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Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences

Student Awards

Rewarding excellence, supporting scholarship.

  • Undergraduate Program Awards

    Each year, each of the undergraduate academic programs within the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences recognizes outstanding students who exhibit academic excellence and embody the spirit, energy and core values that are central to our mission.

    2014-15 Alexander Rose Memorial Award for Creative Writing
    Holly Osborne

    2014-15 Betty Tarpley Turner Award for English
    Wesley Hunt

    2014-15 Charles Fisher Award for History
    Pam Ranberg

    2014-15 E. Halcott Turner Award for Jurisprudence
    Elizabeth Hill

    2014-15 Outstanding Student Awards (by program):
    Applied Information Technology: Morgan Denner
    Digital Communication: Robert Summerville
    English: Kayla Crocker
    Environmental Sustainability and Human Ecology: Jennifer Anderson
    History: Francisco Javier Rodriguez
    Integrated Arts: Kasey Schultz
    Interdisciplinary Studies: Sharon Walters
    Jurisprudence: Christopher Finke
    Psychology: Anthony Garove
    Simulation and Digital Entertainment: Elisa Bragale

  • Graduate Program Awards

    The Ampersand Award honors the graduate student whose work best exemplifies the spirit of the M.A. in Publications Design program: exceptional achievement in both writing and design. The award is granted by the Bobbye Gold Memorial Fund, established in memory of the wife of Ed Gold, professor emeritus.

    2014-15 Ampersand Award
    Stephanie Zinger

    The Gold Award honors the graduate student who exhibits extraordinary creativity, energy and devotion to the ideals of the M.F.A. in Integrated Design program.The award was also established by Professor Emeritus Ed Gold, and named after him in recognition of his contributions to the program.

    2014-15 Gold Award
    Emily Kunz

  • Beatrice Kanigel Prize for Language and Literature

    The Beatrice Kanigel Prize for Language and Literature in the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences is made possible by Robert Kanigel, a local author and former writer in residence in the Klein Family School of Communications Design. The award is in memory of his mother.

    Beatrice Kanigel, born Beatrice Wolshine in 1921, grew up in Brooklyn, and attended Brooklyn College, where she earned a B.A. in English in 1941. She loved Keats, Shelley, Tennyson and the other English romantic poets, and Thomas Mann and Jane Austen among other writers. She exulted in Broadway’s golden age of Cole Porter, Lerner and Loewe, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. For many years in Brooklyn, she was active in Hadassah, a Jewish woman’s organization, for whose staged musical productions she wrote new lyrics to Broadway show tunes, and had a fine old time putting them on.  She could recite Shakespearean sonnets from memory, and wrote occasional sonnets herself, as well as several published essays about her Brooklyn childhood. She read voluminously all her life, high-brow and low, from archaeology and the middle ages to Gore Vidal and Rex Stout, and inspired her three children, two of whom became writers or journalists.

            • To be eligible for this award, you must be a full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate student in the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences (YGCAS).
            • The student's suitability for this prize will be gauged by his or her writing -- in any genre, creative, journalistic, or critical/scholarly -- or achievement in the theatrical arts.
            • Faculty across YGCAS can nominate up to two students per year.
            • Students who are nominated will be required to submit a writing or media sample of their choosing.
            • The selection committee will review nominated students' work and identify one award winner per year ($300) and up to two honorable mentions ($25 each).
            • Nominations must be made by April 1, and award decisions will be made at the end of the academic year. The award will be presented at the YGCAS annual merit award ceremony and will consist of three parts: the monetary award, a commemorative certificate or plaque, and a statement from the committee explaining why the student was selected.
  • Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship Fellows

    Through this fellowship program, students have the opportunity to participate in scholarship (research or a creative activity) in partnership with faculty mentors, allowing Fellows to gain valuable learning experiences through participation in the major phases of research and creative activity projects.

            • To qualify, you must have earned at least 60 credit hours and at least a 3.0 grade point average in your major prior to the summer semester.
            • If selected, you'll work a minimum of 25 hours per week for eight weeks during the summer, assisting faculty on research or creative projects.
            • Collaborative teams of students and faculty will present their projects at local, regional, national academic conferences or publish the results in a professional journal.
            • Students from all disciplines are invited to submit an application, which must be endorsed by your faculty mentor. A faculty committee reviews the proposals and recommends awards to the dean.