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Student Awards 

 

College of Arts & Sciences

 
Department Awards
Anthropology
Anthropology Program Award
This prize is given to an Anthropology major senior who has done outstanding work in anthropological research
Art and Art History
Art History Research Paper Prize
This award is given for the best research paper produced on art history as judged by the faculty of the art and art history department.
Chemistry
American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry
Sponsored by the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry to honor a junior student for excellence in both lower- and upper-division analytical chemistry courses.
American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry
Sponsored by the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry to honor an undergraduate student with demonstrated excellence in inorganic chemistry and whose future plans include a career in chemistry.
American Chemical Society Polyed Award
Sponsored by the Polymer Education Committee of the American Chemical Society to honor outstanding achievement in the Organic Chemistry I, II, and III course sequence.
American Institute of Chemists Foundation Award
Awarded to an outstanding senior chemistry major in recognition of a record of leadership, ability, character, and scholastic achievement.
CRC Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award
Sponsored by the Chemical Rubber Company to honor a freshman student for outstanding performance in the General Chemistry I and II course sequence.
Professor Joseph F. Deck Award
Established in 1973, this award is given by the faculty of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry to the outstanding student majoring in chemistry or biochemistry who has excelled in studies and undergraduate research, extracurricular activities, leadership, and generous tutoring of fellow students, while maintaining a B or higher average.
Classics
Arete Prize (non-annual)
Established in 1997, this prize is given to the classics major or minor who writes the best single essay or research paper on a classical topic, as determined by the faculty of the Department of Classics.
Walter J. Kropp Prize
Established in 1997, this prize is given to the senior classics major who has attained the highest average in classics courses.
Communication
Communication Department Prize
Established in 1985 by alumni and friends of the department, this award is given by the faculty of the Department of Communication to the graduating senior who best meets the goals of the department—education of the mind, heart, and voice.
Handlery Prize
Established in 1947 by Mrs. Rose Handlery in memory of her son Raymond of the class of 1934, this prize is awarded each year to the graduating senior who has contributed most to the success of student publications at the University.
Edward Shipsey, S.J., Journalism Prize
Established in 1984 by Alfred Orr Kelly in honor of Edward J. Shipsey, S.J., this prize is awarded to the outstanding junior student who has made a commitment to a career in journalism.
Justin T. McCarthy Award
Established in 1976 in memory of Justin T. McCarthy, this award is given to the senior student who has excelled in oratory or other forms of public expression.
Ryland Prize
Established in 1897 by the Hon. Caius T. Ryland, this award is given to the winners of the annual Ryland debate. Focusing on current social and political issues, this public debate is held each spring and is judged by a faculty committee.
English
Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded in 1994 by Victoria Verga Logan and Frank Verga Jr. in memory of Tamara Verga, this prize is given to the undergraduate who writes the best group of poems (determined by an annual competition).
First-Year Critical Thinking and Writing Prize
Established by the Department of English in 1983, this prize honors the student who has written the best essay for a Composition and Rhetoric I class, as determined by a faculty panel.
Christiaan Theodoor Lievestro Prize
Founded in 2000 by Christiaan T. Lievestro, this prize is awarded to the senior English major whose portfolio of essays best demonstrates a sustained, improved, and/or versatile ability to think and write about complex literary, critical, cultural, rhetorical, or theoretical issues, as determined by a faculty panel.
McCann Short Story Prize
Established in 1894 in honor of Daniel M. McCann (B.S. 1884), this award is given by the Department of English to the author of the best unpublished short story, as determined by an annual competition.
Shipsey Poetry Prize
Established in 1954 by Richard W. Schmidt in honor of the late Edward Shipsey, S.J., this prize recognizes the outstanding contribution in the art of poetry, as determined by an annual competition.
Katherine Woodall Prize in Literary Criticism
Established in 1995 by the Department of English in honor of alumna and friend Katherine Woodall ’78, this prize is awarded to the senior English major whose essay best exemplifies analysis of literary texts and/or issues in literary theory, as determined by a faculty panel.
Environmental Studies
Lucky Hinkle Sustainability Award
This award was established to honor the memory of Lucky Hinkle, longtime University staff member who worked diligently to promote recycling on campus. This award is given to a graduating senior with a declared Environmental Studies or Environmental Science major who has made the most significant contribution to promoting a culture of sustainability at Santa Clara University and beyond, as determined by a faculty panel.
Ethnic Studies
Matt Meier Prize in Ethnic Studies
Established in 1994 in honor of Professor Matt Meier, a major contributor to the field of ethnic studies, this prize is given by the Ethnic Studies Program to the student who writes an outstanding essay/research paper on an ethnic studies topic. This prize is particularly awarded to seniors minoring/majoring in Ethnic Studies and Liberal Studies with an Ethnic Studies concentration.
History
McPhee Prize
An annual award established in 2007 through the generosity of Lulu and John McPhee for the best presentation of original historical research at the History Workshop as determined by the faculty of the Department of History.
Frederick J. Mehl Prize
An annual prize established in 1993 by the department in memory of friend and benefactor Frederick J. Mehl, B.A. ’74, M.A. ’75, this award is given to the student who writes the best senior thesis as determined by the faculty of the Department of History.
The Redwood Prize
An annual prize established in 1908 by the executive committee of The Redwood, this award is given to the student who writes the best essay on a historical subject as determined by the faculty of the Department of History.
Liberal Studies
Liberal Studies Academic Achievement Award
Established in 1995, this award is given to the senior liberal studies major with the highest overall grade point average at Santa Clara.
Pre-Teaching Awards
Established in 1995, these awards are given to the senior liberal studies students judged most outstanding in scholarship and professional service who plan to go on to careers in teaching.
Mathematics
Robert P. Balles SCU Mathematics Scholars Award
This award is given to the mathematics major entering his or her senior year with the highest cumulative grade point average in mathematics courses completed in the student’s first three years at Santa Clara University.
George W. Evans Memorial Prizes
Established in 1972 by the family and friends of the late George W. Evans II, professor of mathematics at Santa Clara University, these awards are given to the students placing highest in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. A third award is given to the student judged most outstanding in mathematical writing and research by a panel of mathematics consultants.
Freshman Mathematics Prize
Established in 1958, this annual award is given by the faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science to the freshman student who demonstrates excellence in mathematical study and achievement, determined by a competitive examination each spring.
Paul R. Halmos Prize
This prize is awarded to the senior student or students with an outstanding academic record judged to have distinguished themselves in mathematics or computer science beyond the standard coursework.
Military Science
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Award
Established by the Department of the Army at Santa Clara in 1973, this annual award is given by the faculty of the Department of Military Science to the cadet in a communications or electronics field who excels in academic achievement, demonstrated leadership potential, and meritorious contribution to the ROTC program.
Association of the U.S. Army ROTC Medal
Established by the Department of the Army at Santa Clara in 1956, this award is given by the faculty of the Department of Military Science to the junior cadet judged most outstanding in meritorious academic attainment, exemplary conduct, efficiency, and fidelity.
George C. Marshall ROTC Award
Established by the Department of the Army at Santa Clara in 1977, this award is given by the faculty of the Department of Military Science to the cadet judged most outstanding in military studies and leadership.
Superior Cadet Award
Established by the Department of the Army at Santa Clara in 1958, these ribbons are given by the faculty of the Department of Military Science to the cadet in each of the four years of training who consistently demonstrates potential qualities of an officer, outstanding performance of duty, and overall proficiency.
Modern Languages and Literatures
Geoff and Josie Fox German Studies Award
This award is given to cultivate and encourage students to learn the German language and to familiarize themselves with the German culture. Preference is given to students who have shown a consistent interest in German culture, who have an understanding of the experience, values, and traditions of Germanic speaking countries, and who have declared a major in German.
French and Francophone Studies Prize
Established in 2012, this prize is awarded for outstanding achievement in the study of French and Francophone literature and culture.
Celeste Fritchle Award
Established in 2003 by the friends and family of the late Celeste Fritchle, a longtime University staff member, this award is given by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to a junior or senior student with a declared major in modern languages and literatures who has excelled in the study of more than one foreign language.
Pancrazio Infantino Italian Award
This award is given to cultivate and encourage the pursuit of the Italian language and culture at Santa Clara University. It is given to students who have an understanding of the experiences, values, and traditions of Italian culture, primarily demonstrated by a declared major in Italian.
Richard F. Rebello Phi Sigma Iota Awards
Established in 1986 by the family of the late Richard Rebello, longtime University staff member, these awards are given by the Modern Languages Department to junior or senior language majors for outstanding accomplishments in the study of foreign language and culture.
Andrew I. Rematore Award
This award is given to graduating seniors with a declared major in Spanish Studies who have excelled in the major and plan to enter the teaching profession at the elementary or secondary level.
Jiri Toman French Studies Award
Established in 2007, this award is given to a graduating senior with a declared major (or second major) in French and Francophone Studies who has shown academic excellence and understanding in the study of French and Francophone language, literature, and culture.
Music
American Choral Directors Association National Choral Student Award
This award is given to a student who has been involved in continued participation in choral ensembles, has provided service to the ensemble and conductor, has demonstrated a high degree of choral proficiency and music literacy, and has contributed to the advancement of choral singing at the University.
Arrigo and Caterina Descalzi Prize
Established in 1990 in honor of Arrigo and Caterina Descalzi, this award is presented to the senior music student who, in the judgment of the faculty of the Department of Music, best demonstrates technical and artistic growth and dedication to the art of music.
Performing Arts
Charles Lampkin Award for Performance
This annual award, established in 1989 in honor of Charles Lampkin, the late actor and University artist-in-residence, is given to the junior or senior African-American student who has demonstrated excellence and commitment to performance in theatre, music, dance, or television.
Philosophy
Fallon Prize
Established in 1995 in memory of Timothy Fallon, S.J., by the faculty of the Department of Philosophy, this award is given to the junior student demonstrating outstanding achievement in the study of philosophy.
Sourisseau Prize
Established in 1956 by Eva Sourisseau in honor of her parents and family, this award is given by the faculty of the Department of Philosophy to the senior student demonstrating outstanding achievement in the study of philosophy.
Physics
David Blockus Award
Established in 2007 in memory of David L. Blockus, Ph.D., this prize is presented each year to the outstanding senior physics major, as determined by the faculty of the Department of Physics.
Carl H. Hayn Physics Prize
Established in 1997 by William and Katherine Duffy in honor of Carl H. Hayn, S.J., longtime physics professor at Santa Clara University. The prize is awarded annually to the most outstanding student in the sequence Physics for Scientists and Engineers I, II, and III as selected by the faculty who teach the sequence.
John B. Drahmann Prize in Physics
Established in 2001, this prize is awarded to the graduating senior physics major who best exemplifies the hard-working and earnest values of John B. Drahmann, longtime dean of sciences and professor of physics.
Political Science
The Amos Dana Award for Distinction in Public Service
This award honors excellent performance and personal growth through hands-on public sector experience, potential for success in a career or studies in the public sector, and/or outstanding research related to a public sector project.
Michael Shallo Prize
Established by the University in 1955 in honor of Michael Shallo, S.J., this award is given by the faculty of the Department of Political Science to the student judged most proficient in political science.
Psychology
Willhelm Wundt Award
Established in 1988, this award is given annually by the faculty of the Department of Psychology to the senior student who has excelled in scholarship, research, and service to the department.
Public Health
Public Health Science Senior Prize
Established in 2012, this award is given annually to a graduating senior public health science major who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement while actively and efficiently promoting community health through extracurricular activities.
Religious Studies
Catherine Bell Award
This award is given to junior religious studies majors for outstanding academic achievement.
The Joseph A. Grassi Social Justice Award
This award is given annually to the student who has demonstrated the greatest commitment to social justice.
Religious Studies Chair’s Recognition Awards
Established in 2012, this award is given to a religious studies major or minor who has exhibited outstanding academic promise and a commitment to the values of the profession.
Religious Studies Major Prize
Established in 1950 by the president of the University, this prize is given each year by the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies to the department major most proficient in all aspects of religious studies.
The Tennant C. Wright, S.J. Award for Outstanding Religious Studies Minor
Established in 2003, this prize is given each year by the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies to the department minor most proficient in the religious studies program.
Theodore Mackin Senior Thesis Award
Established in 2006 in memory of Theodore Mackin, this prize is given each year by the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies to the religious studies major with the best senior research paper.
Sociology
Witold Krassowski Sociology Award
Established by the department, alumni, and friends in honor of Professor Witold Krassowski, the first sociologist at Santa Clara University and the first chair of the department. The award is given to a senior sociology major who has written a sociological research paper in a sociology course that is considered of exemplary quality.
Theatre and Dance
Anna Halprin Dance Award
This award honors the extended creative and socially active career of Anna Halprin, a pioneer in the art of dance. This award is given to senior dancers who best exemplify excellence in dance and an awareness of community values while at Santa Clara University.
William H. Leahy Prize
Established in 1925 in honor of William H. Leahy by his wife and his brother James, this prize is awarded to the graduating senior who has made the greatest contribution to dramatic art at Santa Clara as determined by the members of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Women's and Gender Studies
Mary Gordon Prize
Established in 1992 in honor of Professor Mary Gordon, founder of the Women’s Studies Program and its first director, this prize is awarded to the women’s studies student who writes the best essay on a women’s studies topic.
Nina Liebman Essay Competition
This award recognizes the student who best addresses the general topic of women and creative expression. The essay is judged by the faculty of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.
 

Leavey School of Business

 
Department Awards
Accounting
Professor O. Robert Anderson Outstanding Student in Accounting Award
Established in 1973, this award is given in memory of Professor O. Robert Anderson, who taught accounting at the University. Awarded annually to the graduating senior accounting major judged outstanding in scholarship, leadership, and service by the faculty of the department.
Outstanding Student in Accounting and Information Systems Award
Awarded to the graduating senior accounting and information systems major recognized by the faculty of the department as having achieved high academic performance, possessing strong leadership skills, exhibiting a commitment to service, and demonstrating career potential for professional success in accounting and information systems.
Economics
Charles and Barbara Hazel Outstanding Student in Economics Award
In recognition of the contributions made by Charles and Barbara Hazel in the economics department, this award is given annually to the graduating senior economics major judged outstanding in scholarship, leadership, and service by the faculty of the department.
Finance
Outstanding Student in Finance Award
Awarded to the graduating senior finance major recognized by the faculty of the department as having achieved high academic performance, possessing strong leadership skills, exhibiting a commitment to service, and demonstrating career potential for professional success in finance.
Management
Outstanding Student in Management Award
Awarded to the senior management major who, through high overall grade point average, has demonstrated noteworthy scholarship, strong leadership, and managerial aptitude in co-curricular activities.
Marketing
Albert F. Bruno Outstanding Student in Marketing Award
Established in 1982 in memory of Albert F. Bruno by Albert V. Bruno and family. This award is conferred annually to the outstanding graduating senior marketing major on demonstration of scholarship, leadership, service, and career potential.
Operations Management and Information Systems
Outstanding Student in Management Information Systems Award
Awarded to the graduating senior management information systems major recognized by the faculty of the department as having achieved high academic performance, possessing strong leadership skills, exhibiting a commitment to service, and demonstrating career potential for professional success in management information systems.
 

School of Engineering

 
Department Awards
Bioengineering
Academic Achievement Award in Bioengineering
This award is given to the graduating senior by the faculty of the Bioengineering Department for achieving the highest GPA in the bioengineering graduating class.
Bioengineering Award for Research Excellence
This award is given to one or more senior undergraduate bioengineering students who have demonstrated excellence in research.
Outstanding Bioengineering Senior Award
This award is given to a senior by the faculty of the Bioengineering Department based on excellent academic standing, contribution to the department and school, and quality senior design project.
Civil Engineering
Edmund C. Flynn Memorial Awards
Established in 1981 by Mrs. Edmund C. Flynn in memory of her husband, these awards are given to the graduating civil engineering student presenting the best thesis and to the two junior civil engineering students with the highest scholastic averages.
Outstanding Civil Engineering Senior Award
Awarded to a senior by the faculty of the Civil Engineering Department based on excellent academic standing, contribution to the department and school, and quality senior design project.
Regan Memorial Award
Established in 1977 in memory of Patrick W. Regan of the class of 1947, this award is given to the outstanding juniors in civil engineering as determined by the faculty of the department.
Harold M. Tapay Award
Established in 1989, this award is given annually to a civil engineering student based on academic performance, financial need, and contributions to the school.
Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering Award for Technical Excellence
Awarded to those seniors who, in the judgment of the department faculty, have completed a capstone design project that is distinguished by an exceptionally high degree of technical and scholarly achievement.
Outstanding Computer Engineering Senior Award
Awarded to a senior by the faculty of the Computer Engineering Department based on excellent academic standing, contribution to the department and school, and quality senior design project.
Electrical Engineering
Academic Achievement Award in Electrical Engineering
This award is given to a graduating senior by the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department for achieving the highest GPA in the electrical engineering graduating class.
Outstanding Electrical Engineering Senior Award
Awarded to a senior by the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department based on excellent academic standing, contribution to the department and school, and quality senior design project.
Mechanical Engineering
William J. and Marijane E. Adams Jr. Awards
Established in 1990 by William J. and Marijane E. Adams Jr., one award is conferred annually to an outstanding mechanical engineering undergraduate student with financial need, and one award provides a stipend for an outstanding graduating senior in mechanical engineering to continue to graduate school at Santa Clara.
Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Senior Award
Awarded to a senior by the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department based on excellent academic standing, contribution to the department and school, and quality senior design project.
 

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