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May 6, 2014

Lafayette Honors Students for Academic Excellence

Lafayette honored more than 100 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation May 4 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisionsengineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

This spring, 50 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa fosters and recognizes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Outstanding students are eligible for election as juniors or seniors.

President Alison Byerly, Provost Wendy Hill, and Evan Fisher, chair of the Academic Progress Committee and professor of mathematics, offered remarks. Members of the Academic Progress Committee Anthony Cummings, professor of music, and Yih-Choung Yu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, awarded prizes.

The keynote speaker was Brent Glass ’69, director emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. A national leader in the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of history, Glass is a public historian who pioneered influential oral history and material culture studies, author, television presence, and international speaker on public memory and museum management.

As director of the National Museum of American History from 2002 to 2011, Glass led a two-year, $87 million renovation and development of 20 new exhibitions including a gallery for the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem, new public programs, and theater performances.

(Note: Marquis Scholars recipients, selected from among Lafayette’s most promising applicants, receive a special merit-based financial award and educational benefits. In the EXCEL Scholars undergraduate research program, students do collaborative research with faculty while earning a stipend.)

Awards and Prizes in Engineering

  • William G. McLean Tau Beta Pi Prize. Awarded annually to sophomore engineering students based on academic performance, campus citizenship, and professional orientation.
    Atanas Angelov ’16 (mechanical engineering), Plovdiv, Bulgaria (EXCEL Scholar)
    Kaitlin Geraghty ’16 (civil engineering), Staten Island, N.Y. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Donald F. Othmer Award. Given to the junior majoring in chemical engineering who has attained the highest grade point average during his/her first two years.
    Christopher Verni ’15 (chemical engineering), Medway, Mass. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
  • American Institute of Chemists Award. Presented by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Chemists to a senior chemical engineering major in recognition of his/her demonstrated record of leadership, character, and scholastic achievement.
    Helen Xu ’14 (chemical engineering), King Of Prussia, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Charles Duncan Fraser Prize. Awarded annually to the senior students who, in the judgment of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, are best qualified for advanced work in materials science and engineering.
    Tyler Fruneaux ’14 (chemical engineering), Southborough, Mass. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
  • Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society Award. Given to the outstanding senior chemical engineering major for achievement in chemistry.
    Xingjian Ma ’14 (chemical engineering), Shenyang, China (EXCEL Scholar)
  • Lehigh Valley Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award. Presented to the seniors in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering who have compiled an impressive record throughout the undergraduate years in chemical engineering and who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in one or more extracurricular activities.
    Christina Cucinotta ’14 (chemical engineering), Hamilton Square, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    Seth Gottlund ’14 (chemical engineering), Kutztown, Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Section of the ASM Award. Awarded annually to the student who has attained the most impressive record in the introductory materials course.
    Nevin Whalley ’14 (chemical engineering), Bedford, Mass. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • Dr. E. L. McMillen-K. K. Malhotra ’49 Prize. Awarded to two juniors who have attained a high cumulative average in chemical engineering and who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in the Unit Operations Laboratory.
    Jacyln Andrews ’16 (chemical engineering), Hanover, Md. (Marquis Scholar)
    Yehou Gnopo ’15 (chemical engineering), Northcliff, South Africa (EXCEL Scholar)
  • Donald U. Noblett Prize in Chemical Engineering. Given to a chemical engineering major based on high academic achievement, with outstanding promise of future excellence in his/her career.
    Christina Cucinotta ’14 (chemical engineering), Hamilton Square, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    Seth Gottlund ’14 (chemical engineering), Kutztown, Pa.
  • Carl J. Staska Prize. Awarded each year to a student who has demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in chemical laboratory skills.
    Jonathan Ho ’14 (chemical engineering), East Falmouth, Mass.
  • Luther F. Witmer Prize. Awarded annually to the chemical engineering senior with the most outstanding accomplishments in materials science and engineering.
    Isaac Lavine ’14 (chemical engineering), Amherst, Mass. (EXCEL Scholar)

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Carroll Phillips Bassett Prize. Awarded annually to senior students deemed most outstanding by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
    Zachary Benedetto ’14 (civil engineering), North Massapequa, N.Y. (Marquis Scholar)
    Stephen Berkin ’14 (civil engineering), Morrisville, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
    Sarah Hardy ’14 (civil engineering), Rowley, Mass. (EXCEL Scholar)
    Eric Himmelwright ’14 (civil engineering), Danielsville, Pa.
    Anthony Vecchio ’14 (civil engineering), Baldwinsville, N.Y.
  • Russell C. Brinker Prize in Civil Engineering. Awarded to juniors in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who, in the opinion of the department’s faculty, are deemed most deserving on the basis of self-reliance, scholarship, and student activities.
    Emily Crossette ’15 (civil engineering), Glenside, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • Lehigh Valley Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Senior Award. An outstanding senior civil engineering student who has exhibited enthusiasm and leadership in one or more engineering related activities (such as but not limited to, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, Engineers without Borders, Society of Women Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, etc.) and strives for academic excellence.
    Eric Himmelwright ’14 (civil engineering), Danielsville, Pa.
  • Moles Award. Given to a student in engineering whose academic achievement and enthusiastic application shows outstanding promise of personal development leading to a career in construction engineering and management.
    Scholarship Award
    Eric Himmelwright ’14 (civil engineering), Danielsville, Pa.
    Student Award
    Rebecca Citrin ’14 (civil engineering), Springfield, N.J. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • Daniel P. O’Neil Memorial Prize. Awarded to an engineering student pursuing senior projects (such as individual research, honors work, or design projects) and who is actively engaged with the arts and other co-curricular experiences.
    Rebecca Citrin ’14 (civil engineering), Springfield, N.J. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • B. Vincent Viscomi Civil Engineering Student Prize. Awarded to civil engineering students based on demonstrated academic achievement and leadership during their first three years at Lafayette.
    Zachary Benedetto ’14 (civil engineering), North Massapequa, N.Y. (Marquis Scholar)
    Rebecca Citrin ’14 (civil engineering), Springfield, N.J. (EXCEL Scholar)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Lawrence J. Conover ’24 Electrical Engineering Prize. Presented each year to a senior in electrical engineering upon recommendation of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
    Benjamin Richards ’14 (electrical and computer engineering), Derry, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
  • J. J. Ebers Memorial Award. Given to a student, selected by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, based on high academic achievement and noteworthy professional interest in the field of electrical engineering.
    Nicole Tchorowski ’14 (electrical and computer engineering), St. James, N.Y. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
  • Finley W. & Ethelwyne H. Smith Electronic Engineering Prize. Awarded annually to the electrical and computer engineering senior who has earned, at the end of the junior year, the highest cumulative average attained by any senior who is working for department honors with a project in the electronics or communications field.
    Sicheng Wang ’14 (electrical and computer engineering), Mianyang, China (EXCEL Scholar)

Engineering Studies

  • Charles L. Best Memorial Prize in Engineering Studies. Awarded annually to a senior who best exemplifies the ideals behind the engineering studies major and who has demonstrated leadership in the engineering studies program.
    Lucy Bass ’14 (engineering studies/environmental studies), Peterborough, N.H. (EXCEL Scholar)

Mechanical Engineering

  • Karl J. Ammerman Prize. Awarded annually to the “most deserving student” in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, selected by the faculty of the department.
    Jeffrey Ballard ’14 (mechanical engineering), Hershey, Pa.
  • Carl G., Jr. ’67 and Deborah B. Anderson P’01 Mechanical Engineering Prize. Awarded to a mechanical engineering major on the strength of high academic achievement and promise for excellence in his or her career.
    Apratim Mukherjee ’14 (mechanical engineering), Haryana, India (EXCEL Scholar)

Awards and Prizes in the Humanities

Art

  • Frederick Knecht Detwiller Prize. Awarded to a senior art major for distinguished work in art and art history.
    Madeleine Hasbrouck ’14 (art), San Marino, Calif.
  • Thomas G. Yohe Memorial Prize in Studio Art. Awarded to a student who displays creativity in drawing and illustration.
    Ross Houston ’14 (art/history), Bradford Woods, Pa.
    Briana Howard ’14 (art/economics), Saugus, Mass.
  • Vivian B. Noblett Prize in Studio Art. Awarded to an art major—with preference given to a student with an interest in studio art—who has demonstrated proficiency in painting and drawing and who shows potential for future achievements.
    Elizabeth Allacco ’14 (engineering studies/art), East Northport, N.Y. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
    Elisabeth Day ’14 (engineering studies/art), Greenwich, Conn. (EXCEL Scholar)

English

  • H. MacKnight Black Poetry and Literature Prize. Awarded annually to the student who submits the best poem or group of poems in a contest conducted by the Department of English.
    Jasmine Jay ’14 (English), Allentown, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Class of 1883 Prize. Awarded to a senior who, in the opinion of the faculty in the Department of English, has demonstrated excellence in English.
    Jasmine Jay ’14 (English), Allentown, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Jean Corrie Poetry Prize. Awarded annually to first-, second-, and third-year students who submit the best poetry in a contest conducted by the Academy of American Poets.
    Marlee Abbott ’17 (English), Pembroke Pines, Fla.
  • Gilbert Prize. Awarded annually to students who, in the judgment of the Department of English, have demonstrated superiority in English.
    Shehtaz Huq ’14 (English/film and media studies), Plano, Texas (EXCEL Scholar)
    Jasmine Jay ’14 (English), Allentown, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Sabrina Mastronardo ’15 (English), Easton, Pa.
    Daniel Mills ’15 (English/French), Folsom, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
    Shannon Moran ’14 (English/music), Levittown, N.Y. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
    Victoria Walters ’14 (English/economics), East Northport, N.Y. (Marquis Scholar)
    Luke Wasacz ’16 (English), Wall, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Clinton Kline Prize. Awarded to the seniors who have demonstrated excellence in acting, directing, or technical theater.
    Brent Horowitz ’14 (biology), Lexington, Mass. (EXCEL Scholar)
    Brenna Murphy ’14 (theater/mathematics), Bloomfield, N.Y. (Marquis Scholar)

Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • Frank Kline Baker Spanish & Latin American Civilization Award. Awarded annually to students who attain the greatest proficiency in the study of Spanish and Latin American civilization.
    Liza Blank ’14 (psychology/Spanish), Avon, Conn. (EXCEL Scholar)
    Emily Bristol ’14 (psychology/Spanish), Chatham, N.J.
    Edgar González ’14 (international affairs/Spanish), Jamaica, N.Y.
    Jillian Sacchetta ’14 (psychology/Spanish), Mullica Hill, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
  • George H. Catlin Prize. Awarded to seniors with the highest averages in the study of the classics.
    Jonathan Kaplowitz ’14 (history), Maplewood, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    John Calhoun Parks ’14 (history), Rockville, Md. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • James Alexander Petrie Prize in French. Awarded annually to students demonstrating a high degree of proficiency in French.
    Kristen Allison ’14 (international affairs/French), Shoreline, Wash. (Marquis Scholar)
    Alexis Cassola ’14 (English/French), Montclair, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    Audrey Hughes ’14 (international affairs/French), Brooklyn, N.Y. (EXCEL Scholar)
    Kate Warren ’14 (biology/French), Pelham, N.Y. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • Rexroth Prize in German. Awarded to students for meritorious achievement in German.
    Outstanding Senior Award
    Tia Seibold ’14 (international affairs/Germany), Bend, Ore. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
    Culture/Literature Studies Award
    Jeffrey Wheeler ’16 (psychology/international affairs), Westford, Mass. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
    Languages Studies Award
    Tamerlane Asher ’17 (mathematics-economics), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
    Cory Heffelfinger ’15 (biology), Drums, Pa.

Music

  • John D. Raymond Music Award. Awarded annually by the Department of Music to deserving music students.
    Kathryn Best ’14 (psychology/music), Scotch Plains, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)

Religious Studies

  • Rev. J. W. and R. S. Porter Bible Prize. Awarded annually to students judged by the Department of Religious Studies to have demonstrated high proficiency in the study of religion, based upon work done in their first and second years.
    Jeremy Gagas ’15 (religion and politics/philosophy), Carbondale, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)

Awards and Prizes in the Natural Sciences

Biology

  • Willis Roberts Hunt Biology Prize. Awarded annually to the senior biology students felt by the members of the department to be most deserving.
    Maureen Carey ’14 (mathematics), Providence, R.I. (Marquis Scholar)
    Melissa Homsher ’14 (biology), Doylestown, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar)

Chemistry

  • American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry. Presented to a student who has demonstrated excellence in research, coursework, and motivation in the study of inorganic chemistry.
    Margaret Tiedemann ’14 (chemistry), Pittsburgh, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
  • American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry. Presented to a senior chemistry or biochemistry based on a combination of research experience, coursework, and a desire to pursue a career in chemistry.
    Daniel Beideman ’14 (chemistry), Pompton Lakes, N.J. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry Award. Presented to the sophomore or junior chemistry major with the most outstanding performance in the first two semesters of organic chemistry.
    Eugene Warnick ’15 (biochemistry), Hanover Township, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • American Chemical Society Prize. Given by the Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society to outstanding senior chemistry majors for achievement in chemistry.
    Margaret Tiedemann ’14 (chemistry), Pittsburgh, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
  • American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry. Presented to the junior chemistry major with the greatest achievement in the study of analytical chemistry.
    Margaret Tiedemann ’14 (chemistry), Pittsburgh, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
  • American Institute of Chemists Award (Biochemistry). Presented by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Chemists to a senior biochemistry major in recognition of his/her demonstrated record of leadership, character, and scholastic achievement.
    Daniel Beideman ’14 (chemistry), Pompton Lakes, N.J. (EXCEL Scholar)                         
  • American Institute of Chemists Award (Chemistry). Presented by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Chemists to a senior chemical engineering major in recognition of his/her demonstrated record of leadership, character, and scholastic achievement.
    Margaret Tiedemann ’14 (chemistry), Pittsburgh, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
  • Chemical Rubber Company Freshman Achievement Award. Presented to the most outstanding first-year student in general chemistry.
    David Gannon ’16 (neuroscience), Eagan, Minn. (Marquis Scholar)
  • William Forris Hart ’27 Chemistry Prize. Presented to a junior or senior chemistry major for proficiency in organic chemistry and potential for further achievement in chemistry.
    Michael Robinson ’15 (chemistry), Derry, N.H. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • Carl J. Staska Prize. Awarded each year to a student who has demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in chemical laboratory skills.
    Stephanie Petersen ’14 (chemistry), Rochester, N.Y. (Marquis Scholar)
  • J. Hunt Wilson 1905 Prize in Analytical Chemistry. Awarded annually to the senior chemistry major with the highest ranking in courses and research in analytical chemistry.
    Nevena Popovic ’14 (biochemistry), Belgrade, Serbia (EXCEL Scholar)

Computer Science

  • James P. Schwar Prize. Awarded annually in honor of James P. Schwar, professor of computer science from 1962-2000, to a deserving computer science student.
    Franceska Xhakaj ’15 (computer science), Vlore, Albania (EXCEL Scholar)

Geology and Environmental Geoscience

  • Arthur Montgomery Geology Award. Awarded annually to a student of high academic achievement and enthusiasm for geology, in honor of Arthur Montgomery, professor of geology 1951-75.
    Christopher Radomski ’15 (geology), Moorestown, N.J.
  • James L. Dyson Geology Award. Presented annually to students majoring in geology who, by academic achievements and character, exemplify the ideals by which James L. Dyson lived and worked.
    Hollis Miller ’15 (anthropology and sociology/geology), Fort Washington, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar)
    Matthew Morris ’15 (geology), Salisbury, Md. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • Ted and Georgia Metropolis Prize in Geology. Awarded to a junior or senior geology major who has exhibited high academic achievement and demonstrated enthusiasm for geology and environmental geosciences both inside and outside the classroom and through service.
    Robyn Henderek ’15 (anthropology and sociology/geology), Titusville, N.J.
    Emily Homan ’15 (geology), Upper Darby, Pa.

Mathematics

  • Benjamin F. Barge Mathematical Prize. Awarded annually to first-year students or members of the sophomore class in recognition for excellence in mathematics. Students are selected after competition among the members of the class for meritorious solutions of original problems.
    John Callan ’15 (mathematics), Lawrenceville, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    Wah Loon Keng ’16 (physics), Gelugor, Malaysia (EXCEL Scholar)
    Yemai Liu ’15 (mathematics), Chengdu, China (EXCEL Scholar)
    George Rakic ’15 (computer science), Belgrade, Serbia (EXCEL Scholar)
    Dantong Zhu ’16 (civil engineering), Beijing, China
  • Professor James P. Crawford Prize in Mathematics. Awarded to a student who has made a special contribution to the mathematics community at Lafayette by participating in, and providing leadership for, the co-curricular activities of the department.
    Jason Saied ’16 (mathematics), East Stroudsburg, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Wesley S. Mitman Prize. Awarded to graduating seniors most outstanding in mathematics.
    Michael Pinkard ’14 (physics/mathematics), (Puyallup, Wash.) (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
    Charles Vincent ’14 (mathematics), Bethlehem, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)

Neuroscience

  • William C. Rappolt ’67 and Walter Oechsle ’57 Neuroscience Prize. Awarded to outstanding seniors based on scholarship in the classroom and laboratory, and service to the major, college or community.
    Jacob Ricca ’14 (neuroscience), East Northport, N.Y. (EXCEL Scholar)

Psychology

  • Burton H. Cohen Memorial Prize. Awarded annually to senior psychology majors who have demonstrated the necessary inclination, intellectual curiosity, determination, and potential to become dedicated, creative, selfless teachers. The term “teacher” is to be interpreted in the broadest sense of the word.
    Kathryn Best ’14 (psychology/music), Scotch Plains, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    Rachel Venaglia ’14 (psychology), Old Bridge, N.J.
  • Herbert W. Rogers Psychology Prize. Awarded annually to the outstanding senior psychology major who is judged by the department to be the most deserving.
    Lauren Berry ’14 (psychology), Havertown, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar)
    Renee Gallo ’14 (psychology), Cheshire, Conn. (EXCEL Scholar)

Awards and Prizes in the Social Sciences

Africana Studies

  • Africana Studies Scholastic Award. Awarded to a student selected by Africana Studies Program faculty who has demonstrated academic excellence and potential for future leadership in American society.
    Danyelle Smith ’14 (Africana studies/anthropology and sociology), Rockville, Md. (EXCEL Scholar)

Anthropology and Sociology

  • Paul Bernon Memorial Prize in Sociology. Awarded each year by the faculty in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology to the graduating seniors most outstanding in sociology.
    Leah Godin ’14 (anthropology and sociology/women’s and gender studies), Landisville, Pa.
    David Robinson ’14 (anthropology and sociology), New York, N.Y.

Economics

  • John H. Allen Prize. Awarded to the author of the best essay in public finance, as judged by a committee of the Department of Economics.
    Kelley Harris ’14 (economics/policy studies), Vienna, Va. (Marquis Scholar)
    Lauryn Harris ’14 (economics/policy studies), Vienna, Va. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Department of Economics Award for Scholastic Excellence. Awarded to a student for outstanding academic performance in economics and business, and for leadership in departmental activities.
    Linh Nguyen ’14 (economics/mathematics), Hanoi, Viet Nam (EXCEL Scholar)
  • Robert F. Hunsicker Educational Prize. Awarded to a student who has done meritorious work in the area of small-business studies.
    Andrew Fixler ’14 (international affairs/economics), Weston, Mass. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award. Given to a graduating senior for excellence in accounting and for participation in college and community affairs.
    Rachel Kutz ’14 (economics), Moraga, Calif.
  • J. H. Tarbell Award. Awarded to a student who demonstrates an understanding of financial operations and institutions.
    Rose Willey ’14 (mathematics), Brookfield, Conn. (Marquis Scholar)

Government and Law

  • Eugene P. Chase Government Prize. Awarded annually to the student who has, in the judgment of the Department of Government and Law, submitted the best written exposition in the field of political science during the academic year.
    Elizabeth Hannigan ’14 (anthropology and sociology/government and law), West Hartford, Conn.
  • Minerva & Emil V. Novak Prize in Government and Law. Presented annually to students majoring in government and law based on overall excellence in academic work and citizenship in the campus community.
    Ryan Monahan ’15 (government and law/philosophy), Cranford, N.J.
    Sara Yeganeh ’14 (government and law/psychology), Hillsborough, N.J. (EXCEL Scholar)

History

  • Class of 1910 Prize. Awarded annually by the Department of History to the senior students who have excelled in the study of history or in an allied field of humanities and who, in the determination of the department, manifest the greatest promise for responsible civic leadership and public service.
    Madeline Gambino ’14 (religious studies/history), Bethlehem, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
    Jonathan Kaplowitz ’14 (history), Maplewood, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Colonel Wilson B. Powell ’32 Prize. Awarded to the student who authored the best paper in an advanced history seminar in the previous calendar year.
    Matthew Plishka ’15 (history/government and law), Moosic, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)

Women’s and Gender Studies

  • Professor Susan A. Basow Prize. Awarded to graduating seniors who have made a significant contribution to the field of women’s and gender studies.
    Leah Godin ’14 (anthropology and sociology/women’s and gender studies), Landisville, Pa.

Other Academic Awards and Prizes

Military Science

  • Lafayette College Leopard Award. Awarded to the first-year cadet who contributes the most to the advancement of Army ROTC at Lafayette College. The cadet must be academically in the top 10 percent of his/her ROTC class and in the top 25 percent of his/her academic class. The award is made possible through the generous contributions of Harry M. Jones ’66, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army retired.
    Marissa Liebman ’14 (policy studies/geology), Merrick, N.Y.
  • Lafayette College President’s Award. Awarded annually to the outstanding cadets from each class in terms of overall achievement measured by scholastic excellence, leadership, military performance, and extracurricular involvement.
    Marissa Liebman ’14 (policy studies/geology), Merrick, N.Y.
    James Patterson ’15 (government and law), Saylorsburg, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)

Special Awards

  • Benjamin F. Barge Oratorical. Awarded annually to rising seniors or senior students who display competitive oratorical excellence while competing for the Lafayette College forensics and/or mock trial teams.
    Nicholas Franchetti ’14 (computer science/psychology), Voorhees, N.J. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
    Christopher Regnier ’14 (neuroscience), Lakewood, Colo. (Marquis Scholar)
    Zoe Staum ’14 (Asian studies/philosophy), Needham, Mass. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • David A. Portlock Study Abroad Memorial Prize. Awarded annually to an outstanding student who will benefit from studying abroad.
    Alexa Gatti ’16 (geology), Whippany, N.J. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • David Bishop Skillman 1913 Library Prize. Awarded to a graduating senior library assistant who by his/her exemplary performance, skill, and dedication enhanced the library’s educational role.
    Shehtaz Huq ’14 (English/film and media studies), Plano, Texas (EXCEL Scholar)
  • Eugene P. Chase Phi Beta Kappa Prize. Awarded to sophomores who have demonstrated scholarship as a first-year student.
    Atanas Angelov ’16 (mechanical engineering), Plovdiv, Bulgaria (EXCEL Scholar)
    Alyssa Braver ’16 (government and law), Warren, N.J. (Marquis Scholar)
    Alexandra Willey ’16 (civil engineering), Brookfield, Conn. (Marquis Scholar)
  • James F. Bryant ’40 Excellence Award. Awarded to a junior student who meets standards of excellence, as did James F. Bryant, by demonstrating high academic achievement, lettering in at least one varsity sport, and showing noticeable and noteworthy evidence of community service.
    Cory Spera ’15 (biology), Lorton, Va. (EXCEL Scholar)
  • Jeremy Saxe Award. Awarded to a graduating senior who best exemplifies the ideals of academic achievement and intellectual curiosity, personal engagement in the community, and a commitment to making the world a better place.
    Julia Ben-Asher ’14 (psychology/anthropology and sociology), Maplewood, N.J.
  • Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley Performing Arts Award. Awarded annually to Lafayette seniors either residing in the greater Lehigh Valley, or who graduated from a greater Lehigh Valley high school, who have made a significant contribution to Lafayette’s performing arts program while demonstrating academic achievement.
    Carlos Barata ’14 (anthropology and sociology/music), Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley Scholarship Award. Awarded annually to Lafayette seniors either residing in the greater Lehigh Valley, or who graduated from a greater Lehigh Valley high school, who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.
    Madeline Gambino ’14 (religious studies/history), Bethlehem, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
    Gavin Jones ’14 (neuroscience), Bethlehem, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar)
    Henry Lam ’14 (neuroscience), Easton, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
    Charles Vincent ’14 (mathematics), Bethlehem, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
  • Skillman Library 50th Anniversary Prize. This one-time award is funded by the Friends of Skillman Library to recognize the outstanding contributions of a library student employee.
    Victoria Walters ’14 (English/economics), East Northport, N.Y. (Marquis Scholar)
  • Study Abroad Good Citizenship Award. This award recognizes students who have achieved a high degree of personal and intellectual growth as a result of study abroad, and who have given generously of their time and energy in support of the program, its director, and their classmates to ensure the quality and success of the study abroad experience for all involved.
    Matthew Plishka ’15 (history/government and law), Moosic, Pa. (EXCEL Scholar) (Marquis Scholar)
  • Paul Tully Memorial Prize. Presented to the students who best exemplify the progressive principles of social and political service—democratic ideals to which Paul Tully devoted his life.
    Malahat Mazaher ’16 (economics/international affairs), Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Professor Carolynn Van Dyke Prize. Awarded annually in honor of Carolynn Van Dyke, March Professor of English, to a student majoring in any subject (preference for computer science) to provide funds for a nontraditional learning experience.
    Steven Shaw ’16 (mechanical engineering), Bronx, N.Y.
  • Eleanor Winkey Prize. Awarded annually to the senior selected by the vice president for campus life from those who apply based on their undergraduate years of service to the residents of the Easton area community.
    Calvin Mingione ’14 (mechanical engineering), Wayne, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)

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  1. Emily, congratulations once again!! This is quite an accomplishment yet again. I just know you are going to make a difference.
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