Prizes & Awards Description
 
For more information regarding the listed awards, please contact the specific department or program. The winners of these awards will be published in the Commencement program at graduation.

 

Roy and Diana Vagelos Life Sciences and Management Program
CWiC

GENERAL

The Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award
The award will be given annually to a female member or members of the sophomore or junior class in the College in recognition of academic achievement and demonstrated service to country, community, or family. The award is intended to be used by the recipient for expenses incurred for a scholarly purpose related to her education, including-but not limited to-equipment, research, travel expenses, or unpaid internship. Application forms can be found on the CURF website at http://www.upenn.edu/curf/research/summer-opportunities/mazzatenta-award. Further information can be obtained from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk/6224. Proposals are due March 14.

Charles W. Burr Book Prize
A prize of $750 is awarded annually to an undergraduate in the College for the most interesting and intelligently selected collection of books purchased during the past academic year and reflecting general scholastic enthusiasm and interest. Any type of book, except books required for class, may be included, but there must be a definite objective in the collection that has been consistently pursued in the acquisition. The books required for outside reading in the field of the student's major subject may be included as part of the collection. Applicants should submit a list of books with a brief reason for the inclusion of each volume by Friday, March 2, 2012 to Angela Gilmore, The College, 120 Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th Street or email to: agilmore@sas.upenn.edu.

Abraham D. Cohn Prize
A prize of $750 is awarded annually to an outstanding student in the College. The award is based on a combination of academic performance, personal integrity, motivation, and service and contribution to the College community reflecting the highest standards of overall achievement. Students applying for this prize will also be considered for the College Alumni Society 250th Commemoration Award. Applicants should submit a resume and a separate essay describing their most outstanding contribution by Friday, March 2, 2012 to Angela Gilmore, The College, 120 Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th Street or email to: agilmore@sas.upenn.edu.

College Alumni Society 250th Commemoration Award
The College Alumni Society 250th Commemoration Award will be awarded annually in the amount of $750 to a student who creates harmony within the University and its communities. Students applying for this prize will also be considered for the Abraham D. Cohn Prize. Applicants should submit a resume and a separate essay describing their most outstanding contribution by Friday, March 2, 2012 to Angela Gilmore, The College, 120 Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th Street or email to: agilmore@sas.upenn.edu.

College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grants
Intended to support original research and scholarship in all fields by students in The College. Specific grants have been designated for—but are not limited to—projects in Classics, Design of the Environment, Economics, Humanities, Life Sciences/Biomedical Research, Psychology, Russian Studies, Urban Studies, and Theater Arts. Research is to be carried out during the summer or academic year following receipt of award. The titles of the grants funded with support from the College Alumni Society (CAS) are the: Ernest M. Brown, Jr., M.D.—CAS Undergraduate Research Grant; College Alumni Society Board of Managers and Presidents—CAS Undergraduate Research Grant; Allison Lazo Hallingby—CAS Undergraduate Research Grant; Ruth Marcus Kanter—CAS Undergraduate Research Grant; Kelson Family—CAS Undergraduate Research Grant; Kanta Marwah—CAS Undergraduate Research Grant; Mary L. and Matthew M. Santirocco—CAS Undergraduate Research Grant; and Cabanné C. Smith—CAS Undergraduate Research. Also intended to support original research and scholarship are: the Louis H. Castor M.D., C'48 Undergraduate Research Grant; the Millstein Family Undergraduate Research Grant, the Pincus-Magaziner Family Undergraduate Research and Travel Fund; the Dean's Endowed Research Award; the Goldfeder Family Undergraduate Research Grant; and the Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Research. Applications forms can be found at
http://www.upenn.edu/curf/research/grants/college-alumni-society-research-grant. Further information can be obtained from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk/6224. Proposals are due March 14 for Summer funding, and October 30 for Academic Year funding.

Frederick W. Meier, Jr. Prize
To be awarded to a student who has written the best undergraduate senior thesis by the Delta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

The Vagelos Fund
This award has been established to provide support for outstanding undergraduate research efforts. It provides modest grants to undergraduates to cover costs associated with their independent research activities. Appropriate expenses include -- but are not limited to - research supplies, subject fees, travel, and equipment time. Awards are made on a competitive basis by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and the Vagelos Fund Faculty Advisory Committee. Students from any of Penn's undergraduate schools and from any department or discipline are eligible. Application forms can be found on the CURF website at http://www.upenn.edu/curf/research/grants/vagelos-undergraduate-research-grant. Further information can be obtained from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk/6224. Proposals are due October 30.


The Rose Award
Outstanding research achievements by undergraduates may be recongized by an award from the Rose Undergraduate Awards Fund. All undergraduate research projects are eligible whether or not they have previously been funded by an undergraduate research grant. The criteria used in judging the projects will be their quality, originality, independence, and contribution to the field. Projects may be in any discipline or may represent an interdisciplinary effort. Application forms can be found on the CURF website at http://www.upenn.edu/curf/research/grants/rose-award. Further information can be obtained from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk/6224. Proposals are due by April 4.

Gelfman International Summer Fund
The Gelfman International Summer Fund has been established to create opportunities for personally enriching international research and/or service for students in the summer between junior and senior year. The Fund is expected to cover two or three students each summer. Penn juniors from any of Penn's undergraduate schools and in any discipline are eligible. Information can be obtained at http://www.upenn.edu/curf/research/summer-opportunities/gelfman. Deadline is March 14.

Penn Undergraduate Climate Action Grant
Penn's Climate Action Plan aims to keep Penn at the forefront of addressing global climate change by supporting undergraduate research in any academic field related to sustainability. Projects that lead to environmentally sustainable programs and policies, contribute to scientific innovations related to sustainability, or deepen our understanding of the social, cultural, artistic, and humanistic aspects of sustainability are encouraged, provided the research is conducted under the direction of a Penn faculty member. Projects in other related fields that support the goals outlined in Penn's Climate Action Plan are also welcome. Information can be obtained at http://www.upenn.edu/curf/research/grants/p-ucag. Deadline is March 14.

Joseph Warner Yardley Prize
In June 1877, Joseph Warner Yardley graduated as Valedictorian and Spoon Man. He died in August of 1877. In 1878, the members of the Class of 1877 established the Joseph Warner Yardley Prize in his memory. The Yardley Prize is awarded to the best thesis on political economy written by a member of the senior class in any undergraduate school at Penn. The Yardley Award is administered by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and awards are determined each April on a competitive basis. Seniors graduating in the Spring semester from any undergraduate school are eligible. Apllicants must be in good standing in the University of Pennsylvania community. There will be one awardee annually. Information can be obtained at http://www.upenn.edu/curf/research/grants/yardley-prize. Deadline is April 4.

Benjamin Franklin Society Award
Awarded annually to students conducting independent research at the University of Pennsylvania. Undergraduates in any school conducting research in any field are eligible. Funded by the Benjamin Franklin Society and awarded in conjunction with the annual January celebration of Benjamin Franklin's birth. Applicants must be in good standing in the University of Pennsylvania community. Students apply and are selected through CURF's general Fall grant application process. Deadline is October 30.

Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Challenge Award
Rewards the very best, motivated and advanced science students, who are getting the most from themselves and Penn.  The Award will pay the tuition and general fees in the third and/or fourth years for outstanding students majoring in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemistry or Physics, and submatriculating in Chemistry or Physics.

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COLLEGE OF LIBERAL AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

Association of Alumnae Continuing Education Award
Awarded annually to the undergraduate whose scholarship and personal qualities of leadership are regarded as being the most outstanding.

Ronald J. Caridi Award
Awarded annually to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies graduate who best exemplifies the uncompromising commitment to scholarship, hard work, and the life of the mind which the late Ronald J. Caridi embodied and shared with so many.

Linda Bowen Santoro Award
Awarded annually by the College of Liberal and Professional Studies to a graduating LPS student with unusual motivation and dedication in the pursuit of an undergraduate degree.

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CENTER FOR ADVANCED JUDAIC STUDIES

Louis Vederman Prize
Awarded annually as a travel award to a post-doctoral fellow.

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CENTER FOR AFRICANA STUDIES

The John Edgar Wideman Prize in Africana Studies
Named in honor of celebrated University of Pennsylvania alumnus, author and the first Director of the Afro-American Studies Program, this prize is awarded annually for the best undergraduate Africana Studies essay in literature or the arts.  Students are awarded $250.
 
The W.E.B. Du Bois Prize in Africana Studies
Named in honor of the renowned University of Pennsylvania sociologist and pan-Africanist, this prize is awarded annually for the best undergraduate Africana Studies essay in history or the social sciences.  Students are awarded $250.
 
The Sadie Tanner Alexander Prize in Africana Studies
Named in honor of Sadie Tanner Alexander, distinguished University of Pennsylvania alumna, this prize is awarded for a senior honors thesis of exceptional merit in Africana Studies.  Students are awarded $300.
 
The Raymond Pace Alexander Prize in Africana Studies
Named in honor of Raymond Pace Alexander, University of Pennsylvania alumnus, attorney, civil rights advocate and judge, this prize is awarded to an Africana Studies major or minor who has distinguished himself or herself academically, intellectually and in the area of leadership.  Students are awarded $350.
 
The Center for Africana Studies Distinguished Student Prize
This prize awards $500 towards graduate school expenses to an exceptional student who will pursue graduate study in Africana Studies.  For consideration, students should submit a one-page statement that discusses their proposed graduate study and research plans and a letter of support from a faculty member who is familiar with the student's work and graduate school plans.
 
All submissions and statements are due in the Center for Africana Studies office, Suite 331A, 3401 Walnut Street by Friday, March 30. Prize recipients will be announced on Friday, April 13.
 
For more information about these prizes or submission guidelines, please call the Center for Africana Studies at 215-898-4965 or email africana@sas.upenn.edu.

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AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER

Nnamdi Azikiwe African Studies Prize
This prize is awarded annually for the best Africa-related essay by an undergraduate in any of the social or natural sciences. Essays can be submitted either by a faculty member or directly by the student with an emailed endorsement by the faculty member. Papers completed in Spring 2011, Fall 2011, and Spring 2012, and not previously submitted for an African Studies prize are eligible for consideration. Please submit botha n electronic and hard copy to Faye Patterson, 645 Williams Hall, fayep@sas.upenn.edu. Deadline is Friday, March 30th.

Es'kia Mphahlele African Studies Prize
This prize is awarded annually for the best undergraduate essay on African literature (in any language, written or oral) or the arts. Essays on representations of colonial discourse on Africa are also welcome. Essays can be submitted either by a faculty member or directly by the student with an emailed endorsement by the faculty member. Papers completed in Spring 2011, Fall 2011, and Spring 2012, and not previously submitted for an African Studies prize are eligible for consideration. Please submit both an electronic and hard copy to Faye Patterson, 645 Williams Hall, fayep@sas.upenn.edu. Deadline is Friday, March 30th.

Sandra T. Barnes African Studies Prize
Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate African Studies student. Faculty should nominate students with a written statement to Faye Patterson, 645 Williams Hall, fayep@sas.upenn.edu, by Wednesday, March 21st .

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ANTHROPOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Department of Anthropology Prize
Awarded to the individual writing the best undergraduate thesis.  Please contact the department for more information.  The deadline for submission is Friday, April 2, 2010 by 5:00pm.

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ARCHITECTURE

Wendy Evans Traveling Scholarship
A scholarship to support summer travel for an undergraduate major in architecture.  Established by Wendy Evans Joseph, class of 1978.

John & Beatrice Wesley Memorial Prize
A cash prize awarded each year to a senior in the undergraduate major in architecture for excellence in architectural design.

Michael Yaron Prize
An annual cash prize awarded to a senior in the undergraduate major in architecture whose academic work has demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life in the City of Philadelphia.

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ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM

Dr. Rosane Rocher Prize
Awarded annually for the best undergraduate essay in Asian American Studies. Submit papers eletronically to Dr. Fariha Khan, fariha@sas.upenn.edu, by February 4, 2012. $300 Prize.

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BIOCHEMISTRY PROGRAM

Chair's Award
Awarded annually to the outstanding senior biochemistry major. Selection is made on the basis of academic excellence in course work and in the laboratory.

Founder's Prize
Awarded to the best poster presentation of senior year research results.

Helix Prize
Awarded annually to a senior in biochemistry on the basis of scholastic excellence, research accomplishments, and leadership in professional activities.

Hydra Prize
Awarded now and then to Biochemistry majors who are academically excellent and, because of curiosity and broad interests, demonstrate achievement in unexpected activities.

John C. Makris Memorial Award
Presented annually to a biochemistry major that has excelled in research and is pursuing graduate education in the field of molecular life sciences. It is presented in memory of John C. Makris, a 1982 biochemistry graduate of this program.

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BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR PROGRAM

Eliot Stellar Prize
This award was named after Dr. Eliot Stellar, a professor and provost at Penn, who was involved in the creation of the BBB Program. The candidates for this award are selected from the outstanding honors thesis presented at the BBB Student Research Symposium. The prize is awarded by a committee that considers the quality of the oral presentation as well as the overall quality of the candidate's undergraduate record.

Edward N. Pugh, Jr. Award
This award was named after the second director, Dr. Edward N. Pugh, Jr. who held the post for more than five years. Established in 1994, this award is awarded to a graduating senior for academic excellence.

Steven J. Fluharty Award

This award was named after the third director, Dr. Steven J. Fluharty who held the position as director for more than ten years. Established in 2006, this award is given to the student with the most outstanding poster presentation at the BBB Student Research Symposium.

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BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Neysa Cristol Adams Prize in Biology
Awarded annually to one or more outstanding Biology seniors. Prize includes cash award. Selection is made on the basis of academic excellence and research accomplishment, as demonstrated by the submission of an honors thesis in Biology. Students must also participate in the Symposium on Undergraduate Research in Biology (SURB), to be eligible for this prize. Contact the Biology Department Academic Office for further information.

Chair's Award for Excellence in Biology
Awarded to the graduating Biology major who has most distinguished him or herself by maintaining a high grade point average, conducting research, playing a leasdership role, or being active in serving other students and the department. The award includes a cash prize. This award is not presented every year.

Edna R. Green Award in Biology
Presented each Spring semester to the graduating female student who has maintained the highest grade point average in a challenging curriculum among the Biology majors in the senior class. The recipient is awarded a cash prize.

The Joseph Leidy Award for Research Achievement
This award recognizes creative research and experimental tenacity. Students must have credit for both BIOL 399 and 499 and participate in the Symposium on Undergraduate Research in Biology (SURB) to be eligible. The recipient is given a cash prize. This award is not presented every year.

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CENTER FOR PROGRAMS IN CONTEMPORARY WRITING

For more information on any of these prizes please call 215-573-CPCW (2729) or email writing@writing.upenn.edu.

Bassini Writing Apprenticeships in the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
Each Spring semester the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing will sponsor several Writing Apprenticeships under the supervision of several members of the faculty affiliated with Penn's writing programs. The apprentice and his or her faculty mentor will work together on a project that is at the heart of the mentor's work as a practicing writer and/or as a member of a professional writing community. The apprenticeships are one full semester in duration. Students chosen to be writing apprentices will receive one course credit (English 199) which can be counted toward the Creative Writing concentration within the English major, and/or as an elective within the English major for those who are not Creative Writing concentrators, and/or as an elective course toward graduation requirements for those not affiliated with the English major. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply, although juniors and seniors will be given strong preference. Application procedures and deadlines will be announced.

Eisenberg Literary Journalism Fellowships
The Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing sponsors a fellowship for writers of literary or "long-form" journalism. Of those who apply, tow or three students will be chosen. These students will set out to write a 4,000-word nonfiction piece of long-form journalism that is of publishable quality. These nonfiction articles should be ambitiously reported and written distinctively - that is, they will be judged on the merits of voice as well as substance, and should be suited for publication in a monthly or quarterly (e.g. THE ATLANTIC or comparable magazines) - the sort of article that has relevance and currency but can be read months or years later and will still be meaningful, not dated. The topic, in other words, should be timely but not merely of immediate importance. The project will begin in October and students will research, report, and write their stories through the winter and early spring. The deadline for completion of the pieces will be April 1. The Assigning Editor and the student writers will be featured in an event at the Kelly Writers House in late April. The work done is not for course credit; it is not an "independent study" project. Rather, this is a long-form nonfiction "assignment" enabled by a fellowship - a "freelance" writing "job" yet with guidance by an eminent editor and writer. The successful student writers chosen for the Literary Journalism Fellowships will receive an author's fee of $2500.00. Students chosen for the project who are unable to produce a publishable piece will receive the "kill fee" standard in the business--25%. For more: www.writing.upenn.edu/eisenberg.html.

RealArts@Penn Summer Internships
RealArts was created, in part, to integrate art-world practice into the intellectual life of the university. For 2011 we offer seven summer internships. Preference will be given to applicants who are juniors and sophomores. These are unique, special arrangements with the hosting entities. The interns will be introduced to the host of the internship personally and will be given real work to do at the company for which they are interning. Each internship includes a stipend of $2500 or $4000. For more information, please visit: http://writing.upenn.edu/realarts/.

The Critical Writing Program
For more information regarding the listed awards, contact the Critical Writing Program, 3808 Walnut St. , 215-573-2729, critwrit@writing.upenn.edu.

The Henry LaBarre Jayne Freshman Essay Prize
Awarded to the best essay accepted for inclusion in 3808: Journal of Freshman Writing. Essays must be written for a Critical Writing seminar and nominated by the faculty member who taught the seminar.

The Samuel P. and Ida S. Mandell Undergraduate Essay Contest
Awarded for the best essay by an undergraduate written for a course during the current academic year.

The Creative Writing Program
For more information regarding the listed awards, contact Greg Djanikian at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, 3808 Walnut St., 215.898-7347, djanikia@writing.upenn.edu.

College Alumni Society Poetry Prizes
Awarded for the best original poems by an undergraduate. Students are awarded $400 for First Place, $250 for Second Place, $150 for Third Place.

Gibson Peacock Prize for Creative Nonfiction
Awarded for the best creative nonfiction work by an undergraduate.

Judy Lee Award for Dramatic Writing
Awarded annually to a graduate or undergraduate student for the best script for stage, screen, television, or radio.

Lillian and Benjamin Levy Award
Awarded for the best review by an undergraduate of a current play, film, book, cd or performance.

Phi Kappa Sigma Fiction Prize
Awarded for the best original short fiction by an undergraduate.

Ezra Pound Prize for Literary Translation
Awarded for the best translation by a graduate or undergraduate student of poetry or brief prose passage from any language, ancient or modern.

William Carlos Williams Prize of the Academy of American Poets
Awarded for the best original poems by a graduate student.

The Kelly Writers House

The Kerry Sherin Wright Prize
The "Kerry Prize" is an annual award honoring the extraordinary achievement of Kerry Sherin Wright, Director of the Kelly Writers House from 1997-2003. The prize is awarded each spring by a representative committee of Writers House-affiliated writers, chaired by the Faculty Director, to a member of the Writers House Planning Committee or "hub" for a proposal for an event or project that best captures the aesthetic capaciousness and literary communitarianism that is a founding idea of the Writers House and the hallmark of Kerry's work as its Director. The amount of the prize is $1000, to defray the costs of putting on the proposed project or event, which will happen during the following fall semester. For more information: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/awards/kerryprize.php.

Writers House Junior Fellows Program
The Writers House Junior Fellows Program aims to encourage students who have made substantial use of the Writers House during their undergraduate careers to stay connected with the Writers House community shortly after they graduate, while they continue to do their own writing and explore the writing-related issues that engage them. The Kelly Writers House Junior Fellow receives, for the year, a grant of $500 to $1000 (depending on the funding year). He or she can accept this money in the form of an honorarium and/or use the money on creating programs for and at the Writers House, including honoraria for speakers or visiting readers, or paying expenses for a program or series that involves equipment, food, materials, etc. The only stipulation is that the Award year culminate in a project or a presentation that takes place at the Writers House for the benefit of the Writers House community. Applications are accepted late in the spring semester for the following year, and reviewed by a committee of members of the Writers House Planning Committee, and its Director. For more information see http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/awards/juniorfellow/.

Terry B. Heled Travel and Research Grant
To support research that will lead to a significant writing project, the winner of the Heled Travel Grant will receive $2,000 toward the costs of travel for research. The travel and research will be conducted during the summer (between mid-May and the end of August). Candidates who propose a trip of longer rather than shorter duration will be given priority, and candidates who propose to travel beyond North America will also get priority, but any travel plan--to any place, of any length--will receive serious consideration based on the quality of the project. For more information, please visit: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/awards/heled/.

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CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT

Alpha Chi Sigma Award
Given to the outstanding member of the graduating class in chemistry or chemical engineering. The basis of the award is scholarship, personality, and activities. Selection is made by the faculty of the Chemistry Department.

American Chemical Society Award
Established by the Philadelphia Section of that society, the award is given annually to a senior in chemistry and in chemical engineering on the basis of scholastic excellence and demonstrated leadership in professional activities upon recommendation of the faculties concerned.

American Institute of Chemists Medal Award
Established by the Philadelphia Chapter of that society, the award is given annually to the outstanding young man or woman in the graduating class in chemistry and in chemical engineering upon recommendation of the faculty of these departments.

Chemical Rubber Company Freshman Chemistry Award
Awarded annually to the outstanding freshman in the Chemistry Department.

Hypercube Award
Hypercube Inc. annually awards a copy of the HyperChem molecular modeling software and a small commemorative plaque. Selection criteria include academic excellence and future graduate studies in chemistry or biochemistry. Alternatively it may be awarded to the student with the greatest potential for using molecular modeling software in his/her future career. Award: HyperChem software ($995 value) and a commemorative plaque.

Merck and Company, Inc. Award
Annually awards a copy of the Merck index to a senior chemistry major who has shown outstanding scholastic achievement in chemistry upon recommendation of the faculty of the Chemistry Department.

John G. Miller Award in Chemistry
Established in memory of Professor John G. Miller, the award is given annually by the Chemistry Graduate Group for the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in a given academic year. The award is $500.

Priestley Club Prize
Founded by the Priestley Club, the prize is offered each year in the form of a cash award to the member of the graduating class in chemistry whose work for that year is most satisfactory.

Lilly Undergraduate Summer Organic Chemistry Research Fellowship
Awarded annually to a chemistry major for summer research in organic chemistry following the sophomore or junior year. The award consists of a $4000 stipend and $1000 for research supplies. Applications should be made jointly by the student and research supervisor, and submitted to the Chemistry Undergraduate Office. The deadline is generally in mid-March.

Wyeth-Joullie' Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Awarded annually to a chemistry major for research during the junior or senior year. The $5000 fellowship can be used for supplies, travel, or stipend as determined by the research supervisor. Applications should be made jointly by the student and research supervisor and submitted to the Chemistry Undergraduate Office. The deadline is generally in mid-March.

Novartis Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Awarded annually to a chemistry major for research during the junior or senior year. The $5000 fellowship can be used for supplies, travel, or stipend as determined by the research supervisor. Applications should be made jointly by the student and research supervisor and submitted to the Chemistry Undergraduate Office. The deadline is generally in mid-March.

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CINEMA STUDIES

Cinema Studies Prize for Best Senior Thesis
Awarded for the best senior thesis written by a Cinema Studies major. The award is $500.

Prize for Best Essay in Cinema Studies Course
Awarded for the best research paper written in a Cinema Studies course. The award is $500.

Cinema Studies Screenwriting Award
Awarded for the best screenplay written by an undergraduate. The award is $500.

Cinema Studies Student Activity Award
Awarded for outstanding extracurricular service to the Cinema Studies program and to cinema and media culture at Penn. The award is $500.

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CLASSICAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

George Allen Memorial Prizes
This year the Department of Classical Studies will offer two prizes, each $500, for juniors (one in Latin, one in Greek). Prizes will be awarded for the best performance on an examination in Latin and/or Greek. Students wishing to compete should notify James Ker (jker@sas.upenn.edu) in the Classical Studies Department by March 1st.

The Deparment may be able to offer up to two additional awards of $500 to be used for the purpose of travel during the junior year or during summer. Interested students should consult Prof. Ker by March 1st.

College Alumni Society Prize in Classics
Awarded to the outstanding graduating senior major. The prize is awarded upon recommendation of the Classical Studies faculty. The award is $400.

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COGNITIVE SCIENCE PROGRAM

College Alumni Society Prize in Cognitive Science
The College Alumni Society Prize in Cognitive Science will be awarded to the outstanding graduating major in the Program in Cognitive Science who, in the view of faculty members associated with the program, has most distinguished him or herself through a combination of academic excellence, research accomplishments, and/or other achievements contributing to the program's academic objectives. The award is a $400 prize.

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COMMUNICATION PROGRAM

Graduating communication majors are eligible for five awards, which are presented annually at the graduation ceremony for majors.

Honorable Walter H. Annenberg Award
Named in honor of the School's founding donor. This award is granted to the student who has strengthened and improved the University of Pennsylvania 's student community through his or her communication service activities.

Communication and Public Service ( Eisenhower) Award
This award recognizes a graduating senior who is part of the Communication and ublic Service program and has completed an outstanding thesis on a topic related to either public policy or public service issues.

George Gerbner Award
Honoring the School's former Dean (1964-1989) and presented to a graduating senior for the honors thesis that best demonstrates an original and comprehensive application of research skills and a thorough understanding of communication scholarship.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson Award
Honoring the School's former Dean (1989-2003) and presented to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point average in the major.

C. Nicole Dickerson Service to Community Award
Named in memory of the School's former undergraduate coordinator and granted to a graduating communication major who has made a significant contribution through public service to our neighbors in the West Philadelphia community.

Charles Morris Price Award
This award is to an outstanding graduating senior in the Communication major who in the view of departmental faculty has most distinguished him or herself through a combination of academic excellence, research accomplishments, and/or other achievements contributing to the department's academic objectives. The award is $500.

Phyllis C. Kaniss Award
The award is given in memory of Phyllis C. Kaniss, former Assistant Dean and Adjunct Faculty Member of the Annenberg School for Communication. It will be presented to a graduating communication major who has demonstrated a commitment to civic participation. The criteria for civic participation includes meaningful involvement in actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern. Involvement can include participation as an individual or as part of an organized community. Organizational involvement can include cultural, charitable, political, or government groups. Preference will be given to those participating in student government or working for student-run media such as The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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COMMUNICATION WITHIN THE CURRICULUM

Emerging Scholar Talks
A prize of $500 is given each year to an undergraduate selected to present his or her research in a CWiC-Emerging Scholar Talk. The program honors the selected student both for his or her research and for his or her ability to present that work orally to the Penn community. All undergraduates who are conducting research and who are interested in presenting it are eligible to apply. For more information, e-mail cwic@sas.upenn.edu.

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CRIMINOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Undergraduate Prize

Sellin-Wolfgang Research Prize
Awarded annually for the best senior thesis submitted by a criminology major that year. Theses must be submitted by March 27 to be considered for the prize. The award is $300.

Graduate Prize

Excellence in Applied Criminology Award
Awarded annually for the best research project among master of Science students.

Leadership in Criminology Award
Awarded annually to one or more MS/MA or PhD candidate who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities.

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EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

Undergraduate Prize
Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden Award
Presented each spring to the outstanding senior in environmental studies.

Henry Darwin Rogers Award
Presented each spring to the outstanding senior in earth science.

Elaine B. Wright Award
Presented earch spring to the outstanding senior who has shown excellence in applying environmental studies to community service.

EES Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Presented each spring to the outstanding senior who has shown excellence as a teaching assistant in the Earth and Environmental Science Department.

Graduate Prize
Institute for Environmental Studies Award
One Award Presented each spring to the outstanding graduate in the Master of Environmental Studies program and one to the outstanding graduate in the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences.

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EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES AND CIVILIZATIONS DEPARTMENT

Adele Austin Rickett Memorial Prize
Awarded for the best undergraduate paper on Chinese humanities. For more information, contact the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, 847 Williams Hall.

The E. Dale Saunders Council on Buddhism Prize
Awarded for an essay by a graduate student in EALC that has been selected by the Council committee as showing exemplary scholarship on a topic related to Japan.

The William R. LaFleur Memorial Prize
Awarded for the best undergraduate paper in Japanese Studies. For more information, contact the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, 847 Williams Hall.

The Rickett Prize in Chinese Studies
Awarded for the best graduate research paper in Chinese studies--supported by the W. Allyn Rickett Endowed Fund. For more information, contact the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.

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ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT

Undergraduate Prizes
Bernard Shanbaum Prize for Excellence in Economics
Awarded to the outstanding economics major in the graduating class. The prize is awarded upon recommendation of the faculty of the Economics Department.

Graduate Prizes
William Polk Carey Prize in Economics
A prize will be awarded by the Graduate Group in Economics for the best doctoral dissertation in a given academic year.

Hiram C. Haney Fellowship Award in Economics
For the best third year research paper completed in the past academic year.

Edwin Mansfield Teaching Prize in Economics
For the best performance by a recitation instructor in Introductory Economics.

David Cass/Beth Hayes Prize for Graduate Research Accomplishment in Economics
A prize is awarded biennially for the best research contribution (which may be a paper or dissertation) in the preceding two years in the Economics Ph.D. program.

Joel Popkin Graduate Student Teaching Prize in Economics
For outstanding teaching performance by a teaching assistant in economics.

Lawrence Robbins Prize
A prize is awarded at the end of each year to the student judged to be the best in the first year class.

Paul Taubman Memorial Prize for Empirical Economics Research
A prize is awarded each year for the best empirical study by a graduate student in the past year.

Sidney Weintraub Memorial Fellowship
This fellowship is awarded to an outstanding third or fourth year student whose research interest lies mainly in economic theory and/or the history of economic thought.

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PENN INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Undergraduate Prizes
Lawrence R. Klein Prize for Outstanding Research in Economics
Awarded to a senior for outstanding research in economics, upon recommendation of the faculty.

Simon Kuznets Fellowship Award in Economics
Awarded to two juniors with outstanding potential in economics, upon recommendation of the faculty.

Graduate Prize
Maloof Family Dissertation Fellowship in Economics
This fellowship is awarded to an outstanding student at the dissertation level.

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ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

Undergraduate Prizes
Phillip E. Goldfein Class of '34 Shakespearean Prize
Awarded for the best undergraduate paper on Shakespeare.

College Alumni Society Henry Reed Prize
Awarded for the best essay written by an undergraduate on the literature of the English Renaissance. The award is $400.

Dosoretz Prize
Awarded annually for the best essay written by a graduating senior English major.

L. Barry Pick Prize
Awarded annually for the best thesis assembled by a student in the English Honors Program.

Nancy Rafetto Leach P. Sweeten
Awarded annually for the best undergraduate essay on American literature.

For more information regarding the listed awards, contact Loretta Williams in the English Department, Fisher-Bennett Hall room 130, 898-7343, or e-mail loretta@english.upenn.edu.

 

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FELS INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENT

Academic Achievement Award
The Academic Achievement Award is presented to a Master of Public Administration candidate for outstanding performance in course.

Institutional Service Award
The Institutional Service Award is presented to a Master of Public Administration or Certificate candidate for outstanding dedication to the Fels community and the University of Pennsylvania.

John K. Parker Award
The John K. Parker Award is presented to a Master of Public Administration student who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to public and community service during his or her first year at Fels. It was established by Mr. Parker's classmates to recognize his especially distinguished career.

Poritzky Public Service Leadership Award
The Audrey Miller Poritzky Leadership Award, named in honor of Audrey Poritzky, a 2001 graduate of the Fels Master of Government Administration program, is presented to a Master of Public Administration candidate who demonstrates outstanding contributions to the community.

Stephen B. Sweeney Award
The Sweeney Award, named for the founding Director of the Fels Institute, is presented to a Master of Public Administration student enrolled in the part-time format who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to local government and public service.

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FINE ARTS PROGRAM

The Fine Arts Major Senior Award
Awarded to a senior fine arts major for overall outstanding performance.

The Fine Arts Chair's Award
Awarded to one or more seniors for outstanding work in the Senior Thesis Exhibition.

The Fine Arts Junior Award
Awarded to a junior fine arts major for overall outstanding performance.

The Lawrence Shprintz Fine Arts Award
Awarded to a fine arts major who will be traveling overseas to participate in a credit-awarding fine arts program.

Kelly Senior Research Grants
Awarded to Seniors pursing research for their thesis.  Awards are based on the merit of the proposal.

Kelly Family Fellowships for Fine Arts and Design Study Abroad
Awarded to Fine Arts Majors who will be traveling overseas to participate in a faculty approved credit awarding fine arts or design program.

Becky Young Photography Prize
Awarded to a fine arts major with a concentration in Photography for overall outstanding work in contemporary photography.

The Fine Arts Junior Photography Prize
Awarded to a junior fine arts major with a concentration in Photography for overall outstanding work in contemporary photography.

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FOLKLORE AND FOLKLIFE PROGRAM

MacEdward Leach Graduate Paper Prize Competition
The prize committee will consider graduate research term papers in the field of folklore which were written during the spring and fall 2004 semesters.  Deadline for final submissions is March 15.

Don Yoder Undergraduate Paper Prize Competition
The prize committee will consider undergraduate papers that were written in folklore/folklife classes during the spring and fall 2004 semesters.  Deadline for final submissions is March 15.

Kenneth S. Goldstein Award
Kenneth S. Goldstein was a long time Chairman of the Department of Folklore and Folklife who made folklore fieldwork the center of his scholarship. Each year the Graduate Program in Folklore and Folklife offers a graduate student an award for a fieldwork project. The deadline for a project proposal (no longer than 3 pages) is March 15.

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FOX LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Fox Leadership Award
Awards undergraduate students at Penn actively involved in creating positive changes in the university community and clearly demonstrate a transfer of his or her vision into implementation.

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GERMAN DEPARTMENT

Arthur M. Daemmrich and Alfred Guenther Memorial Prize
Awarded for outstanding achievement in German Studies .

Erich Friedmann Memorial Prize
Awarded for excellence in German studies.

German Society of Pennsylvania Prize
Awarded in recognition of excellence in German studies.

Adolph C. Gorr Delta Phi Alpha Prize
Awarded for excellence in first year German.

Amandus Johnson Prize
Awarded for excellence in Scandinavian studies.

Max Kade Foundation Prize
Awarded for excellence in German language and literature.

Henrietta M. Keller Prize
Awarded in recognition of high achievement in Germanic studies.

Adolf D. Klarmann Prize
Awarded for excellence in German and Austrian literature.

Daniel B. Shumway Prize
Awarded to a female undergraduate in German.

Otto Springer Prize
Awarded for outstanding achievement in German language and philology.

Petronella van Weezel Prize
Awarded in recognition of excellence in Dutch studies.

Workmen's Circle/Arbiter Ring Prize
Awarded for excellence in Yiddish studies.

C.F. Lauber Prize
The C.F. Lauber Prize is awarded for outstanding achievements in German studies by a freshman or sophomore.

Edward Ziegler Davis Prize
The Edward Ziegler Davis Prize is awarded for excellence in German Studies to an undergraduate student.

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HEALTH AND SOCIETIES PROGRAM

College Alumni Society Henry Reed Prize
Awarded to the graduating Health and Societies major who, in the view of the program's faculty, has most distinguished him or herself through academic excellence, noteworthy research, and/or other achievements contributing to the program's academic objective. The award is $400.

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HISTORY DEPARTMENT

 Lynn M. Case Prize
Awarded annually to the student with a major in history who presents the best senior honors thesis in European history.

Thomas C. Cochran Prize
Awarded annually to the student with a major in history who presents the best senior honors thesis in American history.

Hillary Conroy Prize
Awarded annually to the student with a major in history who presents the best senior honors thesis in world history.

The Captain Victor Gondos, Jr. Prize
Awarded annually for the best paper written by a graduate or undergraduate student in the field of American History (preferably military history).

Jack E. Reece Prize
Awarded annually to an undergraduate for outstanding non-Honors research paper in European history.

Adolph G. Rosengarten, Jr. Prize
Awarded annually to an undergraduate student for an outstanding paper or Honors thesis based on original research.

Martin Wolfe Prize
Awarded annually to an undergraduate for outstanding non-Honors research paper in world history.

Jeanette Nichols Prize
Awarded to an undergraduate for the best research paper in women's history or social history.

The Gussie Wachs Prize
Awarded annually to an undergraduate for outstanding non-Honors research paper in American history.

James V. Saporito Memorial Prize
Awarded annually to the Best Undergraduate Essay in Intellectual and Cultural History (with preference given to exceptional European history essays).

The Marvin and Sybil Weiner Travel Award
Awarded to an outstanding History major engaged in a significant research project in U.S. history from 1750-1865, especially those interested in the history of American democracy, citizenship, rights, and values.

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HISTORY AND SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

Society of the College Prize
Awarded for the best senior thesis written by an undergraduate in the Health and Societies or Science, Technology, and Society majors.

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HISTORY OF ART DEPARTMENT

College Alumni Society David M. Robb Prize
Awarded for the best honors thesis written by a senior major in the Department of the History of Art. The award is $400.

Latner Travel Fund
To be awarded to a graduate student in the History of Art for travel dissertation research.

Thune Travel Fellowship
Summer travel grant awarded to juniors who present the best proposal and study itinerary to carry out an independently generated project in connection with their studies in art history.

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS PROGRAM

College Alumni Society Prize in International Relations
Awarded to the outstanding graduating International Relations major who, in the view of the Program faculty and Directors, has most distinguished him or herself through a combination of academic excellence, research accomplishments, and/or other achievements contributing to the program's academic objectives. The award is $400.

The James Markley Distinguished Service Award
Named for International Relations Graduate James A. Markley (C'90) who was the founder of the International Relations Undergraduate Student Association(IRUSA).  It is given to the student who made the most significant contribution to the program in support of its academic and extracurricular activities.

The Bruce Newsome Leadership Award
Awarded to the International Relations major who best exemplifies and demonstrates leadership within the student body and in working with the Program's faculty and staff.

Norman D. Palmer Award
for Best Senior Thesis
Established by the International Relations Undergraduate Program, the award is given annually to the student submitting the best thesis in International Relations. It is named in honor of Dr. Norman D. Palmer, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and former chair of the International Relations Program who is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of international relations. Deadline for submission of thesis is March 25.

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CENTER FOR ITALIAN STUDIES

Amici Prize
The Amici Prize, in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded across the spectrum of Italian Studies to enable an undergraduate student to conduct a research project in Italy approved by a supervisor on the Penn faculty and customarily pursued in conjunction with one of the study-abroad programs in Italy with which Penn is affiliated. Applications supported by a letter from the projected supervisor are due on April 11, 2011at the Center for Italian Studies, 549 Williams Hall.

Salvatori Prize
The Center for Italian Studies offers annual research grants endowed by the late Henry Salvatori. These are stipulated for short-term research projects in any area of Italian Studies and are open to all graduate students and standing faculty at Penn. The awards are designed to support planned research with a definite program of endeavor: this means that general academic study or"fishing expeditions" in Italy will not be considered for funding, nor will requests to subvent the purchase of cameras or other equipment. The Salvatori awards are, howeer, broadly enough gauged in their intention that they can sponsor supplemental research expenses, incidental publication costs, and travel for research or for significant conference presentations not otherwise funded by the University. As the sum availabel is finite, the Center aims to distribute the awards for maximum utility: smaller requests are therefore encouraged. In past years an average of six projects have been supported across an array of academic disciplines. Requests should include a two-page proposal that deatils the specific prpose(s) of the gran, as well as an estimate of expenses, a program/timetable of study, and an indication of the applicant's leve of proficiency in Italian. Applications from graduate students should indicate the connection fo the project to dissertation research and should be supplemented by at least one letter of support from a standing faculty member in the most relevent department or program.

Upon completing their research, award winners are requested to present a talk about the activities conducted under the auspices of the Salvatori grant. The talk will be included in the Salvatori Research Papers Series adn will be advertised on the CIS website. Applications should be submitted in the form of a MS-Word document to: Dr. Fabio Finotti, Director, Center for Italian Studies italians@sas.upenn.edu. The deadline for Spring submission is October 20. The deadline for Summer submission is April 10.

Vittorini Prizes
The Vittorini Fund, administered by the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia, makes available five awards annually for students of Italian. All undergraduate students taking Italian courses, whether as electives or as part of a major or minor, qualify for the awards. A prize in the amount of $400 is awarded for the best essay written during the academic year for an Italian literature course (i.e. Freshman Seminars, Italian 80, Italian Cinema, electives at the 300 level or above). Faculty submit nominated essays to the Center for Italian Studies, 549 Williams Hall. Three other prizes are awarded: for excellence in third-year Italian to the student who has demonstrated the most significant achievement in post-proficiency courses in Italian Culture and Civilization and Business Italian (Italian 202, 208, and 213), in the amount of $300; for excellence in the second year of the study of Italian (Italian 130, 134, and 140), in the amount of $200; and for excellence in the first year of the study of Italian (Italian 110, 112, and 120), in the amount of $100. The Vittorini Fund may also make available a scholarship for an outstanding major in Italian or Italian Studies who plans to undertake further study in Italy . Nominations from instructors and faculty are due on March 17 at the Center for Italian Studies, 549 Williams Hall.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

The Lauder Institute Reginald H. Jones Research Prize

Awarded annually to a single outstanding research paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master's in International Studies degree. Papers are nominated by students' faculty advisors, and selection of the prize-winning paper is by committee of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. This prize includes a cash award of $2,000 for the winning paper, and $500 for the runner-up.

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JEWISH STUDIES PROGRAM

See award listing under Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Department of German, and Department of Religious Studies for other awards associated with the Jewish Studies Program.

Samuel and Esther Goldin Endowment Award
This annual prize recognizes an outstanding thesis or research paper in the field of Jewish Studies. Preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, but any senior research essay by a Penn undergraduate that reflects research in and deep engagement with Jewish texts, religion, history, literature, politics, or culture will also be eligible for the prize.

Three (3) hard copies as well as an electronic copy of each essay must be delivered to: Jewish Studies Program, 711 Williams Hall/6305 by Tuesday, April 3, 2012 no later than 12:00pm. Electronic copy should be sent to: jsp-info@sas.upenn.edu.

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LINGUISTICS DEPARTMENT

Henry Hoenigswald Prize in Linguistics

In memory of Henry Hoenigswald, late professor emeritus of linguistics, this prize, consisting of a book of the student's choice (up to $150 in price) on a topic in linguistics, is given to any student whose senior thesis is deemed by the faculty to have made a significant scientific contribution to the field. The prize has been made available from funds donated by alumni and friends of the department of linguistics.

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MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

Moez Alimohamed Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Teaching in Mathematics
Moez Alimohamed was a graduate student in the Mathematics Department who was a very successful and inspiring teaching assistant. The award, in the amount of $500, will be presented annually to a graduate student in the Mathematics Department who has displayed this same commitment to teaching. Nominations for this award can be made by undergraduates and should be sent to the Undergraduate Office at the Department of Mathematics, 4W1 David Rittenhouse Laboratory, or ugrad@math.upenn.edu.

Class of 1880 Prize
A first prize of $250 and a second prize of $150 awarded for the best papers in a special examination on topics appropriate for entering students (but excluding calculus).  The examination, which is open to all members of the freshman class in any school, will be given on Thursday, March 26 from 4:30 - 6:30PM in 4C6 DRL.  Applications to enter should be made to the Department of Mathematics, 4W1 David Rittenhouse Laboratory .

Mathematics Department Undergraduate Research Prize
Each year a prize of up to $250 will be awarded to the Penn undergraduate for the best project involving mathematical research. The amount of the prize will be determined each year by a Prize Committee appointed by the undergraduate chairman, and will depend on the projects submitted. All materials connected to this project should be sent to the Undergraduate Office at the Department of Mathematics, 4W1 David Rittenhouse Laboratory, or ugrad@math.upenn.edu.

The Carlitz/Zippin Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis
Leonard Carlitz (Ph.D. 1930) and Leo Zippin (Ph.D. 1929) were Penn Ph.D.'s in Mathematics both of who went on and had distinguished careers as Mathematicians. A fund honoring their memory and achievements provides for up to two cash prizes of at least $750 each to be given to graduating Ph.D. students in the Department of Mathematics every year.

The prize winners will be selected by the Mathematics Department's Prize Committee and will be awarded for best Ph.D. thesis (or theses, in case two awards are decided upon) in Mathematics in the year of the award.

Nominations and supporting materials should be sent to the Graduate Office at the Department of Mathematics, 4W2 David Rittenhouse Laboratory, or gradchair@math.upenn.edu by October 19, 2009

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MUSIC DEPARTMENT

David Halstead Music Prize
Awarded for the best original musical composition, vocal or instrumental, submitted by a graduate or undergraduate student in competition to the Department of Music.

Hilda K. Nitzsche Prize in Music
Awarded annually to one or more graduate or undergraduate students for excellence in a musical composition submitted during the year or for outstanding work in music during the academic year, or for an original and worthy composition of college music. Compositions must be submitted to the Department of Music.

Helen L. Weiss Music Prize
Awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student annually for the best vocal musical composition (any number of voices), with or without accompanying instruments.  Composition must be submitted to the Department of Music.

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NEAR EASTERN LANGUAGES AND CIVILIZATIONS DEPARTMENT

Judah Goldin Memorial Prize for Excellence in Advanced Hebrew Studies
The Judah Goldin Memorial Prize for Excellence in Advanced Hebrew Studies is presented annually to a student majoring in Hebrew & Judaica whose knowledge of Hebrew was acquired before coming to Penn and who excels in advanced courses studying Hebrew literature in the original. This prize is named for Judah Goldin (1914-1998), who was Professor of Post-biblical Hebrew Literature at Penn from 1973-1985.  

Moshe Greenberg Memorial Prize
The Moshe Greenberg Memorial Prize is presented annually to a graduating senior whose knowledge of Hebrew was acquired at Penn and who shows exceptional proficiency in the language. The prize is named in honor of Moshe Greenberg, Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures (from 1964-1970). While at Penn Moshe Greenberg taught Hebrew and Biblical Studies from 1954-1970 and wrote his textbook Introduction to Hebrew for teaching Biblical Hebrew. He then became Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem until his retirement in 1996. Professor Greenberg served as Yitzhak Becker Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at the Heberw University of Jerusalem until 2010.

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ORGANIZATIONAL DYNAMICS PROGRAM

Dr. Paul J. Korshin Award
Annually awarded to a Master of Science and to a Master of Philosophy graduating student who has shown outstanding scholastic achievement in coursework upon recommendation of the Organizational Dynamics graduate faculty.

Lois Ginsberg Award
This award is named for Lois Ginsberg, community development leader and former Associate Director of Organizational Dynamics. It is presented annually to a graduating student fromt he Master of Science or Master of Philosophy program who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and community development contributions.

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PENN HUMANITIES FORUM

www.phf.upenn.edu

Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Humanities Research Fellowships
Twelve awards ranging from $1500 to $2000 are awarded annually to promote undergraduate research in the humanities and to cultivate the importance of humanistic thought across all disciplines. Research projects address work related to the Forum's theme for the year in which the fellowship is awarded. Fellows meet in biweekly seminars and other informal gatherings and present their findings at the annual Undergraduate Humanities Forum Research Conference.

Full fellowship guidelines and the application are available on the Forum's website during each Call for Applications cycle(October-March). For details, please visit http://humanities.sas.upenn.edu/applications/uhf/cfa.shtml or call Jennifer Conway, the Forum's Associate Director: 215-898-8220. The next available fellowship cycle will be for the 2013-2014 academic year, when the topic of the Penn Humanities Forum will be "Violence."

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PENN PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S NETWORK (PENN PROWOMEN)

Alice Paul, Lynda Hart and Judith Seitz Rodin Awards
The Penn Professional Women's Network (Penn ProWomen), in collaboration with the Penn Women's Center, Focus, Women of Color, and the Women's Studies Program, sponsors three awards for undergraduate and graduate women students. The Alice Paul Award honors students who have made outstanding contributions to the community of women at Penn, the Lynda Hart Award acknowledges a woman student who has made an outstanding contribution to the artistic life of the Penn campus, and the Judith Seitz Rodin Prize for Innovative Leadership recognizes a junior or senior woman who has demonstrated innovative leadership through a program, service or scholarly activity.  For more information, see the Penn ProWomen webpage at http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/pwc/prowomen/ and/or Isabel Sampson-Mapp, President of Penn ProWomen, at sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu or 215-898-2020.

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PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT

Elizabeth F. Flower Undergraduate Essay Prize in Philosophy
A prize of $500 will be awarded at the end of this academic year for the best paper in Philosophy, submitted by any undergraduate, presently registered at the University of Pennsylvania as a regular student. All submissions must be received by Friday, 23 Marchh 2012. For more information, please contact Prof. Scott Weinstein, Interim Undergraduate Chair, Department of Philosophy, 433 Cohen hall, weinstein@cis.upenn.edu, (215) 898-8563. The Prize honors Elizabeth Flower, a distinguished teacher and scholar who taught Philosophy at Penn for nearly fifty years.

James F. Ross Undergraduate Essay Prize in the History of Philosophy
A prize of $500 will be awarded at the end of this academic year for the best paper in the History of Philosophy submitted by any undergraduate, presently registered at the University of Pennsylvania as a regular student. All submissions must be received by Friday, 23 March 2012. For more information, please contact Prof. Scott Weinstein, Interim Undergraduate Chair, Department of Philosophy, 433 Cohen Hall, weinstein@cis.upenn.edu, (215) 898-8563. The prize honors James Ross, a distinguished teacher and scholar who taught Philosophy at Penn since 1962 until his passing in July 2010.

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PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, AND ECONOMICS PROGRAM

College Alumni Society Prize in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Honors the outstanding graduating Philosophy, Politics, or Economics major who, in the view of program faculty, has most distinguished him or herself through a combination of academic excellence, research accomplishments, and/or other achievements. The award is $400.

Goldstone Prize for Academic Excellence
Awarded annually to the graduating senior in PPE with the highest cumulative GPA. The Prize includes a $500 award.

Goldstone Prize for Best Senior Honors Thesis
Awarded annually for the Honors Thesis that makes the most distinguished contribution to the interdisciplinary understanding of the fields of ethics, politics, and economics. The Prize includes a $500 award.

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PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT

Arnold M. Denenstein Prize
Provided from an endowment established by the family, friends and colleagues of Arnold M. Denenstein to honor his memory and his contributions to science. Awarded annually to a graduate student, judged by the Physics and Astronomy Department, who shows the most promise of becoming an outstanding experimental physicist.

Elias Burstein Prize
Awarded annually to a graduate student in Condensed Matter Physics judged by the Physics and Astronomy Department to have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the subject.

Herbert B. Callen Prize
Provided from an endowment established by the family, friends, colleagues, and students of Herbert B. Callen to honor his memory. Awarded to a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow judged by the Physics and Astronomy Department to have made a significant contribution to statistical physics.

Chair's Teaching Award
Given yearly to the teaching assistant who has, pre-eminently distinguished himself or herself in the carrying out of their instructional responsibilities.

William E. Stephens Memorial Prize Awarded
annually to the graduating physics major who has demonstrated, during the course of his or her undergraduate course work, the most promise for a successful career as a scientist based on overall performance in all aspects of the undergraduate program as judged by members of the Physics and Astronomy faculty.

Werner B. Teutsch Prize
Awarded annually to the graduate student who, by his or her performance in the first year courses, shows the most promise for outstanding achievement in research.

Thomas H. Wood Prize
Awarded annually to the undergraduate student in introductory physics who has demonstrated the greatest proficiency in assimilating the concepts of physics.

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Alvin Z. Rubinstein Memorial Award
Awarded annually for distinguished teaching by a Political Science graduate student. 

Philo S. Bennett Prize
Awarded annually for the best essay by an undergraduate on American politics or political theory. Open to all undergraduates, but Political Science honors theses on appropriate topics are automatically considered.

Leo S. Rowe Memorial Prize
Awarded annually for the best essay by an undergraduate in comparative or international politics. Open to all undergraduates, but Political Science honors theses on appropriate topics are automatically considered.

College Alumni Society Robert Holtz Memorial Prize
Awarded each year to the outstanding political science major. Faculty are invited to nominate graduating seniors and the selection is made by the Undergraduate Committee based on grades, courses taken, research completed, and other achievements in contributing to the Department's academic objectives. The award is $400.

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POPULATION STUDIES CENTER

Etienne Van de Walle Prize

Biennial prize in the Population Studies Center for the best graduate student paper in demography.

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PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT

The Morris Viteles Award
This annual award is given to a senior honors major for outstanding research. The award may be as large as $1,000, but multiple awards of smaller prizes may be given at the discretion of the Undergraduate Chair.

The John P. Sabini Undergraduate Award for the Study of Emotion, Character, and Responsibility
This $500 prize is awarded to a senior psychology major with an impressive undergraduate record and a specific interest in social  psychology, broadly defined.  Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated interests in the study of emotion, social motives, moral action and/or character from the perspective of social psychology, evolutionary psychology, analytic philosophy, moral philosophy, or the philosophy of mind.

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT

Israel Goldstein Award
$1,000 will be awarded to each of two Penn undergraduates who have completed research evaluating religion as a force of social progress in the United States. The project should ideally focus on Philadelphia and must have culminated in a paper. Projects that may be expanded into undergraduate honors theses are welcomed. The prize will be awarded at the end of the spring semester, 2006, and will be announced in the Commencement Program.  TO APPLY for the Israel Goldstein Prize, please send the following materials:
1. a cover letter describing your research project.
2. a current c.v.
3. a clean hard copy of your paper.
to: Professor Jamal Elias, Undergraduate Chair; Department of Religious Studies; 201Cohen Hall; 249 S. 36th Street / 6304, by Monday, March 10, 2008.  Questions may be sent to: jjelias@sas.upenn.edu, 215-898-5838, or sdunning@sas.upenn.edu, 215-898-5441.

Merle Saunders Schaff Memorial Award
This annual award of $500 is offered each spring for the best essay (or comparable expression) demonstrating creative thinking on any subject related to the archaeology of Ancient Israel or to Judaic religious thought through the Middle Ages.  A special prize of $1000 will be given for an appropriate essay in the area that led the donor to establish the prize, namely, connections between Celtic Christianity and the religious culture of the ancient Hebrews.  Essays should be submitted in hard copy to Talya Fishman in the Religious Studies Department, 201 Cohen Hall.  Questions may be addressed to: tfishman@sas.upenn.edu. Deadline: Wednesday, March 12.

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ROMANCE LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT


Clifton C. Cherpack Prize in French Studies
Awarded to a senior student majoring in French Studies who in the judgment of the faculty in the section has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field.  Faculty submit nominations to the Undergraduate Chair by Monday, April 3rd.

Lina A. Ruiz y Ruiz Memorial Award
Awarded to a junior student majoring in Hispanic Studies who in the judgment of the faculty in the section has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field.  Faculty submit nominations to the Undergraduate Chair by March 23rd.

Edwin B. Williams Memorial Award
Awarded to a senior student majoring in Hispanic Studies who in the judgment of the faculty in the section has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field.  Faculty submit nominations to the Undergraduate Chair by March 23rd.

Vittorini Prizes
The Vittorini Fund, administered by the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia, makes available five awards annually for students of Italian. All undergraduate students taking Italian courses, whether as electives or as part of a major or minor, qualify for the awards. A prize in the amount of $400 is awarded for the best essay written during the academic year for an Italian literature course (i.e. Freshman Seminars, Italian 80, Italian Cinema, electives at the 300 level or above). Faculty submit nominated essays to the Center for Italian Studies, 549 Williams Hall. Three other prizes are awarded: for excellence in third-year Italian to the student who has demonstrated the most significant achievement in post-proficiency courses in Italian Culture and Civilization and Business Italian (Italian 202, 208, and 213), in the amount of $300; for excellence in the second year of the study of Italian (Italian 130, 134, and 140), in the amount of $200; and for excellence in the first year of the study of Italian (Italian 110, 112, and 120), in the amount of $100. The Vittorini Fund may also make available a scholarship for an outstanding major in Italian or Italian Studies who plans to undertake further study in Italy . Nominations from instructors and faculty are due on March 17 at the Center for Italian Studies, 549 Williams Hall.

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SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES DEPARTMENT

Luba Zinkowsky Friedman Award for Excellence in Russian StudiesAwarded annually to an outstanding student of Russian Studies

Slavic Departmental Research Essay Prize
Awarded to the best undergraduate paper presented at the annual Slavic Department undergraduate conference, the Slavic Bazaar

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SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT

E. Digby Baltzell Thesis Prize
Awarded annually for the best senior thesis submitted by a sociology major that year. Theses must be submitted by April 7 to be considered for the prize. The award is $300.

Baltzell Dissertation Prize
Awarded annually for the best sociology dissertation submitted in the previous twelve months. Selection will be by a departmental committee that will review all sociology dissertations. The award is $350.

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SOUTH ASIA STUDIES DEPARTMENT

Holden Furber Prize
Awarded annually for the best undergraduate essay on any topic related to South Asia.  The award will be for $250 and competition is open to all students of the University of Pennsylvania.  Papers should be submitted to the Department of South Asia Studies, 820 Williams Hall, 36th & Spruce Sts./6305.  The deadline for submission of

South Asia Studies Summer Research Grants
The Department of South Asia Studies awards up to two research/travel grants (maximum of $2500 each) to support undergraduate research projects involving travel to South Asia during the spring and summer of each year. The deadline for application is March 15. Contact Sanjukta Banerjee, Administrative Coordinator, Department of South Asia Studies, 820 Williams Hall 215-898-7475 for details.

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URBAN STUDIES PROGRAM

Award for Commitment to Social Justice in the City
Participating in Urban Studies courses, students can hardly avoid discussions of the problems cities face and how to deal with these problems. This award goes ot the senior Urban Studies major whose on and off campus activities at the University of Pennsylvania went above and beyond the usual reflection on social inequities and whose future plans reflect dedication to addressing urban problems and to the principles of providing opportunity and voice for all urban citizens.

Award for Contribution to the Urban Studies Program
This award goes to the student who has contributed the most to the program through his/her involvement in Urban Studies activities, particularly through the governance board. Students selected for this award typically help pick the annual speaker, organize colloquia, and participate in outreach activities to the broader Penn and Philadelphia communities.

Norman Glickman Prize for the Best Senior Seminar Paper
In the senior seminar, Urban Studies majors write a paper based on original research about a topic of interest to them. Each year, the program recognizes the student whose paper reflects the highest standards of , including having a clear research question that is placed in the context of scholarly debate about a topic, using appropriate methods to answer the question, and writing in a clear and concise manner.

Hassenfeld Grants for Undergraduate Research in Urban Studies
The Hassenfeld Grants for Undergraduate Research in Urban Studies provide a small number of majors with the opportunity to carry out independent research on questions of significance in urban studies. This research can arise from student internships in community-based or public agencies or it may establish groundwork for their senior seminar projects. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

Urban Studies Jacques Gordon Public Service Internship
This public service internship supports the Urban Studies program philosophy of linking theory and practice and is meant to encourage students to pursue their interests in public service by working over the summer with non-profit or government organizations which otherwise could not afford to hire them.

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ROY AND DIANA VAGELOS LIFE SCIENCES AND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

The Robert L. Benz and Marie Uberti-Benz Family Prize in Life Sciences and Management
A prize to be awarded each year to a graduating senior from the Roy and Diana Vagelos Life Sciences and Management Program who has distinguished him or herself through extraordinary academic achievement and entrepreneurism. Established by the Robert L. Benz and Marie Uberti-Benz Family Prize Fund, this award includes a cash prize of $1,000.

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PROGRAM IN VISUAL STUDIES

Charles Willson Peale Prize in Visual Studies
The Program in Visual Studies awards the Charles Willson Peale Prize to outstanding senior majors who complete their senior thesis project with honors. It is given in memory of Charles Willson Peale, painter, naturalist, museologist, and one of the leading citizens of Philadelphia during the period of the early Republic.

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GENDER, SEXUALITY AND WOMEN'S STUDIES

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Senior Thesis Prize in Gender, Culture, and Society
A prize of $250 will be given each year for a senior thesis paper in the fields of Women's Studies and Gender Studies. During their senior year, all Gender, Culture, and Society majors write a thesis based on original research they carry out on a topic relating to gender. The prize, which recognizes the student paper of the highest quality, is named in honor of the distinguished historian Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, a founder of the Women's Studies Program at Penn.

Lynda Hart Prize in Gender and Sexuality Studies

A prize of $250 will be given each year for a senior thesis or seminar paper in the field of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) studies. Awarded in memory of Lynda Hart, Professor of English at Penn and groundbreaking scholar in feminist performance studies and queer theory, the prize recognizes original, rigorous scholarship by an undergraduate in any field of study.

Submissions for these two prizes are due in the Women's Studies office, 411 Cohen Hall, by Monday, March 23, 2009.


Students may contact the Women's Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center by calling 215-898-8740 or emailing program Co-Director, Demie Kurz, at dkurz@sas.upenn.edu for additional information about the prizes and submission guidelines..


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PROGRAM IN VISUAL STUDIES

Charles Willson Peale Prize in Visual Studies
The Program in Visual Studies awards the Charles Willson Peale Prize to outstanding senior majors who complete their senior thesis project with honors. It is given in memory of Charles Willson Peale, painter, naturalist, museologist, and one of the leading citizens of Philadelphia during the period of the early Republic.

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