On this page, we recognize student scholars who have been awarded University or departmental awards and fellowships, membership in an honor society, or appointment to the Dean’s List.
University Honor Societies
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most esteemed academic honor society in the United States. Established in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The society embraces freedom of inquiry, and liberty of thought and expression.
The Lambda of Massachusetts Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was established at Clark University in 1953. Every spring, a select group of seniors who exemplify excellence in the arts and sciences, great character, and high potential are invited to join the chapter. Selection is made on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, demonstrated breadth and depth of studies in the liberal arts, intellectual curiosity and integrity, and tolerance for diverse views.
Members: Syed Absar Ali | Daniel Anisfeld | Matthew Beutler | Nathan Bram | Noah Bressler | Tehreem Cheema | Spencer Cronin | Joshua Dobratz | Charlotte Donovan | Sherief Eldeeb | Mohamed Elmaola | Margaret Foster | Robert Franklin | Liat Graf | Andres Gvirtz | Santiago Herdoiza | Mica Hinga | Jessica Hoops | Ian Jackson | Anthony Jreije | Adam Katzman | Rose Kendrick | Lucyna Kogut | Jenna Libera | Alesia Lozi | Khali Maden | Hung Phuc Mai | Elizabeth Marszalek | Fiona McDonnell | Rutvi Nandani | Emma Needles |Vu Ahn Nguyen Viet | Ashleigh Nongogo | Aidan Ottoni-Wilhelm | Kayla Paton | Maria Pena Montolio | Teide Riley-McNary | Melanie Rotax | Jennifer Rubin | Maria Rudorf | Odile Scherrer | Annie Share | Katherine Swierk | Emily Tornquist | Qurrat Ul-Ain
Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society, celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The Lambda chapter of Massachusetts at Clark University is pleased to offer the Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Research Prize. This prize is for outstanding work that exemplifies the society’s core values.
Recipient: None in spring 2018
Fiat Lux is a distinguished honor society for members of the senior class. Fiat Lux members are selected based on an application of demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, and sustained commitment to community service.
Members: Svea Andersson | Keegan Daugherty | Katy Deng | Chukwuma Egbuzie | Isabella Frederick | Macy Golman | Tracy Graham | Melanie Jennings | Joyce Joseph | Kacey Legare | Manahil Mir | Ben Philip Osuri | Nia Slater-Bookhart | Mary Yohannes
The Gryphon and Pleiades Honor Society includes 12 outstanding Clark University seniors who exemplify the motto “Scholarship, Leadership, and Citizenship.” The honor society’s chief aim is to promote student leadership on and off campus.
The organization today is the result of a merger of two earlier honor societies: Gryphon, the men’s honor society founded in 1909, and Pleiades, the women’s honor society founded in 1948. Each spring, rising seniors are inducted into Gryphon and Pleiades.
Members: Iolanthe Brooks | Keegan Daugherty | Macy Golman | Joya Hall-Sullivan | Teodor Nicola-Antoniu | Maia Nikoladze | Camilo Rodriguez | Heather Riesenberg | Gillian Rude | Ram Sharma | Carolina Song | Isaac Stone
Departmental Honor Societies
Members: Melanie Rotax
Members: Nathan Bram | Jose Castillo Montenegro | Tehreem Cheema | Joy Chiu | Sophia Dzikas | Kaitlin Fandozzi | Michael Gaiewski | Emily Guare | Andres Gvirtz | Anthony Jreije | Khaled Khalifa | Connor Klein | Juliet Kyaw | Michelle Lam | Ian Levy | Alesia Lozi | Andrew Mezzi | Ralitza Mondal | Kenza Naitlho | Carly Ngo | Ashleigh Nongogo | Karina Nunez Ortega | Jack Pierce | Maaz Saad | Ahmed Sadiq | Arslan Tarar | Amelia Turner | Giang Vu | Nikolas Wagner | Gemma Wilkens
Members: Miranda Briggs | Charlotte Gyang-Duah | Jessica Hoops | Zachary Noel | Molly Sklar | Emily Tornquist
Members: Tyler Anderson | Nathan Bram | Eleanor Eaton | Koby Gardner-Levine | Anthony Himmelberger | Erica Issenberg | Ian Jackson | Anthony Jreije | Grant Madigan-Kolstad | Kyle Pecsok | Carly Robbins | Claire Shapton | Rebecca Silver | Jessica Strzempko | Chikondi Thangata | Miles-Philbert Weule Chandler
Members: Ashlynn Allain | Benjamin Bergeron | Gabrielle Borsini | Casey Bush | Giulia Casella | Spencer Cronin | Alice Dillon | Zhaneille Green | Santiago Herdoiza | Aliyah Kingsley | Benjamin Ravel | Margaret Rhodes | Teide Riley-McNary | Andrew Rose | Jacob Weiss | Tara Wykes
Members: Joshua DeMelo | Charlotte Donovan | Nana Akosua Larbi-Tieku | Brandon Lau Zelaya | Huy Le | Hung Phuc Mai | Salma Shawa | Phat Tran
Members: Haley Cronshaw | Mitchell Dumke | Sam Geiger | Alexander Grayson | Jessica Hoops | Tim Jones | Heather Riesenberg | Ram Sharma | Caroline Twining
Members: Syed Absar Ali | Brendan Burgess | Dea Dodi | Rui He | Santiago Herdoiza | Adam Katzman | Jana Kelnhofer | Charline Kirongozi | Jessica Macey | Isabella Mekker | Taylor Miller | Johanna Monge | Ashleigh Nongogo | María Peña Montolio
Members: Svea Andersson | Larissa Beecher | Matthew A. Beutler | Marissa Bohlman | Jess Boulet | Noah Bressler | Marie Elizabeth Brouillette | Lauren Canoni | William Clark | Alyssa Collins | Leah C. Crawford | Haley Marie Cronshaw | Keegan Daugherty | Samantha Davis | Joshua DeMelo | Breanna Desrochers | Matthew Diamond | Maya Duffy | Lamarre Edouard | Sherief Eldeeb | Camila Espinosa | Alena Ferreira | Ariana Franklin | Derek Garrison-Bedell | Sydney Geer | Alika Gillard | Anna Graebner | Andres Gvirtz | Maxine Harvey | Emily He | Rui He | Madeline Heilner | Mica Hinga | Lauren Holmen | Angelica Joa | Adrienne Kasmally | Morgan Krom | Hyomin Lee | Kacey Legar | Amanda Levasseur | Ben Levine | Jenna Libera | Izabella Lidrbauch | Caitlin Louie | Hannah Lukas | Olivia Lyons | Amer Macedonci | Khali Maden | Taylor McAllister | Mathilde McAlpin | Savannah McCarter | Fiona McDonnell | Simone McGuinness | Eliza Meltzer | Jacqueline Menton | Natalie Mitchell | Emily Monahan-Morang | Emma Needles | Anna Nguyen | Anna-Louise Noden | Aidan Ottoni-Wilhelm | Kayla Paton | Jazelle Pilato | Camilo Posada Rodriguez | Kasey Roscello | Rebecca Schaffer | Odile Scherrer | Julia Schroeder | Utsav Shrestha | Dania Simoun-Tkachenko | Miranda Smerling | Ryder Summa | Jing Sun Man | Erica Sutton | Katherine Swierk | Jenny Thi | Andy Thomas | Heather Todoroff | Gabrielle Totten | Adelisa Turnadzic | Noah Dane Tye | Leone Urban | Emily Valante | Alden Welles | Mitchell Williams | Emma Wyatt | Michelle Yun
Members: Valerie Alexander | Molly Bond | Iolanthe Brooks | Adina Cohen | Gabrielle DeAngelis | Matthew Diamond | Madeleine Doyle | Lenore Eaton | Giorgi Giorgadze | Hannah King | Amanda Levasseur | Mathilde McAlpin | Camilo Rodriguez | Maria Rudorf | Odile Scherrer | Julia Schroeder | Michelle Soroksky | Akira Tamakoshi | Alexis Turgeon | Justin Woods
The James Bogdanoff ’82 Fellowship was established by Robin Messing ’83, family, and friends in memory of James Bogdanoff ’82. They sought to honor the memory of this successful television journalist and producer of ABC’s Good Morning America, whose career and personal life were characterized by modesty and kindness. The fellowship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student who shows demonstrated interest in journalism or television journalism as well as exemplary character and integrity.
Recipient: Liza French
The Thomas M. Dolan Outstanding Service Awards were established by the Ruth H. and Warren A. Ellsworth Foundation to honor Thomas M. Dolan ’62, M.A.Ed. ’63, on the occasion of his 25 years of service to Clark University. The award is given annually to one female graduating senior and one male graduating senior in recognition of their outstanding service to the University.
Recipients: Emilee Cocuzzo | Justin Woods
The Howard Bonar Jefferson Award was established by Margaret W. and Richard P. Traina in memory of Howard Bonar Jefferson, whose leadership as Clark’s president from 1946 to 1967 significantly reinforced the University’s academic programs and reputation. The recipient is chosen based on demonstrated academic excellence, breadth of intellectual interests, depth of intellectual commitment, and scholarly or creative achievement.
Recipients: Maggie Foster | Lucyna Kogut
The Marshall Geer McKim Memorial Fund was established in honor of Marshall Geer McKim ’91 by his family and friends. The fund enables undergraduate students to travel abroad for educational enrichment.
Recipients for Spring 2018 semester: CJ Axford | Joyce Joseph | Tiffany Kayo | Phuong Le | Jaime Silverman | Rose Wine
The Hervey Ross LEEP Oratorical Contest was established in 2012 by Hervey Ross ’50, L.H.D. ’07, to encourage and reward excellence in public speaking. Prizes are awarded annually to students who give brief talks about their LEEP Projects.
Recipients: No award in 2018
The Paul P. Vouras Social Science Award, established by Paul P. Vouras ’51, is awarded annually to an outstanding student majoring in the social sciences. The recipient has proven excellence in the major as well as breadth and strength in the program within the social sciences.
Recipients: Rose Kendrick | Ashleigh Nongogo
The Wisniewski Award for Academic Excellence and Creativity was established by Thomas Wisniewski ’87. The award recognizes a student who has displayed creativity and excellence in pursuit of their own original ideas and/or scholarship.
Recipient: Camilo Posada Rodriguez
Academic Departments and Program Awards
Dr. Lee Gurel ’48 Asian Studies Award
The Dr. Lee Gurel ’48 Asian Studies Award is given to an outstanding graduating senior for academic excellence in Asian Studies.
Recipients: Etta Scott-Smith | Sara Cogan
M. Margaret Comer Memorial Award for Undergraduate Studies in the Biological Sciences
The M. Margaret Comer Award for Undergraduate Research was established by Clark University in memory of Professor Margaret Comer, a member of the Clark faculty from 1976 to 1992. Upon Professor Comer’s unexpected early death, the University decided to recognize her “extraordinary personal commitment to exacting scientific research” by annually supporting an undergraduate who demonstrates achievement or high potential in biology or biochemistry research.
Recipients: Jivanna Mason | Regan Conrad
The David Potter Award for Excellence in Biology
The Potter Award was established by Dr. and Mrs. Warren Litsky ’45 in honor of Botany Professor David Potter. This fund is used to provide a prize to an outstanding senior biology major.
Recipients: Wynn Haimer | Lucyna Kogut
American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
The American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry is given to an outstanding student who has displayed an interest and aptitude for analytical chemistry.
Recipient: Nikita Kupko
The American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry
The American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry is given to an outstanding student who has displayed an interest and aptitude for physical chemistry.
Recipient: Yana Zubarev
American Chemical Society, Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry
The American Chemical Society, Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry recognizes a senior who displays a significant aptitude for organic chemistry.
Recipient: Jonathan Chellali
American Chemical Society, Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry
The American Chemical Society, Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry recognizes a senior who displays a significant aptitude for inorganic chemistry.
Recipient: Jonathan Chellali
American Institute of Chemists Foundation Student Award
The American Institute of Chemists Foundation Student Award is awarded to one chemistry and one biochemistry and molecular biology senior for outstanding records of achievement.
Recipients: Diana Castillo | Jonathan Chellali
Chemical Rubber Company Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award
The Chemical Rubber Company Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award, sponsored by the Taylor & Francis Group, is awarded in recognition of a student’s outstanding academic achievement in chemistry.
Recipients: Michelle Bellerive | Colin Farrington
Organic Chemistry Prize
The Organic Chemistry Prize is awarded to an undergraduate student for outstanding performance in organic chemistry.
Recipient: Nikita Kupko
Wen-Yang Wen Award for Excellence in Physical Chemistry
The Wen-Yang Wen Endowed Prize for Excellence in Chemistry was established by the family and friends of Weng-Yeng Wen to honor his retirement as a professor at Clark University. The income from this endowment is used to provide a prize for an outstanding upperclassman studying chemistry or biochemistry.
Recipient: Yana Zubarev
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
Recipients: Margaret Foster | Melanie Rotax
David R. Porter ’35 Prize for Excellence in Economics
The David R. Porter ’35 Prize for Excellence in Economics was established in honor and memory of David R. Porter, alumnus and trustee of the University, by his family and friends. The award is given every fall to an outstanding senior majoring in economics.
Recipients: Madeleine Buchman | Maia Nikoladze | Gyulnara Shakhalieva
Harry B. and Alice N. Sheftel Endowed Prize in Economics
Awarded annually by the Economics Department to an outstanding undergraduate student, except in those years when extraordinary scholarship by a graduate student or faculty member deserves recognition.
Recipients: Syed Ali | Tehreem Cheema
The Roger Van Tassel Book Prize
The Roger Van Tassel Book Prize is awarded each year to an outstanding first-year student or sophomore in elementary economics. The award takes the form of a book, such as a biography of an economist or classic work in economics. Professor Van Tassel taught at Clark for 42 years, including 21 years as department chair. He had a special passion for introducing undergraduate students to economics and also taught courses in international economics.
Recipient: Hanna Choi
Leroy Allston Ames Essay Contest
The Leroy Allston Ames fund was established by Charles B. Cohn ’35 in honor of the late Professor Leroy Alston Ames. Awards are given to the students who submit the best essays on the literature and/or history of England from 1750 to 1900.
Recipients: Emily Hawkins | Mahi Taban
William H. Carter Jr. Prize in English
The William H. Carter Jr. Prize in English was established by Harriet R. Carter in memory of her husband, William H. Carter Jr., an English Department professor for more than three decades. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Carter chaired the department for three consecutive terms. The fund supports a prize to be awarded to an outstanding rising senior majoring in English.
Recipient: Melanie Jennings
Loring Homes and Ruth Dodd Drama Contest
The Loring Homes and Ruth Dodd Drama Contest was established by Clark University English and Art Professor Loring Holmes Dodd and his wife, Ruth Esleeck Dodd, to stimulate undergraduate interest in plays and playwriting. The award is for a play, preferably one act, written by a Clark undergraduate.
Recipients: Toni Armstrong | Shawn McGarry | Lukas Pomerville
Prentiss Cheney Hoyt Poetry Contest
The Prentiss Cheney Hoyt Poetry Contest was established in 1925 by alumni as a memorial to Dr. Hoyt, a professor of English from 1909 to 1920, when he also served as chair. Professor Hoyt has been described as a colorful figure — a big, blond, Vermonter with a Van Dyke beard. He not only taught the undergraduates English literature and coached their dramatic productions, but was also on friendly terms with all his students, past and present. He was a teacher who could challenge his students to a tennis match — and beat them!
Recipients: Naomi L. Shmueli | Mahi Taban | Jane Thomas | Jennifer Vernick
Betty ’79 and Stanley Sultan Short Story Contest
The Betty ’79 and Stanley Sultan Short Story Contest is funded by an alumna and her husband, Professor Stan Sultan, a recently deceased member of the English faculty. This fund provides up to three awards for the best short stories written by Clark undergraduates. The purpose of the gift is to stimulate undergraduate interest in short story and other creative writing.
Recipients: Joanthan Krauss | Henry Lynch | Samuel Marlinga | Molly Sklar
Virginia Mason Vaughan Prize in English for the Most Outstanding Honors Thesis
This award was established by Clark alumni Michael ’81 and Lisa Klein ’82 Leffell to honor both Professor Vaughan and the most outstanding graduating English majors. Awards are given based on the quality of research, overall conceptualization, mastery of a complex literary topic, and elegance in writing.
Recipient: Emily Tornquist
Environmental Science Academic Excellence Award
This award is given to a graduating senior environmental science major in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. Awards are given based on academic excellence, commitment to breadth and depth in the field, and involvement in intellectual life outside of the classroom.
Recipient: Meyru Bhanti
Environmental Science Research Excellence Award
This award is given to a graduating senior environmental science major who has delivered excellent research within the field of environmental science during the course of their undergraduate study. Awards are given based on research excellence, exceptional interest and ability in scientific inquiry, and commitment to pursue scientific research and applications.
Recipient: Tyler Anderson
Environmental Science Excellence in Practice Award
This award is given to a graduating senior environmental science major in recognition of distinguished effort to improve the way humans interact with the environment, natural or built.
The recipient will have worked in close concert with an outside organization — e.g., a government agency, NGO, etc. — putting their academic preparation into practice to address a real-world issue in environmental science.
2018 Recipient: None in 2018
Ellen Churchill Semple Award
The Ellen Churchill Semple Award is given to an outstanding graduating senior geography major. The award is based primarily on a student’s academic achievements, although consideration is also given to professional and community achievements, independent research activities, publications, and consulting.
Recipients: Rose Kendrick
Clark Labs GIS Excellence Award
This award is given to a senior who has excelled in the field of GIS.
Recipients: Carly Robbins
Global Environmental Studies Outstanding Student Award
The Global Environmental Studies Outstanding Student Award is given to an outstanding graduating senior who is recognized for academic excellence within the global environmental studies program.
Recipient: Hannah Corney
NCGE (National Council for Geographic Education) Excellence in Scholarship Award
The NCGE Excellence in Scholarship Award is given in recognition of outstanding scholastic performance in the field of geography. The National Council presents this award for Geographic Education and the American Association of Geographers.
Recipient: Anthony Jreije
Linda Roth Memorial Activist Scholar Award
Linda Roth earned a doctorate in geography from the Clark University Graduate School of Geography and was an accomplished, award-winning forest ecology scientist and a life-long social justice and environmental activist. This award is given to an outstanding global environmental studies major who embodies the principles of scholarship and activism that Linda Roth demonstrated during her life.
Recipient: Krissy Truesdale
The Strabo Award is given in recognition of intellectual leadership, exploration, and creativity. It is named for the Greek Geographer Strabo, whose masterful work, “Geography,” charted the known world of his time.
Recipients: Iolanthe Brooks
The Marcia V. Szugda-Emani Memorial Environmental Scholarship Award
The Marcia V. Szugda-Emani Memorial Environmental Scholarship Award is given to a graduating senior with a record of high academic achievement. The award is designated for advanced research projects related to geography and the environment with a focus on the environment and its relevance to human well-being.
Recipient: Meyru Bhanti
George A. Billias American History Prize
This award was established by Clark alumni Michael ’81 and Lisa Klein ’82 Leffell to honor the late Professor Emeritus George Billias and the undergraduate student who has written the best essay in American history.
Recipient: Spencer Cronin
H. Donaldson Jordan Essay Prize
The H. Donaldson Jordan Prize is awarded to an undergraduate student for the best essay on a historical topic.
Recipient: Kayla Power
H. Donaldson Jordan Prize for Excellence in History Outside the Classroom
Recipient: Casey Bush
Paul Lucas European History Prize
This award was established by Clark alumni Michael ’81 and Lisa Klein ’82 Leffell to honor Professor Paul Lucas and the undergraduate student who has written the best essay in European history.
Recipient: Teide Riley-McNary
Academic Achievement Award
The Academic Achievement Award is given to an outstanding graduating senior in the international development and social change (IDSC) honors program. Criteria for the award include overall GPA, GPA within the major, and quality of the IDSC honors thesis.
Recipient: Kayla Paton
The Impact Award is given to a graduating senior in the international development and social change major who has shown personal integrity and demonstrated leadership and/or collaboration in community service and progressive change.
Recipients: Jennifer Rubin | Abigail Waldron
Theodore Von Laue Undergraduate Prize in International Development
The Theodore Von Laue Undergraduate Prize in International Development was established by Mrs. Theodore (Angela) Von Laue. The award goes to a junior majoring in international development and social change who has demonstrated accomplishment and commitment to the search for peace, equitable distribution of resources, human well-being, and environmental justice.
Recipients: Mujidat Fashola | Halley Glier
J. Fannin King Memorial Award for Excellence in Comparative Literature
The J. Fannin King Memorial Award for Excellence in Comparative Literature is awarded to an outstanding senior in comparative literature.
Recipient: Nikolas Wagner
J. Fannin King Award for Excellence in French
The J. Fannin King Award for Excellence in French is awarded to an outstanding senior majoring in French.
Recipients: Khali Maden | Melanie Rotax
Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Award for Excellence in Spanish
The Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Award for Excellence in Spanish is awarded to an outstanding senior in Spanish studies.
Recipient: Maggie Foster
William ’53 and Agnes Hausrath Leadership Award
The William ’53 and Agnes Hausrath Leadership Award recognizes the leadership accomplishments of our talented and accomplished undergraduate students. The Hausrath Leadership Award is given to a current undergraduate Management Major student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities during his/her time at Clark.
Recipients: No undergraduate award in 2018
Morton H. ’51 and Vivian B. Sigel Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Management Major
The award to Clark’s top undergraduate management student is named in the Sigels’ honor, and their generous financial support created the Sigel MBA Fellowship.
Recipient: Joshua DeMelo
Morton H. ’51 and Vivian B. Sigel Endowed Fellowship Award
Recipient: Fiona McDonnell
Outstanding Achievement in Computer Science Award
Recipients: Brendan Burgess | Christian Rentsman | Jiri Roznovjak
Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics Award
Recipient: Michael Gaiewski
The Joe De Rivera Peace Prize
Recipient: Isabella Mekker
Excellence in Philosophical Studies
The Excellence in Philosophical Studies award is presented to two Philosophy majors who have achieved excellence in Philosophical Studies.
Recipient: Alexander Grayson
David N. Saltman ’83 Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Philosophy
Recipient: Jessica Hoops
Logic Prize in Philosophy
The Logic Prize is awarded annually by the Philosophy Department faculty to a Clark undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary work in the area of Symbolic Logic.
Recipient: Emily Buza
Roy S. Andersen ’43 Award
The Roy S. Andersen ’43 Award was established by Roy S. Andersen and friends in order to increase the interest of high school students in Physics and in the related sciences, including Mathematics; to increase the reputation of the Sciences at Clark University among high school students, teachers and guidance counselors; and to increase the public’s understanding of science.
Recipient: Michael O’Connor
Albert C. Erickson ’30 Academic Award
The Albert C. Erickson ’30 Academic Award was established by the Tupper Foundation in memory of the late Albert C. Erickson (Ph.D., Physics, 1934), to provide an annual award to a senior at Clark, who has done outstanding work in Physics and Mathematics, and who shows unusual promise in these fields.
Recipient: Muhammad Kasule
Morris H. Cohen Prize for Excellence in American Political and Public Policy
The Morris H. Cohen Prize was established to honor Morris H. Cohen, who joined the Government Department faculty at Clark University in 1947, and, who until his death in 1990, set the highest standards in teaching. He always had a deep concern for all facets of undergraduate learning and undergraduate education and who, after retirement in 1989, remained an active member of the Clark University community by directing the Clark Washington Semester Program at American University. The prize is given to recognize the outstanding Government major at the beginning of his or her senior year.
Recipients: Hannah Goldberg | John Hoeglund
Sallie Robinson Holthausen Prize for Excellence in International Relations
The Sallie R. Holthausen Prize was established in honor and memory of Sallie R. Holthausen, a member of the class of 1958, by her family and friends. The prize is given annually to an outstanding Political Science student for excellence in the subfield of International Relations.
Recipient: Maria Pena Montolio
The Zenovia Sochor Memorial Fund
The Zenovia Sochor Memorial Fund is awarded annually by the Political Science Department to declared Political Science majors or minors studying abroad in spring, preferably in an Eastern European country. Professor Zenovia Sochor taught comparative politics courses at Clark for almost two decades. She was known by students and colleagues as a gifted scholar, a valued friend, and a caring mentor. Alumni, friends, and colleagues created the Zenovia Sochor Memorial Fund to provide support to Clark students for study abroad experiences.
Recipients: Joseph Bell | Kathryn Jensen | Juliet Michaelsen | Brandon Mooney
Irving and Edith Wilner Prize for Best research Paper in American Politics
The Irving and Edith Wilner Prize was established by Irving Wilner, class of 1932, to award a student who has published on a topic of practical significance in the improvement of the functioning of American political institutions.
Recipient: No award in 2018
Chair’s Prize for Excellence in Comparative Politics
Annual award given to an outstanding Political Science student for excellence in the subfield of Comparative Politics.
Recipient: Santiago Jose Herdoiza
The Elaine ’65 and Barry D. Epstein ’62 Pre-Law Award
The Elaine ’65 and Barry D. Epstein ’62 Pre-Law Award is given annually to a pre-law student with high academic standing who has been active in the programming offered by the The Elaine ’65 and Barry D. Epstein ’62 Pre-Law Society. The award was established through a generous gift in 2016 from Barry Epstein in honor of his late wife, Elaine Epstein.
Recipient: Matthew Sullivan
Dr. Kenneth A. Senter ’43 Endowed Award for Premed Undergraduate Students
Dr. Kenneth A. Senter ’43 Endowed Award for Premed Undergraduate Students provides an annual award to a premedical undergraduate student with high academic standing.
Recipients: David Berry | Lucyna Kogut | Jordan Majka
Edward N. Trachtenberg Endowed Prize
The Edward N. Trachtenberg Endowed Prize is awarded to a health professions applicant based on academic record and suitability for the profession.
Recipients: Kole Brownstein | Ogechi Exemma
Simon and Eve Colin Undergraduate Creativity Award
The Simon and Eve Colin Undergraduate Creativity Award was established by the Colin family, Barbara, Fred and Rebecca ’89 Colin, in honor of Simon and Eve Colin and in recognition of the many values associated with active undergraduate participation in research. The award is intended to encourage inspired, innovative, and extraordinary students in their pursuit of research in Psychology.
Recipients: Sherief Eldeeb | Jenna Libera
Dr. Lee Gurel ’48 / John E. Bell Endowed Student/Faculty Achievement Award
The Dr. Lee Gurel ’48 / John E. Bell Endowed Student/Faculty Achievement Award was established by Dr. Lee Gurel, class of 1948, in honor of John Elderkin Bell, a former faculty member in the Psychology Department. The award, based on academic merit and chosen by the department, goes to the most outstanding senior psychology major who has attended Clark for at least three years. A second award goes to the Psychology faculty member named by the student recipient as having been most influential in their Clark education.
Recipients: Sherief Eldeeb (student) and Nicole Overstreet and Johanna Ray Vollhardt (faculty mentors)
Herman A. Witkin Memorial Fund
The Herman A. Witkin Memorial Fund was established in memory of the late Herman A. Witkin, by his wife, Dr. Evelyn M. Witkin. Herman Witkin was a distinguished psychologist, internationally known for his programmatic work on cognitive style. The fund is used to support an occasional Herman A. Witkin Memorial Lecture, or a Witkin Fellow, or other memorial activity at the Heinz Werner Institute, Clark University.
Recipient: Andres Gvirtz
Outstanding Undergraduates in Psychology Award
The Outstanding Undergraduates in Psychology Award is given to graduating senior psychology majors who have excelled in academics and research.
Recipients: Alika Gillard | Jenna Libera | Khali Maden | Katherine Swierk
The Addams-Mills Award is given annually to honor one or two graduating sociology majors who exemplify the community service ideas of Jane Addams, a founder of community-based social work and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and the intellectual tradition of C. Wright Mills, an outspoken sociologist and critic of American power structures.
Recipient: Justin Woods
Robert P. Manero Memorial Music Award
The Robert P. Manero Memorial Music Award was established in 1987 by the Clark University Music Program in honor of lecturer Robert P. Manero. The awards are given to outstanding seniors in the Visual and Performing Arts music program.
Robert. P. Manero Prize for Musical Scholarship
Recipient: Martin Varner
Robert P. Manero Prize for for Musical Creativity
Recipient: Benjamin Levingston
Patricia M. Plamondon Undergraduate Award in Visual and Performing Arts
The Patricia M. Plamondon Award is given to juniors and seniors who have demonstrated their talent in and commitment to the arts and for whom the award will serve to enhance their studies, research, or project-related travel. The award is made annually by a vote of the full-time faculty of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
Recipient: Aliyah Nissim | Kristi Xhelili
Jason Michael Simpkins Memorial Endowment for Screen Studies
The Jason Michael Simpkins Memorial Endowment for Screen Studies was established by Larry J. and Michelle Simpkins in memory of their son, Jason Michael Simpkins, a member of the class of 2005. The award is to assist undergraduate students with the expenses incurred in completion of a film and/or a piece of written research. The recipients should possess high academic ability in Screen Studies and exceptional character, with an intention to pursue a career or higher education in screen studies.
Recipient: Maxwell Sacra
Alice Higgins Award in Women’s Studies
The Alice Higgins Award is presented in honor of long-time Clark Trustee and supporter of WGS, Alice Higgins, for outstanding contributions to women and girls at Clark University and/or the wider community.
Recipient: Eva Favreau
The Cynthia Enloe Scholar/Activist Award
The Cynthia Enloe Scholar/Activist Award is given to a student who has worked hard to advance scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies and has been an activist in this cause.
Recipient: Anna-Louise Noden
The Hazel Hughes Women’s Studies Award for Academic Excellence and Creativity
The Hazel Hughes Award is presented in honor of the former Dean of Women Students Hazel Hughes. The award is given for outstanding academic achievement by an undergraduate student.
Recipient: Ian Jackson
Summer Research and Internship Awards
The Chandler Bailey Internship in Economics was established by Chandler Bailey, class of ’72, to encourage and support summer research in Economics by undergraduates, including both individual research projects by students and joint projects involving Clark Economics professors.
Recipient: Andres Gvirtz
Thanks to the generosity of the Theodore H. Barth Foundation, Career Services is able to offer Clark undergraduate students the Theodore H. Barth Foundation Summer Internship Award to support their unpaid summer internship in the non-profit sector. This summer eight Barth interns will work at non-profit organizations in the United States and abroad, gaining valuable workplace experience and contributing to the missions of these organizations.
Recipients: Nural Nadia Fakhrol Azmi | Emma Landsman | Rowen McAllister | Emma Nagler | Emma Narkewicz | Becky Schaffer | Salma Shawar
The Lise Anne and Leo E. Beavers II Fellowship was established by Drs. Leo E. and Dorothy J. Beavers BA ’49 in honor of their son, Leo E. Beavers, II, and in memory of their daughter, Lise Anne. The fund supports students or faculty members for research into the biochemical, neurological or genetic causes of intellectual disabilities or mental illness.
Recipients: Saadman Islam | Liliana Wurfl
The Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Fund for Scholars of Holocaust Studies was established by The Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Foundation, Inc., of New York, to fund annual awards to two or more undergraduate students for research or internships related to the Holocaust.
Recipient: None in 2018
The James ’39 and Ada Bickman Summer Science Research Internships for Undergraduates was established by James Bickman, a member of the class of 1939, and his wife, Ada Bickman. The fund supports summer research internships for undergraduate students. Awards shall be made to students in their junior year, for research to be conducted between their junior and senior years.
Recipients: Ailin Fu | Bethany Lee
The Sara Bickman Music and Arts Summer Internship Award was established by James Bickman, a member of the class of 1939, and his sons Martin and David Bickman, in memory of his wife and their mother, Sara Bickman. The fund shall be used to support summer internships for undergraduate students majoring in the visual and performing arts. Awards shall be made to students in their junior year for projects to be conducted between their junior and senior years.
Recipients: Antonio Armstrong | Maria Connors | Jamie Silverman | Robin Baldwin | Teresa Dancewicz Helmers | Alice Dillon | Chukwuma Egbuzie | Amy Kaufman | Sydney Pepper
The Peter Condakes Research Fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Peter Condakes, an alumnus and geography major from the class of 1978. The fellowship provides a stipend for an undergraduate geography major to work on a summer research project with a geography faculty member.
Recipients: Iolanthe Brooks | Claire Shapton
The Albert C. Erickson ’30 Summer Research Award was established by the Tupper Foundation to provide an annual award to a Clark undergraduate, who has done outstanding work in Physics and Mathematics, and who shows unusual promise in these fields. The Erickson Scholarship has been offered annually since 1963 in memory of the late Albert C. Erickson (BA ’30, MA ’31 Ph.D., Physics, ’34)
Recipients: Burhan Ahmed | Bradley Brownell | Alejandra Rosselli Calderon
The Stanley Geschwind Memorial Summer Research Internship Award was established by his sons Daniel, Benjamin, and Michael; daughters-in-law Ethelyn Geschwind and Sandy Geschwind; former students Jonathan Goldstein (Class of 1997) and Jenny Sun (Class of 1998); and Clark parent Melvin Goldstein, P ’97. The fund supports summer research internships for undergraduate students majoring in Physics.
Recipient: Sheila Ford
The Ina R. and Haskell R. Gordon Fund for Undergraduate Students of Holocaust Studies was established by Ina Gordon, trustee of the Ina and Haskell Gordon Charitable Trust of Worcester, Massachusetts, to support one or more undergraduate students for research, travel or internships related to the Holocaust.
Recipient: Casey Bush
The Lois M.P.A. ’78 and Robert ’49 Green Urban Development and Social Change (UDSC) Summer Internship was established by Lois B. and Robert F. Green, to support undergraduate student internships in the city of Worcester. The fund is intended to complement Clark University’s work through the University Park Partnership.
Recipients: Elizabeth Jones | Madeleine Buchman
The Harrington Public Affairs Fellowship Program for Undergraduates, funded by the Francis A. Harrington Public Fund, was created in 2006-2007 to encourage and support the pursuit of creative or original research in politics and public policy or in service learning in the public or nonprofit sector by Clark undergraduates. The Department awards fellowships for projects that connect to the public life of citizenship and help to create new knowledge that advances public affairs and civic life. Recipients may use their fellowship for a project in the United States or abroad. Approximately five Harrington Fellowship awards will be made each year.
The Harrington Public Affairs Fellowship Program is designed to foster a vibrant community of undergraduates who are interested in the study of politics and public policy and in the world of public service, government or nonprofit. It seeks to do this not only by funding projects but by bringing Fellows and their faculty mentors together during the academic year to exchange ideas and experiences.
Recipients: Maha Akbar | Kate Cable-Murphy | Jose Castillo Montenegro | Sara Conro | Miranda Hotham |Tanzeem Lodi | Maia Nikoladze | David Sullivan
The H.E.R.O. (Human Environmental Regional Observatory) Fellowship is awarded to select Clark undergraduate students who have energetic and inquisitive minds, who are fearless when charting new intellectual territory, and who demonstrate evidence of outstanding scholarly and professional potential.
Recipients: Laura Cohen | Rachel Corcoran-Adams | Elizabeth Lohr | Rowan Moody | Andrew Pagan |Yeannet Ruiz
The U-Reka Big Idea Contest is sponsored by Clark’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. A $5000 prize is split between three student teams that compete to gain funding for a business venture, student project or activity. The Big Ideas should benefit Clark University students and/or the Main South community.
Recipients: Andres Gvirtz
Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Summer Research Scholarship
To honor the memory of Dr. h. c. Henry J. Leir, a successful industrialist, and Erna D. Leir, both patrons of Clark University, The Leir Luxembourg Program-Clark University (LLP-CU) offers The Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Summer Research Scholarship which enables Clark students to work as interns and/or conduct research with a business or institute in The Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg or a Luxembourg affiliated institution in the US.
Recipients: Lucyna Kogut | Toni Armstrong
Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Merit Scholarships
To honor the memory of Dr. h. c. Henry J. and Erna D. Leir, patrons of Clark University, the Leir Luxembourg Program-Clark University (LLP-CU) offers the Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Merit Scholarships which recognizes the academic achievement of undergraduate students from Clark University, and enables them to live and study in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with the May Term Program.
Recipients: Victoria Beyer | Andrea Gilardi | Joseph Jung | Rose Wine
Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Excellence Through Diversity Scholarship
As part of Clark University, the Leir Luxembourg Program echoes the University’s commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive academic community. To this end, the Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Excellence Through Diversity Scholarships recognize the academic achievement of students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, first generation college students, students from low income families, and students with a history of overcoming adversity, and enables them to live and study in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with the May Term Program.
Recipients: Andrea Gilardi | Joseph Jung | Rose Wine
The Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Global Citizen Scholarship
Recipients: Victoria Beyer | Alexandra Furtado | Rose Wine
The Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Fellowships are awarded annually to selected Clark undergraduate students with an interest in marine science and policy who have excelled in their academic preparation and show promise in field research and/or policy analysis.
Recipients: Anthony Himmelberger | Sophie Spiliotopoulos | Jess Strzempko
The Arthur E. Martell and Thomas T. Sughihara Summer Science Internship Award was established by Dr. Lester B. Jacobson ’63, in order to sponsor an outstanding undergraduate Chemistry student to work with a senior faculty member of the Chemistry Department during the summer months.
Recipient: No Award in 2018
Former Trustee Janice Culpepper ’77, honoring her grandmother, Maurine Milburn, has established the Maurine H. Milburn Summer Research Fellowship fund to support the sciences in the following ways: the income shall be divided into three equal parts among the Chemistry Department, the Biology Department, and the Physics Department to be earmarked for undergraduate summer fellowships, and/or individual departmental equipment needs.
Recipients: Justine Bohl | Emily Ladda | Young Sun Lee
The Frederick M. and Alice Murdock Summer Science Internship was established by Frederick M. Murdock ’30, MA ’31., to support summer research internships for undergraduate students majoring in Chemistry. Awards shall be made to students in their junior year for research to be conducted between their junior and senior years.
Recipients: No award in 2018
The Professor Donald J. Nelson Endowed Research Fund was established by Shirley F. Riopel-Nelson, in memory of her husband the late Professor Donald J. Nelson. The monies are used to provide research grants to undergraduates pursuing studies in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology.
Recipient: No award in 2018
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant from the National Science Foundation was established to recruit, prepare, and sustain teachers in the sciences and mathematics. This grant provides internship stipends and scholarships to highly promising future teachers in these fields who make a commitment to teach in high-need schools.
Recipients: Trang Hoang | Anh Nhu | Aisha Shahzad | Nick Slaughter
The PCI Synthesis Chemistry Summer Fellowship is awarded annually to an undergraduate chemistry major who has exhibited potential for research.
Recipients: Faith Witkos
Professor Robert J.S. Ross taught at Clark University from 1972-2013 and published widely on the topics of sweatshops, labor rights and international trade. As a teacher, Bob Ross played a key role in mentoring students who have carried social justice into their professional and personal lives. To honor his activism and scholarship, Clark alumni, colleagues, friends and family created a permanent endowment for the Robert J. S. Ross Social Justice Fund. The fund allows a selected undergraduate student to work with an organization whose mission honors Bob Ross’ commitment to social, economic and environmental justice.
Recipient: Casey Bush
In 2005, the family and friends of Clark alumnus David C. Steinbrecher ’81 created the Steinbrecher Fellowship Program with a generous gift that established a permanent endowment in memory of David that provides fellowships for Clark undergraduates to pursue original ideas, creative research, public service or enrichment projects.
Recipients: Toni Armstrong | Casey Bush | Cory Bisbee | Iolanthe Brooks | Mackensie DeFaria | Linnea Menin | Sydney Pepper | Salma Shawa | Maggie Tarbox
The Doris Tager Summer Stipend was awarded this year for an internship and/or research related to the Holocaust.
Recipient: Macy Goldman
National Scholarships and Awards
Boren Scholarships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation.
Recipient: Tom Hutto
The Fulbright Commission Summer Institute is a four-week cultural and academic program for US students. Hannah attended the institute held at Durham University in the UK. The theme of this institute is The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages. Students participate in a suite of projects focused on sites along the northern edges of the old Roman frontier in Britain (Hadrian’s Wall) playing a full part in excavations and gaining first-hand knowledge and experience of UK archaeological professional practice.
Recipients: Aviv Hilbig-Bokaer | Maia Moore | Madeline Phillips
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad.
Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education.
Recipient: Max Defaria | Mujidat Fashola | Joyce Joseph | Claire Sullivan | Sara Vera-Cruz
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students, sponsored by the U. S. Department of State. Through the CLS, a select group of students strive to broaden the base of Americans mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries.
Recipient: Thomas Hutto
The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan, representing the United States as cultural ambassadors. Most participants work as translators or serve as Assistant Language Teachers in public and private schools throughout Japan.
Recipient: Sarah Cogan