Below, we recognize student scholars who have been awarded University or departmental awards and fellowships, or membership in an honor society.
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: Alice Acciani | Nadav Battat | Numi Berhanu | Lisa Bumpus | Will Clark | Tessa Collins | Nathan Dang | Ruth Fuller | Anna Gates | Bailey Glenn | Mateo Gomez Ardila | Arianna Hall | Angelica Joa | Joseph Jung | Sophie Kelliher | Emma Kirkman-Davis | Andrew Kurlantzick | Rachel Lloyd | Caitlin Louie | Rowen McAllister | Devin McBrayer | Kailey McIlwrath | Amer Macedonci | Carly Massino | Alana Merly | Viktoriya Minasyan | Rowan Moody | Emma Nagler | Ariana Nicholson | Michael O’Connor | Iryna Onasenko | Ellie Oslin | Maggie Paul | Alejandra Rosselli Calderon | Cynthia Sellers | Karishma Sewsankar | Utkristaa Shrestha | Sophie Spiliotopoulos | Shelby Spohn | Jessica Strzempko | Trevor Tarnowski | Catalin Veghes | Sara Vera-Cruz | Jacky Wang | Henry Weiss | Elyse Wyatt | Xuemeng Zhang
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: Alice Acciani | Naomi Augustin | Hannah Brier | Michaela Davies | Liz Dringoli | Skyler Duda | Olivia Falcone | Sheila Ford | Sophie Kelliher | Joelle Krause | Aaron Madow | Emma McGurren | Julia T. Moore | Claire Morehouse | Emma Narkewicz | James Palmerino | Mikayla Pantano | Rose Spitzer | Jake Sullivan
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: Michaelle Aristide | Morufat Bello | Skyler Duda | Bryan Mateo | Sheila Ford | Ruth Fuller | Katherine Hamilton | Emma Kirkman-Davis | Alejandra Rosselli Calderon | David Sullivan | Jake Sullivan | Vivian Thu | Jordyn Zembrowski
Departmental Honor Societies
Members: Nuhamin Berhanu | Maria Campos Ramos | Minh Nhat Dao | Chineme Ezema | Alexander Hattenbach | Connor Klein | Xinchen Luo | Aiden McLaughlin | Viktoriya Minasyan | Utkristaa Shrestha | Sarah Spitz
Members: Manal Ahmed | Henley Ballou | Oscar Kim Bauman | Jacob Bilsky | Emily Buza | William Clark | Maria Connors | Elizabeth Dringoli | Nicole Fiore | Milena Germon | Nelson Guevara | Benjamin Healey | Frankie Hurley | Morgan Hylton | Brett Iarrobino | Mahek Jain | Azariah Kurlantzick | Alison Lamb | Camryn Langille | Angelica Lasthaus | Rachel Lloyd | Jacob Lonon | Tereza Lopez | Anna Marie Mancevice | Wendy Martinez-Calixto | Alexandria Ross | Kylee Rutkiewicz | Luis Enrique Santos | Sophie Stern | Liam Kinsella Stewart | Mahi Taban | Alexandra Taylor | Davina Tomlin | Rose Wine | Valerie Vong
Members: Max De Faria | Eleanor Eaton | Olivia Falcone | Juliette Gale | Ahna Knudsen | Finn Lundy | Rowan Moody | Magaret Paul | Kyle Pecsok | Jessica Strzempko
Members: Allison Bach | Jacob Bilsky | Jordan Blocher | Jesse Braith | Aitana Doster Ropero | Charlotte Fenton |Crystal Hill |Michael Ippolito |Monica Kuzma | Bridget Leahy | Declan Lorie | Aidan McLaughlin | Joseph Mogel | Kezia Moros-Achong | Margaret Panteli | Evan Stebe | Michelle Tourgee | Zoe Wright | Elyse Wyatt
Members: Drashhti Bilimoria | Dominik Danko | Theodora Ene | Trevor Ham | Eesha Kashif | James Palmerino | Jemma Sager | Bobby Sharma | Karishma Bhawani Sewsankar | Abigail Souza | Rediet Tadele
Members: Nadav Battat | Alexandra Denley | Joseph Diaz |Zoé Doudous | Macy Drude | Alfredo Nicolás Dueñas Burneo | Nelson Guevara | Emrys Keevan | Anna Mancevice | Henry Weiss
Members: Maha Akbar | Jonathan Andrews | Christopher Axford | Sabri Bilsel | Alexander Chilton | Sara Conroy | Lars Dahl | Emma Dinnerstein | Alison Everett | Benjamin Gessel | Arianna Hall | Joseph Jung | Trina Konuschevci |Sarah Plutnicki | Julie Reed | Moses Rifkin | Jakob Rosenthal | Riley Sternhagen | David Sullivan | Alexandra Taylor | Dylan Tovey | Elyse Wyatt
Members: Whitney Andrew | Taylor Barbieri | Carly Bernstein | Danielle Black | Lisa Bumpus | Zoe Chase | William Clark | Autumn Dauksz | Sierra DePalma | Luara El-Dine | Kayla Falconer | Alena Ferreira | Matthew Freeman | Devin Galli | Rachel Goldman | Christine Guerette | Helena Haase | Nora Harrington | Jaey Harris | Ashley Hebert | Hannah Honig | Wyatt Evan Hoover | Jessica Horwitz | Angelica Joa | Nathan Kapiloff | Penelope Kogan | Janiah Lambert | Erland Lane | Julia L’Esperance | Izabella Lidrbauch | Arai Long | Caitlin Louie | Amer Macedonci | Aaron Madow | Alexis Marston | Carly Massino | Katherine McKim | Kaitlyn Miele | NatalieMitchell | Jessica Murgo | James Nightengale | Ellie Olsin | Christina Pace | James Palmerino | Megan Plansky | Josh Podolsky | Luke Pound | Seth Rosenthal | Monica Sager | Samantha Santos | Alison Serrantino | Kirti Sinha | Lauren Steckler | Maria Stepanyan
Jake Sullivan | Jennifer Tedisco | Kaitlyn Tonkin | Mitchell Williams
Emma Wyatt | Amanda Youmans | Xuemeng Zhang
Members: Heran Abiy | Jacob Brandes | Carolina Cerda |Guillermo Figuereo Galera | Ruth Fuller | Hannah Garelick | Isabella Hillebrand | Maxx Levin | Carly Massino | Emily McBride | Alana Merly | Emma Narkewicz | Sylvan Norris | Megan Plansky | Jamie Quinn | Kamran Rahman | Deisy Rodriguez Ledezma | Zoe Wright | Tatyana Wynter-Powell | Lucy Zachau | Jordyn Zembrowski
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: Monica Sager
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: Michaëlle Aristide | Jake Sullivan
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: Joseph Jung
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: Emily Baddock | Antonio Lapeyrolerie | Tobi Pitan | Madeline Regenye
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 2020
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: Micah Tilles |Elyse Wyatt
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: Claire Qiang Sullivan
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: No award in 2019-2020 academic year
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: No award in 2019-2020 academic year
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Emma Kirkman-Davis |Iryna Onasenko
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.
Organic Chemistry Prize
The Organic Chemistry Prize is awarded to an undergraduate student for outstanding performance in organic chemistry.
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.
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: Kirsten Greene | Viktoriya Minasyan | Utkristaa Shrestha
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: Viktoriya Minasyan | Claire Morehouse
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.
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: Davina Tomlin | 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.
Recipients: Morgan Hylton | Luis Santos
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: Emily Buza | Maria Connors | Luke Pound | Riley Sternhagen
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: Danielle Black | Ruth Fuller | Hannah Ortiz
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: Alexis Dinkins | Rachel Lloyd | Jerinna Solages
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 Buza | Rachel Lloyd | Azariah Kurlantzick
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.
Recipients: Jessica Strzempko
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: Shannon Reault
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.
Recipients: Bailey Kratschman
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.
Recipient: Margaret Paul
Clark Labs GIS Excellence Award
This award is given to a senior who has excelled in the field of GIS.
Recipient: Rowan Moody
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: Juliette Gale | Ahna Knudsen
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: Sophia Spiliotopoulos
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: Minette Himes
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: Amelia Balik
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: Micah Tilles
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: Michael Ippolito
H. Donaldson Jordan Essay Prize
The H. Donaldson Jordan Prize is awarded to an undergraduate student for the best essay on a historical topic.
H. Donaldson Jordan Prize for Excellence in History Outside the Classroom
Recipient: Michael Ippolito |Brianna Lavelle
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: Margaret Panteli
Paul & Marjorie Ropp Asian and Global History Prize
Recipient: Elyse Wyatt
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: Sara-Vera Cruz
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: Michaelle Aristide | Annalena Eckton
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: Emily Braddock
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: Xinting Yu
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: Sara Vera Cruz
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: Sophie Kelliher
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 2020
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 Sigel’s honor, and their generous financial support created the Sigel MBA Fellowship.
Recipient: Karishma Bhawani Sewsankar
Morton H. ’51 and Vivian B. Sigel Endowed Fellowship Award
Recipient: Nana Akosua Ayebea Larbi-Tieku
Outstanding Achievement in Computer Science Award
Recipients: Ngu Si Dang
Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics Award
Recipient: Viktoriya Minasyan
Outstanding Leadership in Math and Computer Science Award
Recipient: Geva Segal
The Joe De Rivera Peace Prize
Recipient: No award in 2020
Excellence in Philosophical Studies
The Excellence in Philosophical Studies award is presented to two Philosophy majors who have achieved excellence in Philosophical Studies.
Recipient: No award in 2020
David N. Saltman ’83 Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Philosophy
Recipient: Alexandra Denley | Henry Weiss
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: Frankie Hurley
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: Morgan Brooke-deBock | Oshani Fernando
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: Alejandra Rosselli Calderon | Michael O’Connor
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: Matthew O’Hara | Jamie Smith
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: Sarah Plutnicki
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: Priyanka Naithani
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: Alexander Chilton |Jakob Rosenthal
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: Arianna Hall
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: Joseph Diaz
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: Shelby Spohn | Phyo Phyo Min Thu | Mariana Torres
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: Dillon Prus
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: Aaron Madow
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: Aaron Madow
Nicole Overstreet (faculty mentor)
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: Caitlin Louie
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: Zoe DiPinto |Amer Macedonci | Amanda Youmans |Hao Zeng
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: Carly Massino
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.
Recipients: Raphael Mayer
Robert. P. Manero Prize for Musical Scholarship
Recipient: Alison Lamb
Robert P. Manero Prize for for Musical Creativity
Recipient: Ash del Carmen
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: Annie Farnsworth |Jay Verchin
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: Darya Blyednova
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: Ruth Fuller
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: Ruth Fuller
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: Crystal Hill
Summer Research and Internship Awards
This funded internship opportunity is open to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors who plan to complete a summer internship. This student must be a member of the Clark Global Scholars program (regardless of country of origin), and/or a citizen of Ghana or another African nation. The student who receives this award must meet the minimum eligibility requirements of: Current First-Year, Sophomore, or Junior who will be returning in the next academic year as an undergraduate student; member of the Clark Global Scholars Program (regardless of country of origin) and/or a citizen of Ghana or another African Nation; overall GPA must meet the minimum of 3.4.
Recipient: Fatima Diallo
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: Deanna D’Innocenzo | Milena Germon | Anya Kohan | Aaron Madow | James Palmerino | Micah Tilles
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: Kimberly Le
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: Lamisa Muksitu
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: Conor Milson | Thuy-Mi Le
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: Remi Egierd | Amanda Flicop | Ha Huynh | Bret Iarrobino | Anna Levin | Samuel Mescon |Jay Verchin
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: Sadie Murray
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: Anton Deti | Isaac Khor
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: Schuyler McDonough
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: Penelope Kogan
The Goulandris Summer Internship Award for Environmental Sciences offers one Environmental Science award for a summer internship. This funded internship opportunity is open to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors who plan to complete an unpaid summer internship. Students awarded funding will be required to participate in an internship student panel or poster presentation during the academic year.
Recipient: Andrew Thibault
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: Nick Mellis |
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 | Eesha Kashif | Priyanka Naithani
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: Haoyu (Novak) Chen | Juliette Gale | Sadie Murray | Shannon Reault | Benjamin Ryan | Cynthia Sellers
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: Melanie Adams | Megan Balani | Jose Castro | Eunice Dollete | Sujhan Ghimire | Allison Green | Fido Hernandez | Alexandra Jutras | Tommy Li | Owen Mortner | Margarita Perez | Logan Rosell | Trevor Tarnowski | Philip Tran
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: Lillian Favreau | Juliet Michaelson | Shelby Spohn
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: Brett Iarrobino | Aisling Lynch | Haley McCurry | Lamisa Muksitu | Breanna Snyder | Sophia Stern | Zoe Wright
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: Luara El-Dine | Rachel Hjort | Brett Iarrobino | Haley McCurry | Lamisa Muksitu | Rachel Still | Diana Wathika
The Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Global Citizen Scholarship
Recipients: Catherine Brown | Luara El-Dine | Brett Iarrobino | Lamisa Muksitu | Breanna Snyder | Diana Wathika
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: No recipients in 2019 due to government shutdown
The Arthur E. Martell and Thomas T. Sugihara 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: Nicholas Mathieu
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: Jue Chen | Wentao Li | Johanna Schafer
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: Callista Carns | Colin Farrington
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: Chi Nguyen
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: Bhanja Ahuja | Trang Hoang | Athena Mele
The PCI Synthesis Chemistry Summer Fellowship is awarded annually to an undergraduate chemistry major who has exhibited potential for research.
Recipients: Benjamin Mukda
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: Carley Massino
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: Chau Duong | Jadea Harris | Morgan Hylton
Aria Long | Ivana Lopez Nieves | Samuel Mescon | Sadie Murray | Bailey Ross | Audrey Salmons | Kayleigh Watson
The Doris Tager Summer Stipend was awarded this year for an internship and/or research related to the Holocaust.
Recipient: Samantha Whittle
The Tamara Gay Walker Award funds students completing a summer project whose field of study and summer project lie within languages, comparative literature, and the arts.
Recipients: Zachery Casperson | Rachel Lloyd
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.
The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship trains and inspires leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. Fellows are placed with community-based organizations as well as policy-focused organizations in Washington, D.C. The program bridges gaps between local efforts and national public policy, as fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects.
Recipient: Max DeFaria
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.
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.
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: Max DeFaria
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.