology/German), New Milford, Conn.
    Cullen Scheland ’17 (geology), Alexandria, Va. (Excel Scholar)
  • Rexroth Prize in German – Language Studies Award. Awarded to a student for meritorious achievement in German.
    Matthew Deorocki ’18 (history), Boxford, Mass.
  • Rexroth Prize in German – Outstanding Senior Award. Awarded to a student for meritorious achievement in German.
    George Thomson ’16 (history/German), Glenside, Pa.

Geology & Environmental Geosciences

  • 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.
    Cullen Scheland ’17 (geology), Alexandria, Va. (Excel Scholar)
  • Guy and Joyce Hovis Geology Award. Awarded annually to a student majoring in geology, who, by dedicated effort in a rigorous academic program, has achieved distinction in science and math throughout his/her academic career, or who has come to achieve such distinction through steady improvement. This award is given to a student who is seen by faculty as a potential partner in collaborative geoscience research or in recognition of research already accomplished.
    Emma Sosa ’17 (geology), Durham, N.H. (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.
    Dustin Morris ’17 (geology/physics), Lewiston, Maine (Excel Scholar)
    Jack Shaw ’17 (geology), Derby, U.K. (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.
    George Tillery ’17 (geology), Keller, Texas (Marquis Scholar)

Government & 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.
    Adam Broeckaert ’16 (government and law), Great Falls, Va.
  • 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.
    Andrew Keck ’16 (government and law), Palmyra, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
    Vanessa Milan ’16 (government and law/English), Easton, Pa.  (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Dante Piccolo ’17 (economics/government and law), Sewickley, Pa.

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.
    Jason Hill ’16 (neuroscience), North Plainfield, N.J. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    George Thomson ’16 (history/German), Glenside, Pa.
  • Colonel Wilson B. Powell ’32 Award. Awarded annually to the student who authored the best paper in an advanced history seminar in the previous calendar year.
    Michael Alexander ’16 (history), Gansevoort, N.Y.
  • Ludwig and Beatrice B. Muhlfelder Prize. Awarded to recognize a student who has made a significant contribution to the field of Holocaust Studies.
    Andrew Sager ’17 (biology), Vineland, N.J. (Excel Scholar)

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.
    Josh Arfin ’17 (mathematics), Palo Alto, Calif. (Excel Scholar)
    John Jamieson ’18 (computer science), Webster, N.Y. (Marquis Scholar)
    Huy Nguyen ’18 (computer science) Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (Excel Scholar), (Marquis 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.
    Andrew Eickemeyer ’17 (mathematics), Eastchester, N.Y.
  • Wesley S. Mitman Prize. Awarded to the graduating seniors most outstanding in mathematics.
    Jason Saied ’16 (mathematics), East Stroudsburg, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Brandon Strickland ’16 (mathematics), Mifflinville, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Dantong Zhu ’16 (mathematics), Beijing, China

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/her career.
    Atanas Angelov ’16 (mathematics/mechanical engineering), Plovdiv, Bulgaria (Excel Scholar)
  • Karl J. Ammerman Prize. Awarded annually to the “most deserving student” in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, selected by the faculty of the department.
    Raymond Sanzi III ’16 (mechanical engineering), Harrisburg, Pa.

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 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.
    Harvey Situ ’19, Arcadia, Calif.
  • Lafayette College President’s Award. Awarded annually to the outstanding cadets in terms of overall achievement measured by scholastic excellence, leadership, military performance, and extracurricular involvement.
    David McGriff ’18 (history), Flemington, N.J.
    David Sadvary ’19 (mechanical engineering), Wilkes Barre, Pa.

Music

  • John D. Raymond Music Award. Awarded annually by the Department of Music to a deserving music student.
    Ryan Dupuis ’16 (chemistry), Bethlehem, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis 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.
    Alexandria Battison ’16 (neuroscience), La Canada Flintridge, Calif. (Excel Scholar)
    Sally Trout ’16 (neuroscience), Seven Valleys, Pa. (Marquis 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.
    Alyssa Braver ’16 (government and law/philosophy), Warren, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)

Physics

  • Physics Department Scholastic Award. Awarded to an outstanding senior based upon an honors research project and on scholarship in and out of the classroom, as determined by a vote of the Physics Department faculty.
    Thomas Day ’16 (physics), Haddam, Conn. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)

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 a global environment, and exhibits potential for global leadership in the next generation.
    Edward O’Brien ’16 (policy studies), Lake Hopatcong, N.J. (Excel Scholar)

Psychology

  • Burton H. Cohen Memorial Prize. Awarded annually to a senior psychology major who has demonstrated the necessary inclination, intellectual curiosity, determination, and potential to become a dedicated, creative and selfless teacher. The term “teacher” is to be interpreted in the broadest sense of the word.
    Marisa Ferraro ’16 (psychology), Cheshire, Conn.
  • Herbert W. Rogers Psychology Prize. Awarded annually to the outstanding senior psychology major who is judged by the department to be the most deserving.
    Jenna Gowell ’16 (international affairs/psychology), Amherst, N.H. (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.
    Abdul Manan Bhat ’18
    (economics), Srinagar, India
    Emily Koenig ’18 (history), Carlisle, Mass.
    Clay Wegrzynowicz ’18 (government and law), New Enterprise, Pa.

Theater

  • I. Clinton Kline Prize. Awarded to the seniors who have demonstrated excellence in acting, directing, or technical theater.
    Kristin Curley ’16 (English/theater), Cinnaminson, N.J.
    Joseph Rothschild ’16 (English/theater), Topeka, Kan.

Women’s & Gender Studies

  • Professor Susan A. Basow Prize. Awarded to a graduating senior who has made a significant contribution to the field of women’s and gender studies.
    Nicole Harrison ’16 (English/women’s and gender studies), Westminster, Colo.

Special Awards

  • Benjamin F. Barge Oratorical Prize. 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.
    Vanessa Milan ’16 (government and law/English), Easton, Pa.  (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Cassidy Reller ’16 (government and law/philosophy), Fremont, Neb.
  • 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 engagement.
    Alexa Gatti ’16 (environmental studies/government and law), Whippany, N.J
  • David Bishop Skillman 1913 Library Prize. Awarded to a graduating senior library assistant who, by his/her exemplary performance, skill, and dedication, has enhanced the library’s educational role.
    Rebeka Ramangamihanta ’16 (economics/international affairs), Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Eleanor Winkey Prize. Awarded annually to the senior selected by the vice president for Campus Life from those who apply based on his/her undergraduate years of service to the residents of the Easton area community.
    Zachary Leff ’16 (history), Cheshire, Conn. (Excel Scholar)
  • Eugene P. Chase Phi Beta Kappa Prize. Awarded to sophomores who have demonstrated scholarship as first-year students.
    Cameron Darkes-Burkey ’18 (chemical engineering), Lebanon, Pa. (Excel Scholar)
    Olivia Dembiec ’18 (mathematics and economics), Westfield, N.J.
    Matthew Deorocki ’18 (history), Boxford, Mass.
    Oanh P. Doan ’18 (economics), Hanoi, Viet Nam (Excel Scholar)
    Sara Hayet ’18 (women’s and gender studies), Ocean, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    Andrew Hendry ’18 (electrical and computer engineering), Saylorsburg, Pa.
    Ian Miller ’18 (electrical and computer engineering), Manhattan, Kan. (Marquis Scholar)
    Huy Nguyen ’18 (computer science) Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (Excel Scholar), (Marquis Scholar)
    Ciara Regan ’18 (mechanical engineering), Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
    Adam Rosen ’18 (biochemistry), Trenton, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    Samantha Yu ’18 (computer science), Easton, Pa.
  • 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.
    Dante Piccolo ’17 (economics/government and law), Sewickley, Pa.
  • Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award. Awarded annually to a Lafayette senior either residing in the greater Lehigh Valley, or who graduated from a greater Lehigh Valley high school, who has made a significant contribution to Lafayette’s performing arts program while demonstrating academic achievement.
    Ryan Dupuis ’16 (chemistry), Bethlehem, Pa. (Excel Scholar), (Marquis 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.
    Jason Saied ’16 (mathematics), East Stroudsburg, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Carly Trachtman ’16 (mathematics/economics), Allentown, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Miranda Wilcha ’16 (environmental studies/anthropology and sociology), Stroudsburg, Pa.
  • Paul Tully Memorial Prize. Presented to the student who best exemplifies the progressive principles of social and political service—democratic ideals to which Paul Tully devoted his life.
    Sara Hayet ’18 (women’s and gender studies), Ocean, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    Edward O’Brien ’16 (policy studies), Lake Hopatcong, N.J. (Excel Scholar)
  • Posse Leadership & Engagement Award. This award is given annually to two senior Posse Scholars, one from N.Y. and one from D.C., who have made outstanding contributions to the Lafayette community through their engagement and leadership within the college and/ or surrounding communities through EXCEL Scholar work, internships, honors theses, research projects, community-based experiences, cocurricular activities, and campus-related work.
    Angelina Mercedes ’16 (English/film and media studies), Bronx, N.Y. (Posse Scholar)
    Camila Moscoso ’16 (biology/international affairs), Falls Church, Va. (Excel Scholar), (Posse Scholar)
  • 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.
    Tamar Jakeli ’17 (international affairs/philosophy), Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 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/her study in the health professions with a preference to a student who has demonstrated an interest in advancing global health and/or primary care.
    Aubrey Jones ’16 (biology/international affairs), New Port Richey, Fla.
  • David A. Portlock Study Abroad Memorial Prize. Awarded annually to an outstanding student who will benefit from studying abroad.
    Matthew Peters ’19 (theater), Lafayette, N.J.
  • 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.
    Brian Dierze ’16 (government and law/Spanish), Topsfield, Mass.
  • Study Abroad Good Citizenship Award. This award recognizes a student who has achieved a high degree of personal and intellectual growth as a result of study abroad, and who has given generously of his/her time and energy in support of the program, its director, and his/her classmates to ensure the quality and success of the study abroad experience for all involved.
    Othman Guennoun ’17 (mathematics and economics) Tangier, Morocco (Marquis Scholar)

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