Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department


The Religious Studies Prize
Awarded annually to the religious studies major and, from 2003-2007, the religious studies minor, whom the Faculty of the Religious Studies Department deem to have the most distinguished academic records in the study of religion.

Tennant C. Wright, S.J. Award for Outstanding Minor (Religious Studies Department)
This award is named in honor of Tennant Wright, S.J. It is awarded to the Religious Studies minor most proficient in the study of religion.

Theodore Mackin, S.J. Thesis Prize (Religious Studies Department)
Awarded annually to the student whom the faculty of the Religious Studies Department deem to have written the finest senior thesis. Named in honor of long-time theology professor who exemplified fine scholarship and deep concern for students' lives.

Catherine Bell Award (Religious Studies Department)
This award is named in honor of Professor Catherine Bell. It is awarded to Junior Religious Studies Majors for outstanding academic achievement.

Joseph A. Grassi Social Justice Award (Religious Studies Department)
Awarded annually to the student who has exhibited the greatest commitment to social justice. Inaugurated in 2003 to honor the retirement of a New Testament faculty member who exemplified the values of scholarship and service.

Cum Laude Awards (Religious Studies Department)
These awards are presented to majors and minors who have an outstanding academic record and/or have made significant contributions to the department, the college, and the University.

Disciple of Many Masters Award (Religious Studies Department)
Awarded anually to the student who has studied with the greatest number of faculty members in the Santa Clara University Religious Studies Department.

Many Faces of the Divine Award (Religious Studies Department)
Awarded anually to the student who has studied the greatest range of traditions offered at the Santa Clara University Religious Studies Department.

Keys to the Kingdom Award (Religious Studies Department)
Awarded anually to the students who pursue graduate studies in religion after graduating from our program.

Bodhisattvas in Training Award (Religious Studies Department)
Awarded to seniors who, out of a deep sense of compassion, have opened themselves up to learning and receiving from others to whom they will offer a year or more of direct volunteer service.

Pillar of the Temple Award (Religious Studies Department)
Awarded to the student who has made the greatest contribution to the life of the department through support of academic and extracurricular activities.

Theta Alpha Kappa Undergraduate Achievement Award
As of September 1, nominations for the 2010-2011 Undergraduate Achievement Award will be open. All chapters whose chapter number ends in the digits 5-9 (see below) are encouraged to select one student for this $100 Award; selection criteria are left to the discretion of the local chapter but might focus on overall academic excellence, chapter leadership, outstanding public service, or, in the case of a sophomore or early junior inductee, as an encouragement award toward continued excellence.

The Award is not competitive beyond the local level. To name an awardee, chapter moderators should send the student's name and current mailing address to the Treasurer: Bob Dunston, TAK Treasurer
Dept. of Religion
University of the Cumberlands
7989 College Station Drive
Williamsburg, KY 40769

Upon receipt of this information, an Award check will be issued directly to the student. Notice of the selected student must come from the chapter faculty moderator, either via regular mail on signed letterhead or via e-mail from the faculty moderator's institutional address. No e-mails from private service providers such as Yahoo, Gmail, etc., will be accepted.

The current policy is to offer the award to half the chapters each year. In the academic year 2010-2011, chapters ending in the digits 5-9 will name an awardee; in the next academic year (2011-2012), chapters ending in the digits 0-4 will name an awardee. See the list here to know your chapter's number.

Kathleen Connolly-Weinert Leader-of-the-Year Award
Given annually to a member of Theta Alpha Kappa in recognition of outstanding service to the society. The award was established in 1990 and is named in honor and memory of a former board member.


Discover Interns
The Discover Summer Ministry Internship program is designed to help students to explore the rewards and demands of working on behalf of communities of faith.

Donovan Fellows
The Donovan Fellowship provides students with a cash grant of up to $1,500 to encourage and support students who desire to deepen their understanding of social justice issues through a summer coummunity-based learning experience.

Arrupe Interns
The Arrupe Internship is designed for students who have particpated in several Arrupe Partnerships community-based learning experiences and who desire a richer and deeper experience in the community than the typical eight week commitment will allow.

Faith in Public Life Internships
Faith in Public Life is looking for interns to provide support to our strategic media and organizing operations. Interns will help compile the FPL News Reel-- a daily roundup of faith and politics news coverage, assist with special projects and research tasks, and contribute content for FPL's blog and social networking sites.

Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome, and a weekly stipend will be provided. Start dates are flexible.

To pursue the opportunity to work at the nexus of religion and politics in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, download more information and send a resume and cover letter to Jacintha Wadlington at

Commonweal Editorial Internship
Interns participate in the day-to-day work of the magazine and assist editors with research, proofreading, manuscript review, and other projects. Work schedules can be arranged to accommodate ongoing school commitments, and modest stipends are offered to help defray living expenses. Commonweal's office is on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline, as well as those who completed degrees in the past two years. We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate active engagement with the intellectual life of the Catholic Church and a commitment to journalism and writing.

Applicants should send a letter describing their interest, their religious background, and their familiarity with Commonweal, and should detail their academic and writing qualifications (including writing samples if relevant). We would like to hear from candidates by March 1, 2011. Correspondence or questions should be sent via e-mail to For more information visit


Nina Leibman Essay Competition
Undergraduate students are invited to submit essays and articles addressing the general topic of Women and Creative Expression. The essay or article might consider contributions made by women (or by an individual woman) to a particular creative field, including literature, fine or performing arts, or mass media. It might explore how women have been represented in a particular time period, genre, or medium, and how those representations could both reflect and shape a culture’s ideas and attitudes about women. The winning essay examines an issue of significance in a complex and thoughtful manner and will be characterized by clear, engaging, and graceful prose.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action.

Theta Alpha Kappa Albert Clark Award
The National Board of Directors of TAK invites entries for the 2011 Albert Clark Award, given annually to one undergraduate and one graduate student for the best papers in religious studies or theology, as judged by a panel established by the board. Each competition winner will receive a $500 award, and his or her essay will be published in the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa. Competition guidelines: The competition is open to any student currently enrolled in or graduated from a school with a TAK chapter, provided that the paper was written while attending that school. It is also open to alumni members of TAK. Papers may be submitted through TAK chapter moderators or independently. In either case, a cover letter should indicate the name of the entrant, the school, status as undergraduate or graduate, permanent mailing address, and mailing addresses to be used in the year of submission (2010) and after January 2011.

- Essays in religious studies and in all fields of theology are welcome.
- Only one essay per author will be considered. During the period that the essay is under consideration for publication in JTAK, the author asserts that it has not been published elsewhere and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
- All essays submitted will be considered both for the Albert Clark Award and for publication in the Journal.
- Papers should be double-spaced and should not exceed 20 pages, including endnotes, when typed in a 12-point font size. Shorter papers are acceptable.
- Author's name and school name should be identified in cover letter only - not on manuscript original or copies. The original and copies must be free of any information that may identify the author and may contain no comments by previous readers.
- A manual of style should be followed, preferably the Chicago Manual of Style.
- Deadline for submission is January 15, 2011.
- Winners will be chosen and notified of the judges' decisions in March 2011.

Send four (4) copies to:
Dr. Leo H. Madden, JTAK Editor
Department of Theology
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219


last updated 01/09/13


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